Why This Play Sparks Memories of My Mom
By LISA BURDIGE
Monday, January 30, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Jan 30, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
How The Beauty Queen of Leenane helped me process my own mother-daughter drama --- My ex-husband was in love with all things Irish. So when the Druid Theatre Company's production of Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane came to Broadway in 1998, he was dying to go. We were too broke to afford tickets, so my parents bought seats for all four...
Your Broadway Spring Preview! (2017 Edition)
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, January 30, 2017  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Mon Jan 30, 2017  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
A guide to 22 upcoming productions --- The spring is always busy on Broadway, but this season is especially robust. There are 22 productions opening between now and late April, from thoughtful new plays to star-packed revivals of classic musicals. The following guide will help you navigate what's coming, so you can plan your ideal calendar. Happy...
Peer Gynt Becomes a Rock Star
By DAVID DeWITT
Friday, January 27, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jan 27, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
An Ibsen classic is now a rock musical --- "My name is Peer!" sings the man center stage at the mic stand, backed by guitar, thrashing drums, and backing vocals. That egocentric battle cry is the essence of Peer Gynt, the fantastical Henrik Ibsen drama on which Ma-Yi Theatre's rock musical Peer Gynt & the Norwegian Hapa Band is based. Now...
In Puerto Rico, They're Making Their Own Family
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Thursday, January 26, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A new play explores a community in Old San Juan --- Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. A Spanish fort stands onstage, a stone-wrought relic from the district's colonial past. But the past is of little concern in Tell Hector I Miss Him. Playwright Paola Lázaro instead sets her eyes on the people living in the region today. "I wanted it to be a portrait...
Life Is Hard, But At Least You're Not a Pioneer
By JOSH AUSTIN
Tuesday, January 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A new play blends covered wagons and modern technology --- You've named your travel companions, chosen an occupation, and sensibly spent $400 at the general store on oxen, food, ammunition, and winter clothing. You set off west from Independence, Missouri, ready for an adventure. And then – whoops – you get a message on your screen that...
WATCH: What is Dramatic Irony?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, January 23, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jan 23, 2017  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
We've got a new video in our Theatre Dictionary! (You can browse all our videos right here.) Check out "Dramatic Irony," which we made with our friends at The Assembly. Want more? Browse all our Theatre Dictionary videos....
They'll Do Anything You Want In This Play. Literally Anything.
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, January 23, 2017  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside 'The Great American Drama' --- The New York Neo-Futurists really want your feedback on their latest show. Even if you don't see it, you can fill out a survey telling them what you prefer to see on stage, and they'll incorporate your ideas into their production. And if you do end up in the audience, you'll have several opportunities to deliver...
These Playwrights Love One-Act Plays
By JACK SMART
Friday, January 20, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Jan 20, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
In praise of one-acts --- Neil LaBute's What Happens in Vegas contains all the elements of a typical play. Its two characters are developed with specificity and nuance; its plot includes rising action and resolution; and its final moment firmly concludes the story's arc. By the time that arc finishes, however, the night is still young. LaBute's piece...
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