Thursday, January 17, 2019

How Enslaved Women Helped Give Birth to Modern-Day Gynecology - A new play examines the complicated legacy of Dr. J. Marion Sims

A new play examines the complicated legacy of Dr. J. Marion Sims---Naomi Lorrain always hears groans from the audience when her character, Philomena, undergoes a gynecological examination in…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Come Expecting a Celebration, Not a Show - Diana Oh's latest offering is tough to define but oh so much fun

Diana Oh's latest offering is tough to define but oh so much funDiana Oh is throwing a bash and everyone is invited. On Friday and Saturday evenings at Brooklyn's Bushwick Starr, the genre-b…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Best Vintage Videos of Carol Channing - We went down a YouTube rabbit hole in honor of the late diva

As you've probably already heard, Carol Channing passed away today at the age of 97. Although she made a handful of movies and frequently appeared on TV, the stage was her home. It was where…

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When a Conventional Choreographic Approach Won't Work - How Patrick McCollum found the right moves for Broadway's 'The Band's Visit'

How Patrick McCollum found the right moves for Broadway's The Band's Visit---How do you create choreography for a subtle story about human connection? That's what Patrick McCollum had to fig…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

This Show Can't Go On Without You - The audience is forced to act -- in both senses of the word -- at 'The Mortality Machine'

The audience is forced to act -- in both senses of the word -- at The Mortality Machine---Days before ticket holders descend into a Lower East Side basement to experience The Mortality Machi…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Costume Changes at the TDF Costume Collection - Whether you want to rent, buy or just gawk at costumes, here are five ways the the Collection can help

Whether you want to rent, buy or just gawk at costumes, here are ways the Collection can help you---You probably know that TDF supports audiences by offering discounted tickets and a variety…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Never Show Vulnerability, Except When Singing - Caleb Eberhardt makes a tuneful Broadway debut in 'Choir Boy'

Caleb Eberhardt makes a tuneful Broadway debut in Choir Boy---Six years after its acclaimed Off-Broadway run at Manhattan Theatre Club, Tarrell Alvin McCraney's music-infused Choir Boy bring…

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Hear How Tony and Pulitzer Prize Winners Do It - The Guggenheim's Works & Process series gives audiences insight into the creative process

The Guggenheim's Works & Process series gives audiences insight into the creative process---The Guggenheim Museum is world-renowned for its visual art installations, but did you know it …

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Why Smashing the Patriarchy Is So Exhausting - Marin Ireland is all fired up in Abby Rosebrock's 'Blue Ridge'

Marin Ireland is all fired up in Abby Rosebrock's Blue Ridge---In 2015, Abby Rosebrock's mentor said he was worried about her due to "all this plasma hot rage" in the new play she was writin…

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Friday, January 4, 2019

See the Cutting-Edge Theatre of Tomorrow Today - The Public Theater nurtures the future of experimental performance at Incoming! at Under the Radar

The Public Theater nurtures the future of experimental performance at Incoming! at Under the Radar---Since its founding in 2005, the Public Theater's annual Under the Radar festival has been…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Seeing -- and Hearing -- 'Godot' in a New Way - How New Yiddish Rep's production evokes the refugee crises of the present and past

How New Yiddish Rep's production evokes the refugee crises of the present and past---Samuel Beckett wrote Waiting for Godot in French before reimagining it in English. Since its 1953 premier…

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Notes on My Mother's Theatregoing - A playwright recalls seeing shows with his mom in the '80s, courtesy of TDF

A playwright recalls seeing shows with his mother in the '80s, courtesy of TDF---"She loved the theatre, would arrange groups of ten with TDF. She had lists of people, teacher friends mostly…

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Friday, December 28, 2018

The Accidental Musical Theatre Heartthrob - Dave Thomas Brown on starring in 'Clueless the Musical'

Dave Thomas Brown on starring in Clueless the Musical---Growing up, Dave Thomas Brown didn't dream of becoming a musical theatre star. Oh, he definitely wanted to be on stage, but he studied…

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Reconceiving 'Coppélia' for the 21st Century - Director-choreographer Chase Brock premieres his first dance-theatre work Off-Broadway

Director-choreographer Chase Brock premieres his first dance-theatre work Off-Broadway---After 15 years of assisting on or contributing to Main Stem productions, Chase Brock is about to make…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Unexpectedly Encountering God on Broadway - A theatregoer of faith recounts her epiphany at 'Hamilton'

