Category: Off-Broadway
This Play Wouldn't Exist Without Her Students
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
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'
By CAREY PURCELL
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
By BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
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?
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...
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