Category: Off-Broadway
Brush Up Your Shakespur
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Tuesday, June 12, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Jun 12, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
How the Bard inspired a Wild West musical comedy --- Though it's categorized as a comedy and ends with multiple weddings, Measure for Measure has long been considered one of Shakespeare's "problem plays." It's a morally complex tale rife with abuse of power, sexual blackmail and some seriously toxic masculinity as corrupt judge Angelo demands nun...
Examining the Human Toll of Income Inequality
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
Monday, June 04, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Jun 4, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Tony-winning director Doug Hughes embraces the moral quandaries in Dan Cody's Yacht --- Director Doug Hughes vividly remembers the day he met playwright Anthony Giardina. A blizzard was swirling outside and Hughes, then a young associate artistic director for Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), was at home reading scripts when he came across Giardina's...
Cultures and Generations Clash on the Court
By DIEP TRAN
Friday, June 01, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 1, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Basketball serves as a multifaceted metaphor in Lauren Yee's The Great Leap --- Growing up, Lauren Yee's father Larry loved to regale her with tales from his youth, especially how he used to play basketball all day and night on the asphalt courts of San Francisco's Chinatown. In 1981, Larry even traveled to China to play against the country's top...
How Do You Make a Dance Play?
By ERIKA GOULD
Friday, May 25, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Fri May 25, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Writer David Thompson on how he helped build The Beast in the Jungle --- When Tony-winning director-choreographer Susan Stroman said that the protagonist of The Beast in the Jungle was "waltzing through life," everything clicked. Stroman, Tony-winning composer John Kander and Tony-nominated book writer David Thompson had been talking about adapting...
When a Role Hits Incredibly Close to Home
By FRANK RIZZO
Thursday, May 24, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 24, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How J. Smith-Cameron drew on personal experience for her part in Peace for Mary Frances --- In the New Group's intense world-premiere drama Peace for Mary Frances, Obie winner J. Smith-Cameron portrays Alice, a middle-aged mom tending to the family's dying 90-year-old matriarch (Lois Smith). It's a role Smith-Cameron recently played off-stage,...
What Happens When You Can Go Home Again?
By BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
Tuesday, May 22, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 22, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Hill Harper channels a dissatisfied deejay in Our Lady of 121st Street --- Although the priest taking Rooftop's long-overdue, long-winded and profanity-peppered confession in Our Lady of 121st Street eventually cuts him off, Hill Harper can't get enough of the character's street poetry. The actor was in Vancouver shooting his TV series The Good Doctor...
How Did Life Change After Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami?
By DOUG STRASSLER
Friday, May 18, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri May 18, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Toshiki Okada examines the aftershocks of a disaster --- The three characters in Time's Journey Through a Room, the latest collaboration between renowned Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada and The Play Company, make up a very unusual triangle. It would give away too much to explain exactly how they're related, but it's not a spoiler to reveal...
They Can't Get Through the Night Alone
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Wednesday, May 16, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Wed May 16, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
In Operation Crucible, four men try to survive the Sheffield Blitz --- When Kieran Knowles and his LAMDA drama school buddies couldn't get work, he decided to write a play for them to star in. Six years later, most of the friends are still touring in Operation Crucible, which is currently running at 59E59 Theaters as part of the Brits Off Broadway...
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