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  • In Transit on Broadway

    Charming New A Capella NY Musical

    By: c - Dec 11th, 2016

    The refreshing new a capella musical, In Transit, evokes commuters not only on the move but in transition. There are poingant thumbnails of eager millenials reaching for the brass ring underground in the naked city.

  • Sandy on Broadway

    No Business Like Show Business

    By: Sandy Katz - Dec 20th, 2016

    During the ATCA NY conference Sandy and Gerry Katz saw a bunch of shows on Broadway. She also has terrific travel tips.

  • My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy

    Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Boca Raton

    By: Aaron Krause - Dec 23rd, 2016

    While Zimmerman’s show is obviously meant mostly for laughs, there is at least one lesson to learn: In life, perseverance, thick skin and luck can lead to successes that once seemed impossible.

  • Conor McPherson’s The Weir

    Irish Theatre of Chicago.

    By: Nancy Bishop - Dec 26th, 2016

    Conor McPherson’s The Weir isn’t your typical Christmas play, but I’ll take it any day over any of the traditional treacly tales that grace our stages this time of year. The play, however, has a Holiday theme.

  • An American in Paris

    Road Company in Miami

    By: Aaron Krause - Dec 29th, 2016

    “An American in Paris” is a musical composition by George Gershwin, which he referred to as an “extended symphonic tone poem.” The New York Philharmonic commissioned it and the piece soon became one of his most famous compositions. It was inspired by his visit to Paris during the 1920s.

  • Avenue Q Lives On in the US

    From College Grads to the 99%

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 28th, 2016

    In the beginning, almost a decade and a half ago, target audiences were young people whose lives paralleled those of the characters on stage. Princeton has just graduated from college with an unmarketable BA in English. Kate can't find a job to fulfill her teaching ambitions. Gary Coleman peaked at fifteen and is now a building superintendent. Today these characters can be any one of the 99 % that make up our nation.

  • Touring Company of 42nd Street

    On the Road in Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 02nd, 2017

    Current non-equity national tour director Mark Bramble doesn’t disappoint in a mostly commendable production of 42nd Street that played a one-night stand in West Palm Beach on New Year’s Eve. The 16-week touring production will continue at Florida venues until Jan. 6, when it heads north.

  • Light Up the Night for New Year

    Treasure Trove of Songs by the National Yiddish Theater

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 02nd, 2017

    Jewish music is often in the minor mode, but the enduring spirit of the people who sing it and live it creates a hopeful and joyous atmosphere.

  • Decline in Theatre and Arts Media Coverage

    Matt Windman Panel for American Theatre Critics Association

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 08th, 2017

    Matt Windman, author of “The Critics Say…57 Theater Reviewers in New York and Beyond Discuss Their Craft and Its Future,” led a panel discussion during the NY ATCA conference on the state of theater criticism in today’s world of social media bloggers and a decreasing number of full-time print theater critics

  • Chekhov with Cate Blanchett

    Andrew Upton Updates Untitled in Four Acts

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 08th, 2017

    Cate Blanchett can do anything, but her Chekhov is unique and apt. Following a triumphant run in Uncle Vanya in 2012, Broadway welcomes her as Anna, in what is probably Chekhov's first play.

  • Lucas Hnath’s Play The Christians

    At Chicago's Steppenwolf

    By: Nancy Bishop - Dec 20th, 2016

    Lucas Hnath’s play The Christians at Steppenwolf Theatre challenges the belief systems of its characters on stage as well as those of religious and nonreligious audience members.

  • Million Dollar Quartet In Coral Gables

    Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

    By: Aaron Krause - Dec 20th, 2016

    The Tony Award winning show,which enjoyed a Broadway run, Million Dollar Quartet, dramatizes a real-life historic jam session between rock stars Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tenn. on Dec. 4, 1956.

  • Projection and Sound Design in Theatre

    Panel During ATCA Critics NY Conference

    By: Aaron Krause - Dec 17th, 2016

    “See Me, Hear Me: Innovations and Challenges in Projection and Sound Design," moderated by Martha Wade Steketee, was the toipic of a penel during the New York conference of American Theatre Critics Association. A video of the panel may be viewed at the ATCA website.,

  • Mark Morris Cracks the Nut

    Christmas Traditions Celebrated at BAM

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 11th, 2016

    Mark Morris' The Hard Nut is a Christmas tradition at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It is easy to see why. Morris is true to E.T. A. Hofman's story and also the Tchaikovsky score. Bringing smiles to the audience, punctuated by fear, delight and humor Morris's Nut is terrific.

  • The Beauty Queen of Leenane

    Dark McDonagh Play at Mark Taper Forum in LA

    By: Jack Lyons - Dec 12th, 2016

    “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” a black comedy written by Martin McDoagh in 1996, and staged on Broadway in 1998, returns in a riveting revival production at the Mark Taper Forum, solidly directed by longtime McDonagh associate Garry Hynes; both veterans of the Druid Theatre in Galway, Ireland, as is the entire cast.

  • Icebergs by Alena Smith

    A Geffen Playhouse World Premiere

    By: Jack Lyons - Dec 12th, 2016

    “Icebergs” is a light, nice, TV sitcom-like play with plenty of laughs. The actors are solid, in their verisimilitude performances, but it’s not like they’re splitting the atom or solving world hunger during this weekend in LA’ Silver Lake District setting

  • Beware the Jabberwocky

    Holiday Production in North Miami

    By: Aaron Krause - Dec 13th, 2016

    “Beware the Jabberwocky” is on stage at North Miami’s Storycrafter Studio, an intimate nonprofit theater company and arts institution, through Dec. 18.

  • Jay Presson Allen’s Tru

    At Palm Beach Dramaworks

    By: Aaron Krause - Dec 13th, 2016

    Jay Presson Allen’s historical one-man play, “Tru,” which is on stage through Jan. 1 at Palm Beach Dramaworks in a first-rate production, deftly depicts the humanity and resiliency of late celebrity author Truman Capote.

  • The Charleston Christmas Special

    Yet Again Produced by Brad and Jennifer Moranz

    By: Sanmdy Katz - Dec 14th, 2016

    Brad and Jennifer Moranz want y'all to have a Holly Jolly Christmas and a Happy New Year. For the past 21 years their Charleston Christmas Special has provided Broadway-quality entertainment with the gusto of holiday happiness.

  • 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.

  • The Most Happy Fella

    Breathtaking at Florida's Stage Door Theatre

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 10th, 2017

    Whether “The Most Happy Fella” falls more closely into the realm of musical theater or opera, the show has the necessary ingredients for success. Stage Door Theatre’s breathtaking production offers some of the strongest singing you’ll hear on a stage.

  • Racine’s Phèdre in Chicago

    Trap Door Theatre’s Punky, Funky Production

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 12th, 2017

    Jean Racine was one of the three great 17th century French playwrights, along with Molière and Corneille. He is known mostly for his adaptations of Greek tragedies and wrote Phèdre (inspired by Euripides’ play) in 1677. It’s considered his masterpiece.

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    At California's Palm Canyon Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 28th, 2017

    “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, now on stage at Palm Canyon Theatre, is creatively directed, by veteran actor/director Charles Harvey, who brings a wealth of experience that cleverly breathes life into those fifty cast members, including a nine person on-stage “kid’s choir” (perhaps ages six to ten?). It’s a visual feast for the eyes and ears.

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