Buster Keaton News

History of Physical Comedy
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Jul 16, 2014

Jim Dale got his big break at an audition after getting a big laugh from a big fall. From that moment on, he would use his physicality for laughs, making him part of a long line of artists unafraid of falling down on the job. (more...)

The Pasadena Playhouse Celebrates 'Pasadena Day' with STONEFACE, 6/26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director), celebrates "Pasadena Day" with a performance of Vanessa Claire Stewart's STONEFACE, the fifth production of the 2013-2014 season. (more...)

BWW Reviews: STONEFACE Gets a New Life at Pasadena Playhouse
by Ellen Dostal - Jun 16, 2014

Vanessa Claire Stewart's Stoneface, the Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton, first produced at Sacred Fools Theatre Company in 2012, finds fresh life in a newly remounted production simply titled STONEFACE at Pasadena Playhouse. With a bigger budget, more space in which to play, and clearly enhanced with an eye to continuing its life beyond Los Angeles, it should be set for a rousing success. (more...)

Grand Performances 2014 Summer Concert Series Kicks Off Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Grand Performances announces its 28th annual season with a line-up full of fan favorites, new musical obsessions, and events at the gorgeous California Plaza under the spectacular Downtown Los Angeles skyline. Starting Friday, June 13, 2014 and running through Saturday, September 13, 2014, the Grand Performances 2014 Summer Concert Series brings artists and audiences together for an array of music, dance, film, and spoken word featuring performers from around the globe and the streets of Los Angeles. Every show is free; no advanced reservations are required. Grand Performances at California Plaza is located at 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071 (213-687-2159). For a complete overview of Grand Performances' upcoming season, hailed as the "best free outdoor summer concert series" by Los Angeles Magazine, please see the schedule here http://www.grandperformances.org/calendar/2014-season-overview. (more...)

KPFK's Arts in Review Spotlights French Stewart and Daisy Eagan Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review - celebrating the best in live theater and cabaret in Greater Los Angeles - airs Friday (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM). Today, June 13, Arts in Review spotlights French Stewart and Daisy Eagan, currently starring in Vanessa Claire Stewart's Buster Keaton bio play, Stoneface. Arts in Review streams live worldwide over kpfk.org. (more...)

CUNY TV Presents June Edition of ARTS IN THE CITY, Begins 6/13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

The June edition of ARTS IN THE CITY, hosted by Tinabeth Pia from the beautiful Alice Austen House museum on Staten Island, debuts Friday, June 13 (2014) on CUNY TV* at 10am, 3pm and 8:30pm; is repeated Sunday 6/15 at noon; and returns Friday 6/27 at 10am, 3pm and 8:30pm and on Sunday 6/29 at noon on CUNY TV. On and after June 13, the program may be viewed anytime on www.cuny.tv. (more...)

Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks in Los Angeles and San Diego
by Ellen Dostal - Jun 04, 2014

Here are Summer Stages Picks from Broadwayworld's Ellen Dostal for what to see in Los Angeles and San Diego. (more...)

Summer Stages: My Choices for California Summer Theatre
by Don Grigware - Jun 03, 2014

Ghost, Pantages Theatre/June 27 -July13/www.hollywoodpantages.com/ The musical stage adaptation of the 1990 runaway hit film of the same title that starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Oscar-winning Whoopi Goldberg. Despite its mixed reviews, the show, which originated on the West End, received 3 Tony nominations for its Broadway engagement. With book/lyrics by Bruce Joel and music/lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, Ghost's musical score includes the ever-popular 'Unchained Melody' and is bound to be an audience grabber. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Actor French Stewart Discusses His Role as Buster Keaton in STONEFACE
by Don Grigware - May 28, 2014

Actor French Stewart will repeat his role as Buster Keaton in Stoneface, written by his wife Vanessa Claire Stewart, at the Pasadena Playhouse beginning June 3. The play will costar Daisy Eagan. Stewart, best known to TV audiences for 3rd Rock from the Sun, the middle and other sitcoms is a wonderful dramatic actor, and as Buster Keaton in Stoneface, which sold out houses for months at Sacred Fools Theatre in 2012, he just shines. (more...)

Penguin Classics Releases ALPINE GIGGLE WEEK and THE LAST DAYS OF DOROTHY PARKER Today
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

On May 27, 2014, Penguin Classics will release two previously unpublished works by renowned literary wit Dorothy Parker and her biographer Marion Meade. ALPINE GIGGLE WEEK: How Dorothy Parker Set Out to Write the Great American Novel and Ended Up in a TB Colony Atop an Alpine Peak is a hilarious and practically unknown letter by Dorothy Parker written to her publishers in 1930 (A Penguin Classics Special; On Sale: May 27, 2014; ISBN: 9780698153776; $1.99). THE LAST DAYS OF DOROTHY PARKER: The Extraordinary Lives of Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman and How Death Can Be Hell on Friendshipby biographer Marion Meade draws from new research to recount Dorothy Parker's last days before her death and the bizarre and unceremonious treatment of her remains following it (A Penguin Classics Special; On Sale: May 27, 2014; ISBN: 9781101627211; $2.99). (more...)

