Category: Playwriting
Why Does This Opera Have So Much Cursing?
By GERARD RAYMOND
Monday, February 12, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Jerry Springer – The Opera offers pathos and profanity --- If it weren't for the frequent streams of expletives, the choral refrains of Jerry Springer – The Opera might work at the Metropolitan. But given the raunchy subject matter and all those f-bombs, this musical is much more at home Off-Broadway, where it's currently running at the...
What Goes on Inside a Modern Woman's Mind?
By SUZY EVANS
Friday, February 09, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Playwright Kate Benson and director Lee Sunday Evans deliver a feminist take on the rom-com --- When [PORTO] begins, there's nothing to see. The theatre stays dark and the curtain doesn't rise. Then an unidentified voice over the God Mic starts describing how sausage gets made in such excruciating detail that some audience members audibly groan. According...
He's Playing Everyone In His Life But Himself
By DIEP TRAN
Thursday, February 08, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Mashuq Mushtaq Deen shares a unique perspective on his gender transition --- In 2005, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen embraced his true identity as he began transitioning from female to male. Unfortunately, his conservative Muslim Indian family wasn't as enthusiastic. In fact, they refused to speak to him for two years. "I was busy saying, 'Why can't you accept...
How Do You Tell an Ugly Story About Our Country?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Wednesday, February 07, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A new play examines the 1918 lynchings of Mary Turner and her husband --- A hundred years ago in Valdosta, Georgia, at least a dozen African Americans were lynched within a few days of one another. One of them, Mary Turner, was 20 years old and eight months pregnant. "I was surprised I'd never heard the story before," says LeKethia Dalcoe, an actor,...
Why Imperfect Artists Make Great Characters
By BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
Tuesday, January 30, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally explores the bigwigs of the Ballets Russes --- Over a six-decade career as one of America's most prominent playwrights, Terrence McNally has been consistently fascinated with the performing arts and its larger-than-life characters. In his plays, the four-time Tony winner has examined iconic figures (opera diva...
Can a Paint Job Save a Town?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Monday, January 29, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Playwright Greg Pierce explores the plight of a dying factory city in Cardinal --- Greg Pierce may be best known as Tony-winning Cabaret composer John Kander's new collaborator since lyricist Fred Ebb died. Together, they've penned a pair of challenging chamber musicals, The Landing and Kid Victory. But even though Pierce worked solo on Cardinal --...
Are You Ready to Think About Death?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, January 26, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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The Civilians' latest play looks at the end of life --- Although the inevitability of death is something we all have in common, few of us enjoy contemplating it. But Steve Cosson, the artistic director of the Obie-winning investigative theatre company The Civilians, has spent a great deal of time thinking about it over the past few years, both professionally...
How a Tennis Match Changed the Conversation
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Thursday, January 25, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Balls uses a legendary game to examine gender inequality --- It's fitting that a coed creative team decided to theatricalize the 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between 29-year-old women's champion Billie Jean King and misogynistic 55-year-old huckster Bobby Riggs. Cowritten and codirected by two male-female pairings, Balls is a circus sideshow...
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