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BWW Reviews: ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN Comes to Life at FolgerBWW Reviews: ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN Comes to Life at Folger
by Itai Yasur - May 19, 2015

Far before the first lines are spoken director Aaron Posner, known for his unique reinventions of classics, and his creative team have created a new home for Stoppard's absurd spin on Shakespeare, and while doing so have breathed life into a classic nearing its 50th anniversary. (more...)

Fiasco's TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA Extends Through June 20 at TFANAFiasco's TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA Extends Through June 20 at TFANA
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

Jeffrey Horowitz, Theatre for a New Audience Founding Artistic Director, has extended once again Fiasco Theater's The Two Gentlemen of Verona due to box office demand. (more...)

Everyman Theatre to Stage BLITHE SPIRIT, 5/27-6/28Everyman Theatre to Stage BLITHE SPIRIT, 5/27-6/28
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Everyman Theatre will wrap up its 2014/15 Season with the hysterical and witty comedy Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward. The production is directed by Everyman Theatre's Founding Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi and will run from May 27th through June 28th. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Theatre's ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEADPhoto Flash: First Look at Folger Theatre's ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Folger Theatre concludes its highly successful 2014/15 season with Tom Stoppard's fabulously inventive, existentialist tragicomedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Directed by four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner (Stoppard's Arcadia, The Taming of the Shrew at Folger), this modern classic will play at Folger Theatre now through June 21, 2015. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Aaron Posner's DISTRICT MERCHANTS, Holly Twyford & Erin Weaver in 'MIDSUMMER' and More Set for Folger Theatre's 2015-16 SeasonAaron Posner's DISTRICT MERCHANTS, Holly Twyford & Erin Weaver in 'MIDSUMMER' and More Set for Folger Theatre's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Folger Theatre Artistic Producer Janet Alexander Griffin today announced the 2015/16 season. As the Folger embarks on a historic 2016 season commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with insightful exhibitions, lectures, and concerts, Folger Theatre will stage a full season of works by and newly adapted from the world's most esteemed playwright. (more...)

OSF to Take Productions on the RoadOSF to Take Productions on the Road
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) has annonced that that audiences across the country will be able to enjoy OSF productions in their own theatres. (more...)

Theatre for a New Audience Extends THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONATheatre for a New Audience Extends THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

Due to box office demand, Theatre for a New Audience is extending its fourth production of the 2014-2015 season, Fiasco Theater's The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare, directed by Jessie Austrian and Ben Steinfeld, for two additional weeks through Sunday, June 7, at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place. The Two Gentlemen of Verona opened on April 30. (more...)

N.C. Symphony to Perform A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, 5/7-9N.C. Symphony to Perform A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, 5/7-9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2015

North Carolina Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn will lead the orchestra, members of UNC-Chapel Hill's Carolina Choir, and an outstanding cast of actors, directed by University of North Carolina School of the Arts Dean of Drama Carl Forsman, in a theatrical / symphonic presentation of William Shakespeare's most popular comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream. The performances will take place Thursday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m., in Memorial Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and again on Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, at 8 p.m., in Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh. (more...)

Sideshow Theatre Company's STUPID F**KING BIRD to Return to Victory Gardens This SummerSideshow Theatre Company's STUPID F**KING BIRD to Return to Victory Gardens This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Carlisle Hart, LLC presents Sideshow Theatre Company, Chicago's preeminent theater company for presenting familiar stories in unorthodox ways, in a commercial remount of their wildly successful, sold-out smash hit production of STUPID FUCKING BIRD. Aaron Posner's comic spin on Chekhov's The Seagull is directed by artistic director Jonathan L. Green, from July 23 through August 30, 2015 at Victory Gardens Za?ek McVay Theater, 2433. N Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Wrenn Schmidt, Zach Appelman, Marsha Mason, Conrad John Schuck and More to Star in ARMS AND THE MAN at The Old Globe; Cast & Creative Team Announced!Wrenn Schmidt, Zach Appelman, Marsha Mason, Conrad John Schuck and More to Star in ARMS AND THE MAN at The Old Globe; Cast & Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man, joining celebrated director Jessica Stone, who recently made her Globe debut with Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Shaw's romantic comedy, which continues the Globe's 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration, will run May 9 - June 14, 2015 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run May 9 through 13. Opening night is Thursday, May 14 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Close Season with ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, Begin. 5/8Berkeley Rep to Close Season with ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, Begin. 5/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

Berkeley Repertory Theatre will conclude its 48th season with Richard Bean's internationally acclaimed One Man, Two Guvnors, a sassy update of Carlo Goldoni's classic knee-slapper, The Servant of Two Masters. Set in 1963 Brighton, England, One Man, Two Guvnors is a brilliantly delicious mash-up of splendid comedy, British pantomime, and music-hall revues. The uproarious plot features a disarming and doltish Francis Henshall who finds himself trapped by farce into working for two bosses - who are connected in wildly improbable ways. He just has to keep them from discovering each other. Inspired insanity, high-low antics, and nimble wordplay ensue - all backed by live musicians paying homage to rockabilly and a certain Fab Four. Directed by David Ivers - artistic director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival - and with songs by Grant Olding, One Man, Two Guvnors is a riotous blast complete with a colorful cast of characters in a topsy-turvy world of love triangles and mistaken identities. It previews on Friday May 8, 2015, opens on Friday, May 15, 2015, and plays through Sunday June 21, 2015. Press night for One Man, Two Guvnors will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015. Individual tickets start at $29 and can be purchased by phone at (510) 647-2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org. (more...)

