Tag Archive | A.R.T.

Clubbing with Shakespeare at The Donkey Show

Clubbing with Shakespeare at The Donkey Show

Three years ago, freshman me walked through Harvard Square on a Saturday night and saw a long line of people dressed in absurdly glittery (and awesome) 70’s attire. A friend and I stopped, stared, and asked some glitter-rocking people what they were waiting in line for. “For The Donkey Show,” they told us, “a Midsummer […]

I Expected Windows!

This weekend I attended the Abbey Theatre’s visiting production of The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey at the A.R.T. On my way to the theatre, I tried to remind myself of all the things that fascinated me about The Plough and the Stars. In between rainy Sunday afternoon yawns and puddles, I thought […]

Layers and Layers – ‘Father Comes Home from the Wars’

Layers and Layers – ‘Father Comes Home from the Wars’

I sat down to Father Comes Home from the Wars at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge from a position of total ignorance. I didn’t even look through the program prior to the play starting. I approached with no preconceptions, and so my process of watching was also a process of discovery, and of allowing the deep layers of […]

A Father Comes Home from the Wars and Hopefully He is Here to Stay

Renaissance philosopher Sir Phillip Sidney writes in his “In Defense of Posey,” that art can’t ever lie because it is the one thing in life that never claims to be fact. I was thinking about this a lot while watching the first three parts of Susan-Lori Park’s new soon-to-be nine part play cycle, Father Comes […]

“It feels like it happened…”

Suzan-Lori Parks is awesome. Well, duh. I mean, have you seen her hair? But in all seriousness, if you’re not already familiar with this brilliant, clever, down to earth playwright, you should be. Yesterday, I went with three other women in my Contemporary Drama class at BU to see Father Comes Home from the Wars […]

The Price of Freedom

Freedom is a word that is used quiet loosely here in America. Freedom is something we as American citizens know that we have but the reality is that most of the population is not aware of what it has cost those who are fighting to secure it. Speaking personally, My father served as a major […]

History is Time that Won’t Quit (much to our dismay)

In Suzan-Lori Parks‘ essay “The Elements of Style” she writes,”History is time that won’t quit.” It is a line set apart from the others. It has its own title: history. For that reason it stands out (though a number of other lines have their own titles too, so it does not stand out too much). When I first […]

Theatrical Experiences and Storytelling

HowlRound director, Polly Carl, came for a class workshop/discussion last week. One point that really stuck out to me was her broader outlook of theatre as storytelling; in this way, the confinements of what we think the allowed materials to make theatre performances are less ingrained. Going to see Sleep No More in New York […]

Ivy League Arts

The Harvard Crimson recently posted about the new “Theater, Dance and Media” major or rather concentration to be offered for its students for fall of 2015. At first, being at BU in its B.F.A. Theatre Arts major, I think it can’t as good as our program because it’s so broad. I am proud of my […]

Mission: Accomplished (Maybe?)

Since arriving back at school, I have been focused (nay, determined) on  trying to find time to mosey on down to the American Repertory Theatre to see their production of “Finding Neverland”, the new musical full of Broadway stars that has already announced it is heading to the Great White Way this season. Despite the fact […]

Witness Uganda

It’s taken me three days to figure out how to write this blog post, so knowing there is no way to articulate how much Witness Uganda meant to me, I think it’s time to just go for it. On Wednesday Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould (an alumni of BU) came to BU to share some […]

Sitting Down with ART Dramaturg for “All The Way,” Leslie Gehring: Part 2

The second half of my interview with Leslie Gehring. We talk more about her process, the validity of big names to draw audiences to regional theaters, and ways to keep the audience immersed in the world of the play before and after they take their seats. [Ed. Note: Missed Part One? Check it out HERE.] […]

Sitting Down with ART Dramaturg for “All The Way,” Leslie Gehring: Part 1

I was able to sit down with Leslie Gehring, the ART’s production dramaturg for All The Way. We talked, and here is the first section of the transcript, only lightly abridged: Z: Where does your process begin? Where do you start when you first get a text? L: It kind of depends on what shape […]

The Theatricality of Baseball

I don’t know very much about baseball. Out of all of the sports that I take little interest in, it is definitely the one I have the most (and that doesn’t mean a lot of) interest in. I grew up in a family of die-hard sox fans so I vaguely get the gist of the […]

With LBJ

All the Way  at the American Reparatory Theater is a play that sits in the middle of an entire series of plays based on American history. These plays take a note out of Shakespeare’s book to tell a story through the history of a nation. Though this series is not yet complete, the thesis behind it […]

Interactions with A.R.T.’s All the Way

The American Repertory Theater currently is showing a production of Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way, a dramatization of Lyndon B. Johnson’s  first year as President of the United States. Having been thrust into the Presidency, LBJ (played by Bryan Cranston) inherits what his predecessor had left behind including the mounting Civil Rights Movement. A.R.T. offers those […]

I really dig Diane Paulus

I really dig Diane Paulus I think every theater in America wants a younger audience…and you can’t just hope to have a younger audience, you have to program things that audience is going to connect with. There is an audience for theater that is untapped…and they tend to have a very limited definition of what they think theater […]

Occupy Versailles

Last night, I saw Marie Antoinette at the ART, and I enjoyed it.  It was a good show with a good script and a fantastic design (seriously, you haven’t seen theatre until you’ve seen three women in wigs so tall that they’re attached to the ceiling with wires). It tells the story of the last […]