EMILY DEVOTI is a playwright and the Theater Editor of the Brooklyn Rail. Her play The Upstart will be presented by the Irish Arts Center on September 11 at 6 P.M. To reserve (free) tickets, visit: www.irishartscenter.org/literature/playworks or call 866-811-4111.
SEPT 2013 | Theater
Something menacing always seems to be lurking at the edge of an Anne Washburn play, while at its center leaps a vivid engagementcrisp and cracklingwith the unintelligible.
OCT 2010 | Theater
West Village, 1960s, long before the whitewash: when hippies were young, rents were cheap, and Carmine Street was still the realm of the possible.
DEC 08-JAN 09 | Express
My parents hailed from New Yorkmy mom from Hells Kitchen, my dad from Queens, but they were back-to-the-land-ers, and I grew up in the rural southwest corner of Massachusetts. In the early 80s we had a shifting stock of about 18 goats, two horses, lots of chickens, and even a couple of pigs. I was between eight and ten years old, and during this time one my favorite activities was to lock myself in the trunk of the family car.
JUL-AUG 2007 | Theater
Once considered the fringehome to the mysterious fire-breathing (sometimes literally) monsters at the edge of New Yorks theatrical mapOff Off Broadway has been gaining steady recognition as the new foundation for the most innovative and risk-taking theatrical work in the city.
OCT 2006 | Theater
I am suddenly aware of the difference between my wife and me. Not that this hasnt occurred to me before. But I am suddenly aware, in a very new and unsettling way.
MAR 2005 | Theater
Candide, Voltaires classic satire skewering optimism in a corrupt world, is one of those dark, wild, and politically savvy rides thatperhaps due to our, well, overly optimistic faith in progresswe dont expect to find in the dusty tracts of history.
DEC 03-JAN 04 | Theater
Nothing ever happen underground
cause they aint no underground
There is only
APR 2004 | Theater
“God bless America,” declares a Haitian-American woman—reciting her poem dedicated to “one certain real estate man” with round-worded, witty defiance—”but not because of you.”
SEPT 2004 | Theater
Like many of us, Trish Harnetiaux has been watching Williamsburg changeas warehouses become condos, new bars crop up overnight like mushrooms, and Bedford has swelled from a trickling stream to a healthy river of ever-younger hipsters, artists, poseurs and scene-seekers.
OCT 2003 | Theater
There are certain rules to interviews. Take notes. Bring a tape recorder. Try to quote verbatim. Yet when the downtown theater troupe The Civilians set out to interview people about lost objects for their newest collaborative theater piece, Gone Missing, there were only two rules. The lost object must be a tangible item (i.e.not love, hope, dreams, or innocence, political or otherwise). And the actor must not take any notes.
JAN-FEB 2002 | Theater
The prevailing downtown theater aesthetic, if one can define such a thing, is perhaps a direct descendent of the avant-garde, a movement where aesthetic experimentation unto itself was political
JULY-AUG 2001 | Film
From the start, it has been the theaters business to entertain people, as it also has of all the arts.
OCT-NOV 2000 | Local
Greenpointits' the end of a long evening. Luscious pierogies with mushrooms and onion are wrapped in tin foil and doled out to lingering helpers.
APR 2010 | Theater
Have you ever seen it? You know, MTV?
Oh, that Yeah. Sure.
OCT 2009 | Express
Most people go to Berlin for the café life, for the expat glamour and to see Brecht in constant repertoire. Others descend on the remnants of the infamous Berlin wall, now on the cusp of celebrating its first full generation of destruction and East-West reunification. Still others visit the shrines to WWII and their repetitive, repentant mantra: Vergesst das nie (Never forget). Not me.
JUL-AUG 2007 | Theater
On Sunday, July 8, from 6 to 8pm at Classic Stage Company, come show your support for AEA Showcase Code reform! Keep readin...
SEPT 2007 | Express
I still wake up sometimes, in the middle of the night, sure that Im here. Grandmas kitchen. That haven of modernity and 1980s suburban decadence. Its a fever dream. I feel the give of the cold linoleum under my hot feet.
DEC 04-JAN 05 | Theater
But most editing conversations end in the galleys, and what the reader sees is the final product: lean, arch, narrative-driven, comments integrated, digressions lopped off in a mercenary fashion, all wrapped up in a sound-bite finish.
SEPT 2005 | Theater
You can make a killing in the theater, but you can’t make a living, as the infamous adage goes, and New York theater doesn’t seem to disagree, with its graph-able gap between long-run Broadway musicals and the more vital, but short-lived dramas found in non-profit or off-off Broadway showcases.
MAR 2004 | Theater
A year ago this month, U.S. troops invaded Iraq. This March, New York theater casts its sharp-tuned satirical eye back at the long strange trip its been.
JUN 2004 | Theater
"He is either mad, or he is reading Don Quixote."
Philip III of Spain, on seeing a student bang himself on the head while laughing hysterically over a book.
APR-MAY 2003 | Theater
A leggy showgirl hides behind a scarlet veil, miming the See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil signs. "In order for evil to triumph," she proclaims, "all that is necessary, is that good people do nothing!"
WINTER 2003 | Theater
Back in October, a bunch of us got together to discuss what we as members of the theater community might do in response to the threat of war on Iraq and to the attack on civil liberties at home, how we might stop feeling isolated, discouraged, and afraid. It occurred to us that the most truthful and direct response was to use what we already do: lots & lots of different kinds of theater.
EARLY SUMMER 2002 | Theater
Who doesnt love a prostitute? Schoolgirls (young and old) fetishize herdonning fishnets and stilettos any chance they get, slipping into the role of sexual outlaw and temporarily out of the repressive patterns of everyday life.
OCT-NOV 01 | Local
The day was clear and the air a bit warmer than usual. The sound of sirens, helicopters and fighter jets all were new for us, or rather unusual. Confusion took over quickly and even though there were many signs that something was going to happen, no one believed it could happen to us, in our own country.