Category: Off-Broadway
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...
Rapping About Smashing the Patriarchy
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
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,...
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