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You Think You Know Kentucky, But You Don't
By DIEP TRAN
Tuesday, May 03, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 3, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play pushes beyond Southern stereotypes --- If you've never been to Kentucky, you may still think you know what it's about: bourbon, horses, bluegrass. However, playwright Leah Nanako Winkler would beg to differ. Growing up in the state, she had a wildly different experience than the one we might imagine. "I think people think that it's very...
Theatre by Teens for Audiences of All Ages
By RAVEN SNOOK
Monday, May 02, 2016  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 2, 2016  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
How Firebird Youth Theater is really taking off this season --- At 13, most adolescents are busy starting social media accounts. Not Leo Lion: He was busy starting his own theatre company. Now 16-years old, the homeschooled Renaissance man (actor, filmmaker, playwright, and artist) founded the all-teen Firebird Youth Theater in 2013 so he could...
WATCH: Meet Big Dance Theater
By LAUREN KAY
Wednesday, April 27, 2016  •   Meet the Dance Company  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 27, 2016  •   Meet the Dance Company  •    0 comments Share This
Meet Big Dance Theater, where dance and theater combine to create a new kind of magic. This video was directed by Lauren Kay. It was shot and edited by Nicholas Guldner. Here's why Meet the Dance Company exists. You can meet more dance companies here....
A Movie On Stage, But Not Like You Think
By ELIZA BENT
Wednesday, April 27, 2016  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 27, 2016  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Why Why Always radically stimulates the senses --- When you hear that Lauren Petty and Shaun Irons have adapted a film for the stage, you might be taken aback. After all, these multimedia artists are known for their abstract, adventurous work, so aren't the movies a bit conventional? Hardly. The duo's latest effort -- Why Why Always -- dismantles...
He Wasn't Expecting to Write a Musical
By JEFF POTTER
Tuesday, April 26, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Apr 26, 2016  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Steven Levenson's unlikely journey to Dear Evan Hansen --- In 2011 Benj Pasek and Justin Paul pored through stacks of plays in search of a kindred spirit. The composer/lyricists had a seedling idea for a new musical, and when they chanced upon Steven Levenson's writing, instinct told them he might be the ideal book writer for a project that would...
She Hears What Wilder Says About Ibsen
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, April 25, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Apr 25, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Arin Arbus finds surprises in an adaptation A Doll's House --- It's remarkable how Thornton Wilder imagines Kristine. In his adaptation of A Doll's House, he finds a startling moral complexity in the character, who frankly seems forgettable in some translations of Ibsen's masterpiece. Wilder's verbally sparse, emotionally dense approach clarifies...
Confessions of a Stage Mother
By SANDY MACDONALD
Thursday, April 21, 2016  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Apr 21, 2016  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
A theatre lover recalls her years as a real-life Mama Rose --- Rationally, I know I shouldn't be embarrassed, but there's a certain aspect of my past I don't often share with casual acquaintances: I was a stage mother -- the all-in, besotted kind. Stephen Sondheim, via Mama Rose, placed quite a burden on those of us who happen to enjoy providing...
Why Does 'Waitress' Need a Magical Set?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, April 21, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Apr 21, 2016  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Inside the Broadway musical's imaginative style --- The musical Waitress takes place in a diner, and also inside a woman's lively mind. Now at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre, the show follows Jenna, a server at a pie shop who escapes her unhappy marriage by devising recipes from her hopes and fears. When she finds out she's pregnant, for instance,...
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