Author Archives: carey

Be More Chill

“Welcome to the human social ritual known as theater,” intones the pre-recorded voice before the curtain rises on Be More Chill. But theater is just one of the social rituals featured in this new musical that skewers and satirizes societal … Continue reading


How Do You Direct Two Musicals at Once?

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online Working on two shows simultaneously has driven Andy Sandberg to drink — large quantities of Pepsi Max. “The actors frequently tease me because I am constantly carrying two-liter bottles in my hand,” says … Continue reading


This Ain’t No Disco

The lanky man in the blonde wig has the right idea. The lights in the club are suitably dim, but he keeps his sunglasses on for almost his entire time onstage. Audience members at This Ain’t No Disco, the sprawling … Continue reading


On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

There’s a reason why some shows have never succeeded. As much as fans might love them in spite of – or because of – their flaws, their creators simply cannot make them work. And, despite devoted efforts, the much beloved, … Continue reading


7 Things a Neurosurgeon Wants You to Know About Parkinson’s Treatment

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Desperate Measures

How does one take a noted problem play by Shakespeare filled with abuses of political power and flagrant inequality between the sexes and somehow transform it into a two-hour musical comedy that, despite the aforementioned problems, is utterly zany, ridiculously … Continue reading


How One Man Turned His Love For Theater Into A Grammy-Winning Company

Originally published on Forbes.com View this story online “It’s almost like I had a crystal ball,” Van Dean reflected. “If you look at a lot of the things I’ve done over the past 20 years, a lot of the courses … Continue reading


News: Cancer Deaths in America Are Declining

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Navigating Through the Darkness in The Seafarer

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online  Irish Rep revives Conor McPherson’s Tony-nominated play The Seafarer, Conor McPherson’s tale of despair and redemption on a drunken Christmas Eve, is a decidedly male affair. In fact, according to Ciarán … Continue reading


Angels in America Conquers Broadway Again

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online  Now in revival, Tony Kushner’s shattering diptych proves as relevant as it was in 1991. Angels in America is a confusing work in many ways. Ghosts haunt the living, characters encounter … Continue reading