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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's 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...
A Virtual Vacation of Desire and Death
Tuesday, February 02, 2016  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Feb 2, 2016  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Third Rail Projects ups its game with its latest immersive theatre experience --- "Next time, I'll make sure you get more sex and less death," promises Third Rail Projects' Tom Pearson after my night spent exploring The Grand Paradise. Like the theatre company's long-running, Alice in Wonderland-inspired Then She Fell, its new interactive show takes...
Our Town Has Room for Our World
Monday, February 01, 2016  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Feb 1, 2016  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
A new play riffs on Thornton Wilder's classic --- We all live in multiple worlds at once. Our families, our friends, our co-workers, our neighbors, our fellow passengers on the subway car – every group we belong to or pass through places its own frame around our experience of the day. Then there's the world inside our head, where no one but...
Sometimes I Review Plays, Sometimes I'm In Plays
Friday, January 29, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jan 29, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Why one theatre critic jumps at every opportunity to perform onstage --- It is a truth universally acknowledged that a critic in possession of an ax to grind must be in want of a spotlight. Yes, I'm mangling Jane Austen, but you get the idea: The common perception is that a great many critics are performers manqués. Having failed to cut a swath...
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