Category: Directing
There's a Reason Two Kurt Vonnegut Tales Are Onstage Right Now
By MICHAEL MARTIN
Tuesday, October 16, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 16, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How the master satirist's work speaks to today --- Kurt Vonnegut, best known for his acidic novels Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five, only wrote a handful of works for the theatre, mostly playlets that are rarely done. So when two shows with his byline are running Off-Broadway simultaneously, it practically qualifies as a festival. San Francisco's...
Why You Need to Hear Anna Politkovskaya's Story Right Now
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Monday, September 24, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Sep 24, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The legacy of the late Russian journalist speaks directly to the turmoil of today --- More than a thousand people attended the funeral of Anna Politkovskaya, a respected Russian journalist who was found murdered in the elevator of her Moscow apartment building in 2006. She was well known for investigating atrocities committed during her homeland's...
Why Are Two Casts Performing One Show Simultaneously?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Friday, September 21, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Sep 21, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A new bilingual production at Playwrights Horizons is performed in English and American Sign Language --- Craig Lucas' new play I Was Most Alive with You at Playwrights Horizons is about a family coping with a series of calamities that recall the biblical story of Job. But ask Sabrina Dennison to describe the show and she declares it's "complicated."...
Can 'Antigone' Help Communities Heal?
By JOSE SOLÍS
Monday, September 10, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Sep 10, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why Sophocles' play speaks to the Black Lives Matter movement --- When Antigone in Ferguson opens this week, it will be the second Black Lives Matter-infused take on Sophocles' tragedy to play Harlem this year. But while Classical Theatre of Harlem's version was set in a politically charged dystopian future, Theater of War Productions' mounting tackles...
Seeing War Through a Teenager's Eyes
By DIANE SNYDER
Thursday, September 06, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Sep 6, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How director Simon Reade translated Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful to the stage --- You know from the outset that the titular character of Private Peaceful dies at the end. But discovering how the 17-year-old World War I soldier came to be awaiting execution is a compelling journey. "Tonight, more than any other night of my life, I want...
You've Never Seen 'Heartbreak House' Like This
By GERARD RAYMOND
Tuesday, September 04, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 4, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How the late Hermione Gingold inspired this new take on Shaw's antiwar comedy --- The spirit of Hermione Gingold permeates the new mounting of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House at Off-Broadway's Lion Theatre. Produced by Gingold Theatrical Group, which is named in honor of the late British character actress (the films Gigi and The Music Man;...
Eleven Collaborators, Three Playlets, One Singular Experience
By JEN GUSHUE
Thursday, August 30, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Aug 30, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Theater Mitu's new show explores war and death from many angles --- How do you create a multimedia meditation on war, death and loss by artistic consensus? That's what Brooklyn-based company Theater Mitu set out to do with Remnant, the inaugural production in the troupe's new Gowanus home. Crafted out of extensive interviews and research conducted...
Creating New Opportunities for Asian-American Actors in 'Henry VI'
By GERARD RAYMOND
Tuesday, August 21, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Aug 21, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why NAATCO is mounting Shakespeare's rarely done epic --- Mia Katigbak has wanted to stage Shakespeare's three-part history saga Henry VI ever since she saw a production at the Public Theater two decades ago. For years, the co-founder and artistic director of the National Asian American Theater Company (NAATCO) pitched the epic as a potential project...
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