New York, I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down

It’s been said time and time again, over and over, like a broken record. New York is over. New York is dead—you know, because Hip Hop is dead and Punk is dead and Times Square has been fully Disney-fied since a thorough clean-up effort began in 1980. New York is no longer the cultural capital […]

Matchmaker, Matchmaker: The New Play does Online Dating

Anyone ever been on OkCupid? It’s a hipper match.com, an online dating site which has you declare you interests (from sociopolitical to sexual), take personality quizzes, and post some arresting photos—all to attract a potential mate. Once you’ve completed your OkCupid profile, you’re visible to all sorts of local hopefuls who may or may not […]

Chicken Soup for the Dramaturg’s Soul

“I live in the world. The theatre is where I go to work,” quoth Canadian playwright George F. Walker in an interview with dramaturg and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre literary manager Paul Kosidowski. This very measured distinction struck me as helpful and healthy. My experience working towards my BFA in the School of Theatre has often […]

Tabloid Theatre! The Dramaturgical Question in Celebrity Casting

Oh, what a tangled web we weave in a conservatory program like the Boston University School of Theatre. Theatremaking is often personal. The process of honing that craft is, in my experience, always personal. We work from what we know, adapting our raw material—depending on one’s approach images, memories, imaginative prompts, etc.—to suit the task at hand. No […]

Boy Meets New Play (and Rhombus Turns Ten!)

The Boston University School of Theatre is lucky to call Kirsten Greenidge its playwriting professor. Nationally recognized for acclaimed plays like Milk Like Sugar and Luck of the Irish, Kirsten is now in her second year on faculty and has been very generous sharing her place in the Boston theatre community with her students. Last night, […]

Mee’s Big Love for Playmaking

This weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing Emerson Stage’s production of Charles Mee‘s Big Love, a re-telling of Aeschylus‘ The Danaids. First and foremost, Boston is both a college town and a theatre town, and it was a thrill to engage with the rich, realized work of our downtown peers. The Green Line may be the most […]

Sex Takes Center Stage

This week, American Theatre Magazine published Theatre Communications Group’s annual list of the most produced plays in the American regional theatre: Venus in Fur by David Ives Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz The Mountaintop by Katori Hall 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog Tribes by Nina Raines Vanya and […]

Reclaiming Confusion in the Name of Process

Ladies and gentlemen, Eugenio Barba illuminates the beauty of word etymology: During the rehearsal stage, when the actors only follow a personal and coherent thread in their scores, the dramaturgy as a whole may remain confused, even chaotic, for a long time. Confusion, when it is sought after and practiced as an end in itself, […]