Shakespeare, As I Like It
By LISA BURDIGE
Why I'll see anything by the Bard at the Delacorte
As a self-professed theatre lover, I have an embarrassing confession to make: I don't always love seeing Shakespeare. I've read his plays enthusiastically, I adore his language, and I have a deep appreciation of his characters. (My dog was named Caliban.) But when I watch the Bard onstage, sometimes...
When You're Dancing Shakespeare, Every Movement Matters
By SUSAN REITER
How dancers create character in Christopher Wheeldon's new ballet
He may not have been a dancer, but Shakespeare has become indispensable to the ballet. Choreographers can't resist his work, with plays like Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream constantly being reimagined for dance troupes across the world.
Still, Christopher Wheeldon...
Backstage With NYMF Musicals
By ANDREW BLOCK
Inside four shows in this year's New York Musical Festival
"Now! I have my chaaaance!", croons Raúl, the young Mexican entrepreneur at the center of Children of Salt, one of 18 full productions at this summer's New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Raul could be signing for the hundreds of artists who gather each summer for an opportunity to...
Before Ariel, Belle, and Audrey II, There Was Mr. Rosewater
By FRANK RIZZO
The return of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's first musical
It's a little-remembered musical, but it started a famous artistic partnership.
In 1978 composer Alan Menken teamed with lyricist, book writer, and director Howard Ashman – both in their late 20s – to create God Bless Your Mr. Rosewater, based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut....
When Should a Playwright Rewrite History?
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
J.T. Rogers blends facts and fiction about the Oslo Accords
Playwright J.T. Rogers practically specializes in turning major political events into compelling stage dramas. He's done it with the genocide in Rwanda in the 90s (The Overwhelming) and the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 80s (Blood and Gifts). But while it continues this thematic...
When Opposite Audiences Attract
By JB MCGEEVER
Can a theatre addict and a casual viewer learn to get along?
As an obsessive theatregoer, I've always taken my responsibility as an audience member very seriously. The phone ringers and candy unwrappers, chronic sneezers and hacking coughers, those who laugh at nothing and the ones who leap to their feet for no reason whatsoever, all irk me. For...
Forget Dialogue. Silence Says Everything Here.
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
In Small Mouth Sounds, words aren't necessary to tell a story
Small Mouth Sounds makes you realize how pushy most plays are, with their constant stream of words and arguments and bold-letter proclamations. That can be thrilling, of course, and nobody wants the characters in Shaw or Williams or Wasserstein to stop talking.
Still: Playwright Bess...
From 'A Chorus Line' to 'Hamilton,' How Has Broadway Producing Changed?
By FRANK RIZZO
John Breglio on the evolution of New York theatre
Could legendary producers of the past hack it on Broadway today?
If anyone could guess, it's John Breglio. In his new book I Wanna Be a Producer: How to Make a Killing on Broadway...or Get Killed, the noted entertainment lawyer and commercial producer gives a show biz tutorial – with plenty...