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Giving Voice to a Rarely Represented Community
By GERARD RAYMOND
Thursday, February 22, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 22, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
British playwright Hammaad Chaudry depicts a culture in conflict in An Ordinary Muslim --- Family dramas in which personal relationships are refracted through religious or political convictions are not new. But there is something unusual about An Ordinary Muslim, currently running at New York Theatre Workshop. In this play by newcomer Hammaad Chaudry,...
He's So Good at Playing Bad
By SUZY EVANS
Wednesday, February 21, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 21, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Veteran actor Zach Grenier tackles an ethically compromised politician in Kings --- The last time Zach Grenier appeared at the Public Theater, he played Vice President Dick Cheney in David Hare's Stuff Happens in 2006. Now he's back on the same stage portraying another scheming politician: a fictional Texas senator in Sarah Burgess's Kings. In...
Why Is This Young Playwright So Interested in Old Men?
By DIANE SNYDER
Monday, February 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Feb 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new drama explores the fraught relationship between an African-American father and son --- As performances got underway for James Anthony Tyler's Some Old Black Man at 59E59 Theaters, the up-and-coming playwright found himself weighing changes to the script. "There's one we're still debating," he admits a few days into previews. "A character is...
Why Teenage Girls Can't Lose Onstage
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, February 15, 2018  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 15, 2018  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
A new play explores the complicated relationship between two adolescent fencers --- It's tempting to compare Gracie Gardner's world-premiere play Athena at Jack to Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves, which recently finished a critically acclaimed run at Lincoln Center Theater. Both are highly physical one acts featuring teenage female athletes bonding, bantering,...
What Can One Dance-Maker Learn From Another?
By LAUREN KAY
Thursday, February 15, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 15, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Choreographer Bebe Miller explores the creative process in The Making Room --- Choreographer Bebe Miller always prioritizes the investigative process. Even in the throes of creating, she likes to zoom out to consider how she actually makes the art. Does she prepare material before rehearsals? How does she engage the dancers in helpful dialogue? If...
Debra Monk Adds Another Loopy Character to Her Collection
By SANDY MACDONALD
Wednesday, February 14, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 14, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
The Tony winner goes on a dysfunctional family road trip in Amy and the Orphans --- When director Scott Ellis calls Debra Monk, the actress listens. After all, he's directed her in numerous shows over the past three decades, including the Broadway musicals Steel Pier and Curtains, for which she earned Tony nominations. But this time around, he reached...
Jayne Houdyshell Gets Politically Incorrect
By DAVID COTE
Tuesday, February 13, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Feb 13, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
The Tony winner shows her down-and-dirty side as an embattled feminist in Relevance --- If Jayne Houdyshell's life were the subject of a suspense novel, the central mystery would be: Where was she before 2004? That's when she got her big break at age 50 in Lisa Kron's Well at the Public Theater, portraying the author's chronically ill, semi-tragic...
Why Does This Opera Have So Much Cursing?
By GERARD RAYMOND
Monday, February 12, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Feb 12, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Jerry Springer – The Opera offers pathos and profanity --- If it weren't for the frequent streams of expletives, the choral refrains of Jerry Springer – The Opera might work at the Metropolitan. But given the raunchy subject matter and all those f-bombs, this musical is much more at home Off-Broadway, where it's currently running at the...
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