When You Love a Show Everyone Hates
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, September 03, 2015  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Sep 3, 2015  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
One theatre lover delves into the loneliness of being a solo fan --- We've all heard the Zen koan about the sound of one hand clapping. But what happens when you're the one audience member clapping -- or at least the only one cheering? It's a pretty lonely experience, and it happened to me when I saw David Hirson's short-lived theatre satire ...
When You Talk to God, Plug the Microphone In
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, September 02, 2015  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 2, 2015  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Why Lucas Hnath wants everyone in The Christians on a mic --- At first, the microphones seem perfectly normal. After all, Lucas Hnath's play The Christians, which is now at Playwrights Horizons, is set in a megachurch, with a choir of over 20 people watching as a pastor delivers a sermon to his flock. There among the attractive floral arrangements...
Want to Play Hamlet? Write Him For Yourself.
By JEFF POTTER
Tuesday, September 01, 2015  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 1, 2015  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Michael Laurence's new play features Shakespeare's tortured prince --- Most actors can only dream of their chance to play the great roles, but Michael Laurence has developed an alternative plan. For the second time in the last seven years, he's built his own show around one of his favorite characters. You can see the results in Hamlet in Bed, now...
Embrace Your Inner Drag Queen
By DIEP TRAN
Monday, August 31, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Aug 31, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
The Legend of Georgia McBride delivers a how-to of drag --- The most fabulous presence in The Legend of Georgia McBride isn't the straight man who becomes a drag queen, his pregnant wife, or his drag mother (though all three are pretty awe-inspiring). No, that honor goes to a clothing rack. Usually a tool that's kept backstage, this particular...
Is It a Woman's Duty to Tell People Off?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, August 27, 2015  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Aug 27, 2015  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
A vintage play asks contemporary questions about gender roles --- Like so many plays produced by the Mint Theater Company, which resurrects the work of neglected and forgotten playwrights, The New Morality feels awfully contemporary. Set on a houseboat that's floating in the Thames in 1911, it uses wry epigrams, a feisty heroine, and a drunken...
Hey Playwrights: Make American History as Diverse as America
By DIEP TRAN
Wednesday, August 26, 2015  •   Broadway  •    7 comments Share This
Wed Aug 26, 2015  •   Broadway  •    7 comments Share This
A few thoughts on making plays more inclusive --- So I was sitting at a matinee of Hamilton on Broadway, listening to Phillipa Soo sing the last few bars of the show, when something happened to me that never happens in the theatre: I wept. Openly. I'm talking about tears-rolling-down-my-cheeks weeping. Because I had just seen a three-hour musical...
Finding Two Takes on Neverland
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Tuesday, August 25, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Aug 25, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Welcome to On the Record, our brand-new series celebrating original cast albums. --- Have you ever listened to an original cast album of a musical you saw and discovered new things to appreciate about it? In the case of Finding Neverland, the tuner about the man behind Peter Pan, that happened to me twice: when I heard the traditional cast recording...
You'll Never Forget This, So Don't Even Try
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, August 24, 2015  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Aug 24, 2015  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Anna Ziegler's new play stages inescapable memories --- Plenty of plays break the fourth wall, with characters stepping outside the action to speak directly to the audience. It's the rare show, however, that lets characters break the fourth wall together. Yet that's that exactly what happens in A Delicate Ship, the new play by Anna Ziegler that's...
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