Category: Playwriting
What Can We Learn From Interrogating 'The Jazz Singer?'
By KELUNDRA SMITH
Friday, September 20, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
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Why two theatre artists are reclaiming the infamous 1927 film --- Although it was once considered a classic and remade twice, the original Jazz Singer is rarely seen these days. While the 1927 film broke cinematic ground as the first feature with synchronized sound, it's now best remembered as that movie with Al Jolson doing blackface. It's the rags-to-riches...
Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry on Their Ever-Evolving Collaboration
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, September 20, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Usually the L.A. Law costars act together, but this time he wrote the play --- Michael Tucker is an enthusiastic storyteller. Even mundane questions spark amusing tales, which his wife, Jill Eikenberry, often gently clarifies or expands on. Married for 46 years, they have been acting together even longer -- they met in 1970 doing theatre at Washington,...
How Do You Follow Up Winning a Tony for 'Harry Potter?'
By ALLISON CONSIDINE
Tuesday, September 17, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Playwright Jack Thorne talks about his two new shows opening in NYC --- When Jack Thorne was 11 years old, he was kicked out of choir for lying. "I was absolutely devastated," recalls the Tony-winning English playwright of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, who has two shows opening in New York this fall. "That feeling is still with me to this day,"...
Let's Hear It for the 'Wives'
By JEN GUSHUE
Thursday, September 12, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
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Jaclyn Backhaus' new time-hopping play puts the women behind great men center stage --- Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus doesn't do straightforward linear narratives, which she describes as "patriarchal plot structure." She's made that clear with her surreal, gleefully anachronistic shows such as Men on Boats, an inventive dramatization of the Powell Geographic...
Why Are There So Many New Plays About AIDS Right Now?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Wednesday, September 11, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Wed Sep 11, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Three new works, including Broadway's The Inheritance, explore the impact of the virus on multiple generations --- Playwright Matthew Lopez was 10 when he first learned about AIDS from the TV news. "That's how I discovered what being gay was, by simultaneously being taught that it also meant dying of HIV/AIDS," he says. Later, as a theatre-loving...
What If Rabbis Were Kung Fu Fighting?
By DIEP TRAN
Monday, September 09, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A new physical theatre piece turns the Talmud into a butt-kicking adventure --- What do an ancient Jewish holy book and Chinese kung fu flicks have in common? More than you might realize according to writer and director Jesse Freedman. "A couple of years ago, I was watching a kung fu movie and I thought, this reminds me of the Talmud!" he recalls....
When's the Last Time You Tasted, Touched or Played at a Show?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Thursday, September 05, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A pair of offbeat world premieres challenge audiences to experience theatre in unexpected ways --- "I wasn't a very playful child," admits Jonathan Matthews, the co-writer/performer of the dance-theatre piece Play!. As a toddler, he didn't make believe with stuffed animals or action figures because he sensed they had their own feelings and he didn't...
How Do You Remember the House You Grew Up In?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Wednesday, August 28, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Theater Mitu's latest experimental piece deconstructs the concept of home, with an assist from technology and Chekhov --- Rubén Polendo can clearly explain how he and his Theater Mitu colleagues came up with the elaborate devised theatre piece House (or how to lose an orchard in 90 minutes or less). It's much more difficult for him to explain...
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