Category: Design
This Musical is More Moving in the Round
Wednesday, April 08, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 8, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the new design of Broadway's Fun Home  --- When the floor starts collapsing, we barely notice. It's only afterward, when all the trap doors have silently slid open, that we realize this family's house has become a gaping maw. One foot wrong, and someone could disappear into darkness. In that moment, the set of Fun Home, the...
That Evil Sock Puppet is Just So Cute!
Friday, March 27, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Mar 27, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the puppetry design of Broadway's Hand to God --- Even when he's possessed by Satan, Tyrone the sock puppet is still pretty cute. And that's no accident. Just ask Marte Johanne Ekhougen, the puppetry designer for Hand to God. In Robert Askins's giddily dark comedy, now on Broadway at the Booth Theatre, we meet Jason, a shy teenager...
Just Move the Car and Stage the Play
Friday, February 13, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Feb 13, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
By MARK BLANKENSHIP It's no accident that The Groundling takes place in a guy's garage. Marc Palmieri's new comedy, now at Axis Theatre, follows Bob Malone, a landscaper who's so moved by an outdoor performance of Love's Labour's Lost that he decides to write his own play about his marriage. He mostly casts his friends and family---though...
Are You Sure You Want to Do That?
Wednesday, January 14, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jan 14, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Director Michael Longhurst isn't big on naturalism---at least not for the shows he helms. That's part of why he and playwright Nick Payne work so well together. Over the past three years, the British compatriots have collaborated on a number of thought-provoking productions. Now they're both making their Broadway debuts with Manhattan Theatre Club's...
Anything Can Make Music In The Woods
Tuesday, January 13, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 13, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
By LINDA BUCHWALD In Fiasco Theater's production of Into The Woods, now at Roundabout's Laura Pels Theater, the handle of a suitcase flopping back and forth can make music. So can the chime of a grandfather clock.  This scaled-down production of Stephen Sondheim's 1987 musical, which follows a group of fairy tale characters past the end of...
Professional Costumes, Shipped to Your Door
Thursday, December 04, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 4, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
How TDF's Costume Collection works with out-of-state designers --- Earlier this year, designer Joe Kucharski had to costume a production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia in a hurry. "I was to just show up for a week, do fittings, immediately go into tech, and leave," he recalls, and since the show was being produced at Maryland's Washington College,...
Did You Notice the Tiny Fireflies?
By Mark Blankenship
Friday, November 14, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 14, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
By MARK BLANKENSHIP There's no way to see the entire set of Lost Lake. A slightly surreal cabin in the woods, it's packed with so many objects that it would take hours to absorb them all. And besides, some elements are only visible to the actors---props and pictures tucked behind curtains or just past the edge of the stage. But even if some of...
How Do You Make Two People Look Like One Person?
Wednesday, November 12, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Nov 12, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Emily Padgett and Erin Davie aren't identical, not even close. But when they take the stage in Side Show, it's easy to believe they're conjoined. That's largely thanks to Charles G. LaPointe and Paul Tazewell, whose wig and costume designs (respectively) for the entire ensemble of this Broadway musical employ sophisticated theatrical illusions to...
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