A Radical New Look for 'Miss Saigon'
By DOUG STRASSLER
Wednesday, March 22, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 22, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
The Broadway revival's set changes everything --- The way the design team of Miss Saigon sees it, they will only have done their jobs correctly if the audience doesn't notice their work at all. "People shouldn't sit back and go, 'That was a great piece of scenery!'" says Totie Driver, the co-set designer for the current Broadway revival of the 80s...
What Do We Make of Her Murderous Story?
By DIEP TRAN
Tuesday, March 21, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Mar 21, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
A new play upends a classic work of art --- Entering the set of Betty Shamieh's play The Strangest is like being transported to another place and time. The play, which is now at Fourth Street Theatre in a production from Semitic Root, unfolds in a room encased in red velvet curtains. Golden lamps hang from the ceiling. The floor is lined with colorful...
Would You Risk You Career to Tell the Truth?
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Monday, March 20, 2017  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Mar 20, 2017  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Ibsen's political classic could've been written last week --- We all know how easy it is to ignore an inconvenient truth. Think of the politicians who deny climate change, a phenomenon almost universally accepted by the scientific community. As it happens, it is that very issue that inspired writer Seth Barrish and director K. Lorrel Manning to...
Can These Friendships Survive Factory Layoffs?
By JACK SMART
Friday, March 17, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Mar 17, 2017  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
A Broadway play probes a working-class community --- Kate Whoriskey describes herself as "someone who loves jury duty." The director is referring not to the civic obligation that most Americans dread, but to the notion of interacting with strangers and new points of view. "I love these things that are more about being in a room with people you'd...
He Hopes His Play Becomes Obsolete
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Thursday, March 16, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Mar 16, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Inside a nuanced comedy about gun control --- Jason Odell Williams first had the idea for a play that tackled gun control in 2007, in the wake of the shooting at Virginia Tech. It was an idea he revisited in 2011, when Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head while meeting with constituents at a supermarket in Arizona. The shooting at...
Finding the Comedy in His Drug Addiction
By EMILY OWENS & HOLLIS JAMES
Wednesday, March 15, 2017  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 15, 2017  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
A performer (and his wife) put his sordid past onstage --- Welcome to Behind the Scene, TDF Stages' ongoing series where theatre artists write about their creative process. When writer/comedian/DJ Hollis James sat down to pen his first play, he had no idea how it would turn out or if it would even see the spotlight of day. But when he showed...
In This Play, a Single Word Can Shift Everything
By JEFF POTTER
Tuesday, March 14, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Mar 14, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Jeff Talbott experiments with language in his new drama --- Despite the main character's titular occupation being a thing of the past, a haunting sense of timelessness looms over Jeff Talbott's moving play The Gravedigger's Lullaby. The work's world premiere -- presented by TACT at Theatre Row -- tells the story of Baylen (Ted Koch), a hardworking...
Meet the Performeteria Theatres, the Final Chapter!
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, March 13, 2017  •   Performeteria  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 13, 2017  •   Performeteria  •    0 comments Share This
Performeteria is next week! To be specific, our immersive theatre festival will take place on Monday, March 20 and Friday, March 24. Tickets are selling quickly, so buy yours now! As a reminder, Performeteria features the best of Off-Off-Broadway all in one place. This two-night event, co-presented with Baruch Performing Arts Center, invites you...
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