I just found the very first interview I did with late, great actress Susan Tyrrell.
It was in 1981, for Soho Weekly News (two years before the Details one I've been running excerpts from.)
Tyrrell had just gone into the off-Broadway play A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking. She spoke of t ... More >>
Ellen Stewart at La MaMa in 1991 (Jonathan Slaff)Ellen Stewart, 91, universally known as La Mama and acclaimed as one of the formidable figures who shaped the Off-Off-Broadway theater movement, died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday night. The founder and guiding spirit of Café La MaMa, l ... More >>
If you haven't already heard of it, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is an emo-rock opera by young theater provocateurs Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers, who's also the guy responsible for mounting a "Hell House" in bougie-Brooklyn, a Scientology Christmas Pageant, and a version of Henrik Ibsen' ... More >>
This week, the Voice published a preview of "The Octoroon: An Adaptation of The Octoroon Based on The Octoroon," a new version of Dion Boucicault's melodrama adapted by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. We wrote that, despite the intervening decades and the massive upheavals in racial politics and thea ... More >>
The difference between Arthur Miller and the playwrights of today? For one thing, they're not doing Marilyn Monroe. For another, Miller got decent coin for what he did in his day, as one of the few prominent guys who did. Now, playwrights have to fight for their cash where they can get it.