• Isabel Huppert is Phaedra(s) at BAM

    Triple Queen Seduces at the Harvey Theater

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 18th, 2016

    Phaedra is a character who has fascinated through time. Now the fascinating actress Isabel Huppert plays her. Racine best captured Phaedra's sense that neither lucidity nor sincerity is helpful in resolving emotional problems. Consciousness of failure is a noble human trait. Phaedra knows but her knowledge is useless.

  • Chorus Line in Charleston

    Opens 85th Season of Footlight Players

    By: Sandy Katz - Aug 25th, 2016

    The production of A Chorus Line which opened the 85th season of Footlight Players in Charleston was so fresh and lively that it was hard to fathom that the musical premiered some four decades ago. The smallish stage was packed with 26 hopefuls auditioning for just eight roles.

  • Steve Martin's Meteor Shower

    World Premiere at Old Globe Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Aug 24th, 2016

    “Meteor Shower”, Steve Martin's latest play, is currently wowing audiences at the Old Globe with his far-out sense of humor that deals with the social mores of 1990s California. It has already been extended twice.

  • Two Gentlemen Of Verona at S&Co.

    A Complicated Tale Of First love

    By: Maria Reveley - Aug 23rd, 2016

    In this early play by Shakespeare, rarely produced, we find four main characters, two love triangles, two fathers hoping to help their children, two of Shakespeare's clowns and a dog (!) providing laughs for the whole family. The absurdist atmosphere created by the director, Jonathan Croy, allows the audience to see the wonders and obsessions of first love.

  • Tribes at Barrington Stage Company

    Award Winning British Drama by Nina Raine

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 22nd, 2016

    Since its London premiere in 2010 Tribes, an award winning drama by Nina Raine, opened Off Broadway and has since been produced by major regional companies. It is being directed at Barrington Stage Company by Jenn Thompson

  • Broadway Bounty Hunter Stars Annie Golden

    Barrington Stage Debuts Hit Musical by Joe Iconis

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 20th, 2016

    Annie Golden broke out with Hair in 1979. As she sings in a sure to be standard the actress is a "Woman of a Certain Age." She plays herself in a world premiere of Broadway Bounty Hunters by Joe Iconis at Barrington Stage Company. This is a fun musical that you will want to see at least twice. They just don't make them like this anymore.

  • Terrence McNally Play in Fort Lauderdale

    Love! Valour! Compassion! at Andrews Living Arts Studio

    By: Aaron Krause - Aug 16th, 2016

    “Love! Valour! Compassion!” is a character-driven, relatable, touching and terribly timely work with just a smidgen of sentimentality. The play, which will cause you to laugh one moment and cry the next, a la Neil Simon, vividly captures the fears, hopes, heartbreaks, tension and pride of a group of eight gay men in the summer of 1995.

  • And No More Shall We Part by Tom Halloway

    Ending Life Drama with Molina and Kaczmarek at WTF

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 14th, 2016

    What are the options when patients opt to end treatment for devastating, excruciatingly painful terminal illnesses? With astonishing performances by the renowned actors Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek the issues are explored in And No More Shall We Part by Tom Holloway at Williamstown Theatre Festval.

  • Constellations At Berkshire Theater Group

    Links Quantum Physics with Human Relationships

    By: Maria Reveley - Aug 12th, 2016

    A love story set against the backdrop of quantum physics. Brilliantly written and superbly acted, Kate Baldwin and Graham Rowat succeed in hitting the high and low notes of their characters' lives, moving seamlessly from one universe to another, and bringing the audience along with them.

  • Einstein's Gift by Vern Thiessen

    Genesis Theatricals in Chicago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Aug 09th, 2016

    Despite its title, Vern Thiessen’s play is the story of Fritz Haber (Chris Saunders), a German Jewish chemist who made important discoveries, one of which won him the 1918 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. That discovery—which synthesized ammonia for use in fertilizers and explosives — also became the chlorine gas that killed thousands of soldiers on both sides in World War I. In particular, it was the poison gas used in the 1915 Battle of Ypres, with 100,000 casualties.

  • Alice Austen, Photographer Portrayed

    Robin Rice Conjures A Life

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 08th, 2016

    Alice Austen is well-known to residents of Staten Island, where her family home, Clear Comfort was perched on a hill over looking the New York harbor. Like Vivien Maier her story attracts the attention now that it did not in her own lifetime.

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Sol Theatre in Boca Raton

    By: Aaron Krause - Aug 08th, 2016

    In a traditional production of “Midsummer,” the setting of law and order is the palace of Duke Theseus. In this production, that setting becomes Hermia’s house and the nearby school.

