Which Shows Should Have Made It to Broadway?
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things
This week, TDF Stages contributor Linda Buchwald geeks out (via Gchat) with TDF Stages associate editor Raven Snook.
Today's topic: Broadway-bound shows that didn't make it but deserved to.
Linda Buchwald: With The Humans transferring to Broadway and deservedly winning...
If You Want Dangerous Water, Then It Can't Be Real
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Why Men On Boats isn't a realistic play
There are no boats in Men on Boats. Sure, there are suggestions of boats – small, boat-ish props that the actors hold as they simulate a journey through the Green and Colorado Rivers. But even while they're "floating," we see the performers' legs planted firmly on the floor.
Things get even less...
WATCH: Meet PTP/NYC Theatre
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Get to know PTP/NYC, where language and ideas will shake your heart and mind. This video features co-artistic directors and co-founders Cheryl Faraone and Richard Romagnoli, associate artistic director Alex Draper, and actor Stephanie Janssen. (Jim Petosa is the company's other co-artistic director and co-founder.)
This film was directed by Mark...
Shakespeare, As I Like It
By LISA BURDIGE
Why I'll see anything by the Bard at the Delacorte
As a self-professed theatre lover, I have an embarrassing confession to make: I don't always love seeing Shakespeare. I've read his plays enthusiastically, I adore his language, and I have a deep appreciation of his characters. (My dog was named Caliban.) But when I watch the Bard onstage, sometimes...
When You're Dancing Shakespeare, Every Movement Matters
By SUSAN REITER
How dancers create character in Christopher Wheeldon's new ballet
He may not have been a dancer, but Shakespeare has become indispensable to the ballet. Choreographers can't resist his work, with plays like Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream constantly being reimagined for dance troupes across the world.
Still, Christopher Wheeldon...
Backstage With NYMF Musicals
By ANDREW BLOCK
Inside four shows in this year's New York Musical Festival
"Now! I have my chaaaance!", croons Raúl, the young Mexican entrepreneur at the center of Children of Salt, one of 18 full productions at this summer's New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Raul could be signing for the hundreds of artists who gather each summer for an opportunity to...
Before Ariel, Belle, and Audrey II, There Was Mr. Rosewater
By FRANK RIZZO
The return of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's first musical
It's a little-remembered musical, but it started a famous artistic partnership.
In 1978 composer Alan Menken teamed with lyricist, book writer, and director Howard Ashman – both in their late 20s – to create God Bless Your Mr. Rosewater, based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut....
When Should a Playwright Rewrite History?
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
J.T. Rogers blends facts and fiction about the Oslo Accords
Playwright J.T. Rogers practically specializes in turning major political events into compelling stage dramas. He's done it with the genocide in Rwanda in the 90s (The Overwhelming) and the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 80s (Blood and Gifts). But while it continues this thematic...