With Hamilton coming to a major streaming service, it's become a cultural touchstone available to millions worldwide, giving producer of the live show a decision to make. They could bring in similar performers and soundalikes and make plenty of money, or they could create new opportunities for performers to make these characters their own. For … Continue reading Bold casting choices make Broadway in Austin’s ‘Hamilton’ a whole new beast.
From the leading players, to background dancers, to walk-on extras, everyone gives 150% to the production, creating a living, breathing world, and that's before mentioning the absolute staggering talent and athleticism of the actual cheerleaders and dance crew members brought in to inject even more believability into the work. Despite an undoubtable time crunch and limited budget, Morris and company have carefully crafted a world bursting with relentless vitality and verisimilitude.
One of the most ever-present arguments in theatrical history has been over the "purpose of theatre". Is it simply there to entertain, to create a moment of afternoon diversion from the banality of life? Or is it there to educate, to teach people something about the world around them, or even something about themselves? While … Continue reading Jarrott Productions’ ‘The Niceties’ is an audacious, confrontational, and ever-so-relevant piece of theatrical dynamite
Often, when I'm watching a play of a particular quality, it feels as if I'm watching something miraculous. That somehow all of these disparate elements can come together to create such moments of wonder, there must be some curious alchemy at work. So as I sit, watching Capital T's newest, their latest collaboration with writer Mickle … Continue reading Capital T’s ‘It Is Magic’ is a harrowing, hilarious journey into the eldritch heart of the theatrical experience
Race is a tricky subject to tackle in any medium. Take one wrong turn, and your piece becomes offensive and you're booed off the stage. Go too saccharine or over-the-top, and your piece loses its believability, therefore making it all but worthless. There are so many pitfalls in creating a piece that examines race, that … Continue reading Jarrott Productions’ “Admissions” is a stunning examination of race in millennial America