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In need of a shape-up

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review the Broadway transfers of Thoughts of a Colored Man and Dana H. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Barbershops of the old-fashioned three-chair type are integral parts of Black urban neighborhoods, quasi-community centers where the locals not only get their hair cut but hang out, see friends, swap gossip, and shoot the breeze. I learned this from “Barbershop,” Tim Story’s charming 2002 screen comedy about a 40-year-old shop on the South Side of Chicago, and “Thoug...
Tags: Art, Florida, America, Story, Brooklyn, Broadway, Wall Street Journal, Ajblogs, Scott, Dana, South Side of Chicago, Lucas Hnath, Hnath, Deirdre O'Connell, Les Waters, Steve Cosson


‘Dana H’ Review: A Riveting Act of Theatrical Shamanism

“I’m in this world but I’m not,” the middle-aged woman confesses to an unseen interviewer in Lucas Hnath’s “Dana H.,” a mesmerizing solo show of theatrical shamanism that is receiving its Broadway bow. The voice is that of Dana Higginbotham, assured yet apprehensive, matter-of-fact but, at times, also on a razor’s edge. It is also […]
Tags: Reviews, Broadway, Dana, Lucas Hnath, Dana Higginbotham


A feel-good family funeral

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review two Broadway transfers, Chicken & Biscuits and Is This a Room. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Douglas Lyons’s “Chicken & Biscuits,” the third of an unprecedented eight shows by Black playwrights that are set to open on Broadway this season, bills itself as “a feel-good comedy that will feed your soul.” This production, which is extremely well directed by Zhailon Levingston, originated at a theater in Queens but was forced to close after less than two weeks bec...
Tags: Art, Fbi, Queens, Broadway, National Security Agency, Wall Street Journal, Ajblogs, Emily Davis, Dana, BRIANNA, Michael Urie, Lucas Hnath, Lyceum, Douglas Lyons, Tina Satter, Zhailon Levingston


Verbatim Drama, Straight From Real Life, Comes To Broadway

Tina Satter, whose Is This A Room is a transcript of the FBI interrogation of intelligence leaker Reality Winner, and Lucas Hnath, whose Dana H. is his mother’s account of her months-long abduction, talk about the importance of telling living people’s real stories onstage. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Fbi, Broadway, Lucas Hnath, Tina Satter, Dana H


Lucas Hnath's NIGHTNIGHT Premieres Today on Playwrights Horizons' Soundstage Podcast

Playwrights Horizons today May 28 shares Episode 5 of their anthological scripted fiction podcast Soundstage nightnight, by Lucas Hnath Playwrights The Thin Place, The Christians Broadway Hillary and Clinton, A Doll's House, Part 2. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Hillary, Clinton, Lucas Hnath, BWW News Desk


Listen to Erin Wilhelmi On The Audition Helper Podcast

An interview with Erin Wilhelmi is now available on the Audition Helper podcast. Erin appeared in Ivo Van Hove's production of The Crucible as well as in Lucas Hnath's A Doll's House Part 2. Most recently, Wilhelmi appeared as Mayella Ewell in the Aaron Sorkin adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Aaron Sorkin, Theatre, Ivo van Hove, Erin, Lucas Hnath, BWW News Desk, Erin Wilhelmi, Mayella Ewell, Wilhelmi


Dana H - Portrait of A Real-Life Nightmare

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Playwright Lucas Hnath unveils a very personal tale which examines one of humankind's deepest fears. Being held captive by another person while you pray for your very survival. A terror magnified one-hundred fold when freedom looks to be just a few steps away, but being able to cross that threshold seems impossible. Such events, which happened to Hnath's own mother, presented in the documentary theatre piece, Dana H.  Featuring Deidre O’Connell, this work is now...
Tags: Florida, Theatre, Nazi, Jim, Dana, Connell, Carol Rosegg, Aryan Brotherhood, O'Connell, Lucas Hnath, Judd Hollander, Hnath, Les Waters, Florida North Carolina, Conor McCarthy, Andrew Boyce


Review: ‘Dana H.’ Maps a Harrowing Journey Into Hell

Lucas Hnath’s brilliant, boundary-melting play, starring a marvelous Deirdre O’Connell, is a first-person account of the violent kidnapping of his mother.
Tags: News, Theater, Lucas, Les, Dana, Waters, O'Connell, Lucas Hnath, Hnath, Deirdre O'Connell, Deirdre (Actor, Dana H. (Play


BWW Review: Deidre O'Connell Is Extraordinary in Lucas Hnath's Very Personal Docudrama DANA H.

