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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 –...
Turning 'Casablanca' Into Experimental Theatre
By DOUG STRASSLER
Thursday, April 13, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 13, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
A new show stages the film's chaotic history --- Did you know that little people were used during the final scene of Casablanca? Or that fog had to be brought in to make that scene's iconic airplane appear more convincing? If so, then the new show CasablancaBOX might be for you. And even if you didn't know those obscure facts, this production...
How Ghosts and Trees Come to Life in 'Anastasia'
By FRANK RIZZO
Thursday, April 13, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 13, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Inside this Broadway's musical's projection design --- Near the end of the first act of the Broadway musical Anastasia, three characters, filled with hope and excitement, take a train out of Russia heading for Paris. It's quite a ride for them – and for the audience – in a production that highlights the latest in projection design....
Her Parents Aren't As Liberal As They Thought
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Wednesday, April 12, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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Culture and religion clash in a new play --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles It's tempting to conflate tolerance with liberalism, but the two don't always go hand in hand. That idea is central to Zayd Dohrn's new play The Profane, currently at Playwrights Horizons. In the show,...
Why Klezmer Music Haunts Broadway's 'Indecent'
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, April 11, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Apr 11, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the score for this fevered take on history --- By its very nature, klezmer music pulses with life, but for Aaron Halva, it has a haunted quality as well. "To me it really feels like when I listen to the blues or hear a banjo played really well, and I just start crying," he says. And for those of Eastern European heritage, he adds, "it's in...
Just Say Yes, Onstage and Off
By DREW PISARRA
Monday, April 10, 2017  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Apr 10, 2017  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
How an improv class improved my existence  --- Improv changed my life. Strong words, to be sure, but I'm serious here. I can think of few landmark events as profoundly impactful for me as studying improvisational comedy a decade ago. I didn't go eagerly; I wasn't searching for a hobby or a meet-up group. I was simply a journeyman journalist who'd...
Why Douglas Sills Is Roaring On Stage
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, April 06, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 6, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
The Tony nominee returns to Broadway in War Paint --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles How does the old saying go? "Behind every great man there's a great woman." Well invert that for War Paint -- the new Broadway musical about the rivalry between Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein...
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