by Colin Thomas
You may have noticed that men (including me) like to take up a lot of room on public sidewalks, in public debate, in your head—and on the stage.
But, in this buoyant piece from The New York Times, Laura Collins-Hughes is optimistic about the ways that women are claiming theatrical space.
In a recent production of Julius Caesar set in an all-girls high school, young female actors played all of the roles, and, in the text, the word man was changed to girl every time. So, when Mark Anthony stood over Caesar’s corpse, she said, “Thou art the ruins of the noblest girl that ever lived in the tide of times.” Yes. Just yes.
Who would have thought that Broadway theatre, which is the holiest of holies in terms of theatrical commerce, could become such an effective tool for challenging capitalist xenophobia? Lin-Manuel Miranda, that’s who.
Miranda, who created Hamilton: An American Musical, which won 11 Tony Awards in 2016—and reset the theatrical conversation about race in the process—has launched the #Ham4All campaign to raise funds and awareness for the Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition.
“The Hamilton Mixtape,” which is part of that campaign, features K’naan, Residente, Riz MC, and Snow That Product, in a series of tracks that includes Hamilton covers as well as songs inspired by the musical.
This past Tuesday (July 25), “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done),” the first single from that album, was nominated for an MTV Music Video Award—in the coolest category ever. Wait for it…Best Fight Against the System.
Donald Trump is furious with everybody: the liberal media, Jeff Sessions and, presumably, several members of his family—although they might not have noticed because they’re so busy inserting the family silverware into one another’s backs.
Imagine the reaction when 45 finds out that Tony Kushner, who is a super smart gay Jew, a self-identified socialist, and the multiple Tony Award-winning author of Angels in America is writing a play about him.
“He’s the kind of person, as a writer, I tend to avoid as I think he is borderline psychotic,” Kushner says in this piece from Daily Beast. But he’s interested in exploring “how a country commits political suicide.” The script will be set two years before the recent presidential election.
Kushner is also rewriting the book for West Side Story—because we all asked for that, right? Wait. I didn’t ask for that. Did you ask for that?
Every summer, people ask me what the best shows are at Bard on the Beach. To those people I say, “For God’s sake! Do your research! My reviews are all on my blog.”
Besides, there’s no clear pick of the litter this year. Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona all contain highly recommendable elements, including the startlingly feminist ending in Two Gents and the wring-your-heart-out climax of Winter’s Tale. Which one you’ll like most has more to do with your taste than it does with relative artistic strength.
If pressed, I generally recommend Much Ado in the big tent and Merchant in the little one, but that’s a one-size-fits-all answer, and you’re more unique than that. I’ve seen the way you dress.