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The Shadow Knows: Four Plays That Define Obama's Syria Strategy

Alan Kelly | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Alan Kelly

When in 2003 President George W. Bush told his fellow Americans that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were lurking, he was surely running a play. I...

Why Brantley Got it Wrong

Dana Elle Salzberg | Posted 10.14.2013 | Arts
Dana Elle Salzberg

Dude, I can explain. In the grand tradition of the theater, "getting it" is as much of a theme as star-crossed lovers or inevitable fate. I am sorry but, Mr. Brantley, you did not get it, and I don't think you could have. The show was not for you, it was for me.

Theatre Review: One Night in Miami...

Brad Schreiber | Posted 08.17.2013 | Arts
Brad Schreiber

Playwright Kemp Powers takes a historical incident about which little is known in the world premiere of One Night in Miami...at Rogue Machine in Theatre/Theater.

Who Will Take the Tony on Broadway This Year?

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 08.03.2013 | Entertainment
Gregory G. Allen

It is that time of year when the Broadway community in New York City shines their bright lights on the 'best of the best' with the annual Tony Awards ceremony.

Broadway Season 2012/2013

Ken Fallin | Posted 07.31.2013 | Arts
Ken Fallin

2013-05-31-Screenshot20130531at2 Here is my drawing of the 2012/2013 Broadway Season.

Amy Glazer On 'Abigail's Party' And Other Creative Passions

Greg Archer | Posted 07.20.2013 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

photo by Lisa Keating It's hard to walk away from a Mike Leigh production and not appreciate the brilliance in the Brit's wit and ability to make...

The Hero's Journey Meets the Screenwriter's Journey

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 05.19.2013 | Arts
Loren-Paul Caplin

Why the F*%K do we do it? Money? Fame? Love of the process? What is it? Why do we continue to write screenplays when aside from the outrageously arduous task of getting it even remotely right, the odds of then getting it sold and then made and then becoming a hit are...well doubtful.

Women Playwrights Applaud Theaters

Monica Bauer | Posted 03.28.2013 | Arts
Monica Bauer

As many active in making theater have realized recently, plays written by women are often a scarce commodity on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in local and regional theaters.

Theater: Roller Derby and Silly Games? The 1950s Are Back!

Michael Giltz | Posted 03.25.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Two promising new plays share a lot in common. Both are set in the 1950s. Both are broadly comedic but with heart and drama just below the surface. Both are blessed with excellent casts and productions that do them justice. Both have subplots that are unnecessary. And both could be easily improved.

'Rocky' vs. 'The Bodyguard'

ARTINFO | Posted 03.16.2013 | Arts
ARTINFO

Okay, let's play a game. You have $25,000 and -- channeling your inner David Merrick -- you decide to invest in a Broadway show. There are two choices...

That Deadly Pinter Sneer

Sherman Yellen | Posted 02.03.2013 | Arts
Sherman Yellen

Harold Pinter nearly killed me. Not with a knife, a bullet, or a karate chop, but with that most deadly of all weapons, a lofty sneer.

12 Female Directors Reshaping Theater

ARTINFO | Posted 01.27.2013 | Arts
ARTINFO

Of the 39 productions that opened on Broadway in 2008, just three were directed by women. This season that number doubles to six. Off-Broadway, anothe...

'Present Laughter,' Little Fish Theatre

James Scarborough | Posted 01.14.2013 | Arts
James Scarborough

A sustained, delightful and genteel match of verbal badminton, Present Laughter elicits laughter that is both abundantly present and, yes, splendidly accounted for.

Stage Door: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Mojo

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.26.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The Steppenwolf Theatre Company's latest Broadway revival of Edward Albee's 50-year-old masterwork, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, is less a volcanic eruption than a slow, simmering pot that periodically boils over.

The Turning Point -- or I Never Saw a Playwright Make Out With a Girl in a Parking Lot

Timothy Braun | Posted 12.02.2012 | Books
Timothy Braun

I wrote plays about boxers (I can't take a punch), and ghosts (I'm not dead, yet), and all my titles I stole from albums by The Pixies, but nothing I wrote was sincere.

Finding My Lost Treasure in Port Jefferson

Sherman Yellen | Posted 11.25.2012 | Arts
Sherman Yellen

After seeing Treasure Island for the first time in a full stage production I was more than ever convinced that we don't need the angel Clarence from that beloved old Jimmy Stewart movie to remind us that it can be a wonderful life.

'Detroit' Playwright Talks City's Radical Energy and Dramatic Success

ArtInfo | Posted 09.19.2012 | Detroit

Lisa D’Amour’s “Detroit” is actually set, as the program indicates, in “A ‘first-ring’ suburb of a mid-size American city.” But the Mo...

Writing Is Not Sexy... and Other Observations on Co-writing a Play

Tim Van Dyck | Posted 09.12.2012 | Arts
Tim Van Dyck

Sometimes we realized we had a ten-page scene that accomplished nothing. Other times a two page scene would be so dense it appeared to be unspeakable by Earthlings. At one point the play exceeded 200 pages.

StageReads Puts Plays in Your Hands

Lanie Zipoy | Posted 10.22.2012 | Arts
Lanie Zipoy

Ask any playwright what he or she wants most, and every one of them will put a production of his or her play at the top of the list.

The Benefits of Marriage on Playwriting: Mac Rogers and Saundra Yaklin

Lanie Zipoy | Posted 08.21.2012 | Arts
Lanie Zipoy

Rogers often remarks that the plays that he's written since dating Yaklin, whom he married in an irreverent DIY ceremony in a Pennsylvania barn two years ago, have a different emotional life inspired by their relationship.

When Theater Stage Embraces Cutting Edge Art

Edward Goldman | Posted 06.20.2012 | Arts
Edward Goldman

I did find some amazing artwork, though it was not in the galleries or museums, but on the stage.

The Most Overused Monologue Ever?

Annemarie Dooling | Posted 04.02.2012 | Home

The words of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" might be some of the most frequently quoted monologues ever, but that doesn't stop them from bei...

Celebrated Playwrights To Aid Japan

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 04.03.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK — Celebrated playwrights including Stephen Sondheim, Tony Kushner and Edward Albee have joined a fundraiser to mark the anniversary of ...

Theater: The Best Shows of 2011

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.29.2012 | Home
Michael Giltz

Here's a list of my favorite shows of the year, followed by other highlights, a recap of the year and a brief word on each show.

New York Theatre: Plays Well With Others

Tracy Shaffer | Posted 01.29.2012 | Denver
Tracy Shaffer

On my recent trip to New York City, I found an undeniable theme running through the New York/new play scene: a place called Denver.