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Yvonne Korshak reviews Off-Broadway, Broadway, Film and Art

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Theater Note | Foundry Theatre in the News

There’s exciting news for The Foundry Theatre and Melanie Joseph, the Producing Director:  The current Sunday New York Times Arts and Leisure Section, January 17, 2010, has an interview article about Melanie Joseph, with photos of this intensely creative woman, and also of David Greenspan: The Foundry’s current production is David Greenspan’s The Myopia, reviewed right here.

Last Sunday, Charles Isherwood in The New York Times January 12, wrote an excellent review of Greenspan’s The Myopia;  there are links to several other excellent reviews of the play, including mine, on The Foundry Theatre’s web site.

It is wonderful — and frankly a great relief (not to confuse medium size things with the most vast, but sort of like when Obama was elected!) — when an off-Broadway theatre that has struggled against huge obstacles to produce the plays it believes in, and to maintain its artistic vision, receives significant public recognition.

If you’d like to know more:

The link to the New York Times print article is http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/theater/17foundry.html

Toward the end of the print interview, there’s a link also to an online “slide show” of works by The Foundry Theatre:  http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/01/17/theater/20100117_FOUNDRY_SLIDESHOW_index.html

Review | The Myopia, An Epic Burlesque of Tragic Proportion | Written and Performed by David Greenspan | Directed by Brian Mertes | Foundry Theatre

The Myopia, an epic burlesque of tragic proportion, written and performed by David Greenspan, directed by Brian Mertes, The Foundry Theatre

David Greenspan, photo Jon Wasserman

David Greenspan has all the characteristics of a fine performer — he’s charming, is an excellent actor, has an expressive voice and body, and is an exceptional impersonator, but what makes what he does essential to see is that he’s so smart.  He “gets” everything, just like you do.  It’s so satisfying — and validating!  You feel in your heart yes, I understand, yes, I know just what you mean.  At last!

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Review | Provenance of Beauty | A South Bronx Travelogue by Claudia Rankine | Created by Melanie Joseph and Claudia Rankine | Foundry Theatre

   … all aboard …

Setting things off from the rest often makes them beautiful or exceptionally interesting, sometimes unexpectedly.  In getting you onto a tour bus, excursion-like, for a ride through NYC’s South Bronx, The Foundry Theatre is trying to bring that heightened awareness to the South Bronx.

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Review | David Greenspan performs Gertrude Stein’s Lecture PLAYS | Foundry Theatre | Cherry Lane Theatre

… intelligence at work …

There is a theatrical genius among us:  David Greenspan. On two Mondays in February this charismatic actor and writer performed Gertrude Stein’s lecture about plays as a monologue, Greenspan/Stein.  He characterizes her without imitating her.  How?  By finding the thought processes that lie behind the words and conveying them through his expressions, rhythms, changes of pace and gestures.  The audience concentrates intensely.  The effect:  Stein’s muddy though purposeful lecture takes on the suspense of an action thriller.

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Review | Telephone by Ariana Reines | Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll | Foundry Theatre | Cherry Lane Theatre

(seen in preview)

… is anybody there? …

There’s a really terrific gadget from ancient Egypt illustrated in the current issue of Archaeology magazine (Mar/Apr 09, p 38) — a flat, rectangular stone somewhat rounded at the top, and decorated with ears.  The idea was you could talk into it though the ears and the gods would hear you, “like an ancient cell phone.” Did the gods give ear?  The scientifically minded and result oriented Alexander Graham Bell, as he’s characterized in Part 1 of Telephone, would have been skeptical but Thomas Watson, his collaborator in the great invention, more given to imaginative flights, would have said “I knew it!”  Thus playwright Ariana Reines conveys the complementary aspects of successful invention.

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