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Why I Love Reading Plays
By DREW PISARRA
Wednesday, August 03, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    4 comments Share This
Wed Aug 3, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    4 comments Share This
A frequent theatregoer celebrates the experience of reading scripts --- I'm pretty sure we were all assigned Hamlet, Macbeth, or Romeo and Juliet back in high school. A few of us read them; others picked up the CliffsNotes. (At the risk of giving away my age, this was a time before Wikipedia recaps.) But aside from Shakespeare in the classroom and...
Looking for Some Class Action
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, July 28, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A new theatre company spotlights artists who have emerged from poverty --- There's a lot of talk about the need for diversity in theatre (and all the arts) these days. But usually those conversations focus on race, gender, and ethnicity -- rarely on class. As an emerging playwright who was raised in a very poor household, Joshua D. Young felt voices...
If You Want Dangerous Water, Then It Can't Be Real
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, July 26, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Why Men On Boats isn't a realistic play --- There are no boats in Men on Boats. Sure, there are suggestions of boats – small, boat-ish props that the actors hold as they simulate a journey through the Green and Colorado Rivers. But even while they're "floating," we see the performers' legs planted firmly on the floor. Things get even less...
Backstage With NYMF Musicals
By ANDREW BLOCK
Wednesday, July 20, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside four shows in this year's New York Musical Festival --- "Now! I have my chaaaance!", croons Raúl, the young Mexican entrepreneur at the center of Children of Salt, one of 18 full productions at this summer's New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Raul could be signing for the hundreds of artists who gather each summer for an opportunity to...
When Should a Playwright Rewrite History?
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
Tuesday, July 19, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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J.T. Rogers blends facts and fiction about the Oslo Accords --- Playwright J.T. Rogers practically specializes in turning major political events into compelling stage dramas. He's done it with the genocide in Rwanda in the 90s (The Overwhelming) and the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 80s (Blood and Gifts). But while it continues this thematic...
Forget Dialogue. Silence Says Everything Here.
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, July 14, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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In Small Mouth Sounds, words aren't necessary to tell a story --- Small Mouth Sounds makes you realize how pushy most plays are, with their constant stream of words and arguments and bold-letter proclamations. That can be thrilling, of course, and nobody wants the characters in Shaw or Williams or Wasserstein to stop talking. Still: Playwright Bess...
The Joys of Staged Readings
By SANDY MACDONALD
Tuesday, July 05, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jul 5, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Why one theatre reviewer spends her free evenings and afternoons at readings --- Remember story hour? As a child, I pretty much lived for it. And I think I suspected even then that my Minimum Daily Requirement when it came to hearing stories might be slightly abnormal. For decades, before I morphed into a theatre critic, I quelled my aural cravings...
Her Immigration Story Is Universal
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, June 30, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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The two-decade journey to bring a musical about Lady Liberty to the stage --- When writer/lyricist Dana Leslie Goldstein and her composer brother Jon began working on the first iteration of Liberty: A Monumental New Musical 18 years ago, the show's current leading lady hadn't even been born. In fact, if 16-year-old Abigail Shapiro hadn't come along,...
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