Netherworld or Right Now?
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by Marcina Zaccaria
22h ago
Staged in the round with fewer than 25 people in a white box that feels like a gallery space, The Employees feels like a space-age journey that leaves one with many more questions than answers. Billed as “a workplace novel of the 22nd century,” four actors recite for the purpose of creating a type of live journal about work. While stories of employment generally take place in an office space, The Employees is set on a ship. Evoking a netherworld of continued ambition with task action, the experience that the actors are living through is like Scientology taken to year 3000. Their speech patter ..read more
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Hopes, Dreams, Revenants and Repetitions: La Zaranda’s “Manual Para Armar Un Sueño/Manual For Building A Dream” At Barcelona’s Teatre Romea
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by Maria Delgado
4d ago
La Zaranda are one of Spain’s best kept theatrical secrets. Not because they are not well known or respected in Spain – they  have a cult reputation in the Spanish-speaking world with a long history of important tours to Latin America — but rather because they have never really permeated the festival circuit in the Anglophone world. They have played in Europe and the US but perhaps not with the frequency that their innovative theatre deserves. They sit between Ramón del Valle-Inclán’s idea of the esperpento — a grotesque aesthetic that is exquisite in its calculated precision — and Tadeu ..read more
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Sentimentality and Mentality, Apocalypse and Theatrical Eclipse at 69th Sterijno Pozorje
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by Emilija Kvočka
4d ago
The (Post)apocalyptic Light of the Stage – is the slogan of the 69th Sterijno pozorje, a festival held in Novi Sad (Serbia). This year, the audience had the opportunity to watch inspiring theatre plays mostly based on contemporary domestic dramatic texts. The stage was conquered by symbolic scenographies, camera environments, “twin peaks” atmospheres and various directions that briskly made their way through dramatic texts under theatrical and scenographic commercial advertisements, video projectors and smoke from machines. At the festival, there were seven performances as part of the competi ..read more
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Happy Birthday Nuria Espert: “a Great Actor And a Force of Nature”
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by Maria Delgado
1w ago
Nuria Espert turns 89 today. Hers has been an extraordinary career and it’s not over yet. She has just spent over 13 months on tour with La isla del aire/The island of the air, a new play adapted by Alejandro Palomas from his acclaimed 2005 novel, directed by Mario Gas. She animated the stage, as a wily grandmother, first appearing infirm and fragile in a wheelchair but soon displaying a fierce, defiant energy that holds her family together – a witty, nuanced performance of exceptional deftness. And this autumn, she will open another production, again directed by Mario Gas, Todos pájaros/All ..read more
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Theatre as Confrontation: Catherine Filloux’s “How to Eat an Orange” at La MaMa
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by Rhiannon Ling
2w ago
Catherine Filloux is an internationally recognized French-Algerian playwright. Her work revolves around conflict, human rights, and violence committed against the female body: she has traveled the world to speak and learn from those within communities affected by atrocity. And what has she gained from her experiences most? Hope. Change. Friends and belief. Filloux’s newest play, a one-woman show entitled How to Eat an Orange, surrounds the childhood of Argentinian artist Claudia Bernardi, growing up under the military junta and working to excavate the past. I was fortunate enough to speak to ..read more
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When Theatre Meets Gaming: “Third Law” at Culture Lab LIC
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by Rhiannon Ling
2w ago
I’ve long been fascinated by the concept of incorporating video game mechanics into theatrical performance. After all, as technology has advanced, the two art forms have much in common: dramatic structure, audience as empathetic turned sympathetic, exploration in the guise of entertainment. The only key difference, really, is that a game allows its player to be simultaneous writer, director, and performer; in theatre, the audience member feels as if part of the world (ideally), but is never onstage with said players. Third Law: An Interactive Theatrical Game, devised by the performers and des ..read more
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Prominent American Theatre Scholar, Elinor Fuchs, Dies at 91
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by The Theatre Times
3w ago
Elinor Fuchs, a trailblazing theater scholar, critic, and playwright, passed away on May 28, 2024, at the age of 91. She was the author or editor of five groundbreaking books, including The Death of Character: Reflections on Theater After Modernism, which won the prestigious George Jean Nathan Award in Dramatic Criticism, and Land/Scape/Theater, co-edited with Una Chaudhuri. Her memoir, Making an Exit, explored the complexities of dementia and aging. Throughout her career, Professor Fuchs published countless scholarly articles in anthologies and journals, as well as theater criticism in The V ..read more
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“Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter:” Theater Conventions for Kids
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by Teodora Medeleanu
1M ago
In spite of all open-mindedness, attending family performances as an adult can be, initially at least, off-putting. There is a stigma around the themes approached, the aesthetics, and the acting methods as well, that might be difficult to overcome once you’ve experienced, almost uninterruptedly for years, only generalist theater. The “friendship conquers all, Romeo&Juliette-esque” plot, however, can be conveyed in a multitude of ways, and the quasi-explicit character of productions aimed towards a younger audience can prove itself beneficial in the case of being faced with a strong langua ..read more
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Like Mother, Like Son: “Redemption Story” at A.R.T./NY
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by Rhiannon Ling
1M ago
My first thought upon entering Redemption Story at A.R.T./NY was that of boldness: I can’t recall the last time I saw a director—Sarah Blush, in this case—take on the challenge of traverse staging. Walking across the cast’s alleyway of playing space, one felt a marriage of discomfort and envelopment; it was easy to be sucked in to the world of Peregrine Teng Heard’s 1971 Los Angeles. Heard’s Redemption Story follows, on its surface, two protagonists: Connie Lee (a sweeping Christine Toy Johnson) is of Hollywood renown and scandal; Billy Jay (bright-eyed José Espinosa) is of Hollywood arrival ..read more
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“Miss Saigon”: Déjà vu. An exclusive interview with Claude-Michel Schönberg
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by Lisa Monde
1M ago
   Dedicated to the 35th anniversary of the musical Miss Saigon, an exclusive interview with the composer Claude-Michel Schönberg. This year the West End production of the musical Miss Saigon celebrates its 35th anniversary, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Alain Boublil, book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg. Three years later the show premiered on Broadway. Both the British and American production runs were successful and rather long: for almost ten years the musical was performed on the stages of the two most important capitals of m ..read more
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