Category: Directing
Watch the Man in the Back. He Just Might Lose It.
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, March 29, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 29, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The giddy wildness in Stupid F***ing Bird --- It's like we're seeing two worlds at the exact same time. There's a moment in the Pearl Theatre Company's production of Stupid F***ing Bird -- Aaron Posner's lively deconstruction of Chekhov's The Seagull – where we leap forward several years. Two characters – Dev and Mash -- who seemed incompatible...
How Do You Make the Audience Feel a Fight?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, March 22, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 22, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Director Rachel Chavkin finds an innovative way to bring the excitement of boxing to the stage --- In boxing, timing and stamina are indispensable. The same attributes have been invaluable for Rachel Chavkin's knockout of a career. During the past few years, the much-sought-after theatre director has been brutally busy, somehow finding a way to balance...
Grab Coffee, Chat With Co-Workers, Plan a Genocide
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Monday, March 21, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 21, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Ideation finds pitch-black comedy in a corporate office --- Give corporate America a whiteboard with some markers, and in less than ninety minutes, it could tell you how to make a clean job of genocide. Set in a tidy conference room, Aaron Loeb's toothy satire Ideation ridicules the eponymous activity, a process known as "brainstorming" among those...
In 'Bright Star,' Appalachian People Know How to Survive
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, March 15, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 15, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The resilient spirit of Stevie Martin and Edie Brickell's Broadway musical --- Bright Star could easily be a melodrama, with cackling villains and histrionic heroines chewing every piece of scenery. After all, this new Broadway musical, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, is loosely based on the shocking true story of the Iron Mountain Baby,...
Sex and Love in the Name of Science
By FRANK RIZZO
Monday, March 14, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 14, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
David Cromer and Lucy Prebble grapple with side effects --- If you're creating a show about science, then how much science do you need to know? That's the question before playwright Lucy Prebble and director David Cromer, who have brought Prebble's play The Effect to the Barrow Street Theatre. A hit in London in 2012, the piece follows clinical...
On Broadway, 'Eclipsed' Conjures an Entire Nation
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, March 08, 2016  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Mar 8, 2016  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Director Liesl Tommy on how the play has gotten richer in its latest iteration --- Never underestimate how much a space affects a play. Depending on where it's performed, a single production can have wildly different personalities, with everything from the size of the room to the shape of the floor impacting what we experience. Last year, for instance,...
WATCH: Meet Gideon Productions
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, February 23, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Feb 23, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Meet Gideon Productions, where sci-fi is a serious art. This film features Gideon company members Jordana Williams, Mac Rogers, Sandy Yaklin, Sean Williams, Rebecca Comtois, and Mikell Kober. This film was produced and directed by Mark Blankenship, TDF's Associate Director of Online Presence. It was shot and edited by Nicholas Guldner. Meet...
Who Could Force You to Hurt a Student?
By LYNDA PAUL
Wednesday, February 10, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 10, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A new play tackles the legacy of a scandalous experiment --- In social psychologist Stanley Milgram's obedience experiments in the early 1960s, a number of Yale College students were told they would be helping researchers try out a new method of teaching. The method involved punishing a test-taker's incorrect answers with a series of electric shocks...
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