Sleeping Over at The White House?, Overheard at Westsider…,
Nia Vardalos' Adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS,
Itamar Moses & David Yazbek's THE BAND'S VISIT, Jenny Rachel Weiner's
KINGDOM COME, Richard Greenberg's THE BABYLON LINE, Kristen Anderson
Lopez, James Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan, Sara Wordsworth's IN TRANSIT,
Bill Shakespeare or Chris Marlowe's OTHELLO, Dan LeFranc's RANCHO
VIEJO, Tom Schuiman's DEAD POETS' SOCIETY, Sarah DeLappe's THE WOLVES,
Chris Cragin Day & Max McLean's MARTIN LUTHER ON TRIAL, Brooke
Maxwell & Jacob Richmond's RIDE THE CYCLONE, Laoisa Sexton's THE
PIGEON IN THE TAJ MAHAL, The Q Brothers JQ & GQ Offer: OTHELLO:
THE REMIX, Robert Creighton, Peter Colley, & Christopher McGovern's
CAGNEY, Neil Simon's SWEET CHARITY, Georg Frideric Händel's MESSIAH,
Drue Droege's BRIGHT COLORS & BOLD PATTERNS, SWINE LAKE, PATTERNS
IN SPACE, NAPOLI PAS DE SIX, & RAYMOND'S WEDDING
Bill Shakespeare or Chris Marlowe's CORIOLANUS, Qui Nguyen's VIETGONE,
Horton Foote's THE ROADS TO HOME, E. Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy, &
Burton Lane's FINIAN'S RAINBOW, Adam Bock's A LIFE, William Finn &
James Lapine's FALSETTOS, Athol Fugard's "MASTER HAROLD"
AND THE BOYS, Nicky Silver's THIS DAY FORWARD, Signor Carlo Goldoni's
THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, Various Cooks Concoct PARTY PEOPLE, Richard
Nelson's WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE: Play 3 of The Gabriels: Election
Year in the Life of One Family, Lynn Nottage's SWEAT, Chazz Palminteri,
Alan Menken, & Glenn Slater's A Bronx Tale
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS, Craig Francis & Rick Miller’s
TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, Mel Brooks & Tommy Meehan’s
THE PRODUCERS, Neil LaBute’s ALL THE WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU,
Irving Berlin’s HOLIDAY INN: THE NEW IRVING BERLIN MUSICAL,
Brian Friel’s AFTERPLAY, Nick Kroll & John Mulaney’s
OH, HELLO ON BROADWAY, Peter Brook & Marie Hélène
Estienne’s BATTLEFIELD, NC Hunter’s A DAY BY THE SEA,
Tony Chekhov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Mitzi Adams Presents ADAMS
COMPANY DANCE: BEHIND THE LENS, Jonathan Larson’s TICK, TICK…
BOOM!, The Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS: CABINET OF CURIOSITIES,
Sarah Jones’ SELL/BUY/DATE, Louis Karchin & Diane Osen’s
JANE EYRE, Ricky Ian Gordon & Royce Vavrek’s 27, Ben Hecht
& Charles MacArthur’s THE FRONT PAGE, David Hare’s
PLENTY, Simon Stephens’ HEISENBERG, Maurice Ravel’s PIANO
CONCERTO IN G MAJOR, Christopher Hampton’s Adaptation of Choderlos
de Laclos’ LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, Robert Wilson & Mikhail
Baryshnikov’s LETTER TO A MAN, Sherry Eaker’s ATCA Mini
Bill Shakespeare or Chris Marlowe’s CORIOLANUS, Qui Nguyen’s
VIETGONE, Horton Foote’s THE ROADS TO HOME, Adam Bock’s
A LIFE, William Finn & James Lapine’s FALSETTOS, Athol Fugard’s
"MASTER HAROLD" … AND THE BOYS, Nicky Silver’s
THIS DAY FORWARD, Signor Carlo Goldoni’s THE SERVANT OF TWO
MASTERS, Various Cooks Concoct PARTY PEOPLE, Richard Nelson’s
WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE: Play 3 of The Gabriels: Election Year in the
Life of One Family, Lynn Nottage’s SWEAT, Chazz Palminteri,
Alan Menken, & Glenn Slater’s A Bronx Tale
Reviews of the 2013-2014 Season
Margaret Croyden reviews "A Midsummer Night’s Dream,"
"The Suit," "Fragments," "Matilda,"
"King Lear," "Richard III," "Twelfth Night,"
"Waiting for Godot," "No Man’s Land," "Betrayal,"
"The Glass Menagerie" and "A Raisin in the Sun."
