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The Belle of Belfast Needs to Rock
Monday, May 11, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 11, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The Irish Rep's latest play creates the rough energy of 1980s Belfast --- If you know the folk song "I'll Tell Me Ma," which is also called "The Belle of Belfast City," then it might conjure images of a joyous Irish community. Or it might remind you of that one Chieftans album everyone had in junior high. Chances are, however, it won't make...
The Trouble with Violence
Thursday, May 07, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 7, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
In our brand-new series, Behind the Scene, playwright Qui Nguyen shares the challenges of mounting his latest show, Six Rounds of Vengeance --- When we decided to launch Behind the Scene --- an examination of the creation of a difficult sequence as told by the playwright --- we immediately reached out to Qui Nguyen. As cofounder of the Obie Award-winning...
Forbidden 17th-Century Love and Shakespeare's Not Involved
Wednesday, May 06, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed May 6, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Contemporary audiences sometimes expect classic dramas to be updated for modern times, but that's not Red Bull Theater's approach. The 12-year-old company --- whose primary mission is to stage Jacobean-era plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries  --- is currently mounting a lively and faithful production of John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore at...
A Children's Show About Our Troubling History
Tuesday, May 05, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 5, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
In a new family musical, director Colman Domingo doesn't sugarcoat slavery or racism --- Although A Band of Angels is based on Deborah Hopkinson's picture book of the same name and mounted by the New York City Children's Theatre, the musical is far from child's play. A tribute to the historic Fisk Jubilee Singers -- a choir founded shortly after...
Kathleen Marshall's Guide to Comedy
Monday, April 13, 2015  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Apr 13, 2015  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
How the renowned director brings laughs to Living on Love --- "All good screwball comedy depends on a level of danger." So says Kathleen Marshall, and she should know. She directed hellzapoppin Broadway shows like Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, and Wonderful Town, which were all distinguished by their zany charm. Marshall...
Folk Music is Part of Your Life
Monday, March 16, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 16, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Lonesome Traveler celebrates a great American genre --- "Tom Dooley" encapsulates the spirit of Lonesome Traveler. When the actors portraying the Kingston Trio perform that classic song, everything from their harmonies to their crisp button downs recall the folk music era of the 50s and 60s. But at the same time, we still see these performers...
Can a Nice Guy Finish First (or At Least Third)?
Friday, March 06, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Mar 6, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
By MARK BLANKENSHIP The first time he read Fashions For Men Davis McCallum wasn't quite sure what to make of it. "It's unlike any other play I've done, and I've been doing plays for 20 years," he says. "That's part of why I wanted to direct it." Written by Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár in 1917, the script initially seems like...
A Brief History of Sex
Monday, March 02, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 2, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
By DIEP TRAN Playwright Chiara Atik does not like watching sex. On stage at least. "I always get uncomfortable and immediately start thinking, 'Oh I wonder if the actor's mom is here,'" she says. "It takes me out of the moment." Knowing that, it's ironic that her play Five Times in One Night  is entirely about the beast with two...
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