Tag Archive | American Theatre

To the companies who participated in the Ghostlight Project: I’m afraid you’ve already failed.

In the last few weeks, I, like many other actors who will soon graduate from BFA programs across the country, have had my eyes glued to audition postings on Playbill, Backstage, Broadway World—you name it—in the hopes of finding out which plays will be produced on equity stages across the country during the 2017-18 season. […]

Build Me Up: Architecture in the Theatre

Build Me Up: Architecture in the Theatre

This week has me thinking about architecture (thanks to Jeremy and his insightful post last week). I spent every summer from 2011-2015 working for an architecture, engineering, and interior design firm. In addition to padding my savings account, the job gave me a real appreciation for how much time, energy, coordination, compromise, and thoughtful design goes […]

Statistics Aren’t Impressive.

I supposed I am not easily impressed by numbers. I credit this to my skeptical attitude towards statistics and the ways in which they can be altered so as to be appetizing for an potential audience with potential money. While that skepticism can be useful, I find it increasingly difficult to get excited about progress […]

Sunday in the Park with Adam Chanler-Berat

A disclaimer: Sunday in the Park with George (Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine) is my favorite musical. Ever. To be clear, I don’t think it’s even close to perfect: the book certainly has it’s inconsistencies, and the time gap between Act I and Act II is difficult to reconcile in terms of emotional investment in the leading […]

Theatre Review: “The Debate” brings the heat, but lacks coherence

There was no telling what Monday night’s performance of The Debate would behold; even days later, processing exactly what this piece means for its audience of more than 84 million, I find it hard to reduce to any key phrase or unifying idea. Perhaps that was what resonated the most profoundly: there is no unity, or […]

Inclusive Theatre Should Start Early

This summer, the theatre company that I work for, Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory (PVTC), made what I consider to be an impressive stride for inclusion and had its first ever theater program specifically geared towards students with physical and developmental disabilities, led by Northwestern University student Maddie Napel. Maddie is the executive director of Seesaw […]

Gloria’s Cause: An Examination of Present America in Light of the Past

Dayna Hanson‘s piece Gloria’s Cause is first and foremost a collage. It is not entirely dance theater, not exactly a musical, and it is definitely not a straight play. It kind of takes place during the Revolutionary war and it also kind of takes place now. In my first encounter with it on Ontheboards.tv, I did […]