Revist Childlike Splendor With “Mother GOOSE!”

By Matt Markowski, Contributing Writer   The New York City Ballet presented a revival of “Mother GOOSE!” on Feb. 10 at Florence Gould Hall, with original choreography by Keith Michael and a four hand piano score by Vladimir Shinov. The production will begin touring to various cities in the coming months, where it is sure…

“Once on This Island” at the Circle in the Square Theatre

By Kamila Daurenova, Contributing Writer The first-ever revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s “Once on This Island” feels like a 90-minute escape to the Caribbean. As the the Circle in the Square’s title suggests, the audience is seated in a circle surrounding the sand-covered stage; complete with a hut and body of water at…

The Hamilton Education Program Gives NYC Students Their Shot

By Khrysgiana Pineda, Theater Editor History was watching Wednesday morning when New York City students took to Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theater stage to perform in front of the cast of Hamilton. With the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the NYC Department of Education gave 15,000 New York…

Ballet Hispanico at the Apollo

By Devanshi Khetarpal, Staff Writer   Last Saturday, New York’s Ballet Hispanico showcased three pieces at the Apollo Theater: Bury Me Standing (1998), choreographed by Ramón Oller; Espiritu Vivo (2012), choreographed by Ronald K. Brown; and Con Brazos Abiertos (2017), choreographed by Michelle Manzanales.   Ballet Hispanico, a premier, quintessentially Latin dance organization aims to…

3rd Annual Elsie Fest Charms Central Park

By Julia Fields, Contributing Writer This past Sunday, the Third Annual Elise Fest took place in Central Park at Rumsey Playfield Summerstage. Darren Criss, actor and musician from “Glee” and “How to Succeed in Business” on Broadway, created Elsie Fest for the Broadway lover. Criss hopes that this festival spreads awareness for the importance of…

New Play ‘The View UpStairs’ Remembers Pulse Shooting

By Annaluz Cabrera, Staff Writer Tragedy inspires art, or so goes the saying. In light of recent events — most prominently the mass shooting at gay nightclub Pulse — a musical about violence towards the LGBT community is particularly relevant. While provocative, the new musical about the second deadliest attack on gay clubs in U.S….

Life and Love in 1970s Pittsburgh

By Kamila Daurenova, Contributing Writer With “Fences” nominated for multiple academy awards and “Jitney” on Broadway, the legendary two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson is making a welcome comeback to American stage and screen. Both works belong to his crowning achievement “The Century Cycle,” a series of 10 plays that aim to raise consciousness…

“The Present” Is Painfully Appropriate for Our Present

By Kamila Daurenova, Contributing Writer Vodka, fireworks and existential crises; every ingredient necessary for a Russian birthday party can be found in Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh’s Broadway debut “The Present.” Revamped by Andrew Upton for The Sydney Theatre Company, the play is based on Anton Chekhov’s first and lesser-known “Platonov,” never finished and only…

‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ Broadway’s Next Big Thing

By Kamila Daurenova, Contributing Writer “When you’re falling in a forest, and there’s nobody around / do you ever really crash or even make a sound?” Outside the untouchable “Hamilton,” you’ll be hard-pressed to find an audience rising for a standing ovation faster than that of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s new original musical “Dear…

Remains of the Play: A Night of Horror for Halloween

By Michael Landes, Contributing Writer Halloween is no longer the spooky holiday it once was (if it ever was that). Mostly, it means that college students get permission to dress up and go out in costumes in late October. But for those who were seeking frights on Halloween, the new play “Remains” at Theater Lab was…

“Hamilton” Then and Now

By Dyanna Fleites-Cruz, Contributing Writer Alexander Hamilton has officially become a household name once again. After being the founding father that was forgotten everywhere but Wall Street, Hamilton now seems to be everywhere. Much — if not all — of this can be attributed to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s brilliant musical, “Hamilton,” which premiered on Broadway in 2015…

Three Reflections on Theater at TNC

By Michael Landes, Contributing Writer Lorinne Vozoff and Eduardo Machado are no freshly-minted BFA graduates, trying to make their mark for the first time on a New York stage. Rather, they are veterans of the theater, with many credits to each of their names, and the experience that they bring to the stage is clear…