Theresa Perkins

My parents say I was awestruck. I was young – seven years old, and it was my first musical. Cats. A flurry of feline acrobats spinning across the stage in perfect synchronization, chorusing the words of literary heavyweight T.S. Eliot in intricate makeup and patterned body suits. Of course, I was awestruck – I was […]

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A few years ago, Bletchley Park became a minor academic obsession of mine. After discovering the code-breaking history of this British installation, I read everything about Bletchley that I could get my hands on, from books about the history of Bletchley and its hard-working inhabitants to Alan Turing’s biography and his paper on computable numbers. […]

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J. Stephen Brantley has a distinct voice for re-creating the New York of yesteryear – to paint a picture of the gritty pre-Giuliani New York that I only know from films and rerun credits of Saturday Night Live. Of course, living in the city during that time was bound to have some lasting effects, and […]

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Every other month, seven playwrights come together at The Tank in Manhattan to engage in a creative collaborative process that results in seventy minutes of artistry sharing common themes and elements. The structure of Rule of 7×7, the brainchild of writer and producer Brett Epstein, sounds simple – seven writers conceive of and produce seven […]

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August in New York City can only mean one thing: it is Fringe festival time. Each year for two weeks in August, the Fringe takes over a vast array of cozy theatre venues throughout Manhattan to showcase new and established talent and unique theatrical story-telling ventures. Unfortunately, between travel and work obligations this summer, I […]

  Theresa Perkins

Millennials, like me, who graduated from high school in the mid 2000s are hovering around the life cornerstone of “30” – no longer able to blame bad decisions on youth and expected, perhaps, to embrace the responsibilities of an adult life.* For many, this time of life includes a journey home to attend one’s 10-year […]

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Despite my love for all things Shakespeare, it has been over ten years since I last saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed live.* Therefore, Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s intimate production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Westbeth Artists Community was an enjoyable re-introduction to one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies with a strong, energetic ensemble of […]

In a world filled with countless responsibilities and demands on my time, I have grown incredibly fond of short forms of…

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Karel Capek introduced the world to the word “robot” in his 1920 play R.U.R., but it was Isaac Asimov’s on-going exploration of mechanical men, including his three laws of robotics proposed in 1942, that solidified the role of robots in science fiction history for all time.* Through a handful of novels and nearly forty short […]

  Theresa Perkins

In troubled times, there are those who seek sources of strength from which they can derive solace or answers. For some, religious faith is the healing crutch on which they rely – a belief in some greater power with the ability to lift away pain and burdens (for the devout, of course). Unfortunately, blind belief […]

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Heather Litteer is not a stripper or a prostitute or a junky who will go to any length to score a fix – but, as she explains at the beginning of her new play Lemonade, she plays one on television and in films. Litteer’s autobiographical play explores her disappointing type-casted acting career as a sexualized […]

  Theresa Perkins

What happens when you can no longer trust the accuracy of your reality? When unfamiliar faces invade your home and parts of your life that you hold dear suddenly disappear? These are questions faced by the more than five million estimated Americans living with dementia. While a great many artistic works have been created from […]

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A Tamaskan dog prowls on a deserted set adorned with toppled student desks – a “wolf” relishing the eerie atmosphere (and undoubtedly sensing the unease of the audience members who missed the warning sign by the Box Office notifying them of the dog’s non-wolf lineage). Anyone familiar with director Ivo Van Hove’s recent work in […]

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Spring is a busy time for professional theatre in New York City with many productions launching just before the Tony Award nomination deadline; however, it is important to take a moment and reflect upon the numerous exceptional productions that opened during the 2015 theatre season. On January 1, My Entertainment World announced the 2015 MyTheatre […]

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It seems counterintuitive to suggest that a musical can be both overly simplistic and overly ambitious, yet Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s new show Bright Star has somehow managed to achieve both distinctions. Laced with lulling bluegrass melodies, Bright Star layers platitudes and time-worn themes to create a narrative, which is not inherently bad (many […]

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The only way that Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick’s former off-Broadway musical comedy Disaster! could succeed on a Broadway stage is if it thoroughly embraced its own absurdity. Thankfully, Disaster! does just that, and the results are a guffaw-inducing two-hour romp through insanity dressed up in garish 70’s attire. This musical tribute to terrible calamity […]

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This is part three of our continuing coverage of the New York Frigid Festival in the Lower East Side. Lil Women: A Rap Musical When you think of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott’s famous tale of female friendship, family and forays into adulthood, your mind is likely overwhelmed by conjured images of freestyle rap battles […]

  Theresa Perkins

It is February in New York again, which means it is time for the annual Frigid Festival in the Lower East Side, celebrating its tenth year in existence. The festival boasts a diverse line-up of off off-Broadway theatrical productions, and this year is no exception. Emily Dickinson: Paranormal Investigator The greatest flaw in Todd Brian […]

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My review of Lazarus was written. Finished. Sitting in my e-mail outbox ready to be sent on the morning of January 11. Then, I turned on the news and heard the headline: David Bowie dead after an 18-month battle with cancer. That review now resides in an overstuffed digital trashcan, never to be read. Don’t […]

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2015 pop culture is best summarized using four words: Star Wars. Adele. Hamilton.* With a cast recording that graced Billboard charts as the #1 rap album and #9 album for top sales, an indefinite sold-out run and multiple presidential visits, Hamilton is an unstoppable phenomenon. Sure, Book of Mormon, Wicked and the Lion King won […]

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Long before Alan Turing laid the groundwork for modern day computing, the Harvard Computers were processing astronomical data and making scientific advances and discoveries that would drastically impact the field of astronomy and allow mankind to better understand the cosmos. The Harvard Computers began their work in the 1880s and operated for a mere pittance […]

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Immersive theatrical experiences rely heavily on setting to properly integrate theatregoers into the action of the show. It is a bit like rounding up sheep for the actors and designers who need to direct the attention of patrons to specific areas of a room without confining people to chairs.* AccousticaElectronica, a theatrical experience originally developed […]

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Not since 1605 has Guy Fawkes night brought the British government so close to destruction than on this past November 5.* Parliament was dissolved. The monarchy was threatened. The United Kingdom lay on the verge of total collapse. At least, that is the reality that played out on the Music Box Theatre stage in Mike […]

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Recently, NASA published a flashy report outlining steps for sending humans to Mars within the next few decades – calling such a mission “within our reach.” Given NASA’s efforts to put a man or woman on the Red Planet, the idea that humans might one day colonize Mars is not as far-fetched as it sounds. […]

  Theresa Perkins

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Marissa Rae Roberts and Elizabeth McGuire, the co-Artistic Directors of the performance company ToUch Performance Art, about their artistic collaboration, the appeal of immersive theatre to non-traditional audiences, and gender parity issues in the theatre production industry. ToUch is currently producing AcousticaElectronica at DROM in the East Village, […]

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While perhaps counterintuitive, staging a once-successful revival does not guarantee present-day success at the box office nor an audience enamored with the subject matter presented. The cold, harsh truth is that some plays simply do not age well. The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn, currently running at the Golden Theatre, is one such production that […]