Soot and Spit, playing at the New Ohio Theatre through June 17, is a celebration of artist James Castle. He was born deaf and autistic, and in his lifetime, he developed a distinctive artistic style using found objects, drawing tools he created, and a mix of soot and spit.
The New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award winners were voted on and announced on May 8, and the awards were presented at a private ceremony on May 18 at Feinstein’s/54 Below.
Piehole’s Ski End, now playing at the New Ohio Theatre, has big ambitions. According to a note published in the program, the show is meant to explore “economic and environmental dread” and provide a “thoughtful alternative to the noise” of the current political climate. Lofty goals and admirable ones in this time, but are they successful?
The Outer Critics Circle Award winners were announced on May 8, and the awards will be presented at Sardi’s Restaurant on May 25, hosted by Danny Burstein, Katie Finneran, and Christopher Fitzgerald.
The Tony Award nominees were announced on May 2 by Christopher Jackson and Jane Krakowski, and the awards will be presented at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, hosted by Kevin Spacey.
The Chita Rivera Award (formerly the Fred and Adele Astaire Award) nominees were announced on May 1 at the Friar’s Club, and the awards ceremony will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom on September 11.
The Drama Desk Award nominees were announced on April 27 by Laura Benanti and Javier Muñoz, and the awards will be presented at The Town Hall on June 4, hosted by Michael Urie.
The Drama League nominees were announced on April 19 by Bebe Neuwirth and Patina Miller, and the Drama League Awards will be presented at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, hosted by Audra McDonald and Will Swenson.
In the New York theatre world, deaf perspectives are severely under-represented. Shows like Deaf West’s Spring Awakening and the work by the New York Deaf Theatre are encouraging, but they are also anomalies. Theatre productions that fully integrate deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing people in the cast and creative teams are even more rare.
Praise Avril Lavigne! Pop Punk High – a musical tribute to pizza, skateboarding, Battle of the Bands, and parents who “just don’t get it” – is getting extended at the PIT Loft.