Category: Obies

  • I Lost It At The Obies

    I Lost It At The Obies 40 YEARS  In 1956, the year the Obies began, Eisenhow­er hadn’t even started his second term and Bill Clinton was in grade school. The Dodgers were still in Brook­lyn, Steve Allen hosted the Tonight Show, and the Mar­cia Clark of the day was Joseph Welch. Jack Kerouac was just hitting […]

  • Genet, Mailer, & the New Paternalism

    Thoughts on: Genet, Mailer, & the New Paternalism  It is easily imagined of Jean Genet that he is one those artists who so adore reality that they are obsessed with the ever-present possibility that it too will betray them. Sitting through the too long evening of “The Blacks” or wending a careful and respect­ful way through […]

  • “Fuck the Curtain”: An Oral History of Off-Broadway

    Celebrating 30 Years of Off-Broadway May 21, 1985 On May 20, the Obies celebrate their 30th birthday. This special supplement, with selections from 30 years of the Voice and reminiscences by many of the major figures of the American theater, is dedicated to the artists of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway. GENE FRANKEL: I was sitting at […]

  • A Brief History of Off-Broadway, 1955–1985

    “The Golden Days of American Theater” May 21, 1985 On May 20, the Obies celebrate their 30th birthday. This special supplement, with selections from 30 years of the Voice and reminiscences by many of the major figures of the American theater, is dedicated to the artists of Off-and Off-Off-Broadway. 1955 WAITING FOR GODOT “I have […]

  • Ghosts of Obies Past

    Ghosts of Obies Past May 31, 1994 To help celebrate the 39th annual Village Voice Obie awards, we asked several present and former Obie judges to respond to the following six questions. What do you think is the most important difference between the Obie and other awards? What Obie were you most pleased to see? […]

  • Unconcerned With Niceties, Aleshea Harris Rages Toward Success

    The playwright Aleshea Harris knows the history. She understands the racism that fuels the self-protective impulse behind respectability politics — the idea that if members of a marginalized group behave impeccably, they won’t be oppressed. She has a couple of problems with that strategy, though. First, it doesn’t work. Second, as a black artist, she […]

  • Onstage and Off, Chukwudi Iwuji Relishes the Role of the Outsider

    One cliché about actors — that their sense of identity can be slippery — doesn’t bother Chukwudi Iwuji. Having established himself in just a few years as one of New York’s most vibrant classical performers, Iwuji, 43, relishes his status as a product of many nations. Born to Nigerian parents who worked for the United […]

  • Billy Crudup, Off-Broadway’s Accidental Seducer

    Billy Crudup didn’t mean to seduce you. In the fall and then again in the spring, he played the criminally charming (and sometimes just plain criminal) title character in David Cale’s Harry Clarke. As Harry Clarke is a solo show, Crudup played all the other characters, too. He wanted to thrill, to terrify, to delight, to persuade. But […]

  • All Access: The Obie Awards From Every Angle You Can Imagine

    The 63rd edition of the Obie awards, hosted by John Leguizamo, were held Monday night at Terminal 5. The Voice was on site during the ceremony, taking photographs of presenters and winners as they spoke at the podium, celebrated with colleagues backstage, and enjoyed the festivities themselves. Here are some of the best shots from […]

  • Portraits From the Village Voice’s Backstage Studio at the Obie Awards

    The 63rd edition of the Obie awards, hosted by John Leguizamo, were held last night at Terminal 5. Backstage, the Village Voice operated a photo studio in which the evening’s presenters, organizers, and winners sat for portraits. Here are the highlights from the booth.