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  • Presto Change-O at Barrington Stage

    A Magical Three-Card Monte Musical

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 29th, 2016

    Barrington Stage Company is launching its Pittsfield season with a commissioned musical Presto Change-O which is having its world premiere on the intimate St. Germain Stage. On many levels this perky production is zesty and magical and that's not just an illusion.

  • 4000 Miles at Magic Carpet Showroom

    Amy Herzog's Intriguing Play in Denver

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 13th, 2016

    Every nook and cranny of Denver is packed with terrific theatre. Cherry Creek Theatre makes a carpet showroom its home. Here we get to know Leo and Grandma in Amy Herzog's justly celebrated play, 4000 Miles.

  • Heathers The Musical a Smash Hit

    At Broward Center for the Performing Arts

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 14th, 2016

    The lyric “Beautiful” fits right into the musical adaptation of the 1989 cult classic “Heathers” if you look at the heart of the darkly comic, electric, fun show.

  • What's Next for Hamilton Winners

    From Broadway Sensation to Years on the Road

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 14th, 2016

    At about $150 each my pal and BFA contributor, Jack Lyons, managed to get a few "cheap seats" for the Broadway smash Hamilton. We even got to go back stage and chat with now Tony winner Leslie Odom, Jr. Back in November I asked him "what's next." It was a bit premature but all of the original contracts expire this summer. Its creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has already announced plans to leave. The show will continue indefinitly on Broadway while several touring companies are launched.

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Road Company Visited Ft. Lauderdale

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 18th, 2016

    Pretend we’re on an airplane, because the oxygen mask above will prove beneficial. Certainly it will help you deal with the spectacular, breathtaking special effects of the mostly impressive non-equity national touring version we will see of the beloved Broadway musical “Beauty and the Beast.”

  • Golem Haunts Charleston

    Robotic Presence in Annual Spoleto Festival 2016

    By: Sandy Katz - Jun 18th, 2016

    With a reviw of The Golem our Charleston correspondent, Sandy Katz, completes her coverage of the annual Spoleto Festival 2016. The mytical Golem was an exotic and exciting production.

  • Kimberly Akimbo at Barrington Stage

    Debra Jo Rupp 60 Going on 16

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 20th, 2016

    In Kimberly Akimbo by David Lindsay-Abaire, as played by the masterful Debra Jo Rupp, Kimberly, celebrating her sixteenth birthday is about to die of old age. In a superb performance Rupp conflates giddy youth and the world weary wisdom that comes with time and lifde experience.

  • Fiorello! at Uniciorn Stage in Stockbridge

    Political Musical Soars During God Awful Election Year

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 21st, 2016

    Fiorello La Guardia (1882-1947)a true man of the people was a study in contradiction. Of Italian and Jewish heritage he was an Episcopalian Republican who was elected Mayor of New York on a fusion ticket. A small, portly, homely man in a rumpled suit he possessed towering charisma. The 1959 Tony and Pulitzer winning musical Fiorello! is being given a compressed and powerful production at Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

  • The Maxim Gorki Theater - Berlin, Germany

    Small But Look-Out!

    Gorki Theater
    By: Angelika Jansen - Jun 20th, 2016

    The Maxim Gorki Theater is situated in the center of Berlin, just off the boulevard 'Unter den Linden.' Since 2013, after a change in directors, 'The Gorki ' has again become a most vital forum for current socio-political and humanistic themes and plays. We are discussing here some on the 2016 playlist.

  • American Son by Christopher Demos-Brown

    Black Lives Matter at Barrington Stage Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 23rd, 2016

    In a ripped from the headlines, award winning play, American Son having its world premiere at Barrington Stage, the theme that black lives matter is explored with riveting power, The company comissioned the play by Christopher Demos-Brown and is flaunting conventional wisdow by opening the main stage season with something other than the usual light summer fare.

  • O'Neill at the Metropolitan Playhouse

    Alex Roe Directs the Playwright's First Stammers

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 25th, 2016

    The Metropolitan Playhouse is producing two early Eugene O’Neill plays as part of their season on the topic of Hope. A satisfying evening of theatre makes a trip to the East Village a must for theatre buffs.

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in Stockbridge

    Mendacity Prevails at Berkshire Theatre Group

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 26th, 2016

    This summer there will be two Tennessee Williams plays in the Berkshires. The first is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge. It is a great play being given a so so production.

