Tag Archives: Off-Broadway

How Do You Conjure a Feminist Icon Onstage?

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online Breaking new ground for women in theatre is nothing new for Emily Mann. The 66-year-old playwright and director, who has served as the artistic director of New Jersey’s McCarter Theatre Center since 1991, … Continue reading


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


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


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


Joan of Arc

Originally published on Paste Magazine View this story online Before Joan of Arc: Into the Fire begins at the Public Theater, the words, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted” are projected onto the curtain. While … Continue reading


Karen Ziemba on Playing Eileen in Kid Victory

Originally published in Paste Magazine View this story online “Mom doesn’t dance too much,” Karen Ziemba says, a bit wistfully, of her latest performance. The statement, and how the Tony-winning actress says it, demonstrates how Kid Victory, the Tony winner’s … Continue reading


Mariah MacCarthy On Her New Show Baby Mama

Originally published on Paste Magazine View this story online When asked, “What is scarier—doing live theater or giving birth?” Mariah MacCarthy responds without hesitating, “Doing live theater.” The New York-based playwright, producer, author and performer who runs Caps Lock Company … Continue reading