• Heisenberg by Simon Stephens

    Manhattan Theatre Club Through December 11

    By: Jack Lyons - Nov 07th, 2016

    British playwright Simon Stephens and director Mark Brokaw weave an engaging obbligato of nicely nuanced, performances by two terrifically talented stars who know how to draw the audience into their small, compelling story and make it sing. It's currently on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club.

  • Jon Robin Baitz's Vicuna

    World Premiere at Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City

    By: Jack Lyons - Nov 16th, 2016

    “Vicuna” is comedy rich in innuendo and roman à clef portrayals. I’ve seen several of Jon Robin Baitz’s plays in the past, but this one is a little different from his usually serious efforts as a dramatist.

  • Tony Winning Play on the Road

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 18th, 2016

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time closed on Broadway in September after 800 performances (including 23 previews) and won five Tony Awards, including Best Play and garnering a host of other honors. Our correspondent reports on the touring company that performed briefly in Palm Beach, Florida.

  • Remembering Edward Albee

    A Critic Recalls Interactions with the Playwright

    By: Herbert Simpson - Nov 18th, 2016

    When Edward Albee died, the social networks were inundated with spontaneous comments. One admirer reminisced about the exquisite instructions on preparing the perfect crème brulee in Counting the Ways and made me realize how many such excerpts have stayed in my mind over the years. I’ve been thinking about them like memorializing snapshots – all those stimulating tricks with words, like Agnes wondering whether she can say “I dropped upstairs” and Jerry asking about saying “A dog I knew.”

  • King Charles III At Chicago Shakespeare

    After the Queen Dies

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 21st, 2016

    This is a thoughtful drama (with comic lines) about the nature of law and constitutionality and father-son relationships. Director Gary Griffin takes Mike Bartlett’s carefully shaped story and brings out its drama, compassion and relevance to the day’s events.

  • The Servant of Two Masters

    At Brooklyn's Theatre for a New Audience

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 20th, 2016

    The Polonsky Shakespeare Center mounts a charming production of Carlo Goldoni's famous play. Improvisation abounds. You'll hear about Flatbush and election night mares.

  • Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement

    At Florida's Island City Stage

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 22nd, 2016

    The leadership of the multi-award winning Island City Stage, a bold and daring Wilton company near Ft. Lauderdale is dedicated to “producing theatrical experiences that positively impact the LGBT and general community,." “Perfect Arrangement” by Topher Payne centers on an effort to track down and fire homosexuals who worked for the U.S. government in the 1950s. .

  • Acybourn's Bedroom Farce At Huntington Theatre

    A Comedy of Manners, Wit and Whimsey

    Bedroom Farce
    By: Mark Favermann - Nov 24th, 2016

    When you put 4 couples and 3 bedrooms on one witty night, Alan Ayckbourn creates marital mishegoss with a British accent. Trevor and Susannah, with their marriage on the rocks, invade the bedrooms of their family and friends over the course of an evening, spreading chaos in their wake. Director Maria Aitken (The 39 Steps, Private Lives) returns to the Huntington Theatre for this light comedy of marital misunderstandings.

  • First Night Saratoga 2017

    New Years Eve celebration of the Arts

    First Night Saratoga 2017
    By: Chris Buchanan - Dec 01st, 2016

    First Night is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year's Eve in the region. On Saturday, December 31st join over 15,000 revelers as Saratoga Art’s presents one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country. Starting with the 5k roadrace at Skidmore College at 5:30pm, culminating with fireworks in Congress Park at midnight and packed full of live music, dance, comedy and magic in between, this event will be a highlight of your outgoing year.

  • From Silence by Anne Marilyn Lucas

    NY's Theater for the New City

    By: Aaron Kraus - Nov 16th, 2016

    The brutally honest play From Silence by Anne Marilyn Lucas is based on her observations of second generation Holocaust survivors and their families. The piece centers on a Jewish Holocaust survivor who, as a coping mechanism, has remained silent about her experiences in detention.

  • Playwright Lauren Gunderson Takes Action

    An Offer We Cannot Refuse

    By: Lauren Gunderson - Nov 15th, 2016

    Any theatre company, group, or person who wants to do a reading of my feminist political comedy, The Taming, on Inauguration Day 2017 can do so for free, with thanks to Playscripts.

  • First Berkies Theatre Awards This Sunday

    VIPs to Gather at Mr. Finn's Cabaret in Pittsfield

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 08th, 2016

    Theatre celebrities, from critics to thespians, will gather at 5 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield. With a champagne toast they will celebrate the first, annual Berkshire Theatre Awards AKA 'The Berkies." The 25 winners in a range of categories, many of whom plan to attend, have previously been announced. The suspense will focus on the winner of the Larry Murray humanitarian award named for the critic and founder of the awards.

