All tagged Playwrights Horizons

REVIEWS: Charting new musical frontiers with “A Strange Loop” and “Octet”

Two new Off-Broadway musicals that are marquee productions of the summer experiment with form and content in exciting ways that portend well for the future of the art form.  Unique for musicals, both are also the product of a single author.  Here I take a look at Michael R. Jackson’s “A Strange Loop” at Playwrights Horizons andDave Malloy’s “Octet” at Signature Theatre.

Jackie Sibblies Drury's "Fairview" wins the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Laurie Metcalf, Eddie Izzard, Russell Tovey, and Patsy Ferran to star in 2020 Broadway revival of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"; "Oklahoma!" musical television series in development; 2019-2020 seasons announced at Off-Broadway's Signature Theatre and Playwright's Horizons; "Grease" movie prequel is in the works; Mike Faist will play Riff in “West Side Story" film; Olga Merediz, Gregory Diaz IV, Jimmy Smits join "In the Heights" film; Lila Neugebauer to make film debut; RIP Georgia Engel

FEATURE: Top 10 Shows of 2018

By my count, I’ve attended 246 performances of theatre, dance, music, opera, and cabaret during 2018.  Out of a field that large, it’s hard to pick just ten, but nevertheless, here are my top ten favorite shows I saw in New York (including no new musicals and only three Broadway shows!).

Mike Birbiglia "The New One" books the Cort; "Kinky Boots" will close April 7th; Tony Goldwyn joins "Network"; "Almost Famous" musical and a musical about Jean-Michel Basquiat in the works; "Diana" musical books La Jolla Playhouse; Playwrights Horizons adopts GalaPro technology for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons; “Head Over Heels" and! "Twelfth Night" cast albums coming; RIP Joe Masteroff, Merle Debuskey, and Roger Robinson

REVIEW: “Dance Nation”

“Dance Nation” at Playwrights Horizons is Clare Barron’s explosive and raw look at a ragtag troupe of 11-to-13 year-old competitive dancers as they discover their bodies, their power, and their ambition amid the glorious horror of adolescence.  Both messy and explicit, this hilarious and unsettling new play is refreshingly weird and thrillingly honest, featuring an excellent ensemble cast and perfect direction.  Catch this one if you can.

REVIEW: “This Flat Earth”

“This Flat Earth”, by Lindsey Ferrentino, unintentionally taps into the headlines to explore what happens when a school shooting shatters the world of a 13 year old survivor; while good ideas and questions abound, the play is unfocused and unrealistic, too lightly sketching its characters and lacking a central, cohesive, and convincing point of view.

"The Secret Garden" is headed to Broadway next season;  starry "To Kill A Mockingbird" cast announced; "The Sting", "Unmasked",  "Hundred Days", and "Chess" receive regional productions; Wayne Brady returns to "Kinky Boots"; Katharine McPhee will make Broadway debut in "Waitress"; Playwrights Horizons' 2018-2019 season announced; MCC Theater cuts ties with Neil LaBute; lights dim for Jan Maxwell