Monday, July 16, 2018

Exploring Addiction Through Immersive Theatre - 'Trainspotting Live' is giving audiences a rush Off-Broadway

Trainspotting Live is giving audiences a rush Off-Broadway---Inspired by Irvine Welsh's eponymous novel about a motley crew of young drug users wreaking havoc in '80s Edinburgh, Trainspottin…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Dressing a Greek Classic for Tomorrow - How Lex Liang transports 'Antigone' into the future through costumes

How Lex Liang transports Antigone into the future through costumes---Lex Liang had never seen a production of Antigone when director Carl Cofield invited him to design the costumes for the C…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

How Are Six Performers Playing One Part? - Inside the unusual process of mounting 'Mary Page Marlowe'

Inside the unusual process of making Mary Page Marlowe---When Susan Pourfar was cast as the title character in Tracy Letts' Mary Page Marlowe, which traces seven decades of an ordinary woman…

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Turn Off the News, Tune In to a Socially Conscious Arts Festival - Why all the shows in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity benefit various cause

Why all the shows in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity are raising funds for various charities---"This is the most important moment for art that we've had in the last 50 years," says …

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Plan Your Next Summer Getaway Around a Show - Here are highlights at lauded out-of-town theatres in Hudson Valley, the Berkshires and beyond

Here are highlights at lauded out-of-town theatres in Hudson Valley, the Berkshires and beyond---While there are still plenty of productions to see in New York over the summer, this is the s…

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Friday, July 6, 2018

How to Decide What to See at the New York Musical Festival - Our guide to the 15th annual event

Our guide to the 15th annual event---The New York Musical Festival kicks off next week with a slew of tuneful offerings in Midtown. Since its founding in 2004, NYMF has helped launch more th…

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Where Do You Fit When You're Black, Queer and HIV Positive? - Timothy DuWhite's 'Neptune' has its world premiere at the HOT! Festival

Timothy DuWhite's Neptune has its world premiere at the HOT! Festival---Throughout July, avant-garde hot spot Dixon Place hosts its 27th annual HOT! Festival: The NYC Celebration of Queer Cu…

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Finding Current Comedy in an Old Tragedy - David Carl uses Shakespeare to skewer politicos in 'Trump Lear'

David Carl uses Shakespeare to skewer politicos in Trump Lear---Late-night talk-show hosts write fresh bits every day to satirize the state of the union. But solo performer and playwright Da…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Who Else Misses Old-Fashioned Theatre Tickets? - One veteran theatregoer pays tribute to a lost tradition

One veteran theatregoer pays tribute to a lost tradition---At least I didn't have to worry about forgetting the tickets. In my many decades of theatregoing, that had only happened once. But …

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Friday, June 29, 2018

How Do You Act When You Don't Know How the Audience Will React? - MaYaa Boateng talks about the challenges of her role in 'Fairview'

MaYaa Boateng talks about the challenges of her role in Fairview---Jackie Sibblies Drury's Fairview starts out like a naturalistic family dramedy, as a well-to-do African-American woman name…

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How Do You Act When You Don't Know What Your Scene Partner Will Say? - MaYaa Boateng talks about the challenges of her interactive role in 'Fairview'

MaYaa Boateng talks about the challenges of her interactive role in Fairview---Jackie Sibblies Drury's Fairview starts out like a naturalistic family dramedy, as a well-to-do African-America…

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How Do You Act When You Don't How the Audience Will React? - MaYaa Boateng talks about the challenges of her role in 'Fairview'

MaYaa Boateng talks about the challenges of her role in Fairview---Jackie Sibblies Drury's Fairview starts out like a naturalistic family dramedy, as a well-to-do African-American woman name…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

How Classic Musicals Are Being Reimagined Off-Broadway - See fresh takes on 'Fiddler on the Roof,' 'On a Clear Day' and 'Carmen Jones'

See fresh takes on Fiddler on the Roof, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Carmen Jones---Off-Broadway is often a destination for adventurous theatre, free from the commercial constraint…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

How Much Do You Know About the Little Rock Nine? - Writer-director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj dramatizes a critical moment in our nation's history

Writer-director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj dramatizes a critical moment in our nation's history---It's long been said that history is written by the winners. But when those victors are people o…

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Returning to the Dance Scene Where Her Career Began - Former NYCB performer Melissa Barak brings her own troupe to the Joyce Ballet Festival

Former NYCB performer Melissa Barak brings her own troupe to the Joyce Ballet Festival---The Joyce Ballet Festival (June 26-July 7) is a homecoming of sorts for Melissa Barak. The dancer-cho…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

