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He Wrote the Part for Himself But He's Not Doing It
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, November 21, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 21, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Why David Cale was happy to let someone else star in his new solo show Harry Clarke --- Veteran playwright and performer David Cale is known for his genre-defying solo shows, notably The Redthroats at Second Stage Theatre, A Likely Story at the New Group, and his Obie Award-winning Lillian at Playwrights Horizons. So when he began developing his latest...
Wait, Is the Same Guy Playing All Those Parts?
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Monday, November 20, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 20, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
How Mark Bedard approaches multiple roles in Pride and Prejudice --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles When Mark Bedard was cast in Kate Hamill's stage adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved 19th-century novel Pride and Prejudice, he called his father to share the good news. "His response...
You May Recognize Some Songs But You've Never Seen This Musical
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Friday, November 17, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 17, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The Mad Ones finally makes it to Off-Broadway --- If you search for the song "Run Away With Me" by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk on YouTube, you'll find viral versions by Broadway stars such as Jeremy Jordan (886K views), Michael Arden (397K views), and Aaron Tveit (1.2 million views). Those stats would be impressive for any show-tune video,...
What's It Like to Have Tourette Syndrome?
By NED MOORE
Thursday, November 16, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Nov 16, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
A new solo shows offers a visceral, video-enhanced experience of the condition --- Performer and playwright Gardiner Comfort has Tourette syndrome, a tic disorder that causes a range of involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations. When developing his autobiographical solo show about living with the condition, he knew he wanted to do more than...
Why I Love 'Small' Theatre
By DREW PISARRA
Wednesday, November 15, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Nov 15, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
A tribute to those "little" shows far too few see --- I've always had a fascination with small things. As a child, I briefly collected foreign stamps, clear marbles, shiny pennies, tiny seashells, smooth stones, refrigerators magnets, and even miniature figurines like Laura did in The Glass Menagerie. I'm sure Freud would have a field day with this...
Who Has Two Shows Running Off-Broadway Right Now?
By DIANE SNYDER
Tuesday, November 14, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 14, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
With plays at Roundabout and Manhattan Theatre Club, Anna Ziegler's a writer to watch --- For playwrights, having one show Off-Broadway is a thrill. But two plays running simultaneously at prestigious institutions like Manhattan Theatre Club and the Roundabout Theatre Company? Now that's a coup de théâtre. "It's been the busiest stretch...
It's a Play, Not a History Lesson
By HOWARD SHERMAN
Monday, November 13, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 13, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tony-winning dramatist Richard Nelson reflects on the early days of Shakespeare in the Park --- A beloved summer tradition for theatregoers, the Public Theater's free, star-studded Shakespeare in the Park may seem as old as Central Park itself. But in the late 1950s, the New York Shakespeare Festival (as it was originally known) was still a nascent...
Why This 1992 Play Still Feels Fresh
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, November 10, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 10, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How What We're Up Against examines office sexism --- The timing of Theresa Rebeck's What We're Up Against is uncanny. Although the dark comedy about a woman fighting for her due in an overwhelmingly male workplace was written in 1992, it's enjoying a belated New York premiere at a moment when stories about men abusing their power are breaking almost...
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