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  • Evita in South Florida

    At The Wick Theatre In Boca Raton

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 01st, 2020

    The Wick Theatre presents a powerhouse production of Evita. Triple-threat performers and Behind-the Scenes crew shine. The production runs through Feb. 23 in Boca Raton.

  • Verböten by House Theatre

    At Chicago's Chopin Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 31st, 2020

    The old rock trope says that punk music is “three chords and the truth.” That holds true for the fact-based story about a kid punk band from Evanston in the 1980s, which just opened in a world premiere by House Theatre. Verböten is the name of the play and the band.

  • WHEN, show at MASS MoCA

    By Ledelle Moe

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Jan 25th, 2020

    WHEN: Not if, but when all our lives come to an end. - Here we are searching for personal meaning and memories via a monumental sculpture exhibition that expresses obliquely life and death issues of today and since Millennia.

  • Ripcord by David Lindsay-Abaire

    Produced By Altarena Playhouse

    By: Victor Cordell - Jan 30th, 2020

    Credit Lindsay-Abaire for building a comedy not just around women, but older women whose motivations are not limited to the sole objective of doting on grandkids. He makes his female protagonists full-bore individuals with zesty personalities who are willing to fight tooth-and-nail for what they want.

  • A Doll’s House – Part 2 by Lucas Hnath

    Produced By Palo Alto Player

    By: Victor Cordell - Jan 28th, 2020

    Playwrights rarely write sequels. That's the twist of Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House – Part 2 . This ersatz Ibsen next chapter has been widely produced from Broadway to regional theatre. Here Cordell reviews a California production.

  • Taking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn

    At Pear Theatre

    By: Victor Cordell - Jan 28th, 2020

    Taking Steps offers its own unique spatial conceit, one with considerable charm but that takes a little getting used to. The action occurs on three floors of the dilapidated Victorian house, but those three floors share the same stage space

  • Object Collection Opera at La Mama

    Kara Feely and Travis Just Give Us Space Control

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 27th, 2020

    The Downstairs stage at La Mama is darkened.  People bustle around, cleaning equipment, moving it about, casting lights and cameras on it.  We the audience are not quite sure whether or not the performance has begun.  In fact, the minute we walk into the theater, we are in the drama.  It is the intention of Object Collection, the producers and creators, to keep the audience at high alert. Daniel takes a seat on the cosmic throne,  a cross between dental chair and space rocket.  The quotidian and the other worldly will be liberally mixed in music and action for the next hour.

  • Year of the Rat Celebration

    Berkshire International Club at Panda House

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 27th, 2020

    For the past three years the Berkshire International Club has celebrated Chinese New Year. On a Sunday afternoon sixty members enjoyed a banquet at Panda House.

  • Gerry Bergstein: Body Politic

    A Monumental Leap at Gallery Naga

    By: Naga - Jan 25th, 2020

    Gerry Bergstein is on the short list of leading Boston artists of his generation. Taking a leap on every level his monumental paintings will be show during February with a bonus day at Gallery Naga. Hood Museum director, John Stomberg, will provide an overview on the theme of Body Politic.

  • Kathryn Hunter As Timon of Athens

    At Theatre for a New Audience

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 25th, 2020

    Timon of Athens gets a brilliant characterization by Kathryn Hunter at Theatre for a New Audience. This huge character is played by a diminutive woman who holds us in her thrall every moment she is on stage. In the first part of the play, Timon enjoys her wealth, mindlessly giving her ‘friends’ whatever they want. Her Steward tries to tell her that if she keeps gifting at this pace, she will soon be penniless. Distinctive characters move across the stage, intriguing us.

  • Sheepdog By Kevin Artigue

    By Shattered Globe Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 25th, 2020

    Sheepdog, by Kevin Artigue, Shattered Globe Theatre’s new production, crisply directed by Wardell Julius Clark, will have you holding your breath as details of the incident spool out over 90 minutes.

  • The Gulf by Audrey Cefaly

    Chicago's About Face Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 21st, 2020

    Kendra and Betty are southern women, together for six years, but their relationship is fraying, if not unraveling. As it turns dark, they’re stuck in a boat that won’t move. The Gulf by Audrey Cefaly is About Face Theatre’s latest production, directed by Megan Carney, now on stage at Theater Wit. The gulf, of course, is both literal and symbolic.

  • Julian Wachner's Rev 23 at Prototype

    Biblical Opera is Fun

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 21st, 2020

    We are immediately struck by the lime color of the Rev 23 set: the walls, lights, desks in a school room in hell where God’s lessons are being taught, or unlearned. Clever James Darrah captures both the weight of Rev 23 and its surprising hopefulness in his production. Responding to an exuberant score by Julian Wachner, the Furies dance together across the classroom, lofting comments, instructions and denigrating the ideas of Lucifer. This is his world.

