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

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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 and the ‘Art’ of Influence

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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

The Theatre or Publix or Target or Whole Foods or…?

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It’s not uncommon for people who work in theatre to miss out on seeing theatre because, well, they’re all tied up in a show of their own, rehearsing, performing, etc.  Chances are if you survey theatre folks they will tell you they wish they could see more shows, plays their friends are in, or ‘that … Continue reading

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

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

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

What kind of cookie do actors occasionally eat?

Wa-wa-waaaaaaaa… Okay, but did you know that the use of word “cameo” to describe a small or occasional acting part only emerged out of the early 20th century?  Well, there you go… Here is a quote to aspire to, but it must be spoken in the stilted upper class accent typical of Hollywood films from the … Continue reading

The Drama of Running

Races, especially ones that draw a large number of participants, are incredible spectacles, street theatre on-the-run, with a structure fairly analogous to a ‘well made’ stage play, not to mention the obvious runner/performer spectator/audience aspect.  They also create a sense of intimately shared space and human connectedness that relates a lot to what we theatre … Continue reading

Violence, Women, and the Stage

Did you read this 2/24 NYT article “Violence that Art Didn’t See Coming”, which was inspired by Alabama Neuroscience Professor Amy Bishop’s recent opening of fire on 6 colleagues that resulted in the death of 3? If you didn’t, you should because it provides a fairley extensive and interesting scan of the way violent/criminal women … Continue reading

Nick Mwaluko’s “S/HE” and Some Thoughts on (Cross-)Gender Casting

S/HE S/HE, by Tanzanian born, Kenyan raised, playwright Nanno “Nick” Mwaluko, is a brave exploration of a 17-year old Black woman’s journey as she transitions sartorially and then surgically from female to male. The play opens with a school playground scene that foregrounds Sam(antha)’s difference from her female classmates and her insistence that “I’m not no … Continue reading

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