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The Secret of 'NMNI'
By SANDY MACDONALD
Monday, July 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jul 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A theatre critic's tribute to 90-minute, intermissionless shows --- I wonder how many contemporary playwrights take into account the joy that suffuses a playgoer's heart when an usher intones, "Ninety minutes, no intermission." Over the past decade, the rise of NMNI shows has trained me to respond to this time frame with Pavlovian enthusiasm. If I...
What Do These Plays Have In Common?
By GERARD RAYMOND
Friday, July 21, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jul 21, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why PTP/NYC is presenting Arcadia and Pity In History in rep --- On the surface, Howard Barker and Tom Stoppard make an incongruent pair. With vastly different styles and temperaments, the two contemporary British playwrights seem poles apart. Barker's work is typically dissonant, muscular, and politically charged, while the better-known Stoppard...
Why This Dolly Will Never Go Away For Me
By DANIEL GUSS
Wednesday, July 19, 2017  •   Broadway  •    10 comments Share This
Wed Jul 19, 2017  •   Broadway  •    10 comments Share This
A musical lover remembers the understudy who first captured his heart --- On a recent Sunday afternoon, I settled in to my seat in the upper balcony of the Shubert Theatre to watch Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!. Over half a century earlier at age 10, I had attended my first Broadway show, Oliver!, in the same theatre, sitting in the same section....
Discovering New Talent at the Joyce Ballet Festival
By SUSAN REITER
Tuesday, July 18, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jul 18, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
How a pair of ballerinas became emerging choreographers --- A welcome biennial tradition for dance lovers, the Joyce Theater's Ballet Festival returns for its third edition this week. The 12-day festival features five up-and-coming choreographers presenting adventurous works in an intimate setting. Many of the participating dancers usually appear...
Making an Immigration Tale Universal
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, July 14, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jul 14, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How this Yiddish musical crosses cultural barriers --- It's unusual for a theatre company to revive a show just five years after its last mounting. However, when the directors of the century-old National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) sat down to plan the season, they realized almost immediately that Amerike – The Golden Land had a powerful...
Why Do Artists Keep Returning to NYMF?
By ANDREW BLOCK
Thursday, July 13, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jul 13, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Six New York Musical Festival veterans share sneak peeks at five new shows --- Every summer, thousands of theatre lovers flock to Midtown Manhattan to feast on dozens of shows presented at NYMF: the New York Musical Festival. During its 13-year run, several artists have returned multiple times to participate in this exciting annual fest. So to celebrate...
Why This Songwriter Is Working on Other People's Shows
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Wednesday, July 12, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 12, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
The new artistic director of Encores! Off-Center is a theatre-maker himself --- Obie Award-winning songwriter Michael Friedman (of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Civilians fame) is kicking off his new gig as the artistic director of Encores! Off-Center with a bang -- literally. The first production of the three-show summer season is a revival...
Who Is Martin Denton?
By DOUG STRASSLER
Tuesday, July 11, 2017  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jul 11, 2017  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
A new play explores the life and legacy of this "indie" theatre advocate --- Usually a theatre critic can be found in his seat, trying to take notes without pulling focus from the onstage action. But in Chris Harcum's new play Martin Denton, Martin Denton, the reviewer is the one in the spotlight. "Martin Denton has done so much for independent theatre,"...
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