It's been said that movies are made in the editing room. To some extent, the same might be said of Lucas Hnath's unconventional, and very personal docudrama, Dana H. [Author: Michael Dale]
Tags: Theatre, Dana, Lucas Hnath, Michael Dale, Deidre O Connell


Review Roundup: Lucas Hnath's DANA H. at Vineyard Theatre - Critics Weigh In

Vineyard Theatre presents Dana H., by Lucas Hnath, adapted from interviews with Dana Higginbotham conducted by Steve Cosson, and directed by Les Waters, began previews on February 11 with Deirdre O'Connell reprising the title role for the New York premiere direct from engagements at Center Theatre Group and The Goodman Theatre. [Author: Review Roundups]
Tags: New York, Theatre, Lucas Hnath, Review Roundups, Center Theatre Group, Deirdre O Connell, Steve Cosson, Dana H, Dana Higginbotham


Lip-Syncing Her Abduction, Matter-of-Factly

Deirdre O’Connell has a peculiar challenge performing the recollections of Lucas Hnath's mother in his play “Dana H.” Give credit to earbuds and Epsom salts.
Tags: News, Theater, Lucas, Steven, Dana, Epsom, O'Connell, Lucas Hnath, Hnath, Deirdre O'Connell, Vineyard Theater, Civilians, The (Theater Co, Cosson, Deirdre (Actor, Dana H. (Play


Playwrights Horizons Extends Lucas Hnath's THE THIN PLACE

In response to unanimous acclaim and popular demand, Playwrights Horizons Artistic Director Tim Sanford, Managing Director Leslie Marcus announces a three-week extension of the New York premiere production of Lucas Hnath's The Thin Place, directed by Les Waters. In the burgeoning friendship between two women-one who's recently experienced a strange loss, and another who communicates with the dead-Hnath crafts an unnerving testament to the power of the mind, and one mind's power to influence othe...
Tags: New York, Theatre, Lucas Hnath, BWW News Desk, Tim Sanford, Leslie Marcus


Audience and Actors Sharing ‘The Thin Place’

Emily Cass McDonnell, who stars as Hilda in the New York premiere of Lucas Hnath’s The Thin Place, knows that it works because of magic. An important part of the experience happens near the beginning of the play when Hilda engages an audience member. But not in any usual way. – Margy Waller
Tags: Art, New York, Ajblogs, Hilda, Lucas Hnath, Emily Cass McDonnell, 12.10.19


At the Doll's House Café...

... you can talk about whatever you want.(I took the photograph on Sunday, just before a performance of "A Doll's House 2" at the American Players Theater, the last play of the season. I saw the classic Ibsen play "A Doll's House" twice at the APT this year. "A Doll's House 2" is recent play (from 2017), written by Lucas Hnath. It has 4 characters from the original play, and we see them 15 years later. So: How did it go for Nora after she slammed the door on Torvald?) [Author: [email protected]
Tags: Photography, Law, House, Theater, Ibsen, Nora, Lucas Hnath, Ann Althouse, Torvald


Vineyard Theatre Announces Dates for DANA H.

Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern announce dates for Dana H. by Lucas Hnath, adapted from interviews with Dana Higginbotham conducted by Steve Cosson, and directed by Les Waters. Previews will begin on February 7 at Vineyard Theatre 108 East 15th Street with Deirdre O'Connell reprising the title role for the New York premiere direct from engagements at Center Theatre Group and The Goodman Theatre. Opening night is set for February 25. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: New York, Theatre, Lucas Hnath, BWW News Desk, Center Theatre Group, Deirdre O Connell, Douglas Aibel, Sarah Stern, Steve Cosson, Dana H, Dana Higginbotham, Les Waters Previews


What the hell? Christians debate damnation in the play ‘The Christians,’ performed in Seattle churches.

“The Christians,” Lucas Hnath’s strange but compelling 2014 drama, is now being performed in real churches around Seattle by Pony World Theatre.
Tags: News, Entertainment, Theater, Seattle, Lucas Hnath


Does An Actor Always Need Her Own Voice?

Mind you, this isn’t a question of mime or dance. Chris Jones considers the implications of The King’s Speech, in which Britain’s King George VI learns to use his voice properly, and Lucas Hnath’s recent play Dana H, in which the star (brilliantly) lip-synchs to a recording of the playwright’s own mother recounting a horrific experience and its aftermath. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Theatre, Britain, Chris Jones, George VI, Lucas Hnath, Dana H, 09.25.19


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, May 24-32

  The Chambers Brothers perform on the Blues stage at the 2018 Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Music Festival. (Photo by Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   St. John Eudes Parish Summer Carnival: A multi-cultural festival with food, games, live music, rides and a silent auctio...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Comedy, Dance, Memorial Day, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, May 17-24

    Squeak Carnwath’s How the Mind Works exhibit includes ‘Private Life,’ on display May 18 to July 28 at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University in Malibu. (Photo courtesy of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   ONEgeneration Senior Symposium, Senior...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Movies + TV, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Comedy, Dance, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, May 10-17

    Troubadour Theatre Co. presents the play “Julius Weezer,” opening May 10 at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. (Courtesy photo by David Elzer)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Warner Center Grateful Hearts: The 13th annual lunch time event to thank and support local first responders Los Angeles Fire...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Comedy, Dance, Mother's Day, Museum, Music, Pet Adoption, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


Playwright Lucas Hnath — A 21st Century George Bernard Shaw (Via Wallace Shawn)

