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Why Midsummer Is Always On My Mind
By DREW PISARRA
Thursday, July 27, 2017  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Jul 27, 2017  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    1 comment Share This
This is the Shakespeare show that won't let me go --- On Facebook, my friends constantly share which rappers or Real Housewives best reflect their very essence. As for me, I'm not a fan of personality quizzes -- I don't want to be Vanilla Ice or Vicki Gunvalson! -- but if there were one built around Shakespeare's plays, I'm sure I would be pegged...
Wait, What Reality Am I In?
By FRANK RIZZO
Wednesday, July 26, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 26, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
How a pair of actors are tackling a new time-hopping play --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles How do actors navigate a play in which one character can manipulate time with a remote control, changing the action -- and therefore everyone's reactions -- a smidge, or a lot? Such is the...
The Secret of 'NMNI'
By SANDY MACDONALD
Monday, July 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    5 comments Share This
Mon Jul 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    5 comments Share This
A theatre critic's tribute to 90-minute, intermissionless shows --- I wonder how many contemporary playwrights take into account the joy that suffuses a playgoer's heart when an usher intones, "Ninety minutes, no intermission." Over the past decade, the rise of NMNI shows has trained me to respond to this time frame with Pavlovian enthusiasm. If I...
What Do These Plays Have In Common?
By GERARD RAYMOND
Friday, July 21, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jul 21, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why PTP/NYC is presenting Arcadia and Pity In History in rep --- On the surface, Howard Barker and Tom Stoppard make an incongruent pair. With vastly different styles and temperaments, the two contemporary British playwrights seem poles apart. Barker's work is typically dissonant, muscular, and politically charged, while the better-known Stoppard...
Why This Dolly Will Never Go Away For Me
By DANIEL GUSS
Wednesday, July 19, 2017  •   Broadway  •    14 comments Share This
Wed Jul 19, 2017  •   Broadway  •    14 comments Share This
A musical lover remembers the understudy who first captured his heart --- On a recent Sunday afternoon, I settled in to my seat in the upper balcony of the Shubert Theatre to watch Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!. Over half a century earlier at age 10, I had attended my first Broadway show, Oliver!, in the same theatre, sitting in the same section....
Discovering New Talent at the Joyce Ballet Festival
By SUSAN REITER
Tuesday, July 18, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jul 18, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
How a pair of ballerinas became emerging choreographers --- A welcome biennial tradition for dance lovers, the Joyce Theater's Ballet Festival returns for its third edition this week. The 12-day festival features five up-and-coming choreographers presenting adventurous works in an intimate setting. Many of the participating dancers usually appear...
Making an Immigration Tale Universal
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, July 14, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jul 14, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How this Yiddish musical crosses cultural barriers --- It's unusual for a theatre company to revive a show just five years after its last mounting. However, when the directors of the century-old National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) sat down to plan the season, they realized almost immediately that Amerike – The Golden Land had a powerful...
Why Do Artists Keep Returning to NYMF?
By ANDREW BLOCK
Thursday, July 13, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jul 13, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Six New York Musical Festival veterans share sneak peeks at five new shows --- Every summer, thousands of theatre lovers flock to Midtown Manhattan to feast on dozens of shows presented at NYMF: the New York Musical Festival. During its 13-year run, several artists have returned multiple times to participate in this exciting annual fest. So to celebrate...
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