Tag Archives: New York theater

No 2017 NYC Fringe Festival

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How to keep a 20 year old Fringe Festival fresh?  If the Fringe Festival is in New York City, apparently you skip a year.   According to the Festival’s website, the hiatus will allow organizers to restart with a (insert mixed art metaphor here) blank canvas.   No further explanation is given.  From their website: While the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) celebrates our first twenty ...

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UPDATED: Hamilton Casting Raises Diversity Issues

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The diversity argument in the arts has been brewing hotter for at least a year now.   The backlash discussion of Howlround’s Jubilee, an attempt to get theaters to commit to producing only non-white, non-male writers in the year 2020, showed that the boundary between diversity and inclusiveness is not as sharp as might be expected. Now Hamilton, the Broadway sensation that will likely sweep the ...

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John Pollono, Ambi-Coastal Writer

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There are likely few new playwrights today who have more experience with both Los Angeles and New York theater than John Pollono. His raw and dark comedy, Small Engine Repair, was originally staged in Los Angeles by Rogue Machine Theatre in 2011 to great commercial and critical success before making the jump to the Off-Broadway MCC Theater in 2013. And while Small Engine Repair was ...

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New Plays Explore Modern Gay Life

The New York Times:  “As a closeted teenager and then as an out adult, [Mark] Gerrard had defined himself by his difference. “I sort of come from the generation where my gayness, at least to me, was the most interesting thing about me,” he said. Suddenly it didn’t seem so interesting. “Who am I now if I’m not an outsider, if I’m not special any ...

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The Size of Los Angeles

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You may be aware that actors in Los Angeles are presently trying to prevent their union, Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), from up-ending the local intimate theater culture. At its core, intimate theater is a place where no one expects to make any money. For when the house size is 99 seats or less (and often much less), there is no way to amortize your investment ...

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