Tag: Drama Desk

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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2016: excavation review themes

  After six annual marathons captured in “what Martha has seen” lists of theater and film adventuring (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), I’ve learned a few things. I’ve learned that sometimes theater gluttony can build personal knowledge but impede creative critical output. I’ve learned that it’s a great privilege to be among the frequent

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2016: excavation review

[featured image caption: Times Square. Screen capture from opening sequence of Babes on Broadway (1941).] Public performances in calendar year 2016, live or filmed, were many and thrilling. I viewed new talents and old familiars in large venues and intimate spaces. I wasn’t always thrilled with what I experienced, but I learned from each performance or

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2014: excavation review themes

Chance Magazine issue 3 subscriber cover title line. Issues 3 and 4 of Chance were completed, printed, and delivered to subscribers and newsstands in 2014. I have now accumulated four years of comprehensive listings of performance events (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014) that took me into a performance space of one kind or another. The listings

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2014: excavation review

1951 session with Florence Vandamm (far right) and on stage (L-R) John Emery + Katharine Cornell + Brian Aherne in “The Constant Wife” — part of the 2013-2014 NYPL exhibit “Pioneering Poet of Light: Forence VanDamm & the Vandamm Studio” I’ve had a several-month hiatus from frequent writing posted here but have published frequently elsewhere and will

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event musings: why shakespeare? why now?

Drama Desk presents: Why Shakespeare? Why Now? Moderated by Carol Rocamore Panelists Julie Taymor, Daniel Sullivan, Scott Shepherd, Michael Pennington, John Glover Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11:45am Sardi’s Eugenia room, 234 West 44th Street “It’s like a cliff face, Lear.” (Michael Pennington on the role) “When they like you, they really like you. The warmth is overwhelming.” (Pennington on

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event musings: promoting broadway

Drama Desk presents: You Gotta Have a Gimmick … or a Star! Moderated by Randie Levine-Miller Panelists Peter Filichia, Josh Ellis, Susan L. Schulman and Leslie Bader Papa Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6pm Stage 72, The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street event web site and panel addition addendum “Our resources evaporated with the Internet.” But then new resources

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2013: excavation review themes

I have now indulged in three annual iterations (2011, 2012, and 2013) of complete lists of events that took me into a theatre or other kind of performance space during a calendar year. Panel discussions and film presentations and television show screenings and increasingly (and now almost exclusively) theatrical performances fill these listings. Over the

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2013: excavation review

I love reliving the year through this now annual summary of attendance at live performances and the occasional film screening. For this listing, all that’s required is my entry into a theatre or auditorium where a performance of any kind is held. Home screenings don’t count. My 2013 calendar year listing includes portions of two

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drama desk adventure 2012-2013 wrap up

A season year of theatre going  — over 250 shows for Drama Desk consideration as well as a substantial additional number of concerts and readings and other events addressing other interests and work obligations — has been marked by several events over the past few weeks. One involves a group of people working through a

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