Author: Donna Herman

Sea Wall/A Life

Theater is a collaborative art. Unlike writing or painting, you can’t do it alone.  The reason why “Sea Wall/A Life” moved from The Public Theater Off Broadway to The Hudson Theater on Broadway recently is that Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal discovered something they hadn’t realized while performing at The Public.  This production of “Sea Wall/A Life” turns out to be a collaboration between the performers and the audience.  Sensitive direction by Carrie Cracknell has obliterated the fourth wall and created a space where memories can be shared with safety and acceptance. 

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#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment

If you’re looking for #notyourmother’sshow, you couldn’t do better than “#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment.”  You won’t be asked to turn off your cell phone, you’ll be asked to log in to the show’s website and create a profile and snap a selfie to follow along with the show.  What?!  At some point you’ll also be asked to share your worst online dating stories.  Part improv, part musical, but all based on the true story of Robyn Lynne Norris’ experiment on OkCupid with 38 made-up profiles and the responses she got.  It’s snortingly funny and an eye-opening look at the state of online dating these days.  It’s fun, there’s a bar upstairs, and guys, you’ll discover the two types of men that get the most responses online.  What have you got to lose?

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How Actors Find Work

With an 89% unemployment rate, actors have to be willing to create their own opportunities. Which is why Robin Lynne Norris turned the surprising results from a fake dating profile on OkCupid into a scientific experiment with 38 made-up personalities. That experiment with friend and fellow actor and writer Bob Ladewig was turned into “#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment.” It’s part musical, part improv, it’s interactive and it uses the actual, verbatim responses to the profiles Robin and Bob posted on OkCupid. It was a long journey from accidental inspiration to it’s New York City debut this July.

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If you haven’t heard of the playwright Luis Alfaro or the director Chay Yew – you’ve been served.  Their new collaboration “Mojada”, an updated re-telling of the Greek legend of Medea, is now playing at The Public Theater through August 11th.

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Working: The Musical

Encores! Off-Center is making “Working: The Musical” do double duty as their 2019 season opener and New York City Center’s 75th Anniversary puff piece.  But don’t let that stop you from going if you can get a ticket.  This adaptation of the original 1977 adaptation of Studs Terkel’s 1974 book (got that?) is a moving and timeless look into how people feel about their jobs.  With some killer music and performances.

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