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American Theatre: “The Walls Come Tumbling Down”

“We now live, it seems, in Thespian Nation,” Washington Post theatre critic Peter Marksrecently opined. “It’s nothing short of amazing, how primed folks are (and not just the young ’uns) to shed their anonymity.” Judging from my experience at Speakeasy Dollhouse—and from a recent spate of audience-immersive productions that are garnering attention at a wide… Continue reading American Theatre: “The Walls Come Tumbling Down”

Time Out New York: “A Time Out Guide to Love and Murder”

Composer Steven Lutvak is pitching the concept of his new musical over breakfast: “Downton Abbeywith murder, but funny,” he says. He chuckles. “That’s a terrible pitch.” It’s the morning of the day that his A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is moving into the Walter Kerr Theatre. Though this is his first show on Broadway, Lutvak is… Continue reading Time Out New York: “A Time Out Guide to Love and Murder”

Time Out New York: “The 15 Wonderful Witches of Wicked”

“Elphaba is a little bit of every girl/woman I know who is struggling to find themselves, to harness their power and to believe in their unconventional beauty.” —Idina Menzel,Time Out New York

American Theatre: “Lucas Hnath: Frustration is the Point”

“There’s something weirdly viral about plays, the way they go out into the world and make people replicate actions that you’ve described. It’s nice to have that power. Making any kind of art involves a grab for immortality.” —Lucas Hnath, American Theatre

New York Times: “A Rose Is a Rose Is a Song Is a Song”

What do Gertrude Stein and Prince have in common? “They’re both androgynous,” said the songwriter-musician Heather Christian playfully, after rehearsals for the new theater piece, “The World is Round,” based on Stein’s children’s book of the same name. They also have a tendency to repeat themselves. Particularly Stein, whose famed circular line “rose is a… Continue reading New York Times: “A Rose Is a Rose Is a Song Is a Song”

American Theatre: “How Rising Student Debt Affects Theatre Graduates”

It might seem more reasonable for medical and business graduates to amass up to six figures’ worth of debt, considering the average salaries in those occupations. But in a report from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP, part of Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research)—which surveyed 65,837 arts alumni across the country in 2011… Continue reading American Theatre: “How Rising Student Debt Affects Theatre Graduates”

Time Out New York: “Atomic” Theater Review

Despite some solid if not particularly memorable anthems, it’s the quiet moments that stand out, the ones that question whether the end (preventing another world war) really justifies the means (killing hundreds of thousands of civilians). While Atomicdoesn’t reach explosive levels of grandeur, it is enjoyable and more introspective than your typical summer offering. —Time… Continue reading Time Out New York: “Atomic” Theater Review

TDF Stages: “Embrace Your Inner Drag Queen”

“The most fabulous presence in The Legend of Georgia McBride isn’t the straight man who becomes a drag queen, his pregnant wife, or his drag mother (though all three are pretty awe-inspiring). No, that honor goes to a clothing rack.” —TDF Stages

TDF Stages: “Hey Playwrights: Make American History as Diverse as America”

“The message of these casting choices is clear: the history of America belongs to all Americans. To all the immigrants and their children who have had to struggle and fight for their shot. To all the intrepid explorers who yearn to put their mark on the world. It’s as if Backhaus and Miranda are saying,… Continue reading TDF Stages: “Hey Playwrights: Make American History as Diverse as America”

American Theatre Offscript Podcast: “Paula Vogel’s Martini Recommendations”

“The truth of the matter is, actors are subsidizing theatres more than anybody else, because they’re going out and they’re finding their Showtime or their Netflix or their cable series. And then they come back, and on that name, Bryan Cranston, they basically sell the tickets and underwrite the production cost because of that. It’s… Continue reading American Theatre Offscript Podcast: “Paula Vogel’s Martini Recommendations”