A Play about Family, History, Genocide and Rock 'n' Roll
Wednesday, February 19, 2020  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 19, 2020  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Obie winner Chay Yew on directing Cambodian Rock Band at Signature Theatre --- A few years ago, when Lauren Yee approached Chay Yew about directing the world premiere of her play Cambodian Rock Band at South Coast Repertory, he couldn't envision how it would work on stage. The puzzle of figuring it out is exactly why he signed on. "I always look at...
5 Shows That Spotlight Great Women in History
Tuesday, February 18, 2020  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Feb 18, 2020  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Harriet Tubman, Nellie Bly and Molly Brown are just a handful of the sheroes being celebrated on New York stages --- When I was asked to write a book about the history of feminist theatre, my first thought was, just one? I had been studying, writing and talking about the subject for years—I didn't know how I would manage to fit everything I...
Think You Know Frankenstein? You've Never Seen Him Like This
Friday, February 14, 2020  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Feb 14, 2020  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
African American actress Stephanie Berry plays the creature and his creator in this new production at Classic Stage Company --- The original mad scientist story, Frankenstein, is alive on stage once more, but this stripped-down interpretation is a bold new experiment. Tristan Bernays' two-actor adaptation of Mary Shelley's iconic 1818 tale—which...
Are They Acrobats, Martial Artists or Dancers? All of the Above
Friday, February 14, 2020  •   Dance  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Feb 14, 2020  •   Dance  •    2 comments Share This
The all-male Compagnie Hervé KOUBI brings its hybrid style to the Joyce --- Hervé Koubi's pharmacology degree may not impact his work as a choreographer, but it's a telling indication that he has followed an unusual path in his career. Raised in southern France, he studied dance as well as biology in college, then continued his training...
Finding the Off-Kilter Comedy in Everyday Life
Thursday, February 13, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Feb 13, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
With a pair of witty plays in the East Village, Sarah Einspanier is a writer to watch --- Considering Sarah Einspanier has two productions running in New York this spring, it's jarring to hear her claim that "I'm bad at plot when it comes to plays and also my life! I'm always like, you should figure out who you are, but I haven't yet." That kind of...
Revisiting My Past Through Encores!
Tuesday, February 11, 2020  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Feb 11, 2020  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Often at City Center's signature series, I find myself time traveling… "Well, I saw the original production…" It was inevitable that I would utter those words at City Center's Encores!, a series that puts rarely revived musicals back in the spotlight. It happened for the first time in 1996, during Encores!' third season, with its staging...
70 Years After Her Broadway Debut, She Still Loves Being on Stage
Monday, February 10, 2020  •   Acting  •    4 comments Share This
Mon Feb 10, 2020  •   Acting  •    4 comments Share This
Black theatre great Vinie Burrows on her latest role and her life's work --- Vinie Burrows made her Broadway debut in 1950 and has been working on stage ever since. Yet incredibly, the 95-year-old actress has never had an agent. "For the last Off-Broadway productions I've done, people have called me," she says, citing her roles in 2019's Mies Julie...
10 New Musicals to See This Spring Off Broadway
Friday, February 07, 2020  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Feb 7, 2020  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
You just may catch a future Broadway hit --- What do the Tony Award-winning best musicals of the past five years have in common? They all began Off Broadway. Fun Home, Dear Evan Hansen, The Band's Visit, Hadestown and even Hamilton started on smaller NYC stages, so if you want to see the next big thing before everyone else, Off Broadway's a great...
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