• Conrad Tao, Charmaine Lee and Nate Wooley

    Brooklyn's Memorial Hall Hosts a Ceremony

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 31st, 2017

    Tao is everywhere. Tucked into the back of a stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, he had the nerve to portray the iconic Glenn Gould in David Lang’s opera ‘loser.’ He is in the bowels of a church for a Crypt Session, and now at Roulette, a venue created to honor Dada and chance music. He is a thrilling artist.

  • King of Stage, a Documentary

    Woodie King Jr. Speaks in Juney Smith's Film

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 07th, 2017

    The silhouette profile of Woodie King, Jr. which often shows up in the new documentary in which his life spins out., makes him look like Alfred Hitchcock. In King of Stage by filmmaker Juney Smith, we come to see that he is at least as good a picker of stories as the mystery master.

  • Dominick Argento at Carnegie Hall

    New York City Opera Gives Composer a Birthday Bash

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 10th, 2017

    Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Dominick Argento, celebrated his 90th birthday at Carnegie Hall. New York City Opera in its wonderful new incarnation mounted two of the composer's one act monologues in dramatic productions.

  • The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald

    Tragedies Told with Marionettes

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 09th, 2017

    A human actor shines in a show about Lee Harvey Oswald featuring marionettes.Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre revisits tragedies in The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald The production's rather tedious at times, lacking dramatic punch

  • Our Chicago Correspondent Visited New York

    Focusing on Off Broadway

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 09th, 2017

    Our correspondant, Nancy Bishop, in NY for the ATCA conference regrets that " I’m a huge Bruce Springsteen fan—I’ve seen him in concert dozens of times, but I thought the tickets to his Springsteen on Broadway show were too expensive. I was able to buy tickets for these off-Broadway plays and pay for dinner as well for the price of one Springsteen ticket." She offers an overview of affordable shows that will be up through the Holidays.

  • A Bronx Tale on Broadway

    Musical Adaptation of Gritty Film

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 09th, 2017

    A stylish, relatable musical adaptation of A Bronx Tale is now on Broadway. A tough and tender tale makes us consider our role models

  • Broadway's The Play That Goes Wrong

    Play-within-a-play on The Great White Way

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 09th, 2017

    Prepare for belly laughs during The Play That Goes Wrong, now on Broadway. Impeccable comic timing is key to delivering abundant laughs. The unexpected is common in this play-within-a-murder-mystery-farce

  • Band Visits ATCA

    From Sardi’s to Broadway

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 08th, 2017

    During last year's NY conference of American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) there was a panel on the development of the musical, then in previews, of what went on to be the Tony winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. Predicting that lightning will stike twice the team for The Band's Visit discussed the transitions from film, to Off Broadway, and now a production at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The smart money is on running the table during the awards season.

  • In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play

    By Chicago's Sarah Ruhl

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 08th, 2017

    It’s a woman’s play, about an era when women’s physical and emotional needs and desires were not only misunderstood, but completely ignored. Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play is a charming and titillating look at life in the bad old 19th century. In the playwright's home town it is currently on stage at Chicago's Timeline Theatre.

  • Junk by Ayad Akhtar

    NY's Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center,

    By: Jack Lyons - Dec 02nd, 2017

    Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, (“Disgraced”) is back on Broadway with a riveting new play "Junk." Crisply directed by Doug Hughes, the play is a searing indictment of financial perfidy and recklessness and its seeming disdain for the rule of law when ‘it’ comes too close to getting in the way of the art of the all-important deal.

  • The Play That Goes Wrong

    British Farce Wows Broadway Audiences

    By: Jack Lyons - Dec 02nd, 2017

    “The Play That Goes Wrong”, is written by three talented British playwright/actors: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields, who are members of the London-based, Mischief Theatre Company. The production is wowing New York audiences at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. Last summer there was a change to an American cast which is every bit as hilarious as the original Brits.

  • Prince of Egypt World Premiere

    Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and Book by Philip LaZebnik

    By: Victor Cordell - Oct 21st, 2017

    This is a musical entertainment for the many, not a Sunday School lesson for the few.

  • The Minutes by Tracy Letts

    World Premiere at Steppenwolf

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 21st, 2017

    The playwright T racy Letts,, who can be depended upon for complexity, turns a small town city council meeting into a modern morality play. The Minutes is having i ts world Premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre.

