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Taking 'Measure' of Shakespeare's Language
By DAVID COTE
Friday, October 06, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Oct 6, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Elevator Repair Service deconstructs the Bard's problem play --- In 2013, Nicholas Hytner, the then artistic director of London's National Theatre, wrote an op-ed in which he confessed that Shakespeare perplexes him. John Collins, the artistic director of the Obie-winning experimental theatre troupe Elevator Repair Service, agrees: the Bard is ridiculously...
Shakespeare As He Likes It
By BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
Thursday, October 05, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 5, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How director John Doyle is making a classic sing --- As a theatre-maker, Tony-winning director John Doyle isn't afraid to make big changes to suit his vision, whether it's cutting songs or dialogue (Classic Stage Company's Pacific Overtures), having actors play their own instruments (Broadway revivals of Sweeney Todd and Company), or minimizing the...
How Much Does Freedom Cost?
By SUZY EVANS
Thursday, October 05, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 5, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play explores the personal toll of fighting for civil rights --- Emerging African-American dramatist Jiréh Breon Holder wrote his new play because of his grandmother. The 2016 Yale School of Drama graduate and his nana were watching a movie -- either The Butler or Selma, he can't remember which -- when suddenly she exclaimed, "I knew...
Jefferson, Dickens, and Tolstoy Walk Into the Afterlife…
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Wednesday, October 04, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Oct 4, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
A new dramedy mines history and religion for laughter and enlightenment --- In 1987, Scott Carter suffered a severe asthma attack that landed him in the hospital for a week. When he was finally discharged, he walked out onto a bustling New York City street and the gravity of his health scare truly hit him -- he could have died. A stand-up comedian...
What's It Like to Play the Choreographer's Relative?
By LAUREN KAY
Tuesday, October 03, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 3, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
A young dancer embodies Bill T. Jones's kin in A Letter to My Nephew --- Lance T. Briggs is a muse for Bill T. Jones. The nephew of the MacArthur "Genius Grant"-winning choreographer, Briggs is a former dancer, songwriter, model, and male escort who struggled with drug addiction and ultimately contracted an illness that left him paralyzed from the...
A Classical Approach to the Old Ultraviolence
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, September 29, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Sep 29, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How director Alexandra Spencer-Jones' love of Shakespeare led to A Clockwork Orange --- "If you walk away in love with a raping murderer, well, I've done my job," jokes Alexandra Spencer-Jones, the British adapter-director of the all-male stage incarnation of Anthony Burgess' 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange, currently playing at New World Stages. Or...
After 60 Years, This Musical Is Getting a Revival
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, September 28, 2017  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Sep 28, 2017  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Harlem Repertory Theatre presents Jamaica as part of its Yip Harburg series --- Most theatre artists can point to the show that served as their gateway drug. For Broadway performer turned Harlem Repertory Theatre artistic director Keith Lee Grant, it was Finian's Rainbow. "You know that first thing you do in high school? I never forgot it," he says...
Why Rebecca Taichman Is Obsessed With 'Time'
By SUZY EVANS
Wednesday, September 27, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 27, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The Tony-winning director returns to Broadway with Time and the Conways --- Fresh off winning a 2017 Tony Award for her Broadway debut Indecent, director Rebecca Taichman is helming another period piece: J.B. Priestley's Time and the Conways, currently in previews at the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre. Although the works are...
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