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  • CV Rep Production Focuses on Age and Wisdom

    Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First Hundred Years,

    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 30th, 2015

    The play by Emily Mann presents a tender oral history life story of the real-life Delaney sisters of Raleigh, North Carolina, who share their observations, experiences, anecdotes and memories of two lives fully lived in the time of Jim Crow law in the South; who then moved to the North, settling in New York City first in a vibrant Harlem and then into the white suburb of Mount Vernon. It’s a remarkable journey and story of sisters who never married and reached 100 plus.

  • David Alan Anderson as The Giver

    The Indiana Repertory Theatre to February 21

    By: Melissa Hall - Jan 30th, 2015

    “The Giver” tells the story of a perfect world, where no one needs to make decisions because you know exactly what you are supposed to do every day. What seems innocent and friendly at first takes on a sinister atmosphere as we learn more about the rules of their world. Each chime heightens the tension as Jonas begins to question the world around him.

  • Winners by Maggie Bofill

    Stripped Bare Survivors of the Great Recession

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 23rd, 2015

    Ensemble Studio Theatre and Radio Drama Network have teamed together to produce a play about now. It is delivered with grace and humor in a superbly acted depiction of life after the Great Recession.

  • Barrington Stage Company's 10X10

    Set for February 12 to March 1

    By: Barrington - Jan 14th, 2015

    Barrington Stage Company, has announced casting for the 10-minute plays for the 4th Annual 10X10 New Play Festival, with performances February 12 through March 1, as part of the 2015 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

  • Georgie: The Life and Death of George Rose

    Sharon Playhouse Season Opens May 14

    By: Sharon - Jan 14th, 2015

    Sharon Playhouse will present a developmental workshop of Ed Dixon’s Georgie: The Life and Death of George Rose to kick off its 2015 Season from May 14-17 and May 28-31 in the Stage 2 at the Bok Gallery. John Simpkins directs.

  • A Perfect Future At SpeakEasy Stage

    30something Angst in the 21st Century

    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 13th, 2015

    A Play of 21st Century manners, A Perfect Future tells the story of Claire and Max finding their values put to the test. When their best friends Alex and Elena announce they are having a baby, things begin to unravel in their perfect world. Claire is climbing the corporate ladder in advertising, while her husband Max is a puppeteer for PBS. With friends entering into parenthood, they begin to ask themselves who they are and where they are going so fast. And what happened to the indie-rock kids that hated everything their parents believed in?

  • Barrington Stage Announces 2015 Season

    Dreaming the Impossible Dream

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 13th, 2015

    On a miserable January day the media gathered for lunch on stage at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield. Artistic director Julianne Boyd announced programming for the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. There are still slots to fill on the Mark St. Germain second stage. Once that is complete Boyd will move on to schedule the cabaret largely based on who is available for the 99 seat basement venue. The company will again collaborate with the Berkshire Museum to present a youth oriented production.

  • Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

    A Delightful Chekhovian Spicy Comedy at Huntington Theatre

    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 08th, 2015

    A Chekhovian mashup from master of comedy playwright Christopher Durang, Vanya and Sonia's quiet, bucolic and rather boring life is upended when their glamorous movie star sister Masha arrives with her brawny boy toy Spike in tow. This Tony Award-winning Broadway treat is both a rollicking and touching comedy that pays loving homage to Chekhov's classic themes of loss and existential longing.

  • Molly Ivins' Wit and Wisdom at Lyric

    Karen MacDonald Triumphant as Red Hot Patriot

    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 06th, 2015

    Splendidly portrayed by Karen MacDonald, Molly Ivins was a dyed-in-the-wool liberal from deep in the heart of Texas,. She had a rapier wit that made her one of America’s highest-regarded political satirists and beloved rabble-rousers. Red Hot Patriot weaves personal anecdotes with Molly’s humor and wisdom, celebrating her courage and tenacity. This is especially true even when a complacent America wasn’t listening. She was a personable monument to First Amendment rights and virtues. This is a terrific play about an American original.

  • Callback

    Parts Unknown

    By: Larry Stark - Jan 01st, 2015

    When Arnie Reisman was our editor at Boston After Dark my friend Larry Stark covered theatre. That was the 1960s and he's still at it. For the New Year he sent this story now posted with his permission.

  • Indianapolis Theatre

    Top Ten Shows of 2014

    By: Melissa Hall - Dec 25th, 2014

    Every theatre is unique and the shows that they produce there reflect that diversity. I’m grateful Indy has so many great ones to choose from. There were some wonderful shows in 2014 and here’s a top ten list of my personal favorites. Make sure you keep an eye on these theatre in 2015!

  • Renée Fleming Broadway Bound

    Yet Another Williamstown Theatre Festival Transfer

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 23rd, 2014

    In what was widely reviewed as a potential career move last summer artistic director Jenny Gersten enticed opera diva Renee Fleming to appear as an opera diva in a comedy for the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Living on Love, starring Fleming, will open on Broadway in April. It will join another WTF production of Elepant Man with Fool for Love to follow. Gersten also exported the musicals Far from Heaven and Bridges of Madison County. She is currently on a hiatus from theatre.

