Author archive: Smith and Kraus

A new cheatsheet for theater buffs

April 28, 2010, So, you have a term paper on Euripides due tomorrow and you haven’t even cracked “Medea,” “The Trojan Women” or any other of the ancient Greek writer’s tragedies. Or you’re an actor who has an audition this week for a Tom Stoppard play and you don’t have time — between your other…

The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2014

The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2014

In The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2014 you will find fifty terrific new ten-minute plays, all successfully produced during the 2013-2014 theatrical season. They are written in a variety of styles. Some are realistic; some comic; and some are dramatic. Included in this volume is a comprehensive list of theatres which do ten-minute plays. View on…

The Best Stage Monologues 2014

The Best Stage Monologues 2014

The Best Stage Monologues 2014 (The Best Women’s Stage Monologues and The Best Men’s Stage Monologues) are from the 2013-2014 theatrical season are presented in two essential books!  Here, you will find a rich and varied selection of monologues from plays – most are for younger performers (teens through thirties), but there are also some excellent pieces for…

Monologues for Latino/a Actors

Monologues for Latino/a Actors

Monologues for Latino/a Actors, A Resource Guide to Contemporary Latino/a Playwrights for Actors and Teachers.  This book is organized a little differently than most published collections of monologues.  Each chapter is arranged in several sections: “About the Playwright,” “LIst of Plays,” “Playwright Information,” “Performing the Monologues,” “The Monologues.” View on Amazon

An immersive experience or audience abuse?

An immersive experience or audience abuse?

Is there such a thing as audience abuse? Or is the audience a willing and eager partner in these practices?
More and more often today, theater productions are offering “audience participation” components that attract the public in droves. Some of these shows are set in conventional theaters, others — called “immersive” experiences — take place in unconventional settings. What I’m calling audience abuse is taking place in both, and it warrants scrutiny.

Take for example, the wildly popularSleep No More, Punchdrunk’s immersive theater experience loosely based onMacbeth, which is happening over on West 27th Street.

Shakespeare’s three kings, in London

Shakespeare’s three kings, in London

“Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.”
That Shakespearean prophesy (from Henry IV, Part II) remains profound, as modern-day presidents from Washington to Moscow to Damascus — not to mention one embattled governor of New Jersey — can attest. A tenuous crown comes with the job, and you never know what’s going to threaten it next. Leaders don’t get a break, nor should they expect one.
For that reason, the three Shakespearean kings currently reigning on London stages provide useful lessons for any leader with the time and the sense to listen. They also offer keen insight for the rest of us into what it means to rule.

On the Aisle with Larry, January 17, 2013

In this column, Larry reports on GOLDEN BOY, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, THE OTHER PLACE, THE GREAT GOD PAN, GOLDEN AGE, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, TAR BABY and WATER BY THE SPOONFUL.   Clifford Odets is having quite a year. Currently on the boards is an exemplary production of Golden Boy, and later this season we’ll have The Big Knife. Golden…

On the Aisle with Larry, 13 December 2012

Lawrence Harbison, our very own critic, brings you up to date with what’s hot and what’s not in New York. This week, Larry reports on GIANT, DEAD ACCOUNTS, THE GOOD MOTHER, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, GOLDEN CHILD, THE PIANO LESSON, THE LAST SEDER, THE ANARCHIST, CHECKERS andFIGARO. Giant, the new musical at the Public Theater, is…

On the Aisle with Larry, 27 November 2012

Lawrence Harbison, our very own critic, brings you up to date with what’s hot and what’s not in New York. This week, Larry reports on SCANDALOUS, A CHRISTMAS STORY, FOREVER DUSTY, VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, EMOTIONAL CREATURE, ANNIE, RADIANCE, FALLING, THE HEIRESS, MODERN TERRORISM, FOREVER DUSTY, A TWIST OF WATER, THE WHALE, THE…

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