• 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.

  • Feeding the Bear by Michael Aman

    World Premiere at Island City Stage Near Ft. Lauderdale

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 08th, 2016

    If “Feeding the Bear” doesn’t exactly break new ground, it works primarily because it’s the type of story with which many can identify. It’s a work that will make you cry one moment and laugh the next. Sometimes, you’ll do both simultaneously.

  • Tokyo Fish Story at Old Globe

    If You Knew Sushi

    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 08th, 2016

    “tokyo fish story” is a splendid production that performs, without an intermission, on the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre Stage and runs through June 26, 2016.

  • Full Committed in Charleston

    Smash Hit in 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Festival

    By: Sandy Katz - Jun 09th, 2016

    The Threshold Repertory Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina presented the hilarious and zany "Fully Committed" as a 2016 Piccolo Spoleto offering which was a festival favorite with sold-out performances.

  • Provincetown Festival to Combine Williams and O'Neill

    Annual Theatre Event from September 22 to 25

    By: TWF - Jun 09th, 2016

    We attended the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans which inspired us to participate in TWF in Provincetown in 2015. Both festivals were thrilling in presenting rare and insightful works. For the 2016 festival in Provincetown works by Williams will be paired with plays by Eugene O'Neill. His first works we created and produced by the Provincetown Players. The annual event will occur from September 22 to 25.

  • Huntington Theatre Company Gets A Reprieve

    Theatre To Stay Put on Avenue of the Arts

    By: Mark Favermann/Desiree Berry - Jun 09th, 2016

    After Boston University decided to sell the building in which the Huntington Theatre Company has had its lovely theatre last Fall, there was a great deal of agita and even grief as to what would become of the Huntington. Would the theatre company have to relocate? Would the large structure be torn down for expensive condos? Could the City of Boston help find a development/real estate partner? Like a Deus Ex Machina, Good News has arrived with a happy ending.

  • Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler

    At North Coast Repertory Theatre in San Diego.

    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 10th, 2016

    Long before TV soaps made their debut in America, Henrik Ibsen was scandalizing the patrons of Europe’s theatrical stages with similar themed plays. There’ is no doubt about it. We human beings are a complicated, conflicted, and a fascinating lot. Hedda Gabler has a fresh translation for this lively production.

  • A Gambler's Guide To Dying

    Gary McNair's Spoleto Festival Gem

    By: Sandy Katz - Jun 11th, 2016

    Our Charleston correspondent, Sandy Katz, continues with coverage of the annual Spoleto Festival. She was completely absorbed by a poignant one-man-show by the Scottish actor and playwright Gary McNair. He narrates as himself telling the tale of his colorful grandfather in A Gambler's Guide To Dying. By the end of the evening she was endeared to a colorful rascal.

  • Hauptmann by John Logan in Chicago

    Lindbergh Baby Killer Trial at City Lit Theater

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 12th, 2016

    Bruno Richard Hauptmann, the “baby killer,” the man tried, convicted and executed for the 1932 kidnapping of the Charles Lindbergh baby, is vividly personified by George Seegebrecht in City Lit Theater’s new production of Hauptmann by John Logan.

  • White Man on a Bus by Bruce Graham

    Curious Theatre in Denver Produces

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 12th, 2016

    Curious Theatre in Denver is committed to plays which pack a powerful punch. White Man on a Bus is a knockout, describing the current state of race relations in the US. It is also very good theatre.

  • Sweet and Lucky by Zach Morris

    Denver Gives a New Audience Experience

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 12th, 2016

    How can theater reach out to new, young audiences? Brooklyn's Third Rail and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts have come up with one answer: Keep the audience standing and walking. Let the audiences move through a 14,000 square foot set. Keep the audience guessing where they are and what they are looking at. Disorient, move, provoke, satisfy.

  • 4000 Miles at Magic Carpet Showroom

    Amy Herzog's Intriguing Play in Denver

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 13th, 2016

    Every nook and cranny of Denver is packed with terrific theatre. Cherry Creek Theatre makes a carpet showroom its home. Here we get to know Leo and Grandma in Amy Herzog's justly celebrated play, 4000 Miles.

  • Heathers The Musical a Smash Hit

    At Broward Center for the Performing Arts

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 14th, 2016

    The lyric “Beautiful” fits right into the musical adaptation of the 1989 cult classic “Heathers” if you look at the heart of the darkly comic, electric, fun show.

  • What's Next for Hamilton Winners

    From Broadway Sensation to Years on the Road

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 14th, 2016

    At about $150 each my pal and BFA contributor, Jack Lyons, managed to get a few "cheap seats" for the Broadway smash Hamilton. We even got to go back stage and chat with now Tony winner Leslie Odom, Jr. Back in November I asked him "what's next." It was a bit premature but all of the original contracts expire this summer. Its creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has already announced plans to leave. The show will continue indefinitly on Broadway while several touring companies are launched.

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Road Company Visited Ft. Lauderdale

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 18th, 2016

    Pretend we’re on an airplane, because the oxygen mask above will prove beneficial. Certainly it will help you deal with the spectacular, breathtaking special effects of the mostly impressive non-equity national touring version we will see of the beloved Broadway musical “Beauty and the Beast.”

  • Golem Haunts Charleston

    Robotic Presence in Annual Spoleto Festival 2016

    By: Sandy Katz - Jun 18th, 2016

    With a reviw of The Golem our Charleston correspondent, Sandy Katz, completes her coverage of the annual Spoleto Festival 2016. The mytical Golem was an exotic and exciting production.

  • Camp David by Lawrence Wright

    At Old Globe in San Diego

    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 06th, 2016

    Artistic Director Barry Edelstein continues to provide San Diego audiences with first rate theatrical entertainment. “Camp David” performs on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage through June 19, 2016.

  • Nick Payne's Constellations

    Premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 06th, 2016

    Constellations, the new two-character play at Steppenwolf Theatre, is certainly a nonlinear story. Marianne (Jessie Fisher) and Roland (Jon Michael Hill) at times seem to be in parallel universes. She, an academic theoretical physicist, and he, a beekeeper.

  • Nunsense in Charleston

    Footlight Players Part of Piccolo Spoleto

    By: Sandy Katz - Jun 05th, 2016

    Our coverage of Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston continues with Nunsense at Footlight Players. Saints preserve us.

  • 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.

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