• Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

    Ken Ludwig Farce at Old Globe

    By: Jack Lyons - Aug 06th, 2015

    Most famous for his Tony Award-winning comedy/farce plays “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Moon Over Buffalo”, prolific playwright Ken Ludwig, once again scores with his latest inventive and zany comedy “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.”

  • Violet at San Diego Repertory Theatre

    Evocative Jeanine Tesori Musical

    By: Jack Lyons - Sep 06th, 2015

    The ensemble cast of mainly Equity performers, make this touching 90 minute, no intermission production about the fragility of life and the quixotic-like hopes and dreams required to cope with its many difficult choices, a production not to be missed. It runs through September 13. 2015.

  • Isolde by Richard Maxwell

    A Legend Re-Imagined at Theatre for a New Audience

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 10th, 2015

    Richard Maxwell's language is musical in the delivery of his tribe of usual suspects: Jim Fletcher, Brian Mendes, Tory Vasquez and Gary Wilmes. The actors are curiously contained and liberated at the same time, and they invite us into the flow of the story.

  • Geneva by George Bernard Shaw

    Staged Reading at Chicago's Ruth Page Theater

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 21st, 2015

    Shaw Chicago's new production of Geneva a 1938 play is another in its concert readings, performed by 12 costumed actors who clearly revel in the richness of Shaw's dialogue and characterizations. Director Robert Scogin takes advantage of the script's humor, political passions and ethnic stereotypes to stage a production that is funny and smart, and loaded with Shaw's diatribes against every form of political organization and chicanery.

  • The Christians by Lucas Hnath

    Humana Festival Hit Now in NY at Playwrights Horizon

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 12th, 2014

    The Christians by Lucas Hnath was the most successful and provocative new play of the Humana Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. There is now a well received New York production. We are reposting the original review.

  • The Christians NY Hit by Lucas Hnath

    From the Humana Festival to Playwrights Horizons

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 21st, 2015

    The consensus among critics attending the 38th Humana Festival in Louisville rated The Christians by Lucas Hnath as the best new play. It has now opened to strong reviews at New York's Playwrights Horizons. This is a reposting of our original review.

  • Chicago Critic Visits New York

    Covers Hamilton, The Flick and Desire

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 21st, 2015

    Our Chicago theatre correspondent, Nancy Bishop, recently checked in at the Edison Hotel in the heart of Times Square. She reports on several hot shows: Hamilton, The Flick and Desire.

  • A Little Night Music Sparkles At Huntington

    Sondheim's Vintage Show Couldn't Be Any Better

    By: Mark Favermann - Sep 22nd, 2015

    It is the lilting story of lovers reuniting with passions reigniting while new romances flower. Set around famous actress Desiree Armfeldt along with a cadre of unforgettable characters, this is a fabulous production on every level. The action is focused during an eventful weekend in the country. This is Maestro Stephen Sondheim’s most romantic and popular work. It features a sumptuous score infused with humor, warmth flavored by a waltz. Sondheim’s best known song, “Send in the Clowns” integrates exquisitely into the narrative. Brilliantly directed by Artistic Director Peter DuBois, this extraordinary musical already may be one of the best productions of the 2015-16 season.

  • Tempest Chicago Shakespeare

    Inventive Production

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 24th, 2015

    A bewitching production of Shakespeare's most exotic and evocative play. The Tempest roars at Chicago Shakeapeare.

  • Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

    Launching the Festival with Two Plays at The Provinctown Theater

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 25th, 2015

    For the first day of the Tenth Annual Provinctown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival we attended a matinee of The Day on Which a Man Dies and The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. Both plays were presented by the returning festival favorites Abrahamese & Meyer Productions from Cape Town, South Africa. The plays and performances were truly astonishing.

  • Jackson Pollock Inspired Tennessee Williams

    David Kaplan Discusses The Day On Which a Man Dies

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 26th, 2015

    David Kaplan directed The Day on Which a Man Dies by Tennessee Williams. It presented an over the top depiction of an ersatz deranged, stripped to his skivvies, paint spattered, drunken artist loosely based on Jackson Pollock. We have engaged in a lively exchange about the scholarly sources for the fascinating Pollock and Williams interactions. It appears that they knew each other on the beaches and in the bars of Provincetown.

  • Disgraced at the Goodman Theatre

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Play in Chcago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 29th, 2015

    Kimberly Senior, who has directed Disgraced since its first 2012 production in Chicago at American Theater Company, directs Goodman's new production. She directed its Lincoln Center debut in late 2012 and then its Broadway production in 2014. Since then, it has become one of the most-produced plays in the country.

  • Real Women Have Curves

    Pasadena Playhouse Production

    By: Jack Lyons - Sep 29th, 2015

    The current comedy production “Real Women Have Curves”, written by Josefina Lopez, is skillfully directed by Pasadena Playhouse associate artistic director Seema Sueko. The story set in a tiny sewing factory in East Los Angeles in 2015, celebrates Latina power and Latina women’s bodies.

