Category: Directing
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...
Is a Minor Character the Secret to This Play?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, August 17, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Aug 17, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Director Austin Pendleton on the quirks in the Mint's latest revival --- The oddest element of a play – the detail that seems weirdly out of place – can be a key to understanding it. In Miss Julie, for instance, it's startling that the taut crisis among three characters in a kitchen is interrupted by a throng of carousing servants. But...
Is This a Game, or Is She Really Out to Get Me?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, August 10, 2016  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Aug 10, 2016  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
In the interactive Paradiso, reality and theatre seem the same --- A woman in my group at Paradiso: Chapter 1 seemed perfectly nice, but I never trusted her. Even when the experience was over and we were down on the sidewalk, exchanging pleasantries before we parted company forever, I was still expecting her to admit she was part of the game. I was...
If You Want Dangerous Water, Then It Can't Be Real
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, July 26, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jul 26, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why Men On Boats isn't a realistic play --- There are no boats in Men on Boats. Sure, there are suggestions of boats – small, boat-ish props that the actors hold as they simulate a journey through the Green and Colorado Rivers. But even while they're "floating," we see the performers' legs planted firmly on the floor. Things get even less...
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