• Paul Robeson Lives at BAM

    The Tallest Tree in the Forest by Daniel Beaty

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 24th, 2015

    Paul Robeson is one of those figures who haunts us. David Beaty brings him to life at the Harvey Theater of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. What is striking almost forty years after his death is the power of the man: his beautiful voice, fierce intellect and passionate commitment to use the gifts with which he was born to enhance the world around him. Daniel Beaty captures the man in all his complexity.

  • Irreversible Presented by The Red Fern Theatre Company

    Jack Karp's Intriguing Play about Oppenheimer

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 23rd, 2015

    The play about the bomb is a hit. Set in the Jimez mountains of New Mexico, suggested by the orange, siena dust and the yellow gold skies, Robert Oppenheimer dominates the stage as he dominated the Los Alamos lab. General Grove admired him so that he kept him there despite Oppenheimer's communist-tainted past and his sometimes erratic behavior. Playwright Karp captures this huge figure in detailed strokes, and shows why his brother, wife and lover could not stay away from him.

  • Oedipus El Rey in San Diego

    Repertory Theatre’s Lyceum Stage

    By: Jack Lyons - Mar 22nd, 2015

    “Oedipus El Rey” is a very impressive production that performs on San Diego Repertory Theatre’s Lyceum stage and runs through March 29, 2015. When a Chicano Oedipus, once out of prison, challenges the barrio order and sets himself above the rules, we follow the arc of his fall, and see him accept his fate.

  • Berkshire Theatre Group Announces

    Unicorn and Colonial Schedule

    By: BTG - Mar 20th, 2015

    The Berkshire Theatre group announces shows at the Unicorn in Stockbridge and the Colonial in Pittsfield. There are world premieres included.

  • Big Fish A Whopper At SpeakEasy Stage

    Wonderful Music and Performances Reflect Father and Son Conflict

    By: Mark Favermann - Mar 17th, 2015

    A warm and bountiful Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman whose larger-than-life stories of epic adventures delight everyone around him, except his pragmatic son Will. The show is full of terrific talent and melodious music. Just as Edward’s health begins to decline, the questioning Will sets out on a journey of family discovery seeking the truth behind his father’s fanciful tales.

  • The New Group Presents Rasheeda Speaking

    Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest Shine

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 15th, 2015

    Joel Drake Johnson, a Chicago playwright who is a Steppenwolf regular, hits New York with a big bang in Rasheeda Speaking. Mounted with two great actrsesses at its center, and CYnthia Nixon directing, Rasheeda Speaks has been a big hit for The New Group.

  • The Colored Museum At Huntington Theatre

    Black America As Musical Satire And Skewered Stereotypes

    By: Mark Favermann - Mar 13th, 2015

    Greatly and rightly honored George C. Wolfe’s one-act play uses satire and wit to describe the pain, joy and thematic contradictions of the African American Experience. He sets forth 11 "exhibits" or sketches to use humor, wit and song to express the human journey of the American Black experience. Shattering many stereotypes, he brilliantly embraces others. With an incredibly talented cast, this Huntington production is all about anger, love and survival with just enough in your face acknowledgement to make you entertained but clearly instructed.

  • Several Current NY Solo Shows

    A Staple of Off Broadway

    By: Edward Rubin - Mar 13th, 2015

    At this very moment there seems to be a tsunami of one person shows flooding New York City ’s Off Broadway scene. And no doubt, more are on their way. Some are based on fictional characters, others on the real life experiences of the performer, and two on larger than life historical figures. Here we get Josephine Baker and Winston Churchill. Though none are self-directed, most all are written, co-written, or adapted by the performer, ostensibly offering the audience a more perfect fit.

  • SpeakEasy Stage Company of Boston

    2015-2016 Season

    By: SpeakEasy - Mar 13th, 2015

    Award-winning directors Scott Edmiston and Summer L. Williams are also scheduled to be a part of the company’s 25th Anniversary Season.

  • The Price by Arthur Miller

    Gripping at Mark Taper Forum on LA

    By: Jack Lyons - Mar 07th, 2015

    “The Price”, masterfully directed by Garry Hynes, and magnificently performed by an inspired quartet of some of the theatre’s finest journeyman actors, makes for a riveting evening of thought-provoking and insightful explorations of Miller’s most mature work of barter and life assessment.The cast includes: Kate Burton, John Bedford Lloyd, Alan Mandell, and Sam Robards performing on the stage of the Mark Taper Forum; with everyone at the top of their games.

  • Rick Dildine Quits S&Co.

    Rebounds Back to St. Louis

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 05th, 2015

    In a terse press release yet another artistic director, Rick Dildine, has hastily departed Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass. At the end of the 2014 season the much liked and respected Tony Simote left without elaboration. Simotes, who followed the long tenure of founding artistic director, Tina Packer, was on the job for five years. In mid February Dildine met the media to present the program for 2015. Just a month later he's gonzo.

  • WAM Theatre

    2015 Berkshire Season

    By: WAM - Mar 04th, 2015

    In March, WAM Theatre will be a beneficiary of Jayne Atkinson’s special event, Can You Hear Me Baby? Stories of Sex, Love and OMG Birth!, which is concluding this year’s Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Adapted from true stories that come from the hearts of mothers and fathers, this event brings together birth stories and original music to dramatize the joy, challenges, personal courage, and profundity of birth. Can You Hear Me Baby? takes the stage at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA on March 27 at 7pm and March 28 at 2 and 7 pm. Proceeds will benefit the National Perinatal Association, Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, and WAM Theatre.

