Getting a New Identity for Christmas
Monday, December 10, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Dec 10, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Heather Raffo on writing and starring in the Iraqi immigrant tale Noura at Playwrights Horizons --- Heather Raffo says she grew up as a "sheltered Michigan girl -- a really nice, open, conservative" and blonde American who spoke English with a flat Midwestern accent. Then, at age 20, the Gulf War changed her identity. She became an Iraqi-American...
How Directing This Show Made Him Want to Smash the Patriarchy
Friday, December 07, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 7, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Oliver Butler on how What the Constitution Means to Me changed him --- Even though they had never worked together, it made sense that performer and playwright Heidi Schreck approached Oliver Butler to direct her über-personal, almost solo show What the Constitution Means to Me. As a cofounder of the Obie-winning devised theatre company The Debate...
My Life in a Theatre
Thursday, December 06, 2018  •   Broadway  •    4 comments Share This
Thu Dec 6, 2018  •   Broadway  •    4 comments Share This
One seasoned audience member's tribute to the memories he's made at the Shubert --- "Remember?" The three-note motif had insinuated itself into my mind's ear since we took our seats in the balcony of Broadway's Shubert Theatre, where we were about to see Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! It wasn't from a song in the show, so I wondered why I was hearing...
Facing the Real Monsters in 'King Kong'
Thursday, December 06, 2018  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 6, 2018  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
A new satire wrestles with the controversial 1933 classic --- While writing The Making of King Kong, Lisa Clair almost abandoned the project. "It is too big, it is too scary," the recent graduate of Brooklyn College's playwriting program recalls thinking. She wasn't frightened of the oversize title ape; she was wary of the piece's giant themes: racism...
Still Dancing with Alvin Ailey After 21 Years
Wednesday, December 05, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Dec 5, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Two veteran dancers discuss the company's 60th anniversary season --- Although it's exciting when a young new dancer catches your eye for the first time, it's even more thrilling to watch that performer mature artistically over the years. These days, many leading New York companies are enriched by veteran members who've been dancing for decades, such...
5 Theatres You Need to Know: Latinx Companies in NYC
Tuesday, December 04, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Dec 4, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Where to see shows exploring Hispanic culture in English and Spanish --- According to the 2010 census, there are approximately 2.3 million people of Hispanic descent living in NYC, many of whom speak Spanish. That's more than 28% of our city's population, and yet the number of marquees in Times Square en español usually equals zero. While Broadway...
What's It Like Playing Bob Mackie While Wearing His Costumes?
Friday, November 30, 2018  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Nov 30, 2018  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Tony nominee Michael Berresse returns to Broadway after a 10-year absence in The Cher Show --- Playing a part based on a real-life person is pretty common -- just look at all of the biographical shows running right now. But playing a part based on a real-life person who serves in a key creative position on the production? That's the unusual situation...
He's Still in School and Already Making an Auspicious Dual Debut
Thursday, November 29, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Nov 29, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How playwright Jeremy O. Harris is taking Off-Broadway by storm --- "When my mom was my age, she was going through a divorce, had two kids and was working three jobs," says 29-year-old playwright Jeremy O. Harris. "So having two productions in New York while getting an MFA feels like a cakewalk because those things are very cushy." A year ago, Harris...
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