A Lynn Nottage Play That Makes You Laugh
Tuesday, December 18, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 18, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Cherise Boothe on starring in the comedy Fabulation at Signature Theatre --- The first time actress Cherise Boothe appeared in a Lynn Nottage play, it was Ruined, about brutalized women in civil-war-torn Congo. Almost a decade later, she's starring in another Nottage work, but Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine is more hilarious than harrowing....
Do We Really Need to Watch Shows in Silence?
Monday, December 17, 2018  •   Broadway  •    15 comments Share This
Mon Dec 17, 2018  •   Broadway  •    15 comments Share This
A Latinx theatregoer makes the case for loosening up audience "rules" --- Growing up in Honduras, I picked up my knowledge of theatre etiquette from the movies (thank you Pretty Woman and Citizen Kane). I learned that I shouldn't talk, that I should unwrap my candy before the show and that I should sit as still as possible and wait for my cues to...
Can a Septuagenarian and a Tween Get Along?
Thursday, December 13, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 13, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Veteran character actor Richard Masur on the intergenerational bonding in The Net Will Appear Initially, Richard Masur thought bringing The Net Will Appear to 59E59 Theaters would be a breeze. After all, he had starred in the world premiere of Erin Mallon's two-hander about the unlikely friendship between an elderly curmudgeon and a spunky 9-year-old...
Why It's Awesome When Characters in Straight Plays Dance
Wednesday, December 12, 2018  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Dec 12, 2018  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    1 comment Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things --- This week, TDF Stages contributor Linda Buchwald geeks out with fellow Drama Desk nominator and journalist, Doug Strassler. Today's topic: dance sequences in straight plays Linda Buchwald: I came up with the idea for this GOFO when I saw Teenage Dick, Mike Lew's...
How Do You Create a Drama About Peace?
Tuesday, December 11, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 11, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Revisiting a magical moment of amity during World War I through stories and songs --- In the early 2000s, playwright and director Peter Rothstein started working on a show about the Christmas Truce of 1914, an unofficial ceasefire that brought troops from opposing sides of World War I together on December 24 for a night of caroling and companionship....
Getting a New Identity for Christmas
Monday, December 10, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Heather Raffo on writing and starring in the Iraqi immigrant tale Noura at Playwrights Horizons --- Heather Raffo says she grew up as a "sheltered Michigan girl -- a really nice, open, conservative" and blonde American who spoke English with a flat Midwestern accent. Then, at age 20, the Gulf War changed her identity. She became an Iraqi-American...
How Directing This Show Made Him Want to Smash the Patriarchy
Friday, December 07, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 7, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Oliver Butler on how What the Constitution Means to Me changed him --- Even though they had never worked together, it made sense that performer and playwright Heidi Schreck approached Oliver Butler to direct her über-personal, almost solo show What the Constitution Means to Me. As a cofounder of the Obie-winning devised theatre company The Debate...
My Life in a Theatre
Thursday, December 06, 2018  •   Broadway  •    5 comments Share This
Thu Dec 6, 2018  •   Broadway  •    5 comments Share This
One seasoned audience member's tribute to the memories he's made at the Shubert --- "Remember?" The three-note motif had insinuated itself into my mind's ear since we took our seats in the balcony of Broadway's Shubert Theatre, where we were about to see Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! It wasn't from a song in the show, so I wondered why I was hearing...
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