  • The Twenty-seventh Man by Nathan Englander

    Old Globe Theatre Directed by Barry Edelstein

    By: Jack Lyons - Mar 02nd, 2015

    The Old Globe production of “The Twenty-seventh Man” written by novelist and first-time playwright Nathan Englander, has the very good fortune to be directed by Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. Edelstein’s easy manner belies the intellectual rigor he applies to all of the productions he directs.

  • The Night Alive by Conor McPherson

    Irish Play at Geffen Playhouse in LA

    By: Jack Lyons - Mar 02nd, 2015

    Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s latest play “The Night Alive”, is having its West Coast Premiere at The Geffen Playhouse, directed by Randall Arney. McPherson is famed for infusing elements of the supernatural and its subject matter into his plays. In his award-winning 2008 play “The Seafarer”, a poker game becomes the allegorical battleground of a Faustian bargain between the protagonist and the devilishly clever antagonist.

  • Hound of the Baskervilles

    Indiana Repertory Theatre

    By: Melissa Hall - Mar 02nd, 2015

    Sherlock Holmes is a perennial favorite at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. The Hound of the Baskervilles is the latest in a line of successful adaptations of the infamous detective to hit their stage. This production runs through March 15.

  • For the Tree to Drop

    PICT Classic Theatre Pittsburgh

    By: Wendy Arons - Mar 02nd, 2015

    Lissa Brennan’s new play For the Tree to Drop builds an existentialist drama that explores the webs of power in which antebellum slaves (and their owners) were caught.The play is being presented at PICT Classic Theatre in Pittsburgh.

  • Kirsten Flagstad, a Monodrama

    Scandinavia House Presents the Woman Behind the Voice

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 01st, 2015

    Calling Kirsten Flagstad the voice of the century is an understatement. The Norwegian soprano had a voice for the ages. Even in rachtety recordings of her performances, the big, beautiful clean sound is revealed. In a monodrama developed and directed by Einer Bjorge, a deeper picture of the famed singer is revealed by actress Nina Bendiksen.

  • Woodie King Jr. Revives Dutchman

    Amiri Baraka's First Play Hits Home

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 27th, 2015

    Woodie King Jr. was an usher in the Cherry Lane Theatre when the then Leroi Jones' Dutchman was first produced. Sets for the second one acter, The Toilet, were designed by Larry Rivers, and everyone went to a warehouse to claim them when Rivers made a name for himself. Estimated to be worth $1,000,000, they have never been found. But the play Dutchman lives. King makes very clear its connection to the Wagner opera, as the overture and excerpts are played as prelude. Incidents in Ferguson and New York keep the issue of racial violence very present.

  • An Octoroon at Theatre for a New Audience

    Crooked Talk Straight to the Jugular

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 26th, 2015

    Soho Rep inaugurated An Octoroon in 2013 and it won over critics and audiences as well as winning two Obies. Now it is reprised at the Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. Committed to updating historic pieces for present day audiences at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, this play hits its mark.

  • Intimate Apparel Beautifully Tailored At Lyric

    Early 20th Century Historical Drama Exquisitely Crafted

    By: Mark Favermann - Feb 21st, 2015

    From the author of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Intimate Apparel is a superb evocative portrait of Esther, an independent but lonely African American seamstress in early 20th-century New York. She earns her living sewing exquisite lingerie for wealthy white socialites uptown and whores downtown. After receiving a letter from a stranger who is laboring on the Panama Canal, she begins a long-distance courtship with him. Of course, he is not all that he initially seems. Disillusioned but unbroken, Esther reluctantly returns to her sewing to refashion her dreams. This is a wonderful Lyric Stage Company production.

  • Youngblood at the Ensemble Theatre

    Chiara Atik's Five Shades of Sex

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 21st, 2015

    The play is called 5 Times in One Night and imagine what you will. But you won't guess until you watch, so don't read this review. It is a spoiler. Yet in the hands of director RJ Tolan and actors Dylan Dawson and Darcy Fowler, a rare balance between a non-invasive peak into intimate moments and non-porno sexuality is beautifully mounted.

  • Application Pending at Westside Theatre

    Christina Bianco Playing 43 characters in 75 minutes

    By: Edward Rubin - Feb 19th, 2015

    With an internal switch the diminutive and totally amazing Christina Bianco is an astonishing quick change artist. In Application Pending she blows away the audience with a dazzling array of some 43 characters in a jam packed 75 minutes. Her one person show is a life changing experience Off Broadway through April 19.

  • Humana Festival in Louisville

    39th Year of Presenting New Plays

    By: Humana - Feb 18th, 2015

    Actors Theatre of Louisville's Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein announce the lineup for the 39th Humana Festival of New American Plays. A highlight of the cultural calendar for theatergoers, playwrights and industry professionals across the country, the Humana Festival runs March 4 through April 12, 2015.

  • Shakespeare & Company 2015 Season

    First with Rick Dildine as Executive Director

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 16th, 2015

    Shakespeare & Company presents its lineup for the 2015 summer season, which includes three Shakespeare plays, Henry V, The Comedy of Errors and Hamlet, plus the Regional Premiere of Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti, and the World Premiere of Jane Anderson’s Mother of the Maid, starring Tina Packer. In addition, the summer season includes The Unexpected Man by Yasmina Reza, and opens with the provocative new play by Sarah Treem, The How and the Why. The summer season was announced today by Rick Dildine, his first as Shakespeare & Company’s new Executive Director.

  • Dorset Theatre Festival

    2015 Season in Vermont

    By: Dorset - Feb 15th, 2015

    Dorset Theatre Festival Artistic Director, Dina Janis states that “When I went about looking for the right plays for us to present this summer, my one criteria was to find plays that were moving, that make people care. These plays all have that quality, and whether funny, sad, or thought-provoking, people will walk out of the Playhouse this summer inspired and moved by what they have seen.”

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