Category: Off-Broadway
How Three Diverse Creators Brought a Musical About Racial Strife to Life
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
Monday, November 11, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Nov 11, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
The unusual development of Broadbend, Arkansas --- It's ironic that Broadbend, Arkansas -- the new two-person musical about an African-American father and daughter grappling with the personal impact of racial oppression in the '60s and '80s -- started off as a monologue about an elderly Southern white woman living in a nursing home during the pre-civil...
Kathleen Chalfant on Her Extraordinary Off-Broadway Adventures
By GERARD RAYMOND
Monday, November 04, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    4 comments Share This
Mon Nov 4, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    4 comments Share This
The star of the solo play A Woman of the World chats about her illustrious stage career --- As her Lifetime Achievement Obie Award last year reaffirmed, Kathleen Chalfant has long been Off-Broadway's most valuable player. Although some may know her from TV (The Affair, House of Cards) or Broadway (she earned a Tony nomination for her work in the original...
Yes, This Is What It Was Like to Be a Lesbian in the '80s
By JEN GUSHUE
Thursday, October 31, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 31, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Marga Gomez sparks a queer awakening in a new play at Ars Nova --- Marga Gomez isn't used to playing with others. Over the course of her 35-year career as an actor and stand-up comic, she's written and performed in 13 solo shows, and was even dubbed "the lesbian Lenny Bruce" by Robin Williams. But though she usually works alone, she couldn't pass...
Finding the Drama in Cooking and Conversation
By GERARD RAYMOND
Wednesday, October 30, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Oct 30, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Richard Nelson continues his poignant exploration of a changing America with his latest Rhinebeck Panorama play --- Don't come to The Michaels hungry -- at least not for food. As with the previous naturalistic dramas in writer-director Richard Nelson's Rhinebeck Panorama (The Apple Family Plays tetralogy, The Gabriels trilogy), his latest play at...
Putting the Refugee Experience on Stage
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Thursday, October 24, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 24, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
This season, a striking number of new (and returning) plays are exploring the plight of the displaced --- Arian Moayed, who was only five years old when he and his family left post-revolutionary Iran, was so moved by "the incredible images and heartbreaking stories" coming from asylum seekers on the U.S.-Mexico border that he felt compelled to do...
This Broadway Actress Never Worked in a Restaurant…Until Now
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Monday, October 21, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 21, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Krysta Rodriguez talks about her fiery role in the new comedy Seared at MCC Theater --- Although other characters Krysta Rodriguez has portrayed may have seemed more likable, the 35-year-old actress feels a kinship with Emily, the no-nonsense restaurant consultant she plays in Theresa Rebeck's new comedy Seared. "She is close to me in a lot of ways,"...
How Yiddish 'Fiddler' Brought Me Closer to My Family
By DANIEL GUSS
Thursday, October 17, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Oct 17, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
I was unprepared for how the current revival would affect me --- From the moment I heard about Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, I knew I had to see it. Just as rereading a favorite book reveals changes in one's perspectives, my encounters with Fiddler have been opportunities to check in with earlier versions of myself. I'd seen the show six times,...
Why Is This Couple Dressing Up and Sword Fighting?
By CAROLINE CAO
Friday, October 11, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Oct 11, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
A new romantic comedy puts live-action role-playing center stage --- There are adults who meet for poker; some play chess; others host book clubs. But the protagonists of Liba Vaynberg's new romantic comedy Round Table at 59E59 Theaters indulge in LARPing. That's an acronym for live-action role-playing, with participants masquerading as knights, fairies,...
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