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BWW Reviews: Shaw Festival's LIGHT UP THE SKY: Aging Script Not So BrightBWW Reviews: Shaw Festival's LIGHT UP THE SKY: Aging Script Not So Bright
by Michael Rabice - Aug 3, 2015

The Shaw Festival is known for dusting off old chestnuts and breathing new life into them. Unfortunately, its new production of Moss Hart's LIGHT UP THE SKY is  a chestnut better left in the attic to continue gathering dust.  Compared to his successful plays, like THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER  (with 739 Broadway performances) and YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (838 performances), LIGHT UP THE SKY is a second string comedy that seems stale and dated. It's initial run on Broadway was only a modest success, running 200 performances, and revivals have not fared much better. (more...)

BWW Preview: 2015 SHAW FESTIVALBWW Preview: 2015 SHAW FESTIVAL
by Michael Rabice - May 22, 2015

The 2015 Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario is shaping up to be a great mix of Shavian classics, an American musical, Canadian premieres and cutting edge modern day drama. Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell will be leaving after the 2016 Season and is working hard to program an uniquely balanced season, while also hoping to fulfill all of her artistic desires before her tenure ends. The company mandate is: ' The Shaw Festival is a theatre company inspired by the work of Bernard Shaw. We produce plays from and about his era and contemporary plays that share Shaw's provocative exploration of society and celebration of humanity.' (more...)

BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE FESTIVAL 2015: HOUSE OF DREAMS Was About More Than The MusicBWW Reviews: ADELAIDE FESTIVAL 2015: HOUSE OF DREAMS Was About More Than The Music
by Barry Lenny - Mar 5, 2015

Their playing is of such a standard, their commitment to memorising every note is so impressive. (more...)

Julie Martell, Patrick McManus, Charlie Gallant, Fiona Reid and More Set for Shaw Festival's 2015 Season; Cast, Creatives Announced!Julie Martell, Patrick McManus, Charlie Gallant, Fiona Reid and More Set for Shaw Festival's 2015 Season; Cast, Creatives Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

The Shaw Festival today announced principal casting and creative team details for its 54th season. (more...)

Trustus Presents LADIES OF LADY STREET CABARET TonightTrustus Presents LADIES OF LADY STREET CABARET Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

Trustus Presents 'Ladies of Lady Street Cabaret' tonight, June 27. (more...)

Trustus Presents LADIES OF LADY STREET CABARET, 6/27Trustus Presents LADIES OF LADY STREET CABARET, 6/27
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2014

Trustus Presents "Ladies of Lady Street Cabaret" Friday, June 27. (more...)

Trustus Theatre to Present THE LADIES OF ALDY STREET LATE NIGHT CABARET, 6/27Trustus Theatre to Present THE LADIES OF ALDY STREET LATE NIGHT CABARET, 6/27
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Late nights are back at TRUSTUS with the cabaret show, 'The Ladies of Lady Street Late Night Cabaret,' featuring the best in female impersonation on the Thigpen Main Stage!! Join a highly entertaining quartet of both local and guest performers today, June 27 at 11pm. The hour-long show features an entertaining mix of female impersonation, celebrity illusions, showgirl costumes, comedy, glamour and live singing. Vista Queen Emeritus Patti O'Furniture leads a cast that features Dorae Saunders (Tina Turner impersonator from 'America's Got Talent',) Chanel Stevens (The Cher of the South) and Blair Williams (Show Director of the world famous Club One Cabaret of Savannah, GA.) (more...)

Trustus Theatre to Present THE LADIES OF ALDY STREET LATE NIGHT CABARET, 6/27Trustus Theatre to Present THE LADIES OF ALDY STREET LATE NIGHT CABARET, 6/27
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2014

Late nights are back at TRUSTUS with the cabaret show, 'The Ladies of Lady Street Late Night Cabaret,' featuring the best in female impersonation on the Thigpen Main Stage!! Join a highly entertaining quartet of both local and guest performers on Friday, June 27 at 11pm. The hour-long show features an entertaining mix of female impersonation, celebrity illusions, showgirl costumes, comedy, glamour and live singing. Vista Queen Emeritus Patti O'Furniture leads a cast that features Dorae Saunders (Tina Turner impersonator from 'America's Got Talent',) Chanel Stevens (The Cher of the South) and Blair Williams (Show Director of the world famous Club One Cabaret of Savannah, GA.) (more...)

Tarragon Theatre Presents FLESH AND OTHER FRAGMENTS OF LOVE, Now thru 2/16Tarragon Theatre Presents FLESH AND OTHER FRAGMENTS OF LOVE, Now thru 2/16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2014

Tarragon Theatre presents the English-language premiere of Flesh and Other Fragments of Love by the Governor General Award-winning playwright Evelyne de la Cheneliere whose Bashir Lazhar Tarragon produced in 2008. Directed by the theatre's Artistic Director Richard Rose, Tarragon continues its tradition of presenting English premieres of Quebec plays with a translation by Linda Gaboriau. Both a little bit ominous and a little bit magical, this imaginative and surprising take on married life, love and identity opens tonight, January 15 and runs to February 16 (with previews from January 7) in Tarragon's Mainspace. (more...)

