Black Survivors Matter
By JUAN MICHAEL PORTER II
Friday, August 24, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Aug 24, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Geraldine Inoa explores the traumatic aftermath of a police killing in Scraps --- Ever since the Black Lives Matter movement came to prominence after a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, there has been a rash of searing plays about how law enforcement victimizes African American men (Pass Over at Lincoln Center Theater, Kill Move Paradise...
Have You Ever Seen a Show in a Bathtub?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Thursday, August 23, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Aug 23, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
WalkUpArts presents a radically intimate solo show in an unlikely venue --- Philip Santos Schaffer pulls back the curtain and introduces himself as "your server and savior" to me and the only other spectator. After chatting idly for a while, he asks if we're thirsty. "Tonight, we're serving only the finest NYC tap," he declares as he turns on the...
I Know You Love That Musical, But Please Don't Sing Along
By ERIKA GOULD
Wednesday, August 22, 2018  •   Musicals  •    117 comments Share This
Wed Aug 22, 2018  •   Musicals  •    117 comments Share This
The theatre is not your shower or a karaoke bar --- Has this ever happened to you at a Broadway musical? House lights dim, stage lights go up, actors begin singing the opening number… and so does the audience? Personally I find this trend disheartening, and it seems to get worse every season. As an avid theatregoer, I pay top dollar to hear...
Creating New Opportunities for Asian-American Actors in 'Henry VI'
By GERARD RAYMOND
Tuesday, August 21, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Aug 21, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Why NAATCO is mounting Shakespeare's rarely done epic --- Mia Katigbak has wanted to stage Shakespeare's three-part history saga Henry VI ever since she saw a production at the Public Theater two decades ago. For years, the co-founder and artistic director of the National Asian American Theater Company (NAATCO) pitched the epic as a potential project...
If It Doesn't Rhyme, I Don't Mind
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Monday, August 20, 2018  •   Musicals  •    4 comments Share This
Mon Aug 20, 2018  •   Musicals  •    4 comments Share This
In defense of musical theatre lyrics with imperfect rhymes I'm a hard-core musical theatre nerd and I don't understand why so many people gripe about lyrics featuring imperfect rhymes. They don't bother me. In fact, I sometimes prefer them since they're more surprising than perfect rhymes such as love and dove (yawn). Imperfect rhymes work especially...
How Do You Direct Two Musicals at Once?
By CAREY PURCELL
Friday, August 17, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Aug 17, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Andy Sandberg opens Neurosis and R.R.R.E.D. Off-Broadway --- Working on two shows simultaneously has driven Andy Sandberg to drink -- large quantities of Pepsi Max. "The actors frequently tease me because I am constantly carrying two-liter bottles in my hand," says the director, who's helming the romantic musical comedy Neurosis and the political...
What Does a Show Starring Everyday New Yorkers Look Like?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, August 16, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Aug 16, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
How the Public Theater's Public Works initiative is creating new artists and new audiences --- Usually a theatre producer's primary worry is how to get butts in the seats. But when the Public Theater launched its Public Works initiative in 2013, the big concern was how to get all those bodies onto the Delacorte stage -- 200 diverse New Yorkers from...
Even When I See a Show Solo I'm Never Alone
By PETER TURO
Wednesday, August 15, 2018  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Wed Aug 15, 2018  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
One theatre lover reflects on the impact other audience members have on his experiences --- Usually, I wait to criticize a show until after I've left the theatre. But I once loathed a production so much, my verbal abuse slipped out mid-performance. It was under my breath, but my words were pointed: "End this show. End it now!" That kind of experience...
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