“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” has opened on Broadway, a move nearly universally applauded. See my review below. Other shows opened this week that I reviewed: Lanford Wilson’s The Mound Builders at Signature, Annie Baker’s The Flick at Playwrights Horizons, and Strindberg’s “Easter” with an all-black cast. I talked to Alia Jones-Harvey, who has produced shows on Broadway with all-black casts — including the forthcoming “The Trip to Bountiful” — about non-traditional producing.” I also discovered Arab theater in New York.
What would you say about a show you think is bad to somebody who already has tickets to it? Responses below, including from several who tell people about bad shows for a living.
The Broadway marathon. Opening this week:
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Hand’s on a Hardbody
The Week in New York Theater
Monday, March 11, 2013
Wouldn’t it be loverly? Music impresario Clive Davis, in his first gig as a Broadway producer,reportedly asked Bartlett Sher (South Pacific) to direct My Fair Lady in 2014
Work for “exposure” (ie no money), says Adam Thurman, if it concretely advances your career.
Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking will be dead and kicked April 28, to make room for another show. Gerald Alessandrini promises new edition later in 2013
2013-14 Roundabout revivals: Sam Gold will direct Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing; Pam Mackinnon will direct Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies
Playwright Joe Gilford on FINKS, based on blacklisting of his parents Jack & Madeline.
Lessons of Non-Traditional Producing by Alia Jones-Harvey, producer of the forthcoming “The Trip to Bountiful.”
Those who have seen the previous gently-paced, meticulous, near miraculous collaborations between playwright Annie Baker and director Sam Gold — “Circle Mirror Transformation,” “The Aliens,” their adaptation of “Uncle Vanya” – may be similarly entranced by “The Flick,” which has now opened at Playwrights Horizons, focusing on three employees of a run-down movie theater in Worcester County, Massachusetts…But it also runs longer than their other plays, much longer…
“The Flick” is a play about movie-lovers that theater-lovers can love, if they’re patient enough. (It would have been better an hour shorter, though.)
My Backstage review of Strindberg’s “Easter” features an all-black cast & timeless themes: disgrace,redemption
How can a family redeem itself in the aftermath of a scandal? What does it take to forgive and be forgiven? What is it like to suffer for another’s sins? Those are the timeless themes of August Strindberg’s “Easter,” which the playwright wrote at the turn of the 20th century and set in a coastal town of Sweden and which the August Strindberg Repertory Theatre has chosen as its second production, moving it to Harlem in 1958.
Bad news for fans of Smash,already getting poor ratings.On April 6, NBC moves its time slot to Sats at 9 pm (TV’s graveyard)
If everyone took antidepressants, Chekhov would have had nothing to write about,” Sonia tells her brother Vanya in Christopher Durang’s hilarious yet improbably moving play, now bumped up to Broadway. The truth, though, is that even today when everybody IS on antidepressants, Chekhov would still have plenty to write about. The proof is “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Durang’s simultaneous spoof of and homage to the work of the Russian dramatist. With its first-rate cast intact, I like the play even better on seeing it a second time, in its new home at the Golden Theater – and I loved it at Lincoln Center.
Caesar:Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March.
“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” is set for Bway in Spring, 2014. (That’s “so far away. Doesn’t anybody stay in on place anymore”)
Sondheim’s Passion, a Classic Stage Company production, will be a 2-disc cast recording by PS Classics to be released in June.
“I get paid for what most kids get punished for.” -Jerry Lewis, who today turns 87. (He was on Broadway in Damn Yankees.)
Today, Jenna Fischa 1. says bye on The Office series finale. 2. makes her stage debut at MCC Theater’s”Reasons to be Happy” by Neil LaBute.
Would you keep silent about your hatinga show if somebody you know already hastickets to see it?
— Jonathan Mandell (@NewYorkTheater) March 16, 2013
DeniseSchneider @deniseschneider No.
Megan Ruskey @Megan315 yes.
Jeffrey Miele @jffmiele no.. I would tell them what I thought and that different things mean different things to different people
Ran Xia @rhinoriddler it’s rare that a show is ubiquitously agreed as bad. You might hate something another person loves.
Sam Payne Garland @SamPayneGarland Upfront. My feeling is even bad theater can be interesting. Also, best to bring non-theater types. Their standards are lower
Jonathan Mandell: Or hardcore theater people who want to see everything no matter want, to learn from.
Sam Payne Garland: That’s probably the category I fall under.
Daniel Bourque @Danfrmbourque: I try, but not easy. First thing I want to do when I see a bad show is yell loudly. So I say, “Go! We’ll talk afterwards!”
Peter Marks @petermarksdrama: If they hadn’t read my review, I’d keep my mouth shut.
Terry Teachout @terryteachout: Alas, that’s not an option for me!
Jonathan Mandell Why not a option? They haven’t necessarily read your review. You could say “I’d prefer you find out for yourself.”
Terry Teachout: The people I know who see shows normally keep up with what I write. If they were to ask, though, I’d tell them.
@parabasis As a non-reviewer, I always say “let me know what you think!”
Terry Teachout: I think that’s a good way to do it.
Jonathan Mandell: Is there a theatrical Heisenberg Principle:Does my pan prevent somebody from liking what they would have otherwise?
Terry Teachout: Isn’t that part of why we do what we do? I think of myself as a teacher first and foremost.
Cinderella cast to record album for Ghostlight today
A person isn’t happy unless they’re building something,” says Dr. Dan Loggins, junior archaeologist, trying to explain why the people of a lost ancient Native American civilization built mounds of earth in Illinois.
“There’d be people perfectly willing to tear something down,” says Cynthia, the wife of his colleague, chief archaeologist Dr. August Howe.
The late Lanford Wilson seemed to be exploring the two conflicting impulses — searching for the meaning of civilization — in “The Mound Builders,” his dark, cerebral 1975 play that the Signature Theater is reviving. It is less accessible than Wilson’s later and most popular play, “Talley’s Folly,” which the Roundabout is currently reviving a few blocks away.