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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  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 30, 2015  •   Broadway  •    0 comments 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,...
Don't Fret! You DO Understand Gertrude Stein!
Tuesday, September 29, 2015  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 29, 2015  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Target Margin has fun with flexible meaning --- What strikes you most about the set? The brightly colored paper everywhere, like a gift bag just exploded? The rickety old piano in the back, like Miss Kitty is going to saunter out of her saloon and sing you a tune? And what about the three performers? Do you remember their funny scenes, when...
A Choreographer Finds American Poetry in Central Asia
Monday, September 28, 2015  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Sep 28, 2015  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Inside Séan Curran's latest work at BAM --- In the spring of 2012, choreographer Séan Curran and a slew of his dancers traveled to central Asia to visit the Kyrgyz Republic. As art ambassadors of Brooklyn Academy of Music's DanceMotion USA initiative, the modern dance troupe crisscrossed the country, seeing performances and meeting...
Theatre Is Happening All Around You
Friday, September 25, 2015  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Sep 25, 2015  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
Site-specific theatre pioneer Anne Hamburger's new outdoor festival aims to turn passersby into active viewers --- In the '80s and '90s, Anne Hamburger's theatre company, En Garde Arts, produced a string of shows with boundary-pushing artists such as Charles Mee, Anne Bogart, and Tina Landau that used NYC as their stage. During that time, En Garde...
What Does an Emotional Vortex Look Like?
Thursday, September 24, 2015  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Sep 24, 2015  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
How stars, ice, and lava influenced the set for Broadway's Old Times --- Set designer Christine Jones didn't take Harold Pinter's scripted stage directions literally when she was conjuring the visual world of the new Broadway production of his play Old Times. She digested them with a gut instinct. "The design was a direct result of a very strong...
Grab Some Cereal, Watch a Heroine Kick Butt
Tuesday, September 22, 2015  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 22, 2015  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Hey New Yorkers… are you in need of a truly badass superhero? Have no fear: Kapow-i GoGo is here! She has big blue hair, can shoot fireballs from her hand, and wields a giant sword bigger than her head. In layman's terms, she's awesome, and audiences who want to bask in her glory can enjoy almost five hours of her adventures in Kapow-i GoGo...
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