Category: Directing
They're Haunting a Theatre, With Help from Basil Twist
By SUSAN REITER
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
By RAVEN SNOOK
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!
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
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
By RAVEN SNOOK
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...
You Can Participate in Modern Irish Drama
By JACK SMART
Tuesday, September 08, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 8, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
New Irish plays rely on firing our minds and imaginations --- Donal O'Kelly originally envisioned his newest play, Little Thing, Big Thing, as a film. It would be a noir thriller, in the vein of The 39 Steps or The African Queen, and would follow a nun and an ex-con drawn into the corrupt world of Big Oil companies. But it soon became clear the story...
Something Unsettling Is Happening Upstairs
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, August 03, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Aug 3, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Perfecting the realistic (but creepy) tone in Annie Baker's new play --- There's something a little… off about John, the new Annie Baker play that's now at Signature Theatre. In many ways, it seems like a realistic show about a young couple spending a winter weekend at a Gettysburg bed and breakfast. But then there are these other things....
There Was More to Helen Keller Than You Know
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, July 17, 2015  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Jul 17, 2015  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
A new play uses Keller's own words to tell her story --- Did you know Helen Keller toured the Vaudeville circuit? Did you know she published a dozen books, starred in a silent film about her life, and had a scandalous love affair with a young man who wanted to marry her? Jack Cummings III certainly didn't. Then he began researching Three Days to...
Diane Paulus Finds a New Way to Neverland
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, July 15, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 15, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How the director changed her vision of Finding Neverland --- When Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus signed on to the mega-musicalization of the movie Finding Neverland, currently playing at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, she knew one of the biggest challenges would be figuring out how to conjure the title destination. A magical place...
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