Dancing at the Forefront of a Movement
Tuesday, June 20, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jun 20, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
How one-legged performer Evan Ruggiero is making history --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles Almost three centuries after its publication, Henry Fielding's 1749 novel exploring "human nature," The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, continues to inspire. Although its best-known adaptation...
How Do You Design a Dystopian Future?
Monday, June 19, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jun 19, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
In 1984, an Orwellian universe is reimagined for the stage --- George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is so iconic, it inevitably conjures vivid images -- even for those who have never read the 1949 classic. Gray coveralls, grayer faces, grim ministry buildings, lots of English weather, and Big Brother: a mustachioed man glaring from a monitor....
How Far Would You Go to Tango?
Friday, June 16, 2017  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Jun 16, 2017  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
A tanguera explains why the dance inspires so many international adventures --- No other form of dance embodies our globalized lives as Argentine tango does. It thrives on a tension that is of this moment. The product of immigrant populations who met on the outskirts of Buenos Aires in the late 1800s, tango remains utterly tied to its origins. The...
What Happens When There's Class Conflict in the Workplace?
Thursday, June 15, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jun 15, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new drama at Manhattan Theatre Club explores the ever-growing economic divide --- At Abe Koogler's new play Fulfillment Center, a wooden runway cuts MTC's Center/Stage II in half so that the audience sits on both sides. A few folding chairs provide the only additional scenery. It's a bit reminiscent of MTC's Heisenberg, at which some viewers grumbled...
Using Theatre to Give My Kid an Adult Education
Wednesday, June 14, 2017  •   Broadway  •    3 comments Share This
Wed Jun 14, 2017  •   Broadway  •    3 comments Share This
Why I often push the envelope when taking my tween to shows --- When my then nine-year-old daughter and I went to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, the ticket taker eyed her warily before warning, "You know this show has mature content, right?" "Absolutely!" I answered confidently as we slipped through the door. Sure, the title character...
Creating Art That's Timely and Timeless
Friday, June 09, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Jun 9, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Two female playwrights debut plays written in response to the 2016 election --- The new administration may want to nix the NEA, but it's certainly providing plenty of fodder (if not funding) for artists, especially playwrights. Since President Trump moved into the White House, NYC stages have hosted numerous festivals of new work with names like This...
Finding Solutions for Technical Difficulties
Wednesday, June 07, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jun 7, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How one contemporary performing arts institution is giving artists the support they need --- For traditional theatrical productions, tech week serves as a critical period when lights, sound, set, and all kinds of hiccups are hammered out. But mention tech week or -- gasp! -- an out-of-town tryout to a contemporary performing artist, and she'll probably...
Has Sibling Rivalry Always Been the Same?
Monday, June 05, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jun 5, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The Mint Theater's revival of a 98-year-old play makes a strong case --- The old adage "the more things change, the more they stay the same" is always on dramatic display at the Mint Theater Company, which is dedicated to resuscitating lost or neglected plays from the past. Though industry, fashion, and social mores may transform, human nature remains...
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