  • The Crucible at Steppenwolf

    Miller's Witch Hunt All Too Relevant

    By: Nancy Bishop - Oct 12th, 2017

    Steppenwolf Theatre’s new production of Arthur Miller’s 1952 play, skillfully directed by Jonathan Berry, is a chilling allegory of the McCarthy era’s assault on freedom. Staged for the Steppenwolf for Young Adults series, the play pulls no punches in telling the story of guilt and accusation during the Salem witch trials.

  • Love Never Dies in Florida

    National Tour of Phantom Sequel

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 18th, 2017

    Memorable music seduces in Love Never Dies. A fine cast is up to the task of singing with flair Andrew Lloyd Webber's soaring songs. The book is not a strong point

  • Book of Mormon National Tour

    Mega-Popular Musical in MIami

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 30th, 2017

    The Book of Mormon's messages about belief and religion resonate particularly strongly these days.Triple threat actors on national tour of musical are performing in Miami.

  • Freight with J. Alphonse Nicholson

    New Federal and Castillo Theatres Triumphant Team Up

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 11th, 2017

    Howard L. Craft has crafted a superb play in Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green. What was it like to be a young black man in America throughout the 20th century and on into our own? Minstrel, preacher, panther, sub-prime mortgage salesman, Abel Green has tried them all. J. Alphonse Nicholson makes his efforts palpably moving.

  • ATCA at Sardi’s

    Lunch with Broadway Stars

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 10th, 2017

    A highlight of the American Theatre Critics Association’s New York conference is a now traditional lunch at Sardi’s with stars of current Broadway shows. Cast members of seven shows were represented.

  • Priscilla Queen of the Desert, (the musical).

    Smashing at Palm Canyon Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Nov 10th, 2017

    Musicals are the specialty of the Palm Canyon Theatre (PCT) where they are sensationally produced and performed. PCT is now in its twenty-first year of providing quality entertainment to the Coachella Valley, presenting thirteen productions a year that include comedies, dramas, and special events as well as their signature musicals.

  • ATCA Sondheim Panel

    Five Actors Discuss Their Iconic Roles

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 07th, 2017

    The New York conference of American Theatre Critics Association ended on Sunday morning with a Stephen Sondheim panel at the nightclub Don't Tell Mama. Moderated by the critic Rick Pender, the actors Len Cariou, Harvey Evans, Pamela Myers, Kurt Peterson and Teri Ralston recalled originating now iconic roles. On every level ATCA saved the best for last,

  • Venus in Fur Sizzles

    CV REP Theatre in Rancho Mirage, CA

    By: Jack Lyons - Nov 07th, 2017

    The on-stage chemistry between Angela Sauer and Patrick Zeller is literally palpable. Their performances fully engage the audience who become fascinated by the push and pull of playwrightDavid Ives’ characters. References to the origin of the title “Venus in Fur” also enliven the audiences’ fascination with the story.

  • Shaw's Mrs. Warren’s Profession

    At Pasadena's A Noise Within

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 22nd, 2017

    Pasadena’s A Noise Within theatre company, is staging a provocative and spirited comedy production of Shaw’s “Mrs. Warren’s Profession”, a witty play about the ‘world’s oldest profession’, or is it about something else that is masquerading for a more insidious subject matter discussion: the misogyny of men in a patriarchal society who harbor the fear of being exposed for their shortcomings.

  • A Tale of Two Cities in Pasadena

    Play Adapted by Mike Poulton.

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 22nd, 2017

    “A Tale of Two Cities”, published in 1859, was one of the finest novels of its day and now, 200 years later it appears on the stage of Pasadena’s classic theatre company, A Noise Within, as a bold, new, dramatic production from the pen of journeyman writer and play adaptor Mike Poulton.

  • Tarzan in Ft. Lauderdale

    High-Flying Musical Adaptation by Slow Burn Theatre Co.

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 23rd, 2017

    Lighting-heavy production of Tarzan still benefits from 'less-is-more' approach. South Florida theater company show marked by strong acting, singing, acrobatics . Musical's themes are illuminated by the director.

  • Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield Update

    Shows Through April

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 26th, 2017

    Upcoming events at the Colonial include, The Airplane Family & Friends with Live Dead ‘69 (10/27), $10 Music Garage: Subtleties (11/9), Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Touring Company (11/11), $5 Comedy Garage: Rojo Perez (at the Garage in the Colonial Theatre lobby 11/16), Ain't Wastin' Time: A Berkshire Tribute to Gregg Allman with Rev Tor's Steal Your Peach Band & Friends (11/30) and A Christmas Carol (12/9 through 12/22).

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