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- The most frequently produced high school plays and musicals- by decade (fascinating list!) Aug 1
2015, 06:12:59 AM
I know that West Side Story is generally understood to be a staple of high school drama programs, but I have never actually known anyone whose high school did the show. It requires a lot of men with dance ability, and so few high schools have that.
It's nice to see lots of very strong shows that can really inspire a love of theatre on this list. However, seeing favorites of mine produced so commonly also makes me very nervous--as Gaveston said, there's nothing like a
- Who Deserves a Broadway House Named After Them? Jul 29
2015, 05:05:43 AM
Tennessee Williams, without a doubt. Edward Albee, Thornton Wilder, Lillian Hellman--all deserving names.
- Stop dressing like crap! Jul 28
2015, 10:02:54 PM
I do try to dress decently when I see plays, but I never care what fellow patrons wear--I'm there to watch the show, not my fellow audience members. Dress codes at performances recall the pre-Wagnerian days when attending a performance was as much a social event as it was entertainment. By turning off our phones, we are agreeing that we only care about what is happening on stage.
When Vincintelli (a person I continually grow to loathe with each word she says) closes
- Evita 2006/2012 Revival Jul 18
2015, 06:13:32 PM
I saw her alternate, Christina DeCicco, in the role, and i thought she was wonderful. Ricky Martin was, as everyone keeps repeating, very underwhelming as Che. I loved this production's staging and design for its willingness to part from the cartoonish Hal Prince staging that has been reproduced for decades. This was the first production of Evita I have seen in which it seemed that someone actually realized that the show is set in Argentina. The orchestrations sounded more Latin and the
- Angela Lansbury in Driving Miss Daisy on PBS Jul 18
2015, 05:48:39 PM
I have to disagree with you. I was disappointed with this production, but having seen what I thought was a wonderful production of the play not quite two years ago, I am tempted to say the fault lies in this production and its performers. I could not believe Angela Lansbury as southern or Jewish, and I frequently had trouble understanding what James Earl Jones was saying. They played their scenes in a very slow, almost melodramatic manner that really didn't work for me. I was never able to co
- The Wild Party Opens This Week Jul 16
2015, 02:53:03 AM
I'm disappointed to hear that those two songs that really, really work (and you can't say that about much of the score) are gone, and nobody has mentioned anything about further development of the minor characters. Of course, on Lippa's last musical, Big Fish, he cut a song that worked really well ("The River Between Us") and left an embarrassingly awkward clunker untouched ("Showdown," anyone?).
I imagined that Sutton would be miscast, and the video clips (which, gra
- Amy Morton back to Broadway Jul 10
2015, 05:21:54 PM
She's a regular on Chicago PD, so that would kind of get in the way. She did just direct a play at the Atlantic Theatre Company, though, and she is directing a reading of a new play at Steppenwolf this summer.
- So What Musicals Should Jake Gyllenhaal Do? Jul 3
2015, 02:12:38 AM
I would love to see him take a stab at Bobby (whatever happened to that gay Company? Did anything come of that reading?) or maybe Guido Contini. I would see him do Floyd Collins, as well. In addition to the previously mentioned roles, of course.
- The Wild Party: Lippa vs LaChiusa Jul 3
2015, 01:59:47 AM
A year ago, I was almost completely unfamiliar with both versions, but now I have been lucky enough to see a production of each version in recent months. I much prefer LaChiusa's version. The score is grounded in the period much more, and it's a dream for a music geek like me. All the mixed meter, dissonant harmonies, and that one crazy moment with eight completely different vocal lines layered on top of each other... it really makes Lippa's score seem tame by comparison. Also, stru
- SPEECH AND DEBATE by Stephen Karam to be filmed in Mississippi? Jul 1
2015, 10:03:15 PM
Is this for the film adaptation that was announced way back when the play was running off-Broadway, which we have heard nothing about in the past seven or eight years? If this is actually going forward, I would be thrilled. I think Karam is one of our finest young playwrights, and Speech & Debate would make a wonderful indie comedy.
