According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

TSI Playtime Series Reviewed by Nicholas Linnehan

TSI presented an evening of diverse one acts. Most pieces had good actors, with far less talented writing. It was difficult to watch the artists struggle with ill conceived texts. An exception to this problem was How to Speak Women by Ray Payton. This play is a great example of what happens when great writing and great actors meet; vibrant and engaging theatre ensued. Played well by Jeff Besselman, Natasha Gavin, Ray Payton, and Carrrie Tarvis this play is funny and poignant, making it the highlight of the evening.

The other works show potential, but are in need of tighter scripts and technical assistance. The actors in these works do their best with the limited resources they are given. Yet, TSI notes that these are "works in progress" and should be commended for giving voice to new theater.

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