'Symphonie Fantastique' as Rorschach Test
Wednesday, April 11, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 11, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Puppeteer Basil Twist revives the abstract show that launched his career --- The other night, MacArthur "genius grant"-winning puppet master Basil Twist spotted a face in his aquatic ballet Symphonie Fantastique, currently enjoying a 20th-anniversary run at HERE Arts Center. Considering Twist conceived the hour-long spectacle as an abstract work set...
How Can You Be a Mom When Deportation Looms?
Tuesday, April 10, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Apr 10, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega plays an undocumented immigrant in the new musical Miss You Like Hell --- Mother-daughter relationships in musicals -- as in life -- are often complex and combative (see Gypsy). But the interactions between the mother and daughter at the center of Miss You Like Hell, currently playing at the Public Theater, are particularly...
Rapping About Smashing the Patriarchy
Monday, April 09, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Apr 9, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The Q Brothers give Lysistrata a feminist hip-hop makeover --- Lots of theatre-makers update the classics but only the Chicago-based Q Brothers specialize in "add-rap-tations:" contemporary hip-hop reimaginings of iconic texts. Their playful and inventive takes on The Comedy of Errors, rechristened The Bomb-itty of Errors, and Othello: the Remix both...
How Do You Dance to Federico García Lorca?
Friday, April 06, 2018  •   Dance  •    3 comments Share This
Fri Apr 6, 2018  •   Dance  •    3 comments Share This
Ballet Hispánico presents two world premieres inspired by the Spanish writer --- "I'm trying to branch out the awareness of what it is to be Latino in all its fabulousness -- not just from iconic representations or stereotypes from the past," says Eduardo Vilaro, the artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. Founded in 1970, the...
The Library Was Her Home -- Literally
Thursday, April 05, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Sharon Washington's solo memoir examines her unusual New York City upbringing --- Sharon Washington loves being an actor. That comes through in her autobiographical solo show Feeding the Dragon, presented by Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Yet despite her 30 years onscreen and stage, the show focuses on a time before she found the spotlight,...
What I Learned From Committing Cultural Appropriation
Thursday, April 05, 2018  •   Behind the Scene  •    3 comments Share This
Thu Apr 5, 2018  •   Behind the Scene  •    3 comments Share This
Performer and playwright Eliza Bent shares the backstory of her new solo show --- Welcome to Behind the Scene, TDF Stages' ongoing series where theatre artists write about their creative process. Last summer I was at a dinner party recounting one of my tried-and-true tales. It's about a home movie I made at age 11 in which I portrayed Queen Liliuokalani,...
Why 'Yerma' Should Always Take Place Now
Wednesday, April 04, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 4, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How Simon Stone radically reinvented an 84-year-old play --- Initially, playwright and director Simon Stone wasn't sure Federico García Lorca's Yerma would resonate with modern-day audiences. To him, the 1934 tragedy about a Catholic woman in rural Spain whose longing for a child sends her over the edge seemed woefully out of date. "I was like,...
Is It Rock? Is It Classical? Forget Labels, It's All Music
Tuesday, April 03, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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How Rocktopia brings rock, classical, and Broadway musicians together --- Henry Aronson is a keyboardist and musical director with 30 years of Broadway credits. Tony Bruno is a guitarist and songwriter who has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Enrique Iglesias, Rihanna, and Joan Jett. Although they usually inhabit different scenes,...
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