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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...
LISTEN: Ruben Santiago-Hudson on directing, Shakespeare, and diversity
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, April 11, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Apr 11, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Earlier this year, Ruben Santiago-Hudson spoke to me about directing Skeleton Crew, Dominique Morisseau's searing play about Detroit auto workers who refuse to relinquish their dignity in the face of a collapsing industry. A hit with critics and audiences, the show returns to the Atlantic Theater from May 13 - June 19, giving us another chance to experience...
Watch the Man in the Back. He Just Might Lose It.
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, March 29, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 29, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The giddy wildness in Stupid F***ing Bird --- It's like we're seeing two worlds at the exact same time. There's a moment in the Pearl Theatre Company's production of Stupid F***ing Bird -- Aaron Posner's lively deconstruction of Chekhov's The Seagull – where we leap forward several years. Two characters – Dev and Mash -- who seemed incompatible...
How Do You Make the Audience Feel a Fight?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, March 22, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 22, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Director Rachel Chavkin finds an innovative way to bring the excitement of boxing to the stage --- In boxing, timing and stamina are indispensable. The same attributes have been invaluable for Rachel Chavkin's knockout of a career. During the past few years, the much-sought-after theatre director has been brutally busy, somehow finding a way to balance...
Grab Coffee, Chat With Co-Workers, Plan a Genocide
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Monday, March 21, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 21, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Ideation finds pitch-black comedy in a corporate office --- Give corporate America a whiteboard with some markers, and in less than ninety minutes, it could tell you how to make a clean job of genocide. Set in a tidy conference room, Aaron Loeb's toothy satire Ideation ridicules the eponymous activity, a process known as "brainstorming" among those...
In 'Bright Star,' Appalachian People Know How to Survive
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, March 15, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 15, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The resilient spirit of Stevie Martin and Edie Brickell's Broadway musical --- Bright Star could easily be a melodrama, with cackling villains and histrionic heroines chewing every piece of scenery. After all, this new Broadway musical, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, is loosely based on the shocking true story of the Iron Mountain Baby,...
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