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On Broadway, She's Quietly Honoring Her Mother
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, March 29, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 29, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Henny Russell's life informs the politics Oslo --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles The first play veteran character actress Henny Russell appeared in after her mother died was J. T. Rogers' Oslo, about the back-channel negotiations that led to the momentous 1993 handshake between...
He Doesn't Seem So Fictional Now
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, March 28, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 28, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play lives in the modern gay moment --- 10 years ago, Christopher Sears's character in Gently Down the Stream might've seemed impossibly fictional. An openly gay, tattoo-covered performance artist named Harry, he not only embraces the elasticity of unconventional relationships, but also craves the domesticity of raising a child. He wants to...
You Can Believe This Play's a Disaster
By JOSH AUSTIN
Tuesday, March 28, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 28, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
The authentic farce of The Play That Goes Wrong --- According to Mark Bell, farce is a high theatrical art. And he should know: As the director of The Play That Goes Wrong – a raucous new Broadway comedy – he spends his days treating the genre with the respect it deserves. "What we're doing is what I call 'clown,'" says Bell. "Which,...
Here's to Ladies Who Knit Onstage!
By SUZY EVANS
Friday, March 24, 2017  •   Acting  •    5 comments Share This
Fri Mar 24, 2017  •   Acting  •    5 comments Share This
Seeing characters knitting helps me celebrate my hobby --- Hello, my name is Suzy Evans, and I am a knitter. I used to think there should be some sort of greeting from a support group when I disclosed that information. Although I hated that I experienced a sort of secret shame about my ever-growing hoard of yarn skeins, there was certainly a good...
Before Their Tragedy, They Were Glorious
By JEFF POTTER
Thursday, March 23, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 23, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
A new show remembers the fire at the UpStairs Lounge --- Stepping across the threshold of the Lynn Redgrave Theater, audience members attending The View UpStairs find themselves in an immersive set recreating the The UpStairs Lounge circa 1973, an under-the-radar gay bar in New Orleans' French Quarter. With a white grand piano standing center, the...
A Radical New Look for 'Miss Saigon'
By DOUG STRASSLER
Wednesday, March 22, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 22, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
The Broadway revival's set changes everything --- The way the design team of Miss Saigon sees it, they will only have done their jobs correctly if the audience doesn't notice their work at all. "People shouldn't sit back and go, 'That was a great piece of scenery!'" says Totie Driver, the co-set designer for the current Broadway revival of the 80s...
What Do We Make of Her Murderous Story?
By DIEP TRAN
Tuesday, March 21, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Mar 21, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
A new play upends a classic work of art --- Entering the set of Betty Shamieh's play The Strangest is like being transported to another place and time. The play, which is now at Fourth Street Theatre in a production from Semitic Root, unfolds in a room encased in red velvet curtains. Golden lamps hang from the ceiling. The floor is lined with colorful...
Would You Risk You Career to Tell the Truth?
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Monday, March 20, 2017  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Mar 20, 2017  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Ibsen's political classic could've been written last week --- We all know how easy it is to ignore an inconvenient truth. Think of the politicians who deny climate change, a phenomenon almost universally accepted by the scientific community. As it happens, it is that very issue that inspired writer Seth Barrish and director K. Lorrel Manning to...
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