TFANA in the News

Vulture (review): The Wild Invention of Fefu and Her Friends

…It would be easy to over-emphasize its radical qualities, though. This is not experimentalism as difficulty: It’s pleasure after pleasure. Director Lileana Blain-Cruz leans into its sense of overabundance by ignoring its birth in Off–Off scrappiness and staging the play as a trove of Fabergé eggs, each space a jewellike interior. READ THE FULL REVIEW…Read More »

Time Out NY (review): Fefu and Her Friends

“A play can be like a symphony, rapturous in a way that surpasses logic. María Irene Fornés’s ingenious Fefu and Her Friends is such a work, and this revival from director Lileana Blain-Cruz is nothing short of exquisite. Though the play hasn’t been performed Off Broadway since its 1977 premiere, it feels as ahead of…Read More »

Playbill: Designing the Undesignable Set for Fefu and Her Friends

Behind the Scenes of Off-Broadway’s Fefu and her Friends: María Irene Fornés’ play has gone unproduced professionally in NYC for four decades, but scenic designer Adam Rigg figured out a way to make it work for the TFANA production. Fefu and her Friends. If you haven’t heard of the play, you’re not alone. The play…Read More »

NY Times: María Irene Fornés: An Avant-Garde Theater Artist Gets Her Due

María Irene Fornés never had a play that opened on Broadway. Few of her 40 full-length works are regularly presented on major professional stages. Yet as anonymous as she is in the wider culture, she is revered by many in the theater world. “Irene is in the pantheon of the great writers like Beckett or…Read More »

NY Times Fall Preview: Fefu and Her Friends

 “Lileana Blain-Cruz directs a revival of María Irene Fornés’s 1977 feminist play about a group of women navigating a male-dominated world. Nov. 16-Dec. 8” —The New York Times Read the full Fall Preview in The New York Times. Click here to learn more about our upcoming production of Fefu and Her Friends, running November 16–December…Read More »

NPR: At 94, Peter Brook is Still At It

“At the age of 94, director and author Peter Brook can genuinely be called a living legend. His career has stretched for over seven decades, from ground-breaking productions of Shakespeare to his nine-hour adaptation of the Sanskrit epic, the Mahabarata. His latest work is on stage now in Brooklyn. It’s called Why? and it asks…Read More »

NYTimes: For Peter Brook, the Experimental Showman, ‘Nothing Is Ever Finished’

“Mr. Brook has been doing his best to wow audiences around the world since he rose to fame in his early 20s as the wunderkind of London’s West End. It is hard to think of another theater director whose body of work has been so singular in its multiplicity.” —Ben Brantley, The New York Times  …Read More »

Peter Brook\NY Souvenir Booklet

A booklet produced by Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Hamm Archives featuring historic photographs, a timeline of Peter Brook’s productions and New York presence, essays by writer Violaine Huisman and Russian theatre scholar Anatoly Smeliansky, and information about Peter Brook/NY events at The Center for Fiction, Columbia University, French Institute Alliance Française’s Crossing the Line Festival,…Read More »

WHY?: The Trap of the Great Utopia

The Trap of the Great Utopia by Dr. Anatoly Smeliansky on Russian director Vsevolod Meyerhold. Created and Commissioned for the U.S. premiere of Why?, written and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne. Click here to learn more about Why?, playing September 21–October 6.

New Yorker Review: FAIRVIEW

“Jackie Sibblies Drury’s outstanding, frustrating, hilarious, and sui generis new play… Symbolically breaking through the one-way mirror, [Drury] challenged us with fairly direct sh*t.” – Hilton Als, The New Yorker Read more from The New Yorker on Fairview here. Performances start June — learn more.