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Guthrie's Joe Dowling to Chat With NY Post Columnist Michael Riedel Next MonthGuthrie's Joe Dowling to Chat With NY Post Columnist Michael Riedel Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

The Guthrie Theater today announced that its outgoing Director Joe Dowling, the longest tenured artistic director in Guthrie history, will appear for an In Conversation moderated by New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. (more...)

Washington National Opera Releases Schedule for 2015-16 SeasonWashington National Opera Releases Schedule for 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

(WASHINGTON)—Washington National Opera (WNO), led by Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, today announced its 60th anniversary season, one that highlights classic, contemporary, and American works. The 2015-2016 season includes a new-to-Washington staging of Bizet's Carmen, the world premiere of a newly revised version of Appomattox by composer Philip Glass and librettist Christopher Hampton, a revival of WNO's charming holiday production of Hansel and Gretel, the company premiere of Kurt Weill's Lost in the Stars in a gripping production from Cape Town Opera, and WNO's first complete staging of Wagner's extraordinary four-part Ring Cycle, with a world-class cast under the direction of Francesca Zambello and featuring the WNO Orchestra conducted by WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin. Highlights from the 2015-2016 season will be performed by the WNO Orchestra and special guests at a free preview concert on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6 p.m. as part of the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Off the Wall Shines GOD OF CARNAGE in Combative and Comedic LightBWW Reviews: Off the Wall Shines GOD OF CARNAGE in Combative and Comedic Light
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Feb 23, 2015

Milwaukee's Off the Wall Theatre stages a pared down production of a 2009 Tony Award winning play--God of Carnage. Yasmina Reza originally wrote the script in French, which Christopher Hampton then translated for British and American audiences, a popular production until this day. The four person cast streamlines the performance to two sets of parents attempting to reconcile their sons after a physical playground incident knocks 'two incisors' from one of the boy's mouth. (more...)

AstonRep to Present LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES This SummerAstonRep to Present LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2015

AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to continue its 2014-15 season with Christopher Hampton's drama LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, based on the classic French novel by Choderlos de Laclos, directed by Charlie Marie McGrath, playing May 21 - June 21, 2015 at The Raven Theatre (West Stage), 6157 N. Clark St. in Chicago. (more...)

Tina Packer in MOTHER OF THE MAID Premiere, Three Plays by the Bard & More Set for Shakespeare & Company's 2015 Summer SeasonTina Packer in MOTHER OF THE MAID Premiere, Three Plays by the Bard & More Set for Shakespeare & Company's 2015 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2015

Shakespeare & Company has announced its lineup for the 2015 summer season, which includes three Shakespeare plays, Henry V, The Comedy of Errors and Hamlet, plus the Regional Premiere of Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti, and the World Premiere of Jane Anderson's Mother of the Maid, starring Tina Packer. In addition, the summer season includes The Unexpected Man by Yasmina Reza, and opens with the provocative new play by Sarah Treem, The How and the Why. (more...)

Idle Muse Theatre to Open Chicago Premiere of THE TALKING CURE This WeekIdle Muse Theatre to Open Chicago Premiere of THE TALKING CURE This Week
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

Idle Muse Theatre Company will continue its ninth season with the Chicago premiere of The Talking Cure, by Christopher Hampton and directed by Idle Muse Artistic Director Evan Jackson. (more...)

THE SEAGULL To Run 3/12-28 at Playhouse on the SquareTHE SEAGULL To Run 3/12-28 at Playhouse on the Square
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

Famous, but aging, actress Irina Arkadina is obsessed with a callous younger lover, dismissive of her son the frustrated playwright, and suspicious of an admiring ingenue. Christopher Hampton's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's 1895 play lays bare its comedy and its cruelty in a household overflowing with creativity, fantasies of fame, jealousy, and unrequited love. (more...)

Reston Community Players Opens SUNSET BOULEVARD, 2/27Reston Community Players Opens SUNSET BOULEVARD, 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Norma Desmond is waiting for her close-up in Reston Community Players' sumptuous rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, opening Feb. 27, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stray Dog Theatre's Hilarious GOD OF CARNAGEBWW Reviews: Stray Dog Theatre's Hilarious GOD OF CARNAGE
by Chris Gibson - Feb 11, 2015

I first saw playwright Yasmina Reza's play, GOD OF CARNAGE, at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis before catching Roman Polanski's film adaptation (screenplay by Reza), which was simply called Carnage. It's an undeniably strong story that tells us a lot about how people behave, especially the feelings that we keep buried beneath the surface. Simply put, it's a comedy of manners that utilizes an unfortunate occurrence to bring together two sets of parents for a civilized discussion about the matter. But, once the alcohol begins to flow emotions and points of view start to skew in interesting directions that lift the veneer of civility. Stray Dog Theatre has put together an entertaining production of this fine work (translation by Christopher Hampton) that never fails to engage. A thoroughly game cast and sharp direction combine to produce superb theatre. (more...)

Stray Dog Theatre to Present GOD OF CARNAGE, 2/5-21Stray Dog Theatre to Present GOD OF CARNAGE, 2/5-21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

A comedy of manners … without the manners. Two married couples meet to sort out a playground fight between their sons. At first, niceties are observed but as the evening progresses and the rum flows, the gloves come off and the night becomes a side-splitting free-for-all. (more...)

