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Cinderella: Erotic and Universal
Tuesday, October 13, 2015  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 13, 2015  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Inside Company XIV's dance-theatre twist on a fairy tale --- What if you took everything in our culture that was indebted to Cinderella and put it on a single stage? Just think of all the songs, ballets, fancy shoes, and enchanted mice you'd have to account for. In one sense, you'd be confronted with aesthetic chaos, but in another, you'd experience...
They Found the Intimate Show in a Broadway Spectacle
Tuesday, October 13, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 13, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Rothschild & Sons updates a musical from the 70s --- Walls are an important metaphor in both the 1970 Broadway musical The Rothschilds and its vest-pocket revision, redubbed Rothschild & Sons, now getting its world premiere from Off-Broadway's York Theatre Company. The show – which follows the 18th-century travails of the European...
No Time to Think! You Have to Be Funny Right Now!
Thursday, October 08, 2015  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 8, 2015  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
In Broadway's Sylvia, Robert Sella jumps from character to character --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles The three main characters of Sylvia, A.R. Gurney's comedy famous for its love triangle of a Manhattan couple and their newly adopted dog, travel in a kind of pack. Trekking...
Let's Tap Dance Until We Fall In Love
Tuesday, October 06, 2015  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Tue Oct 6, 2015  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
How dance breeds romance in Broadway's Dames at Sea --- Sometimes a parody becomes the very thing it's going after. Take Dames at Sea -- the splashy 1968 musical that's about a splashy musical -- which is currently enjoying its Broadway premiere in a production directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner. Like 42nd Street and Footlight...
This Play Should Look Like It Feels
Monday, October 05, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 5, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
How to design an experimental comedy like Cloud Nine --- Sometimes a playwright gives designers specific instructions about how a show should look, filling the script with details about the quality of the light or the style of the clothes or the color of the furniture. And then sometimes a playwright is Caryl Churchill. Her classic 1979 comedy Cloud...
This 'Barbecue' Just Got Crazy
Thursday, October 01, 2015  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 1, 2015  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
The shrewd chaos of Robert O'Hara's latest play --- Twenty minutes in, Robert O'Hara's new play Barbecue seems to be about just that: a barbecue. You see a family gathered in a public park, grilling, drinking, barking at each other the way only family members can. Then all the rules change, and you realize you were wrong about what's happening....
Seeing a Show By Listening to the Album
Thursday, October 01, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 1, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Welcome to On the Record, where we celebrate original cast recordings. Today's title: the just-released Hamilton. --- In my last column, I examined the advent of cast albums enlisting pop artists in order to reach a broader audience. But what happens when a show is already a pop-culture phenomenon? That's the case with Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical...
Love, Fight, Repeat
Wednesday, September 30, 2015  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Sep 30, 2015  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
How director Daniel Aukin keeps the dance of dysfunction moving in Fool for Love --- The volatile couple at the center of Sam Shepard's explosive 1984 drama Fool for Love may be ill-fated, but good mojo helped fuel the play's current revival at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. When the production originated at the 2014 Williamstown Theatre Festival,...
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