Ezra, Henry and a Refuge From Adulthood in ‘Log Cabin’

[Full article published in The Clyde Fitch Report, June 26, 2018.] What happens when you fold three couples with overlapping friendships and lurking past connections up against one another, throw in gender flexibility and sexual shenanigans, and add an element magic realism where infants speak more coherently than the adult caregivers around them? In playwright Jordan Harrison‘s Log

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In the Theater of Nwandu, Black Men Yearn to ‘Pass Over’

[Full article published in The Clyde Fitch Report, June 19, 2018.] Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over, currently at Lincoln Center Theater, invites comparison with other plays but, in the end, stands on its own. “Waiting for Godot Meets Black Lives Matter,” mused Chris Jones in his Chicago Tribune review of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 2017 world premiere — and the text and

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“The Camera is My Beloved”: Michelle Memran Creates Documentary Art with María Irene Fornés

[article originally published in HowlRound, June 12, 2018.] The Rest I Make Up is a poetic rumination by filmmaker Michelle Memran about playwright María Irene Fornés, now in her late 80s and living with late-stage Alzheimer’s. The film is a visual and literary love letter to its subject. I talked with Michelle in late February 2018, about a week

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At Last, There’s ‘Peace for Mary Frances’ (and Lois Smith)

[Full article published in The Clyde Fitch Report, May 24, 2018.] In The New Group’s production of Lily Thorne’s painful and beautiful play Peace for Mary Frances, an extended family contends with an aging parent and numerous family legacies. One by one, in groups of two and three and four and sometimes more, family members and health care workers

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Unpacking the Role of Women in Ibsen’s ‘The Enemy of the People’

[Full article published in The Theatre Times, May 12, 2018.] GOODMAN’S RESIDENT DRAMATURG ON HOW HER WORK GIVES TEXTURE AND SPECIFICITY TO A PRODUCTION. Consider the riddle of Neena Arndt’s work at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. She conducts research that informs designs but doesn’t design sets or costumes or soundscapes. She often appears on Goodman stages but is

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Caryl Churchill’s ‘Light Shining in Buckinghamshire’ Feels Dim

[Full article published in The Clyde Fitch Report, May 7, 2018.] Caryl Churchill’s 1976 play Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, now revived Off-Broadway by New York Theatre Workshop, takes its title from a 1648 political pamphlet outlining the sources of economic slavery amid a murky mess of religion and politics. The execution of Charles I in 1649 then left

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Women Count: Women Hired Off-Broadway 2010-2017

[Selection from February 2018 report, published May 4, 2018 on League of Professional Theatre Women’s Women Count project page.] Women Count: Women Hired Off-Broadway 2010-2017 by Martha Wade Steketee with Judith Binus February 2018 Third in a report series published by League of Professional Theatre Women   I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: WOMEN COUNT 2010-2017 Whose plays are being

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Positation in Action: Director Erin Ortman’s Multi-Year Journey with the Arabian Nights

[article originally published in HowlRound, May 2, 2018.] Several coincidences align to admit me to design meetings, workshop readings, and rehearsal rooms for One Thousand Nights and One Day[OTNAOD], a musical based on Jason Grote’s play 1001, produced by Prospect Theater Company. Love for the people involved, the creative magic in rehearsal rooms, and the opportunity to spend time with

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Despite Stiff Staging, Deft Denzel Warms ‘Iceman Cometh’

[Full article published in The Clyde Fitch Report, April 27, 2018.] On the page, Eugene O’Neill’s mammoth and imperfect four-act play The Iceman Comethcomes at you through a series of monologues, some raucous camaraderie, and spates of fisticuffs. Set over a two-day period in Harry Hope’s bar in lower Manhattan in 1912, lives are bemoaned, redeemed, relieved

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This Play Wouldn’t Exist Without Her Students

[Full article published in TDF Stages, April 24, 2018.] How Lucy Thurber’s new drama was inspired by a pair of her pupils Obie-winning playwright Lucy Thurber is as interested in talking about her teaching experiences as her new drama Transfers at MCC Theater. That makes sense since her world-premiere play is inspired by students she worked with as MCC’s

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