A theatregoer of faith recounts her epiphany at Hamilton---I first saw my faith reflected on the secular stage when I watched Hamilton on Broadway. As someone who grew up attending a Baptist…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Putting a Face on the Refugee Crisis - How 'The Jungle' recreates life in a migrant camp

How The Jungle recreates life in a migrant camp---"When does a place become home?" asks one of the displaced characters in The Jungle, currently at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn. It's also…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Why This Play Has a New Star Every Night - The singular structure of Nassim Soleimanpour's new play

The singular structure of Nassim Soleimanpour's new play ---At every performance of Barrow Street Theatricals' Nassim by Nassim Soleimanpour, a new guest star performs the script unrehe…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A Lynn Nottage Play That Makes You Laugh - Cherise Boothe on starring in the comedy 'Fabulation' at Signature Theatre

Cherise Boothe on starring in the comedy Fabulation at Signature Theatre---The first time actress Cherise Boothe appeared in a Lynn Nottage play, it was Ruined, about brutalized women in civ…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Do We Really Need to Watch Shows in Silence? - A Latinx theatregoer makes the case for loosening up audience "rules"

A Latinx theatregoer makes the case for loosening up audience "rules"---Growing up in Honduras, I picked up my knowledge of theatre etiquette from the movies (thank you Pretty Woman and Citi…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Can a Septuagenarian and a Tween Get Along? - Richard Masur on the intergenerational bonding in 'The Net Will Appear'

Veteran character actor Richard Masur on the intergenerational bonding in The Net Will AppearInitially, Richard Masur thought bringing The Net Will Appear to 59E59 Theaters would be a breeze…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Why It's Awesome When Characters in Straight Plays Dance - A Geek Out/Freak Out

Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things---This week, TDF Stages contributor Linda Buchwald geeks out with fellow Drama Desk nominator and journalist, …

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

How Do You Create a Drama About Peace? - Revisiting a magical moment of amity during World War I through stories and songs

Revisiting a magical moment of amity during World War I through stories and songs---In the early 2000s, playwright and director Peter Rothstein started working on a show about the Christmas …

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Getting a New Identity for Christmas - Heather Raffo on writing and starring in the Iraqi immigrant tale 'Noura'

Heather Raffo on writing and starring in the Iraqi immigrant tale Noura at Playwrights Horizons---Heather Raffo says she grew up as a "sheltered Michigan girl -- a really nice, open, conserv…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

How Directing This Show Made Him Want to Smash the Patriarchy - Oliver Butler on how 'What the Constitution Means to Me' changed him

Oliver Butler on how What the Constitution Means to Me changed him---Even though they had never worked together, it made sense that performer and playwright Heidi Schreck approached Oliver B…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

My Life in a Theatre - One seasoned audience member's tribute to the memories he's made at the Shubert

One seasoned audience member's tribute to the memories he's made at the Shubert---"Remember?"The three-note motif had insinuated itself into my mind's ear since we took our seats in the balc…

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Facing the Real Monsters in 'King Kong' - A new satire wrestles with the controversial 1933 classic

A new satire wrestles with the controversial 1933 classic---While writing The Making of King Kong, Lisa Clair almost abandoned the project. "It is too big, it is too scary," the recent gradu…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Still Dancing with Alvin Ailey After 21 Years - Two veteran dancers discuss the company's 60th anniversary season

Two veteran dancers discuss the company's 60th anniversary season---Although it's exciting when a young new dancer catches your eye for the first time, it's even more thrilling to watch that…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

5 Theatres You Need to Know: Latinx Companies in NYC - Where to see shows exploring Hispanic culture in English and Spanish

Where to see shows exploring Hispanic culture in English and Spanish---According to the 2010 census, there are approximately 2.3 million people of Hispanic descent living in NYC, many of who…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

What's It Like Playing Bob Mackie While Wearing His Costumes? - Michael Berresse returns to Broadway after a 10-year absence in 'The Cher Show'

Tony nominee Michael Berresse returns to Broadway after a 10-year absence in The Cher Show---Playing a part based on a real-life person is pretty common -- just look at all ofthe biographica…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

He's Still in School and Already Making an Auspicious Dual Debut - How playwright Jeremy O. Harris is taking Off-Broadway by storm

How playwright Jeremy O. Harris is taking Off-Broadway by storm---"When my mom was my age, she was going through a divorce, had two kids and was working three jobs," says 29-year-old playwri…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Making the Unsung Heroes of WWI Move - The challenges of choreographing the new musical 'The Hello Girls'

The challenges of choreographing the new musical The Hello Girls---Christine O'Grady has spent much of her career choreographing regional revivals, injecting familiar favorites such as 42nd …

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