Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Monday Night Title Bout (May 10)

Every week, I compose listings about the week's shows for Metromix NY. I'm usually disappointed by the titles that playwrights choose for their work. So I'm reviewing the titles now. Not the shows (I haven't seen them yet) just the titles. To read about the content of each show, click through the link to my listings on Metromix NY.

A critical term for how building commissions, especially in out-of-the-way places, select high-profile architects so the work will lure tourists & good press (named for the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain). It doesn't quite have everyday currency, but it's nice & specific. So we know that this show involves architects seeking work and maybe even the tensions between acclaim, aesthetic talent, & money.

Gerunds are useful tools for titling. Is “Killing” an adjective or a verb here? Are women doing the killing or the dying? A canny writer will make sure that both interpretations fit.

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