Posts by: ndo

Is NYC still alive and kicking?

I found this article questioning NYC’s status as the cultural capital of the world. This is a question I have been pondering over the last year or so. Especially after living in London for a semester, and traveling to places like Prague, Madrid, and even San Francisco that are so culturally rich. I think for […]

Gloria’s Cause: Critical Response

Gloria’s Cause is a new dance based, rock musical performance created by Dave Prosica and Peggy Piacenza and choreographed by Dayna Hanson. Hanson was a founding member of the acclaimed Seattle based dance theatre group 33 Fainting Spells. This production was developed in residence at On The Boards and originally performed in Portland as a […]

Anderson Project: Critical Response

A few weeks ago I saw the Anderson Project at Arts Emerson with Cloteal and Stephen. I am so glad the three of us went to see the show together because this was the kind of piece you want to talk about after. The Anderson Project is a one man show written and directed by […]

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: Critical Response

The Huntington Theatre Company’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom by August Wilson, directed by Liesl Tommy, is a funny, engaging, violent, tragic, endearing, and, at time,s overwhelming story about the blues, and much more. The characters in this play are all rich and fully developed, and it takes three hours to even begin to unpack their […]

Please Don’t Start a Theatre Company

I found this article, by theatre director and arts consultant, Rebecca Novick, that is a plea to young theatre makers not to start theatre companies. The title immediately stood out to me because I have read and heard so much lately that we have to be willing to start our own companies because there won’t […]

Is it fair to Jeer? And other thoughts…

As part of ArtsBeat’s weekly Theatre Talkback column,  David Fox wrote an article about  booing in theatre performances. For the most part Fox seems to be against booing actors onstage during a performance. He suggests alternative methods of showing your lack of enthusiasm for the production, like not clapping at curtain call. Personally I think […]

Ensemble-Created Work Changing Theatre Scene

I found this article about how Ensemble based theatre is changing America’s (specifically LA’s) Theatre Scene. The article talks about the movement towards work that is created through a collaboration of actors, directors, and playwrights. It is a really great article, and people considering going to LA next year should check out the theatre companies […]


Today I participated in The Box Project. It was a project that is part of a University wide initiative to have students from other schools get to know each other and collaborate. Last night we were split up into teams, given a box with a ton of stuff in it, a theme, and told to […]

Throwing Tennis Balls and Pushing Boundaries

Director Daniel Fish, and an ensemble of 5 actors, are producing a piece at Chocolate Factory in Long Island City, Queens. The piece is based on audio recordings of the late and highly popular David Foster Wallace. I was drawn to this article because it seems very similar to the production of Gob Squad’s The […]

Broadway Backwards

Have you guys ever heard of this?- Broadway Backwards is a charity show that is put together by Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids. It is a night where Broadway stars perform a number of songs, but they sing roles traditionally sung by the opposite gender, and have women singing love songs to other women, and […]

Pre-Peter Pan

This show sounds really exciting to me, and I wanted to share it with you guys. Peter and the Star Catcher has its Broadway premier at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre next month. It is a prequel to J.M. Barrie’s novel “Peter and Wendy,” and tells the story of how Peter met Captain Hook and became […]

Out with the Old

I found this article that reminded me of the discussion we had in class about the roles available to minorities in contemporary theatre. This article focuses on the lack of roles available for “older women” in British Theatres. In the same way that our stages are not reflecting the world that we live in racially, […]

Time for Change

Recently, for obvious reasons,  I have been drawn to articles about the future of theatre.  I think that if I were to give my blogs so far a title, they would be called -The future as an artist, what the hell are we going to do? I found this article about the current, and future […]

What happened to the Melting Pot?

I found this article comparing the poster art for different productions of “Red,” by John Logan. While the comparison of the poster art is interesting, the article sparked other ideas. Almost 30 theatres across the country, from Arizona, to New Jersey, to Florida produced “Red” by John Logan in their the same show in the […]

Opera Boston Closing

Opera Boston recently announced that due to a $500,000 budget deficit, they will be closing. This is not only sad news for opera lovers, but it could also have a significant impact on students choosing to study opera in Boston. Students graduating from opera programs at Boston Conservatory, Berkley, and Boston University will have fewer […]