Author archive: cboynton

Moliere’s Don Juan, translated & adapted by Stephen Wadsworth

Moliere’s Don Juan, translated & adapted by Stephen Wadsworth

This book invites the reader to consider the history of Moliere’s much-censored and oft-bowdlerized play “Don Juan,” and to imagine, through this version of its text, its original fire. Moliere’s wildly controversial script enjoyed exactly one performance before the censors and lobbyists started pulling it apart. This version supposes what could or might have been…

2017 Theatre Brut Festival Anthology

2017 Theatre Brut Festival Anthology

A Collection of 28 Short Plays A Few Good PB&Js (Kehoe) After You (Blessing) Australia s Oldest Woman (Carroll) Barroom Sonata (Canfora) Blood Sausage (Biguenet) Braking in the New Boss (DiIorio) Cubs Win! (Smith) Deliver Us (August) Eve in the Hot Seat (Mori) Eviction (Frank) Exhibit A (Grant) Ful Nabit (Cunningham) Her Place in the…

A September of Surprises

It’s early in the theatre season, but already New York stages are filling with notable productions.  Some surprise and delight, others amuse, yet others shock and dismay.  All are worthy of our attention in what promises to be a compelling season. As You Like It at the Delacorte “All the world’s a stage/And everyone’s in…

Top Ten Trends of the 2016-2017 Season

Here are the top ten trends of New York theatre’s 2016-2017 season. What do they tell us about the state of the art? What do they reveal about the “zeitgeist”? 1) Radical renderings of the classics: the “deconstructionist” approach Several bold director stripped the classics to the bone, bearing what each thought was its essence….

Staged Reading Magic

Staged Reading Magic

Packed with ideas, insider tips, and a touch of Broadway gossip! – this practical guide shows you, step by step, how to transform simple script readings into breathtaking, memorable, theatrical experiences…and how to do it on a shoestring.  Written for anyone who wants to produce a successful reading, including professional and community theaters, actors, directors,…

222 More Comedy Monologues, 2 Minutes & Under

222 More Comedy Monologues, 2 Minutes & Under

The Funniest, Hottest Monologues available! From writers as varied as Anton Chekhov, Will Eno, Reina Hardy, David Rakoff, Mark Twain and Lauren Gunderson. You’ll find shades of comedy from light to dark, situational humor, word play, absurdity, surrealism, and first-rate character work by some very funny writers. It’s all here!  

July 2017 The Best of the Rest

July 2017: The Best of the Rest Summer is no longer a “slow theatre season.”  New shows are opening all around New York, surprising us with their richness and depth. Napoli, Brooklyn at the Laura Pels Theatre An onion isn’t a stage prop you’re used to seeing in the theatre, is it? But as carried…

June, 2017: New and Robust Offerings

June, 2017: New and Robust Offerings The Tony Awards have been announced, the official “season” is concluded, and summer is upon us.  But that doesn’t mean that New York theatre is “closed” for the summer. On the contrary, new and robust openings are causing a stir. Julius Caesar at Shakespeare in the Park First and…

The Bountiful Month of May

The Bountiful Month of May  It’s been a thrilling spring season for new plays on the New York stages. I’ve already reported on two notable ones (Sweat and Oslo) in previous months, but since they’ve moved to larger venues and are both up for Tony Awards on June 11, they merit repeat recognition. Sweat on…

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