Speaking of theatre...

June 2014

Filming Plays

It's often been debated which medium is more satisfying -- movies or live theatre. For most of my life, I would have come down firmly on the side of what I considered the real thing -- a play. That was before National Theatre Live began filming their productions. Last month brought the seven Olivier Award winning "The Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" to New York. IT WAS BETTER THAN HAVING THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE! The camera angles and close-ups enhanced the play, originallydone in the round, where one is bound to miss some of the action -- not here!

The good news is that you have another chance to see this marvelous play/film, prior to it coming to Broadway this September. The ticket price is a lot better too! Please, please do not miss this one -- get tickets here. While on the National Theatre website, get tickets for "A Small Family Business" by Alan Ayckbourn -- read this terrific review.

On the other hand...coming to "legitimate" theatres and sounding very intriguing:

"Donogoo," at The Mint, is a tale of an international stock swindle. Although written in 1920, it sounds rather timely!

At Ensemble Studio Theatre, "When January Feels Like Summer" tells of teenage accidental heroes and immigrants in Harlem.

"Muscles in Our Toes" at Labyrinth Theatre, promises to be another dark comedy by Stephen Belber, who notably wrote "Tape".

I've already seen, and highly recommend "Our New Girl" by Nancy Harris at Atlantic Two. It is riveting, if creepy, drama. Only until June 29th -- see it!

Finally, at 59e59 the Brits Off Broadway festival continues. Besides the Ayckbourn Ensemble (which I've been urging everyone to see since it was announced) do see "Blink," which I loved in Edinburgh last summer. Here's a review.

I hope this leaves a bit of time for other summer fun, but I still hope to see you at the theatre!



Speaking of Theatre Speaking of Theater is a monthly newsletter written by Carol Tambor. Her only objective is to connect New York audiences with excellent Off-Broadway productions, with no commercial interest in any of the shows she recommends.

Carol Tambor Carol Tambor is a portrait artist and long-time lover of theater. To see her paintings, please click here. She established the Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation in 2004 and began publishing this newsletter in 2009.

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