The Pitmen Painters on Broadwayhttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/home/the-pitmen-painters/984/
The play is dialogue heavy, and the set consists primarily of a drab meeting hall and some folding chairs. But the underlying concept — that art has the capacity to shed light, to change things, is smartly emphasized with three screens featuring projections of, first, renaissance art, and later, of the work by the pitmen in the form of enlarged images of small works of art that sit on easels. Interestingly, these projections and the discussions they provoke take the place of what might be songs or dances in a musical theater version. (They also evoke many hours spent sitting in dark classrooms, scrutinizing slides of artwork and talking endlessly about them. In a good way.) It’s fascinating to see a slide show of the work that brought the group national notoriety.