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Growing Up in Neverland
By FRANK RIZZO
Thursday, August 31, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Aug 31, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How Sarah Ruhl's new play is inspired by her own family history --- What's the most creative gift you've ever given your mother? For Tony-nominated dramatist Sarah Ruhl that would probably be her play For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday, currently in previews at Playwrights Horizons. Originally penned in honor of her mom's 70th, the show is inspired...
Why I Enjoy Old Gay Plays
By DREW PISARRA
Monday, August 28, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Aug 28, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
A theatre fan comes out about his love for vintage LGBTQ characters --- What does it mean to be gay? Boy, does that sound passé. But what did it mean decades ago, and what did it look like? Well, it often wasn't very pretty. But I suppose my ongoing fascination with yesteryear's often outdated, sometimes ominous representations of queer folk...
Five Nights of Free and Freewheeling Shakespeare
By DIEP TRAN
Thursday, August 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Aug 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How Shaina Taub turned As You Like It into a 200-person musical --- It all started two years ago when composer and performer Shaina Taub got a text message from a number she didn't recognize. It was Lear deBessonet, the founder of the Public Theater's Public Works program, which produces large-scale, musicalized mountings of classic plays starring...
Puppet Lives Matter
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Wednesday, August 16, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Aug 16, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A playwright explores the plight of a very unconventional family --- Ms. Terry's worried. All of the other kindergarteners have a full set of crayons while Max Myers comes to school with only two in his backpack: one black, one white. How heartless of his parents to consign their only child to a life without color! And she's right, they are heartless...
The Secret of 'NMNI'
By SANDY MACDONALD
Monday, July 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    5 comments Share This
Mon Jul 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    5 comments Share This
A theatre critic's tribute to 90-minute, intermissionless shows --- I wonder how many contemporary playwrights take into account the joy that suffuses a playgoer's heart when an usher intones, "Ninety minutes, no intermission." Over the past decade, the rise of NMNI shows has trained me to respond to this time frame with Pavlovian enthusiasm. If I...
Who Is Martin Denton?
By DOUG STRASSLER
Tuesday, July 11, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jul 11, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play explores the life and legacy of this "indie" theatre advocate --- Usually a theatre critic can be found in his seat, trying to take notes without pulling focus from the onstage action. But in Chris Harcum's new play Martin Denton, Martin Denton, the reviewer is the one in the spotlight. "Martin Denton has done so much for independent theatre,"...
Women Grab the Spotlight at Ice Factory
By DOUG STRASSLER
Thursday, June 29, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jun 29, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
The annual summer theatre festival features three new female-centric shows --- Now in its 24th year, the New Ohio Theatre's annual, Obie-winning Ice Factory festival offers independent artists -- both emerging and established -- an opportunity to showcase brand-new, cutting-edge work. Although there is never a governing theme, this year three of its...
Variety Is Good for the Soulpepper
By DREW PISARRA
Monday, June 26, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Jun 26, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
The Canadian theatre company makes its U.S. debut with a jam-packed monthlong festival --- What award-winning stage comedy was turned into a primetime sitcom that was recently renewed for its second season? If you said Tracy Letts' Superior Donuts, you're right…but there's another show that qualifies: Ins Choi's Kim's Convenience, a Canadian...
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