Notes on My Mother's Theatregoing
Tuesday, January 01, 2019  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Tue Jan 1, 2019  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
A playwright recalls seeing shows with his mother in the '80s, courtesy of TDF --- "She loved the theatre, would arrange groups of ten with TDF. She had lists of people, teacher friends mostly -- we went every week. 10am -- the minute tickets became available -- in bed, pressing the button on her demon dialer." Those lines are from my play Notes...
The Accidental Musical Theatre Heartthrob
Friday, December 28, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 28, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Dave Thomas Brown on starring in Clueless the Musical --- Growing up, Dave Thomas Brown didn't dream of becoming a musical theatre star. Oh, he definitely wanted to be on stage, but he studied drama in both high school and college at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. When he arrived in New York, he joined the Flea Theater's acting...
Reconceiving 'Coppélia' for the 21st Century
Thursday, December 27, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 27, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Director-choreographer Chase Brock premieres his first dance-theatre work Off-Broadway --- After 15 years of assisting on or contributing to Main Stem productions, Chase Brock is about to make his full-fledged Broadway musical choreographic debut with Be More Chill in February. But instead of using the holidays to rest up for rehearsals, the prolific...
Unexpectedly Encountering God on Broadway
Friday, December 21, 2018  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Dec 21, 2018  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
A theatregoer of faith recounts her epiphany at Hamilton --- I first saw my faith reflected on the secular stage when I watched Hamilton on Broadway. As someone who grew up attending a Baptist church for more than 20 years, I didn't expect to find it there. But I definitely felt the presence of God at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. I'll set the stage:...
Putting a Face on the Refugee Crisis
Thursday, December 20, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Dec 20, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
How The Jungle recreates life in a migrant camp --- "When does a place become home?" asks one of the displaced characters in The Jungle, currently at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn. It's also the central question of Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy's play about refugees from multiple countries scraping by in a real-life camp in Calais, France nicknamed...
Why This Play Has a New Star Every Night
Wednesday, December 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Dec 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
The singular structure of Nassim Soleimanpour's new play  --- At every performance of Barrow Street Theatricals' Nassim by Nassim Soleimanpour, a new guest star performs the script unrehearsed, embarking on a journey into the unknown guided only by instinct and instructions from the author. For both the actor and the audience, surprise is key,...
A Lynn Nottage Play That Makes You Laugh
Tuesday, December 18, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Cherise Boothe on starring in the comedy Fabulation at Signature Theatre --- The first time actress Cherise Boothe appeared in a Lynn Nottage play, it was Ruined, about brutalized women in civil-war-torn Congo. Almost a decade later, she's starring in another Nottage work, but Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine is more hilarious than harrowing....
Do We Really Need to Watch Shows in Silence?
Monday, December 17, 2018  •   Broadway  •    15 comments Share This
Mon Dec 17, 2018  •   Broadway  •    15 comments Share This
A Latinx theatregoer makes the case for loosening up audience "rules" --- Growing up in Honduras, I picked up my knowledge of theatre etiquette from the movies (thank you Pretty Woman and Citizen Kane). I learned that I shouldn't talk, that I should unwrap my candy before the show and that I should sit as still as possible and wait for my cues to...
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