Idle Muse Theatre Company to Continue Season with THE TALKING CUREIdle Muse Theatre Company to Continue Season with THE TALKING CURE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Idle Muse Theatre Company will continue its ninth season with the Chicago premiere of The Talking Cure, by Christopher Hampton and directed by Idle Muse Artistic Director Evan Jackson. The play explores the life of Sabina Spielrein. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Don't Miss Riverside's Crowd-pleasing MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBERBWW Reviews: Don't Miss Riverside's Crowd-pleasing MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
by Jeffrey Walker - Jan 20, 2015

THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER might be a show Riverside Center has to bring back again real soon. But your job is to get tickets to it now. Patrick A'Hearn has assembled a winning cast to showcase more than 30 songs from the great and near great Webber musicals. Fans of CATS, EVITA, and even STARLIGHT EXPRESS can revel in songs from these and a dozen other titles. (more...)

BWW Reviews: GOD OF CARNAGE Presents a Modern Comedy of Manners… Without the Manners!BWW Reviews: GOD OF CARNAGE Presents a Modern Comedy of Manners… Without the Manners!
by Shari Barrett - Jan 19, 2015

A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of parents for a meeting to resolve the matter in GOD OF CARNAGE, now onstage at Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre through February 8, 2015. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, with the parents becoming increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos. (more...)

North American Premiere of Wildhorn & Murphy's THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO Musical Set for Pioneer Theatre's 2015-16 SeasonNorth American Premiere of Wildhorn & Murphy's THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO Musical Set for Pioneer Theatre's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

Pioneer Theatre Company will produce the professional North American Premiere of a new musical, The Count of Monte Cristo, by Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy in its 2015-2016 season. (more...)

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES to Open 1/30 at Palm Beach DramaworksLES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES to Open 1/30 at Palm Beach Dramaworks
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2015

?Two of the most gleefully malevolent characters ever created bring their decadent ways to Palm Beach Dramaworks in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, opening on January 30 at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre. Written by Christopher Hampton from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, thiscompelling, wickedly clever tale of seduction, gamesmanship, debauchery, and degradation runs through March 1, with specially priced previews on January 28 and 29. (more...)

AUDIO: New Clips Released from REBECCA; Coming to Broadway in Fall 2015?AUDIO: New Clips Released from REBECCA; Coming to Broadway in Fall 2015?
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2014

As BroadwayWorld last reported in October, Rebecca producer Ben Sprecher is still working to bring the much-delayed musical to Broadway in Fall 2015. Fans need wait no longer for a taste of what the show will sound like though! Audio selections of 'Last Night,' 'She's Invincible,' 'I'll Never Forget Her Smile,' 'Free Now,' and 'Rebecca' have just been posted on the show's official website. CLICK HERE to check out clips featuring Lisa O'Hare, Pia Douwes, Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 12/21/2014Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 12/21/2014
by BWW - Dec 21, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/21/2014 for Dallas (more...)

Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath Autumn Announces Casting for 2014 SeasonUstinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath Autumn Announces Casting for 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath Autumn has announced casting for there 2014 season, including the three black comedies, including 'Play Strindberg,' 'The Father,' and 'Exit The King.' (more...)

Idle Muse Theatre Company to Present THE TALKING CUREIdle Muse Theatre Company to Present THE TALKING CURE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

Idle Muse Theatre Company will continue its ninth season with the Chicago premiere of The Talking Cure, by Christopher Hampton and directed by Idle Muse Artistic Director Evan Jackson. The play explores the life of Sabina Spielrein. A brilliant young 'hysteric,' Spielrein was Carl Jung's first patient, and eventual colleague, as he sought to refine the 'talking cure' method of treatment proposed by his adopted mentor, Sigmund Freud. Traditional notions are shattered when Sabina begins to blaze her own trail and a forbidden journey into repressed passions unfolds as patient and doctor cross the ultimate boundary, becoming lovers. Under the creeping shadow of two World Wars, all three are drawn into a complex web of rivalries and dark desires that will eventually give birth to modern psychoanalysis - as well as its first great schism. Produced by special arrangement with Creative Artists Agency (www.caa.com) (more...)

Vorschau auf den Openair-Muscialsommer 2015Vorschau auf den Openair-Muscialsommer 2015
by Iris Moebius - Dec 15, 2014

Der Winter hat gerade erst begonnen, aber die Freilichtbuhnen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz blicken schon auf den nachsten Sommer. Viele der Openair-Theater in der Region fuhren auch 2015 wieder Musicals auf und haben bereits die Spielplane fur den kommenden Sommer veroffentlicht. Auf dem Programm stehen Klassiker wie Cabaret und Singin' in the Rain, aber auch Deutschlandpremieren wie Zorro und selten gespielte Musicals wie Der Geheime Garten und Das Lacheln einer Sommernacht. Vielerorts auch hat bereits der Vorverkauf begonnen. Damit ihr euch die besten Platze sichern und Ausfluge planen konnt, gibt es hier eine Übersicht uber einen Großteil der Freilicht-Musicals im Sommer 2015. (more...)

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