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Photo Flash: Nancy Opel, Mary Beth Peil, Dan Lauria and More Perform at George Street Playhouse's 2017 GalaPhoto Flash: Nancy Opel, Mary Beth Peil, Dan Lauria and More Perform at George Street Playhouse's 2017 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

George Street Playhouse announced today that its recent Annual Gala Benefit was the most successful in the event's history, raising a record amount of funds in support of its mainstage and educational programming. The Gala took place at The Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick on Sunday, April 2, 2017, and featured many stars of the stage and screen as presenters and performers. Scroll down for photos from the evening! (more...)

Tim Daly, Joe DiPietro, Nancy Opel, Mary Beth Peil and More Slated for George Street Playhouse's 2017 GalaTim Daly, Joe DiPietro, Nancy Opel, Mary Beth Peil and More Slated for George Street Playhouse's 2017 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

George Street Playhouse has announced an initial roster of Broadway, film and television stars expected to appear at its Annual Gala Benefit on Sunday, April 2, 2017, 5 p.m., at The Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick. (more...)

Give the Gift of Summer in the City with the Atlantic Acting School!Give the Gift of Summer in the City with the Atlantic Acting School!
by Contests - Broadway - Dec 9, 2016

Give the Gift of Summer in the City! Deposit early and receive $250 off summer/spring tuition! Whether you're looking to gain a basic understanding of the Atlantic Technique, immerse yourself in the study of Practical Aesthetics or build upon the skills you learned in your first year of conservatory study, Atlantic Acting School has the Summer Program for you. (more...)

DETOURS Feature to Have November 25 Amazon Prime ReleaseDETOURS Feature to Have November 25 Amazon Prime Release
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2016

Award-winning indie feature DETOURS will get a Black Friday release on Amazon Prime, as the movie debuts on Friday November 25. Richard Kind (Inside Out), Michael Cerveris (TONY award winner for Fun Home on Broadway), and Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas) join stars Tara Westwood (Surviving Family) and Carlo Fiorletta (Available: A Modern Day Fairy Tale) in this road-trip dramedy. (more...)

BWW Review:  MAMA'S BOY at GSP is Intriguing DramaBWW Review: MAMA'S BOY at GSP is Intriguing Drama
by Marina Kennedy - Oct 24, 2016

See 'Mama's Boy' now at George Street Playhouse through November 6th. This intriguing family drama is written by Rob Urbinati, directed by David Saint and features an excellent cast. (more...)

Photo Flash: George Street Playhouse Presents MAMA'S BOYPhoto Flash: George Street Playhouse Presents MAMA'S BOY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

Marguerite Oswald was domineering, obsessive and desperate in her need to be loved by her younger son, Lee Harvey. A chilling glimpse into the Oswald household before and after that fateful November morning in Dallas.  This New York metro area premiere was called "a gripping family drama that illuminates history by adding a touch of humanity' by The Press Herald. (more...)

BWW Interview: Betsy Aidem and MAMA'S BOY at George Street Playhouse 10/18 to 11/6BWW Interview: Betsy Aidem and MAMA'S BOY at George Street Playhouse 10/18 to 11/6
by Marina Kennedy - Oct 10, 2016

Broadwayworld.com interviewed Betsy Aidem who will play Marguerite Oswald in George Street Playhouse's production of 'Mama's Boy.' The play is directed by the Playhouse's Producing Artistic Director, David Saint and will be on the New Brunswick stage from 10/18 to 11/6. (more...)

George Street Playhouse Announces Casting for Season-Opening MAMA'S BOYGeorge Street Playhouse Announces Casting for Season-Opening MAMA'S BOY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

George Street Playhouse today announced the cast of Rob Urbinati's Mama's Boy, which runs October 18 through November 6 at the New Brunswick theatre. Betsy Aidem (Broadway's All the Way, GSP's God of Carnage) stars as Marguerite Oswald, the headstrong mother of Lee Harvey Oswald, played by Michael Goldsmith (TV's Doctor Who, Gotham).  (more...)

