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  • The Twenty-seventh Man by Nathan Englander

    Old Globe Theatre Directed by Barry Edelstein

    By: Jack Lyons - Mar 02nd, 2015

    The Old Globe production of “The Twenty-seventh Man” written by novelist and first-time playwright Nathan Englander, has the very good fortune to be directed by Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. Edelstein’s easy manner belies the intellectual rigor he applies to all of the productions he directs.

  • The Night Alive by Conor McPherson

    Irish Play at Geffen Playhouse in LA

    By: Jack Lyons - Mar 02nd, 2015

    Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s latest play “The Night Alive”, is having its West Coast Premiere at The Geffen Playhouse, directed by Randall Arney. McPherson is famed for infusing elements of the supernatural and its subject matter into his plays. In his award-winning 2008 play “The Seafarer”, a poker game becomes the allegorical battleground of a Faustian bargain between the protagonist and the devilishly clever antagonist.

  • Hound of the Baskervilles

    Indiana Repertory Theatre

    By: Melissa Hall - Mar 02nd, 2015

    Sherlock Holmes is a perennial favorite at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. The Hound of the Baskervilles is the latest in a line of successful adaptations of the infamous detective to hit their stage. This production runs through March 15.

  • For the Tree to Drop

    PICT Classic Theatre Pittsburgh

    By: Wendy Arons - Mar 02nd, 2015

    Lissa Brennan’s new play For the Tree to Drop builds an existentialist drama that explores the webs of power in which antebellum slaves (and their owners) were caught.The play is being presented at PICT Classic Theatre in Pittsburgh.

  • Kirsten Flagstad, a Monodrama

    Scandinavia House Presents the Woman Behind the Voice

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 01st, 2015

    Calling Kirsten Flagstad the voice of the century is an understatement. The Norwegian soprano had a voice for the ages. Even in rachtety recordings of her performances, the big, beautiful clean sound is revealed. In a monodrama developed and directed by Einer Bjorge, a deeper picture of the famed singer is revealed by actress Nina Bendiksen.

  • Woodie King Jr. Revives Dutchman

    Amiri Baraka's First Play Hits Home

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 27th, 2015

    Woodie King Jr. was an usher in the Cherry Lane Theatre when the then Leroi Jones' Dutchman was first produced. Sets for the second one acter, The Toilet, were designed by Larry Rivers, and everyone went to a warehouse to claim them when Rivers made a name for himself. Estimated to be worth $1,000,000, they have never been found. But the play Dutchman lives. King makes very clear its connection to the Wagner opera, as the overture and excerpts are played as prelude. Incidents in Ferguson and New York keep the issue of racial violence very present.

  • An Octoroon at Theatre for a New Audience

    Crooked Talk Straight to the Jugular

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 26th, 2015

    Soho Rep inaugurated An Octoroon in 2013 and it won over critics and audiences as well as winning two Obies. Now it is reprised at the Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. Committed to updating historic pieces for present day audiences at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, this play hits its mark.

  • Intimate Apparel Beautifully Tailored At Lyric

    Early 20th Century Historical Drama Exquisitely Crafted

    By: Mark Favermann - Feb 21st, 2015

    From the author of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Intimate Apparel is a superb evocative portrait of Esther, an independent but lonely African American seamstress in early 20th-century New York. She earns her living sewing exquisite lingerie for wealthy white socialites uptown and whores downtown. After receiving a letter from a stranger who is laboring on the Panama Canal, she begins a long-distance courtship with him. Of course, he is not all that he initially seems. Disillusioned but unbroken, Esther reluctantly returns to her sewing to refashion her dreams. This is a wonderful Lyric Stage Company production.

  • Youngblood at the Ensemble Theatre

    Chiara Atik's Five Shades of Sex

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 21st, 2015

    The play is called 5 Times in One Night and imagine what you will. But you won't guess until you watch, so don't read this review. It is a spoiler. Yet in the hands of director RJ Tolan and actors Dylan Dawson and Darcy Fowler, a rare balance between a non-invasive peak into intimate moments and non-porno sexuality is beautifully mounted.

  • Application Pending at Westside Theatre

    Christina Bianco Playing 43 characters in 75 minutes

    By: Edward Rubin - Feb 19th, 2015

    With an internal switch the diminutive and totally amazing Christina Bianco is an astonishing quick change artist. In Application Pending she blows away the audience with a dazzling array of some 43 characters in a jam packed 75 minutes. Her one person show is a life changing experience Off Broadway through April 19.

