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Playwrights Horizons

Fly By Night: Believe in Stars, Believe in Love?

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.03.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Fly By Night is about fate, love and loss. Out of those, the second topic provides for more entertaining discussions, so I emailed Allison Case, Adam Chandler-Berat and Patti Murin and asked them some questions about just that.

First Nighter: Samuel D. Hunter's "The Few" is for the Many

David Finkle | Posted 07.08.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

In Samuel D. Hunter's outstanding play, The Whale, presented at Playwrights Horizons in the 2012-13 season, obese and suicidal Charlie ignores the ple...

Aisle View: The Doddering Old Lady and the Kama Sutra

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.21.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

This is one of those "is the old lady losing her marbles?" plays, in which the doddering, aching, creaking, 79-year-old heroine drifts from witty perceptiveness to the borders of senility and back at the snap of the playwright's whim, all the while wondering "who is going to take care of my tree?"

First Nighter: Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses Can't Be Kept Up With

David Finkle | Posted 06.06.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Let me tell you that if anyone wanted a spot-on one-sentence review of Eno's newest work, you couldn't do any better than what she said. But we professional assessors are expected to say more. So I will, although I'd love to let it go at the friendly woman's comment.

On Stage Kiss Helmer Rebecca Taichman

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.01.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

A director's work is often tricky to review on the basis of one production -- in the case of a first work, it is often unclear what is a director's idea versus what is a stage direction in the script itself. It is also hard for people to separate actors' choices from a director's touch. But after a period of watching a director's work, you get it.

Ruhls of Play: An Interview With Sarah Ruhl

Bess Rowen | Posted 04.19.2014 | Arts
Bess Rowen

When I had a chance to sit down and talk with her about her latest New York offering, Stage Kiss, currently playing at Playwrights Horizons, I headed to Brooklyn Heights for the opportunity to pick her brain.

Ten Theater Companies That Made My 2013

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

Another year of theater has come and gone. In celebration, here are the theater companies that made some of my favorite 2013 shows possible.

First Nighter: Sutton Foster, Jeanine Tesori, Brian Crawley Make Violet Red-Hot

David Finkle | Posted 09.17.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

So extraordinarily good was the one-night Encores! Off-Center staged concert reading of the Jeanine Tesori-Brian Crawley Violet, directed by Leigh Silverman, that it calls for some serious transfer-it-somewhere-else-fast thinking.

The Fourth Annual Lilly Award at Playwrights Horizons

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 08.06.2013 | Arts
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

The first I heard of the Lilly Awards was when I was lucky enough to be invited to the fourth annual ceremony on June 3rd, 2013, at Playwrights Horizons presented by The Committee for Recognizing Women in Theater.

On the Culture Front: Ben Howard, Punch Brothers, Belleville, The Flick and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 03.26.2013 | New York
Chris Kompanek

It's been a packed month of culture. I finally made it down to the Barclays Center for Mumford and Sons, and the weekend before I caught one of my favorite bluegrass-based acts, The Punch Brothers.

First Nighter: Annie Baker's Flick Delves Deep Into Lasting Silver-screen Effects

David Finkle | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Is there anything wrong with The Flick? I've wracked my brain to see if anything is, and I've come up with one glaring lapse: There's no broken seat.

Theater: "Great God Pan" Makes Some Sweet Music

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.19.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

THE GREAT GOD PAN ** 1/2 out of **** PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZON Amy Herzog's play has opened to strong reviews and an immediate extension and no wonder: she...

First Nighter: Lisa d'Amour's Motor City Tragi-Comedy Detroit Needs Bodywork

David Finkle | Posted 09.18.2012 | Arts
David Finkle

D'Amour's intentions might be accepted, and even applauded, if she supported her characters with three-dimensional grounding. But here's where she allows herself to believe that presenting a gloomy prediction of national spoilage is all she needs to do. (Or is she just being lazy?)

Sharp New Comedy Takes On Internet Porn

AP | JENNIFER FARRAR | Posted 08.14.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — Men and women are still mating "like cave people," and modern relationships are "just an exercise in illusions." These are just a cou...

Off-Broadway Currently Boasts an Embarrassment of Riches

Andy Propst | Posted 08.14.2012 | New York
Andy Propst

There's an extraordinary amount of richly conceived theater available currently at some of New Yorks's institutional theaters. To help you sort out what's what, here are some brief thoughts on a trio of recently opened shows.

Lori Fradkin

'Bachelorette' Writer On What It's Really Like To Be An Assistant

HuffingtonPost.com | Lori Fradkin | Posted 02.28.2012 | Women

When the raunchy "Bachelorette" debuted at Sundance this year, audiences were quick to note that, yes, the comparisons to "Bridesmaids" were inevitabl...

Assistance at Playwrights Horizons

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 04.14.2012 | Arts
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

We all know them -- the beleaguered corporate assistants who are giving up any hope of personal time, relationships and sanity, all for the overriding ambition to be the next CEO, or at least have a better job title, or maybe, just maybe a raise.

'Detroit' Goes Off-Broadway

AP | Posted 02.12.2012 | Detroit

NEW YORK — Playwright Lisa D'Amour will have to wait a little longer for her Broadway debut. The off-Broadway company Playwrights Horizons said...

Theater: "Maple And Vine" Finds The Future Is...Back In The Year 1955

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.07.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

MAPLE AND VINE ** PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZON Jordan Harrison's new play is very high concept, a sort of Pleasantville for real. You've heard of Civil War re...

On the Culture Front: When America Doesn't Have Talent: The Story of the Shaggs

Chris Kompanek | Posted 08.08.2011 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Gunnar Madsen, Joy Gregory, and John Langs' new musical, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, takes its name both from the real life New Hampshire gir...

David Moye

You Don't Know What Bad Is Until You Listen To The Shaggs

HuffingtonPost.com | David Moye | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

When Dorothy, Betty and Helen Wiggin, three teenage sisters from Fremont, N.H., went into a recording studio on March 9, 1969, they had no idea that t...

On the Culture Front: Big Apple Rock & Roll Circus and A Small Fire

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Kompanek

The Rock & Roll Circus that took over the Big Apple's tent at Lincoln center last Monday and Tuesday night was heavy on rock and light on circus. Tues...

On the Culture Front: Pavement Reunion, Of Montreal, Me, Myself, and I, The Little Foxes, and the Moth

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Ivo Van Hove's The Little Foxes is an absolute masterpiece. It's the reason we go to the theater.