Why Are These Characters Cracking Jokes While Crying?
By PIA CATTON
Wednesday, March 21, 2018  •   Musicals  •    2 comments Share This
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Inside the complicated tone of A Letter to Harvey Milk --- While the new musical A Letter to Harvey Milk explores themes of loss, regret, and denial, it leavens the heaviness with Borscht Belt-style jokes. For the creators, this mix of tragedy and humor was integral to the storytelling and the artistic process. After all, it took more than two decades...
Seeing the Rwandan Genocide Through an Outsider's Eyes
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
Tuesday, March 20, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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A new solo show grapples with a bloody period in Africa's history --- Back in 2011 while attending a theatre festival in Rwanda, performer and playwright Sean Christopher Lewis spotted a man in a pink jumpsuit walking through a village market. Intrigued, Lewis asked his local companions about the unusual sartorial choice and was shocked by their answer:...
What If Euripides Had Been Female?
By REGINA ROBBINS
Monday, March 19, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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The New Collectives offers a feminist slant on those women of Troy --- Before Giverny Petitmermet became the artistic director of The New Collectives -- a NYC-based arts company that both creates new work and reimagines classics -- she spent years performing for pennies Off-Off Broadway. Sometimes the shows were great; often they were not. But when...
WATCH: TDF's Facebook Live with Wesley Taylor and Stephanie Hsu
Monday, March 19, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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Earlier this month we welcomed SpongeBob SquarePants stars Wesley Taylor and Stephanie Hsu for a live, 20-minute chat on the TDF Facebook page. They answered fans' questions and goofed on each other -- Hsu's impression of Taylor's character on Smash is hilarious. These two are clearly BFFs onstage and off: They do a dramatic recreation of the day they...
Embodying the Empowering Message of 'Escape to Margaritaville'
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Thursday, March 15, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 15, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Lisa Howard finds romance and self-love in the new Jimmy Buffett musical --- At first, much of Escape to Margaritaville at Broadway's Marquis Theatre is what you would anticipate from a musical inspired by the laid-back, feel-good, country-Caribbean songs of Jimmy Buffett ("Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Come Monday," "Why Don't We Get Drunk"). There...
How Did This Piece of Art Become a Play?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, March 15, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside the 25-year journey of Patrick Dunning's The Signature Project --- The Signature Project, currently running at the Sheen Center, was never meant to be onstage. The brainchild of Dublin-born, Oregon-based visual artist Patrick Dunning, it started back in 1990 as an ambitious 76 foot by 36 foot mural that would use the signatures of 1 million...
Why All Student Activists Should See This Show
By SANDY MACDONALD
Wednesday, March 14, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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There's much to be learned from the South African protest docudrama The Fall --- "Nothing about us without us!" That slogan served as a rallying cry for the University of Cape Town (UCT) students who, in the spring of 2015, demanded a statue of 19th-century British imperialist Cecil Rhodes be removed from campus. Their story is recounted in The Fall,...
What Is the Nature of Violence?
By ELIZA BENT
Tuesday, March 13, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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The Wholehearted attacks tough questions at Abrons Arts Center --- Ironically, there's something comforting about procedural crime dramas because we know how they will go. Female victim endures a violent, often sexual attack. If she survives, we see her crying and shaking in an interview with the cops. If she doesn't, we see her naked body brutalized....
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