Why It's Important That a Black Actress Play Jimmy Carter
By REGINA ROBBINS
Wednesday, November 20, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Nov 20, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Susan Lambert Hatem talks about her unconventional political history play --- A young man wants to know how it really went down in "the room where it happened." No, it's not a scene from Hamilton; it's from Susan Lambert Hatem's play Confidence (and The Speech), currently running at Theatre Row. Like Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash-hit musical,...
Why Broadway's 'A Christmas Carol' Isn't What You'd Expect
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, November 20, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Nov 20, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tony-winning scenic and costume designer Rob Howell discusses his nontraditional take to the holiday staple --- When director Matthew Warchus approached his longtime collaborator, scenic and costume designer Rob Howell, about doing a theatrical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, they only knew what they didn't want to see: a conventional...
Who Was Marie Curie's Amazing BFF?
By ALLISON CONSIDINE
Tuesday, November 19, 2019  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 19, 2019  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Kate Mulgrew and Francesca Faridany on playing two remarkable women in science --- If Marie Curie is just a name to you, you're not alone. Francesca Faridany admits she didn't know much about the two-time Nobel Prize-winning physicist and chemist until she landed the title role in Lauren Gunderson's The Half-Life of Marie Curie. Currently running...
Why Bedlam's 'The Crucible' Will Surprise You
By CAREY PURCELL
Friday, November 15, 2019  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 15, 2019  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
The lauded theatre company puts its singular stamp on the Arthur Miller classic --- Even before it begins, Bedlam's take on Arthur Miller's The Crucible is meant to jar. The sparse Connelly Theater stage looks like it could be Puritan New England, which is when this drama about the Salem witch trials takes place. But the lighthearted Muzak filling...
See a Tony Winner in a New Musical in Queens
By JOSE SOLÍS
Thursday, November 14, 2019  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Nov 14, 2019  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Cady Huffman on why she had to play the title character in Marguerite --- Cady Huffman may be best known to theatre lovers for her work on Broadway, particularly her Tony-winning turn as the voluptuous Ulla in The Producers. But to her, all the city's a stage. She's done shows in Brooklyn; in the Bronx where she currently lives, she sometimes sings...
Wild Changes to Classic Shows: How Far Is Too Far?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, November 13, 2019  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    53 comments Share This
Wed Nov 13, 2019  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    53 comments Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things --- This week, TDF Stages Editor Raven Snook geeks out (via Facebook Messenger) with Christina Trivigno, TDF's Director of Digital Strategy and a bona fide theatre nerd. Today's topic: Inspired by Ivo van Hove's truncated and intermissionless production of West Side Story,...
The Importance of Introducing Mummenschanz to New Generations
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, November 12, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Nov 12, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
The beloved Swiss mime troupe makes its belated New Victory Theater debut --- The only sounds you hear at a Mummenschanz performance are laughs coming from the audience. Using masks, props, puppets, and their malleable bodies and imagination, the members of the inventive Swiss mime troupe conjure humorous vignettes in complete silence. A pair of people...
How Three Diverse Creators Brought a Musical About Racial Strife to Life
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
Monday, November 11, 2019  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Nov 11, 2019  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
The unusual development of Broadbend, Arkansas --- It's ironic that Broadbend, Arkansas -- the new two-person musical about an African-American father and daughter grappling with the personal impact of racial oppression in the '60s and '80s -- started off as a monologue about an elderly Southern white woman living in a nursing home during the pre-civil...
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