• Nevermore Based on Edgar Allan Poe

    World Premiere Musical in Chicago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 10th, 2018

    Black Button Eyes’ darkly gothic production of Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe makes good use of the Edge Theatre’s spacious proscenium stage. The world premiere musical with book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Christenson is directed by Ed Rutherford.

  • Barrington Stage Company 2018

    Three World Premieres and West Side Story

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 11th, 2018

    The 2018 season of Barrington Stage Company which will feature three world premieres, including a major new musical from Tony Awards winners William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin, a new play from Off Broadway Alliance Award winner Lloyd Suh, and the first major production from playwright, Rachel Lynett. The season starts with Typhpid Mary by Mark St. Germain in the theatre named for him.

  • A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

    National Tour of Musical in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 12th, 2018

    Murder has never been so much fun than in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. An engaging non-equity touring production is playing Ft. Lauderdale's Broward Center for the Performing Arts. One actor plays almost 10 diverse characters in a tour-de-force performance/

  • Prototype Festival Two

    The Echo Drift by Mikael Karlsson

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 11th, 2018

    The Echo Drift is the second opera staged by the Prototype Festival, a group of creative producers who are working to develop new opera using all the media available, as opera has done from its earliest beginnings.

  • Woody Sez- the Life & Music of Woody Guthrie

    At Westport Country Playhouse

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jan 12th, 2018

    Woody Sez- the life & music of Woody Guthrie — now at Westport Country Playhouse intersperses his life story, mostly told by David M. Lutkin as Woody, with renditions of the music he made so famous.

  • Sandy Duncan Recalls Soaring Over Audiences

    Former Peter Pan Star Lands in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 13th, 2018

    Former Peter Pan Sandy Duncan fondly recalls her past during interview at South Florida theater. Beloved star remains vibrant at age 71. Duncan to appear in Love Letters in Raleigh, N.C.

  • Prototype Festival New York Three

    Fellow Travelers by Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 13th, 2018

    The pressures of being of left political persuasion compounded by an illegal sexual preference were magnified in the Red Scare following the Second World War in the United States. Television brought McCarthy hearings into American homes. Terror was struck in the hearts of citizens. The story of two men who got snared by the scare tactics is touchingly told in Fellow Travelers, an opera which had its New York premier at the Prototype Festival.

  • Zanna, Don't! in South Florida

    Subversive Musical Near Ft. Lauderdale

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 20th, 2018

    Zanna, Don't! is a charming musical that's escapist but makes you think a bit. A vibrant cast performs role-reversal musical with zest at Wilton Manor's Island City Stage. This bold musical never fails to engage

  • Prototype Festival New York

    Diving into Black Inscriptions

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 19th, 2018

    Black Inscription, from Carla Kihlstedt, Matthias Bossi and Jeremy Flower, is a multimedia song cycle that follows a free deep sea diver on her journey to the ocean's embrace. This tone poem fills an open slot in the Prototype Festival for works that don't quite fit the opera category.

  • Uma Thurman's Flawed Broadway Review

    The Parisian Woman Ripped from DC Headlines

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jan 22nd, 2018

    The Parisian Woman is not a great play and Thurman’s performance is lacking, BUT (and this is a big but), I had a thoroughly enjoyable time seeing it.

  • Our Great Tchaikovsky by Hershey Felder

    At TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

    By: Victor Cordell - Jan 22nd, 2018

    The inimitable Hershey Felder has carved a special niche in theater as a portrayer of great music composers. In his solo performances, he adeptly characterizes a composer and deftly performs his compositions on a grand piano.

  • Linda Reiter as Rose Kennedy

    Tribute to Matriach of Political Dynasty

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 22nd, 2018

    Linda Reiter creates a vivid replica of Mrs. Kennedy’s appearance and manner in Rose, the one-woman show written by Laurence Leamer and directed by Steve Scott.

  • Five Mile Lake by Rachel Bonds

    By Chicago's Shattered Globe Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 22nd, 2018

    In Five Mile Lake, playwright Rachel Bonds tells the story of five young people and the small Pennsylvania town where they have connections. They portras their dreams and despair sympathetically, in amusing, sometimes eloquent conversations.

