Why Irish Rep's Mounting of O'Casey's Dublin Trilogy Is a Major Event
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Friday, May 24, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri May 24, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Artistic director Charlotte Moore talks about the company's ambitious undertaking --- It's been about 60 years since Charlotte Moore, as a college student in St. Louis, discovered the work of Irish playwright Seán O'Casey. She took to him right away. "I was a rebel; he was a rebel," she explains. "He used language the way I wished I could."...
Why Terrence McNally Handpicked This Director for 'Frankie and Johnny'
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, May 23, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 23, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Arin Arbus talks about making her Broadway debut with a starry revival of the romantic dramedy --- Director Arin Arbus was surprised to discover that playwright Terrence McNally (Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class, Ragtime) was one of her biggest fans. Known for her inventive and lucid stagings of Shakespeare at Theatre for a New Audience, Arbus...
Finding Her Character -- and Herself -- in a Solo Show
By DIEP TRAN
Wednesday, May 22, 2019  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed May 22, 2019  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
How starring in Proof of Love has changed Brenda Pressley's life --- Brenda Pressley had never done a solo show when playwright Chisa Hutchinson asked her to star in Proof of Love, a one-person-play about a woman navigating multiple calamities. Although Pressley was blown away by the script -- "I read the first couple of pages and my mouth dropped...
Can We Laugh About Climate Change?
By GERARD RAYMOND
Tuesday, May 21, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 21, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Bess Wohl on Continuity, her new dark comedy at Manhattan Theatre Club --- Playwright Bess Wohl relishes a good challenge. Her book for the musical Pretty Filthy was based on interviews with porn stars. She set her play Small Mouth Sounds at a silent meditation retreat so there was practically no dialogue. Yet Wohl admits writing about...
He's a Big Reason Why Audiences Exit Laughing
By BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
Monday, May 20, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 20, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Veteran character actor David Schramm talks about his showstopping role in Enter Laughing: The Musical --- When The York Theatre Company decided to revive one of its most popular productions, Enter Laughing: The Musical, for its 50th anniversary, the first call made was to director Stuart Ross. After all, he was the one who reworked Joseph Stein and...
5 Theatres You Need to Know: Immersive Companies in NYC
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Friday, May 17, 2019  •   5 Theatres to Know  •    0 comments Share This
Fri May 17, 2019  •   5 Theatres to Know  •    0 comments Share This
Where to see shows that plunge you into the action --- So many companies call their shows "immersive" these days that the designation has become almost meaningless, seemingly just a shorthand for cool. But some theatres, like the five we're highlighting today, epitomize the label, creating adventurous and groundbreaking work that incorporates all...
What Happens When Mean Girls Do Macbeth?
By SANDY MACDONALD
Thursday, May 16, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 16, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Erica Schmidt directs a radical reinvention of Shakespeare's tragedy featuring seven young actresses, including movie star AnnaSophia Robb --- Jesse Berger, the founder and artistic director of Red Bull Theater, has never balked at the sight of blood. That sangfroid comes in handy for the company's current reimagining of Macbeth at the Lucille Lortel...
Putting Their Own Stamp on an Iconic Twyla Tharp Work
By SUSAN REITER
Tuesday, May 14, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 14, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
American Ballet Theatre's spring season includes a trio of pieces by the legendary dance-maker --- American Ballet Theatre's spring season, which runs through July 6 at the Metropolitan Opera House, is dominated by full-length narrative ballets, from perpetually popular 19th-century classics including Swan Lake and Le Corsaire, to more recent, lit-based...
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