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Photo Flash: First Look at David Greenspan in COMPOSITION...MASTER-PIECES...IDENTITY at Target Margin TheaterPhoto Flash: First Look at David Greenspan in COMPOSITION...MASTER-PIECES...IDENTITY at Target Margin Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

Target Margin Theater, dedicating its 24th season to the exploration of works created by the great American novelist, poet and playwright, Gertrude Stein, concludes the 2015 Season with the world premiere of of Composition…Master-Pieces…Identity, a new solo work conceived and performed by Obie Award-winner and TMT Associated Artist David Greenspan. Scroll down for a first look at him onstage! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 27th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 27th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - May 28, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Once' and 'On Your Feet!' arrive, Kooman and Dimond try one out, 'Loving Repeating' returns, 'The Fantasticks' grows its orchestra, local 'Spider Woman' and 'Idiot' productions, two new works about the deaths of pop musicians, and the real-life death of PJ Paparelli. (more...)

Jason Graae to Perform at Encompass New Opera Theatre's 2015 Gala, 6/29Jason Graae to Perform at Encompass New Opera Theatre's 2015 Gala, 6/29
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

Nancy Rhodes, artistic director of Encompass New Opera Theatre, announced today that cabaret and Broadway star Jason Graae will be the featured performer at the Encompass Jazz Cabaret Gala in Manhattan on June 29th, 2015.  (more...)

Full Cast Set for Kokandy Productions' LOVING REPEATING, 7/18-8/30 at Theater WitFull Cast Set for Kokandy Productions' LOVING REPEATING, 7/18-8/30 at Theater Wit
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

Kokandy Productions is pleased to announce casting for LOVING REPEATING, a musical tribute to the life and loves of celebrated American author Gertrude Stein. Using Stein's own works as lyrics, LOVING REPEATING is adapted by Frank Galati (The Grapes of Wrath, The Accidental Tourist), with music by Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island, Seussical) direction by Co-Artistic Director Allison Hendrix, music direction by Resident Music Director Kory Danielson and choreography by Andrea Louise Soule. LOVING REPEATING will play July 18 - August 30, 2015 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.kokandyproductions.com, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office. The press opening is Monday, July 20 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH Set for Bridge Street Theatre, 6/11-21THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH Set for Bridge Street Theatre, 6/11-21
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

Kaliyuga Arts presents a contemporary re-telling of the first great work of world literature, the ancient Babylonian poem THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH at Bridge Street Theatre, June 11-21, 2015.  The production, directed and designed by John Sowle, features actor Steven Patterson in a virtuoso solo performance. (more...)

Photo Flash: A Three-Show Day with Kim Rogers at the Beautiful Soup Plays FestivalPhoto Flash: A Three-Show Day with Kim Rogers at the Beautiful Soup Plays Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

Following critically acclaimed workshop presentations, Steven Carl McCasland's plays return to NYC in a month-long festival celebrating the young playwright. Together with The Clarion Theatre, they are presenting five plays (which started May 6th, 2015) with a company of actors performing in repertory. Actress Kim Rogers, who tackles roles in 3 of the 5 plays, kept a photo journal of her first three-show day. Scroll down to check it out! (more...)

THIS IS MARY BROWN to Debut at La MaMa in JuneTHIS IS MARY BROWN to Debut at La MaMa in June
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

La MaMa will present the world-premiere of THIS IS MARY BROWN - a solo play written and performed by Winsome Brown - with preview performances starting June 11 prior to an official press opening June 14 at La MaMa's First Floor Theatre (74 E. 4 St.) in Manhattan. Brad Rouse directs the production, which runs through June 28. Following its debut at La MaMa, THIS IS MARY BROWN will travel to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steven Carl McCasland's LITTLE WARS Off-BroadwayPhoto Flash: First Look at Steven Carl McCasland's LITTLE WARS Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

LITTLE WARS, a new play exploring the twenty year relationship between one of history's most famous same-sex couples, is being presented this month at New York City's Clarion Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE is On the MenuBWW Reviews: 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE is On the Menu
by Natalie de la Garza - May 4, 2015

If you love absurd little satires, whimsical period pieces, and female-centric art (or you just have a healthy, if unusual, appreciation for the egg), then 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE is for you. (more...)

BWW Interviews: 'Girl Singer' Stephanie Blythe, the Met's Bearded Lady and the Songbird of the SouthBWW Interviews: 'Girl Singer' Stephanie Blythe, the Met's Bearded Lady and the Songbird of the South
by Richard Sasanow - May 4, 2015

Stephanie Blythe--who's at the Met these days singing Baba the Turk in Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS--“abhors labels.” That's why, despite a cavernous voice that has become even deeper with age and could easily be termed mezzo or contralto, she tells me to call her “a girl singer.” (more...)

Chantal Joffe's Portraits of Influential 20th Century Women to Fill Jewish Museum LobbyChantal Joffe's Portraits of Influential 20th Century Women to Fill Jewish Museum Lobby
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

Beginning May 1, two walls of the Jewish Museum's lobby will be filled with 34 new portraits by the London-based painter Chantal Joffe. This body of work explores Jewish women of the twentieth century, focusing on those who made major contributions to art, literature, philosophy, and politics - including Diane Arbus, Nancy Spero, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Susan Sontag, and Hannah Arendt. (more...)

