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For almost ten years Annie Baker has written innovative, patient, semi-lyric, mysterious plays, and she is well on her way to becoming a beloved cultural figure. Her four best plays so far, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, The Flick, and John, were all directed by Sam Gold, and all of them had an unusual feel for time inching forward and sometimes opening up. They were convincing and suggestive theatrical worlds created around silences and...
If you were putting together a staging of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes with Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, the obvious casting would be Linney as the villainous Regina Giddens and Nixon as the pathetic Birdie, but the gimmick of this production is that Linney and Nixon alternate these roles at each performance. This kind of thing has been done before, usually in Shakespearean repertory, but only hardcore enthusiasts of this play and these...
In Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s Everybody, a modern adaptation of the fifteenth century morality play Everyman, five of the actors are assigned roles using a lottery system, and so these five actors have been tasked with memorizing all of the parts they might play in this production. But four of the performers play the same roles at every performance: Jocelyn Bioh plays God, Marylouise Burke plays Death, Chris Perfetti plays Love, and the young Lilyana Tiare...
Jitney was the first play that August Wilson wrote in his famed “century cycle” of ten plays that detailed the African-American experience in every decade of the twentieth century, yet it is the only one of these Wilson plays that had never been produced on Broadway until now. Wilson dashed off Jitney in ten days in 1979, and its most notable production after its premiere in 1982 was Off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre...

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