• 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.

  • Steppenwolf Premieres Mary Page Marlowe

    Six Actors Portray Tracy Lett's Main Character from 12 to 69

    By: Nancy Bishop - Apr 20th, 2016

    Tracy Letts’ script for the Steppenwolf Theatre world premiere production, Mary Page Marlowe, explores her identity in 11 scenes and 80 minutes. In his dramatic deconstruction of a life, the scenes are not performed in any ordered way and Mary Page is represented from age 12 to 69 by six different actors. (And a baby doll. Originally three actual infants were to alternate as infant Mary Page, but director Anna D. Shapiro decided during previews that was too much verisimilitude. Shapiro has children herself, so I don’t know why she thought a baby would do what it was being directed to do. Directing babies would be like herding cats.)

  • American Repertory Theatre 2016/ 17 Season

    Award Winning Theatre in Cambridge

    By: ART - Apr 20th, 2016

    “Our 2016/17 season features work that will engage our audiences in current conversations around gender, class, and identity; pivotal moments in Irish and Argentinian history; and the crisis in our American education system.” stated A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus. “I am delighted to welcome back to the A.R.T. Anna Deavere Smith, Bill Rauch, and Jo Bonney, and to introduce many new artists.” She continued, “Incubating and developing new work is critical to our mission of expanding the boundaries of theater. Instead of helming a production next season, I am excited to be dedicating my time to the development of new work, which will result in productions for future seasons.”

  • Aoife Duffin Embodies A Girl Half-Formed

    Irish Words Affecting and Harrowing

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 21st, 2016

    A Girl is a Half-formed Thing has been translated from novel to stage by Annie Ryan, who also directs. A solo performance by the brilliant Aoife Duffin evokes the world of a young Girl, growing up with an older brother who is dying of brain cancer. Her mother's absorption with the boy leaves the Girl unprotected, but also free to spread her wings. Astonishing images arrest the ear.

  • Agnes of God in Palm Springs

    Coyote StageWorks at Annenberg Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Apr 23rd, 2016

    Whoever says one has to go to New York or LA to see great theatre obviously hasn’t seen, but should see, the current Coyote StageWorks production of “Agnes of God” currently on stage at the Annenberg Theatre in Palm Springs.

  • Elektra is Galvanic

    Murder and Revenge without Intermission at the MET

    By: Deborah Heineman - Apr 23rd, 2016

    A remarkable non-stop performance by Nina Stemme – who never leaves the stage in this 110-minute production – sets the tone for a magnificent interpretation of Strauss’ devastating opera.

  • Votes the Musical Re-visited

    New Production Suggests the Clinton Dynamic

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 23rd, 2016

    Lisa Wright-Matthews and Wayne Miller as ersatz Clintons give us the first couple past and future?

  • The Submission by Jeff Talbot

    South Florida's Island City Stage

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 25th, 2016

    Jeff Talbott explores the race issue from an angle not often explored in the theater: infighting among minority groups as to which has been subject to more discrimination, hate and suffering. Forget about racial harmony between white and black people for a moment; if members of minority groups can’t get along and stand with each other in solidarity against hate and bias, how will the race issue ever go away, Talbott challenges us to consider.

  • The Outgoing Tide by Bruce Graham

    Dezart Performs in Palm Springs

    By: Jack Lyons - Apr 28th, 2016

    “The Outgoing Tide”, insightfully written by Bruce Graham and intelligently directed by Dezart Performs co-founder Michael Shaw, is blessed with a cast of three seasoned professional actors who have graced your movie and television screens over the years and who know their way around a poignant, relevant, and deeply emotional play when they find themselves in one.

  • ATCA in Philly

    2016 Theatre Conference

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 19th, 2016

    "In our time, theater here began to blossom about 25 years ago," wrote Howard Shapiro, a Philadelphia-based theater critic and ATCA's conference chairman in a welcome note to attendees. "And about 15 years ago the scene exploded. Of the 50-plus stage companies that pay their actors, designers and creative teams, about 35 hold Actors' Equity contracts at any given time. Metropolitan Philadelphia is now home to more than 1,000 Equity members, plus sizable communities of scenery, costume, lighting and sound designers; directors and playwrights. The theater community is a minor Philadelphia industry."

  • Laurence Holder's Sugar Ray

    Woodie King, Jr. Directs Reginald L. WIlson

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 12th, 2016

    Legendary actors Wesley Snipes, Laurence Fishburne, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson took their first steps on the stage directed by Woodie King, Jr. before they blasted onto the Big Screen. Woodie has found a new giant, Reginald L. Wilson, who he directs in a mesmerizing performance at Harlem Besame, on the exact spot that Sugar Ray Robinson, arguably America's greatest boxer, conducted his enterprises in Harlem.

  • O'Neill's Long Day’s Journey Into Night

    Court Theatre Production in Chicago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Mar 30th, 2016

    If Eugene O’Neill is the master of dysfunctional family plays, then Long Day’s Journey Into Night is the masterpiece of the genre. Recognized as one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, the play won the Tony for best play and the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1957. Currently it is being produced by Court Theatre in Chicago through April 10.

  • Brian Dennehy Special Guest for P'Town Gala

    Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

    By: PTWTF - Mar 30th, 2016

    The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival (TWP Fest) announces that the multi-award-winning actor Brian Dennehy, recognized for his interpretation of many of Eugene O’Neill’s complex characters, will be the guest of honor at their annual dinner. The gala is to support this fall’s 11th festival, Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams: Beyond Success with performances from theaters around the world throughout the charming seaside town from Sept 22 – 25, 2016. The Gala will take place on June 4.