- Your favorite shows you've seen in 2015 so far Jul 1
2015, 09:56:48 PM
I have seen 62 shows so far this year (including student productions). Here are my top ten (all in Chicago)
1. Mr. Burns (Theater Wit)
2. Balm in Gilead (Griffin Theatre)
3. The Hammer Trinity (House Theatre)
4. The Diary of Anne Frank (Writers Theatre)
5. Sondheim on Sondheim (Porchlight Music Theatre)
6. Airline Highway (Steppenwolf)
- Entertainment Weekly's 50 Best Plays (and 10 Greatest Musicals) Over the Past 100 Years Jul 1
2015, 03:46:53 AM
"You're a constant marvel. Nobody under the age of 70 like The Skin of Our Teeth."
Speak for yourself. I'm very far from that age, and I adore that play.
I think it's ridiculous that this list ignored Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, All My Sons, The Normal Heart, You Can't Take it With You, Private Lives... I understand there are limited slots, but are The Lieutenant o
- A View From the Bridge to Broadway Jun 29
2015, 09:21:13 PM
"I saw the NT live and thought Phoebe Fox' accent was horrible. I do hope the cast decide to work on their accent a bit more. "
Yes, that bothered me, but not nearly as much as the choice not to have Rodolpho use an Italian accent. Marco did have his proper accent, which made it all the more confusing.
- Fun Home - Deaf Accessibility Jun 29
2015, 03:17:00 AM
Yes, that link is the script of the show. Just make sure when you order, you select "Acting Edition" at the side of the page, instead of "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Graphic Novel)" which is the graphic novel upon which the musical is based (which is a great read I'd highly recommend, but not the script you are looking for).
- A View From the Bridge to Broadway Jun 28
2015, 02:39:26 AM
Well, having seen the National Theatre Live broadcast, I have an opinion very different from the rest of those here. I found Ivo van Hove's staging choices to be cheap ploys for attention which were unnecessary, distracting, and frequently irritating. The early scenes of the play were drained of all humor, yet I found myself laughing at the final moments. I won't go into detail about these choices for the sake of those who wish not to be spoiled, but I found this production to be a dread
- Amateur productions vs. professional counterparts Jun 27
2015, 10:47:10 PM
"Amateur productions can never compare to professional ones... if we are talking about set, lights, stage, and all that minus the actual actors.
Any production can have better actors, singers, dancer.."
Often, a play can benefit from the simplicity created by financial necessity. I once worked on a musical with basically no budget, and it was a very frustrating experience, but then a close and trusted friend told me that he found the use
- THE QUALMS Previews Jun 26
2015, 03:36:07 AM
"Does every Bruce Norris play eventually devolve into a the cast getting in a semi-circle and just berating each other?"
Yeah, pretty much. I welcome it as a contrast to the silences that annoy me to no end in Annie Baker's work. His signature is presenting well-meaning liberals and pitting them against each other, tearing apart their worst qualities. I think he does this best in The Pain and the Itch, but I've thoroughly enjoye
- Twilight: Los Angeles Jun 13
2015, 01:47:25 AM
I've actually seen it done with an ensemble of actors, much like The Laramie Project. I think it loses something in the beauty of watching the same person transforming again and again, but it gains something in the feeling of community created on stage.
Yes, the piece holds an eerie resemblance to events happening today, and yes it can be quite captivating, however I would just like to point out that the PBS version runs around 90 minutes, whereas the play runs
- Dramas In Need Of A Revival Jun 9
2015, 09:40:30 PM
I would love to see a revival of Deathtrap. I also think it's been long enough to bring back Proof now, as well as Closer. And while it may not be the wisest decision for a producer to make, I would immediately book a flight to New York if a revival of Balm in Gilead were announced.
- TheaterTalk Tony Predictions Episode 2015 Jun 1
2015, 03:42:28 PM
I don't understand how someone who so clearly hates going to the theatre could decide to make a living from it. When Vincentelli talks about the theatre, it reminds me of the scene in Candide (the novel, this scene is typically omitted from stage adaptations) in which Candide attends the theatre and decides that the men sitting next to him must be of the noblest status because they hate everything. Elisabeth Vincentelli seems to achieve an elitist feeling of superiority whe