Tarragon Theatre's FLESH AND OTHER FRAGMENTS OF LOVE Opens TomorrowTarragon Theatre's FLESH AND OTHER FRAGMENTS OF LOVE Opens Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2014

Tarragon Theatre presents the English-language premiere of Flesh and Other Fragments of Love by the Governor General Award-winning playwright Evelyne de la Cheneliere whose Bashir Lazhar Tarragon produced in 2008. Directed by the theatre's Artistic Director Richard Rose, Tarragon continues its tradition of presenting English premieres of Quebec plays with a translation by Linda Gaboriau. Both a little bit ominous and a little bit magical, this imaginative and surprising take on married life, love and identity opens January 15 and runs to February 16 (with previews from January 7) in Tarragon's Mainspace. Tickets range from $21-$53 (inclusive of HST) and are available by calling Patron Services at 416-531-1827 or by visiting www.tarragontheatre.com. (more...)

Tarragon Theatre to Present FLESH AND OTHER FRAGMENTS OF LOVE, 1/15-2/16Tarragon Theatre to Present FLESH AND OTHER FRAGMENTS OF LOVE, 1/15-2/16
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2013

Tarragon Theatre presents the English-language premiere of Flesh and Other Fragments of Love by the Governor General Award-winning playwright Evelyne de la Cheneliere whose Bashir Lazhar Tarragon produced in 2008. Directed by the theatre's Artistic Director Richard Rose, Tarragon continues its tradition of presenting English premieres of Quebec plays with a translation by Linda Gaboriau. Both a little bit ominous and a little bit magical, this imaginative and surprising take on married life, love and identity opens January 15 and runs to February 16 (with previews from January 7) in Tarragon's Mainspace. Tickets range from $21-$53 (inclusive of HST) and are available by calling Patron Services at 416-531-1827 or by visiting www.tarragontheatre.com. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Cast of Toronto's PIGBWW Interviews: Cast of Toronto's PIG
by Jeff Madden - Sep 18, 2013

BWW asks the cast of PIG, "How far would you go for love?" Bruce Dow, Paul Dunn and Blair Williams are the stellar men forced to use their well-chiseled acting muscles to bring this challenging story to life. In advance of their Opening Night this Thursday September 19, BWW's Jeff Madden sat down for a stimulating chat with the three gentlemen and found out not only how difficult it was to 'go there', but also how difficult it was just to say 'yes' to the job. (more...)

Miller Theatre Presents HOUSE OF DREAMS, 3/3Miller Theatre Presents HOUSE OF DREAMS, 3/3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2013

An imaginative multimedia concert, Tafelmusik's House of Dreams takes the audience on a journey through five homes in five European cities where, in the 17th and 18th centuries, exquisite works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Marais were performed in intimate settings against a backdrop of private collections of paintings by Vermeer, Canaletto, and Watteau. With narration, projected images of the paintings and homes, and music dynamically performed from memory, House of Dreams recreates the concert experience at the intersection of Baroque music and art. (more...)

Teens 'n' Theater's REAL MOVIE STARS Debuts at the Rose Theatre 10/6-7Teens 'n' Theater's REAL MOVIE STARS Debuts at the Rose Theatre 10/6-7
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2012

The Teens 'N' Theater (TNT) program has brought together fourteen actors from Omaha area high schools to bring playwright Michael Harrelson's interactive comedy, Real Movie Stars, to life at The Rose Theater. (more...)

Teens 'n' Theater's REAL MOVIE STARS Debuts at the Rose Theatre, 10/6 & 7Teens 'n' Theater's REAL MOVIE STARS Debuts at the Rose Theatre, 10/6 & 7
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2012

The Teens 'N' Theater (TNT) program has brought together fourteen actors from Omaha area high schools to bring playwright Michael Harrelson's interactive comedy, Real Movie Stars, to life at The Rose Theater. (more...)

Shaw Festival Announces 2013 Season: GUYS & DOLLS, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA and MoreShaw Festival Announces 2013 Season: GUYS & DOLLS, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA and More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2012

Today's announcement by Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell of the Shaw Festival's 2013 season introduces new and provocative conversations for its 52nd season. In a playbill rich with culture clashes, magical transformations and dazzling ideas, The Shaw continues its theatrical exploration of the mystery and beauty of contemporary life. (more...)

Teens 'n' Theater's REAL MOVIE STARS Debuts at the Rose Theatre 10/6-7Teens 'n' Theater's REAL MOVIE STARS Debuts at the Rose Theatre 10/6-7
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2012

The Teens 'N' Theater (TNT) program has brought together fourteen actors from Omaha area high schools to bring playwright Michael Harrelson's interactive comedy, Real Movie Stars, to life at The Rose Theater. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2012

Three days of Shaw Festival summer openings start tonight at the Court House Theatre with Bernard Shaw's comedy The Millionairess. (more...)

Shaw Festival Announces Their 2012 SeasonShaw Festival Announces Their 2012 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2011

Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell officially announced the playbill for the Shaw Festival's 51st season today. (more...)

Shaw Festival Announces Their 2012 SeasonShaw Festival Announces Their 2012 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2011

Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell officially announced the playbill for the Shaw Festival's 51st season today. (more...)

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