• Conor McPherson’s The Weir

    Irish Theatre of Chicago.

    By: Nancy Bishop - Dec 26th, 2016

    Conor McPherson’s The Weir isn’t your typical Christmas play, but I’ll take it any day over any of the traditional treacly tales that grace our stages this time of year. The play, however, has a Holiday theme.

  • Men on Boats at American Theater Company

    Exploring America's Rivers

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 22nd, 2017

    Men on Boats continues at American Theater Company Men on Boats, a regional premiere now on stage at American Theater Company, is the story of the 1869 exploration of the Green and Colorado rivers for the U.S. government. John Wesley Powell, a Civil War veteran who lost an arm in the war, leads a government-sanctioned expedition with nine other men and four boats.

  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses in San Diego

    Mannered Tale of Seduction

    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 22nd, 2017

    “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” at San Diego Rep Theatre’s Lyceum Space stage, is the third production from the young New Fortune Theatre Company co-founded by Richard Baird and Amanda Schaar. The play centers around two ex-lovers: The Le Vicomte de Valmont (Richard Baird) and La Marquise de Merteuil (Jessica John Gercke) who scheme to ruin the reputation of an innocent young aristocrat Cecile de Volanges (Gentry Roth).

  • Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison

    Premiere at North Coast Rep in San Diego

    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 24th, 2017

    The story playwright Jordon Harrison presents in Marjorie Prime is a tale set in the not-to-distant future in which artificial intelligence is used to treat dementia and depression in the forms of “primes”- ‘humanoid’ lifelike robots that speak with patients in the form of lost loved ones and provide companionship for the lonely. Marjorie’s prime is modeled to look and talk like her dead husband Walter, at age thirty.

  • Finalists for Theatre's Primus Award

    Playwrights Honored by Primus Foundation and ATCA

    By: ATCA - Jan 24th, 2017

    The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has announced the names of the seven finalists for the 2016 Francesca Primus Prize. Jointly sponsored by ATCA and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, the Primus Prize, which includes a cash award of $10,000, is given annually to an emerging woman playwright.

  • Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky

    Harlem Renaissance at Chicago's Court Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 25th, 2017

    Pearl Cleage has written six plays, nine novels and several nonfiction books. Blues for an Alabama Sky was published in 1999 and premiered at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Blues weaves in references to issues that are still troubling today, such as homophobia, racism and abortion. The Harlem Renaissance is alluded to casually with references to a “party at Langston’s” and the ideas of Marcus Garvey.

  • 2017 Season at Barrington Stage Company

    Sondheim's Company the Featured Musical.

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 25th, 2017

    The Barrington Stage Company season begins on May 18 with Kunstler by Jeffrey Sweet. It will end on October 22 with Gaslight (Angel Street) by Patrick Hamilton. The featured musicals, a signature of BSC will be Ragtime, June 21 to July 15 and Sondheim's Company which will be directed by BSC's Julianne Boyd from August 10 to September 3.

  • Sunday in the Park with George

    Sondheim in Miami

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 27th, 2017

    This production, the South Florida premiere of the musical, combines striking stage pictures, stark lighting by Rebecca Montero, eye-catching video projections by Greg Duffy and top-notch singing voices from a talented cast of veterans and younger thespians who nail Sondheim’s complex music. They are accompanied by a vibrant, live orchestra.

  • Gloria by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins

    At Chicago's Goodman Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 27th, 2017

    Playwright Bradon Jacobs-Jenkins has won several awards, including a “genius” grant in 2015 from the MacArthur Foundation. His other plays include Appropriate, produced in 2013 at Victory Gardens, and An Octoroon. He is a resident playwright at Signature Theatre in New York. Gloria is playing at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    At California's Palm Canyon Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 28th, 2017

    “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, now on stage at Palm Canyon Theatre, is creatively directed, by veteran actor/director Charles Harvey, who brings a wealth of experience that cleverly breathes life into those fifty cast members, including a nine person on-stage “kid’s choir” (perhaps ages six to ten?). It’s a visual feast for the eyes and ears.

  • Complicité 's A Disappearing Number

    At Chicago's Timeline Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 28th, 2017

    The story of the Indian math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan—who went from being a clerk in Madras in 1913 to work with a renowned mathematician in Cambridge—is told in a series of overlapping vignettes, beautifully choreographed by director Nick Bowling. Video and other electronic projections greatly enhance the production and our understanding of the math.

