Against a backdrop of rising tribalism in the Western World, Theater J has selected a 2017-2018 season which explores the consequences of ascendant hate, particularly during the period of its greatest triumph in Nazi Germany.
The first Broadway revival of Miss Saigon is being marketed as the return of a classic. But, if the show has become an undeniable fan favorite, the production’s impressive visual spectacle, lively staging and crowd-pleasing vocal calisthenics cannot completely mask a script that leans heavily on emotional manipulation and one-dimensional storytelling.
Abolish all government funding for the arts and humanities? Eliminate the NEA? Seems inconceivable, yet that is what President Trump proposed in his budget sent to Congress. Hopefully it won’t happen. Hopefully Congress will not accept this proposal and will at least maintain the minimal funding now in effect (spending on National Endowment of the Arts, […]
The imminent shutdown of the National Endowment for the Arts, promised in President Trump’s 2017-2018 budget, will result in fewer and smaller new plays, bring an end to cultural exchanges with theaters in other countries, sharply curtail a program to bring theater to rural America, and increase competition for the private donations that smaller theaters […]
When Audrey Bertaux takes the stage as Lisa Kron at the beginning of Well, being staged at 1st Stage, her character will explain to the audience that the play is not “about my mother and me” despite the fact that the play very much does explore the relationship between the playwright and her force-of-nature mother Ann.
Gaetano Donizetti miraculously wrote seventy-five operas during his brief lifetime. But what makes Don Pasquale stand out as one of the funniest comic operas (opera buffa) ever written is that it is filled with exquisitely beautiful bel canto arias, patter songs, and melodramatic humor. Its unforgettable characters are a mix of good and evil. Yet, […]
The women chant their lines over one another above a rising swirl of offstage clamor that reaches a crescendo pitch. Masha (Caroline Hewitt),—the most troubled of the three Prozorov sisters—begins to scramble up a tree like a cat as the scene goes dark.
Hey theater geeks, you’ll want to pay attention to this one! Did you ever think it’d be cool to sit back with the characters you had just seen on stage and just shoot the shit for a while, gain some refreshing insights about the play they inhabit and get their perspectives on all manner of […]
Dry Land, though set over 100 years later than its companion piece, What Every Girl Should Know, Forum Theatre’s #nastywomenrep, is an alarming reminder that young women continue to face shame and castigation over sexual issues, in this case, dealing with unexpected pregnancy.
What Every Girl Should Know opens in pitch darkness with barely audible intermittent sounds of female pleasure, various tones and tonalities and an intermittent gasping groan. What in the world? Soothing lighting ever so slowly reveals shadows of four cots where it finally becomes obvious that young women are under the covers trying to find […]