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Tom Stoppard's "Indian Ink" Finally Comes to New York
Tuesday, September 09, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 9, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tom Stoppard's characters are seldom at a loss for words, and the chatty creatures of Indian Ink are no exception, debating subjects of art, language, and empire. So it's striking that one of the first significant arguments in the play---originally written in the mid-1990s, and now making a belated New York debut at the Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre---erupts...
This is Radically Intimate Theatre
Saturday, September 06, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Sat Sep 6, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The Representatives are an underground theatre sensation --- This week The Representatives -- the most beloved theatre troupe you may not have heard of -- stage their newest show, Of Orient Are. If you're in the mood for hyper-intimate, socially relevant comedy, leap into action; they only play through the weekend. But if you're busy 'til...
This Conversation Is an Earthquake
Tuesday, September 02, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 2, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
By MARK BLANKENSHIP Kenneth Lonergan's play This Is Our Youth, now on Broadway at the Cort Theatre, begins with shenanigans. In 1982 a troubled kid named Warren gets kicked out of his house, so he steals $15,000 from his dad and scurries over to Dennis, his drug-dealing, narcissistic friend who lives by himself on the Upper West Side. As they try...
Hamlet’s Mother Is a Sexy Beast
Friday, July 25, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jul 25, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
When you’re standing next to Hamlet, fondling his mother’s underwear, there’s really no point in being restrained. Or at least not according to Richard Romagnoli, who directed that lascivious scene for Potomac Theatre Project’s production of Gertrude — The Cry. Now at Atlantic Stage 2, Romagnoli’s staging of...
Is This a Secret to Off-Off Broadway Survival?
Monday, May 12, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 12, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Ensemble theatres thrive in the Archive Residency --- CollaborationTown's Family Play (1979 to Present) zips by in under two hours, yet it still seems to encompass everything that could happen to thirtysomething suburban Americans, from loving and hating and grieving your parents to falling in and out of relationships to starting a family of your...
You're Melodramatic. Just Accept It.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed May 7, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
In An Octoroon, Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins explodes theatrical history --- What do we do with melodrama today? Can a world of excessive emotion, mustache-twirling villains, tragic heroines, and exaggerated racial stereotypes have any resonance with our own? Or are we already inundated with melodramatic techniques---and the social norms they imply---without...
Creating Two Worlds for "If/Then"
Monday, May 05, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 5, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the development of the ambitious new musical --- It all starts so simply. In the first scene of If/Then, recently-divorced Elizabeth (Idina Menzel) meets her friends Kate (LaChanze) and Lucas (Anthony Rapp) in the park, and they present her with a straightforward choice. Kate, who calls Elizabeth "Liz," thinks she should go with her to...
Did This Play Predict the Future?
Tuesday, April 29, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Apr 29, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
20 years later, Jon Robin Baitz's "The Substance of Fire" seems eerily prescient about America --- When Jon Robin Baitz sat down in 1991 to write a play about the demise of books and printing, he likely had no idea just how prescient he was. In 2014, however, The Substance of Fire seems remarkably accurate. Second Stage's current revival of...
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