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Previewing ‘Stepchild, A New Musical’ in the Rough Draft Festival at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center: An Interview with David James Boyd, Chad Kessler, and Kim Weild

As part of LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s Rough Draft Festival, IRT Theater and TGF 12 Productions have teamed up for a workshop presentation of Stepchild, A New Musical, inspired by the popular children’s story of Cinderella. But this is not the same girl you knew from the 1812 version in Grimms’ Fairy Tales. In the […]

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Review: ‘The Trojan Women Project’ at Brave Spirits (Women’s Voices Theater Festival)

Brave Spirits Theatre adds its distinctive style to the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival with The Trojan Women Project. It is a singular event. The Trojan Women Project is packed with moments of dramatic sizzle from verbal and physical pokes and prods, along with striking flashes of sinewy poetry; surrounded by grounded, bracingly delivered monologues exploring knotty […]

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In the Moment Part 2: Interviews with Playwrights Dominique Cieri, Wendy Graf and Hope Villanueva (Women’s Voices Theater Festival)

This is the second part of a two-part series of interviews with Women’s Voices Theatre Festival playwrights. In this series, I asked the same questions to a number of Women’s Voices Theatre Festival (WVTF) playwrights, questions designed to learn more about what led to the development of the play. This article is not about reviewing […]

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In the Moment: ‘The Way of the World’ at Folger Theatre (Women’s Voices Theatre Festival)

There’s lots to like about Theresa Rebeck’s The Way of the World just as my DC Metro Theater Arts colleague Sophia Howes points out in her review. The show is the Folger Theater’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival production. There is one particular heavenly Rebeck-created character that in her earth-bound qualities delivers a critical subversive punch […]

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In the Moment: Interviews with Women’s Voices Theater Festival playwrights – Part 1

This is the first part of a multi-part series of interviews with Women’s Voices Theater Festival playwrights. In this series, I asked the same questions to a number of Women’s Voices Theater Festival (WVTF) playwrights. The questions were aimed at learning what led each playwright to develop their play. This article is not about reviewing a particular […]

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‘Women’s Voices Theater Festival’ and ‘Winterfest’ Present New Works in NYC from January through March

New York City is ringing in the New Year with a full slate of new works presented in January, February, and March, including a one-day event with the Dramatists Guild Foundation in support of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, and two months of offerings at the New York Theater Festival’s Winterfest. I had the opportunity […]

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In the Moment: The National Symphony Orchestra at The Hamilton Live This Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Ready to un-compartmentalize your music tastes? Open to thinking differently about what some may call stodgy “High Art” for the well-fixed? Ready to have some new musical experiences that fuse classic and pop genres in a singular venue? Well, the opportunity is here. With a healthy disregard for music category boundaries, including what may be […]

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Fringe Encore Series 2017 Review: ‘Kafka and Son’ at SoHo Playhouse

In November 1919, the 36-year-old Modernist writer Franz Kafka wrote a searing 45-page letter to his domineering father Hermann, dissecting his tyrannical attitude and lifelong emotional abuse. That scathing indictment, which was never delivered to its intended recipient, provided the inspiration for Alon Nashman’s piercing solo show Kafka and Son. The intense one-hour adaptation, co-devised […]

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Review: ‘A Clockwork Orange’ at New World Stages

Ranked among the greatest novels of the 20th century, A Clockwork Orange – British author Anthony Burgess’s alarming vision of a dystopian future fueled by ultra-violence, hyper-sexuality, and readily-available drugs – has inspired a range of controversial cutting-edge adaptations since its publication in 1962, from Andy Warhol’s experimental underground film Vinyl (1965) to Stanley Kubrick’s […]

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2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Kink Haüs’ by Gunnar Montana at The Latvian Society

Sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll have long been the rallying cry of post-modern youth, and Gunnar Montana takes that hedonistic call to its most emphatic, explicit, and artistic extremes in Kink Haüs. Inspired by the underground nightclubs of Berlin (one of which had denied him entry), the unabashed multi-disciplinary artist/devisor/dancer/choreographer (who also serves as producer and […]

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2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Joan Crawford in Her Own Words’ by JC Productions at Tabu Lounge & Bar

Created by Michael McHugh, directed by Peter Tupitza, and starring the fabulous Eric Singel, JC Productions’ revival of Joan Crawford in Her Own Words reunites the show’s original team for a revamped version of their 1990s hit, with some newly added material for the current Fringe presentation. As indicated by the title, the up-close-and-personal direct-address […]

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2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Bind’ by Corinna Burns at The Drake

Corinna Burns is not just skilled at acting, she’s also a superb writer and an enthralling storyteller, and she’s proving it once again in this year’s Fringe Festival with Bind. Her latest original work-in-development is an X-rated autobiographical exposé, presented as a script-in-hand solo reading in which she reminisces about her first year in Philadelphia […]

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2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘#CocktailPlays’ by Juniper Productions at Philadelphia Distilling

For its inaugural offering in the Fringe, Juniper Productions, founded earlier this year, partners with Philadelphia Distilling for a themed site-specific presentation of four commissioned short plays, performed by three actors, in one hour. The quick-paced round of one-act #CocktailPlays, directed by Marcia Ferguson and produced by Sonya Aronowitz, considers stories and issues, from the […]

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2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘(insert thoughts here)’ by Bradley’s Bucks at Franky Bradley’s

In a delectable mash-up of the 2017 Fringe with an extended Restaurant Week, Franky Bradley’s gives festival-goers the option of enjoying dinner while attending the latest all-new offering by its all-male resident dance troupe Bradley’s Bucks, as dancers Tommy Schimmel, Teddy Fatscher, William Burden, Misha King, and Jake Van Horn (who just joined the herd) […]

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2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Marx in Soho’ by Iron Age Theatre/Radical Acts at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia

Actor and activist Bob Weick is back in the Fringe with his signature touring show Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn, which he first performed in the festival in 2004. Presented by Iron Age Theatre/Radical Acts and directed by John Doyle, the current production commemorates the upcoming 200th anniversary of the revolutionary socialist’s birth in […]

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