Maxamoo's New York City Theater Podcast



Conversations about New York City theater, mostly beyond Broadway, hosted by Maxamoo's founder, Lindsay Barenz, about what's amazing, what's awful, and what we recommend on stage right now.


  • Theater Things Going Online


      Jose, Nicole, and Ben discuss shows and other things from the theater community that have gone online during the pandemic.   Introductions (0:00) Contagious Closet Dramas, presented by Two Headed Rep on Instagram (1:39) It’s True, It’s True, It’s True by Breach Theatre (6:13) The Shows Must Go On,[...]

  • Maxamoo Book Club: The Great White Way – Race and the Broadway Musical


    Jose and PennyMaria are joined by author Warren Hoffman to discuss the newly published second edition of his book The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical. Their conversation includes a closer look at West Side Story, both historically and through the lens of the revival Ivo Von Hove[...]

  • The Best & Worst of 2019, Part II


    All 9 of our regular contributors have gathered: Aurin, Ben, David, Jack, Jose, Liz, Nicole, Patty, and PennyMaria! We’re back together for our year-end spectacular, our annual episode in which we discuss the best and worst theater of the year. If you have trouble telling any voices apart, we’re seated in a circle and the order we answer questions[...]

  • The Best & Worst of 2019, Part I


    All 9 of our regular contributors have gathered: Aurin, Ben, David, Jack, Jose, Liz, Nicole, Patty, and PennyMaria! We’re back together for our year-end spectacular, our annual episode in which we discuss the best and worst theater of the year. If you have trouble telling any voices apart, we’re seated[...]

  • Fires in the Mirror, The Inheritance, and Other Big Shows on Right Now


    Aurin, Nicole, and PennyMaria discuss 2 shows shows on Broadway and 2 shows Off-Broadway.   Introductions (0:00) The Inheritance on Broadway (1:10) for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf at the Public Theater (16:10) Fires in the Mirror at Signature Theatre (37:41) Tina on Broadway (51:59) Things we’re excited for (1:05:18)[...]

  • December 2019 Preview


    Liz, David, and Jack talk about what they’re excited to see in December and January! We talk about: Virgo Star by Pioneers Go East Collective at La Mama (1:13) Fefu and Her Friends by María Irene Fornés at Theatre for a New Audience (2:49) The Thin Place by Lucas Hnath[...]

  • Interview with Jamie Lozano, Composer of ‘Songs by an Immigrant’


      Jose talks to musical theatre composer Jaime Lozano about his career, and how he went from disliking Jesus Christ Superstar when he was growing up in Monterrey, Mexico, to becoming one of the most prolific composers living in the United States. Lozano shares insights about his process and shares[...]

  • Maxamoo Book Club: Letters to a Young Artist by Anna Deavere Smith


    David is joined by Rachel Godfrey of Ludus NYC to discuss our first Official Maxamoo Book Club Selection: Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-Up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts – For Actors, Performers, Writers and Artists of Every Kind by Anna Deavere Smith. Visit the book’s official website[...]

  • October Review – Sensory Immersive Shows and Off-Broadway Debuts


      Nicole, Ben, and newcomer Linda talk about 2 immersive shows and 2 shows Off-Broadway. Introductions (0:00) Theatre In The Dark at TheatreLab (2:21) Our Dear Dead Drug Lord at WP Theater (17:13) Heroes of the Fourth Turning at Playwrights Horizons (31:22) Found at the cell (45:59) Things we’re excited[...]

  • October Preview: The Off Broadway Season Begins


      Aurin, David, and Ben come together to talk about shows that’re coming up in the next few months.   Introductions (0:00) Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven at Atlantic Theater Company (1:24) Fires in the Mirror at Signature Theatre (9:41) Is This A Room at the Vineyard Theatre (15:01) Quick[...]

  • A Preview of United Solo: The World’s Largest Solo Theatre Festival


    David speaks with Omar Sangare, artistic director of United Solo, and three of the performers appearing in the festival this year: Richarda Abrams, Lillian Colón, and Noah Diamond. First (0:26–11:46), Omar Sangare talks about how he developed United Solo into the world’s largest solo theater festival and why solo performance[...]

  • Introducing the Maxamoo Book Club


    Have you ever read a great book about theater and just wanted someone to discuss it with when you’re done? Let Maxamoo be that someone! We’re going to choose a book every few months and invite the community of Maxamoo listeners to read it together so we can spend an[...]

  • Interview with Zulema Clares, Sandor Juan, and Leyma López of Filomena Marturano: Un matrimonio a la caribeña


      Jose talks to Zulema Clares, Sandor Juan, and Leyma López, the stars and director of Filomena Marturano: Un matrimonio a la caribeña, currently running at Repertorio Español. The first part of the episode (00:34 – 35:55) is an interview en Español with Clares, Juan and López, who discuss the[...]

  • August Preview – Hercules and More Musicals Cap Off the Summer as the Off-Broadway Season Begins


      Patty, PennyMaria, and Jack preview shows they’re excited about as the summer winds down and the 2019-2020 season begins.   Introductions (0:00) Head Over Heels presented by Dirty Minds Theatre Company at Theatre 80 (3:05) Felix Starro presented by Ma-Yi Theater Company at Theater Row (6:01) Heroes of the Fourth Turning[...]

  • July Review – Shows from Ice Factory, Corkscrew, and Beyond


      Ben and Liz join forces to talk about two shows in summer festivals, and two shows that just happen to be opening during the summer. Introductions (0:00) The Drinking Bird in the New Ohio Theatre’s 2019 Ice Factory (2:23) Preexisting Conditions in the Corkscrew Theater Festival at the Paradise Factory (9:55) No One Is Forgotten, a[...]

  • July Preview – Queer Theatre, Musicals, New Takes on Classics, and More


      Aurin, David, and Diep share what they’re excited about for July, 2019, including (when available) how to get discounted tickets. Introductions (0:00) In The Green (0:41) presnted by LCT3 at the Claire Tow Theater Promenade (4:50) presented by Encores! Off-Center at New York City Center The Hot! Festival at[...]

  • Interview with Kate Hamill of Little Women


    Jose talks to playwright/actor Kate Hamill about her adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women in which she also stars. Hamill shares her views on criticism, the importance of making literature classics accessible to young audiences, and why it was important for her to have a color-conscious production. Subscribe to[...]

  • June Preview – Outdoor Classical Theater, Imports, Summer Festivals, and More

    06/06/2019 Duración: 32min

    We’re back with Ben, Liz and Nicole! And just in time to let you know some of the things we’re looking forward to as the summer season kicks off. Grab a bottle of water and head outside to see one of the shows in a park, or find an indoor theater with good AC!

  • Maxamoonion Part III


    It’s the grand finale of our 2018 end of year reunion mega-episode! Aurin, Ben, David, Diep, Jack, Liz, Nicole, PennyMaria are here to dish about who moved the needle on their personal Kinsey scales, what plays they’d give to alien invaders to read, theatrical FOMO and more.

  • Maxamoonion Part II


    This year’s look back was so chock full of conversation, we split it in three! Here’s the peanutbutter and jelly of your Maxamoo End of Year Sandwich. Aurin, Ben, David, Diep, Jack, Liz, Nicole, PennyMaria are here talking about whether they met their personal theatrical ambitions for the year, what[...]

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