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Sunday, October 28, 2012

NOW PLAYING: nothing by Rolando Teco

How do you know there's a storm coming to New York City? A serious storm? Walk down 12th Street and look up at the Cinema Village marquee:

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 08:19PM
Friday, October 12, 2012

Patrick Daniels Talks Charlie-Victor-Romeo by Rolando Teco

In between navigating the terrifying landscape that is Charlie Victor Romeo, actor Patrick Daniels was kind enough to field a few of our questions. Fasten your seatbelts, folks. It's FAA reg…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 10:05AM
Monday, August 27, 2012

Times Square Meltdown by Rolando Teco

File this one under: Street Theatre. So I'm walking in Times Square--well, trying to. I'm trying to make my way from the corner of 44th and Broadway to the corner of 41st and Broadway and yo…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 06:24AM
Sunday, August 26, 2012

When you know you're in the capable hands of a real playwright... by Rolando Teco

Reading a friend's play today, as I reached the bottom of page 1, it occurred to me, this is how you know you're in the hands of a real playwright. What a pleasure! To read a...

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 04:38PM
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Guthrie: Big, Expansive, Expensive, Seductive by Rolando Teco

There's been a lot written about the way in which America's regional big boy theatres have spent the past few decades building up their physical plants and thus taking on the heavy burden of…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 02:42PM
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

WRIGHT OUT FRONT: A Playwright Happening by Rolando Teco

This really cool thing put together by Micheline Auger. Check it out: WHAT IT IS: An installation of emerging and emerged playwrights writing new plays in the store front of the Drama Book S…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 09:56AM
Monday, June 11, 2012

The Gershwins' Death of a Salesman? by Rolando Teco

In New York City it is now possible to purchase a ticket to The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess. You can also purchase a ticket to Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. But not Bruce Norris' Clyb…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 05:36PM
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

"Choose Patti's Encore Song" - an interesting example of tying ownership binds between audiences and live entertainment by Rolando Teco

So Patti Lupone is opening a new cabaret space in New York called 54 Below. (It's below the former Studio 54, now home to Roundabout Theatre Co.) I was struck by this promo that hit my...

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 09:34AM

One of those rare star-studded perfect evenings that could only be assembled in New York, as described by Tari Stratton by Rolando Teco

I was going to post about the Dramatists Guild Fund's 50th Anniversary Gala which was assembled impeccably by its Executive Director Rachel Routh, but Tari Stratton did such a fine job herse…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 09:07AM
Monday, June 4, 2012

Playwright Tammy Ryan charts the landscape of Pittsburgh Theatre on HowlRound by Rolando Teco

Here's a lovely paragraph from Tammy Ryan's blog post about Pittsburgh theatre from the perspective of the playwright. The post just appeared yesterday on HowlRound. When I first moved to Pi…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 06:37PM
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CARRIE closes (again) demonstrating the power of conventional wisdom -- always conventional, seldom wise by Rolando Teco

The New York Times attempts to explain the recent closing of CARRIE by interviewing producers not connected to the show. That's sort of like asking executives at Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 09:53PM
Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Playwright's Nightmare: Workshopping Albee & Ives to Death by Rolando Teco

Imagine for a moment if two of the most brilliant plays now running in New York by two of our most imaginative living playwrights--David Ives and Edward Albee--had been subjected to the sort…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 11:59PM
Friday, February 17, 2012

It's official: the movie theatre as we know it is an endangered species by Rolando Teco

If there was any doubt at all that the exhibition business is in serious trouble, look no further than this email promo that just hit my INBox. I have to admit, I admire the can-do attitude.…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 10:59AM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Is it just me? Or is this poster creepy? by Rolando Teco

Artwork for Ghost poster.

