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How Do You Play the Loner in a Hectic Family?
Thursday, February 11, 2016  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 11, 2016  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Cassie Beck creates a conflicted woman in Broadway's The Humans --- Keep your eye on the loners. In Stephen Karam's play The Humans, which is now on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre, there's always some kind of commotion on the two-tiered set. Designed by David Zinn, it creates a Chinatown apartment where Brigid Blake, a struggling composer,...
Who Could Force You to Hurt a Student?
Wednesday, February 10, 2016  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 10, 2016  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
A new play tackles the legacy of a scandalous experiment --- In social psychologist Stanley Milgram's obedience experiments in the early 1960s, a number of Yale College students were told they would be helping researchers try out a new method of teaching. The method involved punishing a test-taker's incorrect answers with a series of electric shocks...
WATCH: What Is Going Up? What Are Asides?
Wednesday, February 10, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 10, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
We've got two new videos in our Theatre Dictionary! (You can browse all our videos right here.) --- Check out Going Up, which we made with our friends in The Assembly. --- Then watch Asides, which was made by the Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism students at the Yale School of Drama. (What is dramaturgy, you ask? We've got that covered,...
Explosive Feelings in a Hushed Voice
Tuesday, February 09, 2016  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Feb 9, 2016  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
For their latest production, The Amoralists head in a new direction --- "Kinda romantic." "Yeah, kinda." This seemingly innocuous exchange occurs between two characters in Emily Schwend's Utility, currently receiving its world premiere by The Amoralists at Rattlestick Theater. Amber and Chris, an often-on-the-outs married couple who just can't...
A Breezy Romantic Comedy (With a Subversive Streak)
Monday, February 08, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Feb 8, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Washer/Dryer blends laughs, laundry, and cultural critique --- You may not think a romantic comedy about a combined washer-dryer unit could provide a platform for subversion. But in Ma-Yi Theater Company's uproarious new play at Theatre Row, Nandita Shenoy hides hot-button issues beneath laughs and laundry. Washer/Dryer, which the playwright says...
Even Smart People Get Tongue-Tied About Race
Friday, February 05, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Feb 5, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Lydia Diamond ponders the impact of Obama's presidency --- As she's discussing her play Smart People -- now at Second Stage – Lydia Diamond pauses in the middle of a thought to describe the scene around her. Talking on the phone, she says, "I'm in a hotel lobby, and a blond woman just walked by with her little girl, and the girl was holding...
Jane Austen's Characters: Living, Breathing, Sweating
Thursday, February 04, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 4, 2016  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Inside Bedlam's lively take on Sense & Sensibility --- The creators and stars of Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility are well aware that Jane Austen fans, a notoriously devoted and opinionated group, are going to bring a very critical eye to their adaptation of her beloved novel. As points of comparison, there are already plenty of other interpretations...
If You're a Dog, Can You Ever Stop Wanting to Hunt?
Wednesday, February 03, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 3, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play uses animals and humans to question our power to change --- To what extent are we capable of "resisting our givens"—of fighting the conditions inscribed in our very DNA? Jen Silverman is obsessed with this question. That's obvious in her play The Moors, now at Yale Repertory Theatre. Set on a looming British landscape, where the...
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