• Come From Away at La Jolla Playhouse

    By Irene Sankoff and David Hein

    La  Jolla
    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 29th, 2015

    The musical “Come From Away” by the Canadian husband-and wife team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein, directed by Ashley made its World Premiere debut at the Sheila and Hughes Poitier Theatre last weekend to thunderous applause and standing ovations.

  • Everybody's Talking World Premiere

    Harry Nilsson Based Musical at San Diego Repertory Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 09th, 2015

    “Everybody’s Talkin’” is more of a free-flowing musical tribute than a traditional book musical. There isn’t one line of scripted dialogue spoken by the performers. It’s just the genius of Harry Nilsson who was a poet/philosopher and a reluctant troubadour performer, whose songs lend themselves to the inspired arrangements by Gunderson and the staging by Velasco that propel the show along.

  • Harold Pinter's Betrayal

    The North Coast Repertory Theatre to June 28

    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 13th, 2015

    The North Coast Repertory Theatre’s potent production of marriage infidelity and betrayal is full of clever directorial touches, like the timing of Pinteresque pauses and the overall pacing between the excellent ensemble cast of Carla Harting, Jeffrey Frace, and Richard Baird, with Benjamin Cole contributing as a pompous and frustrated European waiter.

  • Man of La Mancha Thrills at Barrington Stage

    Jeff McCarthy in a Career Defining Performance

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 15th, 2015

    When Jeff McCarthy brings down the house with an iconic barnburner The Impossible Dream it is richly evident that the fifty-year-old musical Man of La Mancha still packs a whallop that can blow the socks off of an audience. This Barrington Stage production that launches the Mainstage of Barrington Stage in Pittsfield is the benchmark hit of the still new 2015 Berkshire theatre season. It is doubtful that any actor will match or surpass his performance as the male lead in a musical.

  • New Country at Cherry Lane Theatre in NYC

    Intimate Show Makes a Big Noise

    By: Edward Rubin - Jun 16th, 2015

    The good news is that the edgy. enticing New Country, due to popular demand, has been extended to June 27 at Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. It is good enough to see twice. This is the kind of show that comes along every once in awhile. Presented by Fair Trade Productions in association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and written by Mark Roberts this is a must see production.

  • Monteverdi Trilogy Heads to the Berkshires

    Early Music Festival Travels to Great Barrington

    By: David Bonetti - Jun 18th, 2015

    Every two years the Boston Early Music Festival schedules a week of concerts and operas that make Boston the world capital of early music. This year's focus was on Claudio Monteverdi, the first great opera composer. All three of his surviving operas were given stylish productions and featured some of the best singers of early music in the world. Taken from Greek myth and ancient Roman history, the stories resonate with the lives we live today.

  • Thoreau or, Return to Walden

    David Adkins Bonkers in the Woods

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 21st, 2015

    If you have read Walden and think you know Henry David Thoreau guess again. The world premiere Thoreau or Return to Walden written by and starring David Adkins, directed by Eric Hill presents the New England transcendentalist and abolitionist as an eccentric just short of lunacy.

  • Heisenberg with Mary Louise Parker

    Simon Stephens Brings Quantum Entanglement to Life

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 20th, 2015

    Heisenberg is a dashing new play by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog, a hit on Broadway. His new play is more complete and satisfying, although its subject might disturb people who need predictability and order. Certainly Mary Louise Parker doesn't, as she loosey-goosey's through her life. Don't be put off by hints of quantum physics in the title. The play is uproarious and the best take on a May-December romance you'll see. It begins with a kiss, passes through the usual, and ends with indeterminacy.

  • Conor McPherson's Shining City at Barrington Stage

    Irish Drama Features Mark H. Dold as Priest Turned Therapist

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 22nd, 2015

    The title Shining City is a Bliblical reference that "A town built on a hill cannot be hidden." But there is much that is obscure and repressed in this drama by the Irish playwright Conor McPherson.

  • Moby Dick at Lookingglass

    New Production Adapted from Melville's Novel

    Moby Dick
    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 23rd, 2015

    Lookingglass's black box theater in the old Water Works on Michigan Avenue in Chicago becomes the interior of a great whale with steel hoops extending from stage rear to the top of the theater.

  • Intimate Apparel at Dorset Theatre Festival

    Vermont's Dorset Makes a Bold Choice for Season Opener

    Intimate Apparel
    By: Leanne Jewett - Jun 27th, 2015

    This is superb production of a beautifully written play that looks at the lives of African-American women in New York City at the turn of the twentieth century. It is a bold opener for Vermont’s Dorset Theatre Festival season. An uptown white socialite, a downtown black prostitute, and a self-deprecating Jewish cloth salesman are just three of the disparate characters who populate the world of Esther, a hard-working and humble black woman who makes her living fashioning ladies’ intimate apparel.

  • Henry V at Shakespeare & Company

    Ryan Winkles Triumphant in Title Role

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 27th, 2015

    The cycle of history plays by Shakespeare continues and unfortunately ends this season with a chamber production of the ever popular Henry V. This scaled back drama with four male and four female actors playing multiple roles has been directed by Jenna Ware. In the title role Ryan Winkles is magnificent. It adds another dimension to a superb actor who previously has been featured in comic roles.

  • Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon

    New Comedy at Geffen Playhouse in LA Until July 19

    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 29th, 2015

    “Bad Jews” is a new modern comedy written by acclaimed young playwright Joshua Harmon. The ambiguously titled and talky play currently on stage at the Geffen Playhouse is directed by Matt Shakman, who helms his production with one directorial foot planted in “tradition” and the other directorial foot solidly rooted in the secular 21st century.

  • The Who and the What at Victory Gardens

    Play by Ayad Akhtar in Chicago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 29th, 2015

    The Who and the What is a smart, funny play about a conservative Pakistani-American family and their attempts to come to grips with modern realities while maintaining respect for tradition. Playwright Ayad Akhtar has written believable characters who fight articulately about what they believe in.

  • The How and the Why at S&Co.

    Going With the Flow

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 31st, 2015

    After a brutal winter on ever level Shakespeare & Company has launched the season with an intense and absorbing two hander The How and the Way by dramatist Sarah Treem. It stages a tense meeting between two brilliant women and scientists. A seething graduate student Rachel (Bridget Sacarino) has just learned the identify of her birth mother Zelda (Rod Randolph) a renowned scholar. By coincidence and one of many impossibilities the women are remarkably alike and even share the same field of evolutionary biology. If you can get beyond that unlikely twist of fate and other absurd literary devices this is an absorbing evening of tense and spellbinding theatre with superb performances by two fine actresses.

  • After All The Terrible Things I Do At Calderwood

    Self-Loathing and Acceptance Emotionally Wrestle

    All The Terrible Things
    By: Mark Favermann - Jun 05th, 2015

    What makes ordinary people do terrible things? Daniel, a young, gay aspiring writer, seeks a fresh start and a new job at the local bookstore that he loved as a child. When he meets Linda, the Filipina-American bookshop owner, they discover a connection that goes deeper than a love of literature. Artistic Director Peter DuBois directs the New England premiere of A. Rey Pamatmat’s at times gripping and intimate new play about changing attitudes, forgiveness and second chances.

  • The Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon

    Existential Questions Dramatic and Personal

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 05th, 2015

    The Ensemble Studio Theatre just won a 2015 Drama Desk Award its commitment to producing new works by American playwrights since 1968. This year's 35th Marathon of Short Plays shows why the award is so deserved.

  • Fugard Theatre's A Human Being Died that Night

    Truth and Reconciliation at the BAM Fisher

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 03rd, 2015

    Both Plato and Aristotle wrote about the catharsis of tragedy in drama. South Africa with some success took the idea and tried to find truth and healing post apartheid. In large measure they succeeded. This wonderful play, conceived by Eric Abraham and written by Nicholas Wright, suggests why in a personal and incredibly moving adaptation of a true story.

  • Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

    Tenn Annual Festival September 24 to 27

    By: Tenn - Jun 03rd, 2015

    The 10th anniversary Festival will take place in various venues in the seaside village of Provincetown from Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, September 27, 2015. The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival was founded in 2006 in the birthplace of American Modern Theater where Williams worked on many of his major plays during the 1940s. The TW Festival is the nation’s largest performing arts festival dedicated to celebrating and expanding the understanding of America’s great playwright.

  • A.R.Gurney's What I Did Last Summer

    Jim Simpson Directs at the Signature

    By: Susan Hall - May 28th, 2015

    What I Did Last Summer is A.R. Gurney's latest play and a delight. How could it be a dream summer at the beach when Dad is off fighting the Japanese in the Pacific, Mom is lonely, Elsie is trying to lose weight and Charlie is trying to become a man without a model around? Yet it is as directe by Jim Simpson

  • Arms and the Man at Old Globe

    First Class Shavian Production

    By: Jack Lyons - May 27th, 2015

    “Arms and the Man”, crisply directed by Jessica Stone is blessed with cast of talented and seasoned performers who when they find themselves on a stage in a sharply and insightfully written farce/satire, know exactly how to handle their characters and the situations.

  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Raven Theatre

    Adapted by Christopher Hampton from Novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

    By: Nancy S. Bishop - May 26th, 2015

    The script and production are the same as earlier versions in most every way, with the addition of a few Russian place names and two characters with Russian accents. The playbill doesn't mention the era and geographic setting (or any of the scene locations) that AstonRep has chosen.

  • Playwright Lillian Hellman

    Reflections on Two Chicago Productions

    By: Nancy S. Bishop - May 23rd, 2015

    Last week I saw two masterpieces of 20th century theater by Lillian Hellman, the great playwright and left wing political activist. (I‘m a fan on both counts.) The two shows were extremely different in production values but demonstrated the power of performance.

  • Butler by Richard Strand

    Civil War Comedy Launches Berkshire Season

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 21st, 2015

    With a striking resemblance to the Civil War General Benjamin Butler the hilarious performance by David Schramm in "Butler" launches the Berkshire season at Barrington Stage Company. Based on actual characters and events the playwright, Richard Strand, stretches the facts to create an evening of outrageous comedy.

  • Hand to God at the Booth on Broadway

    Stunning Performances in an Edgy Play

    By: Susan Hall - May 21st, 2015

    Robert Askins' play started at the Ensemble Studio Theatre and has not stopped since. It arrived on Broadway in time to receive five Tony nominations this year: three for actors, one for the play and the other for direction. Shows you what aa hand to God can do.

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