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Why on Earth Is Blessed Unrest Staging 'A Christmas Carol'?
By MATT OPATRNY and JESSICA BURR
Thursday, December 15, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 15, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How experimental artists fell for Scrooge --- It might seem like my experimental physical theatre ensemble would never do A Christmas Carol. Blessed Unrest actors playing Scrooge, Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and funny ghosts? No way. We do devised theatre based on dark mythology, Russian plays where the protagonists kill themselves, and movement pieces where...
Why Does a Play About the Internet Have a Realistic Set?
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Tuesday, December 13, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 13, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
The meaningful space of Tiny Beautiful Things --- It might be about strangers communicating on the vast and anonymous internet, but Tiny Beautiful Things is a play of personal moments and intimate environs. Now playing at the Public in their Shiva Theater space, the show adapts the online advice columns that Cheryl Strayed wrote under the pseudonym...
In a Historic Home, 'A Christmas Carol' Feels New
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, December 09, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 9, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the holiday show at the Merchant's House --- No matter how well you know A Christmas Carol, it will almost certainly seem different at the Merchant's House. (It's playing there for the fifth consecutive year, from November 30 to December 31.) A museum on East 4th Street that was once the home of a 19th-century businessman named Seabury Tredwell,...
A Massive Play About Tiny Things
By ELIZA BENT
Tuesday, November 29, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 29, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
In Rancho Viejo, everyday life has mystery --- Dan LeFranc likes plays that are "either gigantic, or small and fast." His new show Rancho Viejo, now at Playwrights Horizons, arguably falls into both categories at once. On the gigantic side, the play runs over three hours, features nine characters, and has some massive tonal shifts. At the same time,...
Inside the Art of Getting Laughs
By FRANK RIZZO
Monday, November 28, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 28, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
A comedy expert directs a commedia classic --- How do you make the centuries-old techniques of commedia dell'arte work on stage in 2016? "The trap of it is to think of it as something that has an antique style, something that isn't alive anymore," says Christopher Bayes. And he should know. He has a long history with professional clowning and movement-based...
A Bittersweet 'Charity'
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, November 18, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 18, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How director Leigh Silverman reinvented a classic musical for our complicated age --- When the all-female band starts wailing the iconic vamp to "Big Spender," murmurs of recognition erupt throughout the house. It's Sweet Charity's famous, sexy showstopper -- but within seconds it becomes clear that this version has a darkness to it. The orchestration...
The Women Talk, and the Men Do What They Say
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, November 17, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Nov 17, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
The power of words in Andy Bragen's new comedy --- It's amusing that Andy Bragen's latest play is called Don't You F**king Say a Word, since a clear way to understand the show is to notice who's talking. Words – who says them, and in what context – are the arbiter of power in this world, and anyone who keeps quiet is in trouble. That's...
With a Proudly Feminine Musical, a Director Finds Her Voice
By LAUREN KAY
Thursday, November 17, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Nov 17, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Inside A Taste of Things to Come --- Sitting in the York Theatre Company's house on a recent Monday, Lorin Latarro juts her neck forward to listen intently to a rehearsal of A Taste of Things to Come . A pencil pokes out of her ponytail. She reaches back to grab it, scribbles on the script, and whispers to her associate. She never once, however, moves...
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