• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jonathan Norton's Mississippi Goddam

    Wins ATCA's 2016 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award

    By: ATCA - Mar 30th, 2016

    The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) announces that Jonathan Norton has won its 2016 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award for an emerging playwright. The award will be presented at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville on April 9.

  • Tom Stoppard's Arcadia

    Launches New Writers Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois

    By: Nancy Bishop - Mar 29th, 2016

    Writers Theatre opened its spectacular new theater in Glencoe this week with an appropriately spectacular production of a play by Tom Stoppard one of today’s greatest playwrights, smartly directed by Michael Halberstam. It was almost a four-star evening.

  • Big Year for Bill Russell, One of Broadway's Best!

    BCEFA Benefit Premieres an Exciting 2016 for Lyricist Russell

    By: Deborah Heineman - Mar 25th, 2016

    Writer/Lyricist Bill Russell has brought us some of the best of on and off Broadway – yet many do not recognize his name. Creator of the moving and critically acclaimed Side Show, Russell recently staged a benefit performance of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS) at the Birdland Jazz Club in NYC which was spectacular. 2016 will be a big year for Russell, with world premieres and revivals of three of his shows (Side Show, Pageant, and premieres of both Brave New World and Unexpected Joy) in London and across the U.S. from Cape Cod to the Carolina's and the Black Hills of South Dakota!

  • Blackbird Not Broadway-Worthy

    Disappointing Despite All-Star Cast

    By: Deborah Heineman - Mar 25th, 2016

    The combination of Michelle Williams (Una) and Jeff Daniels (Ray) should have been Broadway gold. When the curtain went down at the Belasco Theatre my companion’s comment was “well there was a whole lot of garbage on the stage.” Indeed the entire play takes place in a lunchroom strewn with leftover food wrappers and empty paper cups. For a play about the damaging relationship between a 40+ man and the woman he had sex with when she was a girl of 14, there were no surprises and little character development. The play was a disappointment given such a potentially explosive topic and talented cast.

  • Endangered Species by Tony Padilla

    Pearl McManus Theatre in Palm Springs

    By: Jack Lyons - Mar 24th, 2016

    “Endangered Species” written and directed by Tony Padilla stars Bonnie Gilgallon as Tina, a suburban Chicago housewife married to David a successful businessman played by Alan Berry. The couple married over twenty years are in New York on a holiday where they plan to relax and recharge their romantic batteries.

  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Theatre 29

    Theatre Still Delivers on Its Mission Statement

    By: Jack Lyons - Mar 24th, 2016

    “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” is one of the most ambitious productions Theatre 29 has tackled. And they have succeeded admirably. The California production continues through April 9.

  • Sex with Strangers at LA's Geffen Playhouse

    Talky Two-hander by Laura Eason

    By: Jack Lyons - Mar 24th, 2016

    In “Sex with Strangers, the plot revolves around Olivia (Rebecca Pidgeon), an intelligent, mid-career, one-book novelist who is having second thoughts about her ability is a writer, and Ethan (Stephen Louis Grush), a wildly successful, young, hyper-energetic stud/blogger with an ego to match, who meet in a mutual friend’s borrowed cabin on a snowy winter night in Michigan.

  • Lucy Prebble's Compelling The Effect

    Off Broadway at Barrow Street Theatre

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 20th, 2016

    Lucy Prebble selects topics of heightened interest and then makes of them marvelous plays. Enron on the collapse of a fake US energy company is now followed by an exploration of drug trials and what they tell us about human beings.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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