Actor Returning to RCP Stage 60 Years After First PerformanceActor Returning to RCP Stage 60 Years After First Performance
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

February, 1955: 'Is there a doctor in the house?' This, the oldest theatrical cliche, was uttered by Harriet 'Hattie' Warren, after the curtain was rung down during the first act of the opening performance of 'The Flying Geraldos', our 1955 Rotary show (an annual benefit for Rotary's Sunshine Camp). The line got a big laugh, but for once it was said in earnest. Seems one of the trapeze performers in this play about the circus flopped on his face, knocking his unconscious, hence Hattie's request for medical assistance. The story stuck with Mrs. Warren for the rest of her 20 years as RCP Artistic Director. (more...)

Folger Theatre & Capitol Riverfront BID to Celebrate Shakespeare Birthday with Film ScreeningsFolger Theatre & Capitol Riverfront BID to Celebrate Shakespeare Birthday with Film Screenings
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

Folger Theatre and the Capitol Riverfront BID celebrate Shakespeare's birthday this April with three free screenings of some of the most beloved film adaptations of the Bard. From April 24 through April 26, free screenings of Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing, Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, and Franco Zeffirelli's The Taming of the Shrew will begin at sundown, between 7:30 and 8pm each night. Actors from Folger Theatre's production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (on stage May 12 through June 21) will be present to introduce the screenings and area vendors will be on hand to provide refreshments. Bard in the Yards represents an exciting collaboration between Folger Theatre and the Capitol Riverfront BID in a burgeoning area just south of Capitol Hill. (more...)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to Present TCHAIKOVSKY: MAD BUT FOR MUSIC, 4/10Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to Present TCHAIKOVSKY: MAD BUT FOR MUSIC, 4/10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

Baltimore, Md. (April 6, 2015) Music Director Marin Alsop leads her final Off the Cuff concert of the 2014-2015 season in collaboration with playwright in residence and director Didi Balle for a symphonic play exploring the life of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as he wrote his Fifth Symphony. The semi-staged production, taking place on Friday, April 10, at 8:15 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore and Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, will take audiences into the mind of Tchaikovsky as he expresses his thoughts and feelings on fate, death, sexuality, money, madness and love. (more...)

SIDE SHOW, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Top 2015 Helen Hayes Awards - All the Winners!SIDE SHOW, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Top 2015 Helen Hayes Awards - All the Winners!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

Tonight before a crowd of 1,200 theatre-makers and theatre-lovers at the historic Lincoln Theatre, theatreWashington celebrated excellence on Washington stages at the 2015 Helen Hayes Awards. The awards celebration was a night of excitement and surprise as 57 Washington theatre artists, theatres, and ensembles received honors in 47 categories for their outstanding accomplishments during the 2014 theatre season. Scroll down for the full list of winners! (more...)

The 2015 Helen Hayes Awards Held Tonight in D.C.The 2015 Helen Hayes Awards Held Tonight in D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

One of the country's most prestigious cultural honors, The Helen Hayes Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in professional theatre throughout the Washington metropolitan area. theatreWashington will host The 2015 Helen Hayes Awards ceremony tonight, April 6, 2015 at the historic Lincoln Theatre. (more...)

Folger Theatre's 2014-15 Season to Close with ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEADFolger Theatre's 2014-15 Season to Close with ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

Folger Theatre concludes its highly successful 2014/15 season with Tom Stoppard's fabulously inventive, existentialist tragicomedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Directed by four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner (Stoppard's Arcadia, The Taming of the Shrew at Folger), this modern classic will play at Folger Theatre May 12 to June 21, 2015. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.folger.edu/theatre or by calling the Folger Box Office at (202) 544-7077. (more...)

Gulfshore Playhouse to Close 2014-2015 Season with THE LIAR by David IvesGulfshore Playhouse to Close 2014-2015 Season with THE LIAR by David Ives
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2015

?Gulfshore Playhouse will close their 2014-2015 season with The Liar by David Ives, based on the comedy by Pierre Corneille, playing April 4th through 26th, with $30 preview performances on April 2nd and 3rd. (more...)

SCENES FROM AN ADULTERY to Play New Rep Theatre, 4/25-5/17SCENES FROM AN ADULTERY to Play New Rep Theatre, 4/25-5/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

New Repertory Theatre announces SCENES FROM AN ADULTERY by Ronan Noone, April 25-May 17, 2015 in the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. (more...)

Fiasco Theatre's THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA Begins Next Month at Theatre for a New AudienceFiasco Theatre's THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA Begins Next Month at Theatre for a New Audience
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

Theatre for a New Audience, Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director, will present as its fourth production of the season the New York premiere of Fiasco Theater's The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare, directed by Jessie Austrian and Ben Steinfeld, beginning previews at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place, on Friday, April 24, at 7:30pm for an opening on Thursday, April 30, at 7:00pm. The Two Gentlemen of Verona runs through May 24. (more...)

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