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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Adapt Me Gently With a Chainsaw! by Raven Snook

How Heathers the Musical tweaks the cult movie for a modern audience — First-time collaborators Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe are no strangers to musicalizing movies, having …

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Adoration of the Old Woman | INTAR Theatre | Plays & Shows | Time Out New York by Raven Snook

Raul Castillo (Looking) stars in a 2004 drama by magical-realist playwright José Rivera (References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot), which mixes together questions of love, death and Puerto R…

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Will They Laugh At This Strange Creature? by Raven Snook

  In Tarell Alvin McCraney’s take on Antony and Cleopatra, Chivas Michael plays an odd, rich role — Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they cr…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

LBJ With a Touch of Shakespeare by Raven Snook

In Broadway’s All the Way, director Bill Rauch finds thundering drama in LBJ’s presidency — Robert Schenkkan’s politically-charged saga All the Way chronicles the fir…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lena Hall: Hedwig and the Angry Inch's breakout actor by Raven Snook

A lifelong dancer who debuted on Broadway in Cats as a teen, Hall made her name as a hard-rock chanteuse in Off Broadway shows like Empire and The Toxic Avenger, as well as with her band, th…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Mother Reveals Her Body (And Her Heart) by Raven Snook

Inside the show-stopping nude scene in The Clearing — In an age of rampant thongs, plunging necklines, and burlesque everywhere you turn, onstage nudity is rarely shocking anymore. But…

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Broadway’s Master of Hair by Raven Snook

Why Paul Huntley’s wigs are vital for Broadway stars — Clothes may make the man but hair makes the character. So believes Paul Huntley, the veteran hair and wig designer with mor…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

This Puppet’s Losing His Mind by Raven Snook

The comic collapse of a puppet in The Pigeoning Read more on this month’s mini-boom in puppetry for adults — Puppet shows aren’t just child’s play. From the Tony Awar…

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Andy Bragen’s Life Story Is True Enough by Raven Snook

Deception leads to honest revelations in the play This Is My Office — Inviting someone into your office can be a very intimate experience. In fact, it may unearth personal secrets that…

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

There’s Art for You In Astoria by Raven Snook

Inside a thriving cultural district in Queens — Welcome to Borough Play, our exclusive series on theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond. Astoria, Queens has long been celebrated for i…

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Friday, November 1, 2013

A Disco Disaster (With Heart) by Raven Snook

In their new musical, Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick blend spoof and soul — Most musicals incubate for a long time, but 20 years? That’s how long it took Seth Rudetsky to finall…

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Burning Crosses And Rotating Justice by Raven Snook

Inside the striking set design of Broadway’s A Time To Kill — A compelling legal drama usually invites viewers to consider a case from multiple perspectives, and in A Time to Kil…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

She Makes Bad Choices (Can We Still Like Her?) by Raven Snook

Bike America‘s heroine is a charming, frustrating mess — For any actor, no matter how experienced, it’s both exciting and daunting to carry an entire play—especially …

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Soul of The Gentleman Caller by Raven Snook

Brian J. Smith connects to a misunderstood character in The Glass Menagerie — Welcome to Building Character, TDF’s ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles In ear…

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Monday, August 26, 2013

These Might Be Your Nightmares, Too by Raven Snook

In The Awake, Ken Urban turns bad dreams into drama — The three unwittingly connected strangers in Ken Urban’s haunting drama The Awake seem to exist in a funhouse mirror reflect…

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Time Out New York's Complete Guide to Broadway Shows by Raven Snook

So you wanna catch a Broadway show? Here’s all you need to know to maximize your New York theater adventure.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Krysta Rodriguez, Sudden Star of “First Date” by Raven Snook

Krysta Rodriguez’s unlikely journey to her latest Broadway role — Welcome to Building Character, TDF’s ongoing series about actors and how they create their roles Though mu…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Jan Maxwell Totes a Corpse by Raven Snook

The actress stars in the furiously political play The Castle — The dramas of Howard Barker, a prolific, politically-charged British playwright who calls his work the Theatre of Catastr…

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Why Do We Like This Terrible Man? by Raven Snook

Playwright Steven Levenson pushes moral buttons at the Roundabout — Key moments in Steven Levenson’s new play The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin-–now at the Rounda…

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Weeping So Hard People Stare by Raven Snook

 Weeping So Hard People Stare: Fred Weller breaks down in “Reasons to Be Happy” Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages’ ongoing series about actors and how they create …

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Why is the Playwright Starring in the Show? by Raven Snook

Ayub Khan Din’s strange journey with his new musical at The New Group It sounds like something out of an old Hollywood screwball comedy: A madcap new musical is about to bow on the boa…

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Your Private Trip Through Lewis Carroll’s Mind by Raven Snook

Then She Fell immerses you in Carroll’s life and work — Welcome to Borough Play, our exclusive series on theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond Lots of shows promise a one-of-a-…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Fifth Crack at “All in the Timing” by Raven Snook

Director John Rando returns to David Ives’ popular comedy They say that so much of comedy is in the timing, but really, it’s in the relationships, too. Take David Ives’ All…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hamish Linklater and the Mystery of Death by Raven Snook

The celebrated actor becomes a playwright – An impoverished middle-aged widow, a flirty chatterbox teen, and a convenience store owner quietly drowning in grief. These are the desperat…

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Find Your Family in “A Civil War Christmas” by Raven Snook

Paula Vogel uses Christmas past to discuss the present Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel famously said, “I only write about things that directly impact my life.” But …

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Making Yiddish Theatre Matter in 2012 by Raven Snook

How Folksbiene and other New York theatres keep Yiddish entertainment up to date Although American Jews are arguably more assimilated than ever before, Yiddish—and by extension Yiddish…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What Do You Say When the Plane Crashes? by Raven Snook

How “Charlie Victor Romeo” stages the transcripts of airline emergencies While most documentary theatre (The Laramie Project, The Exonerated, etc.) is based on after-the-fact int…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Choreographing a Life by Raven Snook

Director-choreographer Warren Carlyle talks about the meticulous dance and movement of “Chaplin” Much of the focus on the new Broadway musical Chaplin has centered on its relativ…

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Cutting Fosse from the Prostitute Musical by Raven Snook

Irish Rep brings “New Girl in Town” back to the stage A minor Broadway hit in the late ’50s, New Girl in Townseems like the kind of musical that would only resurface as par…

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Friday, June 22, 2012

The Musical Methods of Maltby and Shire by Raven Snook

How the “Closer Than Ever” team creates their beloved shows In the program for the first major New York City revival of Closer Than Ever, now at York Theatre Company, lyricist Ri…

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Building Character: Michael McGrath by Raven Snook

The Tony Nominee gets old-time laughs in Nice Work if You Can Get It Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages’ ongoing series about actors and how they create their roles His name may…

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