Do You Really Know the Hooker With a Heart of Gold?
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Wednesday, April 26, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 26, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Axis Company rejuvenates a classic play --- You've probably seen pictures of a slum. But what would it feel like to live in one? Director Randy Sharp raises this question in her revival of Sidney Kingsley's Dead End, a 1935 hit on Broadway that later became a Humphrey Bogart picture. Originally, Sharp says, the drama felt necessary because it...
What in the World is Interpretive Dance?
By CAROLYN MERRITT
Tuesday, April 25, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Apr 25, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
You see more of it than you think --- A friend recently posted on social media that rather than finish the paper she'd been preparing for an academic conference, she would perform an interpretive dance. This elicited cheers and likes and those brilliant emojis that laugh and cry at once. Imagining her at the lectern, gesticulating flesh, blood, and...
A Dancer's Broadway Breakthrough
By LAUREN KAY
Monday, April 24, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Apr 24, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Robin Masella moves from Cats to the Chocolate Factory --- Even in a stressful audition room, Robin Masella exudes a rare blend of passion and restraint. Her dynamic movement crackles, each fan kick and triple turn vibrant, while a mischievous smile flits across her face. But at the same time, her work remains impeccably clean. Each line is etched...
Swing Music Soothes the Broadway Soul
By DOUG STRASSLER
Friday, April 21, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Apr 21, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Beth Leavel connects to Bandstand --- On Broadway, Beth Leavel has become a master of musical styles. She's sailed through everything from Golden Age crooning to power-pop belting, so it's hardly surprising that she's adding swing music to her repertoire. You can hear the results in Bandstand, which is now in previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre....
The Hidden Mysteries of 'Six Degrees of Separation'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, April 19, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 19, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
In this Broadway revival, laughter leads to serious ideas --- Six Degrees of Separation delivers a complex kind of fun. On its surface, John Guare's 1990 play is all clever jokes and fast-moving action, telling the story of Flan and Ouisa Kittredge, wealthy Upper East Siders who are conned by Paul, a young man pretending to be Sidney Poitier's...
A Landmark Documentary Becomes a Ballet
By SUSAN REITER
Wednesday, April 19, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 19, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Taking Titicut Follies to the stage --- As collaborations go, this one is quite unexpected. The venerable and prolific documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman is joining forces with – wait for it – James Sewell, the contemporary ballet choreographer. Add in Lenny Pickett, a mainstay of the New York music scene who's the longtime bandleader...
How I Discovered One of My Favorite Actors in the Chorus
By RONNI KRASNOW
Tuesday, April 18, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Apr 18, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
It's not just her talent that earns this theatre fan's adoration --- Welcome to Fanmail, our tributes to theatre artists we admire Even as someone who sees a lot of shows, it's rare that I get excited about someone in the chorus. It makes a kind of sense since -- save for a handful of individual moments -- they're usually meant to blend together...
What's a Woman Worth Without Her Children?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, April 17, 2017  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Apr 17, 2017  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
A new Broadway play prods our biases --- Even if you've never seen A Doll's House, you might be interested in a sequel. Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's 1879 masterpiece ends with Nora Helmer, a cosseted and infantilized woman who has realized she's smothered by her marriage, leaving her family for an independent life. The play's final moment –...
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