  • Tony Winner Fun Home

    Touring Company Visits Chicago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 08th, 2016

    Fun Home, the prize-winning show (five 2015 Tonys including best musical), opened at Chicago's Oriental Theatre last week for a very short run. The play, based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel, is a story of growing up trying to figure out yourself and seeing your parents through new eyes as you mature.

  • Sharr White's Annapurna

    Launches CV Repertory Theatre's Season

    By: Jack Lyons - Nov 08th, 2016

    The narrative of Sharr White’s play is not its strongest asset. It’s the performances of the actors that win the day. The technical credits at CV REP are always top tier.

  • The Little Flower of East Orange in Chicago

    Play by Stephen Adly Guirgis at Eclipse Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 10th, 2016

    Stephen Adly Guirgis opens the veins of family feelings in his plays, with his gritty, piercing dialogue. He writes scenes we usually don’t see in public, scenes that reveal long histories of family abuse that become painful memories. He does this in Between Riverside and Crazy and The Motherfucker with the Hat, He is is a member of New York’s highly regarded LAByrinth Theater Company. Little Flower premiered at LAByrinth in 2008, directed by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

  • Finian's Rainbow Arcs Over New York

    Irish Repertory Mounts Charming Production

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 11th, 2016

    FInian's Rainbow was first produced in 1947, but the tough issues it raises are very contemporary. In Southern United States blacks and whites live comfortably, but are challenged by land grabs, Sears Roebuck salesmen and a Senator ripe for conversion.

  • White Lights Festival Presents All That Fall

    Beckett's Radio Drama Re-imagined

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 10th, 2016

    The brilliance of Samuel Beckett is captured by the Pan Pan Theatre Company of Dublin. Beckett's magical words never had more music and humor. The irony of death's grip is fully evoked in our mind's eye as we sit in rocking chairs, imagining figures. Beckett is laugh-inside funny, his words ricocheting around the room.

  • After by Michael McKeever

    World Premiere at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center

    By: Aaron Kraus - Nov 12th, 2016

    “Now what” are the words playwright Michael McKeever wants us to ponder after watching his devastatingly honest, explosive, unflinching and all-too-topical play titled simply “After.”

  • First Annual Berkies Awards

    Theatre VIPs Jam Mr. Finn's Cabaret

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 14th, 2016

    The Berkshire theatre gilterrati crammed into Mr. Finn's Cabaret for a raucous evening celebrating The First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards. Seventeen arts journalists voted on 120 nominees in 25 categories chosen from artists in the 75 live theatre productions mounted in Berkshire County and adjacent areas between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.

  • Tom Wahl in Act of God

    Florida"s GableStage

    By: Aaron Krause - Dec 05th, 2016

    Carbonell Award-winning actor Tom Wahl portrays the Lord in GableStage’s funny, engaging production of “An Act of God,” which is on-stage through Dec. 18 as the company’s first 2016-17 production.

  • Pygmalion in Chicago

    Remy Bumppo Theatre's Production

    By: Nancy Bishop - Dec 05th, 2016

    Remy Bumppo uses Shaw’s original script but adds some mid-century touches and a new character—an older version of Eliza, named Elizabeth, personified by Jane deLaubenfels. Elizabeth appears at beginning, middle and end of the play to honor the memory of what took place in the boxed-up rooms that used to be Higgins’ “laboratory” on Wimpole Street.

  • Isaac Mizrahi Narrates Peter and the Wolf

    John Heginbotham and Ensemble Signal Are Icing

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 05th, 2016

    Of course the costumes are terrific. Isaac Mizrahi, narrator and imaginer of this production, is a top flight designer. Each animal and human has a few eyecatching details. Prokofiev is always fabulous. All the elements come together in the Guggenheim's Works and Process Christmas celebration.

  • Holiday Inn at Roundabout Theatre

    The New Irving Berlin Musical

    By: Edward Rubin - Dec 15th, 2016

    With a book co-written by Chad Hodge and Gordon Greenberg (he is also the director), Holiday Inn, stuffed with 22 Irving Berlin songs, some standards, others resurrected from the dead, is back on the boards again.

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Backstory of How the Musical Made Its Way to Broadway

    By: Aaron Krause - Dec 15th, 2016

    During a meeting of American Theatre Critics Association in New York there was a panel devoted to the development from page to stage of the recently opened, well reviewed musical Dear Evan Hansen

  • Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

    Promethean Theatre Ensembles

    By: Nancy Bishop - Dec 15th, 2016

    Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde is a documentary-style play set in a courtroom. Lest you think that sounds dry, it isn’t. Jamie Bragg stars as Oscar Wilde. Her performance is nuanced and persuasive as the jaunty Oscar in her every word, look, gesture and posture.

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