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Neal Brennan, Mike Birbiglia, and the Rise of Personal Comedy Theatre
Essay

Neal Brennan, Mike Birbiglia, and the Rise of Personal Comedy Theatre

by Brett Aresco
30 June 2017
The I Told You Show
Essay

The I Told You Show

Anthony Atamanuik’s Take on Trump, The Election, and Where It All Went Wrong

by Allison Raynor, Anthony Atamanuik
31 March 2017
One Man, Two Guvnors
Essay

One Man, Two Guvnors

When farce meets satire

by Anđela Vidović
28 February 2017
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Neal Brennan, Mike Birbiglia, and the Rise of Personal Comedy Theatre
Essay

Neal Brennan, Mike Birbiglia, and the Rise of Personal Comedy Theatre

30 June 2017

Brett Aresco looks at personal comedy theatre and recent shows by Neal Brennan and Mike Birbiglia.

The I Told You Show
Essay

The I Told You Show

Anthony Atamanuik’s Take on Trump, The Election, and Where It All Went Wrong

31 March 2017

Allison Raynor interviews Anthony Atamanuik, a Donald Trump impersonator who critiques both the president and audiences in his latest solo piece.

One Man, Two Guvnors
Essay

One Man, Two Guvnors

When farce meets satire

28 February 2017

Anđela Vidović critiques the relevance of a Croatian adaptation of Richard Bean's One Man, Two Guvnors.

Sexism and Spunk Duel Masterfully on Stage at DC’s Keegan Theatre
Essay

Sexism and Spunk Duel Masterfully on Stage at DC’s Keegan Theatre

3 November 2016

Patricia Davis on Keegan Theatre’s production of What We’re Up Against by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Susan Marie Rhea.

Neil Simon’s Legacy has Spoiled his Best Plays for Millennials
Essay

Neil Simon’s Legacy has Spoiled his Best Plays for Millennials

29 September 2016

Ricky Young-Howze writes about Neil Simon’s influence on pop culture comedic tropes.

Reconstructing and Reimagining
Essay

Reconstructing and Reimagining

Noah Diamond and the First Marx Brothers Musical

9 July 2016

David Levy discusses Noah Diamond’s adaptation and revival of I’ll Say She Is, the musical debut of the Marx Brothers. 

The Goodman Theatre revives Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker
Essay

The Goodman Theatre revives Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker

6 May 2016

David Dudley interviews members of the creative team behind the Goodman Theatre’s recent production of Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker.

The Dangerous Old Ladies of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Ripcord
Essay

The Dangerous Old Ladies of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Ripcord

19 April 2016

Ellen Mareneck on David Lindsay-Abaire’s Ripcord, directed by David Hyde Pierce at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. 

The Gainesville - Chicago Improv Connection
Essay

The Gainesville - Chicago Improv Connection

6 February 2016

Andrew Bailes describes the unlikely link between the Gainesville, Florida and Chicago, Illinois improv communities.

"Improvised Book Club" & Asking Your Audience to Do Homework
Essay

"Improvised Book Club" & Asking Your Audience to Do Homework

25 July 2013

Alice Stanley Jr. describes her experince at The Toch Theatre's "Improvised Book Club" and writes about how an audiences' preparation affects their involvement.

Joe Toplyn on Comedy Writing for Late Night TV at Dramatists Guild in New York—Thursday 13 November 2014
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Joe Toplyn on Comedy Writing for Late Night TV at Dramatists Guild in New York—Thursday 13 November 2014

The Dramatists Guild of America in association with Harvardwood presented Joe Toplyn on Comedy Writing for Late Night TV, moderated by Jane Condon,  livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 13 November at 3:30 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 5:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 6:30 p.m. EST (New York) / 23:30 GMT (London). 

A Craft Workshop: Improvising Your Play with Jeffrey Sweet at The Dramatists Guild in New York—Tuesday 23 October 2012
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A Craft Workshop: Improvising Your Play with Jeffrey Sweet at The Dramatists Guild in New York—Tuesday 23 October 2012

Dramatist Guild of America presented a workshop on improv techniques with Jeffrey Sweet livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 23 October at 2:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco)/ 4:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 5:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 21:30 GMT / 10:30 p.m. BST (London).