Friday, January 27, 2023

Review: “Crimea 5 am” at The Kiln Theatre by Josephine Burton

Before the war, in what now feels like another lifetime but in reality is just over a year ago, I was in Kyiv, premiering Dash’s show Songs for Babyn Yar. One evening, our Ukrainian partne…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 12:32PM
Thursday, January 26, 2023

Trap Door Theatre’s “Princess Ivona”: Piercing yet Healing by Susanna Sun

Located at the end of a long, narrow corridor, seating the audience near the stage and close to the actors, Trap Door Theatre fosters an intimate viewing experience. With a vintage and relax…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 12:31PM
Sunday, January 22, 2023

“Trade/Motorhead” at PROTOTYPE 2023 Festival by Jingyi Zhang

A double bill by Irish composer Emma O’Halloran and her uncle, librettist Mark O’Halloran, Trade/Mary Motorhead, presents two psychological portraits of “extraordinary ordinary people…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 11:40AM

“Sonne, los jetzt!”: Elfriede Jelinek’s Reversed Heliotropism for the End Times by Zainabu Jallo and Toni Hildebrandt

Sonne, los jetzt!, Elfriede Jelinek’s new theater piece, is imperative with an unknown addressee. Is it the Sun or humanity that needs to make a change? Obviously, this is a first of many …

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 11:40AM
Saturday, January 21, 2023

“Undine” at PROTOTYPE 2023 Festival by Jingyi Zhang

Undine is a three-act animated opera composed by Stefanie Janssen and Michaël Brijs. The pandemic transformed the originally staged production into a digital format, which bought about new …

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 11:40AM

Digital Access Research Project (DARP) Launches at metaLAB (at) Harvard by The Theatre Times

A collaboration between metaLAB (at) Harvard and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, the Digital Access Research Project (DARP) developed out of metaLAB’s FutureStage projec…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 12:14AM
Friday, January 20, 2023

“In Our Daughter’s Eyes” at PROTOTYPE 2023 Festival by Jingyi Zhang

In Our Daughter’s Eyes, composed by Pulitzer prize winning composer Du Yun and librettist Michael Joseph McQuilken, is a probing one-act monodrama, which interrogates what manhood and fath…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 11:40AM
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Toronto’s Next Gen Theatre Makers are Looking for Answers to Big Questions by Katherine Cappellacci

When I thought about why I wanted to write this article, a simple, almost childlike thought came to mind: because I’m downright giddy that Toronto theatres have reopened. And what’s most…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 04:03AM

“note to a friend” at PROTOTYPE 2023 Festival by Jingyi Zhang

note to a friend, composed by Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang, is a chamber opera inspired by three texts by Japanese author Ryunosuke Akutagawa, the father of Japanese short stor…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 04:01AM
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

“Morning//Mourning” at PROTOTYPE 2023 Festival by Jingyi Zhang

Gelsey Bell’s Morning//Mourning is a quirky, experimental opera that defies categorization. It is part narration, part singing, part electronic music, and part science fiction. Set in a po…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 03:59AM
Sunday, January 15, 2023

Marching the Streets with an Empty Protest Board: Where Lies the Power of Protest? by Vera Bonder

On Saturday 19 November 2022, I witnessed the performance Hands Up! by dancer and choreographer Agnietė Lisičkinaitė whose performance was for the first time shown in a Dutch context at t…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 03:35PM
Saturday, January 14, 2023

Kennedy Center Dramaturgy Intensive 2022 by Lydia Cochran

During a summer of uncertainty and anxiety for American theatres and artists alike, a cohort of emerging and established dramaturgs was offered a space to reflect, imagine, and share at the …

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 03:34PM
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

“The Fall” at Soho Playhouse by Clare Cioffero

On a cold November, New York Friday night, when temperatures approached freezing, the shivering audience waiting to experience Albert Camus’ The Fall at the Soho Playhouse checked in at th…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 11:49AM

New Australian Play “D*ck Pics in the Garden of Eden” is Bold, Funny – And Very, Very Lewd by Helen Trenos

Review: D*ck Pics in the Garden of Eden, written and directed by Jeffrey Jay Fowler, The Last Great Hunt. We see this played out in the media: famous men, a dick pic unwisely texted, reputat…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 11:45AM
Tuesday, January 10, 2023

“Lazarus 1972–2022” by Ping Chong by Clare Cioffero

The show Lazarus 1972-2022 is difficult to pin down. How can what a thought looks like be described? It’s this sort of impediment that does not allow for easy categorization. The show is b…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 11:46AM
Saturday, January 7, 2023

Unjust Laughter: Representations of Equity-Deserving Groups in Contemporary Iraqi Comedy by Amir Al-Azraki

