Mining Tragedy Out of His Home State
By SANDY MACDONALD
Tuesday, December 10, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 10, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Samuel D. Hunter and director Davis McCallum discuss their latest collaboration at Lincoln Center --- Who could have predicted a decade ago that Samuel D. Hunter, an Idaho-bred playwright whose oeuvre is set in his home territory, would take New York City by storm? Probably director Davis McCallum, who first met Hunter in 2010 when they...
Following in His Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cousin's Footsteps
By BILLY MCENTEE
Monday, December 09, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Dec 9, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How emerging playwright Alex Riad is using his hometown as fodder for a theatrical trilogy --- Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis may be Alex Riad's cousin, but Lucy Thurber's Hilltown Plays are what prompted him to start writing about his California hometown. "They blew me away," recalls Riad about seeing Thurber's five-play cycle focused...
Harry Hamlin on His Return to His First Love: the Theatre
By REGINA ROBBINS
Thursday, December 05, 2019  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 5, 2019  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
The TV star plays three different characters in One November Yankee --- Harry Hamlin initially starred in One November Yankee seven years ago, but he admits he was not writer-director Joshua Ravetch's first choice. Back in 2012, Ravetch had hoped to entice his friend, the late Robert Forster, to headline the play's world premiere in Los Angeles. The...
When Stephen Adly Guirgis Asked Him, He Couldn't Say No
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
Wednesday, December 04, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Dec 4, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Veteran actor-producer John Ortiz on making his directorial debut with Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven --- John Ortiz cofounded the LAByrinth Theater Company with a group of actors in 1992. As the company's artistic director for much of the last three decades, he has helped develop and produce, and frequently performed in more than 250 plays....
Len Cariou on Just About Everything
By SANDY MACDONALD
Tuesday, December 03, 2019  •   Acting  •    2 comments Share This
Tue Dec 3, 2019  •   Acting  •    2 comments Share This
The Tony winner talks about his illustrious theatre career and his return to the New York stage in the dramedy Harry Townsend's Last Stand --- Veteran theatregoers know Len Cariou as a stage star, equally adept at Shakespeare and Sondheim. From the late '60s through the '90s, he was a regular on Broadway and off, headlining straight plays (Measure...
How Do You Explore the Tulsa Race Massacre Through Dance?
By JUAN MICHAEL PORTER II
Monday, December 02, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Dec 2, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Veteran choreographer Donald Byrd discusses his politically charged world premiere for Alvin Ailey --- When Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater commissioned acclaimed choreographer Donald Byrd to create his fifth piece for the company, he knew immediately that he wanted to go back to the troupe's roots. "In the early days, the work was about the black...
13 Dance Performances to See This December
By SUSAN REITER
Wednesday, November 27, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Nov 27, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Catch Michelle Dorrance, Alvin Ailey and multiple Nutcrackers --- 'Tis the season of Nutcrackers, and not just at Lincoln Center. Our December roundup includes three other, more intimate and less pricey mountings of Tchaikovsky's Christmas ballet, plus tap genius Michelle Dorrance at the Joyce, the annual holiday run of Alvin Ailey American Dance...
A Rare Chance to See One of the First Immersive Works of Theatre
By CAREY PURCELL
Tuesday, November 26, 2019  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Nov 26, 2019  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
María Irene Fornés' Fefu and Her Friends is finally being revived after four-plus decades --- Like many admirers of María Irene Fornés' rarely performed masterpiece, director Lileana Blain-Cruz discovered Fefu and Her Friends in school. However, unlike many fellow fans, she didn't understand why the pioneering work by the...
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