  • Shakespeare & Company 2018

    Conflating Old and New

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 23rd, 2018

    Shakespeare & Company announces its 2018 summer season. Exploring themes of Delight, Deceit, and Desire, the season includes three Shakespeare plays: Macbeth, As You Like It, and Love's Labor's Lost; plus the New England Premiere of Morning After Grace by Carey Crim; Creditors by August Strindberg adapted by David Greig; Heisenberg by Laurence Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens; Mothers and Sons by Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally; and HIR by Pulitzer Prize finalist Taylor Mac.

  • The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard

    Notable South African Playwright

    By: Victor Cordell - Jan 23rd, 2018

    Esteemed South African playwright and novelist, Athol Fugard is noted for plays such as Master Harold…and the Boys, “Blood Knot, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, and the novel made into a movie, Tsotsi. Although Road to Mecca ultimately reached Broadway, the spotty production history of this powerful play is inexplicable, as in the right hands, it is a penetrating drama.

  • Arthur Miller’s All My Sons

    Charles Newell’s production at Court Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 24th, 2018

    The play is set in 1947 in the back yard of the home of Joe and Kate Keller. The setting is usually a traditional mid-century back yard with plants, trees, a porch, outdoor furniture and the facades of two other houses partially visible. In the Court Theatre version, John Culbert’s scenic design suggests this back yard in a deconstructed, stylized way.

  • Trovatore at the Metropolitan Opera

    Jennifer Rowley and Quinn Kelsey Shine

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Jan 24th, 2018

    What makes this Trovatore interesting for the regular Met-goer is that it imarks a sort of passing of the torch: from the Netrebko-Hvorostovsky school to a brave new world of lesser known singers taking on the opera's four difficult central roles.

  • Broadway in Winter

    Museums by Day and Theatre at Night

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 25th, 2018

    The motive was not to miss a once- in-a-lifetime exhibition Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It remains on view through February 12. In addition to visiting museums by day we enjoyed four nights on Broadway. During the Big Chill we avoided threeh our holiday lines at the Met. There was easy access and a good selection for half price TKTS in Times Square.

  • David Lang's The Whisper Opera

    Delicate Sounds at the Skirball Center

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 25th, 2018

    david lang prefers lower case and the whisper opera is as lower case as a sound can be. it can almost be inaudible and invites you to lean your ear in as you sit like Winnie, in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, with most of your body below the level of the performance platform.

  • Man of La Mancha in San Francisco

    By Custom Made Theatre

    By: Victor Cordell - Jan 26th, 2018

    Before its Broadway debut, the musical played at smaller theaters. So the transfer of this big, yet small, production to Custom Made Theatre’s intimate space is not only a sensible artistic decision, but the outcome is a winning one.

  • Ride at South Florida Theater Company

    Eric Lane Play Staged in Suburban Miami

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 26th, 2018

    Ride depicts a physical and emotional journey while three young actresses shine in comic-drama. This is a coming of age play which is strongly mounted at Coral Gables' Area Stage Company.

  • Megabytes! The Musical

    At Shelton Theatre in San Francisco.

    By: Victor Cordell - Jan 28th, 2018

    Playwright and composer Morris Bobrow is the master of what San Franciscans might consider the Pier 39 musical, a light but entertaining diversion. His previous compositions include “Shopping! The Musical” and “Foodies! The Musical.” Can anyone detect a common theme here?

  • John Lithgow's Solo Show on Broadway

    Stories by Heart Is Masterful.

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jan 30th, 2018

    Stories by Heart is really Lithgow presenting two short stories to us. The first is by Ring Lardner, “Haircut.” It is essential the thoughts and words of a small town barber, circa 1925 talking to his customer who sits silently in the chair. With no props, Lithgow recreates the old-time barbershop experience from the hot towels, to the stropping of the blade, the lather and more.

  • Feeding the Dragon at Hartford Stage

    Written and Performed by Sharon Washington.

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jan 30th, 2018

    Sharon Washington is a fine actress, but as she plays the multiple people in her story, including her mother, aunts, grandmother and others, her portrayals are good, but not great. This 90 minute play is heading to Off-Broadway’s Primary Stages

  • Professional Wrestling as a Satiric Parable

    Body Slamming Satire near South Beach

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 30th, 2018

    The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity deftly uses professional wrestling to shine a light on racial stereotypes, politics and hypocrisy. Kristoffer Diaz's electric play is a bold statement on the darker side of America. Miami New Drama and Asolo Repertory Theatre shine in co-production of bitingly funny play.

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