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After 60 Years, This Musical Is Getting a Revival
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, September 28, 2017  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Sep 28, 2017  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
Harlem Repertory Theatre presents Jamaica as part of its Yip Harburg series --- Most theatre artists can point to the show that served as their gateway drug. For Broadway performer turned Harlem Repertory Theatre artistic director Keith Lee Grant, it was Finian's Rainbow. "You know that first thing you do in high school? I never forgot it," he says...
Why Rebecca Taichman Is Obsessed With 'Time'
By SUZY EVANS
Wednesday, September 27, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 27, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The Tony-winning director returns to Broadway with Time and the Conways --- Fresh off winning a 2017 Tony Award for her Broadway debut Indecent, director Rebecca Taichman is helming another period piece: J.B. Priestley's Time and the Conways, currently in previews at the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre. Although the works are...
When Walt Disney Met Igor Stravinsky
By DOUG STRASSLER
Monday, September 25, 2017  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Sep 25, 2017  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Penguin Rep's comedy about making art explores some serious themes --- Disney's 1940 movie Fantasia is widely considered a cinematic masterpiece. In addition to being one of those classics parents love sharing with their young children, it's ranked No. 5. on the American Film Institute's Top 10 Animated Movies list. Yet Fantasia was not an immediate...
Bringing the Syrian Civil War to a Kitchen Near You
By DIEP TRAN
Friday, September 22, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Sep 22, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new solo show fills you with food, information, and empathy --- During a run-through of Amir Nizar Zuabi's one-woman play Oh My Sweet Land, star Nadine Malouf was stirring a sizzling pan of meat and onions when it suddenly slid off the stove. "I managed to catch the pan with the spoon I was using!" she says. Why was she cooking when she should have...
What's the Scariest Part of Growing Old?
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Thursday, September 21, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Sep 21, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Tony winner Deanna Dunagan plays a struggling widow in The Treasurer --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles Chicago-based actress Deanna Dunagan -- best known to New York audiences for her Tony-winning turn as the drug-addicted matriarch in August: Osage County -- loves to talk on...
Scenic Design, Take Two
By JANICE SIMPSON
Wednesday, September 20, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 20, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mary Jane reunites an Obie-winning director with her favorite set designer --- Laura Jellinek was working as a model maker in set designer Mimi Lien's studio when she first met Anne Kauffman, a celebrated theatre director who had already staged productions for Lincoln Center Theater and New York Theatre Workshop. The artists connected and became fans...
Twyla Tharp Does Dylan...Again
By LAUREN KAY
Tuesday, September 19, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 19, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Dancer Matthew Dibble discusses working on the choreographer's latest premiere --- Matthew Dibble is a technical powerhouse. As one of Twyla Tharp's longtime go-to dancers he has to be. Not only is he able to handle her challenging choreography, he also imbues the movements with palpable emotion. Over the years, he's tackled many of her abstract ballets...
Teaching Manners to Build a Community
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Monday, September 18, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Sep 18, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
MCC Theater's new drama focuses on a one-of-a-kind charm school --- Northlight Theatre's artistic director, BJ Jones, was so taken with a 2012 Chicago Tribune story about Gloria Allen, an African-American, sexagenarian transwoman teaching an etiquette class for LGBTQ youth, he asked his friend, playwright Philip Dawkins, to pen a show about it. But...
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