Category: Off-Broadway
Two Provocative Off-Broadway Plays, One Insightful Director
Tuesday, October 23, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 23, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Why Kimberly Senior enjoys helming shows that raise tough questions about our multicultural society --- At first glance, Aasif Mandvi's Sakina's Restaurant at Audible's Minetta Lane Theatre and Eleanor Burgess' The Niceties at Manhattan Theatre Club don't seem to have much in common. The former is a revival of a 20-year-old solo show in which the...
Making Edna St. Vincent Millay Sing
Monday, October 22, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 22, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How an iconic 1912 poem inspired an unconventional musical --- Veteran musical director Carmel Dean had worked closely with celebrated artists ranging from Green Day to Chita Rivera, but she panicked when she met Stephen Sondheim -- not because she revered him (although she does), but because he asked what she was working on. She had heard that he...
How Do You Conjure a Feminist Icon Onstage?
Friday, October 19, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Oct 19, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
How playwright Emily Mann turned Gloria Steinem's life into activist theatre --- Breaking new ground for women in theatre is nothing new for Emily Mann. The 66-year-old playwright and director, who has served as the artistic director of New Jersey's McCarter Theatre Center since 1991, was the first female to helm productions at many storied regional...
What Does It Mean to Be Human?
Wednesday, October 17, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Oct 17, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Andrew R. Butler's new folk musical is set two centuries from now but speaks to today --- A man with long, unruly red hair and a matching beard takes the Ars Nova stage with a guitar. He says his name is Rags Parkland and he's going to be singing some tunes. He strums his instrument and croons a love song -- but his object of desire is surprising....
There's a Reason Two Kurt Vonnegut Tales Are Onstage Right Now
Tuesday, October 16, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 16, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How the master satirist's work speaks to today --- Kurt Vonnegut, best known for his acidic novels Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five, only wrote a handful of works for the theatre, mostly playlets that are rarely done. So when two shows with his byline are running Off-Broadway simultaneously, it practically qualifies as a festival. San Francisco's...
Giving 'Oklahoma!' Bold New Moves
Friday, October 12, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Oct 12, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How choreographer John Heginbotham helped revitalize the Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece --- Guggenheim Fellow John Heginbotham has been creating his own celebrated contemporary dance-theatre pieces since founding his eponymous company in 2011. Choreographing classic musicals wasn't really high on his wish list -- until boundary-pushing director...
He's Designing Three Shows at Once
Tuesday, October 09, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 9, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Set and costume designer Arnulfo Maldonado is having a major Off-Broadway moment --- An African-American woman is working in her kitchen. She's wearing heels; her hair is elegantly coiffed. The furniture and appliances indicate we're in the mid-20th century. This feels like a real place, with its floral-patterned wallpaper, Formica table and white...
Why Bill Irwin Is Obsessed with Samuel Beckett
Thursday, October 04, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 4, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
The Tony winner mounts a singular tribute to the legendary writer at Irish Rep --- Bill Irwin is not a scholar. He is not a biographer. He is a clown. Whether you know him as Mr. Noodle on Sesame Street, or for playing fools in Shakespeare, or from his neo-vaudeville romps Fool Moon and Old Hats, his Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown...
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