Monthly Archives: May 2010

KATHLEEN WARNOCK ON THE BRAND-NEW AWARD FOR WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS: THE LILLY ·

(Warnock's article appeared on Extra Criticum, 5/25.)

Five o'clock on a Monday on an overcast May day; Broken-field running down 42nd St. to get to Playwrights Horizons at the appointed time. Spring is the time when all your invites and dates get so compacted that you'd have to bend the time-space continuum to get everything in: the reading of a new play at Coyote Rep; the benefit for WOW on E. 4th St. On this overcast day I picked the Lilly.

A month ago, The Lilly wasn't even an idea; but May's also the time when nominations and awards are announced. Of the plays racking up honors and mentions, and trophies and afterlifes in the regionals, that clamoring silence you heard was when they announced the names of plays written by women. 

via www.extracriticum.com

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‘SWEENEY TODD’ IN SCOTLAND—“GRABS YOU BY THE THROAT AND NEVER LETS GO” (REVIEW) ·


 

(Robert Dawson Scott’s article appeared in the Times of London, 5/25.)

With this show James Brining, the director of Dundee Rep, is celebrating ten years of having a permanent company. What a way to do it; a cast of 16, an 11-strong band and one of the most challenging pieces of music theatre in the repertoire. I hope the good citizens of Dundee realise what they have in their midst.

Nor is it simply a case of being astonished that such a modest theatre is presenting such a show at all — Dundee Rep seats only about 450. From the opening chorus, sung with tremendous confidence and attack and expertly choreographed, Brining’s production grabs you by the throat and never lets go.

via entertainment.timesonline.co.uk

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‘NEW YORKER’ LISTINGS, 5/31 ·


 

 

Openings and Previews

Event: The Adventures of Hershele Ostropolyer

Venue: Nagelberg Theatre at Baruch Performing Arts Center

A new musical comedy about a folk hero who steals from the . . . 

Event: Prophecy

Venue: East Fourth Street Theatre

Karen Malpede wrote and directs this drama, about the ramifications of the . . .

via www.newyorker.com

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SINGAPORE THEATRE FINDS SUBJECTS CLOSER TO HOME ·

(Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop’s article appeared in The New York Times, 5/24.)

SINGAPORE — Over the last decade, Singaporean audiences have been treated to regular revivals of Broadway or West End musicals, like “Phantom of the Opera” and “Mamma Mia,” and as their appetite for the Western art form grew, it encouraged a few local theater troupes to produce their own versions.

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DRAMA DESK WINNERS: ‘MEMPHIS,’ ‘RED,’ ‘FENCES’ AND ‘LA CAGE AUX FOLLES’ (MORE) ·

 

(From the AP, 5/23)

The new musical set in 1950s Memphis dance clubs picked up four prizes including best musical, orchestration, and music, which went to Bon Jovi keyboard player David Bryan. "Memphis" actress Montego Glover tied with Catherine Zeta Jones in "A Little Night Music" for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. Glover plays a black club singer who falls in love with a white DJ.

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SHALOM ALEICHEM’S MORDANT WIT: ‘IRAM’—IN ISRAEL, GERMANY, ENGLAND ·

(James Woodall’s article appeared in the Economist.)

In the established image of the shtetl, a bearded paterfamilias with a violin stands atop a little house and plays to celebrate his survival in times of trouble. The 1964 Broadway musical of “Fiddler on the Roof” and the subsequent film have long served as popular representations of Jewish life in pre-Holocaust eastern Europe.

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MICHAEL WELLER: FIND PEOPLE WHOSE STORIES HAVEN’T BEEN TOLD—START WITH THE MILITARY ·

(Elaine Kagan’s article ran in the L.A. Times, 5/23.)

Bruce Knight, a ground surveillance operator with the U.S. Army Airborne Rangers for more than four years, fingers the chain out from under his T-shirt and eight dog tags clatter against his chest. "Maybe I'll write about them," he says, clutching the tags in his hand. Knight wants to write about what went down in Somalia. He wants to write about being shot in the back by a sniper in Panama. He wants to write about what he doesn't discuss with his wife and sons. Tall and broad-shouldered with a perfectly clipped black-and-white haircut, Knight, 42, is an intense, formidable man. "I'll write the truth," he says, cool eyes narrowing, "the way it really was." Kayla Rogers may write about Slippery Rock, Pa., where she grew up with her grandma and grandpa. Slippery Rock is where, two weeks before 9/11, Kayla joined the U.S. Marine Corps at 17 as a junior in high school. She could write about being on the last flight of Marines into Kuwait City when the U.S. bombed Baghdad in 2003, or how she was the only woman in her company of 200 because the only other woman "freaked when she saw her first dead body and was sent home."

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GREAT MOMENTS IN THE THEATRE: IAN MCKELLEN’S MACBETH ·


 

(Benedict Nightingale’s article appeared in the Times of London, 5/21.)

Great moments in theatre: McKellen’s Macbeth

Macbeth disintegrated pore by unwilling pore. A potentially great man had committed suicide of the soul.

The Other Place, Stratford, September 8, 1976

When Shakespeare’s Scots usurper has taken the stage I have usually found myself at odds with my fellow critics. They raved over Antony Sher’s Macbeth at Stratford, which I thought powerful but not introspective enough, and were lukewarm about Simon Russell Beale’s at the Almeida, which they agreed was introspective but didn’t think powerful enough. Yet there was consensus when Ian McKellen tackled the role in 1976.

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