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Filk on Stage
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Filk on Stage

How the Underground Sci-Fi Folk Genre Found a Home Off-Broadway

by Jen Gushue
4 December 2018
Hope in the Shadows
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Hope in the Shadows

Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me

by Jennifer Schmidt
29 November 2018
Four Hundred Years of #MeToo in the Anthropologists’ Artemisia’s Intent
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Four Hundred Years of #MeToo in the Anthropologists’ Artemisia’s Intent

by Emily White
12 November 2018
Performer holds a mic for another performer playing a guitar
Filk on Stage
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Filk on Stage

How the Underground Sci-Fi Folk Genre Found a Home Off-Broadway

4 December 2018

Jen Gushue explores the emergence of filk theatre, a niche genre that uses a folk-concert frame as a basis for storytelling.

performer gives a speech in front of framed pictures
Hope in the Shadows
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Hope in the Shadows

Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me

29 November 2018

Jenifer Schmidt examines Heidi Schreck’s new solo play that speaks to women’s political, cultural, and social history in the United States.

An actor in period costume holds up a fist on stage
Four Hundred Years of #MeToo in the Anthropologists’ Artemisia’s Intent
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Four Hundred Years of #MeToo in the Anthropologists’ Artemisia’s Intent

12 November 2018

Emily White takes a deeper look at the parallels between artist Artemisia Gentileschi’s sexual assault trial from the 1600s and the trial testimonies of today, all of which is explored in the show Artemisia’s Intent.

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The Politician as an Artist—Lecture and Conversation featuring Budapest-based Theatre Critic Noémi Herczog
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The Politician as an Artist—Lecture and Conversation featuring Budapest-based Theatre Critic Noémi Herczog

with Philip Arnoult and Ramona Ostrowski

Thursday 1 November 2018
Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Center for International Theatre Development presented The Politician as an Artist—a lecture and conversation featuring Budapest-based Theatre Critic Noémi Herczog with Philip Arnoult and Ramona Ostrowski livestreaming from Emerson College in Boston on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 1 November 2018 at 9 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York) / 16:00 UTC +0 (London) / 17:00 UTC +1 (Budapest). 

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A Revolt of the Beavers for Our Time
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A Revolt of the Beavers for Our Time

10 October 2018

Theatre professor Robert Hubbard writes about Kit Bix’s recent adaptation of Louis Lantz and Oscar Saul’s 1937 play Revolt of the Beavers for the 2018 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Tilikum and Wading into Better Criticism
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Tilikum and Wading into Better Criticism

28 August 2018

Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel talks about the importance of “good” criticism through the lens of Kristiana Rae Colón’s play Tilikum.

On Harassment Policies for Critics in the Age of #MeToo
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On Harassment Policies for Critics in the Age of #MeToo

26 August 2018

Kitty Drexel discusses how the New England theatre community is working to improve their harassment policies, and what the critic's role can be in making inclusive spaces that are safe for all.

On Neo-Futurism
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On Neo-Futurism

15 August 2018

Writer and performer Rob Onorato explores what makes the Chicago Neo-Futurists so special.

The Collaborative Possibilities of Mediaturgy
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The Collaborative Possibilities of Mediaturgy

14 August 2018

Katherine Swimm discusses New Rep Theatre’s Boston production of Ripe Frenzy, and the innovative collaboration between playwright Jennifer Barclay and projection designer Jared Mezzocchi.

Theatre Criticism Now
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Theatre Criticism Now

Twitter Chat Archive 13 August 2018

9 August 2018

Announcing a #howlround twitter chat on the state of theatre criticism now on Monday 13 August at 4pmET.

Twenty-five Meditations on SITI Company’s Theater Piece No. 1
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Twenty-five Meditations on SITI Company’s Theater Piece No. 1

29 July 2018

David Dudley explores the story behind John Cage’s Theater Piece No. 1 and discuses SITI Company’s recent production of it, which was conceived and directed by Anne Bogart.

Red Hills and the Question of Who Gets to Tell What Stories
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Red Hills and the Question of Who Gets to Tell What Stories

15 July 2018

Bertie Ferdman looks at En Garde Arts’ production of Red Hills, which explores the question: “Who has the right to tell what stories?”

Community Legacy is “Inherited” in Matthew Lopez’s Play
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Community Legacy is “Inherited” in Matthew Lopez’s Play

21 June 2018

Scholar Emily Garside explores the ideas at the heart of Matthew Lopez’s play The Inheritance and the way in which the story acts as a response to Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.

New Visions, Voices, and Perspectives in Theatre for Young Audiences
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New Visions, Voices, and Perspectives in Theatre for Young Audiences

19 June 2018

Elizabeth Brendel Horn writes about Cartography at the Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices festival.

Eating the Rich
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Eating the Rich

Sweeney Todd’s Vicious Capitalism

18 June 2018

Cassidy Dawn Graves writes about the anti-capitalist narrative present in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and the significance of producing the musical in 2018.

The Boys in the Band and the Limitations of Gay History on Stage
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The Boys in the Band and the Limitations of Gay History on Stage

7 June 2018

Jonathan Mandell writes about The Boys in the BandThe Gentleman Caller, and 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous, and discusses their portrayal of gay male characters.

The Orphan in Me
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The Orphan in Me

Generational Trauma in Hyung Seok Jeon’s A Held Posture

6 May 2018

Dominick DeGaetano reflects on Hyung Seok Jeon’s A Held Posture, which last performed at Theaterlab in New York City in January 2018.

Broadway in a Year of Reckoning
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Broadway in a Year of Reckoning

3 May 2018

New York critic Jonathan Mandell gives us a glimpse at the recently ended Broadway season, and reflects on how these shows have handled the past as a way to adapt to our current sociopolitical moment.

Using Storytelling and Dance to Transform a Community Space
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Using Storytelling and Dance to Transform a Community Space

1 May 2018

Caroline Prugh discusses Kaimera Productions’ SPACES, a site-specific performance weaving together storytelling and dance that took place in June 2017 at the Harlem Arts Festival in New York City.

A Work of the Body
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A Work of the Body

Deconstructing Preconceived Notions of Disability and Dance in Piece by Piece

29 April 2018

Emily White writes about Rebeccah Simone Bogue’s Piece by Piece, which was presented as a work in progress in New York City in February 2018.

A Guide to Constructing Empathy
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A Guide to Constructing Empathy

19 April 2018

James Wyrwicz reflects on how two shows, Say Something Bunny! and Margarete, use found audio and video recordings as the basis for storytelling.

Symphonie Fantastique and the Triumph and Trap of Puppetry
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Symphonie Fantastique and the Triumph and Trap of Puppetry

5 April 2018

Jonathan Mandell reflects on the twentieth anniversary production of Basil Twist's Symphonie Fastastique at HERE Arts Center in New York City.

Coney Island’s Fantastical History
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Coney Island’s Fantastical History

What Love Never Dies Leaves Out

1 April 2018

Kitty Drexel writes about the failure of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies to accurately represent the performers with disabilities that made New York City's Coney Island famous.

In Kraków, Good Ghosts and Bad at the 2017 Divine Comedy Festival
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In Kraków, Good Ghosts and Bad at the 2017 Divine Comedy Festival

13 March 2018

Robert Duffley reflects on four shows from the 2017 Divine Theatre Comedy Festival in Kraków, Poland.

Black Pain On Stage
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Black Pain On Stage

1 March 2018

Jonathan Mandell looks at several current plays that depict violence by or against African Americans, including  LeKethia Dalcoe's A Small Oak Tree Runs Red, Gabriel Jason Dean's Terminus, and Althea Harris's Is God Is.