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Something Unsettling Is Happening Upstairs
Monday, August 03, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Aug 3, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Perfecting the realistic (but creepy) tone in Annie Baker's new play --- There's something a little… off about John, the new Annie Baker play that's now at Signature Theatre. In many ways, it seems like a realistic show about a young couple spending a winter weekend at a Gettysburg bed and breakfast. But then there are these other things....
How Many People Must a Black Man Be?
Thursday, July 30, 2015  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jul 30, 2015  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
A playwright confronts how the race of the people around us changes how we behave --- There is only one person onstage throughout Howard L. Craft's Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green. But if you look and listen closely, you might perceive quite a few more. Centered on an African-American man who exists in five different versions, or incarnations,...
What's Next for Theatre Fans With Disabilities?
Wednesday, July 29, 2015  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 29, 2015  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Lisa Carling on the future of theatre accessibility --- This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which is designed to end discrimination against people with disabilities. To honor this milestone, I sat down with Lisa Carling, director of TDF's Accessibility Programs (TAP), to ask her about the future of access...
A Greek Tragedy Becomes a Spanish Dance
Tuesday, July 28, 2015  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jul 28, 2015  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
At one moment during Antigona, Noche Flamenco's adaptation of Sophocles' Antigone, the chorus leader commands, "Let us dance and sing in the face of tragedy." Martín Santangelo and Soledad Barrio have taken Sophocles' command literally. In their Spanish-language version of the Greek tragedy, Antigone does not merely lament. She dances, ferociously,...
A New Way of Searching for a Missing Boy
Monday, July 27, 2015  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jul 27, 2015  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
James Lecesne brings his novel about a missing teen to the stage --- When James Lecesne published his young adult novel Absolute Brightness in 2008, the world was a very different place. The story of a missing gay teenager, the book was almost eerily prescient in its depiction of teen bullying and the many forms it can take. And with bullying-related...
How Do You Cope When Your Favorite Show Closes?
Friday, July 24, 2015  •   Musicals  •    7 comments Share This
Fri Jul 24, 2015  •   Musicals  •    7 comments Share This
"That one," my wife said. "I want to see that show." It was early June 2014 and we were at home in Texas watching the Tony Awards. The kids were finally asleep, and we were catching up on what we missed thanks to our DVR. At the top of the ceremony, a medley from the Cotton Club-style revue After Midnight heated up our TV with glorious tapping, lush...
Which Theatre Sets Absolutely Blew Your Mind?
Thursday, July 23, 2015  •   Geek Out / Freak Out  •    5 comments Share This
Thu Jul 23, 2015  •   Geek Out / Freak Out  •    5 comments Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get super enthusiastic about things. This week, TDF Stages contributor Linda Buchwald geeks out (via Gchat) with Liz Richards, a stage manager who runs and is a frequent cohost of the podcast Maxamoo. Today's topic: jaw-dropping sets --- Linda Buchwald: Hi Liz. I'm so glad to...
How to Be a Woman in Men's Basketball
Wednesday, July 22, 2015  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 22, 2015  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
King Liz pushes the gender boundaries in sports --- Playwright Fernanda Coppel didn't need to research the world of professional men's basketball — the stars, the positions, the statistics — when she was writing King Liz, her new drama about a hotshot female sports agent. "I was a major jock," Coppel says. "I love basketball. I played...
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