  • Humana Festival in Louisville

    39th Year of Presenting New Plays

    By: Humana - Feb 18th, 2015

    Actors Theatre of Louisville's Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein announce the lineup for the 39th Humana Festival of New American Plays. A highlight of the cultural calendar for theatergoers, playwrights and industry professionals across the country, the Humana Festival runs March 4 through April 12, 2015.

  • Shakespeare & Company 2015 Season

    First with Rick Dildine as Executive Director

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 16th, 2015

    Shakespeare & Company presents its lineup for the 2015 summer season, which includes three Shakespeare plays, Henry V, The Comedy of Errors and Hamlet, plus the Regional Premiere of Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti, and the World Premiere of Jane Anderson’s Mother of the Maid, starring Tina Packer. In addition, the summer season includes The Unexpected Man by Yasmina Reza, and opens with the provocative new play by Sarah Treem, The How and the Why. The summer season was announced today by Rick Dildine, his first as Shakespeare & Company’s new Executive Director.

  • Dorset Theatre Festival

    2015 Season in Vermont

    By: Dorset - Feb 15th, 2015

    Dorset Theatre Festival Artistic Director, Dina Janis states that “When I went about looking for the right plays for us to present this summer, my one criteria was to find plays that were moving, that make people care. These plays all have that quality, and whether funny, sad, or thought-provoking, people will walk out of the Playhouse this summer inspired and moved by what they have seen.”

  • John Douglas Thompson in The Iceman Cometh

    Discusses Roles in Plays by Eugene O'Neill

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 13th, 2015

    The Robert Falls directed Goodman Theatre production of The Iceman Cometh has transferred from Chicago to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. John Douglas Thompson revives his role as the down of his luck former high roller Joe Mott. A couple of summers ago we discussed African American characters, including his portrayal in The Emperor Jones, in plays by Eugene O'Neill. Thompson returns this summer to Shakespeare & Company where he is well known to Berkshire audiences.

  • Berkshire Theatre Group Announces 2015 Season

    Bells Are Ringing at Colonial and Lots More

    By: BTG - Feb 12th, 2015

    Berkshire Theatre Group announces 2015 Summer Season Musical, the 10th Annual Community Theatre Production, The Fitzpatrick Main Stage productions and a medley of lively acts scheduled to perform at The Colonial Theatre and The Unicorn Theatre. BTG will be announcing a second round of programming, including The Unicorn Theatre's Summer Season, in the next several weeks.

  • Williamstown Theatre Festival 2015

    Kyra Sedgwick, Audra McDonald , Cynthia Nixon

    By: WTF - Feb 10th, 2015

    The stars return to Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer for the first season of artistic director Mandy Greenfield. These include newcomers Kyra Sedgwick, Audra McDonald , Cynthia Nixon as well as the return of Jessica Hecht. The festival runs from June 30 – August 23, 2015.

  • The Cripple of Inishmaan

    Phoenix Theatre Indianapolis to March 1

    By: Melissa Hall - Feb 10th, 2015

    There’s a cruelty in small towns. Everyone knows everyone else’s business. They’ve all grown up together, so there’s a comfort level that tends to ignore privacy. No one flinches in calling someone a degrading nickname or referring to an embarrassing moment in their past, because it’s all common knowledge.

  • Constellations: The Emperor’s New Clothes

    On Broadway Through March 15

    By: Edward Rubin - Feb 07th, 2015

    Though there is no accounting for taste - as they say, that’s what makes horse races - one can conjecture as to why so many of the critics, major and minor, from the New York Times, to the Hollywood Reporter to Time Out, have filed rave reviews. We beg to differ.

  • 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.

  • The Second Girl At Huntington Theatre

    Moving Irish-American Drama At Calderwood

    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 30th, 2015

    Set in August of 1912 with Eugene O'Neill's classic Long Day's Journey into Night as a backdrop, The Second Girl is set in the downstairs world of the Tyrone family kitchen. Two Irish immigrant servant girls and the American-born chauffeur search for identity love and success in their world beset by circumstances and human mistakes. It is the world premiere by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Ronan Noone and directed by actor/director Campbell Scott.

  • 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?

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