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I Might Be Dying, But We Can Laugh About It
By JACK SMART
Wednesday, November 09, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Nov 9, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The dark-then-light tone of Ultimate Beauty Bible --- Stephen Brackett believes that driving a theatre audience toward drama means taking a detour through comedy. "I tend to be drawn to work that uses humor to get to something more somber," says the director. "I find that comedy can open up an audience and give permission to go further into drama...
Finding a Fresh Take on Favorite Themes
By SUZY EVANS
Sunday, November 06, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Sun Nov 6, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Samuel D. Hunter and director Davis McCallum on their latest religion-tinged, Idaho-set drama --- Before director Davis McCallum and playwright Samuel D. Hunter worked together on plays such as A Bright New Boise, The Whale, Pocatello, and The Few, the two spent time as roommates. Hunter joined a retreat with Page 73 Productions at the...
Directing One Person (Playing 19 People)
By JEFF POTTER
Monday, October 24, 2016  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Oct 24, 2016  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Inside Anna Deavere Smith's latest solo show --- Leonard Foglia has directed theatrical events of all scales, including an epic production of the opera Moby Dick that included a sprawling ensemble and eye-popping sets and projections. Yet the versatile director/librettist/novelist contends that the antithesis of such a production – the solo...
In Broadway's 'The Cherry Orchard,' a Surprising Use of Dance
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, October 11, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 11, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Making Chekhov a moving experience --- There's a scene in the Roundabout Theatre Company's current Broadway revival of The Cherry Orchard where partygoers stream on and off the stage, making merry and celebrating the return of Madame Ranevskaya, a Russian landowner who has fallen on hard times. But the celebration takes a dramatic turn when the...
Why Are Three Theatres Producing the Same Brecht Play This Month?
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Tuesday, October 04, 2016  •   Directing  •    2 comments Share This
Tue Oct 4, 2016  •   Directing  •    2 comments Share This
A Bertolt Brecht classic speaks to this election --- The presidential election has a way of bringing drama to everyday life. With each scandal, poll, or press conference comes a new and fiery vision of the Apocalypse—probably while you're reading the news over your morning bowl of Cheerios. Small wonder, then, that Election Day can imbue...
Let's Geek Out Over Avant-Garde Director Romeo Castellucci
By MARIA INES MARQUES
Monday, October 03, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 3, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things Translator and dramaturg Maria Inês Marques geeks out with fellow Yalie, director Leora Morris, about Romeo Castellucci. The cutting-edge and controversial Italian director and designer recently returned to North America to tour Go Down, Moses, his provocative take...
A Play for Anyone Who's Lost Someone
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, September 06, 2016  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Sep 6, 2016  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
In Aubergine, grief is not the end of the story --- A man dies in Aubergine, the Julia Cho play that's now at Playwrights Horizons. Before he goes, his illness (terminal) compels his son (estranged) to come home, talk to a hospice worker, hold a bedside vigil. His impending death also forces his son to call an old girlfriend (estranged), since she...
These Bad Kids Are (Slightly) Grown Up
By MARK PEIKERT
Friday, August 19, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Aug 19, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Leslye Headland and Trip Cullman reunite for their third play --- The last time playwright Leslye Headland and director Trip Cullman collaborated, the show climaxed with a cathartic tap dance. The pair has reunited with The Layover, running through September 18 at Second Stage, and this time things end very, very differently. "When we did our first...
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