Target Margin Theater Concludes 2015 Season with New David Greenspan Play & MoreTarget Margin Theater Concludes 2015 Season with New David Greenspan Play & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

Target Margin Theater, dedicating its 24th season to the exploration of works created by the great American novelist, poet and playwright, Gertrude Stein, concludes the 2015 Season with the world premiere of Composition…Master-Pieces…Identity, a new solo performance piece from Obie Award-winner David Greenspan, and The TMT Stein Spring Lab: When This You See Remember Me, that will run in tandem at The Connelly Theater (220 East 4th Street, Manhattan). (more...)

Photo Flash: Beautiful Soup's 28 MARCHANT AVENUE Star Visits The Kennedy LibraryPhoto Flash: Beautiful Soup's 28 MARCHANT AVENUE Star Visits The Kennedy Library
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

Kristen Gehling, who plays Rosemary Kennedy in Steven Carl McCasland's 28 Marchant Avenue, recently visited The Kennedy Library in Massachusetts to research her character and the Kennedy Family. In the play, audiences will spend five summers with the Kennedys as they grapple with the decision to lobotomize and institutionalize Rosemary. This family secret remained hidden for years. Scroll down for photos from Gehling's trip! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Ruth S. McCleskey Talks Boiling Point Players' Production of 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHEBWW Interviews: Ruth S. McCleskey Talks Boiling Point Players' Production of 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE
by Katricia Lang - Apr 23, 2015

It's 1956, at the height of the Red Scare, and the great US of A is as hysterical as a lady on her monthly. Meanwhile, the presiding officers of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are calmly having their annual quiche breakfast. But they become girls interrupted when communists strike and drop a bomb. How will the sisters survive? (more...)

PEN World Voices Festival Panel to Explore Legacy of H.G. Adler at Jewish Museum, 5/7PEN World Voices Festival Panel to Explore Legacy of H.G. Adler at Jewish Museum, 5/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Compared by critics to Kafka and Joyce, H. G. Adler is quickly gaining recognition as a key figure in 20th-century fiction. Adler is author of The Wall, a fictional account of his life as a survivor of the Holocaust; and Theresienstadt 1941-1945: The Face of a Coerced Community, the first scholarly monograph to describe the particulars of a single concentration camp, to be published in a new translation in October 2015. The Jewish Museum will present H.G. Adler: A Survivor's Dual Reverie, an author talk featuring Daniel Mendelsohn, Peter Filkins, Ruth Franklin, and H.G. Adler's son Jeremy Adler, on Thursday, May 7 at 7pm. Edwin Frank will serve as moderator for the discussion. This program is co-presented with the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, May 4-10, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for FIVE PLAYS BY STEVEN CARL MCCASLAND at The Clarion TheatrePhoto Flash: In Rehearsal for FIVE PLAYS BY STEVEN CARL MCCASLAND at The Clarion Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Five plays by Steven Carl McCasland will be presented in repertory during a month-long celebration of the young playwright. Each play focuses on a different character from history, with a cast of 25 portraying such historical figures as Laurette Taylor, Rose Kennedy, Tennessee Williams, Agatha Christie, Joseph Goebbels, Gertrude Stein, Lillian Hellman and John F. Kennedy. Performances begin May 7, 2015. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

Selina Fillinger Wins 2015 Judith Barlow Prize; Kathleen Chalfant to Direct Play Reading, 5/3Selina Fillinger Wins 2015 Judith Barlow Prize; Kathleen Chalfant to Direct Play Reading, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

HISTORY MATTERS/BACK TO THE FUTURE, a coalition of theatre professionals, announced the winner of the 1st annual Judith Barlow Prize is Selina Fillinger, a student at Northwestern University, who wrote a one-act play inspired by Sophie Treadwell's play Machinal. Ms. Fillinger will receive $2,500, a trip to New York City and a staged reading of her play on Sunday, May 3rd at 3 pm at Helen Mills Theater, 139 West 26th Street, NYC. Award-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant will direct the reading which is free and open to the public. (more...)

Kokandy Productions' LOVING REPEATING to Run 7/18-8/30 at Theater WitKokandy Productions' LOVING REPEATING to Run 7/18-8/30 at Theater Wit
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

On the heels of its hit production of The Full Monty, Kokandy Productions is pleased to continue its 2015 season with LOVING REPEATING, a musical tribute to the life and loves of celebrated American author Gertrude Stein. Using Stein's own works as lyrics, LOVING REPEATING is adapted by Frank Galati (The Grapes of Wrath, The Accidental Tourist), with music by Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island, Seussical) direction by Co-Artistic Director Allison Hendrix, music direction by Resident Music Director Kory Danielson and choreography by Andrea Louise Soule. (more...)

The Living Theatre Co-Founder Judith Malina Dies at 88The Living Theatre Co-Founder Judith Malina Dies at 88
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

According to The New York Times, actor and director Judith Malina, who founded The Living Theatre with her husband, Julian Beck, passed away today, April 10, 2015 in Englewood, N.J. at the Lillian Booth Actors Home. She was 88. (more...)

Chantal Joffe Portraits to Fill Jewish Museum Lobby, Begin. 5/1Chantal Joffe Portraits to Fill Jewish Museum Lobby, Begin. 5/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

Beginning May 1, two walls of the Jewish Museum's lobby will be filled with over 30 new portraits by the London-based painter Chantal Joffe. This body of work explores Jewish women of the twentieth century, focusing on those who made major contributions to art, literature, philosophy, and politics - including Diane Arbus, Nancy Spero, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Susan Sontag, and Hannah Arendt. Portraits of these women and others will be hung salon-style across two walls of the lobby. Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Chantal Joffe will be on view from May 1 through October 18, 2015. (more...)

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