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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...
How I Joined the John Douglas Thompson Fan Club
Thursday, June 01, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jun 1, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
The Tony-nominated actor dazzles me every single time --- Welcome to Fanmail, our tributes to theatre artists we admire I'm ashamed to say that I was late to the John Douglas Thompson fan club -- not that he has an actual fan club, though he should and I just may start it! Somehow I missed this British-American actor's breakthrough performances,...
Making Dark Subjects Sing
Thursday, June 01, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jun 1, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
A new Off-Broadway musical explores the outlawed Afghan practice of bacha bazi --- How do you craft a love story between two adolescent males who don't understand the concept of gay identity? That was just one of the conundrums composer Tim Rosser and lyricist/book writer Charlie Sohne faced when they decided to make a musical set in Afghanistan's...
Bringing Diversity to the Wild West
Wednesday, May 31, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Wed May 31, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How a new musical is helping to correct a whitewashed history --- Writer-composer Kirsten Childs was walking down the street near her Upper West Side home when she spied a couple: a small, muscular man and an African-American woman she describes as "zaftig, with a kind of Venus Hottentot behind." Childs immediately noticed the reactions of passers-by....
Enter to Win Free Theatre Tickets!
Tuesday, May 30, 2017  •   Broadway  •    9 comments Share This
Tue May 30, 2017  •   Broadway  •    9 comments Share This
Just bring your A game to our Tony Awards game --- In 2016 it was all about Hamilton. This year, there are actually some very exciting Tony races, especially in the categories of Best Musical, Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, and Best Play (four superb new American works! Is this the '40s?!). Regardless of which artists go home with statuettes,...
When Seeing Dance Is a Political Act
Friday, May 26, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Fri May 26, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
How one dance fan resists by indulging in her favorite art --- Back in March, I sat riveted and disturbed as I watched Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild descend the stairs of Philadelphia's Painted Bride Arts Center in full Aunt Jemima regalia. "Twice a week, a white police officer kills a black person," she cooed. The singsong, Southern lilt of her voice...
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