Category: Off-Broadway
This Grandma's Probably Way Cooler Than Yours
Tuesday, May 08, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Tue May 8, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Luba Mason shatters ageist notions in the musical Unexpected Joy --- The amazingly youthful-looking Luba Mason isn't a grandmother in real life, but she doesn't mind playing one onstage -- so long as the character's not a stereotype. That's why she's embracing her role as Joy, a sexually fluid hippie at the center of Unexpected Joy at the York Theatre...
'Summer and Smoke,' Stripped-Down and Sexy
Friday, May 04, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri May 4, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Why Jack Cummings III took a minimalist approach to the Tennessee Williams classic --- At first Classic Stage Company's revival of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke looks a little curious. Pent-up Mississippi maid Alma (played by Tony nominee Marin Ireland) talks about her handkerchief, but her fingers are empty. Her lifelong crush, bad boy Dr....
Finding a Story of Hope in a Historic Holocaust
Thursday, May 03, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 3, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
A new play focuses on two friends who survived the Armenian genocide --- Over a decade ago a stranger approached playwright Joyce Van Dyke in the lobby of a theatre. "My name is Martin Deranian," the elderly gentleman said. "Your grandmother and my mother were best friends and they were deported together from their homeland in 1915. I think you should...
Robert O'Hara's Radical Makeover of 'Henry V'
Wednesday, May 02, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed May 2, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
The director helms a free production of the Shakespeare play at the Public Theater --- When the Public Theater approached Robert O'Hara about doing a Shakespeare show for its Mobile Unit, he immediately suggested Henry V. The Obie-winning director-playwright (Bootycandy, Mankind) had previously done student mountings of the play and the opportunity...
This Play Wouldn't Exist Without Her Students
Tuesday, April 24, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Apr 24, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
How Lucy Thurber's new drama was inspired by a pair of her pupils --- Obie-winning playwright Lucy Thurber is as interested in talking about her teaching experiences as her new drama Transfers at MCC Theater. That makes sense since her world-premiere play is inspired by students she worked with as MCC's Youth Company Playwriting Lab Director. Like...
Navigating Through the Darkness in 'The Seafarer'
Thursday, April 19, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 19, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Irish Rep revives Conor McPherson's Tony-nominated play --- The Seafarer, Conor McPherson's tale of despair and redemption on a drunken Christmas Eve, is a decidedly male affair. In fact, according to Ciarán O'Reilly, the director of Irish Repertory Theatre's current revival, "This play could be called The Absence of Women." The action takes...
This Elephant Is Always in the Room
Monday, April 16, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Apr 16, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Why director Jo Bonney has a dead animal haunt the characters in Mlima's Tale --- In Lynn Nottage's world-premiere drama Mlima's Tale at the Public Theater, the title character is murdered in the opening scene. And yet Mlima -- a big-tusked African elephant portrayed by Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah -- remains a central presence onstage throughout this...
How Can You Be a Mom When Deportation Looms?
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...
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