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Diane Exavier with Shamira Ibrahim

Amid gentrifying construction, street protests and a sweltering summer in Flatbush, the five Abellard sisters in Bernarda’s Daughters, by Diane Exavier, directed by Dominique Rider, take refuge in their family home. Simmering in the losses of their father and their neighborhood, they clash over how to contend with the legacy of their Haitian parents in a city that is no longer theirs.

Monsoon Wedding Makes Its Way to Brooklyn

In 2006, when director Mira Nair’s agent suggested she adapt her Indian dramedy Monsoon Wedding into a musical, she felt like “a penny dropped.” The lauded film, now part of the Criterion Collection, “has music in its bones,” Nair said. Indeed, the colorful, sprawling family drama is fit for the stage.

IndieSpace Gives the New York Theater Scene Exactly What It Needs

“We’re still in the middle of a pandemic,” the co-founder and Executive Director of IndieSpace reflected. “Artists are still reeling … there’s a deep impact on mental health and feelings of stability and safety, and their work hasn’t come back at one hundred percent. We can’t stop supporting artists where they’re at.”

Embracing Mist: The Questions, Not Answers, Grey House Proposes

“Grey” is an apt qualifier for the house in Levi Holloway’s play. For one, like Holloway’s ghost story, the color is eerie; the hue is associated with fog, drear, and mystery. But grey also suggests a vague middle ground, neither black nor white. En route to her father’s home, Max (Tatiana Maslany) and her husband Henry (Paul Sparks) are driving between two places—wherever they came from and wherever they are heading, locations that are never fully defined. The house they stumble into is an in-between.


The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2023

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