Category: Directing
When Walt Disney Met Igor Stravinsky
By DOUG STRASSLER
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
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
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...
Two Plays, One Searing Message
By DIEP TRAN
Friday, September 15, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Sep 15, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Signature Theatre mounts a pair of shows by Suzan-Lori Parks --- During In the Blood -- the first of Suzan-Lori Parks' two plays inspired by The Scarlet Letter -- the main character Hester remarks, "I don't think the world likes women very much." That's the brutal takeaway of Blood and its sister work Fucking A, which are being produced in tandem...
Looking for the Roots of Rape Culture
By DIANE SNYDER
Thursday, September 07, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Sep 7, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Playwrights Realm's new show examines the aftermath of a high school sexual assault --- You don't expect a play dealing with rape to contain much humor. But little about The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias is conventional. Produced by Playwrights Realm, a theatre company devoted to early career dramatists, the show uses satire and dark...
Which Female Playwright Has Been Called the Irish Chekhov?
By FRANK RIZZO
Monday, July 31, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jul 31, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why the Mint Theater continues to champion Teresa Deevy --- As the producing artistic director of the Mint Theater Company, which specializes in mounting neglected plays from the past, Jonathan Bank is in the business of revitalizing forgotten dramatists. But he admits he's unlikely to find another "lost" scribe like Teresa Deevy. "She is the most...
What Do These Plays Have In Common?
By GERARD RAYMOND
Friday, July 21, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jul 21, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why PTP/NYC is presenting Arcadia and Pity In History in rep --- On the surface, Howard Barker and Tom Stoppard make an incongruent pair. With vastly different styles and temperaments, the two contemporary British playwrights seem poles apart. Barker's work is typically dissonant, muscular, and politically charged, while the better-known Stoppard...
What Did Park Slope Sound Like in 1960?
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Thursday, July 06, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jul 6, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A new drama explores how one Brooklyn family faces a changing world --- Although New York City continues to be a melting pot, there's one element that's becoming increasingly homogenized: its accents. Not too long ago, residents' cultural backgrounds were evident from the moment they spoke. That was certainly the case in Park Slope in 1960, which...
Getting Schooled in Education Inequality
By JACK SMART
Wednesday, July 05, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 5, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why directing Pipeline is so personal for Lileana Blain-Cruz --- Dominique Morisseau's new play Pipeline explores the school-to-prison pipeline phenomenon, which disproportionately impacts young male students of color. The drama frequently reminds viewers that we are all part of the problem. The house lights rise slightly whenever Nya -- an African-American...
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