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Lucas Hnath

On the Culture Front: Bastille Day, The Healing and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 07.12.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

"Hadestown" breathes fiery soul into the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Originally written as an album by singer/songwriter Anais Mitchel...

On the Culture Front: The Effect, She Loves Me, RadioLoveFest, and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 03.21.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Lucy Prebble's "The Effect" asks both playfully and pointedly, "what's the difference between an emotion we feel organically and one that can be produ...

Sports As Opera: Red Speedo at NYTW

John Branch | Posted 03.15.2016 | Arts
John Branch

Lucas Hnath's Red Speedo, which runs for 80 minutes with no intermission, is as lithe and lean as the swimmer who begins it with a literal splash -- clad only in a red racing suit, he plunges into a narrow, glass-fronted pool that makes up part of the set.

Aisle View: Last One in the Pool

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.03.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Too many playwrights, nowadays, seem content to take an idea and stretch it out into some type of extended plot. Hnath has demonstrated, in both of his plays this season, that he has plenty to say and arrestingly interesting ways to say it.

Aisle View: The 2015 Ten Best List

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.17.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

What more need be said? It is, yes, as good as you've heard. What a shame that the ticket situation will keep it out of the reach of the general theatergoing public for another year or three.

Aisle View: The Voice of God (?)

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.17.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Plays about religious philosophy can be mighty dry and uninvolving, not only to outsiders but to people of the faith in question as well. Playwrights Horizons' newest offering -- The Christians, which is about, well, Christians -- is anything but uninvolving.

Theater: Oh Hell! 'The Christians' Tackles Faith

Michael Giltz | Posted 09.17.2016 | Arts
Michael Giltz

A big city play about mega-churches that isn't cynical or filled with hypocritical con men or womanizers or child molesters or womanizing child molesters who pick your pocket at the same time? It's a miracle!

The Healing Power of Lucas Hnath's 'Red Speedo:' Visit Philly and See It ASAP

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 01.11.2015 | Arts
SaraKay Smullens

The arts offer the much need common language and understanding, even when one does not realize he or she needs it. And the arts in my hometown, Philadelphia, are flourishing.

On the Culture Front: Stripping Away the Myth of Walt Disney to Reveal the Man

Chris Kompanek | Posted 07.23.2013 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Soho Rep is the most thrilling theater in New York currently because they manage to consistently transform their cozy Walker Street space into the universe of each play they produce, blurring the line between seats and sets.

Theater: Timing Is Right For David Ives; Isaac's Eye Is Piercing

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.14.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

If you don't think a debate about whether light behaves like a particle or a wave can make for good theater, then you've never seen gripping, brilliant plays of ideas like Michael Frayn's Copenhagen or David Ives' New Jerusalem.