Category: theater (reviews)

Life In Prison, As Told By the Women Who Live There

[article originally published at TDF Stages, January 25, 2016.] A new play lets female inmates speak for themselves — What do incarcerated women want men to understand about their lives? What might happen theatrically if you asked that question then put it aside? These inquiries led the first and second stages of Key Change, a

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Review: Marilyn Maye By Request 2016

Marilyn Maye: “Marilyn By Request” Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street January 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 2016 event web site I settle into a corner nook at the Metropolitan Room this cold January evening, hard by the stage piano, by myself but soon surrounded by stranger-friends. The men at my table talk among themselves about “Marilyn

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2015: excavation review

The Sound of Music on film is 50 this year. Maria’s confidence is contagious. Writing and research and presentations filled this calendar year on a range of topics including the Yale Repertory Theatre, production photography and theater history, gender parity in theater, and arts programming interventions with young people involved in the criminal justice system. The year started out

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review: annie

Annie Book by Thomas Meehan Music by Charles Strouse Lyrics and Direction by Martin Charnin Featuring Gilgamesh Taggett, Issie Swikle, Lynn Andrews King’s Theatre, Brooklyn, New York December 15-20, 2015  Seated at the newly refurbished and splendorous 1929 Brooklyn Kings Theatre for a performance of the current national tour of the 1977 preteen queen of fan bait Annie (that is,

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review: wives + the academy

Wives + The Academy [two one acts] by Mario Fratti Directed by Stephan Morrow Featuring [The Wives] Carlotta Brentan, Giulia Brisnella; [The Academy] Michael Striano, Taylor Petracek, Tucker Lewis, Fergus Scully, Nick Palazzo, Kellan Peavy, Stephan Morrow, Katie Rose Reynolds Theatre for the New City October 8, 2015 – October 25, 2015  The Theater for the New City

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review: ugly lies the bone

Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino Directed by Patricia McGregor Featuring Karron Graves, Mamie Gummer, Caitlin O’Connell, Chris Stack, Haynes Thigpen Roundabout Theatre Company, Steinberg Center for Theatre, Black Box Theatre October 13, 2015 – November 22, 2015  production site Veterans and simulations and mothers and daughters and life as it was and life as it

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Sand Castles in War Zones: Insanity and Forgiveness

[article originally published at HowlRound, July 30, 2015.] What defines a person when all the chips are down and past and present are stripped away? Daniel Talbott’s play, metaphorically titled Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait (AZAK) that concluded its run at the Judson Gym on June 27, 2015, unpacks this question in the guise of a

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testimonies of endurance: forever and the challenges of solo performance

[article originally published at HowlRound, June 9, 2015.] The exquisite skill of a single storyteller evoking a time, a story, and a history has held humankind rapt for as long as one kinsman has reported back to the home village after a journey into the forest. In theatre, we explore this framework in solo performance.

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Developmental Through Lines: O’Neill, The Nether, and Bright Half Life

[article originally published in HowlRound, April 28, 2015.] Like siblings who grew up in the same house at different times with different family members around, two plays recently concluded Off Broadway runs after being nurtured in the O’Neill Playwrights Conference—The Nether by Jennifer Haley and Bright Half Life by Tanya Barfield. Jennifer Haley’s The Nether, produced

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Political Cabaret: Herbert Hoover’s Comeback in Leather

[article originally published at HowlRound, March 3, 2015.] Playwright Sean Cunningham has worked on and off since 2009 with songwriter Michael Friedman, director Alex Timbers, and a raft of designers on a piece of early 20th century meets early 21st century apologia political mashup theater about the legacy of Herbert Hoover as seen through the

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