Category: Directing
This Play Is So Realistic, It Must Be Fake
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, June 08, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
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The secret structure of The Flick --- The Flick is not, in fact, a documentary. Granted, Annie Baker's play – which won last year's Pulitzer Prize and is now at the Barrow Street Theatre after an earlier run at Playwrights Horizons – certainly seems like a slice of life. As three employees of a Massachusetts movie theatre go about their...
How Do You Feel About the Woman in the Walrus Mask?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, June 01, 2015  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Jun 1, 2015  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
The emotional logic of Rady & Bloom's latest play --- Given what we've learned about the characters in The Upper Room, it's incredibly moving when one of them wears a walrus mask. It's equally powerful when two of them stand on ladders and toss tiny pieces of tissue paper in the air, which flutter to the ground while a woman sings a mournful...
These Ghosts Are Not Metaphorical
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, May 21, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 21, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The Other Thing is never the play you expect --- It seems so innocent at first. Just three folks outside a barn in rural Virginia. Over in the folding chairs, Kim, a reporter, interviews Carl about his work as a professional ghost hunter, and in the background, Carl's son Brady sets up equipment to test whether the barn is haunted. Clearly,...
The Belle of Belfast Needs to Rock
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
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
By QUI NGUYEN
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
By ELIZA BENT
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
By RAVEN SNOOK
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
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
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...
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