Book Talk: The City We Make Together

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents a book talk: The City We Make Together livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Monday 3 April 2023 at 3 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 5 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 6 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4). Join us for … Read more

What’s good (and bad) about ‘Bad Cinderella’ at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre

Set in the “exceptionally beautiful kingdom of Belleville” (French for “beautiful city”), Bad Cinderella – the updated reimagined take by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music),  Emerald Fennell (book), and David Zippel (lyrics) on the popular folk tale dating back to antiquity, included in the collection of Grimms’ Fairy Tales published in 1812, and adapted for a … Read more

Community Engagement, Anti-Oppression, and Digital Space

It has always struck me as odd that theatre director training spaces rarely focus on facilitation skills. Script analysis, building a vision, communicating with designers, sure; but the lens of “facilitation” is so often underused. I have noticed that in many well-funded, professional “community arts” spaces, there is an equal neglect of facilitation skills as … Read more

‘Into the Valley Below’ dives into a disaster at StageCoach Theatre Company

Buskin is another name for the morose mask that along with its turn-a-frown-upside-down sibling forms the tragedy-comedy icon of the ancient Greeks. Actors in tragic roles wore buskins, a type of boot, marking them as grim, while their comic-relief counterparts traipsed around in thin, jester-like shoes called socks. Thus, the happy-sad “Sock and Buskin” remains … Read more

‘Hubba Hubba’ by Alex and Olmsted is a sweetheart of a show

Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmsted Thomas, the two remarkable humans of Alex and Olmsted, winners of two Jim Henson Foundation awards for work in puppetry, debut Hubba Hubba, a series of vignettes about romantic love, at Theatre Project in Baltimore through April 2. The vignettes are quirky, realistic, dreamy, or metaphoric, and you can’t imagine … Read more

A heartrending and resonant revival of ‘Parade’ at Broadway’s Jacobs Theatre

The Broadway transfer of New York City Center’s reworked, highly acclaimed, sold-out revival of Parade – the award-winning musical drama by Alfred Uhry (book, co-conceived by Harold Prince) and Jason Robert Brown (music and lyrics), which made its brief Broadway debut in 1998 – is playing a strictly limited engagement at the Bernard B. Jacobs … Read more

A tribute to Aretha Franklin’s greatest hits in ‘R.E.S.P.E.C.T.’ at Capital One Hall

With a “One Night Only” opportunity to shine, DC native and Duke Ellington graduate YahZarah showcased her five-octave range as she teamed with a four-member ensemble to cover 30 of Aretha Franklin’s greatest hits in the tribute concert R.E.S.P.E.C.T. March 22. The other star of the show was the venue, Capital One Hall, whose near-perfect acoustics … Read more