  • Disgraced at Mark Taper Forum

    Muslims in America Explored by Ayad Akhtar

    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 28th, 2016

    In playwright Ayad Akhtar’s blistering comedy, “Disgraced” he explores the dark underbelly of the politically correct subject matter of anti-semitism and Islamophobia that is simmering just beneath the surface at first only to boil over later on, dragging its five characters into open verbal warfare.

  • Ugly Lies the Bone in Lenox

    A Searing Play of Renewal at S&Co;.

    By: Maria Reveley - Jun 28th, 2016

    Lindsey Ferrentino has written a play weaving the end of the NASA shuttle program with the return of a severely wounded war veteran. As directed by Daniela Varon, the ensemble group of actors, turns in a bravura performance, with Christianna Nelson at its center, as Jess returning from a third tour of Afghanistan.

  • Marisa Tomei in The Rose Tattoo

    Williams in Williamstown

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 03rd, 2016

    Based on the casting of Academy Award winner, Marisa Tomei, the production of The Rose Tattoo at Williamstown Theatre Festival is the most anticipated theatre event of the summer season in the Berkshires. For the most part audiences will be thrilled with her perfomance in a sprawling and chaotic production of the Tennessee Williams classic play.

  • Cost of Living by Martyna Majok

    World Premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 04th, 2016

    The powerful drama Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok, having its world premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival entails two individuals with disabilities and those who provide care for them. The production will transfer to Manhattan Theatre Club during the coming season. It is an evening of theatre that audiences will never recover from.

  • Jessica Lange Wins Tony for O'Neill Play

    Long Day's Journey Into Night

    By: Aaron Krause - Jul 04th, 2016

    The family based Long Day's Journey Into Night is regarded as the masterpiece of Eugene O'Neill. In a Broadway revval now closed Jessica Lange won a Tony Award for the paradigmatic role of the morphine addicted mother Mary Tyrone.

  • Grapes of Wrath in Chicago

    Gift Theatre Production

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 05th, 2016

    The Gift Theatre’s eloquent new production of The Grapes of Wrath is a story of Dust Bowl migrants during the Great Depression of the 1930s, but it bears witness to many of the personal tragedies of today’s ongoing Great Recession.

  • Sweet and Lucky by Zach Morris

    Denver Gives a New Audience Experience

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 12th, 2016

    How can theater reach out to new, young audiences? Brooklyn's Third Rail and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts have come up with one answer: Keep the audience standing and walking. Let the audiences move through a 14,000 square foot set. Keep the audience guessing where they are and what they are looking at. Disorient, move, provoke, satisfy.

  • White Man on a Bus by Bruce Graham

    Curious Theatre in Denver Produces

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 12th, 2016

    Curious Theatre in Denver is committed to plays which pack a powerful punch. White Man on a Bus is a knockout, describing the current state of race relations in the US. It is also very good theatre.

  • Hauptmann by John Logan in Chicago

    Lindbergh Baby Killer Trial at City Lit Theater

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 12th, 2016

    Bruno Richard Hauptmann, the “baby killer,” the man tried, convicted and executed for the 1932 kidnapping of the Charles Lindbergh baby, is vividly personified by George Seegebrecht in City Lit Theater’s new production of Hauptmann by John Logan.

  • Annie Baker's The Flick

    Miami Theater Center

    By: Aaron Krause - May 30th, 2016

    The Flick by Annie Baker is being staged all over America. Given the scale of the movie theater with a theater the length of the individual productions varies greatly depending upon how long it takes for the trio of actors to sweep up all the popcorn between screenings. This is a review of a Miami production where it weighed in at about three hours.

  • Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook

    Chicago's Underscore Theatre Company

    By: Nancy Bishop - May 30th, 2016

    If the Haymarket story is unfamiliar, you can read about it before you see the play. The creators do a good job of telling a complex story, but everything will make more sense if you read before seeing this production.

  • Spinning by Deirdre Kinahan

    US Premiere at Irish Theatre of Chicago.

    By: Nancy Bishop - May 31st, 2016

    Spinning is notable for its fine direction and acting. Dan Waller is one of those solid Chicago actors who plays many types of roles and makes each one his own. His portrayal of Conor is wrenching and passionate as he gradually learns so accept his responsibility for his actions.

  • Annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival

    Fever Was Red Hot in Charleston

    By: Sandy Katz - Jun 03rd, 2016

    Piccolo Spoleto Festival is officially the outreach arm of Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina. This year marks the fortieth anniversary of Spoleto Festival USA, and thirty-eighth year of Piccolo Spoleto.

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