Category: Off-Broadway
Reviving Groundbreaking Musicals While Honoring a Friend
By DAVID COTE
Wednesday, June 20, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jun 20, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Inside Encores! Off-Center's bittersweet new season --- Quick: What do Encores! Off-Center's three summer revivals Songs for a New World, Gone Missing and Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope have in common? If you answered that they're all bookless musicals, you're right. Each is a revue, a song cycle around an idea, whether that's new beginnings, types...
Yes, There Were Gay Slaves
By REGINA ROBBINS
Tuesday, June 19, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jun 19, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Donja R. Love explores queer love in the Civil War South --- In the opening scene of Sugar in Our Wounds, Donja R. Love's lyrical world premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club, a young plantation slave stands under a gigantic tree and hears it call his name: "James." That fantastical moment recalls the inception of the Civil War South-set play....
Increasing Opportunities for Actors with Disabilities, Including Himself
By NICOLE SERRATORE
Friday, June 15, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 15, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Gregg Mozgala stars in Teenage Dick --- Two years ago, when I first interviewed Gregg Mozgala, a performer with cerebral palsy, he said he was typically called in to audition just a few times annually. But he noted an encouraging milestone: 2016 was the first year that he had been acting professionally when he had two auditions in one week. However,...
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,...
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