  • Ibsen Adaption At Huntington Theatre

    A Doll's House that Should Not Be Played With

    A Doll's House
    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 20th, 2017

    Nora and Torvald Helmer are living their dream, Now happily married with children and financial security, but previously Nora risked her reputation to save her husband’s life. The consequences test the limits of their love. A new translation by Bryony Lavery of Ibsen’s powerful and groundbreaking classic about marriage, money, and equality shows that in the theatre if it aint broke, don't fix it. Trying to be contemporary and relevant takes skill not just daring.

  • Eurydice by Promethean Theatre Ensemble

    Sarah Ruhl’s Play Directed by Nicole Hand

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 20th, 2017

    Promethean Theatre Ensemble’s new production of Eurydice, directed by Nicole Hand, is staged in modern dress with a chorus made up of three Stones.

  • An American in Paris

    Road Company in Miami

    By: Aaron Krause - Dec 29th, 2016

    “An American in Paris” is a musical composition by George Gershwin, which he referred to as an “extended symphonic tone poem.” The New York Philharmonic commissioned it and the piece soon became one of his most famous compositions. It was inspired by his visit to Paris during the 1920s.

  • Avenue Q Lives On in the US

    From College Grads to the 99%

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 28th, 2016

    In the beginning, almost a decade and a half ago, target audiences were young people whose lives paralleled those of the characters on stage. Princeton has just graduated from college with an unmarketable BA in English. Kate can't find a job to fulfill her teaching ambitions. Gary Coleman peaked at fifteen and is now a building superintendent. Today these characters can be any one of the 99 % that make up our nation.

  • Touring Company of 42nd Street

    On the Road in Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 02nd, 2017

    Current non-equity national tour director Mark Bramble doesn’t disappoint in a mostly commendable production of 42nd Street that played a one-night stand in West Palm Beach on New Year’s Eve. The 16-week touring production will continue at Florida venues until Jan. 6, when it heads north.

  • Light Up the Night for New Year

    Treasure Trove of Songs by the National Yiddish Theater

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 02nd, 2017

    Jewish music is often in the minor mode, but the enduring spirit of the people who sing it and live it creates a hopeful and joyous atmosphere.

  • Decline in Theatre and Arts Media Coverage

    Matt Windman Panel for American Theatre Critics Association

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 08th, 2017

    Matt Windman, author of “The Critics Say…57 Theater Reviewers in New York and Beyond Discuss Their Craft and Its Future,” led a panel discussion during the NY ATCA conference on the state of theater criticism in today’s world of social media bloggers and a decreasing number of full-time print theater critics

  • Chekhov with Cate Blanchett

    Andrew Upton Updates Untitled in Four Acts

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 08th, 2017

    Cate Blanchett can do anything, but her Chekhov is unique and apt. Following a triumphant run in Uncle Vanya in 2012, Broadway welcomes her as Anna, in what is probably Chekhov's first play.

  • The Most Happy Fella

    Breathtaking at Florida's Stage Door Theatre

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 10th, 2017

    Whether “The Most Happy Fella” falls more closely into the realm of musical theater or opera, the show has the necessary ingredients for success. Stage Door Theatre’s breathtaking production offers some of the strongest singing you’ll hear on a stage.

  • Racine’s Phèdre in Chicago

    Trap Door Theatre’s Punky, Funky Production

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 12th, 2017

    Jean Racine was one of the three great 17th century French playwrights, along with Molière and Corneille. He is known mostly for his adaptations of Greek tragedies and wrote Phèdre (inspired by Euripides’ play) in 1677. It’s considered his masterpiece.

  • The First Step: Diary of a Sex Addict

    Graphic Michel Leeds Play at Florida's Island City Stage

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 17th, 2017

    Writer/director Michael Leeds presents an honest, funny, vivid and unapologetically shameless and bold play “The First Step: Diary of a Sex Addict.”

  • 10 x 10 at Barrington Stage

    Fun In February

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 19th, 2017

    The 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival returns to downtown Pittsfield for the sixth year and features music, theatre, dance, film, visual art, spoken word, comedy and more, including BSC’s 10X10 New Play Festival.

  • Baby The Musical Directed by Ron Celona

    At CV Repertory Theatre in Rancho Mirage

    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 28th, 2017

    “Baby The Musical” a musical directed by Ron Celona, boasts a cast of ten highly talented singer/actors that shine in the intimate staging space of CV REP. In addition, the production also features four, live off-stage musicians, under the first-rate musical direction of Scott Storr. In 1983 it ran for a year on Broadway.

  • Our Secrets by Béla Pintér

    Short Run at Baryshnikov Arts Center in Manhattan

    By: Edward Rubin - Jan 29th, 2017

    Sometimes the very best theatrical productions have only a few performances. Sadly, in this case a prime example of such a loss is Our Secrets, by Béla Pintér and Company. It is performed in Hungarian with English subtitles.

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