Category: Playwriting
You Think You Know Kentucky, But You Don't
Tuesday, May 03, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 3, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play pushes beyond Southern stereotypes --- If you've never been to Kentucky, you may still think you know what it's about: bourbon, horses, bluegrass. However, playwright Leah Nanako Winkler would beg to differ. Growing up in the state, she had a wildly different experience than the one we might imagine. "I think people think that it's very...
He Wasn't Expecting to Write a Musical
Tuesday, April 26, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Apr 26, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Steven Levenson's unlikely journey to Dear Evan Hansen --- In 2011 Benj Pasek and Justin Paul pored through stacks of plays in search of a kindred spirit. The composer/lyricists had a seedling idea for a new musical, and when they chanced upon Steven Levenson's writing, instinct told them he might be the ideal book writer for a project that would...
She Hears What Wilder Says About Ibsen
Monday, April 25, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Arin Arbus finds surprises in an adaptation A Doll's House --- It's remarkable how Thornton Wilder imagines Kristine. In his adaptation of A Doll's House, he finds a startling moral complexity in the character, who frankly seems forgettable in some translations of Ibsen's masterpiece. Wilder's verbally sparse, emotionally dense approach clarifies...
On Broadway, 'Fully Committed' Has New Things to Say
Monday, April 18, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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How Becky Mode updated her restaurant comedy for a Top Chef world --- Becky Mode couldn't wait to write about edible dirt. That menu affectation didn't yet exist when she wrote her 1999 comedy Fully Committed, in which a single actor plays both Sam (a harried reservations agent at a popular restaurant) and the many patrons who beg him for a table....
Audiences Gasp At These Characters' Love Lives
Wednesday, April 13, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Apr 13, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Straight's unflinching questions about sexuality --- New York theatregoers are normally an unflappable lot, but during a recent performance of Straight, a young audience member beside me loudly gasped during a crucial scene. I was momentarily disoriented myself, though we may have been surprised for different reasons. After all, the moment didn't...
How One Playwright Translates the Words of Another
Thursday, April 07, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Apr 7, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Thanks to Christopher Hampton, France's hottest dramatist makes his Broadway debut --- In French playwright Florian Zeller's The Father, language can be very deceptive. Even though his daughter, son-in-law, and health-care aide talk to him in simple, straightforward English, nothing seems to make sense to 80-year-old André (played by three-time...
A Trip to Bali Changed How I See the Theatre
Friday, April 01, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Apr 1, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How a trip abroad changed one playwright's perspective on the way theatre is created --- When I traveled to Bali earlier this year, I suspected I would learn something. I didn't realize, however, that studying Topeng Pajegan -- a form in which a single performer blends dance, song, vocal chanting, and comic monologues -- would make me question which...
It's a Levis Commercial, But It Might Tell the Truth
Thursday, March 31, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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In William Burke's new play, commercials and poetry collide --- Welcome to Borough Play, our look at theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond The playwright William Burke gives off an averse-to-advertising air. His unruly beard existed long before face fuzz was trendy, and he has been known to sport Tevas unironically. (His wife, the actress Julia...
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