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How Do You Theatricalize Government Oppression?
Monday, October 09, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 9, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Belarus Free Theatre teams up with a member of Pussy Riot for a visceral new show --- In Burning Doors, the latest politically charged play from Belarus Free Theatre about state-sponsored brutality, the cast reenacts violence with such acrobatic intensity that spectators might fret about the performers' well-being. Natalia Kaliada certainly hopes...
Taking 'Measure' of Shakespeare's Language
Friday, October 06, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Oct 6, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Elevator Repair Service deconstructs the Bard's problem play --- In 2013, Nicholas Hytner, the then artistic director of London's National Theatre, wrote an op-ed in which he confessed that Shakespeare perplexes him. John Collins, the artistic director of the Obie-winning experimental theatre troupe Elevator Repair Service, agrees: the Bard is ridiculously...
Shakespeare As He Likes It
Thursday, October 05, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 5, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How director John Doyle is making a classic sing --- As a theatre-maker, Tony-winning director John Doyle isn't afraid to make big changes to suit his vision, whether it's cutting songs or dialogue (Classic Stage Company's Pacific Overtures), having actors play their own instruments (Broadway revivals of Sweeney Todd and Company), or minimizing the...
A Classical Approach to the Old Ultraviolence
Friday, September 29, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Sep 29, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How director Alexandra Spencer-Jones' love of Shakespeare led to A Clockwork Orange --- "If you walk away in love with a raping murderer, well, I've done my job," jokes Alexandra Spencer-Jones, the British adapter-director of the all-male stage incarnation of Anthony Burgess' 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange, currently playing at New World Stages. Or...
After 60 Years, This Musical Is Getting a Revival
Thursday, September 28, 2017  •   Directing  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Sep 28, 2017  •   Directing  •    2 comments Share This
Harlem Repertory Theatre presents Jamaica as part of its Yip Harburg series --- Most theatre artists can point to the show that served as their gateway drug. For Broadway performer turned Harlem Repertory Theatre artistic director Keith Lee Grant, it was Finian's Rainbow. "You know that first thing you do in high school? I never forgot it," he says...
Why Rebecca Taichman Is Obsessed With 'Time'
Wednesday, September 27, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 27, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The Tony-winning director returns to Broadway with Time and the Conways --- Fresh off winning a 2017 Tony Award for her Broadway debut Indecent, director Rebecca Taichman is helming another period piece: J.B. Priestley's Time and the Conways, currently in previews at the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre. Although the works are...
When Walt Disney Met Igor Stravinsky
Monday, September 25, 2017  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Sep 25, 2017  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Penguin Rep's comedy about making art explores some serious themes --- Disney's 1940 movie Fantasia is widely considered a cinematic masterpiece. In addition to being one of those classics parents love sharing with their young children, it's ranked No. 5. on the American Film Institute's Top 10 Animated Movies list. Yet Fantasia was not an immediate...
Scenic Design, Take Two
Wednesday, September 20, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 20, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mary Jane reunites an Obie-winning director with her favorite set designer --- Laura Jellinek was working as a model maker in set designer Mimi Lien's studio when she first met Anne Kauffman, a celebrated theatre director who had already staged productions for Lincoln Center Theater and New York Theatre Workshop. The artists connected and became fans...
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