Angels in America: The Great Work Returns

Originally published June 12, 2018 via The Charger Bulletin

There’s a reason why playwright Tony Kushner’s 1993 masterwork Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is known as The Great Work. It’s exactly that: great.

All seven and a half hours of it.

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The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Premiere Sets Up Promising Season

Originally published January 22, 2018 via The Charger Bulletin

Following in the success of the season before it, season two of FX’s anthology series American Crime Storypremiered on Jan. 17 to mostly positive critical reviews, despite a series-low number of viewers. Each season of American Crime Story is self-contained and acts like a miniseries; there’s no overlap between season one, The People v. O.J. Simpson, and the newly-premiered season two, The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

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“A Chorus Line” 101

Originally published November 9 via The Charger Bulletin

A Chorus Line is one of the most well-known, well-loved and successful American musicals of all time. Winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1976, A Chorus Line set a precedent for musicals, including perfecting the concept musical format. Beginning next Wednesday Nov. 15, through Saturday the 18, the University of New Haven Theater program will present A Chorus Line in Bucknall Theater.

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The Book of Mormon says “Hello!” to New Haven

Originally published October 1 via The Charger Bulletin.

Since opening on Broadway in 2011, The Book of Mormon has played over 2,700 performances on the Great White Way. A production in London opened in 2013, and two national tours have launched; one wrapped up in 2016 and the other is still booking through October 2018. The popularity of the show has not died down in the 6 years since it played its world-premiere performance. The tour keeps returning to cities it has already played and the Broadway show still sells tickets for standing room only every night, indicating the show is sold out.

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Gender Inequality In The Theater

Originally written in December 2016 as a final assignment. 

Audra McDonald. Patti LuPone. Bernadette Peters.

These are some of Broadway’s brightest stars.

LuPone and Peters have become household names through their prolific careers, McDonald became the first actor in history to win a Tony in each of the four acting categories.

It is not hard for them to find roles on stage.

Julie Taymor. Garry Hynes. Cyndi Lauper. Lisa Kron. Jeanine Tesori.

These women work on the creative side of the theater, as directors, lyricists and composers. Only recently, they have had the opportunity to become more successful and recognized for their work.

The opportunities are less abundant as a female creative in the theater.

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A Continuing Tradition

Originally written in November 2016 as a midterm assignment.

There is one word to describe how “Fiddler on the Roof”’s fictional shtetl of Anatevka kept its balance through the rocky beginnings of the 20th century: tradition. In the opening number of the musical – aptly titled “Tradition” – a milkman named Tevye, states that they have traditions for everything – “How to eat, how to sleep, how to wear clothes.” Continue reading