Why You Need to Hear Gordon Hirabayashi's Story
Friday, December 08, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 8, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Jeanne Sakata's bio play about the late Japanese-American activist is more relevant than ever --- The first time Joel de la Fuente played real-life civil rights activist Gordon Hirabayashi in Jeanne Sakata's one-person play Hold These Truths, he hoped it wouldn't be his last. "Very rarely is there an opportunity where you find something that you're...
Alvin Ailey Unveils New Works This Holiday Season
Wednesday, December 06, 2017  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Dec 6, 2017  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
Two longtime dancers discuss the company's evolving repertoire Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater just kicked off its annual holiday run at City Center, a five-week gift to modern dance lovers showcasing the company's ever-expanding repertory. Yes, Ailey's beloved 1960 classic Revelations is still on the lineup, but artistic director Robert Battle...
How Much of Their Marriage Do They Put Onstage?
Tuesday, December 05, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 5, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The Bengsons share their musical memoir at New York Theatre Workshop --- Marriage can be difficult, and spouses who want to parse the ups and downs of their romance sound destined for a therapist's couch, not the stage. But singer-songwriters Shaun and Abigail Bengson, who lead the quirky indie folk-rock group the Bengsons, aren't conventional, and...
Returning 'Awake and Sing!' to Its Yiddish Roots
Monday, December 04, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Dec 4, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Why New Yiddish Rep is mounting Clifford Odets' Depression-set drama --- When New Yiddish Rep artistic director David Mandelbaum decided to produce Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros, he had to commission special Yiddish versions. But with Clifford Odets' 1935 classic Awake and Sing!, currently running at the...
She's Making This 'Island' Authentic
Friday, December 01, 2017  •   Choreography  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Dec 1, 2017  •   Choreography  •    1 comment Share This
Veteran choreographer Camille A. Brown comes to Broadway with Once on This Island --- Working on the first Broadway revival of a beloved musical can be a challenge -- especially for choreographers. A dance-maker needs to figure out how to realize her own vision while recognizing that another artist previously danced in her shoes. Although choreographer...
When Tribes Ruled the Streets
Thursday, November 30, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Playwright Seth Zvi Rosenfeld revisits the NYC of his youth with Downtown Race Riot --- Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's vividly remembers the 1976 rampage in Washington Square Park that inspired his new drama Downtown Race Riot, currently running at Off-Broadway's Pershing Square Signature Center. "I was 14 and had a lot of friends who went to school downtown,"...
How Do You Conjure a Cartoon Onstage?
Wednesday, November 29, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Nov 29, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
How David Zinn designed the costumes for SpongeBob SquarePants --- When Ethan Slater bounds onstage for the opening number of the new musical SpongeBob SquarePants at Broadway's Palace Theatre, he's clearly the title character even though he looks little like an animated rectangular sponge. Stylistic hints of his cartoon namesake -- a yellow shirt,...
He's Playing Another Russian Jew But Not Singing This Time
Tuesday, November 28, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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Danny Burstein portrays doomed Soviet author Isaac Babel in Describe the Night --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles The opening scene of Rajiv Joseph's history-inspired drama Describe the Night takes place in 1920, as the young writer Isaac Babel travels through Soviet-occupied Poland...
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