When I am not able to run away to NYC I am found in Jacksonville, Florida at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts teaching theatre to an incredible group of young students. I have been keeping a daily blog on my impressions of the class and of their journey at www.theatreclassaddict.com. I would love for you to join me on the adventure. I am planning to return to NYC in middle October (birthday time) to catch the new fall shows. Thanks to all of you for reading and offering your feedback!
I have returned to Jacksonville from my summer in New York City. While there I was able to take in a formidable 27 shows which equates to 2,970 minutes sitting in the air-conditioned darkness with live theatre. I saw 4 💉💉💉💉💉 shows: Long Day’s Journey, Hadestown, Privacy, and Skeleton Crew and many, many 💉💉💉💉 shows. I saw 2 💉 shows: Lucie Pohl “Apohcalypse” and 2 by Tennessee Williams. I had to invite an entire new category: Poison ☠reserved for the very worst of theatre which I gave to Rhinoceros. I was also delighted to see two brand new plays featuring alumni of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. It was one terrific summer! Here is a list of the summer shows: Continue reading 2016: A Summer of Theatre Draws to a Close
Written by Leslye Headland
Directed by Trip Cullman
Second Stage Theatre
July 27, 2016
💉 out of 5.
This is a chick-flick without the “flick” – and what was left – wasn’t much. Theatre is a rather sacred space to me. It is place to do a kind of art that is unique to live performance and would never be able to successfully translate into film or TV. When you write for the stage, you should really want to USE THE STAGE. This play just didn’t need the stage. It could have done all it did with film or television. A live audience was not needed. Continue reading Engagements
We Were Children
Written by Maia Henkin
directed by Joshua Chase Gold
Playwright Theater Festivals in New York
Hudson Guild Theater
July 26, 2016
No 💉 rating. This is about workshopping a new play
I love to go and support new work and to support the work of alumni of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Today I was happy to attend the opening performance of We Were the Children that featured Jessie Booth. As I said above, I do not like to use my 💉 rating in that this is a BRAND new work and is really just trying to gets its legs underneath it. I simply offer some feedback from what I saw. Continue reading We Were Children
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Comedic-ballet by Moliere
Music by Jean-baptiste Lully
directed by Denis Podalydes, Societaire de la Comedia Francaise
Lincoln Center Festival
July 24, 2016
💉💉💉💉 out of 5.
I should never have gotten those seats so close to the stage! Although I was so happy to score tickets in the fourth row for this very popular Lincoln Center Festival, I neglected to remember that since the production would be done in French; and sense I do not speak French; and since they would provide a captioning board above the proscenium – – I should never have set this far forward. Continue reading Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme