All stories by Raven Snook on BroadwayStars

Monday, May 25, 2015

David Hirson - Interview by Raven Snook

The author of La Bête shares his thoughts on highbrow, lowbrow and his tiny writing output.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

When She Lectures, You Laugh by Raven Snook

Broadway veteran Mary Louise Wilson breaks the fourth wall and brings down the house in On the Twentieth Century — Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how…

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Looking for the Light in Our Country’s Darkness by Raven Snook

In The Insurgents, Lucy Thurber fuses personal and political history for an examination of what ails us — On the surface, Lucy Thurber’s new drama The Insurgents, now at the La…

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

John Cameron Mitchell on bringing Hedwig back to Broadway by Raven Snook

Here's Johnny! John Cameron Mitchell returns to the stage to star in his rockin', madcap musical opus, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Are You Sure You Want to Do That? by Raven Snook

All the creative elements in Constellations, even the set, suggest infinite possibilities Director Michael Longhurst isn’t big on naturalism—at least not for the shows he helms. …

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

When Horsing Around Turns Deadly Serious by Raven Snook

Playwright Jenny Rachel Weiner uses broad comedy to explore the drama of preprepubescent girls — While most dark comedies about adolescent angst take place in high school (see Heathers…

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Making a Joyful Political Noise by Raven Snook

Whether protesting climate change, racial injustice. or overconsumption, Reverend Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping do it in glorious song — It’s going to be a very busy Than…

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Why Alessandro Nivola Loves “The Elephant Man” by Raven Snook

Bradley Cooper wasn’t the only actor obsessed with bringing the Williamstown Theatre Festival revival to Broadway — Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers …

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Monday, November 10, 2014

90 One-Person Shows, Three Days, Countless Laughs by Raven Snook

How writer/performer Peter Michael Marino’s biggest professional failure led to the founding of SOLOCOM. — When Peter Michael Marino‘s splashy West End musicalization of De…

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Rhythm of Grief by Raven Snook

Playwright Kimber Lee asks audiences to mourn for a murdered up-and-comer in brownsville song — Though not a tuner, brownsville song (b-side for tray) has a musical sensibility. Hip-ho…

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Debt-setting Around the Country by Raven Snook

Solo artist Ben Rimalower uses his lifelong financial problems for laughs and insight in Bad with Money — In the age of oversharing in life and online, it’s not surprising that m…

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Friday, October 10, 2014

How Theatre for Young Audiences Is Maturing by Raven Snook

Two new immersive shows at the Park Avenue Armory appeal to grown-ups as much as children — I’ve been taking my nine-year-old to stage shows since before she could talk. (Access …

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Friday, October 3, 2014

If Only Time Travel Were Possible by Raven Snook

Inspired by our recent Geek Out/Freak Out, TDF Stages readers sound off about the iconic stage performances they wish they could go back in time to see — While hardcore theatre fans of…

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Deceased Disco Diva Sings Again by Raven Snook

Sylvester’s incredible life story becomes an Off-Broadway musical — Sylvester is one of history’s most fabulous pop stars. Back in the ’70s, the flamboyant diva score…

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Woman Walking in A Man’s Shoes by Raven Snook

Kathleen Chalfant puts a feminine stamp on a traditionally male role in A Walk in the Woods — Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their ro…

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Friday, September 5, 2014

How Do You Bring a Circus to the People? by Raven Snook

Circus Amok’s latest show marks 25 years of public fun (with a message) — When my then-three-year-old first saw Jennifer Miller, she blurted out, “You’re a girl with …

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

She’s Standing Next to Herself by Raven Snook

Samantha Soule is one of two people playing her character in  And I and Silence — Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles Crafting a …

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Beauty Queens (With a Sweet Little Secret) by Raven Snook

Why the men in Pageant are sincerely playing women — Though the Off-Broadway musical comedy Pageant could be described as a beauty contest with drag queens, you should banish all image…

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

These Tragic Puppets Are Hilarious by Raven Snook

Puppet Shakespeare Players turn Titus Andronicus into Comedy Drunk Shakespeare, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, the Accidental Shakespeare Company:  the Bard’s plays are constantly be…

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Drag Queens: Icons for the Whole Family by Raven Snook

Raven Snook on Kinky Boots, Taylor Mac, and drag for kids — Last year, after also seeing Matilda, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and the revival of Annie, my then-seven-yea…

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Return of the Gargoyle Woman by Raven Snook

Everett Quinton finally plays another shady lady — Although the Peccadillo Theater Company’s new comedy Drop Dead Perfect sends up a wide range of American cultural touchstones&#…

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fanmail: “Violet” Star Annie Golden is a Punk Rock Queen by Raven Snook

Welcome to Fanmail, our tributes to theatre artists we admire — I heard Annie Golden’s voice before I ever saw her. Her song “Hang Up the Phone”—a bizarrely peppy ode to ro…

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Unkown Hero of the Comic Book Universe by Raven Snook

King Kirby celebrates a forgotten legend — Why do some artists become household names while others toil away in obscurity? That question’s at the heart of King Kirby, a bio-play …

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Monday, June 2, 2014

He’s Underwater, and We Know What He’s Thinking by Raven Snook

In Deepest Man, cutting-edge technology tells a heartbreaking story — No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. But you may find that hard to believe while watching Deepest Man…

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Monday, May 19, 2014

The Puppetry of Grief by Raven Snook

In Extraordinary Extremities, a puppeteer explores the power of loss — Last year, when the NYC- based Concrete Temple Theatre mounted a moody solo puppet show called Geppetto at HERE A…

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Friday, May 2, 2014

She May Be Gone, But We Can Finally See Her Play by Raven Snook

How Oni Faida Lampley’s Tough Titty got its New York premiere — Brooklyn-based playwright and performer Oni Faida Lampley always used her personal life for inspiration. So when s…

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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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