Tag: The Public Theater

Destruction and Rebirth in Coney Island

[Full article published in TDF Stages, July 17, 2018.] How Superstorm Sandy changed the trajectory of Fire in Dreamland Playwright Rinne Groff is obsessed with the obsessed, whether it’s an inventor’s struggle to perfect an early version of television (The Ruby Sunrise), an author’s fixation on the story of Anne Frank (Compulsion) or an aspiring filmmaker’s

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“Kings” Passes Bechdel Test, Drowns in Design

[article as originally published in The Clyde Fitch Report, February 20, 2018.] In the new play by Sarah Burgess, hyper-aggro sound design nearly ruins the storytelling. Playwright Sarah Burgess plums politics for her newest play Kings at the Public Theater. The production of this timely story of Washington, DC lobbyists and the politicians they serve just barely survives an overwhelming design —

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review: fun home

Fun Home Book and lyrics by Lisa Kron (based on the memoir by Alison Bechdel) Music by Jeanine Tesori Directed by Sam Gold Featuring Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas, Alexandra Socha, Beth Malone Public Theater, 425 Lafayette October 22, 2013 (opening) — December 1, 2013 production web site Fun Home is a musical adaptation

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review: the twenty-seventh man

The Twenty-Seventh Man By Nathan Englander Directed by Barry Edelstein Featuring Ron Rifkin, Noah Robbins, Chip Zien Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street November 11, 2012  — December 16, 2012 production web site Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee November 19, 2012 A literary adaptation that tells a tale as a piece of theatre rather than a narrated script reading (yes,

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review: sorry

Sorry Written and directed by Richard Nelson Featuring Jon DeVries, Maryann Plunkett, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders, J. Smith-Cameron Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street November 6, 2012 (opening) — December 2, 2012 production web site Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee November 8, 2012 Richard Nelson creates for us in his plays That Hopey Changey Thing (2010)

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summer of steves

Summer of Steves As You Like It @ The Delacorte Theater (attended June 30, 2012) Into The Woods @  The Delacorte Theatre (attended August 8, 2012) As will be true for thousands of New Yorkers and city visitors during the summer of 2012, I have spent some delightful hours with the works of artists named Steve at

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review roundup: tell me a story

Review Roundup: Tell Me A Story Gatz @ The Public Theater (reviewed March 25, 2012) An Iliad @  New York Theatre Workshop (reviewed March 31, 2012) Another catchup / catch-all review essay, inspired by attendance at the 2012 Lortel Awards May 6th and, honestly, the feeling that attention must be paid. During a busy last

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event musings: daisey, jobs, translations and truth

Daisey, Jobs, Translations and Truth Ruminations inspired by the final Public Theater performance of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 2pm Public Theater, Martinson Hall, 425 Lafayette event site  This piece of writing can’t be a typical review for many reasons. The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs has

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event musings: i came, i tweeted, i pondered

Over the past week or so I have been near the center of exchanges about theatre and social media that feel alternately like discussions, vent sessions, and policy ponderings. Social media and theatre and the mix of both — discuss. And when you add in questions of the directionality of the media stream and who

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review: gob squad’s kitchen

Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good) Concept by Gob Squad Featuring Sean Patton, Sharon Smith, Simon Will, Nina Tecklenburg and others Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street January 19, 2012 — February 5, 2012 production web site Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee January 25, 2012 (and “tweet-experienced” January 19, 2012) My exposure to

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