This week, making its New York City premiere, Writer/Director Sharon Greytak's gripping Archaeology of a Woman, plunges deeper into the portrait of dementia and its disturbing effects than any other recent film on the subject.
The best way to become aware of an "ego drama in the making" is to recognize and acknowledge it, like a pet, the moment it starts scratching at the door -- don't wait until it's barking and whimpering and ripping up all your furniture to rein it in.
Four guys stand under a street lamp, singing their hearts out. That's the iconic vision of Doo-wop/pop groups like The Four Seasons. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys puts a name and face to that image.
Given the sharp characters, bright dialogue and ambitious conception, I have to hope that Kushner and company can pull all the pieces together into a drama that engages the emotions as well as the mind. It's not there yet.
After reporting that the San Diego Opera was going to close in April 2014 based on a board vote of 33:1, this cultural institution has been given an encore performance through the community's financial generosity.
How can any of us find the words to wish a happy 450th birthday to the single most significant, elegant, funny, wise and human writer ever to use the English language? That's what I, and countless others, have thought and think of Shakespeare.
As I read the two new Sappho poems for the first time, I thought of Stoppard constantly. It seemed as if he'd somehow conjured them into re-existing, to me at least, by the graceful, gracious way he treated Sappho in his most recent stage play.
A smart production, set among orange oil drums, features a sharp cast, perfect lighting and sound design by Justin Townsend and Matt Kraus, respectively, and original music by Duncan Sheik. A Man's A Man is a rare opportunity to see early Brecht deftly presented.
First-time director/writer Tom Gormican has one finger on the pulse of twentysomethings. Their swagger. Naïveté. Innocence. Ignorance. Arrogance. Testosterone overload. He cobbles together three young-turk characters who are feeling their oats on New York City streets.
I believe this is one of life's greatest ironies. Kids work so hard to grow those cute little baby teeth. Us mommas buy the Orajel and the teething rings and and amber necklaces to help them through the discomfort. And before you know it, they start falling out of their heads.
Few know playwright Sophie Treadwell, but they should. An esteemed journalist and actress, she wrote 40 plays in the first half of the 20th century. Her best-known work, the 1928 Machinal, a high point in Expressionist theater, is being revived on Broadway at the American Airlines Theater.