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What's a Woman Worth Without Her Children?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, April 17, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Apr 17, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
A new Broadway play prods our biases --- Even if you've never seen A Doll's House, you might be interested in a sequel. Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's 1879 masterpiece ends with Nora Helmer, a cosseted and infantilized woman who has realized she's smothered by her marriage, leaving her family for an independent life. The play's final moment –...
Turning 'Casablanca' Into Experimental Theatre
By DOUG STRASSLER
Thursday, April 13, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 13, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new show stages the film's chaotic history --- Did you know that little people were used during the final scene of Casablanca? Or that fog had to be brought in to make that scene's iconic airplane appear more convincing? If so, then the new show CasablancaBOX might be for you. And even if you didn't know those obscure facts, this production...
Why Klezmer Music Haunts Broadway's 'Indecent'
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, April 11, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Apr 11, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the score for this fevered take on history --- By its very nature, klezmer music pulses with life, but for Aaron Halva, it has a haunted quality as well. "To me it really feels like when I listen to the blues or hear a banjo played really well, and I just start crying," he says. And for those of Eastern European heritage, he adds, "it's in...
What Makes Interactive Theatre So Fascinating?
By MARIA INES MARQUES
Wednesday, April 05, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 5, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things Today, translator and dramaturg Maria Inês Marques geeks out with fellow Yalie dramaturg, Nahuel Telleria, about their shared passion for interactive and immersive productions. The discussion was sparked by their experience at Top Secret International (State 1), which...
Here's to Ladies Who Knit Onstage!
By SUZY EVANS
Friday, March 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    7 comments Share This
Fri Mar 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    7 comments Share This
Seeing characters knitting helps me celebrate my hobby --- Hello, my name is Suzy Evans, and I am a knitter. I used to think there should be some sort of greeting from a support group when I disclosed that information. Although I hated that I experienced a sort of secret shame about my ever-growing hoard of yarn skeins, there was certainly a good...
What Do We Make of Her Murderous Story?
By DIEP TRAN
Tuesday, March 21, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Mar 21, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
A new play upends a classic work of art --- Entering the set of Betty Shamieh's play The Strangest is like being transported to another place and time. The play, which is now at Fourth Street Theatre in a production from Semitic Root, unfolds in a room encased in red velvet curtains. Golden lamps hang from the ceiling. The floor is lined with colorful...
Would You Risk You Career to Tell the Truth?
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Monday, March 20, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Mar 20, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Ibsen's political classic could've been written last week --- We all know how easy it is to ignore an inconvenient truth. Think of the politicians who deny climate change, a phenomenon almost universally accepted by the scientific community. As it happens, it is that very issue that inspired writer Seth Barrish and director K. Lorrel Manning to...
He Hopes His Play Becomes Obsolete
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Thursday, March 16, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Mar 16, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Inside a nuanced comedy about gun control --- Jason Odell Williams first had the idea for a play that tackled gun control in 2007, in the wake of the shooting at Virginia Tech. It was an idea he revisited in 2011, when Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head while meeting with constituents at a supermarket in Arizona. The shooting at...
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