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In This Solo Show, Movement Makes the Monologue
By NED MOORE
Thursday, May 18, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 18, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why director Rachel O'Riordan took a physical approach to Iphigenia in Splott --- At times, the solo show genre can feel old hat. Yet every now and then, a director comes along with a knack for slapping it back to life -- and the audience with it. Rachel O'Riordan's staging of Gary Owen's one-hander Iphigenia in Splott is a jolting example. The story...
You Know the Story But Not the Musical
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, May 10, 2017  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Wed May 10, 2017  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
A Queens theatre company puts Raisin in the spotlight --- Welcome to Borough Play, our look at theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond Over the past 13 years, Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking 1959 drama A Raisin in the Sun, about the struggles of an African-American family in segregated Chicago, has enjoyed two starry Broadway revivals: in 2004...
Finding the Personal in the Political
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Monday, May 01, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 1, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How one social justice theatre company uses real-life stories to inspire its art --- Last summer, Houses on the Moon, a socially focused, community-committed theatre company, began developing a pair of projects about gun violence. Now, with the subject seemingly in the zeitgeist on stage (On the Exhale, Church & State, and When It's You are just...
You're Never Too Old for a Conspiracy Theory
By JEFF POTTER
Thursday, April 27, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 27, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A seasoned writer works with an emerging company --- You might assume that as they try to stand out in New York City, scrappy theatre companies will look for young and hungry writers to help them make their name. But Stable Cable Lab Co.—an artistic community whose core is comprised of millennials—has found inspiration with playwright...
Do You Really Know the Hooker With a Heart of Gold?
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Wednesday, April 26, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 26, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Axis Company rejuvenates a classic play --- You've probably seen pictures of a slum. But what would it feel like to live in one? Director Randy Sharp raises this question in her revival of Sidney Kingsley's Dead End, a 1935 hit on Broadway that later became a Humphrey Bogart picture. Originally, Sharp says, the drama felt necessary because it...
The Hidden Mysteries of 'Six Degrees of Separation'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, April 19, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 19, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
In this Broadway revival, laughter leads to serious ideas --- Six Degrees of Separation delivers a complex kind of fun. On its surface, John Guare's 1990 play is all clever jokes and fast-moving action, telling the story of Flan and Ouisa Kittredge, wealthy Upper East Siders who are conned by Paul, a young man pretending to be Sidney Poitier's...
You Can Believe This Play's a Disaster
By JOSH AUSTIN
Tuesday, March 28, 2017  •   Directing  •    3 comments Share This
Tue Mar 28, 2017  •   Directing  •    3 comments Share This
The authentic farce of The Play That Goes Wrong --- According to Mark Bell, farce is a high theatrical art. And he should know: As the director of The Play That Goes Wrong – a raucous new Broadway comedy – he spends his days treating the genre with the respect it deserves. "What we're doing is what I call 'clown,'" says Bell. "Which,...
Can These Friendships Survive Factory Layoffs?
By JACK SMART
Friday, March 17, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Mar 17, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A Broadway play probes a working-class community --- Kate Whoriskey describes herself as "someone who loves jury duty." The director is referring not to the civic obligation that most Americans dread, but to the notion of interacting with strangers and new points of view. "I love these things that are more about being in a room with people you'd...
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