In This Musical, No One Is Waiting for Applause
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, February 09, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 9, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why Liesl Tommy is the ideal director for Kid Victory --- Eclectic isn't a strong enough word to describe Liesl Tommy's directorial resume. At the same time she became the first woman of color to be nominated for a Tony for Best Direction of a Play (she helmed the Liberian Civil War-set drama Eclipsed on Broadway), the South African native was prepping...
It Doesn't Take Them Long to Change His Life
By JEFF POTTER
Thursday, February 09, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 9, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
The cast of 'Man From Nebraska' does more with less --- The Playbill title page for Man From Nebraska lists its cast alphabetically, with no suggestion of leads positioned above the rest. This despite the fact that Tracy Letts' play focuses on a central character played by Reed Birney, who's fresh off a Tony win for The Humans . That feels appropriate,...
John Epperson in a World Without Art
By FRANK RIZZO
Wednesday, February 08, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 8, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
In a new Wallace Shawn play, the actor leaves Lypsinka behind --- In the American premiere of Wallace Shawn's Evening at the Talk House, John Epperson plays Ted, a composer who performs some incidental music on the piano, banters with the fellow guests gathered for a reunion, and reveals a dark, startling secret. For some theatre fans, it will be...
The Past and Future of Martha Graham Dance Company
By SUSAN REITER
Wednesday, February 08, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 8, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the company's latest New York program The Martha Graham Dance Company's repertory for its two-week season at the Joyce Theater covers a remarkable number of bases. With an eye toward legacy, the program includes five examples of Graham's own modern dance choreography. Selections range from Primitive Mysteries, a stark, ritualistic 1931 masterwork,...
Why Couldn't I Be Caryl Churchill?
By DREW PISARRA
Monday, February 06, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Feb 6, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
An admittedly lesser-known playwright pens a tribute to the dramatist he envies most Welcome to Fanmail, our tributes to theatre artists we admire --- There are playwrights I respect. There are playwrights I revere. But there's only one playwright whom I have ever wished I could be, and that is Caryl Churchill. Having seen many of her plays and read...
WATCH: Meet TACT (the Actors Company Theatre)
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, February 03, 2017  •   Meet the Theatre  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Feb 3, 2017  •   Meet the Theatre  •    1 comment Share This
Meet TACT (The Actors Company Theatre), where a longtime company of artists encourages each other to take risks (when they're not cracking jokes). This film features company members James Murtaugh, Cynthia Harris, Simon Jones, Jeremy Beck, and Jeff Talbott, as well as associate artistic director Nora Chester and executive artistic director Scott Alan...
Drink, Sing, and Lose Yourself in the Show
By JOSH AUSTIN
Thursday, February 02, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 2, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Audiences become participants in the immersive Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart --- Theatregoers looking for a production that doubles as a party should get quite a kick out of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart. The creators of this immersive experience, currently running at the McKittrick Hotel, gift the audience with a cèilidh: a convivial...
Make an Old French Liar Sound Brand New
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, January 31, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 31, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
David Ives brings a classic play to the present --- A man who fabricates stories, who can't keep himself from lying, who is unrepentant when his on-the-fly fictions are exposed, who lives in an alternate reality? Ripped from the headlines? No, it's the 17th-century French comedy Le Menteur by Pierre Corneille. And now, under the deft hand of playwright-adapter...
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