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They'll Do Anything You Want In This Play. Literally Anything.
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, January 23, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jan 23, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Inside 'The Great American Drama' --- The New York Neo-Futurists really want your feedback on their latest show. Even if you don't see it, you can fill out a survey telling them what you prefer to see on stage, and they'll incorporate your ideas into their production. And if you do end up in the audience, you'll have several opportunities to deliver...
These Playwrights Love One-Act Plays
By JACK SMART
Friday, January 20, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Jan 20, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
In praise of one-acts --- Neil LaBute's What Happens in Vegas contains all the elements of a typical play. Its two characters are developed with specificity and nuance; its plot includes rising action and resolution; and its final moment firmly concludes the story's arc. By the time that arc finishes, however, the night is still young. LaBute's piece...
After Adoption, What Happens to the Birth Mother?
By DIEP TRAN
Tuesday, January 17, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 17, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
In this play, a birth mom tells her story --- Mother's Day is always an emotional time for playwright and performer Mariah MacCarthy. Every year, she has dinner with a group of birth mothers – meaning women who gave up their children for adoption. "It's one of the most intense things I do all year, every year," she says. "We honor each other,...
Vital Theatre Is Happening 'Under the Radar'
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, January 03, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 3, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
This 13th annual festival speaks to issues we're all talking about right now --- If you're looking to take the pulse of our world as we collectively kick off a tumultuous new year, go see a show at Under the Radar. The diverse, international lineup of the Public Theater's annual festival explores a host of hot-button topics -- espionage, Black Lives...
Putting Martin Luther on Trial
By ELIZA BENT
Friday, December 16, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 16, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play interrogates the religious giant's legacy --- In Martin Luther on Trial, the iconic religious leader is prosecuted for the greatest sin of all – blasphemy against God. "It's a fairly straightforward courtroom procedural play," says Michael Parva, who is directing the show for Fellowship for the Performing Arts. "That's terrific...
At This Show, Kids Never Just Sit There
By RAVEN SNOOK
Monday, December 12, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Dec 12, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new immersive experience invites children to become part of the show --- Live stage productions based on popular kids' movies and TV shows are nothing new -- see Disney's The Lion King and Aladdin on Broadway; Nickelodeon's The SpongeBob Musical, which had a buzzy tryout in Chicago; and myriad national stadium tours of properties like Sesame Street...
Wrestling With Alligators (and Yourself)
By FRANK RIZZO
Monday, December 05, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Dec 5, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play finds drama in the Everglades --- Hilary Bettis remembers the long nights she spent years ago with her now-ex boyfriend at rock clubs in Brooklyn and the East Village. She felt "that visceral experience of live music and community" was missing from her theatre life. "I really wanted to find a way to write a play that my friends who weren't...
The Complicated Truth of 'Dear Evan Hansen'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, December 02, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 2, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Book writer Steven Levenson on the power of moral tension --- In some ways, "You Will Be Found" is just a moving song. The power ballad that closes act one of Dear Evan Hansen, it marks the moment when Evan, a socially anxious teenager, delivers a heartfelt speech about a friend, Connor, who has recently met with tragedy. Shaking with emotion, Evan...
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