Category: Off-Broadway
How Can You Be a Mom When Deportation Looms?
By HOWARD SHERMAN
Tuesday, April 10, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Apr 10, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega plays an undocumented immigrant in the new musical Miss You Like Hell --- Mother-daughter relationships in musicals -- as in life -- are often complex and combative (see Gypsy). But the interactions between the mother and daughter at the center of Miss You Like Hell, currently playing at the Public Theater, are particularly...
Rapping About Smashing the Patriarchy
By JOSE SOLÍS
Monday, April 09, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Apr 9, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
The Q Brothers give Lysistrata a feminist hip-hop makeover --- Lots of theatre-makers update the classics but only the Chicago-based Q Brothers specialize in "add-rap-tations:" contemporary hip-hop reimaginings of iconic texts. Their playful and inventive takes on The Comedy of Errors, rechristened The Bomb-itty of Errors, and Othello: the Remix both...
The Library Was Her Home -- Literally
By REGINA ROBBINS
Thursday, April 05, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 5, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Sharon Washington's solo memoir examines her unusual New York City upbringing --- Sharon Washington loves being an actor. That comes through in her autobiographical solo show Feeding the Dragon, presented by Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Yet despite her 30 years onscreen and stage, the show focuses on a time before she found the spotlight,...
Why 'Yerma' Should Always Take Place Now
By DIANE SNYDER
Wednesday, April 04, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 4, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How Simon Stone radically reinvented an 84-year-old play --- Initially, playwright and director Simon Stone wasn't sure Federico García Lorca's Yerma would resonate with modern-day audiences. To him, the 1934 tragedy about a Catholic woman in rural Spain whose longing for a child sends her over the edge seemed woefully out of date. "I was like,...
Can Conservative Values and Progressive Politics Coexist?
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Friday, March 30, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Mar 30, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Playwright Abby Rosebrock tries to work that out in Dido of Idaho --- Abby Rosebrock did sketch comedy and worked in academia before becoming a performer-playwright. She was most fulfilled when the two went together. "It's like being a singer-songwriter," she explains. "You've written your own material and the performance is integral to bringing...
He Wishes His Play Weren't So Timely
By SANDY MACDONALD
Thursday, March 29, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 29, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Alex Lubischer makes his New York debut with Bobbie Clearly at Roundabout Underground --- When Alex Lubischer started writing Bobbie Clearly four years ago, he was sure it could never be done in New York. After all, it has 11 characters and no double casting. In his experience, producers tend to balk even at six roles. "'If you had four or three,...
Why 'Pygmalion' Can't Be More Like a 'Lady'
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, March 27, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 27, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Bedlam tackles Shaw's classic downtown while the musical plays on Broadway --- Eric Tucker, the director and star of Bedlam's stripped-down take on Pygmalion, isn't concerned that Lincoln Center Theater is simultaneously mounting a lavish revival of the musical based on George Bernard Shaw's play. In fact, he welcomes it. "It's a great thing for people...
Finally, an Arts Fest for Children on the Autism Spectrum
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, March 23, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Mar 23, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Inside Lincoln Center's groundbreaking Big Umbrella Festival --- The seed was planted back in 2012 when Peg Schuler-Armstrong attended a professional development session at the New Victory Theater about creating work for children on the autism spectrum. "It was unlike anything I'd ever done, yet it just made so much sense to me," says Schuler-Armstrong,...
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