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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...
She Hears What Wilder Says About Ibsen
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, April 25, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Apr 25, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Arin Arbus finds surprises in an adaptation A Doll's House --- It's remarkable how Thornton Wilder imagines Kristine. In his adaptation of A Doll's House, he finds a startling moral complexity in the character, who frankly seems forgettable in some translations of Ibsen's masterpiece. Wilder's verbally sparse, emotionally dense approach clarifies...
Why Does 'Waitress' Need a Magical Set?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, April 21, 2016  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Apr 21, 2016  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Inside the Broadway musical's imaginative style --- The musical Waitress takes place in a diner, and also inside a woman's lively mind. Now at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre, the show follows Jenna, a server at a pie shop who escapes her unhappy marriage by devising recipes from her hopes and fears. When she finds out she's pregnant, for instance,...
Does Making Art Help Us Grieve?
By JACK SMART
Thursday, April 14, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 14, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The quest for legacy in the Assembly's new play --- In the Assembly's I Will Look Forward To This Later, now at the New Ohio Theatre, visual art and live performance are inextricably bound. A sculptor mixes clay and water in a bucket onstage. A widow and her late husband's lover taxidermize birds for an installation. Characters talk as one creates...
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