TFANA in the News

Public Obscenities: This Year’s Best Theatre- The New Yorker

“We’re lucky that Shayok Misha Chowdhury’s intricate bilingual drama is returning in 2024 for an encore run, at Theatre for a New Audience.” Read more from The New Yorker here.  Public Obscenities plays January 17- February 18. Click here to learn more and buy tickets. 

Public Obscenities: 2024’s Most Anticipated Theater- New York Magazine

“After an acclaimed run at Soho Rep last spring, Shayok Misha Chowdhury’s play is back for a longer stint in Brooklyn. Told in English and Bangla, with supertitles about the stage, the play depicts a Bengali American Ph.D. student and his American boyfriend’s trip back to Kolkata, where they research the local queer history and…Read More »

Public Obscenities: Best in Arts & Culture- Hollywood Reporter

10 Arts and Culture Favorites From 2023 “It’s rare that I can use a year-end list to endorse a theater show that people still have a chance to see. Shayok Misha’s revelatory and affectionate bilingual play Public Obscenities premiered at SoHo Rep in New York earlier this year, and is transferring to TFANA’s Polonsky Shakespeare…Read More »

Best Theater of 2023: New York Magazine

Waiting for Godot “In Arin Arbus’s vigorous, earthy production…Paul Sparks and Michael Shannon brought the play’s humor and its humanity to the fore in a pair of gutsy and charmingly distinctive performances.” Promethus Firebringer  “(Writer and Director Annie Dorsen) made a sly, generous, and deeply eloquent case for human effort, human discernment, and human beauty.”…Read More »

Waiting for Godot Review: TimeOut

“WIT AND HUMANITY…REMARKABLY LIBERATING…Arin Arbus’s Waiting for Godot feels vigorous and down-to-earth. As a duo, Sparks and Shannon have all the chemistry you would hope for…they light up. They play easily with each other, and they render Beckett’s heightened text extremely legible. Naidu as Pozzo, sketches a clear satire of power. Lucky speaks only once…Read More »

Waiting for Godot: The New Yorker

“Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” directed by Arin Arbus—who’s always up to something you want to see—is often set aside as an example of onstage philosophizing, all cerebral existentialism, with none of the comforts of conventional plot. But in the hands of Arbus, along with Michael Shannon, who plays Estragon, and Paul Sparks, who plays…Read More »

Waiting for Godot Review: Observer

“MICHAEL SHANNON AND PAUL SPARKS…THE POWERHOUSE DUO… ARE WELL WORTH WAITING FOR GODOT…Shannon and Sparks blend their idiosyncratic styles so ingeniously with the text, they give it uncommon clarity. Arbus and her actors achieve a dynamic and even heartfelt production of a classic. I’m grateful to this keen director and her phenomenal actors—and promise not…Read More »

Waiting for Godot: New York Magazine

“WIT AND HUMANITY…REMARKABLY LIBERATING…Arin Arbus’s Waiting for Godot feels vigorous and down-to-earth. As a duo, Sparks and Shannon have all the chemistry you would hope for…they light up. They play easily with each other, and they render Beckett’s heightened text extremely legible. Naidu as Pozzo, sketches a clear satire of power. Lucky speaks only once…Read More »

Michael Boyd, 68, Who Invigorated the Royal Shakespeare Company, Dies

Read the full obituary in The New York Times. Michael Boyd, who led the Royal Shakespeare Company as artistic director from 2002 to 2012, a decade in which he stabilized the organization while undertaking ambitious projects including a heralded New York residency and the mounting of the un-Shakespearean hit show “Matilda the Musical,” died on…Read More »

Waiting for Godot Review: New York Magazine

“WIT AND HUMANITY…REMARKABLY LIBERATING…Arin Arbus’s Waiting for Godot feels vigorous and down-to-earth. As a duo, Sparks and Shannon have all the chemistry you would hope for…they light up. They play easily with each other, and they render Beckett’s heightened text extremely legible. Naidu as Pozzo, sketches a clear satire of power. Lucky speaks only once…Read More »