BWW Review: Boomers Considering What They Were and Are: 20th CENTURY BLUES at CATFBWW Review: Boomers Considering What They Were and Are: 20th CENTURY BLUES at CATF
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Jul 15, 2016

Perhaps most important, 20th Century Blues (notwithstanding its title) addresses, from the inside and the outside, the universal experience of aging, an experience common to all times and places. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 7/15; SEUSSICAL at Music Circus, GREY GARDENS at Ahmanson and More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 7/15; SEUSSICAL at Music Circus, GREY GARDENS at Ahmanson and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 15, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Boston, Sacramento, Los Angeles and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include THE MUSIC MAN at Cape Playhouse, SEUSSICAL at California Music Circus, and GREY GARDENS in Los Angeles, just to name a few. (more...)

BWW Review: CATF 20th CENTURY BLUES is a Comedic and Poignant Crowd PleaserBWW Review: CATF 20th CENTURY BLUES is a Comedic and Poignant Crowd Pleaser
by Johnna Leary - Jul 13, 2016

A show about older women celebrating and commiserating aging has been done countless times in entertainment, from Steel Magnolias on stage to The Golden Girls on television. However, 20th Century Blues, a world premiere play at the Contemporary American Theater Festival written by Susan Miller and directed by Ed Herendeen, breaks the mold when it comes to the female ensemble dramedy. (more...)

BWW Critic's Choices: Best of Maine 2015BWW Critic's Choices: Best of Maine 2015
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Nov 30, 2015

The theatrical scene continued to be lively in Maine this year, with the Portland-area theatres presenting a number of stunning world premieres and the musical theatre scene gloriously vibrant. These are my personal choices of the best in Maine, grouped by theatre company and show: Because their repertoires are so vastly different, and because both companies produced outstanding seasons, my vote for highest honors goes to both Maine State Music Theatre and the Good Theater. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 11/6; IF/THEN Tour; DISGRACED in Connecticut, SWEENEY in South Africa and More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 11/6; IF/THEN Tour; DISGRACED in Connecticut, SWEENEY in South Africa and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 6, 2015

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Connecticut, Omaha, South Africa, and more. Check out our top 10 spooky stories around our Broadway World below, which include DISGRADED in Connecticut, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE in Omaha, and SWEENEY TOOD in South Africa, just to name a few. (more...)

BWW Review: Good Theater's World Premiere of Urbinati Play Is Gripping Theatre at Its BestBWW Review: Good Theater's World Premiere of Urbinati Play Is Gripping Theatre at Its Best
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Nov 2, 2015

In mounting the world premiere of Rob Urbinati's new play, Mama's Boy, Good Theater's Artistic Director Brian P. Allen has given Maine a great gift - one of the company's finest productions - some two hours of searing psychological drama, tautly directed and brought to life by a stellar cast. Urbinati's (Death by Design, Hazelwood) two-act play explores the complex, emotionally wrought family dynamics of Lee Harvey Oswald, his mother Marguerite, his wife Marina, and his brother Robert in the time just prior to and just after the Kennedy assassination. Though the play is rooted in history and evokes indelible memories in the communal consciousness, it is less about the tragic events of 1963 and more about the personal relationships of four damaged individuals desperately seeking some connection and meaning. At the epicenter of this dysfunctional family is Marguerite Oswald, thrice married single parent to three estranged sons, a fierce and tender woman who is sees herself as victim and survivor, a woman whose own emotional demands continue to cripple her children. Returning from his defection to Russia, Lee Harvey brings with him his bewildered young wife Marina and their first child, and Urbinati examines Lee Harvey's troubled year before November 22, 1963 as he struggles to support himself and his family, find an ideology, and take hold of his manhood by freeing himself from his mother. The playwright effectively probes Lee Harvey Oswald's increasing instability, as well as his conflicts with Marina and Marguerite. Though the play offers no answers to the many riddles of the JFK assassination, it does challenge the audience to view the characters as human beings and to realize that the dreadful events at Dealey Plaza claimed the Oswald family among its victims, as well as the beloved President, his family, and a grieving nation. (more...)

