These Playwrights Love One-Act Plays
By JACK SMART
Friday, January 20, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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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...
Why Has He Played the Same Role for 20 Years?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, January 18, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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Anthony Chisholm never tires of August Wilson's Jitney Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles --- After 50 years in the theatre, Anthony Chisholm has naturally played a wide variety of roles, but there's one that he just keeps returning to: Fielding, a mischievous, alcoholic car service...
China Changes These Puppets Forever
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, January 18, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The sly politics of the puppet musical Made in China --- The first moment of Made In China twists our expectations. This puppet musical from the performance troupe Wakka Wakka, which is now playing at 59E59, opens with a massive panda puppet thoughtfully chewing bamboo. It's incredibly cute, and it suggests a charming little show about Eastern culture....
After Adoption, What Happens to the Birth Mother?
By DIEP TRAN
Tuesday, January 17, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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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,...
BODYTRAFFIC Pushes Themselves (and Us)
By LAUREN KAY
Friday, January 13, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
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How contemporary dance company BODYTRAFFIC highlights emotion in its work --- For decades, Los Angeles was practically bereft of concert dance. Classically inclined performers worried that moving to the City of Angels would end their careers unless they wanted to take a stab at industrial gigs or Hollywood. But now L.A'.s thriving dance scene proves...
This Quiet Woman Changes a Broadway Play
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, January 12, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside a crucial character in The Present --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles. The Present is full of big talkers, so at first, we might overlook Sophia. Quiet and observant, she slips around the corners of the play, which Andrew Upton has adapted from an early Chekhov drama. She mostly just...
In This Musical, Americans Actually Get Along
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, January 11, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The charming politics of Finian's Rainbow --- For all the magic in its plot – including a leprechaun and an enchanted pot of gold – the most fantastical thing about Finian's Rainbow may be its approach to politics. In contrast to our current addiction to bare-knuckled ideology, this musical imagines a small American town that overcomes...
Is He Acting Like a Man? Is His Father?
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, January 10, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
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A surreal play brings a father and son closer --- According to director Dustin Wills, it was crucial to cast a trans actor in Basil Kreimendahl's play Orange Julius, which is now at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. "I don't think it would have been done if we didn't have a trans performer for that role," says Wills. "We were fortunate to have...
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