Melanie Votaw is a dancer/singer/actress who studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and character dance for nearly 20 years. Her teacher was one of the fastest tap dancers in the world in the 1930s. In addition to performing in cabaret, contemporary theater, and Shakespeare, Melanie has taught dance and choreographed solo pieces and musicals. As a writer, she has reviewed dance, theater, film, and television, as well as interviewed stars like Nigel Lythgoe, Patrick Stewart, Linda Lavin, Sutton Foster, Raul Esparza, Leslie Odom, Jr., Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Norbert Leo Butz, and Andrew Lippa. She has published 25 non-fiction books, fiction, poetry, and photography, and she holds a B.A. in English literature.
ANGRY YOUNG MAN, a British play by Ben Woolf, is both entertaining and puzzling. Yuri, a surgeon from a country that isn't disclosed, arrives in London a day ahead of an interview. Since he doesn't realize how far central London is from Stansted Airport, the taxi ride takes almost all of his money, and he finds himself sitting in a park, talking to the ducks.BWW Review: TURNING PAGE at Dixon Place is a Tour de Force February 28, 2017
In the one-woman show TURNING PAGE, Angelica Page takes on perhaps the role of her career - that of her real-life mother, Geraldine Page, who was theater, Hollywood and Actors Studio royalty. A daunting role, to be sure. Angelica says at the top of the piece that her mother asked her to see that her story was told. Eventually, Angelica decided to "channel" her mother in this way to keep the iconic actress' legacy alive.BWW Review: Rebeck's WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST is Timely Feminist Satire October 24, 2016
Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck's 2011 feminist play, WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST, is set in an architectural firm, but I'm sure as a female playwright, she brought firsthand knowledge of what it's like to be a woman in a male-dominated profession. This satirical play, currently produced by Life Force Arts, Inc. at the June Havoc Theatre, is timely as we watch the historic battle of the sexes between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.BWW Review: Chris Gethard's CAREER SUICIDE is Anything But October 11, 2016