• After by Michael McKeever

    World Premiere at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center

    By: Aaron Kraus - Nov 12th, 2016

    “Now what” are the words playwright Michael McKeever wants us to ponder after watching his devastatingly honest, explosive, unflinching and all-too-topical play titled simply “After.”

  • 2016 Berkies Announced

    First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 17th, 2016

    There has been extensive media coverage of the First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards. The winners of The Berkies have been announced. There will be an awards celebration 5 pm on November 13 at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield. In this first round of awards Barrington Stage Company and Shakespeare & Company dominated in most categories. The smash hit Pirates of Penzance ran the table. The Larry Murray Award, named for the founder, will be the only suprise of the gathering of critics, media and theater mavens.

  • Roundabout Presents The Cherry Orchard

    Diane Lane, Joel Grey, John Glover, Chuck Cooper

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 16th, 2016

    The Cherry Orchard was Anton Chevkov’s last play. He drew a picture of an old Russian family at the end of their run, their beloved cherry orchard and the hundreds of acres that it fills will be auctioned in August to pay the debts of Liuboff Andreievna Raneyskaya. Liuboff, the role originally created by Chekhov’s wife, is now enlivened by Diane Lane in her return to the New York stage. Lane’s first Broadway appearance was in The Cherry Orchard decades ago.

  • Hand to God

    GableStage in Coral Gables, Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 14th, 2016

    “Hand to God,” the biting, darkly comic, disturbing, thought-provoking and meaty play is receiving a solid southeastern premiere at GableStage in Coral Gables, Florida through Oct. 30.

  • Joe Sutton's Brilliant Orwell in America

    At 59E59th Street Theater

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 09th, 2016

    Playwright Joe Sutton creates George Orwell twisting moment to moment. Jamie Horton is magnificent in the wrenching role. Orwell’s discomfort, his loneliness, his humor and passion are all developed before us in language that is very much the author’s. Director Peter Hackett brings off this complicated character in an enormously engaging piece.

  • St. Germain’s Camping with Henry and Tom

    Barrington's Revival Seems Ripped from the Headlines

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 10th, 2016

    The 1993 Mark St. Germain play, Camping with Henry and Tom, is as fresh as a daisy in a timely revival at Barrington Stage Company. With an update of just five lines Henry Ford, originally inspired by third party candidate Ross Perot, has an uncanny resemblance to the worst aspects of Donald Trump.

  • Sunday in the Park Stunning at Huntington

    Sondheim and Seurat Bring Out the Best in Each Other

    By: Mark Favermann - Oct 06th, 2016

    Stephen Sondheim’s stunning masterpiece centers on enigmatic painter Georges Seurat and his obssession with “the art of making art.” Certainly, one of the most acclaimed musicals ever, this Pulitzer Prize winner features a glorious score, with the songs “Finishing the Hat,” “Putting it Together,” and “Move On,” and is directed by Artistic Director Peter DuBois who did a superb job with last year's A Little Night Music.

  • The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer

    Florida's Outre Theatre Company

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 04th, 2016

    “The Normal Heart” deals with multiple thought-provoking, timely themes and issues that spur discussion, make us look inward and potentially take action: The need to work together toward a common goal, the uselessness of fighting and blaming one another, reconciliation among family members, the agenda of the press and government, the right to be recognized as valued citizens and feel loved as well as to live and die with dignity.

  • The Bakelite Masterpiece by Kate Cayley

    Faking Vermeers in WAM and Berkshire Theatre Group's Co-Production

    By: Maria Reveley - Oct 03rd, 2016

    The Bakelite Masterpiece by Kate Cayley in Stockbridge at the Unicorn Theatre is a co-production of WAM and Berkshire Theatre Group. An artist is on trial for selling Vermeers to the Nazis. He has to make a fake to prove his innocence. The play is based on a true story in post war Holland.

  • New Victory's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Captain Nemo Makes His Case

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 03rd, 2016

    The New Victory uses every imaginable tool to go to the depths of the ocean in a 19th century submarine. Jules Verne tells his story with present references to the throttling of the sea by plastic and a case for democratic leadership.

  • Tony and Emmy Winner Hal Linden

    Now 85 in Fantasticks at Pasadena Playhouse

    By: Lisa Lyons - Oct 03rd, 2016

    I think because the writing was solid, not “trendy”, and always very relatable. I recently put together a clip reel for a concert appearance I was doing, and I had to sit down and watch over 100 hours of “Barney Miller” episodes. I was amazed at how substantial they were, and that they still hold up almost forty years later.

  • October Sky at Old Globe

    Musical is Outasight

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 03rd, 2016

    “October Sky” is an uplifting, feel-good type of musical that boasts 19 songs with such numbers as “Look to the Stars”, “We’re Gonna Build a Rocket”, “Stars Shine Down”, “The Man I Met”, and “The Last Kiss Goodbye”, the latter number being especially poignant as sung by the miners’ wives and girlfriends.

