Who Else Misses Old-Fashioned Theatre Tickets?
Monday, July 02, 2018  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Mon Jul 2, 2018  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
One veteran theatregoer pays tribute to a lost tradition --- At least I didn't have to worry about forgetting the tickets. In my many decades of theatregoing, that had only happened once. But now, so much else could go wrong. For Disney's Frozen, my phone was my ticket. Technologically challenged as I am, I only chose this new-to-me option because...
How Do You Act When You Don't Know How the Audience Will React?
Friday, June 29, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 29, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
MaYaa Boateng talks about the challenges of her role in Fairview --- Jackie Sibblies Drury's Fairview starts out like a naturalistic family dramedy, as a well-to-do African-American woman named Beverly (Heather Alicia Simms) prepares to host a birthday party for her mother. As her kin arrive, including her teenage daughter Keisha portrayed by MaYaa...
How Classic Musicals Are Being Reimagined Off-Broadway
Thursday, June 28, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jun 28, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
See fresh takes on Fiddler on the Roof, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Carmen Jones --- Off-Broadway is often a destination for adventurous theatre, free from the commercial constraints of keeping a production running on the Great White Way. So it's intriguing that this summer, three nonprofit companies have chosen to revive classic Broadway...
How Much Do You Know About the Little Rock Nine?
Wednesday, June 27, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Jun 27, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Writer-director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj dramatizes a critical moment in our nation's history --- It's long been said that history is written by the winners. But when those victors are people of color, they often don't get to tell the heroic parts of their past. That may be why playwright Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj never heard about the Little Rock Nine...
Returning to the Dance Scene Where Her Career Began
Tuesday, June 26, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jun 26, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Former NYCB performer Melissa Barak brings her own troupe to the Joyce Ballet Festival --- The Joyce Ballet Festival (June 26-July 7) is a homecoming of sorts for Melissa Barak. The dancer-choreographer launched her professional career here in the city, performing with New York City Ballet from 1998 to 2007. Now her eponymous Los Angeles-based troupe...
How Do You Create New Audiences?
Friday, June 22, 2018  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 22, 2018  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Graduates of TDF's Create New York program share how the experience has enhanced their lives --- When I interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner earlier this month, he lamented that "there's somewhere between 60,000 and 80,000 serious theatregoers in New York who will find some way to see the shows they want to....
How the 'Gay Play' Is Evolving
Thursday, June 21, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Jun 21, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Dramatists are exploring LGBTQ life in uncharted ways --- To judge only from Broadway, New York theatre is experiencing a Renaissance of old gay plays, with starry revivals of three landmark dramas that are now period pieces: The Boys in the Band from the '60s, the soon-to-open Torch Song from the '80s and Angels in America from the '90s. But Pride...
Reviving Groundbreaking Musicals While Honoring a Friend
Wednesday, June 20, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside Encores! Off-Center's bittersweet new season --- Quick: What do Encores! Off-Center's three summer revivals Songs for a New World, Gone Missing and Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope have in common? If you answered that they're all bookless musicals, you're right. Each is a revue, a song cycle around an idea, whether that's new beginnings, types...
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