Reviews of the
Margaret Croyden reflects on Matilda, I'll Eat You Last, The Nance,
The Testament of Mary, Lucky Guy, The Suit, Picnic, Cat on a Hot Tin
Roof, Glengarry Glen Ross, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Chaplin,
An Enemy of the People, The Heiress, Golden Boy, Heartless, Clybourne
Park, Other Desert Cities, The Best Man, Vanya and Sonia and Masha
and Spike, Macbeth and Fragments by Samuel Beckett directed by Peter
Reviews of the
Margaret Croyden has gathered this summary of her reflections on Peter
Brook's "A Magic Flute," four plays by The Royal Shakespeare,
Langella in "Man and Boy," "Follies," "Private
Lives," Peter Brook's "Fragments," "Krapp's Last
Tape" at BAM, "Bonnie and Clyde," "Hugh Jackman:
Back on Broadway," Athol Fugard's "Road to Mecca,"
"Seminar" by Theresa Reebeck, "Columnist" by David
Auburn and "Death of a Salesman" directed by Mike Nichols.
If you’re in a dark mood and want to travel back in time to
the 1930s in a frivolous world of glitz and glam, cocktails, and England’s
upper crust, then go see Private Lives by Noël Coward.. In this
production, directed by Richard Eyre, glamour is the word.
Newly out of her
Margaret writes, "Friends, I’ve been away a long time writing
a new book, “The Years In Between – A Reporters Journey:
World War II-The Cold War." Here are some or her brief thoughts
on "Follies," Frank Langella and Peter Brook's "Magic
It is no wonder that "Billy Elliot" won so many Tony awards.
Rightly so. If you want to have a total theater experience and a memorable
evening full of joy and exuberance, see "Billy Elliot, "
a remarkable achievement. Although "Billy Elliot" is listed
as a Broadway musical, it is not an ordinary one. With a pignant story
and some terrific acting, besides unusual dancing, and gifted young
people who make up the plot, I assure you will be happy when you come
out of the theater and will long remember it. By Margaret Croyden.
articles from "Croyden's Corner"
lane at Showbiz Expo 2010. Photo by Cathy Rocher.
at ShowBiz Expo
ShowBiz Expo is the largest annual networking event for the entertainment
industry in NYC. It offers many possibilities to people from showbusiness
to meet each other. This year, attendees could visit the exhibition
hall and participate in workshops and focus groups. A film festival,
a headshot fair, a showbiz project board, casting calls and showcases
for music, movies and designers were also held. By Cathy Rocher.
BREAD -- Danusia Trevino
in "Wonder Bread" in gala at the Players Club. Photo
by JDZ Photography.
an autobiographical account of a woman's journey through poverty and
Rock and Roll.
An interview with Danusia Trevino, author and performer of "Wonder
Bread," takes us back to communist Poland to uncover more about
the production and how the process started. By Zita Bradley.
| Harold Pinter.
at a dinner party in Turkey, where the playwright challenged the U.S.
British playwright Harold Pinter died on December 24, 2008. He was
a man committed to political freedom and did his part to promote it.
By Lucy Komisar.
A Dialogue with
the Polish Master Krystian Lupa
In Europe, the Polish stage director Krystian Lupa is considered a
theatrical giant. As attested by the 13th Europe Theatre Prize that
was bestowed upon him this past April, Lupa is ranked alongside such
major world figures as Harold Pinter, Peter Brook, Ariane Mnouchkine
and Pina Bausch. A director, stage designer and writer, Lupa has been
honored with an Austrian Cross of Merit in 2001 and the French Order
of the Fine Arts and Humanities in 2002. As my interview with Lupa
below shows (conducted with a Polish translator), Lupa is deeply aware
that many gurus are emperors with no clothes—that often actors
blindly follow a great artist by simple virtue of their charisma.
In his most recent works, particularly Factory 2 and Persona, Lupa
seeks to expose the irony of the phenomenon of personality, and he
doesn’t mind besmirching the sacred idols to prove his point.
By Randy Gener.
from a photo of a roundtable at NYU in 1983: moderator Rosette
Lamont and guest Eugene Ionesco. Photo by Beverly Pabst.
Places and Things
Our own Rosette C. Lamont, a renowned theater critic, eminent author,
distinguished teacher and leading authority on the works of Samuel
Beckett and Eugene Ionesco, died on January 5, 2012 in Falmouth, Massachusetts
after a lengthy illness. By Allen Lang and Jonathan Slaff.