Category Archives: On Writing

A Master Class in Storytelling (for nerds)

The following videos present a master class in storytelling through the lens of a critique of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (with some bizarre dark humor and not safe for work language thrown in for fun). I … Continue reading

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Musical Theatre Writing

There are approximately 8 billion things that can go wrong for a musical between the time a writer first touches pen to paper and the moment the actors take their final bow. From a writing perspective, here are the seven … Continue reading

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To Boldly Go…

For thirty two years, I have successfully avoided the Star Trek franchise in all its incarnations. Now, for those of you familiar with my personality and/or work, this fact may be surprising for two reasons: My plays and musicals are … Continue reading

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Beginnings -or- Why Older Sisters are Always Right

Setting: A car parked outside of the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Time: The early 1990’s An obnoxious fourteen-year-old boy argues with his older sister.  His motives are strong and pure.  He wants to spend the summer doing something awesome like sitting on … Continue reading

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Critics and their power to close a Broadway show.

Wowsa…the Denis O’hare and Brendan Frasier play “Elling” is playing it’s last performance tonight after having only played 9 performances.  That’s a considerably short run.  The producers’ decision to close the show probably came after the almost unanimously bad reviews. … Continue reading

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Shortest verses EVER.

The chorus of a song is most often the catchiest. And most of the time, I’m willing to forgive a lame or poorly written verse if the chorus is super catchy and fun. And in an age of short attentions … Continue reading

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Protesting Kander + Ebb – Are you friggin’ kidding me?!

There are people. Protesting the new Kander and Ebb Musical. On Broadway. Seriously. See the following flyer: People of the so-called Freedom Party are claiming that Kander and Ebb are turning “Black people’s suffering” into a “mockery”. Read the rest … Continue reading

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