In This Solo Show, Movement Makes the Monologue
By NED MOORE
Thursday, May 18, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 18, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why director Rachel O'Riordan took a physical approach to Iphigenia in Splott --- At times, the solo show genre can feel old hat. Yet every now and then, a director comes along with a knack for slapping it back to life -- and the audience with it. Rachel O'Riordan's staging of Gary Owen's one-hander Iphigenia in Splott is a jolting example. The story...
Why I Don't Like Entrance Applause
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Tuesday, May 16, 2017  •   Acting  •    32 comments Share This
Tue May 16, 2017  •   Acting  •    32 comments Share This
To clap, or not to clap -- for me there's no question --- I have some hard and fast rules when I go to the theatre: no talking, no texting, no picture taking, no charging my phone onstage. I think most theatre fans (the polite ones, anyway) agree with those. But I have a rule for myself that many don't follow: I don't give entrance applause. I know,...
Are You Responsible for Your Parents' Hopes?
By DIEP TRAN
Monday, May 15, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 15, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play ponders what we owe our families --- When Gina Gionfriddo begins a new play, she doesn't set out with a singular message she wants to tell; her approach is more intuitive. "When I sit down to write a play and tell a story, different threads come out," she says. "I generally come up with characters and then let them tell the stories they're...
A Tree (Sort Of) Grows Off-Broadway
By FRANK RIZZO
Thursday, May 11, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 11, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the magical set design of The Whirligig --- The script calls for an actor to climb a tree and join another character on a large branch as they peer into a friend's bedroom. They remain up there for much of the play. That was the assignment Derek McLane faced when he began designing the set for The Whirligig, the new play by Hamish Linklater...
You Know the Story But Not the Musical
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, May 10, 2017  •   Borough Play  •    1 comment Share This
Wed May 10, 2017  •   Borough Play  •    1 comment Share This
A Queens theatre company puts Raisin in the spotlight --- Welcome to Borough Play, our look at theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond Over the past 13 years, Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking 1959 drama A Raisin in the Sun, about the struggles of an African-American family in segregated Chicago, has enjoyed two starry Broadway revivals: in 2004...
WATCH: Meet Sanguine Theatre Company
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, May 10, 2017  •   Meet the Theatre  •    0 comments Share This
Wed May 10, 2017  •   Meet the Theatre  •    0 comments Share This
Meet Sanguine Theatre Company, where audiences get a direct say in which adventurous play will be produced next. This video was directed by Mark Blankenship and shot and edited by Nicholas Guldner. Meet more theatres here....
How I Fell For Repertory Theatre
By DAVID DEWITT
Wednesday, May 10, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed May 10, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
A critic recalls the summer season that sparked his love for the stage --- I love repertory theatre. I fantasize about a schedule that switches up a handful of diverse plays -- say Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire on Wednesday, Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind on Thursday, and Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) on Friday...
New Yorkers Finally Meet Derren Brown
By J. KEITH VAN STRAATEN
Tuesday, May 09, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 9, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
The magician-artist arrives at the Atlantic Theater --- The next big thing in New York magic is already a British institution. Across the pond, Derren Brown's TV specials and series have drawn millions since 2000. He's appeared on live TV to correctly predict the lottery, play Russian Roulette, and assassinate Stephen Fry. His sold-out tours include...
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