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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...
Backstage With NYMF Musicals
By ANDREW BLOCK
Wednesday, July 20, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 20, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Inside four shows in this year's New York Musical Festival --- "Now! I have my chaaaance!", croons Raúl, the young Mexican entrepreneur at the center of Children of Salt, one of 18 full productions at this summer's New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Raul could be signing for the hundreds of artists who gather each summer for an opportunity to...
This All-Kid Musical Is Anything But Child's Play
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, June 10, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 10, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why the York Theatre Company cast young Broadway vets for its revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown --- Clark Gesner's 1967 musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown -- a sweet and whimsical series of songs and sketches inspired by Charles M. Schulz's popular Peanuts gang -- was originally written to be performed by grown-ups. And yet it was...
Irish Rep's New Theatre is Already Haunted
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, May 31, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 31, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Irish Rep returns to its overhauled Chelsea theatre with a revival of a Conor McPherson ghost story --- Ever since the award-winning Irish Repertory Theatre opened Off Broadway in 1988, cofounders Ciarán O'Reilly (Producing Director) and Charlotte Moore (Artistic Director) have programmed their seasons with incredible care, spotlighting a wide...
This Is Not the 'Streetcar' You Think You Know
By ELIZA BENT
Thursday, May 19, 2016  •   Directing  •    2 comments Share This
Thu May 19, 2016  •   Directing  •    2 comments Share This
A production in Brooklyn blows our expectations apart --- Even if you've never seen it, A Streetcar Named Desire manages to seep into your brain. Without even trying, you end up knowing quotes and stage pictures simply because pop culture references them all the time. As you probably know on some level, the show follows a southern belle named Blanche...
Theatre by Teens for Audiences of All Ages
By RAVEN SNOOK
Monday, May 02, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 2, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How Firebird Youth Theater is really taking off this season --- At 13, most adolescents are busy starting social media accounts. Not Leo Lion: He was busy starting his own theatre company. Now 16-years old, the homeschooled Renaissance man (actor, filmmaker, playwright, and artist) founded the all-teen Firebird Youth Theater in 2013 so he could...
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