Good Theater to Host MAMA'S BOY TalkbacksGood Theater to Host MAMA'S BOY Talkbacks
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2015

Good Theater will offer two talk-back sessions with the playwright, Rob Urbinati, of MAMA'S BOY on Friday evening November 6, and Saturday afternoon November 7. These talk-back sessions are open to all patrons.  The Friday night session will begin at 9:40 immediately following the conclusion of the 7:30 performance of MAMA'S BOY.  The Saturday afternoon session will begin at 5:10 following the 3:00 matinee. (more...)

BWW Interview: More Than a Mere Footnote: A Conversation with MAMA'S BOY Playwright Rob Urbinati, Star Betsy Aidem, and Director Brian P. AllenBWW Interview: More Than a Mere Footnote: A Conversation with MAMA'S BOY Playwright Rob Urbinati, Star Betsy Aidem, and Director Brian P. Allen
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Oct 28, 2015

Some images are seared into the communal consciousness forever. The tragic assassination of John F. Kennedy and its tumultuous aftermath are just such indelibly tragic events which haunt memory. Playwright Rob Urbinati, whose new work Mama's Boy will receive its world premiere at Portland's Good Theater on October 29, 2015, was six years old in November 1963 and recalls seeing Lee Harvey Oswald murdered on television. It was an image which would resurface in his writing decades later. Urbinati's new play focuses on Marguerite Oswald, her two sons Lee Harvey and Robert, and Lee's wife Marina in the year prior to the assassination and in the days after, offering an unusual prism on the events through the eyes of Marguerite. The play, however, is not really an historical drama, but rather a domestic drama in which Urbinati, Actress Betsy Aidem, and Good Artistic Director Brian P. Allen have tried to imagine the family context from which the Oswald phenomenon emerged. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MAMA'S BOY at Good TheaterPhoto Flash: First Look at MAMA'S BOY at Good Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2015

Good Theater is proud to present the world premiere of MAMA'S BOY, an exciting new play from Rob Urbinati the author of Death by Design. Broadway veteran, Betsy Aidem, plays Marguerite Oswald with Graham (The Rainmaker) Emmons as Lee Harvey Oswald, Laurel (The Rainmaker) Casillo as Marina Oswald and Erik (4000 Miles) Moody as Robert Oswald in this fascinating look at the mother and the family behind an event that changed the course of history. The show will open October 28 for a run through November 22. (more...)

Good Theater to Stage World Premiere of MAMA'S BOYGood Theater to Stage World Premiere of MAMA'S BOY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

Good Theater is proud to present the world premiere of MAMA'S BOY, an exciting new play from Rob Urbinati the author of Death by Design.  Broadway veteran, Betsy Aidem, plays Marguerite Oswald with Graham (The Rainmaker) Emmons as Lee Harvey Oswald, Laurel (The Rainmaker) Casillo as Marina Oswald and Erik (4000 Miles) Moody as Robert Oswald in this fascinating look at the mother and the family behind an event that changed the course of history.  The show will open October 28 for a run through November 22. (more...)

Good Theater Stages NO BIZ LIKE SHOW BIZ, Beginning TonightGood Theater Stages NO BIZ LIKE SHOW BIZ, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2015

Good Theater, the professional theater company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, kicks off its 14th season tonight, September 23, with the original musical revue, NO BIZ LIKE SHOW BIZ. This show is a tribute to Mary Martin and Ethel Merman starring three singers: Marie Dittmer, Lynne McGhee and Jen Means. (more...)

Jason Biggs, Celia Keenan-Bolger & More Set for Sweet Chaos Theater Project's TIPPING POINTS Staged ReadingJason Biggs, Celia Keenan-Bolger & More Set for Sweet Chaos Theater Project's TIPPING POINTS Staged Reading
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2015

For tickets visit www.sweetchaostheater.org or call the Symphony Space box office at 212-864-5400. Proceeds from the event will fund home libraries for families living in low-income housing communities in Harlem in association with LitWorld. (more...)

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