Hamilton isn't the only theatrical revolution going on in New York. Another smaller revolution unfolds every night during a one-act, off-Broadway play called Straight. Written by Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola, it's about a revolution of expectations.
It was a radical move; many of his writings on the subject were banned or censored by the authorities. His friendship with eminent philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, on whom Nathan was based, was equally rare.
A science experiment is the antithesis of drama: It's studied, repetitive and seemingly objective in its results. The off-Broadway drama The Effect, now at the Barrow Street Theater, has two people taking experimental anti-depressants.
She Loves Me is not a big, brassy Broadway musical. Based on the play Parfumerie, the revival of the Sixties gem is set in Budapest, 1934. It's a more formal time, and the show champions intimacy and charm.
As nice as the Broadway community is -- and it is a small close-knit community -- it's not all sunshine and rainbows. It's a competitive place. There is a natural vying for attention, both on the message boards and beyond.
The all-female faculty specializes in petty jealousies and malice. Hazel Ellis' Women Without Men, now off-Broadway at City Center Stage II, captures the incessant rivalry and nasty undercuts of any small group that's cloistered together and turns in on itself.
Tonya Pinkins publicly challenged a Classic Stage Company production of Mother Courage and Her Children in which she was to play the title character. The Tony-winning actress cited issues with the production's representation of people of color.