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In This Play, a Single Word Can Shift Everything
By JEFF POTTER
Tuesday, March 14, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Mar 14, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Jeff Talbott experiments with language in his new drama --- Despite the main character's titular occupation being a thing of the past, a haunting sense of timelessness looms over Jeff Talbott's moving play The Gravedigger's Lullaby. The work's world premiere -- presented by TACT at Theatre Row -- tells the story of Baylen (Ted Koch), a hardworking...
Why Are They Smiling in a Garbage Heap?
By ELIZA BENT
Thursday, March 09, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 9, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play skewers the selfishly charitable --- Welcome to Borough Play, our look at theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond. In Phillip Howze's hilarious, heart-wrenching, and sometimes scabrous Frontiéres Sans Frontières, playing through Mar 25 at the Bushwick Starr, three stateless kids take center stage. They speak a creatively...
Can They Hear You Gossip In Space?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, March 09, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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The everyday folks in Ethan Lipton's sci-fi show --- How would your pets feel if you pulled up stakes and moved them to a new town? How would they feel if you moved them to a new planet? If Ethan Lipton is right, then their reactions would be pretty much the same in both cases. That's one of the conceits of his new show, The Outer Space: No matter...
Why This Solo Show Involves Everyone
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, March 08, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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In On the Exhale, a striking point of view changes how audiences relate to the character --- When an unnamed college professor (played by Marin Ireland) admits her fear of being shot by an unhinged student in On the Exhale, it feels both confessional and conspiratorial. She's revealing a poignant secret and showing us her dark side. Yet at the same...
Wrestling With the Legacy of a Real-Life Attorney
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Wednesday, March 01, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Mar 1, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
A new play takes on William Kunstler --- Playwright Jeffrey Sweet was inspired by a shock of hair and a lanky swagger. "It started off as a fairly pedestrian impulse," Sweet says of his play Kunstler, about the activist attorney William Kunstler. "As I was watching the documentary Disturbing the Universe by Kunstler's daughters Sarah and Emily, I...
Remembering High School (With Extra Space Aliens)
By DAVID DeWITT
Tuesday, February 28, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Feb 28, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
In Nibbler, nostalgia takes a trippy turn --- Ken Urban started work on Nibbler in the wake of 9/11, but in all the years since, he figures it's never had a true developmental reading – a one-act production and a workshop or so, but that's it. "I put it away," Urban says. "I don't know why." Moments later, he adds: "I protected it because...
His Idol Fell, and He's Telling the Tale
By FRANK RIZZO
Monday, February 27, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Ed Dixon faces the terrible legacy of a real-life friend --- How do you create a show about one of the wittiest and most beloved character actors in Broadway history –about a friend and inspiration – who also had a terrible secret life that ended in a lurid killing? That was the challenge actor-writer Ed Dixon faced when he wrote about...
Feminist History, With All the Colors
By DIEP TRAN
Wednesday, February 22, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Bull in a China Shop makes space for more women --- Even in its opening lines, Bryna Turner's play Bull in a China Shop wears its ideology proudly on its sleeve: "You want a training ground for good pious wives? F**k that," says Mary Emma Woolley, a real-life feminist portrayed here by Enid Graham. "I'll give you fully evolved human beings." Woolley...
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