How Do You Create New Audiences? - Graduates of TDF's Create New York program share how the experience has enhanced their lives

Graduates of TDF's Create New York program share how the experience has enhanced their lives---When I interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner earlier thi…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

How the 'Gay Play' Is Evolving - Dramatists are exploring LGBTQ life in uncharted ways

Dramatists are exploring LGBTQ life in uncharted ways---To judge only from Broadway, New York theatre is experiencing a Renaissance of old gay plays, with starry revivals of three landmark d…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Reviving Groundbreaking Musicals While Honoring a Friend - Inside Encores! Off-Center's bittersweet new season

Inside Encores! Off-Center's bittersweet new season---Quick: What do Encores! Off-Center's three summer revivals Songs for a New World, Gone Missing and Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope have in…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Yes, There Were Gay Slaves - Playwright Donja R. Love explores queer love in the Civil War South

Playwright Donja R. Love explores queer love in the Civil War South---In the opening scene of Sugar in Our Wounds, Donja R. Love's lyrical world premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club, a young p…

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After Four Decades, Molissa Fenley Is Still in Her Prime - The sexagenarian dancer-choreographer performs new and classic work at Danspace Project

The sexagenarian dancer-choreographer performs new and old work at Danspace Project---At an age when many of her peers are flirting with retirement, Molissa Fenley continues to be a vital fo…

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Addressing Theatre's Gender Parity Problem - How Parity Productions is helping female creatives get ahead

How Parity Productions is helping female creatives get ahead---Ludovica Villar-Hauser has been developing, directing and producing shows on both sides of the Atlantic for more than three dec…

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Increasing Opportunities for Actors with Disabilities, Including Himself - Gregg Mozgala stars in 'Teenage Dick'

Gregg Mozgala stars in Teenage Dick---Two years ago, when I first interviewed Gregg Mozgala, a performer with cerebral palsy, he said he was typically called in to audition just a few times …

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Who's Allowed to Tell This Story? - En Garde Arts' new show about the Rwandan genocide asks who owns history

En Garde Arts' new show about the Rwandan genocide asks who owns history---On the empty ninth floor of an office building in downtown Manhattan, En Garde Arts has conjured two wildly differe…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Creating the Writing on the Wall, Literally - How 'This Is Modern Art' brings graffiti culture to the stage

How This Is Modern Art brings graffiti culture to the stage---Graffiti and theatre make uneasy bedfellows. Case in point: When Jessica Burr, the artistic director of experimental physical th…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Brush Up Your Shakespur - How the Bard inspired a Wild West musical comedy

How the Bard inspired a Wild West musical comedy---Though it's categorized as a comedy and ends with multiple weddings, Measure for Measure has long been considered one of Shakespeare's "pro…

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Tony Award Winners 2018 - We're updating the list of winners live!

Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles are hosting the Tony Awards tonight at Radio City Music Hall, and we're updating the list of winners live as they're announced!Best MusicalFrozenMean GirlsThe …

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Friday, June 8, 2018

A Woolf in Experimental Clothing - Elevator Repair Service sends up and adds on to Albee's seminal play

Elevator Repair Service sends up and adds on to Albee's seminal play--- Obie-winning avant-garde theatre company Elevator Repair Service (ERS) is known for deconstructing classics and transf…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

These Men Are Making New Moves - How 10 Hairy Legs breaks gender stereotypes in dance

How 10 Hairy Legs breaks gender stereotypes in dance---Randy James, the founding artistic director of 10 Hairy Legs (10HL), was watching his dancers run through their Baryshnikov Arts Center…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Time for a New Exit Strategy - Leaving the theatre shouldn't feel like a competition

Leaving the theatre shouldn't feel like a competition---Pre-show announcements prompt theatre audiences to turn off their cell phones and unwrap any hard candies. But I think what we urgentl…

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Tony Kushner on Theatre in America - The playwright talks 'Angels,' access and the future of culture in this country

The playwright talks Angels, access and the future of culture in this country---It's a year of meaningful theatre milestones: TDF is turning 50 as Tony Kushner's magnum opus, the two-part, P…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Examining the Human Toll of Income Inequality - Director Doug Hughes embraces the moral quandaries in 'Dan Cody's Yacht'

Tony-winning director Doug Hughes embraces the moral quandaries in Dan Cody's Yacht---Director Doug Hughes vividly remembers the day he met playwright Anthony Giardina. A blizzard was swirli…

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