Hannah Gadsby’s “Nanette” Gets Real

By Nina Donoghue, Contributing Writer Hannah Gadsby has mastered the art of keeping people on their toes. Her one-woman comedy show “Nanette” may not be one for the casual comedy fan. During the show’s five-week stint at the Soho Playhouse, audiences are treated to 20 minutes of a delightfully deadpan, often lesbian-centric Gadsby set, recalling…

NYU Steinhardt Comes ‘Of a Certain Age’

By Jessica Xing, Contributing Writer   “Of a Certain Age,” a production created by NYU Steinhardt’s Program in Educational Theater, works to question the invisibility of old age — it is an examination of how performing artists, who thrive on being visible, deal with their slow but gradual erasure from a craft to which they’ve…

The Public Theatre Gets Political with “The Low Road”

By Emma Hernando, Staff Writer With the stress brought on by America’s current political climate, we are inundated by every source of entertainment media addressing politics- from social media to the Oscars. Sometimes it seems the only place we truly can escape are through theatre and film, but because these times are so pivotal, theatre…

Revist Childlike Splendor With “Mother GOOSE!”

By Matt Markowski, Contributing Writer   The New York Theatre 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…