This Play Wouldn't Exist Without Her Students
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Tuesday, April 24, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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How Lucy Thurber's new drama was inspired by a pair of her pupils --- Obie-winning playwright Lucy Thurber is as interested in talking about her teaching experiences as her new drama Transfers at MCC Theater. That makes sense since her world-premiere play is inspired by students she worked with as MCC's Youth Company Playwriting Lab Director. Like...
Making 'Children of a Lesser God' Accessible Onstage and Backstage
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Monday, April 23, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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Lauren Ridloff shares the show's unprecedented accommodations for people who are deaf --- Lauren Ridloff was two years old when the original production of Children of a Lesser God debuted on Broadway in 1980, and eight when her parents brought her to see the movie version starring Marlee Matlin, an actress who is deaf, playing a woman named Sarah....
She Makes the 'Mean Girls' Sound Fetch
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, April 20, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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Meet Broadway musical director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, one of the show's unsung sheroes --- Much has been written about the girl power of Broadway's Mean Girls. After all, the female-focused musical comedy about a naïve new student learning to navigate the high school hierarchy is the brainchild of feminist funnywoman Tina Fey, based on her hit...
Navigating Through the Darkness in 'The Seafarer'
By CAREY PURCELL
Thursday, April 19, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
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Irish Rep revives Conor McPherson's Tony-nominated play --- The Seafarer, Conor McPherson's tale of despair and redemption on a drunken Christmas Eve, is a decidedly male affair. In fact, according to Ciarán O'Reilly, the director of Irish Repertory Theatre's current revival, "This play could be called The Absence of Women." The action takes...
The Triangle at the Heart of 'My Fair Lady'
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, April 18, 2018  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Apr 18, 2018  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Allan Corduner on playing Pickering in the Broadway revival --- Pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins and his Cockney flower girl protégé Eliza Doolittle may have a will-they-or-won't-they relationship in My Fair Lady, but his pal Colonel Pickering is really his soul mate. Their bromance in on enchanting display in Bartlett Sher's...
Is Sentimentality a Dirty Word in Dance?
By SUSAN REITER
Tuesday, April 17, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Apr 17, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Lar Lubovitch celebrates 50 years as a choreographer at the Joyce --- After a half century of running his own eponymous dance company, celebrated choreographer Lar Lubovitch is confident in his aesthetic preferences. "I defend my right to create beauty, even sentimentality, in a world where irony seems to be pervasive," he says as his troupe kicks...
This Elephant Is Always in the Room
By BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
Monday, April 16, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
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Why director Jo Bonney has a dead animal haunt the characters in Mlima's Tale --- In Lynn Nottage's world-premiere drama Mlima's Tale at the Public Theater, the title character is murdered in the opening scene. And yet Mlima -- a big-tusked African elephant portrayed by Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah -- remains a central presence onstage throughout this...
Capturing the Complex Tone of 'Carousel' Through Dance
By SUSAN REITER
Friday, April 13, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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Ballet star Justin Peck on making his Broadway debut as choreographer --- Although Justin Peck has been a boldface name in the dance world for a number of years, the revival of Carousel at the Imperial Theatre marks his Broadway debut as choreographer. The 30-year-old joined New York City Ballet as a dancer in 2006 and was promoted to soloist seven...
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