Category: Playwriting
Who Raced Boats, Romanced Dietrich, and Rejected Her Gender?
Tuesday, March 06, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    5 comments Share This
Tue Mar 6, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    5 comments Share This
Writer-performer Phoebe Legere examines the unconventional life of Joe Carstairs --- "I could die during this show," jokes Phoebe Legere as she soars above the stage in a motorboat in Speed Queen. A fusion of theatre, dance, and video, Legere's solo musical chronicles the groundbreaking life of early 20th-century speedboat champion and oil heiress...
How Much Do You Know About Your Cleaning Lady?
Thursday, March 01, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 1, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Martyna Majok conjures an all-female immigrant community in queens --- It's fitting that Martyna Majok's new play queens opens at Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater on March 5, 2018. The world-premiere drama explores the challenges of being an immigrant in this country, and next Monday is the deadline President Trump set for Congress to address...
What Can We Learn from This Diva?
Monday, February 26, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Feb 26, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Daniel Alexander Jones channels soulful soothsayer Jomama Jones in the new musical Black Light --- "What if I told you…I've seen the future? What if I told you…I'm from the future?" intones Jomama Jones, the theatrical alter ego of writer-performer Daniel Alexander Jones, in the opening moments of Black Light, which debuted at Joe's...
Giving Voice to a Rarely Represented Community
Thursday, February 22, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 22, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    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,...
Why Is This Young Playwright So Interested in Old Men?
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
Thursday, February 15, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 15, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    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,...
Why Does This Opera Have So Much Cursing?
Monday, February 12, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Feb 12, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    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...
What Goes on Inside a Modern Woman's Mind?
Friday, February 09, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Feb 9, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Kate Benson and director Lee Sunday Evans deliver a feminist take on the rom-com --- When [PORTO] begins, there's nothing to see. The theatre stays dark and the curtain doesn't rise. Then an unidentified voice over the God Mic starts describing how sausage gets made in such excruciating detail that some audience members audibly groan. According...
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