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The Secret of 'NMNI'
By SANDY MACDONALD
Monday, July 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jul 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A theatre critic's tribute to 90-minute, intermissionless shows --- I wonder how many contemporary playwrights take into account the joy that suffuses a playgoer's heart when an usher intones, "Ninety minutes, no intermission." Over the past decade, the rise of NMNI shows has trained me to respond to this time frame with Pavlovian enthusiasm. If I...
Who Is Martin Denton?
By DOUG STRASSLER
Tuesday, July 11, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A new play explores the life and legacy of this "indie" theatre advocate --- Usually a theatre critic can be found in his seat, trying to take notes without pulling focus from the onstage action. But in Chris Harcum's new play Martin Denton, Martin Denton, the reviewer is the one in the spotlight. "Martin Denton has done so much for independent theatre,"...
Women Grab the Spotlight at Ice Factory
By DOUG STRASSLER
Thursday, June 29, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jun 29, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
The annual summer theatre festival features three new female-centric shows --- Now in its 24th year, the New Ohio Theatre's annual, Obie-winning Ice Factory festival offers independent artists -- both emerging and established -- an opportunity to showcase brand-new, cutting-edge work. Although there is never a governing theme, this year three of its...
Variety Is Good for the Soulpepper
By DREW PISARRA
Monday, June 26, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Jun 26, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
The Canadian theatre company makes its U.S. debut with a jam-packed monthlong festival --- What award-winning stage comedy was turned into a primetime sitcom that was recently renewed for its second season? If you said Tracy Letts' Superior Donuts, you're right…but there's another show that qualifies: Ins Choi's Kim's Convenience, a Canadian...
What Happens When There's Class Conflict in the Workplace?
By JANICE SIMPSON
Thursday, June 15, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jun 15, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new drama at Manhattan Theatre Club explores the ever-growing economic divide --- At Abe Koogler's new play Fulfillment Center, a wooden runway cuts MTC's Center/Stage II in half so that the audience sits on both sides. A few folding chairs provide the only additional scenery. It's a bit reminiscent of MTC's Heisenberg, at which some viewers grumbled...
Creating Art That's Timely and Timeless
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, June 09, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Jun 9, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Two female playwrights debut plays written in response to the 2016 election --- The new administration may want to nix the NEA, but it's certainly providing plenty of fodder (if not funding) for artists, especially playwrights. Since President Trump moved into the White House, NYC stages have hosted numerous festivals of new work with names like This...
Bringing Diversity to the Wild West
By FRANK RIZZO
Wednesday, May 31, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed May 31, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How a new musical is helping to correct a whitewashed history --- Writer-composer Kirsten Childs was walking down the street near her Upper West Side home when she spied a couple: a small, muscular man and an African-American woman she describes as "zaftig, with a kind of Venus Hottentot behind." Childs immediately noticed the reactions of passers-by....
Are You Responsible for Your Parents' Hopes?
By DIEP TRAN
Monday, May 15, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 15, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play ponders what we owe our families --- When Gina Gionfriddo begins a new play, she doesn't set out with a singular message she wants to tell; her approach is more intuitive. "When I sit down to write a play and tell a story, different threads come out," she says. "I generally come up with characters and then let them tell the stories they're...
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