• First Night Saratoga 2016

    Celebrating the New Year

    By: Chris Buchanan - Nov 06th, 2015

    Every New Years Eve different cities and towns host celebrations of varying caliber, but Saratoga outshines them all. This year marks their 20th anniversary.

  • No Beast So Fierce Adapts Richard III

    Chicago's Oracle Productions

    By: Nancy S. Bishop - Oct 14th, 2015

    The number of characters played by the cast of eight has by necessity been reduced to 14 from the 35 to 40 in Shakespeare's version. Cramming all of Richard III into 90 minutes means eliminating some nuances and character motivations.

  • An Iliad at Shakespeare & Company

    Michael F. Toomey Delivers Epic Performance

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 11th, 2015

    The Trojan War was likely to have occurred circa 1,200 B.C. It spawned the epic poem The Iliad which was passed along by troubadours and finally transcribed with the development of Ancient Greek around 800 B.C. In a riveting 90 minute, one man show for Shakespeare & Company, Michael F. Toomey provides excerpts and contemporary commentary on one of the founding works of Western literature.

  • Boston Theatre: More Bad News

    Emerson College Converting Colonial Theatre into Student Center

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 09th, 2015

    If bad luck comes in threes what's next for the Boston theatre community. Today we have reported on the break up of a 33-year-old relationship between the Huntington Theatre Company and Boston University. Now we report news the Emerson College, the owner of the 115-year-old Colonial Theatre has plans to convert it into a student center. These developments were predicted several years ago by then NEA chair Rocco Landesman. As he suggests, here in the Berkshires, there are too many arts organizations pursuing the same limited potential donors.

  • Crisis for Boston Theatre

    Huntington Theatre Company and BU to End Relationship

    By: Huntington - Oct 09th, 2015

    For the past 33 years the partnership between The Huntington Theatre Company and Boston University has provided superb theatre to audiences of up to 200,000. In addition to the Huntington Avenue venue it created the Calderwood Pavilion in 2004 in Boston’s South End.

  • Watson Intelligence by Madeleine George.

    At Chicago's Theatre Wit

    By: Nancy S. Bishop - Oct 07th, 2015

    "The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence" by Madeleine George is 140 minutes (one intermission) of fast-moving, time-switching scenes with quick costume and set changes. One of the Watsons is Mr. Watson, who occasionally is paged by Alexander Graham Bell, "Come here, Watson. I want to see you."

  • Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

    Chicago's Remy Bumppo Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Oct 07th, 2015

    The 85-minute play "Love and Information" by Caryl Churchill is at times funny, sad, poignant or puzzling. The actors make use of current technology in many scenes. In "Wedding Video," for instance, three couples comment on the video while watching the event on a smartphone, a tablet or a television set.

  • Laurie Anderson's Habeas Corpus

    Project with Mohammed El Gharani in New York

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 05th, 2015

    As globalization brings us closer together, frequent reminders of the horrors we perpetrate on each other are invaluable. A young man who was 14 when he was arrested, tortured and locked up in Guantanamo Bay reminds us that no one is exempt. Laurie Anderson offers an ineffably moving picture in collaboration with Saudi-born Mohammed El Gharani. The installation was recently on view at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.

  • Veils by Tom Coash

    Didactic Award Winning Play at Barrington Stage Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 05th, 2015

    In the post 9/11 climate President Obama has been referred to as a closeted Muslim. The African American Republican candidate Ben Carson has stated that, despite the concept of freedom of religion, a Muslim should not be President. Before JFK there was a similar injunction against Catholics. For its fall collaboration with regional schools Barrington Stage Company is presenting the awarding winning play Veils by Tom Coash.

  • The Homecoming by Harold Pinter

    Brutalist Realism at Berkshire Theatre Group

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 04th, 2015

    Kudos to Berkshire Theatre Group for the tough love of presenting a smash to the head in a stunning production of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming. Eric Hill has brilliantly directed a superb cast in an always challenging Pinter play.

  • Appropriate at Mark Taper Forum

    Dark Comedy by Obie Winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 16th, 2015

    The Mark Taper Forum is currently presenting “Appropriate”, a dark comedic drama written by Obie Winning playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Eric Ting. For some audiences watching the play it must feel a little like driving past a roadside traffic fatality. We know we shouldn’t stare at the tragedy, but it’s so damn fascinating and riveting that it’s difficult to take one’s eyes away from the mayhem.

