Theatre & Critics, not just frenemies, but friends? Lynn Gardner weighs in (again)

On the Guardian theatre blog today, Lynn Gardner revisits the perennial topic of theatre and criticism. Her post’s title sums it up: theatre and critics need each other. Her post was inspired by the recent initiative by National Theatre Wales to nurture new critical voices. I think this line in particular really resonates: “[I]t remains … Continue reading Theatre & Critics, not just frenemies, but friends? Lynn Gardner weighs in (again)

Theatre and the ‘Art’ of Influence

Influences on playwrights and theatre practitioners run the gamut. Everyday life experiences are an obvious influence.  History, another.  Politics, psychology, religion, science, too. Whether we care to acknowledge it or not, other playwrights, practitioners, and companies inevitably influence the theatre we create. We are also influenced by other kinds of art and media apart from … Continue reading Theatre and the ‘Art’ of Influence

On Directing “MilkMilkLemonade”

I can hardly believe how long it has been since I posted something of consequence on Drama, Daily.  Yikes!  There have, however, been extenuating circumstances–I’ve been mentally and physically consumed with casting and directing Joshua Conkel’s gem of a play, MilkMilkLemonade, for its Florida premiere NEXT WEEK (Double yikes!!) at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale. … Continue reading On Directing “MilkMilkLemonade”

Circle X’s Premiere of Sheila Callaghan’s “Lascivious Something” in LA (Review)

Back in 2002, when South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA, commissioned Sheila Callaghan’s latest play, Lascivious Something, a Dionysian drama set on a Greek isle vineyard in November 1980, just as Reagan took office, audiences had not yet met with films such as Sideways and Bottleshock that wax witty and wise on the same … Continue reading Circle X’s Premiere of Sheila Callaghan’s “Lascivious Something” in LA (Review)

Reminder: In NYC Monday 3/22? Check out Nick Mwaluko’s “S/He”

I encourage my fabulous and friendly NYC readers to check out the staged reading of S/He that will be taking place tomorrow, Monday, March 22nd.  See below for details. MIXED PHOENIX THEATRE GROUP Ryan Victor Pierce & Danielle Soames – Artistic Directors Richard C. Aven – Associate Artistic Director present A Staged Reading of S/HE By Nick … Continue reading Reminder: In NYC Monday 3/22? Check out Nick Mwaluko’s “S/He”