By Ruthie Fierberg Acclaimed actor Kathryn Hunter has a longstanding history with Theatre for a New Audience, and now returns to her stomping grounds for their latest production: The Emperor. Running through September 30, the play—based on the book by Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński—serves as a sort of biography of Ethiopia’s emperor Haile Selassie via…Read More »

BROOKLYN PAPER: Doing her parts: Actress plays 11 male servants in The Emperor

By Julianne McShane She’s playing all the king’s men. An award-winning actress will portray nearly a dozen different men in “The Emperor,” a play opening at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Fort Greene on Sept. 16. Kathryn Hunter said that she learned to juggle between the 11 male servants she plays by studying the book…Read More »

TDF STAGES: How Do You Dramatize the Downfall of an Autocrat?

By Gerard Raymond The audience never sees His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie in The Emperor, Colin Teevan’s stage adaptation of Ryszard Kapuscinski’s eponymous book. But you get a vivid picture of the 20th-century Ethiopian autocrat and his court through memories shared by his eleven loyal servants, all portrayed by Olivier-winning actress Kathryn Hunter. In the…Read More »

TIMES SQUARE CHRONICLE: The Emperor Kathryn Solitarily Surrounded by her Loyal Servants

Theatre for a New Audience, much to my pleasure, dives into their new season with a fascinating, although slightly distancing investigation on what it means to be Emperor of a small African nation in the early 1900’s. In the U.S. premiere of The Emperor, directed with structure and simplicity by Walter Meierjohann (the site-specific Romeo and Juliet in…Read More »

CURTAIN UP: Review of The Emperor

By Charles Wright In October 1973, ITV, the English television network, dispatched Jonathan Dimbleby and a film crew from the news program This Week to Ethiopia to assess the severity of draught-related famine in that country. ITV’s coverage and the book Dimbleby subsequently published, both titled The Unknown Famine, exposed a colossal humanitarian crisis that…Read More »

PLAYS TO SEE: Review of The Emperor

By Ben Odom There is no shortage of art that comments on the current administration. Revivals and new plays alike are prone to this scrutiny by a modern American audience. Colin Teevan’s stage adaptation of Ryszard Kapuscinski’s The Emperor is no exception, but it portrays neither the ruler nor the oppressed, but those who perhaps…Read More »

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Jessica Hecht to Star in a New Play by Calvin Trillin

A new play by Calvin Trillin starring Jessica Hecht, as well as imports from the Young Vic in London and the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, are in store for the 2018-19 season at Theater for a New Audience, the company announced Wednesday.   READ THE FULL SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE NEW YORK TIMES…Read More »

THE NEW YORK TIMES: The Ones We Left Behind

The New York Times: The Ones We Left Behind By Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli May 31, 2018 Majority rule (mostly). One play per playwright. How we put together the 25 Plays list, and a bid to remember notable writers and favorite works that missed the cut. … Literary Lions ADRIENNE KENNEDY Fragmentary, lyrical, devastating plays…Read More »

THE NEW YORK TIMES: The Great Work Continues: The 25 Best American Plays Since ‘Angels in America’

The Great Work Continues: The 25 Best American Plays Since ‘Angels in America’ By Ben Brantley and Jesse Green June 1, 2018 “The Great Work begins.” When we first heard the Angel of America bellow that bulletin as the curtain came down on Part 1 of the play named for her and her band of…Read More »

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Tony Awards 2018: Who Will Win (and Who Should)

Tony Awards 2018: Who Will Win (and Who Should) May 9, 2018 Ben Brantley and Jesse Green, the chief theater critics for The New York Times, make their Tony Award choices. For the Should Have Been Nominated category, they were allowed to expand the potential nominees to productions ineligible for the Tonys, including those Off…Read More »