Helping Dance Reflect the Diversity of Disability
By LAUREN KAY
Wednesday, October 11, 2017  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Oct 11, 2017  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
A new Dance/NYC initiative is championing integrated performances --- In 2015, Dance/NYC -- a nonprofit dedicated to promoting dance performance and appreciation in the metropolitan area -- released its Discovering Disability: Data and NYC Dance study. Although the findings weren't necessarily surprising, they were disheartening: People with disabilities...
Why Is This Artist Singing and Ranting in Her Underwear?
By REGINA ROBBINS
Tuesday, October 10, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Multihyphenate Diana Oh bares almost all in her latest performance piece --- Lingerie as liberation; lingerie as imprisonment. Lingerie as a tool of the patriarchy and as an expression of queer identity. These are just some of the intriguingly contradictory themes explored in actor-singer-writer Diana Oh's {my lingerie play} 2017: THE CONCERT AND...
How Do You Theatricalize Government Oppression?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Monday, October 09, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 9, 2017  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Belarus Free Theatre teams up with a member of Pussy Riot for a visceral new show --- In Burning Doors, the latest politically charged play from Belarus Free Theatre about state-sponsored brutality, the cast reenacts violence with such acrobatic intensity that spectators might fret about the performers' well-being. Natalia Kaliada certainly hopes...
Taking 'Measure' of Shakespeare's Language
By DAVID COTE
Friday, October 06, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Oct 6, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Elevator Repair Service deconstructs the Bard's problem play --- In 2013, Nicholas Hytner, the then artistic director of London's National Theatre, wrote an op-ed in which he confessed that Shakespeare perplexes him. John Collins, the artistic director of the Obie-winning experimental theatre troupe Elevator Repair Service, agrees: the Bard is ridiculously...
Shakespeare As He Likes It
By BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
Thursday, October 05, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 5, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How director John Doyle is making a classic sing --- As a theatre-maker, Tony-winning director John Doyle isn't afraid to make big changes to suit his vision, whether it's cutting songs or dialogue (Classic Stage Company's Pacific Overtures), having actors play their own instruments (Broadway revivals of Sweeney Todd and Company), or minimizing the...
How Much Does Freedom Cost?
By SUZY EVANS
Thursday, October 05, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 5, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play explores the personal toll of fighting for civil rights --- Emerging African-American dramatist Jiréh Breon Holder wrote his new play because of his grandmother. The 2016 Yale School of Drama graduate and his nana were watching a movie -- either The Butler or Selma, he can't remember which -- when suddenly she exclaimed, "I knew...
Jefferson, Dickens, and Tolstoy Walk Into the Afterlife…
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Wednesday, October 04, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Oct 4, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
A new dramedy mines history and religion for laughter and enlightenment --- In 1987, Scott Carter suffered a severe asthma attack that landed him in the hospital for a week. When he was finally discharged, he walked out onto a bustling New York City street and the gravity of his health scare truly hit him -- he could have died. A stand-up comedian...
What's It Like to Play the Choreographer's Relative?
By LAUREN KAY
Tuesday, October 03, 2017  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
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A young dancer embodies Bill T. Jones's kin in A Letter to My Nephew --- Lance T. Briggs is a muse for Bill T. Jones. The nephew of the MacArthur "Genius Grant"-winning choreographer, Briggs is a former dancer, songwriter, model, and male escort who struggled with drug addiction and ultimately contracted an illness that left him paralyzed from the...
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