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…

“Brewed” Stirs a Powerful Storm

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor Imagine a horror movie, but as a play. Now imagine it better. Imagine it subtler, more complex in its plot, and with just as many chills but without the clearly-fake blood. Imagine walking in to see a cauldron, expecting witches, and getting mysteries that you want to know the answer…

“Little Stories” Sees Big Success

By Joseph Myers, Staff Writer Fairytales of the Brothers Grimm are staples of the childhood experience in the Western world, but so many of our experience with these stories are quite far removed from their original source, whether it’s Disney films, pop-up books or the oral tradition of storytelling. A select few fairy tales have…

A Different Sort of Scary

 By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor Some theater makes you think and question things. Some theater makes you scared. Some makes you laugh. Few pieces manage to do all of these, but “It’s Chill,” written by Isabelle Barbier and directed by Michael Malanga for this year’s New York International Fringe Festival, accomplishes the feat. Its simple…

“Johnny Darlin:” A Skillful Portrait of Coming Out

By Joseph Myers, Staff Writer Coming out of the closet is a shared experience by members of the LGBTQ+ community. Thanks to our heteronormative culture, coming out is probably at best a nerve-wracking and at worst, incredibly dangerous. “Johnny Darlin: Out of the Closet” is a multimedia cabaret performance centered around the experience of coming…

This Review Doesn’t Matter

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor Right from its “personality quiz” marketing stunt, it’s clear that “You Don’t Matter,” Paul Morris’ latest play, is setting itself up to make a crater-sized impact. The quiz, which has a handful of questions claiming to gauge whether or not you “matter,” is an obvious stunt – for each question,…