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Season Of The Scenario
This may be the season of the scenario. In the space of two months, audiences in Ann Arbor, MI, experienced two productions that were designed before they were written. Both involved tricky entranceways
Caution: Robotic Technology At Work
Problem Please turn on your cell phones, and set them to vibrate. Spectators have played a part in performance since theatre began, laughing, gasping,
When Direction Responds To Design
Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman unfolds in an interrogation room where a writer is investigated because the plots of his gruesome stories resemble
Homeless In The American Theatre
Even as housing prices plummet, homes remain beyond reach for too many theatres. Under-funded and struggling to survive, young theatres, and a growing
Problem/Solution: Naked City
Problem No curtain. No scenery. So begins Our Town. When director David Cromer began work on the show for the Hypocrites Theatre Company in Chicago, he
Problem/Solution: Suspension of Disbelief
Problem Kate Robin's Intrigue with Faye is the story of a therapist and a documentary filmmaker who try mending their troubled relationship with videotape.
Problem/Solution: Projection To The Rescue
San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse (LJP) thinks of itself as a research and development lab for new American plays headed for Broadway. Shows have to be big,
Problem/Solution: Everything To Everyone
Problem If you haven't seen one of Terry Gipson's production designs lately, chances are your kids have. Rhinebeck, NY-based Gipson Design Group has done
Problem/Solution: Seaside Setting
Problem Michael Yeargan's design for the Lincoln Center revival of South Pacific is more presentational than realistic, with a tropical bamboo surround
Problem/Solution: Working The Floor
Problem There are surprises in the Guthrie Theatre's Peer Gynt. Some are in Ibsen's fantastical story. Some are in Tim Carroll's production of Robert
Ring Settings
Problem Wagner's four-opera, 15-hour, The Ring of the Nibelung, is an enormous undertaking, no matter when you do it or where. The Ring Cycle has several
Big River, Small Stage
Problem The University of Michigan Department of Musical Theatre has launched some notable Broadway careers. Students graduate knowing how to sing, act,
Problem/Solution: Spatial Relations At NYU's Skirball Center
Problem The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University gives student designers and actors a chance to work in a huge space. Director
Problem/Solution: Playing The Cape, Inside And Out
Problem: When the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (WHAT) opened in Cape Cod in 1985, the house looked like an old oyster shack on the beach and had only
Problem/Solution: A Disappearing Design
Problem: Each year, the Huntington Theatre strikes a show early in its run, stores it, sets up a ceremony, and then restores the show all in 38 hours,

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