Embodying the Empowering Message of 'Escape to Margaritaville'
Thursday, March 15, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 15, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Lisa Howard finds romance and self-love in the new Jimmy Buffett musical --- At first, much of Escape to Margaritaville at Broadway's Marquis Theatre is what you would anticipate from a musical inspired by the laid-back, feel-good, country-Caribbean songs of Jimmy Buffett ("Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Come Monday," "Why Don't We Get Drunk"). There...
How Did This Piece of Art Become a Play?
Thursday, March 15, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside the 25-year journey of Patrick Dunning's The Signature Project --- The Signature Project, currently running at the Sheen Center, was never meant to be onstage. The brainchild of Dublin-born, Oregon-based visual artist Patrick Dunning, it started back in 1990 as an ambitious 76 foot by 36 foot mural that would use the signatures of 1 million...
Why All Student Activists Should See This Show
Wednesday, March 14, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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There's much to be learned from the South African protest docudrama The Fall --- "Nothing about us without us!" That slogan served as a rallying cry for the University of Cape Town (UCT) students who, in the spring of 2015, demanded a statue of 19th-century British imperialist Cecil Rhodes be removed from campus. Their story is recounted in The Fall,...
What Is the Nature of Violence?
Tuesday, March 13, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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The Wholehearted attacks tough questions at Abrons Arts Center --- Ironically, there's something comforting about procedural crime dramas because we know how they will go. Female victim endures a violent, often sexual attack. If she survives, we see her crying and shaking in an interview with the cops. If she doesn't, we see her naked body brutalized....
How the Late Sam Shepard Helped Direct This New Play
Monday, March 12, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 12, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Daniel Aukin on staging Joshua Harmon's Admissions --- In Joshua Harmon's Admissions, set at a tony New England prep school, über-competitive senior Charlie (played by Ben Edelman) goes on a long rant. If you've seen any of Harmon's previous plays such as Bad Jews or Significant Other, this won't come as a surprise. The playwright has a penchant...
5 Ways to Celebrate Women's History Month Through Theatre
Friday, March 09, 2018  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    1 comment Share This
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How to support female and trans artists this month -- and beyond --- Theatre has long loved its divas. But when it comes to women performing other artistic roles -- playwright, director, designer -- the industry has an inequality problem. While there's certainly been some notable progress in recent years, theatre is still far from achieving gender...
How Do You Get Into the Mind of a Mentally Ill Man?
Thursday, March 08, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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30 Rock star Maulik Pancholy plays a deluded patient in Good for Otto --- For the first half of David Rabe's new drama Good for Otto, set in a rural mental health clinic, Maulik Pancholy sits silently on the side of the stage, barely noticeable as his costars command the spotlight. But that all changes in Act II when his character, Alex, enters the...
Finding New Stories in Old Stuff
Wednesday, March 07, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 7, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Folk Wandering investigates the myth of the American Dream --- Walking into Pipeline Theatre Company's new musical Folk Wandering is akin to stepping into a stranger's attic. Unruly piles of ramshackle furniture, battered suitcases, and assorted knickknacks are everywhere -- not just onstage but spilling over into the house of the A.R.T./New York...
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