Category: Playwriting
The Complicated Truth of 'Dear Evan Hansen'
Friday, December 02, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 2, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Book writer Steven Levenson on the power of moral tension --- In some ways, "You Will Be Found" is just a moving song. The power ballad that closes act one of Dear Evan Hansen, it marks the moment when Evan, a socially anxious teenager, delivers a heartfelt speech about a friend, Connor, who has recently met with tragedy. Shaking with emotion, Evan...
A Massive Play About Tiny Things
Tuesday, November 29, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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In Rancho Viejo, everyday life has mystery --- Dan LeFranc likes plays that are "either gigantic, or small and fast." His new show Rancho Viejo, now at Playwrights Horizons, arguably falls into both categories at once. On the gigantic side, the play runs over three hours, features nine characters, and has some massive tonal shifts. At the same time,...
Hey Wait... Is That Story Racist?
Tuesday, November 22, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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The Anthropologists try to tell a story without bias --- When she agreed to be interviewed about No Man's Land, the new piece she's written and directed with The Anthropologists, Melissa Moschitto had a very specific request: "I don't feel comfortable being the only person quoted." That's in keeping with the show itself, which runs through December...
The Women Talk, and the Men Do What They Say
Thursday, November 17, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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The power of words in Andy Bragen's new comedy --- It's amusing that Andy Bragen's latest play is called Don't You F**king Say a Word, since a clear way to understand the show is to notice who's talking. Words – who says them, and in what context – are the arbiter of power in this world, and anyone who keeps quiet is in trouble. That's...
Meet the Unknown Survivors of WWII
Wednesday, November 16, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A new play remembers "comfort women" --- When American students are taught about World War II, the curriculum almost always includes the Holocaust, Germany, Pearl Harbor, and Hiroshima. But the war was more than those events. That's why Hansol Jung was determined her play Among the Dead would pay tribute to a much-overlooked community: Korean comfort...
All I Want for Christmas Is a Sad Holiday Show
Tuesday, November 15, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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I prefer a blue Christmas, thank you --- "But sad things aren't the same as depressing things. I must be getting old. I like them." Thornton Wilder's The Long Christmas Dinner Is it really that strange to ache for a little bittersweet pain instead of the same old sentiment this holiday season? Don't get me wrong. I'm not screaming "Christmas carols...
I Might Be Dying, But We Can Laugh About It
Wednesday, November 09, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Nov 9, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
The dark-then-light tone of Ultimate Beauty Bible --- Stephen Brackett believes that driving a theatre audience toward drama means taking a detour through comedy. "I tend to be drawn to work that uses humor to get to something more somber," says the director. "I find that comedy can open up an audience and give permission to go further into drama...
Finding a Fresh Take on Favorite Themes
Sunday, November 06, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Sun Nov 6, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Samuel D. Hunter and director Davis McCallum on their latest religion-tinged, Idaho-set drama --- Before director Davis McCallum and playwright Samuel D. Hunter worked together on plays such as A Bright New Boise, The Whale, Pocatello, and The Few, the two spent time as roommates. Hunter joined a retreat with Page 73 Productions at the...
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