How This Series Is Recontextualizing Dance
By SUSAN REITER
Tuesday, February 27, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Feb 27, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Danspace Project's Platform 2018 touches on race, religion, and NYC history --- How do you frame new work in dance and link it to larger cultural concerns? That's what groundbreaking presenter Danspace Project set out to do with its innovative Platforms series, which launched in 2010. Each installment has a distinctive focus and emphasizes connections...
What Can We Learn from This Diva?
By REGINA ROBBINS
Monday, February 26, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Feb 26, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Daniel Alexander Jones channels soulful soothsayer Jomama Jones in the new musical Black Light --- "What if I told you…I've seen the future? What if I told you…I'm from the future?" intones Jomama Jones, the theatrical alter ego of writer-performer Daniel Alexander Jones, in the opening moments of Black Light, which debuted at Joe's...
Putting the Pageant Cart Before the Plague
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Friday, February 23, 2018  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Feb 23, 2018  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tony-winning designer David Zinn creates a playful medieval world for The Amateurs --- David Zinn created an underwater extravaganza by designing the sets and costumes for the splashy Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants. But for his latest assignment, Jordan Harrison's The Amateurs at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre, he's working on a decidedly...
Giving Voice to a Rarely Represented Community
By GERARD RAYMOND
Thursday, February 22, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 22, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
British playwright Hammaad Chaudry depicts a culture in conflict in An Ordinary Muslim --- Family dramas in which personal relationships are refracted through religious or political convictions are not new. But there is something unusual about An Ordinary Muslim, currently running at New York Theatre Workshop. In this play by newcomer Hammaad Chaudry,...
He's So Good at Playing Bad
By SUZY EVANS
Wednesday, February 21, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 21, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Veteran actor Zach Grenier tackles an ethically compromised politician in Kings --- The last time Zach Grenier appeared at the Public Theater, he played Vice President Dick Cheney in David Hare's Stuff Happens in 2006. Now he's back on the same stage portraying another scheming politician: a fictional Texas senator in Sarah Burgess's Kings. In...
Why Is This Young Playwright So Interested in Old Men?
By DIANE SNYDER
Monday, February 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Feb 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new drama explores the fraught relationship between an African-American father and son --- As performances got underway for James Anthony Tyler's Some Old Black Man at 59E59 Theaters, the up-and-coming playwright found himself weighing changes to the script. "There's one we're still debating," he admits a few days into previews. "A character is...
Why Teenage Girls Can't Lose Onstage
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, February 15, 2018  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 15, 2018  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
A new play explores the complicated relationship between two adolescent fencers --- It's tempting to compare Gracie Gardner's world-premiere play Athena at JACK to Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves, which recently finished a critically acclaimed run at Lincoln Center Theater. Both are highly physical one acts featuring teenage female athletes bonding, bantering,...
What Can One Dance-Maker Learn From Another?
By LAUREN KAY
Thursday, February 15, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 15, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Choreographer Bebe Miller explores the creative process in The Making Room --- Choreographer Bebe Miller always prioritizes the investigative process. Even in the throes of creating, she likes to zoom out to consider how she actually makes the art. Does she prepare material before rehearsals? How does she engage the dancers in helpful dialogue? If...
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