  • Kate Hennig’s The Last Wife

    From Stratford Festival to Chicago's Timeline

    By: Nancy Bishop - Oct 01st, 2016

    The Last Wife premiered last year at the Stratford Festival in Ontario and Timeline snagged it for its first US production. The 2.5 hour play is smart and funny and will have you turning on your phone at intermission to look at Katherine Parr’s Wikipedia page.

  • Mahabharata as Battlefield via Peter Brook at BAM

    A Startling Message from the Distant Past

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 30th, 2016

    Mahabharata is older and many times as long as the Bible. Its message of man's impulsive thrust to war and destruction is as fresh today as it must have been when it was first composed. Brook has tackled the piece before. This short form packs a powerful punch.

  • Michael Cristofer’s Man in the Ring

    Riveting Premiere at Chicago's Court Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 26th, 2016

    Michael Cristofer’s Man in the Ring, having its world premiere in Chicago, is a play about boxing with a dark and riveting under card.

  • The Cocktail Hour by A. R. Gurney

    Launches North Coast Repertory Theatre’s 35th Season

    By: Jack Lyons - Sep 26th, 2016

    In ‘The Cocktail Hour’ A.R. Gurney hits the vanishing cultural nail of privilege right on the proverbial head.

  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    August Wilson Play at Mark Taper Forum in LA

    By: Jack Lyons - Sep 25th, 2016

    ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ now on the boards of the Mark Taper Forum is fabulously acted and brilliantly staged by Tony winner Phylicia Rashad.

  • Pirandello’s Henry IV

    Remy Bumppo’s Chicago Production

    By: Nancy Bishop - Oct 19th, 2016

    The absurdist playwright Luigi Pirandello wrote the play in 1922. The current production is based on an adaptation by Tom Stoppard. Nick Sandys’ direction makes the most of the witty dialogue written by the always engaging Stoppard.

  • Williams' Night of the Iguana

    Palm Beach Dramaworks

    By: Aaron Kraus - Oct 24th, 2016

    In “Night of the Iguana,” largely considered the prolific Tennessee Williams’ last commercial success, the playwright, no stranger to symbolism, once again uses a vivid symbol to represent characters trapped in a prison of loneliness and unfulfilled desires.

  • White Lights Festival Presents All That Fall

    Beckett's Radio Drama Re-imagined

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 10th, 2016

    The brilliance of Samuel Beckett is captured by the Pan Pan Theatre Company of Dublin. Beckett's magical words never had more music and humor. The irony of death's grip is fully evoked in our mind's eye as we sit in rocking chairs, imagining figures. Beckett is laugh-inside funny, his words ricocheting around the room.

  • Finian's Rainbow Arcs Over New York

    Irish Repertory Mounts Charming Production

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 11th, 2016

    FInian's Rainbow was first produced in 1947, but the tough issues it raises are very contemporary. In Southern United States blacks and whites live comfortably, but are challenged by land grabs, Sears Roebuck salesmen and a Senator ripe for conversion.

  • The Little Flower of East Orange in Chicago

    Play by Stephen Adly Guirgis at Eclipse Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 10th, 2016

    Stephen Adly Guirgis opens the veins of family feelings in his plays, with his gritty, piercing dialogue. He writes scenes we usually don’t see in public, scenes that reveal long histories of family abuse that become painful memories. He does this in Between Riverside and Crazy and The Motherfucker with the Hat, He is is a member of New York’s highly regarded LAByrinth Theater Company. Little Flower premiered at LAByrinth in 2008, directed by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

  • Sharr White's Annapurna

    Launches CV Repertory Theatre's Season

    By: Jack Lyons - Nov 08th, 2016

    The narrative of Sharr White’s play is not its strongest asset. It’s the performances of the actors that win the day. The technical credits at CV REP are always top tier.

  • Tony Winner Fun Home

    Touring Company Visits Chicago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 08th, 2016

    Fun Home, the prize-winning show (five 2015 Tonys including best musical), opened at Chicago's Oriental Theatre last week for a very short run. The play, based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel, is a story of growing up trying to figure out yourself and seeing your parents through new eyes as you mature.

  • First Berkies Theatre Awards This Sunday

    VIPs to Gather at Mr. Finn's Cabaret in Pittsfield

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 08th, 2016

    Theatre celebrities, from critics to thespians, will gather at 5 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield. With a champagne toast they will celebrate the first, annual Berkshire Theatre Awards AKA 'The Berkies." The 25 winners in a range of categories, many of whom plan to attend, have previously been announced. The suspense will focus on the winner of the Larry Murray humanitarian award named for the critic and founder of the awards.

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