Category: Directing
How Do You Put Ghosts on Stage?
Wednesday, November 18, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Nov 18, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The Bachelors' subtle creepiness --- There are ghosts in Caroline V. McGraw's play The Bachelors. Or maybe phantasms. Or maybe poltergeists. At any rate, there's definitely something supernatural in the show, about three thirtyish ultra-bros who spend a night in their fleabag house deciding how to deal with their girlfriends, crushes, and obsessions....
LISTEN: The directors of Hamilton and Allegiance discuss their work
Friday, November 06, 2015  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Nov 6, 2015  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
TDF Stages is delighted to present the latest installment of Masters of the Stage, a podcast series created by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF). This episode features directors Thomas Kail (Hamilton) and Stafford Arima (Allegiance) discussing the current state of their work and the theatre. We asked Kail to write a few sentences...
Can You Survive the Alien Cockroach Invasion?
Tuesday, November 03, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 3, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the sci-fi epic The Honeycomb Trilogy --- What scares the hell out of you? For playwright Mac Rogers, it's insects. That's why, for his three-play epic The Honeycomb Trilogy, he has nine-foot cockroaches take over the planet. "I basically designed the kind of invasion and occupation that I knew I wouldn't survive for even two days," he...
This Looks Like the End of the Patriarchy
Monday, November 02, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 2, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Taylor Mac's new play is a comedy to take seriously --- How's this for a revelation? Asked what he's learned from directing Taylor Mac's play Hir for the third time, Niegel Smith happily exclaims, "The show can have a ceiling!" In one sense, he's being very literal. Now at Playwrights Horizons after previous runs at Mixed Blood in Minneapolis and...
They're Haunting a Theatre, With Help from Basil Twist
Tuesday, October 20, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 20, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
In his new show, Basil Twist revives the Lewisohn sisters --- Who are these delectable ladies? Clearly visitors from another era. We first glimpse them as ghostly figures wafting above a murky stage. Later, they take shape – and bicker heartily – on the elegantly decorated proscenium frame. Meet Alice and Irene Lewisohn, an incorrigibly...
Love, Fight, Repeat
Wednesday, September 30, 2015  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Sep 30, 2015  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
How director Daniel Aukin keeps the dance of dysfunction moving in Fool for Love --- The volatile couple at the center of Sam Shepard's explosive 1984 drama Fool for Love may be ill-fated, but good mojo helped fuel the play's current revival at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. When the production originated at the 2014 Williamstown Theatre Festival,...
Don't Fret! You DO Understand Gertrude Stein!
Tuesday, September 29, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 29, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Target Margin has fun with flexible meaning --- What strikes you most about the set? The brightly colored paper everywhere, like a gift bag just exploded? The rickety old piano in the back, like Miss Kitty is going to saunter out of her saloon and sing you a tune? And what about the three performers? Do you remember their funny scenes, when...
It's Your Job to Figure It Out
Tuesday, September 15, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 15, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why Richard Maxwell refuses to give audiences all -- or any -- answers --- Richard Maxwell wants to make something clear: "I don't want to be this niche thing." It's a strikingly direct statement from a groundbreaking experimental theatre auteur whose shows intentionally leave themselves open to myriad interpretations. The playwright/director doesn't...
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