ENTERSHAMEMENT Runs at Pasadena Playhouse, Now thru 5/30
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse has updated the performance schedule for two unusual one-person shows - Amy G in Entershamement and Joe Orrach in In My Corner - to reopen the newly re-designed Carrie Hamilton Theatre. Entershamement has a limited run of five performances, while In My Corner runs for one night only. With these shows, that perform today, May 22 to May 31, The Playhouse is relighting the refurbished Carrie Hamilton Theatre, which has been changed from a proscenium theatre to a black box, and can be configured to accommodate many different kinds of productions. (more...)

Parallel Exit to Present MOVE IT!, 6/8
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Parallel Exit, New York City's award-winning physical theatre company, presents MOVE IT! - a free opportunity for family audiences to see some of New York's most exciting physical and visual theatre artists. Featuring physical comedy and variety acts from Danny Gardner, Joel Jeske, Watson Kawecki, Harold Moeller, Marcus Monroe, and Ryan VanDenBoom, MOVE IT! will be presented at The Drilling Company Theatre for New Plays on Sunday June 8 at 1:00pm. Tickets are free and may be reserved by emailing mark@parallelexit.net. (more...)

ENTERSHAMEMENT to Run at Pasadena Playhouse, 5/22-30; IN MY CORNER Set for 5/31
by BWW News Desk - May 09, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse has updated the performance schedule for two unusual one-person shows - Amy G in Entershamement and Joe Orrach in In My Corner - to reopen the newly re-designed Carrie Hamilton Theatre. Entershamement has a limited run of five performances, while In My Corner runs for one night only. With these shows, that perform May 22 to May 31, The Playhouse is relighting the refurbished Carrie Hamilton Theatre, which has been changed from a proscenium theatre to a black box, and can be configured to accommodate many different kinds of productions. (more...)

Penguin Classics to Release ALPINE GIGGLE WEEK and THE LAST DAYS OF DOROTHY PARKER, 5/27
by BWW News Desk - May 07, 2014

On May 27, 2014, Penguin Classics will release two previously unpublished works by renowned literary wit Dorothy Parker and her biographer Marion Meade. ALPINE GIGGLE WEEK: How Dorothy Parker Set Out to Write the Great American Novel and Ended Up in a TB Colony Atop an Alpine Peak is a hilarious and practically unknown letter by Dorothy Parker written to her publishers in 1930 (A Penguin Classics Special; On Sale: May 27, 2014; ISBN: 9780698153776; $1.99). THE LAST DAYS OF DOROTHY PARKER: The Extraordinary Lives of Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman and How Death Can Be Hell on Friendshipby biographer Marion Meade draws from new research to recount Dorothy Parker's last days before her death and the bizarre and unceremonious treatment of her remains following it (A Penguin Classics Special; On Sale: May 27, 2014; ISBN: 9781101627211; $2.99). (more...)

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG to Transfer to West End's Duchess Theatre; Performances Begin 5 Sept.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Following a sold-out UK tour, The Play That Goes Wrong will open at The Duchess Theatre on 14 September 2014, with previews from 5 September. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE MAGIC CHICKEN Survives a Night in a Chaotic Kitchen
by Barry Lenny - Apr 23, 2014

Your kids will love you dearly if you take them to this hilarious and exceptionally imaginative production, and the good thing is that you'll thoroughly enjoy it too. (more...)

'THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR', THE CAT AND THE HAT and More Make Up The Rose Theater's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

The Rose Theater's upcoming season invites audiences to gallop off to the Old West, fly away to a distant planet in another dimension and float away holding a magical umbrella. The nine main stage shows promise to transport audiences to new worlds and open their minds to a multitude of experiences. (more...)

SHAKE 38 Kicks Off 4/23 in Celebration of Shakespeare's 450th Birthday
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

'All the world's a stage' penned William Shakespeare, and St. Louisans will hold him to it by reading, painting, dancing and singing their way through the Bard's 38-play canon during the fifth annual SHAKE 38 April 23-27. Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra will kick-off the event by performing a 'musical response' to Love's Labour's Lost at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, the Bard's 450th birthday, at the Festival headquarters (5715 Elizabeth Ave.). (more...)

Daisy Eagan, Jake Broder, French Stewart, Rena Strober & More to Star in Pasadena Playhouse's STONEFACE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse, announced today the full cast of Vanessa Claire Stewart's STONEFACE, the fifth production of the 2013-2014 season. STONEFACE is performed June 3 to 29, 2014; the press opening is Sunday, June 8. (more...)

CETM to Present MERTON OF THE MOVIES: THE MUSICAL Concert, 3/7 - 3/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 02, 2014

A MUSICAL MERTON IN MONTREAL CETM Inc. will bring the English-language concert version of MERTON OF THE MOVIES: THE MUSICAL to Montreal on March 7, 8 and 9. MERTON OF THE MOVIES is an uproarious new musical by Donald Brenner (Book) and Doug Katsaros (Music and Lyrics) set in the rollicking age of the Keystone Cops, Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. MERTON OF THE MOVIES grabs your heart and tickles your funny bone while tripping through Hollywood in the madcap era of silent movies. (more...)

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