  • Michael Yates Crowley Outrageous at Oberon

    Cabaret Theatre Conflates Migraines and Ayn Rand

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 16th, 2015

    The title of the Michael Yates Crowley cabaret play directed and co starring Michael Rau "Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead (In the Lydian Mode)" is long winded and overly ambitious. But brace yourself for a gender bending evening of gonzo cabaret at Oberon in Camridge

  • Breaking Through at Pasadena Playhouse

    World Premiere Musical

    By: Jack Lyons - Nov 06th, 2015

    The world premiere of “Breaking Through”, a musical with a book by Kirsten Guenther and music and lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz, is now on stage at The Pasadena Playhouse under the direction of Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps.

  • Beckett's The End Staged by Gare St. Lazare Ireland

    White Light Festival Presents the Lovetts

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 04th, 2015

    The End is the beginning of Beckett's most productive and distinctive phase and in this wonderful production by Gare St. Lazare, the mysteries of his final period begin to be revealed. Since the state of unknowing and almost non-being is revealed best in monologue, this novella told in the first person lends itself to the stage. Conor Lovett captures every nuance and all the humor as well.

  • Happy Hour at CV Rep Theatre

    First World Premiere for California Company

    By: Jack Lyons - Nov 03rd, 2015

    “Happy Hour” centers around aging widower father Harry Townsend (Gavin Macleod) and his forty-year old son Alan (John Hawkinson) who come to grips with the vexing, but immutable, fact that aging is a human process that comes to most of us. The one longer lives, the tougher it becomes to accept it. A frequently asked question by people of a ‘certain age’ is ‘how did I get so old so quick?’

  • Boston Theatre Update

    Huntington Theatre Company Sanguine

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 02nd, 2015

    Regarding Boston Theatre it is broke and time to fix it. This fall as one shoe after another dropped the Boston Theatre Community seemed to collapse like a house of cards. In 2004 through a partnership between Druker Development, Boston Center for the Arts and the Huntington Theatre Company the multi-stage Calderwood Pavilion was created in the South End. Is it possible that Huntington can swing a similar development to save, renovate and expand its antiquated facility? That's just a part of dramatic changes for the city.

  • Duberman's In White America the New Federal Theatre

    Woodie King Stages for the New Federal Theatre

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 31st, 2015

    In White America was first produced fifty years ago. Sadly, its insights have yet to be fully absorbed in America. This production, as much as it satisfies dramatically, also stimulates action.

  • A Confederacy of Dunces Slated for World Premiere

    Creative Team Dicusses Production for Huntington Theatre Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 01st, 2015

    A Confederacy of Dunces was published in 1980 eleven years after John Kennedy Toole's suicide. Recently the creative team- adapter Jeffrey Hatcher, director David Esbjornson, and actor Nick Offerman- met with the media to discuss the production for Boston's Huntington Theatre Company. The comedy will run from November 11 through December 13.

  • 1984 at Steppenwolf in Chicago

    Theatre for a Young Audience

    By: Nancy Bishop - Oct 28th, 2015

    Andrew White's careful adaptation of 1984, directed by Hallie Gordon, brings the story to life in the person of Winston (Adam Poss), who secretly hates Big Brother and the IngSoc party, misses chocolate and fears rats.

  • Miller's All My Sons

    California's A Noise Within Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 25th, 2015

    America went to war in 1941, but not all of America. There were those who had to stay at home and man the war industries of building airplanes, ships and the weapons of war. “All My Sons”, nicely directed by ANW co-founder Geoff Elliott centers around the Keller family of a fictional Ohio city set in 1946.

  • Stagestruck City

    Chicago's Theater Tradition and the Birth of the Goodman

    By: Nancy Bishop - Oct 24th, 2015

    Special exhibition explores the origins of the historic Goodman Theatre in Chicago. It's on view at the Newberry Library through December 31.

  • In Your Arms at Old Globe

    World Premiere of Musical in San Diego

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 03rd, 2015

    “In Your Arms” is the brain-child of brilliant choreographer/director Christopher Gattelli and Broadway producer Jennifer Manocherian. It is having its world premiere at Old Globe in San Diego.

  • The Quare Land at Irish Repertory Theatre

    An Evening in a Bathtub Bubbles Up

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 03rd, 2015

    Playwright John McManus restrains his leading man in a tub of bubbles throughout the play, but this in no way limits the performance of Peter Maloney or his nemesis, Rufus Collins. We are trapped in an intense negotiation of life and death matters.

  • Ronnie Burkett and His Marionettes

    Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents The Daisy Theatre

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 01st, 2015

    The Daisy Theatre is a magical, human evening of theatre lore with incredible marionettes in the lead roles. At the Jerome Robbins Theater, the steeply raked seating enables you to watch the master marionetteer at work, sometimes lit and sometimes in juicy darkness. Yet Ronnie Burkett so enlivens these hardy, delicate creatures he has imagined into life, that everything we watch seems immediate. In fact, urgent.

  • 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.

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