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Conversations about New York City theater and performance, what's amazing, what's awful, and what we recommend on stage right now.

    The Best & Worst of 2019, Part II

    The Best & Worst of 2019, Part II

    All 9 of our regular contributors have gathered: Aurin, Ben, David, Jack, Jose, Liz, Nicole, Patty, and PennyMaria! We’re back together for our year-end spectacular, our annual episode in which we discuss the best and worst theater of the year.

    If you have trouble telling any voices apart, we’re seated in a circle and the order we answer questions in is, roughly: Liz, Nicole, Jose, Jack, PennyMaria, Aurin, Ben, David, Patty. (Jack had to leave early, so don’t get freaked out when he disappears half-way through the episode.)

    See below for timecodes of the questions we answer:

    (0:40) What, to you, was the most impactful theater moment of the decade?

    (13:56) The Isaac Butler Honorary Question: What performer/performance this year moved your Kinsey number?

    (22:10) What was the worst case of Theater FOMO (fear of missing out) you suffered this year?

    (29:21) What show do you wish more audiences had a chance to see?

    (37:10) What made you cry at the theater this year?

    (46:46) Did anyone leave any shows early? What did you leave?

    (53:31) If you were hosting a panel at BroadwayCon (or Off-BroadwayCon, if you’d prefer), what would it be?

    (1:02:22) What performer in a small role in 2019 would you like to see as the lead of a smash-hit star vehicle in 2020?


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    The Best & Worst of 2019, Part I

    The Best & Worst of 2019, Part I

    All 9 of our regular contributors have gathered: Aurin, Ben, David, Jack, Jose, Liz, Nicole, Patty, and PennyMaria! We’re back together for our year-end spectacular, our annual episode in which we discuss the best and worst theater of the year.
    If you have trouble telling any voices apart, we’re seated in a circle and the order we answer questions in is, roughly: Liz, Nicole, Jose, Jack, PennyMaria, Aurin, Ben, David, Patty. Each question we rotate who answers first; so Liz is the first person to answer the first question, Nicole is the first to answer the second question, and so on.
    See below for timecodes of the questions we answer (and lists of shows we highlight):
     
    (0:00:00) Introductions
     
    (0:01:48) If you had relatives (smart ones who enjoy good theater) coming to town for the holidays, what show currently playing in New York City would you recommend? (0:01:48)
    • American Utopia on Broadway
    • The Sound Inside on Broadway
    • Mac Beth at Hunter Theater Project
    • Is This a Room at the Vineyard Theatre (2 recommendations!)
    • One In Two produced by the New Group at Signature Theatre
    • A Soldier’s Play on Broadway
    • The Exponential Festival
    • Pip’s Island
    • Beetlejuice on Broadway
     
    (0:11:11) What was your favorite moment at the theater this year?
    Our moments took place at/during/around:
    • Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical at Town Hall
    • Into the Woods at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
    • Blue Ridge at Atlantic Theater Company
    • BLKS at MCC
    • Signature Theatre’s lobby
    • Playwrights Horizons’s season, in particular: I Was Most Alive With You, The Thin Place, and A Strange Loop
    • The Trade Federation: Or, Let’s Explore Globalization Through the Star Wars Prequels at IRT Theater
    • The Exponential Festival
    • God Said This at Primary Stages
    • Six at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
    • Fefu and her Friends at Theatre for a New Audience
     
    (0:25:23) What was your worst moment at the theater this year?
     
     
    (0:42:15) What was your favorite non-traditional (immersive, experimental, outdoors, on a boat) piece of theater you saw this year?
    • The Jazz Singer at Abrons Arts Center
    • Much Ado about Nothing at The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park
    • The Bushwick Starr
    • The Brick Theater
    • Block Association Project produced by The Playwrights Realm
    • Pip’s Island
    • Midsummer: A Banquet produced by Food of Love and Third Rail Productions
    • The Shubert Archive
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    • Wild Bore at the NYU Skirball Center
    • The B Side: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons” by the Wooster Group at St. Ann’s Warehouse
     
    (0:55:59) What was your favorite non-theater performance (cabaret, comedy, music, etc)?
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    • Tank and the Bangas at the Apollo Theater
    • Bad Faith at the Daryl Roth Theater
    • Douglas at the Daryl Roth Theater
    • Ten Days Next to a Cheesecake Factory at the People’s Improv Theater

    Fires in the Mirror, The Inheritance, and Other Big Shows on Right Now

    Fires in the Mirror, The Inheritance, and Other Big Shows on Right Now

    Aurin, Nicole, and PennyMaria discuss 2 shows shows on Broadway and 2 shows Off-Broadway.


     

    Introductions (0:00)

    The Inheritance on Broadway (1:10)

    for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf at the Public Theater (16:10)

    Fires in the Mirror at Signature Theatre (37:41)

    Tina on Broadway (51:59)

    Things we’re excited for (1:05:18)

    • Keep at St. Ann’s Warehouse

    • Greater Clements at Lincoln Center Theater

    • Measure for Measure at the Public Theater

    • One in Two produced by The New Group at Signature Center

    • The Thin Place at Playwrights Horizons

    • The Minutes on Broadway

    • We’re Gonna Die on Broadway

    • Ryan J. Haddad: Falling for Make Believe at Joe’s Pub

    • Triple Threat in Under the Radar


     

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    December 2019 Preview

    December 2019 Preview

    Liz, David, and Jack talk about what they’re excited to see in December and January! We talk about:

    Virgo Star by Pioneers Go East Collective at La Mama (1:13)

    Fefu and Her Friends by María Irene Fornés at Theatre for a New Audience (2:49)

    The Thin Place by Lucas Hnath at Playwrights Horizon (9:37)

    Conway by Rory McGregor at Theaterlab (16:16)

    Greater Clements by Samuel D. Hunter at Lincoln Center Theater (19:29)

    One in Two by Donja R. Love at The New Group (22:48)

    King Lear Project by William Shakespeare, adapted by Bryan Doerries at Theater of War (26:09)

    Sing Street – Book by Enda Walsh, Music & Lyrics by John Carney & Gary Clark at New York Theatre Workshop (31:07)

    Endlings by Celine Song at New York Theatre Workshop (34:37)

    The Conversationalists by James & Jerome at The Bushwick Starr (37:57)

    The María Irene Fornés documentary Jack mentions is The Rest I Make Up.


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    Interview with Jamie Lozano, Composer of ‘Songs by an Immigrant’

    Interview with Jamie Lozano, Composer of ‘Songs by an Immigrant’

     

    Jose talks to musical theatre composer Jaime Lozano about his career, and how he went from disliking Jesus Christ Superstar when he was growing up in Monterrey, Mexico, to becoming one of the most prolific composers living in the United States. Lozano shares insights about his process and shares exclusive tracks from his upcoming album A Never-Ending Line.

    If you’re in NYC don’t miss Jaime Lozano at The Green Room 42 on November 24, where he will present Songs by an Immigrant, featuring special guests like Mauricio Martínez.

    All songs in this episode are property of Jaime Lozano and have been included with his permission.


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    Maxamoo Book Club: Letters to a Young Artist by Anna Deavere Smith

    Maxamoo Book Club: Letters to a Young Artist by Anna Deavere Smith

    David is joined by Rachel Godfrey of Ludus NYC to discuss our first Official Maxamoo Book Club Selection:

    Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-Up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts – For Actors, Performers, Writers and Artists of Every Kind by Anna Deavere Smith.

    Visit the book’s official website for more information.

    We hope you enjoy the discussion. Share you thoughts about the book – or about other books you’d like us to discuss on future book club episodes – with us on Twitter and Facebook.


     

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