The Recipe Behind the Scrumptious Set for 'The Cake'
Monday, March 04, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 4, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tony-winning scenic designer John Lee Beatty dishes on his decades-long collaboration with Manhattan Theatre Club --- On April 26, 2019, John Lee Beatty will receive the Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatrical Design at the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards. Read our press release for more information. Scenic designer John Lee Beatty...
We Need More Nuanced Depictions of Black Women on Stage
Friday, March 01, 2019  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Mar 1, 2019  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
An African-American critic calls for an end to endless suffering --- As a theatre critic, I see wide variety of shows about a multitude of subjects. But as a black woman, I am constantly confronted by the fact that the art form I adore often does not honor the experiences of people who look like me. Of the dozens of shows I've seen over the past six...
How Being a Dad Helped Tom Kitt Write His New Musical
Thursday, February 28, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 28, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The co-creator of Next to Normal debuts Superhero Off-Broadway --- Superhero at Second Stage Theatre is a homecoming for Tom Kitt. The composer's breakthrough musical with lyricist Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal, about a family struggling with mental illness, premiered at the venue 11 years ago before transferring to Broadway and picking up...
Friendship Is the Key to This 'Merrily We Roll Along'
Wednesday, February 27, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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How Fiasco Theater reinvented Stephen Sondheim's most cherished flop --- Even though Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along premiered back in 1981, every major revival feels like a new musical. That's because the songwriter and a few of his trusted collaborators have revised the show multiple times over the decades, hoping to perfect...
Is the Only Answer to Violence More Violence?
Tuesday, February 26, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Feb 26, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Kristiana Rae Colón's confrontational drama asks tough questions about our nationwide epidemic --- Kristiana Rae Colón feels conflicted that her decade-old play exploring the connection between gun and sexual violence, good friday, continues to be produced. After touring college campuses throughout the country, it's finally having its...
Resurrecting a Forgotten Female Playwright
Monday, February 25, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Feb 25, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why the Mint Theater Company wants New York audiences to know Elizabeth Baker --- You've probably never heard of Elizabeth Baker, and the Mint Theater Company, which specializes in reviving lost plays, aims to fix that. A British dramatist who enjoyed a fair amount of success in her homeland in the early 20th century, she's barely known stateside,...
How Do You Write a Comedy About Climate Change?
Friday, February 22, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Madeleine George's Hurricane Diane inspires soul searching in between laughs --- To riff on Al Gore, Hurricane Diane is an inconvenient comedy. Madeleine George's show, currently running at New York Theatre Workshop in a co-production with WP Theater, confronts climate change via the funny bone. But how do you make a satire that investigates such...
Wearing Their Subtext on Their Sleeves
Thursday, February 21, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 21, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Dede M. Ayite on crafting the costumes for the multi-era comedy By the Way, Meet Vera Stark --- How do you give outfits subtext? That's one of the many challenges Dede M. Ayite faced designing the costumes for Signature Theatre Company's revival of Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. The story of the titular character, a Depression-era black...
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