Director Diane Paulus, whose specialty is the creation of enchantment, outdoes herself even in the story's darkest moments. Yes, special effects play a big, dazzling part. This is a story for children who do, in the end, have to grow up.
There is nothing like the electricity present on a Broadway opening night. Those in attendance at film premieres often say the audience feels charged. In the theater, the actors have a chance to pick up on that. That energy impacts them on the stage.
Being raised in the entertainment business -- her parents were showbiz legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, after all -- may have helped Arnaz hone her career path, but at 63, she is definitely her own woman -- creativity and all.
Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston convinced me last night that the Golden Age of Television is making its way into the Golden Age of Theater. Wow, can he act. I know all the Breaking Bad mega-fans are saying I told you so.
If McCarter Theater Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann's acceptance speech at the Tonys for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as best play was gracious, so also were the circumstances under which she came to give it.
Sitting down with Diane Paulus is like finding yourself on the stage of great theatrical production where you are rapt with awe and fascination on how one woman could have such deep love for theater, it's power to transform her audience into a character in the play.
A controversy over whether or not the original 1935 opera Porgy and Bess can work clouds over what should be a celebration. Filled with perhaps the most well-known lyrics in the American songbook, Porgy and Bess in any variation is welcome.