Recent Theatre for a New Audience News

The New Yorker on Soho Rep.’s AN OCTOROON and “Reading Racist Literature”

The New Yorker staff writer Elif Batuman examines how we interact with the historical texts with uneasy themes, focusing on the dialogue between Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s AN OCTOROON and Dion Boucicault’s THE OCTOROON. Read the full article here.

A review of Soho Rep.’s AN OCTOROON by Time Out New York

Read a review of TFANA’s production of Soho Rep.’s AN OCTOROON in this recent Time Out post by Helen Shaw.

New York Post‘s 4-STAR review of Soho Rep.’s AN OCTOROON

“Directed with brilliance and ingenuity by Sarah Benson…”. Read the full review here.

Variety reviews Soho Rep.’s AN OCTOROON

“Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins’ subversively funny alternative version of Dion Boucicault’s 1859 melodrama about forbidden love in the Antebellum South…”, read the full review here.

Soho Rep.’s AN OCTOROON is a New York Times Critic’s Pick!

Ben Brantley has named Soho Rep.’s An Octoroon as a New York Times Critic’s Pick, and says it is “hilarious and harrowing…May turn out to be this decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.” Click here to read the review.

The Leonard Lopate Show interview with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and actors of Soho Rep.’s AN OCTOROON

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and the actors of Soho Rep,’s AN OCTOROON, Austin Smith and Haynes Thigpen, appeared on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show on February 24, to discuss the new production. Listen to the interview here:


NPR’s Jeff Lunden takes an in-depth look at our production of Soho Rep.’s AN OCTOROON. Hear interviews with playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, director Sarah Benson, and chief New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley, plus excerpts from rehearsal.

Full Casting for Soho Rep.’s AN OCTOROON Announced

We are thrilled to announce full casting for our upcoming production of Soho Rep.’s An Octoroon, which begins performances February 14. Click here to read the casting announcement on

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Stephen Greenblatt Shares His Thoughts on TAMBURLAINE

Scholar and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stephen Greenblatt, after seeing a recent performance of Tamburlaine the Great, shared his thoughts on Christopher Marlowe and this two-part theatrical epic. Below is his letter:   “On May 30, 1593, the playwright Christopher Marlowe, aged 29, was stabbed to death in a tavern near London. The precipitating cause, according to…Read More »


The New York Times has selected Tamburlaine, Parts I and II as a Critics’ Pick. Click here to read the full review by Ben Brantley.