Summer of 2017

Now it is back to school and back to teaching and making theatre myself.Β  As always I leave NYC inspired, energized and oh, so humble.Β  New York I will see you in a few months.Β  I heard secretly that my birthday plans include Hello Dolly – – but that is just a rumor.Β  You didn’t hear it from me.

The Pipeline

The Pipeline
Written by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
Lincoln Center Theater at the Mitzi E. Newhouse
June 26, 2017
Production website
πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰Β out of 5.

I go from the wonderment and colossal budget of Groundhog Day to the basement of Lincoln Center to a play that has a teachers desk, a lunch table and a couch, a VERY white wall and some very harsh florescent lighting.Β  And I will take the second play over the first any day.Β  Pipeline was another play that I knew very little about before the show.Β  I knew it was about a teacher (familiar ground) and about a black student trying to navigate life in a ROUGH urban school – or survive a very preppy private school (certainly much less familiar ground.) Continue reading The Pipeline

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day
Book by Danny Rubin
Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin
Directed by Matthew Morris
August Wilson Theatre
June 26, 2017
Production website
πŸ’‰Β πŸ’‰πŸ’‰out of 5.

There was more stuff in this show then one could possibly imagine. Circle upon circle was spinning throughout the show.Β  The actors literally did laps for the two and a half hours all the while singing and dancing around in parkas in NYC in July!Β  Groundhog Day was so beautiful and magical to watch. I thought to myself that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would have really benefitted from this set designer! Β  Continue reading Groundhog Day

The Parallelogram

The Parrallelogram
Written by Bruce Norris
Directed by Michael Greif
Second Stage Theater
July 25, 2017
Production website
πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰Β out of 5.

Now tonight I truly saw Groundhog Day but without all of the glitz. Β It is also the only time that I have been to a show that during the intermission the first thing that the audience was doing was opening Google to see what a parallelogram was and how it had anything to do with the show.Β  Nothing wrong with doing a little geometry outreach. Continue reading The Parallelogram

The Government Inspector

The Government Inspector
Written by Nikolai Gogol
Adapted by Jefrey Hatcher
Directed by Jesse Berger
Red Bull Theater
New World Stages
July 23, 2017
Production website
πŸ’‰πŸ’‰Β out of 5.
but the work of Michael UrieΒ πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰

The Russians are funny people. Β So often I have taught the Russian classic plays and my students take them with such reverence that nobody sees any reason to laugh. Β The Government Inspector is all about the laughs and all about making fun of the greed and corruption that dominated the provincial Russian government and perhaps could say a thing or two about the current world of politics – – you think so. Β (BUT although so tempting to bring “Trumpisms” into the play, they take the high road and trust the audience will make those connections if they want to. Continue reading The Government Inspector