Category: Directing
Hamlet’s Mother Is a Sexy Beast
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
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?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
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.
By RACHEL CARPMAN
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"
By LINDA BUCHWALD
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?
By JACK SMART
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...
6 Hours, 48 Playwrights, and the Entire Bible
By KENNETH JONES
Thursday, April 17, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 17, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How dozens of writers came together to create The Mysteries --- When invited to pitch a new project to The Flea Theater following his epic staging of These Seven Sicknesses---a five-hour, 40-actor adaptation of Sophocles' seven surviving tragedies---director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar suggested something modest: Nothing less than "the entire history of...
A Little Taylor Swift, a Little Bertolt Brecht
By DIEP TRAN
Thursday, April 10, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 10, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
In Less Than Rent's new show, wild comedy masks a dark American secret --- The script for John Presson and Sean Patrick Monahan's Little Mac, Little Mac, You're the Very Man! boasts the following subtitle: "Based on John Gay's The Beggar's Opera and Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera, and also not really based on either of them at all." Considering...
The Deepest Scar is the One You Can't See
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, April 03, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 3, 2014  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
In the Broadway musical Violet, director Leigh Silverman trusts your imagination --- "Every choice I made comes from the very first choice, which was not to show the scar." So says director Leigh Silverman about her production of Violet, the 1997 musical by composer Jeanine Tesori and lyricist Brian Crawley that is finally making its Broadway debut...
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