Category: Off-Broadway
Why Are There So Many New Plays About AIDS Right Now?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Wednesday, September 11, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Wed Sep 11, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Three new works, including Broadway's The Inheritance, explore the impact of the virus on multiple generations --- Playwright Matthew Lopez was 10 when he first learned about AIDS from the TV news. "That's how I discovered what being gay was, by simultaneously being taught that it also meant dying of HIV/AIDS," he says. Later, as a theatre-loving...
Shining a Much-Needed Spotlight on Black Men Living with HIV
By JUAN MICHAEL PORTER II
Wednesday, September 04, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 4, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Art meets activism in the immersive theatre piece As Much As I Can --- The Normal Heart, Angels in America, Broadway's upcoming The Inheritance -- epic tales about white men living with HIV/AIDS are well represented in American theatre. But what about the black experience of the epidemic? It's a story dying to be told: According to the Centers for...
Complicated Characters Are Her Comfort Zone
By DIANE SNYDER
Tuesday, September 03, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 3, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
In 'Eureka Day,' Tina Benko makes sure her anti-vaxxer character does not come across as a villain --- The private Northern California school depicted in Jonathan Spector's timely dark comedy Eureka Day is so progressive that in the alphabet displayed on the library wall, "A" is for activist and "X" is for Malcolm. But this beacon of tolerance and...
Why Theatre Row's Makeover Is More Than Façade Deep
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, August 23, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    4 comments Share This
Fri Aug 23, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    4 comments Share This
How the overhauled multi-theatre complex plans to help nonprofit companies while attracting new audiences --- Earlier this summer after months of work, the six-stage Theatre Row complex on West 42nd Street raised the curtain on its renovation. But while the glass storefront, modernized interior and refurbished lounge are all pretty snazzy, the upgrades...
Why 'Hercules' Needs Puppets of Mythic Proportions
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, August 22, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Aug 22, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How Obie winner James Ortiz is helping to bring Disney's animated movie to the stage --- When The Public Theater hired James Ortiz to design puppets for its Public Works' adaptation of Hercules, the first thing he did was rewatch the source material. It had been years since he'd seen Disney's 1997 animated movie, and he wanted to get a sense of which...
How Hal Prince Changed My Life as an Audience Member and an Artist
By CHRISTOPHER MASSIMINE
Tuesday, August 20, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Tue Aug 20, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Editor's note: In the summer of 2021, the author of this piece, Christopher Massimine, was exposed as a fabulist with a résumé riddled with lies. He subsequently resigned from his position at Arizona's Pioneer Theatre, citing mental illness. When editing this essay in 2019, I removed multiple "facts" that I could not verify regarding his...
The Most Important New York Playwright You've Probably Never Heard Of
By BILLY MCENTEE
Monday, August 19, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Aug 19, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
A Mac Wellman festival at The Flea hopes to earn the venerable dramatist new fans --- "It wasn't my idea at all but it's fine with me!" says Mac Wellman about the ten-week festival of his plays kicking off this Saturday at Tribeca's Flea Theater. Despite being an incredibly prolific (40-odd plays and counting), lauded (three Obie Awards) and influential...
Samantha Mathis Is Ready to 'Make Believe' On Stage
By CAROLINE CAO
Tuesday, August 13, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Aug 13, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
The TV and film star talks about tackling her second Off-Broadway play this summer --- In Make Believe, Bess Wohl's haunting new play at Second Stage Theatre, Samantha Mathis plays Kate, a middle-aged woman who was abandoned by her parents as a kid along with her three siblings. Act I chronicles the increasingly disturbing goings-on in the children's...
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