  • Yin and Yang of Tennessee Williams

    From Juvenalia to Theatre of the Absurd

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 29th, 2015

    Over four days we attended nine performances during the tenth annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. This planned from the juvenalia of Parade, written during his first visit in 1940, through The Remarkable Rooming House of Mme. LeMonde a violently erotic example of Grand Guignol created near the end of a long and tormented life,

  • Tennessee Williams Old and New

    Year Tenn and Reading of a Guare Work in Progress

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 29th, 2015

    In ten years the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival has premiered eleven works by Williams as well as ones inspired by him. There was a retrospective of 15 excerpts at Town Hall during thi year's festival. The special treat of the festival was a sneak preview of "More Stars Than There Are in Heaven," based on a Williams short story, a work in progress by John Guare.

  • Tennessee Williams Cabaret

    Armando Arrocha and Colette Simple

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 30th, 2015

    During the recent Provinctetown Tennessee Williams Festival we attended two performances of cabaret, based on works of Williams at the Crown and Anchor. The two experiences comprised a study in contrast with the best and worst of the tenth annual festival.

  • Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

    Overview of a Week in the Sun: Literally and Culturally

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Oct 01st, 2015

    The 10th Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, occurred from September 24 to 27 with great success during a week of daily sunshine. The weather helped: there were outdoor performances on the beach and on a large deck of the Boat Slip. The town took part with venues including Town Hall, the former High School, a radio station and a Night Club. Of course, two major plays were smashingly performed at the Provincetown Theater. And the buzz was all about TW - Tenn at Ten!

  • Beth Henley's The Jacksonian

    Chicago's Profiles Theatre Through October 11

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 02nd, 2015

    Beth Henley's 2012 play, The Jacksonian, is a bit of noir, a bit of Southern Gothic decay, and set in a nondescript motel of that name on the outskirts of Jackson, Miss., in 1964.

  • Flick by Annie Baker at Gloucester Stage

    Losing It at the Movies

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 01st, 2015

    There is a distinctly Massachusetts flavor to Amherst based, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Annie Baker's Flick at Gloucester Stage Company. In two acts and just under three hours it takes a long and slow approach to making us care about minimum wage workers at a one screen movie theater on its last legs.

  • In Bed with Roy Cohn by Joan Beber

    Hallucinating with Ronald Reagan and Others

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 30th, 2015

    Imagining life's end as you enter illusion, resistance and acceptance is difficult. It is also difficult to portray. In this imaginative take on the end of controversial Roy Cohn's life, Christopher Daftsios creates a memorable, tortured figure. Directed by Katrin Hilbe to both find intimacy in crucial relationships and a froideur in others, this complex man intrigues to his last breath.

  • Tina Packer in Mother of the Maid

    S&Co;. World Premiere by Emmy Winner Joan Anderson

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 08th, 2015

    Mother of the Maid, by Emmy winner Joan Anderson, features Shakespeare & Company founding artistic director Tina Packer. She and her partner, Nigel Gore, have returned to Lenox from a national tour of the critically acclaimed Women of Will. The play, directed by Matthew Penn, is having its world premiere through September 6.

  • A Moon for the Misbegotten in Williamstown

    Astonishing Production Stars Audra McDonald and Will Swenson

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 09th, 2015

    This is the fourth time that Long Wharf artistic director, Gordon Edelstein, has worked with the Eugene O'Neill classic Moon for the Misbegotten. To keep it fresh he has changed the tenant farmer Hogan family from Irish immigrants to African Americans. That allowed for casting multiply Tony and Grammy winner Audra McDonald. She appears with her real life husband Will Swenson. The resultant charisma is scorching.

  • New Musical The Boy from Oz

    Based on Songs and Stories of Peter Allen

    By: Nancy Bishop - Aug 11th, 2015

    We meet Peter Allen as a dance-obsessed kid (played by Garrett Hershey) growing up in rural Australia, then forming a duo and performing in clubs. A chance meeting with Judy Garland (Nancy Hays) results in Allen opening for Garland in London and the U.S. and marrying her daughter, Liza Minnelli (Michelle Lauto).

  • John Guare's Adapted His Girl Friday

    Screwball Comedy at Barrington Stage Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 13th, 2015

    For vintage screwball comedy the John Guare rewrite of His Girl Friday, directed for Barrington Stage by Julliane Boyd, is just awesomely hilarious. It stars Christpher Innvar as the veteran editor and master manipulator Walter Burns, and the wonderful Jane Pfitsch as his ex and star reporter Hildy Johnson. This is the side splitting hit of the Berkshire season,.

  • John Douglas Thompson in Red Velvet at S&Co;.

    Awesome First US Production of Powerful Lolita Chakrabarti Play

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 15th, 2015

    John Douglas Thompson is astonishing in Lolita Chakrabarti's Red Velvet which continues until September 13 at Shakespeare & Company. It tells the true life story of Ira Aldridge the first artist of color to portray Othello on the London stage in 1833.

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