Why Ann Harada Is Excited About Her Crappy New Job
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Thursday, January 16, 2020  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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The Avenue Q star has a great sense of humor about her role in Emojiland: The Musical --- "Sometimes you get to play glamorous roles, and sometimes you get to play a pile of poo," says Ann Harada. That's not a metaphor. The beloved character actress, best known for her scene-stealing turns in Avenue Q and Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, is playing...
Oh Hey, Boomer
By BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
Wednesday, January 15, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jan 15, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Solo artist Rick Miller examines the cultural influence of his parents' generation in Boom --- How do you measure, measure a year? How about four minutes? That's how long Rick Miller spends exploring each year from 1945 and 1969 in Boom, his multimedia meditation on the baby boomer generation currently running at 59E59 Theaters. The 49-year-old Miller,...
She Swore Off Adapting Novels, Then She Read 'My Name is Lucy Barton'
By BILLY MCENTEE
Tuesday, January 14, 2020  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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Why Rona Munro agreed to turn Elizabeth Strout's book into a stage play starring Laura Linney --- "It can feel like wearing someone else's clothes," says Rona Munro about adapting another author's work. It's a sensation the Scottish scribe knows well: In addition to being a prolific writer of original plays and screenplays, she's turned numerous novels...
How a Johannesburg Choreographer Created an African Opera
By SUSAN REITER
Friday, January 10, 2020  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
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Gregory Vuyani Maqoma's singular Cion comes to The Joyce Theater --- Most choreographers who've set dances to Maurice Ravel's Boléro lean into its sensuality and drama. But when South African choreographer Gregory Vuyani Maqoma first heard the iconic orchestral piece, he interpreted it in a different way. "It felt like a lament," he says....
Wendy Wasserstein Took Her to Her First Show. Now She's Paying It Forward
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, January 10, 2020  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jan 10, 2020  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
An alum of TDF's Wendy Wasserstein Project returns to the program as a teacher --- Growing up in the Bronx in the '90s, Erica Vargas-Catucci saw a Playbill long before she ever saw a play. "At the time, I used to help my mother clean houses in Manhattan," she says. "At one, the person always had Playbills on the table in their living room. Sometimes...
An Unlikely Master of an Ancient Japanese Art Form
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
Thursday, January 09, 2020  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jan 9, 2020  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How Katsura Sunshine is introducing New York audiences to the timeless comedy of rakugo --- How did Katsura Sunshine, a white guy from Canada, become a master of rakugo, a traditional Japanese form of storytelling? It's a quirky tale which he recounts with self-deprecating humor along with fables in his "sit-down comedy" solo show Katsura Sunshine's...
A Man Out of My Dreams
By BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
Wednesday, January 08, 2020  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jan 8, 2020  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
A longtime theatregoer recalls a life-changing realization he had at a production of Oklahoma! --- "Did seeing theatre when you were a kid make you gay?" I've been asked that question—both seriously and in jest—more times than I can count, by strangers and loved ones alike. The answer is no, of course not! And yet, an early theatregoing...
5 Theatres You Need to Know: Bronx Theatres
By JOSE SOLÍS
Tuesday, January 07, 2020  •   5 Theatres to Know  •    2 comments Share This
Tue Jan 7, 2020  •   5 Theatres to Know  •    2 comments Share This
Where to see shows, dance performances, concerts and family entertainment in the borough --- The boogie down borough is well-known for the Yankees and the Zoo, but it's live arts scene deserves attention, too. From venerable Latinx companies, to youth troupes, to two colleges with robust performing arts programming, the offerings at these Bronx venues...
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