  • An American Daughter at Williamstown

    Revival by Pulitzer/Tony Winner Wendy Wasserstein

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 07th, 2016

    Tony and Pulitzer winning Wendy Wasserstein, who died ten years ago at 55, was among the most successful and admired playwrights of her generation. One of her lesser Broadway plays, An American Daughter, is being revived at Williamstown Theatre Festival. It features a strong woman and candidate for high office who, because of a gaffe on camera, is being crucified by the media. Does this sound familiar?

  • The Hypochondriac by Moliere

    Stratford Festival of Canada

    By: Herbert M. Simpson - Aug 26th, 2016

    Antoni Cimolino’s production is showy, full of brilliant moments, superbly cast, and elaborately staged. But what should be a souffle soon begins to feel like a heavy, overfilled, over-spiced stew.

  • Sotto Voce at Shakespeare & Co.

    Displaced Persons Seeking a New Nome.

    By: Maria Reveley - Aug 28th, 2016

    Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz spins a lyrical drama centering on the long forgotten voyage of the St. Louis, which carried 939 German Jews seeking asylum. They were turned away and 234 ultimately died in concentration camps. "I can't believe this is happening again," Bernadette, the protagonist, says toward the end of Sotto Voce. The plight of these refugees seems reenacted in today's conflicts.

  • Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman

    Stratford Festival of Canada

    By: Herbert M. Simpson - Sep 03rd, 2016

    This production is worth seeing less, I believe, for a seldom-seen, lesser Ibsen play, than for a sensitively directed, brilliant cast. The plot development may be drawn out and repetitious, but its dramatic effect onstage is mesmerizing.

  • Fortune's Ire by Ramon Guillermo

    At Miami's Storycrafter Studio

    By: Aaron Krause - Sep 17th, 2016

    The captivating play Fortune's Ire by Ramon Guillermo is on stage in North Miami’s intimate Storycrafter Studio space, through September 25. It is a finely acted and directed production. It begins with an interesting but seemingly harmless premise: A woman who claims to be suffering from amnesia steps into a psychologist’s office to receive help in figuring out her identity.

  • '62 Center at Williams Announces Its Program

    Launching Twelth Season

    By: Williams - Sep 16th, 2016

    The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance unveiled its twelfth season of diverse and challenging theatre and dance programming for the Williams College community and beyond.

  • The Birds Updated for the Stage

    Du Maurier to Hitchcock to McPherson

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 15th, 2016

    The Birds comes to the stage via a Daphne Du Maurier story on which Alfred Hitchcock's classic film of the same title was based. Now it provides the basis for playwright Conor McPherson's innovative play at 59E59th Street Theatres. McPherson has moved his story into a setting that is more reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road than Du Maurier and Hitchcock.

  • Sam Shepard's True West

    Chicago's Shattered Globe Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 15th, 2016

    In Sam Shepard's True West the duality of emotion lies in wait in every aspect of our tense two hours with brothers Lee (Joseph Wiens) and Austin (Kevin Viol). They compete and collaborate, love and hate, drink and work, reminisce and prevaricate.

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

    By C.S. Lewis; Adapted by Adrian Mitchell, at Stratford Festival

    By: Herbert M. Simpson - Sep 13th, 2016

    Stratford’s lovely production is enormously imaginative. The stage-creature that is Aslan, the holy lion, is inhabited by three men and made up of five separate segments which move fascinatingly together.

  • Sondheim's A Little Night Music

    Stratford Festival of Canada to October 23

    By: Herbert M. Simpson - Sep 12th, 2016

    Gary Griffin has established himself internationally as an exciting director and re-thinker of staging musicals and has created a streamlined but very elegant production with Stratford’s great ensemble. This is really a wonderful revival.

  • Invasion of Privacy by Larry Parr

    Florida's The Abyss Stage

    By: Aaron Krause - Sep 12th, 2016

    Pigs Do Fly Productions is a small theater company that has, until this point, produced short plays featuring characters over age 50. “Invasion of Privacy” is its “first foray” into a full-length play, founder and artistic director Ellen Wacher announced before Saturday evening’s performance.

  • Hershey Felder's Maestro

    Leonard Bernstein's Tanglewood and So Much More

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 11th, 2016

    After an early triumphant conducting performance, the press crowded into the green room to speak to the young Maestro. They then turned to his father Sam and asked," Why did you block your son’s early career in music,?" To which Sam replied "How did I know he was Leonard Bernstein?"

  • Love’s Labor’s Lost

    Old Globe’s Lowell Davies Outdoor Festival Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Sep 10th, 2016

    Director Marshall nicely controls the on stage silliness that frothy, light Shakespearean rom-coms deliver to audiences while at the same time providing the actors the opportunity to enjoy themselves. When they have a good time we have a good time.

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