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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Buy New York Theatre Review

The indefatigable Brook Stowe has put out another handsome annual edition of his New York Theatre Review. Buy it! At Drama Books.

I only contributed a small bit of copy to the book's "bloggers' roundtable" at the back. But with such fine feature content as below, I still recommend it!

In plays, Taylor Mac’s funny, deeply personal and visually stunning The Young Ladies Of ... seeks out the macho, Texas farm-boy father he never really knew; 2008 P73 Playwriting Fellow Tommy Smith’s explosively visceral White Hot rips the calm exterior off a bourgeois couple's seemingly placid existence to expose the despairing core festering beneath; six Asian-Americans from widely different backgrounds share their stories of immigration, migration and cultural identity in Ping Chong &Sara Michelle Zatz’ Undesirable Elements.

In essays specifically commissioned for the 2008 edition, Victoria Linchong of NYC’s Direct Arts, Zachary R. Mannheimer of Brooklyn’s Subjective Theatre Co., and Marya Sea Kaminski of Seattle’s Washington Ensemble Theatre contribute fresh takes on the NYC alt-theater of today, and a look back fifty years to where it all began.

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