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The Week in New York Theater Reviews
I loved “KPOP” when I saw it five years ago Off Broadway, but the “KPOP” on Broadway is not the same show …. It’s still exciting, sometimes thrilling — but it’s a packaged entertainment rather than an adventure in theater.… a K-pop concert…. The stories are presented awkwardly and mostly feel like filler between the musical productions.
a singular adaptation…The most obvious distinction is Mays’ quick-change artistry … also extraordinarily well-designed….I couldn’t help wondering whether a 1,200-seat Broadway theater was the ideal venue to showcase this performer’s talents. The dim lighting and occasional total darkness had a different effect when so many of the audience (not all of them in the far-away seats) were already straining to follow what has happening on stage. Full Review
Fourteen odd and inventive works by graduating “experience designers” were showcased during a day-long event. “This is not about ‘how can I do this play?’ This is ‘how can I change people’s lives?’”
Zach Morris, co-artistic director of Third Rail Projects, one of the premiere immersive theater companies in the city, had been invited to give feedback to the graduating students about their projects. So I asked him: Is this theater?
“In some ways, all of this has to do with immersive theater,” Morris replied. “Because immersive theater is an exercise in creating an experience for an audience. The concepts around experience design are fundamental to immersive theater, and I would say are fundamental to the making of culture, especially now.”
The Week in New York Theater News
Agatha Christie’s thriller, “The Mousetrap,” the longest running play in the world, which celebrated its 70th anniversary Friday on the West End, announced that a production is coming to Broadway in Spring 2023.(Mousetrap Broadway) Details are so far…a mystery. Tickets will go on sale in the new year. Christie, a popular and prolific writer of murder mysteries who died in 1976, had five plays on Broadway either adapted from one of her stories, or that she wrote directly, but this is the first production of “The Mousetrap” to make it to New York.
Sign language interpreter Keith Wann and the Theatre Development Fund have reached a settlement in his lawsuit against TDF rescinding his job offer to interpret for The Lion King because he is white. “The matter between myself and TDF, has been resolved and both parties are satisfied with the discussions that ensued. I look forward to the review of the process that will come from this to hopefully benefit the interpreting profession,” as he explains in a follow-up video. in ASL with a transcript in English.
(The background: The Lion King ASL Discrimination Suit: The Deaf/ASL Community Reacts)
The 22nd annual production of “The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway” took place at Town Hall on November 21, the first live return of this flagship event since the onset of the pandemic. (It was not open for review.)
Irene Cara, 63, an Oscar and Grammy winning singer and actor famed for “Fame” and “Flashdance,” was also a four-time Broadway veteran. Born Irene Escalera in New York, she made her Off-Broadway debut at the age of seven, and her Broadway debut at the age of nine.
Michael Feingold, 77, playwright, dramaturg, translator, and, above all, superb theater critic. A graduate of Columbia and the Yale School of Drama, he started at the Village Voice in 1971. As a frequent judge for the Obie Awards, he helped shape New York theater.
Michael Butler, 95, the “hippie millionaire” who brought Hair to Broadway.. “His only previous producing experience had involved staging polo matches.”
Ned Rorem, 99, prolific American composer and famed diarist, who recounted his relationships with four famous men in theater and music:: Leonard Bernstein, Noel Coward, Samuel Barber, and Virgil Thomson.
Stephen Sondheim died a year ago on Saturday at the age of 91. If the musical theater composer and lyricist was revered during his lifetime, attention to his work has only accelerated in the year since his death….Test whether your knowledge of his work has kept pace, with this ten-question quiz.
The Week’s Theater Video
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