  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

    Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles

    By: Jack Lyons - Apr 08th, 2016

    One can’t help but enjoy the sparkling and inventive on-stage musical comedy machinations of ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ in one of the Ahmanson’s slickest and audience-pleasing productions this season. The musical runs in LA through May 1.

  • Bertolt Brecht’s The Life of Galileo

    Chicago's Remy Bumppo

    By: Nancy Bishop - Apr 09th, 2016

    Remy Bumppo’s new production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Life of Galileo is the powerful story of the famous mathematician whose findings about the structure of the universe defy church teachings. His story is supremely relevant today because it poses crucial issues such as science vs. religion and government control of expression.

  • Six Characters in Search of a Puppeteer

    At La Mama Theodora Skipitares Creates Families Thru Eons

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 09th, 2016

    No classic drama remains unexplored by the gifted puppeteer Theodora Skipitares. Now at La Mama, she presents Six Characters in Search of More than an Author. Or Actor for that matter. An intriguing take on Pinocchio, Oedipus, Rhoda (the Bad Seed), and the Louds, America's first reality family. Margaret Mead is a surprising tour guide.

  • ATCA Celebrates Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone

    Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award

    By: ATCA - Apr 10th, 2016

    The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has selected Qui Nguyen’s “Vietgone” as the winner of the 2015 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2014.

  • I Will Look Forward to This Later at New Ohio

    Both Funny and Tragic

    By: Deborah Heineman - Apr 11th, 2016

    When the famous and respected literary lion Wyatt Holloway suddenly passes away, his wife, sons and lovers are left to figure out how to relate to each other and find direction in their lives. “I Will Look Forward to This Later” will be playing at The New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher St., NY, NY) through April 23.

  • Can You Forgive Her At Huntington Theatre

    A Social Comedy About Making Mistakes at the Calderwood

    Can You Forgive Her?
    By: Mark Favermann - Apr 12th, 2016

    On Halloween night, various individuals are weighing their life questions and answers. Sparky Miranda is desperate for a way out of her situation. She’s up to her neck in debt, she might be actually falling for the man who pays her bills, and now her week-end date has threatened to kill her. A seemingly sweet stranger offers shelter and a drink. Where will the night end? With dark humor, two-time Pulitzer finalist Gina Gionfriddo presents complicated and somewhat incomplete characters wrestling with love, money, and their past. This sometimes awkward show is about people making strategically bad life choices and mostly talking about it. Using contemporary themes roughly juxtaposed, the playwright uncomfortably lays out no easy answers.

  • 4000 Miles at CV Repertory Theatre

    Nation's Most Produced Play in 2014

    By: Jack Lyons - Apr 29th, 2016

    CV Repertory Theatre founding artistic director Ron Celona was taken with playwright Amy Herzog’s dramedy “4000 Miles” the minute he read it. “… it offered humor, heart, and thought-provoking topics that most of us can relate to in life.” he says. Celona felt it would be a good fit for his Rancho Mirage audiences and a great way to end CV REP’s 2015/2016 season. He was right on all accounts.

  • Bridges of Madison County in Palm Beach

    Touring Equity Production

    By: Aaron Krause - May 01st, 2016

    In a musical adaptation, especially of a story as popular as “Bridges,” one desires to judge immediately whether the music and lyrics enhance the romantic tale. In this case it mostly does, deepening mood and enhancing characters’ feelings and emotions. This musical premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival before a Broadway run. This touring production was reviewed at Raymond F. Kravis Center For the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida.

  • Michael Bernardi Discusses Fiddler on the Roof

    Filling His Father Herschel's Boots an Original Tevye on Broadway

    By: Aaron Krause - May 19th, 2016

    Michael Bernardi lost his father, Herschel, when he was not yet two. Still, for much of his life, he has sensed his father’s presence. His father played Tevye on Broadway over three years and 702 performances, beginning in 1965. The younger Bernardi is currently playing Mordcha in the Tony nominated Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof.

  • World Premiere Noir Musical Thriller Hollywood

    By Tony Winners Joe Di Pietro and Christopher Ashley at La Jolla Playhouse

    By: Jack Lyons - May 23rd, 2016

    La Jolla Playhouse has the best track record of any West Coast theatre when it comes to sending their original theatrical productions to Broadway (over 30 of them to date). Their 2008 musical production “Memphis”, written by Joe Di Pietro and directed by Christopher Ashley went on to Broadway winning a 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical. “Hollywood”, again written by Di Pietro, and helmed by Ashley, is looking to pull off a Tony Award-winning ‘Daily Double’ coup.

  • Sondheim on Sondheim as Putting It Together

    Stage Door Theatre in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - May 24th, 2016

    Unlike in another Sondheim revue, “Side by Side by Sondheim,” has no narrator to link the songs. Rather, a dramatic framework exists in which two couples are attending a cocktail party at an upscale residence. This allows the characters to sing nearly 30 Sondheim songs outside the context for which he composed/or wrote the lyrics.

  • Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer

    Lindsay Ann Crouse Launches Gloucester Stage Season

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 24th, 2016

    Veteran actor Lindsay Ann Crouse left LA several years ago to relocate to Annisquam the summer home of her theatrical family. In a now annual production she has been offered great roles by the local Gloucester Stage now launching its 37th season. She is stunning in the meaty role of an eccentric docent of a seedy British mansion. While entertaining she doesn't stick to the script. The play was written as a vehicle for Dame Maggie Smith by Peter Shaffer who wrote Equus and Amadeus. This play, as you will learn, is the cat's meow.

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