  • Playwright Mark St. Germain on Theatre

    Keynote Address at Orlando Shakespeare Festival

    By: Mark St. Germain - Dec 20th, 2014

    Some months ago playwright Mark St. Germain mentioned a keynote address he delivered to the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. It included comments on critics and their role. It is a lively topic which we have often discussed. Here is the text of that speech.

  • 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival Returns to Pittsfield

    Short New Plays at Barrington Stage

    By: Barrington - Dec 18th, 2014

    The 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival returns to downtown Pittsfield for the fourth year from February 12-22, 2014, and features music, theatre, dance, film, visual art, spoken word, comedy and more, including BSC’s 10X10 New Play Festival. Directors for the 10X10 New Play Festival are BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Artistic Associate and Director of New Play Development Stephanie Yankwitt.

  • A Beef & Boards Christmas

    Seasonal Celebration in Indianapolis

    By: Melissa Hall - Dec 16th, 2014

    The show mainly stumbles when it tries to do too much. There are times when Lucas, the quartet, co-hosts Wims and Shepard, Santa and six dancers are all vying for the audience’s attention on stage at the same time. The frantic nature of those numbers makes it hard to appreciate any single element, much less all of them at once.

  • Willy Holtzman's Smart Blonde

    World Premiere at Pittsburgh's City Theatre

    By: Wendy Arons - Dec 16th, 2014

    Willy Holtzman moves the story along at a brisk pace, pausing just long enough to give us a glimpse of some of the major milestones in Judy Holliday’s career and personal life (the show runs eighty minutes without intermission). The flashbacks shift fluidly into each other, thanks to quick costume changes and skillful choreography on the part of actors Jonathan Brody and Adam Heller, who play the roles of all of the other figures in Holliday’s life.

  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

    2014 Tony for Best Musical

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 14th, 2014

    Based on the 1949 treasure Alec Guinness in Kind Hearts and Coronets this 2014 Tony winning musical version A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is a smashing pure delight. Through two marvelous acts we just laughed ourselves silly.

  • Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar

    Among 2014 Top Ten Plays for NY Times

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 12th, 2014

    In one act and 90 minutes Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar has compressed an explosive take on medieval Islam and its square peg in a round hole of the conundrum of contemporary American society. How does an ambitious individual of Muslim heritage assimilate and succeed in our corporate culture? Not really according to the compelling play Disgraced.

  • George Eastman's Happy Hour

    Set for CV REP’s 2015/2016 season.

    By: Jack Lyons - Dec 11th, 2014

    Playwright George Eastman has written a play rich in memory and in the memories of his two characters: eighty-three year-old Harry Townsend, and his forty-year-old married son Alan. Harry still lives in the get-away chalet he and Alan’s mother built in Vermont many years ago. Now he is just another widower living alone with his memories. The play is still in development.

  • New York New York It’s a Helluva Town

    Berkshires on Broadway

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 09th, 2014

    In 2013 Shakespeare & Company produced a star studded gala Broadway in the Berkshires. With On the Town from Barrngton Stage and Williamstown Theater Festival's Elephant Man both currently enjoying rave reviews it seems more like The Berkshires on Broadway. Now WTF's Fool For Love is headed for the Great White Way next year.

  • Hugh Jackman in The River

    Fish Story of Ones That Got Away

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 08th, 2014

    In the current film Birdman a cartoonish Hollywood star seeks to make his bones on Broadway. While Wolverine star Hugh Jackman is no stranger to Broadway in The River he appears up close and personal in an intimate play staged in the miniscule, by Broadway standards, Circle in the Square. Fans paid top dollar to get close to a beefy but uncannily talented celebrity.

  • Necessary Monsters At SpeakEasy

    Playwright/Actor Kuntz Disrupts Narrative Expectations

    By: Mark Favermann - Dec 07th, 2014

    Set in a cage and creatively dramatizing different presentations forms, "Necessary Monsters" by John Kuntz is a play that tells a fragmented story. Its title figuring into at least four story lines. “Necessary Monsters” is the name of a romance novel, a horror film, a bit of film noir, and a children’s television show. This is an unusual production that is part dream sequence, part pill-induced hallucination and serial killer nightmare. It is a provocative thinking person's entertainment.

  • The Secret Garden at Capital Repertory Theater

    A Great Way to Introduce Kids to Theater

    By: Chris Buchanan - Nov 30th, 2014

    When actors take the stage as musicians, there are some sacrifices to be made. Can Cap Rep pull off this balancing act between innovation and performance standards? Just barely.

  • Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

    LA's Geffen, Gil Cates Main Stage Until January 4

    By: Jack Lyons - Nov 28th, 2014

    In “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin”, directed by Trevor Hay, now on the boards of the Gil Cates Main stage theatre, the genius of Berlin, is not only his longevity (he lived to be 101 years-old), but the prodigious output of his canon. We’re talking over one thousand songs over his career, many becoming major hits, which made him a household legend before he turned thirty.

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    La Jolla Playhouse Premiere

    By: Jack Lyons - Nov 28th, 2014

    The masterful staging and direction of Scott Schwartz, who combines new orchestrations for this production from Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s 1996 original score, is blessed not only with a solid cast of supporting players and ensemble performers, but benefits from the local San Diego area SACRA/PROFANA choir whose singing and Gregorian chanting enriches all of the musical aspects of this impressive production.

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