Friday, April 30, 2021

Trans Representation on Broadway Panel: Part I by Admin

As part of the Brain Lab series, Kalyn West and I were honored to welcome panelists Christian Lewis, L Morgan Lee, Hayley St. James, Donnie Cianciotto and Preston Allen to discuss why repres…

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Dr. Drama at BroadwayCon 2021 – Musicals & Mental Health Panel by Admin

This past weekend, I moderated a panel on Musicals & Mental Health during the pandemic at BroadwayCon, theater’s annual fan convention. This conversation featured Hailey Kilgore (Once …

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Introducing: Brain Lab by Admin

The pandemic has brought fresh focus onto the primacy of our mental health. As we quarantine at home, the decreased noise and distraction have allowed us to sit with our thoughts and feeling…

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Overcoming Stage Fright by Admin

Please enjoy this article about managing stage fright from Certified Life Coach, Sue Hurwitz who also happens to be my mother: As an audience member, what you usually see onstage are actors …

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Only For Now: Trump, Trauma And Healing From The Last 4 Years by Admin

(Photo: AP) The irreverent puppet/human hybrid musical Avenue Q explored how we navigate early adulthood in contemporary times. This loving satire concluded with the song, “For Now”, rem…

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Guest Piece – Theatre Nerds Unite: The Necessity & Vitality of Community, In It’s Many Forms by Admin

By Ashley Kleinman Martinez, MA, RDT, LCAT, LPC I am a self-described and proud theatre nerd. This shows up in the obvious ways.  For example, rarely do I feel more seen and connected with …

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Hamilton and Trauma – Why He Wrote Like He Was Running Out Of Time, Part II by Admin

One of the true and few joys of this quarantine time has been the early home release of the pro shot of Hamilton: An American Musical. We received what we have never had before: the opportun…

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Guest Piece: Eating Disorders in the Theatre by Admin

“Grow up, Heather; Bulimia is so ‘87.”  – Heathers the Musical. I wish that was the case, but it seems that eating disorders and disordered eating are on the rise in every demograph…

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Mental Health Series: IG Live by Admin

This pandemic is infecting hundreds of thousands of Americans with the virus and all of us with fear. In response to dealing with the anxiety, uncertainty and isolation, I am launching a Men…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Emotional Self-Care During Hard Times – Broadway & The Coronavirus by Admin

We are living in scary times. The Coronavirus is threatening people’s health, financial stability and emotional well-being. Within our own beloved theater community, regional and community…

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Laura Schein – We’re All Represented in Emojiland by Admin

(Photo: Marc Franklin) Emojiland, currently running off-Broadway at The Duke on 42nd Street, is a delight of a musical, laugh-out-loud performances with an ear-worm score. It features charac…

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Nora Schell – Everything’s Gonna Be Fine, Fine, Fine by Admin

Nora Schell (Spamilton, Company at Barrington Stage Company) is a rare breed, a person on the public eye who is wholly open about her life, triumphs and struggles. On social media, Schell ha…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Orpheus & The Fates: How Hadestown Musicalizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy by Admin

Pictured above from L to R: Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Reeve Carney, and Kay Trinidad (Photo: Charles Sykes) A man is walking alone, wondering out loud if he is worthy of the …

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Alexandra Silber in Cabaret – Never Again Is Now by Admin

TW: This article contains discussion of the Holocaust and pictures of white nationalists and Nazi Germany. As I prepared to interview sage actor and writer Alexandra Silber (Fiddler on the R…

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Badia Farha – Authentic Self by Admin

Badia Farha plays many roles in her life, including wife, mother, actor, and singer, so taking on multiple characters in the recent Joe Iconis off-Broadway musical, Broadway Bounty Hunter, w…

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Entrance Theatre Talk Podcast by Admin

I had the honor and privilege to speak with the delightful Kirsten Wrinkle. We talked about musicals, mental health, and the power of live theater. Take a listen (link below) to hear all of …

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

There’s A Place For Us: Why I Will Be Boycotting West Side Story Broadway by Admin

Producers Scott Rudin, Barry Diller, and David Geffen recently announced casting for an intriguing revival of West Side Story helmed by visionary director Ivo Van Hove. Among the talented ca…

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Friday, May 10, 2019

An Ode To Actors by Admin

We have witnessed it frequently as of late, Broadway audience members vocally complaining about actors, with their ire focused “missing” shows (aka, having prior engagements or attending…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Darnell Abraham – Uncommon Justice by Admin

What do you get when you cross humility, talent, dedication, spirituality, and humanity? You get an actor who can move audiences in performance as Martin Luther King, Jr., Coalhouse Walker, …

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Movie Musical Shakedown – Sweeney Todd by Admin

Loved co-hosting this episode of the OnStage Blog podcast Movie Musical Shakedown about Sweeney Todd. We talked about the psychology of obsession, the empty motivation of revenge, the relati…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

The Hidden Ones – Explosive, Emotive, Immersive Theater by Admin

If you want to see theater that will leave you indelibly changed, dive into the immersive theatrical experience of The Hidden Ones. This 90-minute, limited dialogue show, interactive piece i…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Hamilton & Bipolar Disorder & Shrink Tank by Admin

I am pleased to share this piece from a new collaboration with Shrink Tank (“If psychology and pop culture had a baby…”) exploring Alexander Hamilton and Bipolar Disorder. …

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Dr. Drama at BroadwayCon 2019! by Admin

Dr. Drama will be presenting at the following BroadwayCon panels this year (see below or click on the link for the Con schedule: Hope to see you there!…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Oh, Ti Moune – What Show Closings Teach Us About Death, Loss and Saying Goodbye by Admin

Alex Newell & Hailey Kilgore in Once on this Island (Photo: Joan Marcus) The recent news of the January 6th twin closing notices of audience darlings Head Over Heels and Once on this Isl…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Laura Benanti and the Self-Care Paradox by Admin

(Photo: Nina Westervelt) Imagine the surprise of my patients when I tell them that the most important part of my job as their psychologist is my own self-care. The natural confusion comes fr…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Nelba Marquez-Greene – It’s Quiet Uptown by Admin

Few events are more incomprehensible and profoundly disorienting than the loss of a child.  In Hamilton: An American Musical, we bear witness to Alexander and Eliza Hamilton dealing with th…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

#DimForMarin – The Importance of Rituals by Admin

Death is among the most challenging of realities that we as humans are ever challenged to process. When someone in our sphere passes away, we are forced to grapple with our own mortality and…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

One Year Anniversary Playbill Store Giveaway! by Admin

It’s Dr. Drama’s one year anniversary! We launched on September 6, 2017 and it’s been a year filled with insightful conversations, engaging with audiences, and exploration …

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Jelani Alladin – Wildest Dreams by Admin

(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Jelani Alladin made his Broadway debut this year in the eagerly anticipated musical, Frozen. He plays Kristoff, the ice-selling, reindeer-talking, argument-engag…

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Jennifer Simard – Destigmatize by Admin

In the grand tradition of the greats whose comedy dances with the darkness (a la Bill Murray), Jennifer Simard has a rare brand of humor that is rooted in pathos. She embodies her roles, eve…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Alexandra Silber – Book Talk Live by Admin

Live event this Sunday, August 26th @ 10:30 am, co-hosted by Dr. Drama.  Silber will discuss starring in Fiddler on the Roof in the West End and Broadway, her novel following Tevye’s…

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre