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Do All Theatres Have Ghosts?
Thursday, June 22, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jun 22, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Third Rail Projects' new immersive spectacle celebrates the way theatre haunts --- While lots of shows can be classified as backstage tales, Ghost Light is the ultimate behind-the-scenes theatre experience. Created by Brooklyn-based Third Rail Projects, renowned for immersive, site-specific productions like Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise, Ghost...
What's It Like to Spend Your Life Dying?
Wednesday, June 21, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jun 21, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Roundabout's revival of Marvin's Room explores timeless topics --- Scott McPherson's 1990 play Marvin's Room, now enjoying its Broadway premiere courtesy of Roundabout Theatre Company, can turn on a dime -- not in its plot, but in its sensibility and emotions. Just take the first scene of this darkly comic tale of family dysfunction and health crises:...
Dancing at the Forefront of a Movement
Tuesday, June 20, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jun 20, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
How one-legged performer Evan Ruggiero is making history --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles Almost three centuries after its publication, Henry Fielding's 1749 novel exploring "human nature," The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, continues to inspire. Although its best-known adaptation...
How Do You Design a Dystopian Future?
Monday, June 19, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jun 19, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
In 1984, an Orwellian universe is reimagined for the stage --- George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is so iconic, it inevitably conjures vivid images -- even for those who have never read the 1949 classic. Gray coveralls, grayer faces, grim ministry buildings, lots of English weather, and Big Brother: a mustachioed man glaring from a monitor....
How Far Would You Go to Tango?
Friday, June 16, 2017  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Jun 16, 2017  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
A tanguera explains why the dance inspires so many international adventures --- No other form of dance embodies our globalized lives as Argentine tango does. It thrives on a tension that is of this moment. The product of immigrant populations who met on the outskirts of Buenos Aires in the late 1800s, tango remains utterly tied to its origins. The...
What Happens When There's Class Conflict in the Workplace?
Thursday, June 15, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jun 15, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new drama at Manhattan Theatre Club explores the ever-growing economic divide --- At Abe Koogler's new play Fulfillment Center, a wooden runway cuts MTC's Center/Stage II in half so that the audience sits on both sides. A few folding chairs provide the only additional scenery. It's a bit reminiscent of MTC's Heisenberg, at which some viewers grumbled...
Using Theatre to Give My Kid an Adult Education
Wednesday, June 14, 2017  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Wed Jun 14, 2017  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Why I often push the envelope when taking my tween to shows --- When my then nine-year-old daughter and I went to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, the ticket taker eyed her warily before warning, "You know this show has mature content, right?" "Absolutely!" I answered confidently as we slipped through the door. Sure, the title character...
Creating Art That's Timely and Timeless
Friday, June 09, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Jun 9, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Two female playwrights debut plays written in response to the 2016 election --- The new administration may want to nix the NEA, but it's certainly providing plenty of fodder (if not funding) for artists, especially playwrights. Since President Trump moved into the White House, NYC stages have hosted numerous festivals of new work with names like This...
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