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Why I Enjoy Old Gay Plays
By DREW PISARRA
Monday, August 28, 2017  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Aug 28, 2017  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    1 comment Share This
A theatre fan comes out about his love for vintage LGBTQ characters --- What does it mean to be gay? Boy, does that sound passé. But what did it mean decades ago, and what did it look like? Well, it often wasn't very pretty. But I suppose my ongoing fascination with yesteryear's often outdated, sometimes ominous representations of queer folk...
Five Nights of Free and Freewheeling Shakespeare
By DIEP TRAN
Thursday, August 24, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Aug 24, 2017  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How Shaina Taub turned As You Like It into a 200-person musical --- It all started two years ago when composer and performer Shaina Taub got a text message from a number she didn't recognize. It was Lear deBessonet, the founder of the Public Theater's Public Works program, which produces large-scale, musicalized mountings of classic plays starring...
The Design Challenge of 'Prince of Broadway'
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, August 22, 2017  •   Design  •    3 comments Share This
Tue Aug 22, 2017  •   Design  •    3 comments Share This
How William Ivey Long created costumes for 17 shows simultaneously --- During his 40-year career as a theatrical costume designer, six-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long has worked on dozens of shows, both on Broadway and Off. But for Manhattan Theatre Club's new musical Prince of Broadway, which celebrates the oeuvre of legendary theatre director...
WATCH: Camille A. Brown & Dancers
By LAUREN KAY
Monday, August 21, 2017  •   Meet the Dance Company  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Aug 21, 2017  •   Meet the Dance Company  •    0 comments Share This
Meet Camille A. Brown & Dancers, a dance-theatre company that tells stories about current experiences and political views through social dance, tap, ballet, hip-hop, modern, and jazz. The troupe is well known for its evocative pieces such as BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, a celebration of African-American womanhood which ran at the Joyce and Jacob's...
Taking a Stand Against Standing Ovations
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Thursday, August 17, 2017  •   Broadway  •    81 comments Share This
Thu Aug 17, 2017  •   Broadway  •    81 comments Share This
Does every show really deserve one? --- I can't remember the last time I went to a Broadway show that didn't receive a standing ovation -- even though, in my opinion, many didn't earn it. I get it -- for lots of people in the audience going to the theatre is a special (and expensive) occasion, so they're eager to jump up at the end to confirm they've...
Puppet Lives Matter
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Wednesday, August 16, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Aug 16, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A playwright explores the plight of a very unconventional family --- Ms. Terry's worried. All of the other kindergarteners have a full set of crayons while Max Myers comes to school with only two in his backpack: one black, one white. How heartless of his parents to consign their only child to a life without color! And she's right, they are heartless...
Sex and the Single Widow
By SUZY EVANS
Tuesday, August 15, 2017  •   Building Character  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Aug 15, 2017  •   Building Character  •    1 comment Share This
Why Tony nominee Nancy Opel is so excited about portraying a Curvy Widow --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles Before preview performances of Curvy Widow, which recently opened at the Westside Theater Off-Broadway, the musical's book writer and real-life inspiration, Bobby Goldman,...
See Free Dance Downtown
By LAUREN KAY
Thursday, August 10, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Aug 10, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
The Battery Dance Festival showcases genres from around the globe --- Although the Financial District traditionally inspires images of affluence not the performing arts, Battery Dance founder Jonathan Hollander had a different vision. For the choreographer, the neighborhood was "a no-brainer," he says. "When we opened in 1976, we were located on Stone...
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