“Hnath is a master of Socratic dialogue … In a Hnath play, you repeatedly find yourself agreeing with a pointed speech, then agreeing with its rebuttal. … Many playwrights promote the beleaguered liberal values of tolerance and skepticism, but Hnath enacts them onstage. This, you feel, is what it means to think something through.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Theatre, Lucas Hnath, Hnath, 04.22.19, George Bernard Shaw Via Wallace Shawn


Why John Lithgow Worried About Starring in Broadway’s ‘Hillary and Clinton’

When Lucas Hnath first conceived of “Hillary and Clinton” in 2008, he was writing for and about a very different America. Now, a total reimagining of the show has made its way to Broadway with Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in the titular roles. At the opening on Thursday night, the cast and creatives talked […]
Tags: News, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Broadway, John Lithgow, Hillary, Clinton, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hnath, Hillary and Clinton


Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘Hillary and Clinton,’ Codependence, and, Yes, Camaraderie

As a born-to-lose presidential contender, Laurie Metcalf is exasperation incarnate in Lucas Hnath’s play, which also stars John Lithgow.
Tags: News, John, Theater, Hillary, Peter Francis, Lucas, James, Clinton, Joe, Laurie, Metcalf, Laurie Metcalf, Zak, Lithgow, Orth, Lucas Hnath


Broadway Review: Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in ‘Hillary and Clinton’

If anyone could play Hillary Clinton, it’s Laurie Metcalf – and here she is, in Lucas Hnath’s “Hillary and Clinton,” giving a performance that feels painfully honest and true.  And if anyone could capture Bill Clinton’s feckless but irresistible charm, that would be John Lithgow – and here he is, too. Who better to work […]
Tags: Reviews, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, John Lithgow, Hillary, Clinton, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hnath, Hillary and Clinton


Lucas Hnath’s Play About Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Campaign Is Suddenly Seeming Relevant Again

“Set in an alternate universe during the 2008 primaries, as she fights for survival against a charismatic upstart … [and] unfolding around a pivotal moment in the contest, it examined how the strictures of her gender and the baggage of her marriage affected her ability to navigate the men’s world of politics. … Hillary and Clinton arrives [on Broadway] in March amid a raucous cultural debate about gender politics and the double standard that women face.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Hillary Clinton, Broadway, Hillary, Clinton, Lucas Hnath, 02.21.19


Hillary Clinton Lost. The Play Won.

Lucas Hnath wrote “Hillary and Clinton” as the Democratic nomination slipped away from Mrs. Clinton. The 2016 election made it newly relevant.
Tags: News, Hillary Clinton, John, Theater, Hillary, Lucas, Clinton, Joe, Laurie, Metcalf, Victory Gardens Theater, Lithgow, Lucas Hnath, Yew, Hnath, Golden Theater


Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow to Star in ‘Hillary and Clinton’ on Broadway

Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow are returning to the stage this spring to star in the new Broadway production, “Hillary and Clinton.” The play, written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Joe Mantello, follows former First Lady Hillary Clinton (Metcalf) in early 2008 as she attempts to save her troubled presidential campaign. Lithgow will play her […]
Tags: News, Broadway, John Lithgow, Hillary, Clinton, Laurie Metcalf, Lithgow, Lucas Hnath, Joe Mantello, Laurie Metcalf John Lithgow, Hillary Clinton Metcalf


America’s 20 Most-Produced Playwrights In 2018-19

With his A Doll’s House, Part 2 the most-produced play, Lucas Hnath leads the list (excluding Shakespeare, of course) with 33 productions, edging out last season’s leader, Lauren Gunderson, who has 29. This year’s list is the most diverse in its 25-year history, with 11 female playwrights and six nonwhite ones. 17 of the 20 are American (including one immigrant), and all but three (August Wilson, Tennessee Williams, and Sam Shepard) are living.
Tags: Art, Theatre, America, Shakespeare, Sam Shepard, Lucas Hnath, Lauren Gunderson, 09.20.18, Wilson Tennessee Williams


What Are America’s Ten Most-Produced Plays Of The Coming Season?

Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 leads the list, well ahead of the runner-up, Lynn Nottage’s Sweat. Female playwrights lead males on the list by three to one, and, with Shakespeare and A Christmas Carol not included (by design), all of the titles are by living writers (though two are adapted from Pride and Prejudice).
Tags: Art, Theatre, America, Shakespeare, Lynn Nottage, Lucas Hnath, 09.20.18


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, June 29-July 6

Bukola Ogunmola, as Peaseblossom, in Independent Shakespeare Co.’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream that begins previews on June 30 at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. (Photo by Mike Ditz/courtesy of Independent Shakespeare Co.) EVENTS Roaring Nights series at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens: Walk the after-hours zoo path for zookeeper talks and animal feedings and encounters, 6-8 p.m. June 29, followed by live music by Flashback Heart Attack and 1980s music with DJ Richard Blade, sunset ...
Tags: Local-news, Things to Do, San Fernando Valley