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 10:14AM
Monday, December 19, 2011

Street Theatre: Talking to the Elderly Like Children by Rolando Teco

So, I've been visiting a loved one in a nursing home recently. And I find myself fascinated by the way the staff -- doctors, nurses, social workers, etc. etc. -- speak to old people. It's a.…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 05:07PM
Monday, December 12, 2011

Up on our feet: the value of workshop vs. reading a new play by Rolando Teco

I recently completed a three-day workshop of my latest play. And it got me thinking about the usual developmental path new work takes in this country. Outside the sphere of developmental gat…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 03:38PM
Monday, December 5, 2011

What would be a reasonable star to seating capacity ratio for theatre? by Rolando Teco

Saw The Cherry Orchard at Classic Stage Co. the other night. The production is a lot of fun. Most of the performances are stellar. Especially outstanding (no big surprise) is Alvin Epstein i…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 02:58PM
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Big National Drop in Theatre Subscriptions by Rolando Teco

As reported on the Chicago Tribune's Theater Loop blog: According to Theatre Facts 2010, the annual research snapshot released by the TCG lobbying and support organization, subscription inco…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 09:02AM
Sunday, October 30, 2011

Antonio Sacre. Standing Ovation Earned. by Rolando Teco

Just got back from trudging through sleet and snow in October to see the single performance given by storyteller extraordinaire, Antonio Sacre at the United Solo Festival at Theater Row. Thi…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 11:10AM
Saturday, October 29, 2011

Finally. The wait is over. Godspell returns. by Rolando Teco

And what better way to celebrate the Broadway revival of Godspell than to start lobbying for a similar revival of Pippin. Wouldn't it have been a wonder to have lived to see Michael Jackson …

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 11:56PM
Thursday, October 27, 2011

Off-Broadway Promo or Porno DVD Box Cover Copy? by Rolando Teco

This arrived in my INBox today. First of all, I should just say up front that, I don't know playwright Thomas Higgins' work and I make no judgments about it 'til I see this play... which,...

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 02:00PM
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Guest Post: Randy Burgess by Rolando Teco

The Bourne Dilemma: How to Survive Local Theater Without Going to Hell It was air conditioning on a 100-degree day that made my partner and myself seek out the nearest mall and watch the onl…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 03:47PM
Thursday, July 21, 2011

ACT Goes Pay-What-You-Can by Rolando Teco

Interesting piece in The Stranger. ACT in Seattle is going pay-what-you-can for all shows. As long as a person walks up to the box office, he/she can pay a nickle to get a theatre ticket. Bi…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 09:38AM
Friday, July 15, 2011

Ken Davenport knows: God is in the details. by Rolando Teco

Love this little bit from Ken Davenport's Day By Day blog about producing the upcoming Godspell revival. So, we bought a $100 flyer stand, and every day, an intern, staff member, or me, brin…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 12:06PM
Saturday, July 9, 2011

There's a downside to operating "in the black." by Rolando Teco

With the recent announcement that the 39-yr. old Intiman Theatre in Seattle would abruptly halt its 2011 season in order to regroup and avoid fiscal catastrophe, there's been much talk in th…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 10:59AM
Thursday, July 7, 2011

Vermont is calling. Do 2 sets of friends doing shows constitute a trend? by Rolando Teco

Okay. So, my dear pals Jenny Bacon and Stephen Barker Turner, a power couple of brilliant actors to rival the Barrymores (although, were they brother and sister or husband and wife? I can ne…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 03:45PM
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ya Gotta Have a Gimmick: Green Theatre Collective by Rolando Teco

A press release arrived recently from Massachusetts' Green Theatre Collective, announcing their eco-friendly production of Shakespeare's As You Like It in... drumroll... a public park! I kno…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 02:45PM

News or Advertising? NPR's MORNING EDITION "investigates" safety drills at Mississippi Nuclear Reactor by Rolando Teco

Listening to NPR's Morning Edition today, I heard the following story, an audio tour of a safety simulator of the control room at a Mississippi nuclear reactor. Is this really news? Or is it…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 02:44PM
Monday, July 4, 2011

Please name our cable access show. by Rolando Teco

This picture was taken by my pal David Heath yesterday at a family BBQ. We immediately saw its potential as a promo shot for a very unusual local cable access show. Care to name it? (Useful.…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 08:38AM
Sunday, July 3, 2011

Why wasn't THE SHAGGS a hit? by Rolando Teco

I am one of those annoying New Yorkers. You know the type. They know about a show forever -- or at least the duration of its run -- and they can't be bothered to actually go...

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 12:28PM
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Today's Cacophony of 'Original Voices' is Almost Deafening by Rolando Teco

Just saw Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and, well, if it hadn't already been said by so many others before me, I might be running around letting the world know that Rajiv Joseph is certainl…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 11:53PM

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