Category: Off-Broadway
She's Playing One Role in Two Shows at Once
By REGINA ROBBINS
Wednesday, September 18, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Wed Sep 18, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Patrice Johnson Chevannes portrays a matriarch over the years in runboyrun and IN OLD AGE at New York Theatre Workshop --- "Girl, I'm tired," admits Patrice Johnson Chevannes about her latest gig at New York Theatre Workshop. When she shares the specifics, it's easy to understand why. Seven times a week, she's playing the same character in two different...
How Do You Follow Up Winning a Tony for 'Harry Potter?'
By ALLISON CONSIDINE
Tuesday, September 17, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 17, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Jack Thorne talks about his two new shows opening in NYC --- When Jack Thorne was 11 years old, he was kicked out of choir for lying. "I was absolutely devastated," recalls the Tony-winning English playwright of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, who has two shows opening in New York this fall. "That feeling is still with me to this day,"...
Let's Hear It for the 'Wives'
By JEN GUSHUE
Thursday, September 12, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Sep 12, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Jaclyn Backhaus' new time-hopping play puts the women behind great men center stage --- Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus doesn't do straightforward linear narratives, which she describes as "patriarchal plot structure." She's made that clear with her surreal, gleefully anachronistic shows such as Men on Boats, an inventive dramatization of the Powell Geographic...
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...
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