Category: features + interviews

Teaching Manners to Build a Community

[article as originally published in TDF Stages, September 18, 2017.] MCC Theater’s new drama focuses on a one-of-a-kind charm school — Northlight Theatre‘s artistic director, BJ Jones, was so taken with a 2012 Chicago Tribunestory about Gloria Allen, an African-American, sexagenarian transwoman teaching an etiquette class for LGBTQ youth, he asked his friend, playwright Philip Dawkins, to pen

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Women in Charge

[article originally published in Prologue (the OSF member magazine), Fall 2017 .] Two playwrights, Kate Hamill and Karen Zacarías, prove that female characters are limited neither by their senses nor their destiny. Two theatremakers coming to OSF next season assemble new work out of existing genres with women’s voices, for women performers. Their plays are infused

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Are You Ready for a Resurrection?

[article as originally published in TDF Stages, September 13, 2017.] How a multimedia artist is bringing a Long Island family back to life — Alison S. M. Kobayashi has an offbeat hobby. “For the past 11 years, I’ve been collecting found audio recordings, letters, and objects — usually things that have some sort of trace of

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An Experimental Argument: Ethan’s Lipton’s Outer Space Odyssey Toward a Sustainable Life

[article originally published in HowlRound, September 8, 2017.] Ethan Lipton has assembled a creative family of musicians and designers who have worked with him on a series of projects in New York and around the country. David Zinn has designed sets and costumes and Leigh Silverman has directed Lipton’s plays for over a decade, from 100 Aspects of the Moon in 2005 to

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Theater Critic Helen Shaw: Monster in the Audience

[caption: Helen Shaw. Photo: Bobby Webster.] [article as originally published in The Clyde Fitch Report, July 20, 2017.] Debates about cultural criticism question its relevance, who is and is not a critic, and the audience for critical writing. We believe critics themselves must not be sidelined from these debates. In our occasional series, Critical I, critics tell their own stories and offer their personal

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A Collective Call Against Critical Bias

[image caption: Playwrights Lucas Hnath, Lynn Nottage, Paula Vogel , and J.T. Rogers nominated for Best Play Tony Award 2016-2017. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.] I am one voice among two dozen signatories to this piece that addresses selected critical response to several New York shows in the 2016-2017 season, and raises some questions about the

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Cultural Omnivore, Arts Critic: The Vanguard of Jose Solis

[Jose Solis. Photo: Joseph Hernandez.] [article as originally published in The Clyde Fitch Report, June 25, 2017.] Debates about cultural criticism question its relevance, who is and is not a critic, and the audience for critical writing. We believe critics themselves must not be sidelined from these debates. In our occasional series, Critical I, critics tell their

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NICHOLAS ROHLFING | Entertainment Lawyer and LMDA

[article originally published in LMDA’s monthly newsletter New & Noteworthy Issue 2.8 May 2017.] LMDA recently entered into an agreement with Attorney Nicholas Rohlfing, who represents a range of clients in the entertainment community, changing custom and practice for his clients. And now he’s working with us at LMDA. Tell me a bit about you. How

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Parity, Politics, and Survival: WiTFESTNYC 2017

[article as originally published in  The Brooklyn Rail, June 2017, posted May 28, 2017.] This June, the Women in Theatre Festival (with its creatively capitalized WiTFESTNYC tag) will unfurl its second year of programming, helmed by Project Y Theatre Company artistic director Michole Biancosino. Project Y, which Biancosino co-founded nearly 20 years ago in Washington,

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How Diep Tran Hones Her Theater Criticism — With Anger

[article as originally published in The Clyde Fitch Report, May 25, 2017.] It is fashionable to debate the importance of cultural criticism. The debate questions what criticism is and who is and is not a critic, challenges us to imagine what the audience for criticism should be, and considers proper critical comportment. We believe critics

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