Category: Playwriting
Chris Gethard's New Comedy is Deadly Serious
Wednesday, October 12, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Oct 12, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A frank, funny show about depression and art --- A stand-up comedian sharing personal stories in front of a crowd is one thing. Describing suicidal thoughts in excruciating detail is quite another. That's exactly what happens in Chris Gethard: Career Suicide, the writer-performer's autobiographical solo show. "There are stretches where I don't care...
Horton Foote's Way With Women
Thursday, October 06, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 6, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Primary Stages highlights his knack for rich female characters --- Horton Foote has a way with women -- or at least his women characters. Think of Kim Stanley in The Chase, Shirley Knight in The Young Man from Atlanta, Hallie Foote in Dividing the Estate, Betty Buckley in Old Friends, Estelle Parsons in The Day Emily Married or any of the actors...
Let's Geek Out Over Avant-Garde Director Romeo Castellucci
Monday, October 03, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 3, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things Translator and dramaturg Maria Inês Marques geeks out with fellow Yalie, director Leora Morris, about Romeo Castellucci. The cutting-edge and controversial Italian director and designer recently returned to North America to tour Go Down, Moses, his provocative take...
Let's Play the 'Underground Railroad Game'
Tuesday, September 27, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Using outrageous satire to root through America's past --- If laughter is the sound of surprise, then there were many surprises the night I saw Underground Railroad Game, playing at Ars Nova through October 29. But one laugh in particular keeps bouncing around my head. In the piece -- which was created by its stars, Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard...
The Last Night of Nat Turner's Life
Wednesday, September 21, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 21, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play imagines the rebellious leader's final hours --- Nathan Alan Davis doesn't recall when he first heard about Nat Turner, the slave preacher who led a bloody uprising in Virginia in 1831. But he does recall his reaction when he read The Confessions of Nat Turner, an account of the revolt that a white lawyer named Thomas R. Gray claimed to...
How Do You Talk to Your Family in an Election Year?
Wednesday, September 14, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 14, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Richard Nelson takes another look at the Gabriels --- Playwright Richard Nelson wants you to know that his three-play cycle The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family is less about politics than kinship. Specifically, it's about the connections among the Gabriels, a middle-class clan in Rhinebeck, N.Y., which has turned into a trendy bedroom...
Is Your Love Life a Machine You Can Control?
Monday, September 12, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Sep 12, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
A play about the chaos of attraction --- In 2012 the playwright Dipika Guha took part in a study at Yale to measure unconscious bias against women in the sciences. She was fascinated by the process. "I was around these people who were quantifying what, to me, feels unquantifiable," she recalls. "And who were, a lot of them, mechanistically minded....
Playwrights Are Blinding Us... with Science
Friday, September 09, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Sep 9, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
One writer examines the explosion of science plays --- Less than a week after Lucy Prebble's anti-depressant-fueled romance The Effect closed Off Broadway, Ana Nogueira's Empathitrax, about a relationship-enhancing drug, is opening at HERE Arts Center. Is there something in the water? Possibly. But more likely, these productions are just part of the...
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