• 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.

  • Lend Me a Tenor in Charleston

    Ken Ludwig Tony Winning Play by The Footlight Players

    By: Sandy Katz - May 17th, 2016

    The Tony winning comedy Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig is being given a lively revival by The Footlight Players in Charleston. The first act takes a lot of exposition with long monologues. Having established the characters and plot lines the second act proved to be a fun packed roller coaster trip.

  • The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord

    Scott Carter at Northlight Theatre in Chicago

    By: Nancy Bishop - May 19th, 2016

    Scott Carter is executive producer for HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” and previously produced the first 1100 episodes of Maher’s “Politically Incorrect.” He has written two full-length monologues. Discord premiered in 2014 in Los Angeles at the Geffen Playhouse and the NoHo Arts Center.

  • The Tin Woman by Sean Grennan

    Actor’s Playhouse The Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables

    By: Aaron Krause - May 19th, 2016

    Anyone who’s required an organ transplant knows the horrible ordeals of blood tests and waiting lists. But what happens after a successful transplant is complete? Does life revert to normal for the recipient, the donor and their families?

  • 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.

  • John Douglas Thompson and Maggie Lacey

    NY's TFNA Presents Ibsen and Strindberg

    By: Susan Hall - May 25th, 2016

    Can men and women find themselves and satisfaction at the same time? This question has been asked since the beginning to time. Theatre for a New Audience, in their remarkable home, the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, features John Douglas Thompson and Maggie Lacey in Ibsen's A Doll's House and Strindberg's The Father, running in repertory.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window

    Lorraine Hansberry's Last Play at Chicago's Goodman

    By: Nancy Bishop - May 12th, 2016

    The play, first produced in 1964 with a three-month Broadway run, is a time-warp visit to 1960s Greenwich Village. Lorraine Hansberry was concerned with the political issues and activism of the day, issues that still resonate: Political corruption, racism, homophobia, poverty and privilege.

  • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

    Road Company at Florida's Broward Center for the Performing Arts

    By: Aaron Krause - May 12th, 2016

    If the audience at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Au-Rene Theater was any indication, people pull for King not just because of her music. They want to see her succeed in this bio-musical. She comes across as an ambitious, yet humble, talented, yet insecure underdog.

  • The Realistic Jonses by Will Eno

    Ft. Lauderdale’s Thinking Cap Theatre

    By: Aaron Krause - May 10th, 2016

    Part of the appeal of Will Eno’s play is the variety of emotions it elicits and how sympathetically he’s written “The Realistic Joneses". Eno also doesn’t offer any easy answers. But in the end, you’ll leave the theater feeling you’re not alone in harboring questions about your existence and fears about the fragility of life and the uncertainty surrounding it. Thinking Cap Theatre is “committed to presenting high-quality, thought-provoking theatre to South Florida theatre audiences.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Richard Bean's Toast Delightful Theater

    Celebrating Brits Off Broadway 2016

    By: Susan Hall - May 01st, 2016

    Toast comes with its most recent British cast. Set in a bread factory around 1972, this is a guy world and a factory world. In the US both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are reminding us of the value of this kind of work.

  • The Hammer Trinity a Marathon Production in Miami

    Epic by Nathan Allen and Chris Mathews

    By: Aaron Krause - May 03rd, 2016

    August: Osage County was long at three and a half hours. But Nathan Allen in partnership with Chris Matthews test the endurance of audiences with The Hammer Trinity in a single day with two meal breaks. It takes endurance to hang in for nine and a half hours but proves to be worth the time and patience for a production that is evocative and richly inventive. Those who hang in to the finish are proud to sport stickers that proclaim "I Got Hammered."

  • Hamilton Tops Tony Nominations

    Boffo Season on Broadway

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 03rd, 2016

    As anticipated Hamilton threatens to run the table in 2016 Tony Awards. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom both of Hamilon are running head to head for top honor as leading man in a musical. In the Best Play Revival category it's a coin toss between two Arthur Miller plays both directed by Ivo Van Hove who is nominated once for both plays. But a production of Eugene O'Neill's epic Long Day's Journey Into Night is in the running. There will be lot of politicking for the honors between now and June.

  • Dayporch at Threshold Repertory Theatre

    The Actors' Theatre of South Carolina

    By: Sandy Katz - May 06th, 2016

    The Actors' Theatre of South Carolina presented The Dayporch at Threshold Repertory Theatre in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. This delightful Southern-style dark comedy could only have been written by a Southern belle who lived among Southerners.

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