Even Though You Know the Ending, You'll Still Cry
Monday, October 16, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 16, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Luis Alfaro rewrites Oedipus Rex for our multicultural era --- In Oedipus El Rey, Luis Alfaro's contemporary take on Sophocles's tragedy of patricide and incest currently playing at the Public Theater, the titular character is a recently released convict who finds himself in a "kingdom" of drugs, violence, and Chicano gangs in L.A. And Jocasta? Abused...
How Much Do You Know About Alaska?
Friday, October 13, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Oct 13, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Ping Chong + Company's new multimedia work spotlights the 49th state --- Gary Upay'aq Beaver was raised in a remote village in Alaska called Kasigluk, population 560. It's home to the Yup'ik tribe, indigenous to the region. And yet in that remote landscape, surrounded by tundra, Beaver grew up wanting to be on stage. Unfortunately, there is no theatre...
Eight Plays a Week
Thursday, October 12, 2017  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 12, 2017  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    0 comments Share This
Why a longtime critic hates to let any show pass her by --- I have a habit of reviewing in bulk. I started out, back in the pre-digital era, as a restaurant critic. I'm happy to report that covering theatre is a lot less caloric. But I've retained a disconcerting tendency to go whole hog. Call it completism, if you will. I suffer from a certain perverse...
Helping Dance Reflect the Diversity of Disability
Wednesday, October 11, 2017  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Oct 11, 2017  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
A new Dance/NYC initiative is championing integrated performances --- In 2015, Dance/NYC -- a nonprofit dedicated to promoting dance performance and appreciation in the metropolitan area -- released its Discovering Disability: Data and NYC Dance study. Although the findings weren't necessarily surprising, they were disheartening: People with disabilities...
Why Is This Artist Singing and Ranting in Her Underwear?
Tuesday, October 10, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 10, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Multihyphenate Diana Oh bares almost all in her latest performance piece --- Lingerie as liberation; lingerie as imprisonment. Lingerie as a tool of the patriarchy and as an expression of queer identity. These are just some of the intriguingly contradictory themes explored in actor-singer-writer Diana Oh's {my lingerie play} 2017: THE CONCERT AND...
How Do You Theatricalize Government Oppression?
Monday, October 09, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 9, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Belarus Free Theatre teams up with a member of Pussy Riot for a visceral new show --- In Burning Doors, the latest politically charged play from Belarus Free Theatre about state-sponsored brutality, the cast reenacts violence with such acrobatic intensity that spectators might fret about the performers' well-being. Natalia Kaliada certainly hopes...
Taking 'Measure' of Shakespeare's Language
Friday, October 06, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Oct 6, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Elevator Repair Service deconstructs the Bard's problem play --- In 2013, Nicholas Hytner, the then artistic director of London's National Theatre, wrote an op-ed in which he confessed that Shakespeare perplexes him. John Collins, the artistic director of the Obie-winning experimental theatre troupe Elevator Repair Service, agrees: the Bard is ridiculously...
Shakespeare As He Likes It
Thursday, October 05, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 5, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How director John Doyle is making a classic sing --- As a theatre-maker, Tony-winning director John Doyle isn't afraid to make big changes to suit his vision, whether it's cutting songs or dialogue (Classic Stage Company's Pacific Overtures), having actors play their own instruments (Broadway revivals of Sweeney Todd and Company), or minimizing the...
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