Introduction The ongoing unsettling shift of my identity from a “white” Iraqi back home (in Iraq) to a person of color in Canada, where I am surrounded by conversations about and persona…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 01:49AM
Friday, January 6, 2023

“Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King” and Dialogue of Civilizations at American Repertory Theater: An Interview with the Creative Team by Heather Waters

Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King, will be performed January 12 – 15, 2023, at the Loeb Drama Center’s Experimental Theater located in Cambridge, MA. Zahhak is presented by Boston…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 03:11AM

“Ain’t No Mo Play” on Broadway at Belasco Theatre by Ademola Bello

The young playwright Jordan E. Cooper deserves kudos for writing the play Ain’t No Mo. He is also one of the actors in the show where he played the role of a drag queen character called …

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 03:04AM

Black Theatre in Asia—Spotlight Query by Todd Sullivan

It began as a direct message conversation between two black creatives: Ghanniy Oyedele from Nigeria, and Todd Sullivan from the United States. We met through a Taipei Facebook Writing Group,…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 03:02AM
Thursday, January 5, 2023

Art, Dance, and Film of Ingrid Nachstern and Cate McNider by Alexander Fatouros

It was a chance meeting at MoMA’s dance series “Some sweet day” that brought Ingrid Nachstern and Cate McNider together. The artistic collaborators first struck creative sparks off eac…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 03:43PM
Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Kenyans Get A Taste Of “The French Shakespeare” by Alexander Nderitu

Molière (real name Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) was born 400 years ago in Paris, France. He remains the most popular French playwright, a satire supremo, and is often compared to England’s Wil…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 09:07AM

“The Bloody Poet: A Novel about Nero” at DESIRÉ Central Station by Emilija Kvočka

At this “Desiré” festival in Subotica, on the stage of the Dezső Kosztolányi Theatre, at the very artistic and aesthetic peak of the festival, the performance Nero by the Hungarian th…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 05:12AM
Tuesday, January 3, 2023

“Once Upon A (korean) Time:” Review by Clare Cioffero

The simplicity of the set was enriched with exquisite lighting design, by Oliver Wason, depicting the starry heavens above, exploding bombs, flocks of butterflies, even projections of charac…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 01:32AM
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

“Father and Father” and the 1600 Still Missing from the Kosovo War by Verity Healey

If you don’t know about loss, then you will by the end of this show. Sara (Ilire Vinca) is married to Din (Bujar Ahmeti). They have a daughter, Lola (Kosovare Krasniqi), who looks a simila…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 07:22AM

II 4.4 Short Performances Festival (Baku 25-30 November 2022): When Muses are Not Silent by Emiliia Dementsova

When the non-peaceful world is illuminated by the bursts of shells, it seems that other illuminations fade in these bursts. But this impression is false, and even to the roar of the cannons …

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 07:21AM
Monday, December 19, 2022

“&Juliet”: What if?⁠—A Review. by Lisa Monde

The previews of &Juliet the musical, began October 28th 2022 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Broadway. &Juliet is originally coming to us from the West End, where it premiered in …

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 07:20AM
Saturday, December 17, 2022

“Baghdaddy,” Royal Court by Aleks Sierz

What is the best way of talking about the Middle East? Should plays take a documentary or verbatim approach, all the better to educate and inform, or is there another path, which includes en…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 07:20AM
Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Glitches, Memes and Playbackshows: Performance in the Post-internet Era by Simon Baetens

Drag is gaining popularity and visibility at a rapid pace. With the body as a canvas and the internet as its inspiration, an exciting playground emerges for the drag artist. Simon Baetens zo…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 07:23AM
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Kathadi Ramamurthy’s Tamil Play “Jugalbandhi” Blends Humor with a Social Message by T.r. Sudha

Two well-known theater groups, JB Creations and Stage Creations, collaborate for the first time to stage a family drama. The incessant rain that lashed the city recently did not dampen one…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 07:20AM
Sunday, December 11, 2022

“Our Son”—Kosovo Theatre Showcase ‘22 by Verity Healey

Meta-theatre has been a bit of a theme at Kosovo’s latest independent theatre showcase in Prishtina. Perhaps it’s a coincidence, but I would lay a bet it’s not. More likely, it is an e…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 03:15PM
Saturday, December 10, 2022

Julia Pascal’s 12:37 at the Finborough Theatre: epic story of Jewish identity from Dublin to Jerusalem by Aleks Sierz

Julia Pascal is a resourceful theatre-maker who is unafraid of being controversial. Her interest in the relationship between the personal and the political, and sympathy with both the victim…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 03:15PM

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