  • How to Transcend a Happy Marriage by Sarah Ruhl

    Custom Made Theatre in San Francisco

    By: Victor Cordell - Jan 23rd, 2020

    Although the playwright’s intent and narrative often lack clarity, the dialog is clever and the situations amusing. In the hands of a fine ensemble of actors, Custom Made Theatre offers a very funny and provocative production of How to Transcend a Happy Marriage.

  • London Assurance by Dion Boucicault

    At Irish Rep Off Broadway

    By: Edward Rubin - Jan 21st, 2020

    First produced in Convent Garden in 1841, when Boucicault was 21, London Assurance, is a farcical comedy of manners, this time directed by Charlotte Moore. It is the cleverest and most enjoyable play to open this year.

  • Gauthier Dance Company at 2020 Berliner Festspiele

    Stuttgarter Company Performed January 15-19

    By: Angelika Jansen - Jan 20th, 2020

    Berliner Festspiele invited this young company, Gauthier Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, to dance for five exciting days and to great success. For the rest of the year they will travel and perform internationally, including at Jacob's Pillow, in Becket, Massachusetts, the week of July 13. The Pillow invites yearly for their three months long summer festival dance companies from around the world.

  • Ordinary Americans

    World Premiere Co-Production Of Dramedy in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 20th, 2020

    Ordinary Americans is a timely and relatable play about an early television sitcom which aired during the McCarthy era. Joseph McDonough's piece is world premiering in a strong co-production by GableStage and Palm Beach Dramaworks. The comedy-drama continues through Feb. 16 at GableStage, following a run at Dramaworks.

  • Cion at Prototype Festival

    Gregory Maqoma Erupts in a Graveyard

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 20th, 2020

    Graves are marked with sticks crossed. They seem to bend in the movement of the professional mourner and his followers. Light is spotted from the ceiling, sometimes two spots and at others six. The lights rhythmic entrances and exits fit perfectly with incessant beats of the feet. The brilliant South African choreographer Gregory Vuyani Maqoma has adapted Zakes Mda’s novel Cion.

  • Bloomsday by Steven Dietz

    At North Coast Repertory Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 19th, 2020

    Steven Dietz was among the five most produced playwrights in America during 2019. And now his latest play “Bloomsday,” is on stage at North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT), making its Southern California debut.

  • Equity Tour of Aladdin

    Disney Musical Stops In Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 18th, 2020

    A national equity tour of Aladdin features spectacle and substance. Aladdin continues to enthrall with its magic and visuals. The Disney show is making stops in Florida.

  • An Almost Ordinary Summer

    Launches Palm Springs International Film Festival

    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 17th, 2020

    The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), the third-largest film festival in America, began in 1989 as the dream of then Hollywood celebrity turned politician and former Mayor Sonny Bono, who had a dream of making his city a focal point for the motion picture industry by launching an annual film festival.

  • Dutch Thriller Instinct

    At Palm Springs International Film Festival

    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 17th, 2020

    This year another Dutch film is in the Oscar hunt. It is a powerful, psychological, provocative thriller called “Instinct”. It’s set in a prison where a newly arrived, experienced psychologist Nicoline, (rivetingly played by Carice van Houten) is assigned to the case file of serial sex offender Idris (a clever psychopath scarily portrayed by Marwan Kenzari).

  • Ellen West by Ricky Ian Gordon

    Jennifer Zetlan is a Force of Nature

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 17th, 2020

    Jennifer Zetlan gets a full opportunity to display her extreme force of nature in voice and acting in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Ellen West. The work premiered at Opera Saratoga last summer. Cast changes have been made. The distinguished Nathan Gunn takes on multiple roles. He is featured as the doctor, based on Ludwig Binswanger who wrote the classic case study of his patient whose pseudonym was Ellen West.

  • Jo Sandman: The Photographic Work

    Legacy Project at Fitchburg Art Museum

    By: FAM - Jan 17th, 2020

    Jo Sandman: The Photographic Work on view February 8–June 7, 2020 at the Fitchburg Art Museum explores Sandman’s turn to photography in the 1990s.

  • Barrington Stage Company 2020

    Music, Music, Music

    By: BSC - Jan 16th, 2020

    Barrington Stage Company will present two World Premiere musicals and new productions of a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical classic, a Tony Award-winning musical revue, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning play. BSC will also perform outdoors for the first time with free performances of one of the company’s World Premiere musicals and featuring the company’s popular Youth Theatre.

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