Category: Directing
This Elephant Is Always in the Room
By BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
Monday, April 16, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
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Why director Jo Bonney has a dead animal haunt the characters in Mlima's Tale --- In Lynn Nottage's world-premiere drama Mlima's Tale at the Public Theater, the title character is murdered in the opening scene. And yet Mlima -- a big-tusked African elephant portrayed by Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah -- remains a central presence onstage throughout this...
Rapping About Smashing the Patriarchy
By JOSE SOLÍS
Monday, April 09, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Apr 9, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The Q Brothers give Lysistrata a feminist hip-hop makeover --- Lots of theatre-makers update the classics but only the Chicago-based Q Brothers specialize in "add-rap-tations:" contemporary hip-hop reimaginings of iconic texts. Their playful and inventive takes on The Comedy of Errors, rechristened The Bomb-itty of Errors, and Othello: the Remix both...
Why 'Yerma' Should Always Take Place Now
By DIANE SNYDER
Wednesday, April 04, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 4, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How Simon Stone radically reinvented an 84-year-old play --- Initially, playwright and director Simon Stone wasn't sure Federico García Lorca's Yerma would resonate with modern-day audiences. To him, the 1934 tragedy about a Catholic woman in rural Spain whose longing for a child sends her over the edge seemed woefully out of date. "I was like,...
Why 'Pygmalion' Can't Be More Like a 'Lady'
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, March 27, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 27, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Bedlam tackles Shaw's classic downtown while the musical plays on Broadway --- Eric Tucker, the director and star of Bedlam's stripped-down take on Pygmalion, isn't concerned that Lincoln Center Theater is simultaneously mounting a lavish revival of the musical based on George Bernard Shaw's play. In fact, he welcomes it. "It's a great thing for people...
Why Are Women Cheering at 'Lobby Hero'? (No, it's Not Chris Evans)
By RAVEN SNOOK
Monday, March 26, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
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Director Trip Cullman explains why this 2001 play resonates more than ever --- Director Trip Cullman had been trying to mount a production of Lobby Hero for years before Second Stage Theater approached him about inaugurating the company's new Broadway home with the 2001 Kenneth Lonergan play. Considering Cullman's history with Second Stage (seven...
How Did This Piece of Art Become a Play?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, March 15, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 15, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the 25-year journey of Patrick Dunning's The Signature Project --- The Signature Project, currently running at the Sheen Center, was never meant to be onstage. The brainchild of Dublin-born, Oregon-based visual artist Patrick Dunning, it started back in 1990 as an ambitious 76 foot by 36 foot mural that would use the signatures of 1 million...
What Is the Nature of Violence?
By ELIZA BENT
Tuesday, March 13, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
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The Wholehearted attacks tough questions at Abrons Arts Center --- Ironically, there's something comforting about procedural crime dramas because we know how they will go. Female victim endures a violent, often sexual attack. If she survives, we see her crying and shaking in an interview with the cops. If she doesn't, we see her naked body brutalized....
How the Late Sam Shepard Helped Direct This New Play
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Monday, March 12, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
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Daniel Aukin on staging Joshua Harmon's Admissions --- In Joshua Harmon's Admissions, set at a tony New England prep school, über-competitive senior Charlie (played by Ben Edelman) goes on a long rant. If you've seen any of Harmon's previous plays such as Bad Jews or Significant Other, this won't come as a surprise. The playwright has a penchant...
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