Why It's Awesome When Characters in Straight Plays Dance
Wednesday, December 12, 2018  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    1 comment Share This
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Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things --- This week, TDF Stages contributor Linda Buchwald geeks out with fellow Drama Desk nominator and journalist, Doug Strassler. Today's topic: dance sequences in straight plays Linda Buchwald: I came up with the idea for this GOFO when I saw Teenage Dick, Mike Lew's...
How Do You Create a Drama About Peace?
Tuesday, December 11, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 11, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Revisiting a magical moment of amity during World War I through stories and songs --- In the early 2000s, playwright and director Peter Rothstein started working on a show about the Christmas Truce of 1914, an unofficial ceasefire that brought troops from opposing sides of World War I together on December 24 for a night of caroling and companionship....
Getting a New Identity for Christmas
Monday, December 10, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Heather Raffo on writing and starring in the Iraqi immigrant tale Noura at Playwrights Horizons --- Heather Raffo says she grew up as a "sheltered Michigan girl -- a really nice, open, conservative" and blonde American who spoke English with a flat Midwestern accent. Then, at age 20, the Gulf War changed her identity. She became an Iraqi-American...
How Directing This Show Made Him Want to Smash the Patriarchy
Friday, December 07, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 7, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Oliver Butler on how What the Constitution Means to Me changed him --- Even though they had never worked together, it made sense that performer and playwright Heidi Schreck approached Oliver Butler to direct her über-personal, almost solo show What the Constitution Means to Me. As a cofounder of the Obie-winning devised theatre company The Debate...
My Life in a Theatre
Thursday, December 06, 2018  •   Broadway  •    4 comments Share This
Thu Dec 6, 2018  •   Broadway  •    4 comments Share This
One seasoned audience member's tribute to the memories he's made at the Shubert --- "Remember?" The three-note motif had insinuated itself into my mind's ear since we took our seats in the balcony of Broadway's Shubert Theatre, where we were about to see Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! It wasn't from a song in the show, so I wondered why I was hearing...
Facing the Real Monsters in 'King Kong'
Thursday, December 06, 2018  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 6, 2018  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
A new satire wrestles with the controversial 1933 classic --- While writing The Making of King Kong, Lisa Clair almost abandoned the project. "It is too big, it is too scary," the recent graduate of Brooklyn College's playwriting program recalls thinking. She wasn't frightened of the oversize title ape; she was wary of the piece's giant themes: racism...
Still Dancing with Alvin Ailey After 21 Years
Wednesday, December 05, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Dec 5, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Two veteran dancers discuss the company's 60th anniversary season --- Although it's exciting when a young new dancer catches your eye for the first time, it's even more thrilling to watch that performer mature artistically over the years. These days, many leading New York companies are enriched by veteran members who've been dancing for decades, such...
5 Theatres You Need to Know: Latinx Companies in NYC
Tuesday, December 04, 2018  •   5 Theatres to Know  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Dec 4, 2018  •   5 Theatres to Know  •    1 comment Share This
Where to see shows exploring Hispanic culture in English and Spanish --- According to the 2010 census, there are approximately 2.3 million people of Hispanic descent living in NYC, many of whom speak Spanish. That's more than 28% of our city's population, and yet the number of marquees in Times Square en español usually equals zero. While Broadway...
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