A Funny Thing Happened On Her Way to 'Kiss Me, Kate'
Friday, March 15, 2019  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Mar 15, 2019  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
How a canceled production led to Stephanie Styles' Broadway debut --- "This may be my first time on Broadway, but a lot has led me to here," says Stephanie Styles, the 27-year-old triple threat playing Lois in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Cole Porter's musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate. A Houston native who's been performing professionally...
After Hot Sex, They Have Passionate Arguments
Wednesday, March 13, 2019  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Hatef**k explores the tempestuous relationship between two very different Muslim Americans --- When she first started acting 20 years ago, Indian American Kavi Ladnier promised herself that she would not take on any reductive roles. No funny accents, no sex objects, no terrorists. And she didn't -- but her conviction came with a cost. "Looking back,...
An Uplifting Black Play Is What We Need Right Now
Wednesday, March 13, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Mar 13, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Why Chisa Hutchinson felt compelled to write a drama filled with joy --- Both in the news and on stage, stories about the African-American experience can be grim and disturbing -- hardly surprising, given our nation's history. In the post-Obama era, many of the most lauded plays by black writers have featured a decidedly bleak perspective. African-American...
The Art of Designing Black Hair for the Stage
Tuesday, March 12, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 12, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
How Cookie Jordan brings talent and cultural knowledge to her work --- Looking at Cookie Jordan's extensive New York City stage credits, it seems like she's the go-to hair and wig designer for productions with predominantly black casts. After all, her résumé includes Eclipsed, Once on This Island, Choir Boy, An Octoroon, Fairview, Sugar...
Experience Merce Cunningham's Legacy Throughout NYC
Monday, March 11, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 11, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
In honor of the late dance legend's 100th birthday, you can see his artistry and influence all over town --- Merce Cunningham would have turned 100 on April 16 and several local institutions are celebrating the seminal choreographer's creativity, innovation and impact on generations of dance-makers. A native of Washington State, Cunningham was a notable...
Using 'The X-Files' to Talk About the Things That Haunt Us
Friday, March 08, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas' new experimental play Recent Alien Abductions is an engaging enigma --- Few television shows have haunted the collective imagination as much as The X-Files. The sci-fi series -- which ran on Fox for 11 seasons and spawned two feature films -- centered on the paranormal adventures of FBI agents Mulder and Scully, played...
Singing the Praises of Chick Flicks on Stage
Thursday, March 07, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 7, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
A new musical comedy celebrates an unfairly maligned genre --- Fans of so-called chick flicks -- cinematic stories centering on romance, family and female friendships -- often defend their penchant for these films by dismissing them as "guilty pleasures." But according to Suzy Conn, who wrote the book and songs for Chick Flick the Musical at the Westside...
Finding Inspiration in Ballet, Spirituals and Prison Songs
Wednesday, March 06, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
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Dancer-choreographer Silas Farley debuts Songs From the Spirit at the Metropolitan Museum --- Last July, Silas Farley spent a day at California's San Quentin State Prison listening to music composed by inmates. The setting was a stark contrast to the grand stages on which Farley, an elegant 24-year-old member of New York City Ballet, usually performs...
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