Bart Sher Takes the Stage in New York

Once upon a time Bart Sher left Seattle for New York, where he became an A-list theatre and opera director. His Seattle roots went deep, having led Intiman Theatre as its Artistic Director from 2000 to 2010. New York producer Ken Davenport regularly interviews theatre people and releases those conversations […] Continue reading »

Our End of History Illusion

Change, and the presence of conflict, are two foundational imperatives in the fictional narrative arts (novels, movies and plays). Major characters must change. Story-tellers have no other choice. Most plots take off when a life is thrown into upheaval by events, some caused by the character’s own choices and actions. […] Continue reading »

A Stage Director Says ‘Let’s Go!’

Attention should be paid to stage directors by theatre artists of every stripe. The enjoyment of audience members can also be enriched by knowing more about directors’ alchemy. There are a number of reasons I occasionally shine a spotlight on directors in this blog. First off, by paying attention we […] Continue reading »

Foursome from Director Casey Nicholaw

A director having four Broadway shows running at the same time, if not a record, is certainly a rare achievement. With baseball season recently underway, I imagine an equivalent triumph would be a batter slugging four home runs in one game. When the new musical Tuck Everlasting opened last month, that […] Continue reading »

Bar Serves Double Despair on the Rocks

Horace and Pete, a new web series from Louis C.K., represents a novel hybrid of dramatic storytelling. As its creator and impresario, as well as writer, director and star, the multi-hyphenated Louis C.K. has carved out a new genre by drawing on cable series, multi-camera television sitcoms, and, most of […] Continue reading »