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Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College Sets 83rd Season: HELLO, DOLLY!; REEFER MADNESS & MoreAnnie Russell Theatre at Rollins College Sets 83rd Season: HELLO, DOLLY!; REEFER MADNESS & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

The Annie Russell Theatre, the longest running theatre in Central Florida, announces their 83rd season! Running September 2015 through April 2016, the season explores taboos - from marijuana to religion, infertility to second marriages. (more...)

Clubbed Thumb Sets Full Schedule & Casting for 20th Annual SUMMERWORKSClubbed Thumb Sets Full Schedule & Casting for 20th Annual SUMMERWORKS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Five-time Obie Award-winning theater company Clubbed Thumb is proud to announce casting for SUMMERWORKS, its annual series of new plays. Now in its 20th season, SUMMERWORKS will run May 20th through June 29th at The Wild Project (195 E 3rd Street) in Manhattan, and will feature productions of three new plays: D DEB DEBBIE DEBORAH by Jerry Lieblich, directed by Lee Sunday Evans; CARD AND GIFT by Kate E. Ryan, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll; and MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Will Davis. Festival passes are now on sale at https://www.artful.ly/clubbedthumb/store/passes, and individual tickets can be purchased at https://www.artful.ly/clubbedthumb. (more...)

Jenny Schwartz's IOWA Opens Tonight at Playwrights HorizonsJenny Schwartz's IOWA Opens Tonight at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The Playwrights Horizons world premiere of IOWA, a new musical play written by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Jenny Schwartz (God's Ear, Somewhere Fun), music by Todd Almond (Stage Kiss at PH, Kansas City Choir Boy, The Tempest, On the Levee) and lyrics by Mr. Almond and Ms. Schwartz, opens tonight, April 13, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Theatre Memphis' RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN - 'Blistered Sisters'BWW Reviews: Theatre Memphis' RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN - 'Blistered Sisters'
by Joseph Baker - Apr 13, 2015

While watching the Next Stage production of Gina Gionfriddo's RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN at Theatre Memphis, I was reminded of John Van Druten's screenplay for the 1943 Warner Brothers film OLD ACQUAINTANCE. It was one of those 'women pictures' which provided thespic opportunities for the likes of actresses like Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins, who, in fact, were the lead players in this particular film. In their youth, the two women had been friends, but as their paths parted in life, the Davis character, brittle and alone, became a critically acclaimed (if financially challenged) author, while the Hopkins character, finally penning a bestseller (trash that it is, it rakes in the 'big bucks'), jealously desires what Davis has. I couldn't help thinking, if Gionfriddo's RAPTURE had fallen into the hands of a director like Vincent Sherman, I could see Davis as the 'Catherine Croll' character, who, despite national recognition and an evidently fulfilling career, begins to have doubts about her life choices. (If you've ever seen the famous car scene in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's ALL ABOUT EVE, also starring Davis, you'll hear the character of stage actress 'Margo Channing' lament what a woman gives up when she devotes herself entirely to a career: I wonder if this very scene influenced Ms. Gionfriddo in her characterizations.) The other character, 'Gwen,' would obviously have been given over to Hopkins, who would have shone as the once promising woman who jettisoned her own burgeoning promise to marry 'Don Harper,' who once had been Catherine's intended (George Brent, anyone?). (more...)

AMADEUS, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, FAULT and More Set for TheatreSquared's 10th Anniversary SeasonAMADEUS, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, FAULT and More Set for TheatreSquared's 10th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller today announced the Tenth Anniversary Season, an ambitious lineup celebrating ten years of remarkable growth for Northwest Arkansas's professional theatre. (more...)

Nashville Rep's 2015-16 Season AnnouncedNashville Rep's 2015-16 Season Announced
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 9, 2015

Nashville Repertory Theatre's 2015-16 season includes "a hot Pulitzer Prize-nominated contemporary play, a famous classic, the world premiere of a new play, and a great American musical," according to producing artistic director Rene Dunshee Copeland. (more...)

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, CHICAGO and More Set for Nashville Rep's 2015-16 SeasonRAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, CHICAGO and More Set for Nashville Rep's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

Nashville Repertory Theatre is proud to announce its 2015-16 season. Producing Artistic Director Rene D. Copeland notes that the season will include, 'a hot Pulitzer Prize-nominated contemporary play, a famous classic, the world premiere of a new play, and a great American musical.' (more...)

Dreamcatcher to Present RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURNDreamcatcher to Present RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional theatre in residence at Oakes Center in Summit, is producing the New Jersey premiere of Gina Gionfriddo's "Rapture, Blister, Burn." This smart new comedy, a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist, recently played Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. "Rapture, Blister, Burn" plays April 16 through May 3, 2015, with talkbacks following the April 19 and April 26 matinees. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Excellent Performances Lift Weak Script of Wilbury Group's RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURNBWW Reviews: Excellent Performances Lift Weak Script of Wilbury Group's RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
by Robert Barossi - Mar 30, 2015

There are many ways a playwright, filmmaker, writer or artist can work their themes and messages into a creative work. In some cases, those themes are delivered subtly, with nuance, so they're almost imperceptible at first but land in the audience's mind long after they've witnessed the work of art. At the other end of the spectrum, important messages can be put at the forefront, told in forceful and undeniable ways so that the audience is immediately confronted with them. Both of those approaches can and do often work. Unfortunately, in the Wilbury Group's current production of Rapture, Blister, Burn, the messages are delivered at the expense of a captivating compelling story or engaging characters. (more...)

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Comes to Next Stage at Theatre Memphis, 4/3-19RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Comes to Next Stage at Theatre Memphis, 4/3-19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

?A 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist fresh from off-Broadway, the regional premiere of Rapture, Blister, Burn, by Gina Gionfriddo ushers into the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis and runs April 3 - 19, 2105. (more...)

IOWA Begins Previews Tomorrow at Playwrights HorizonsIOWA Begins Previews Tomorrow at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Previews begin tomorrow, today, March 20 for the Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) world premiere of IOWA, a new musical play written by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Jenny Schwartz (God's Ear, Somewhere Fun), music by Todd Almond (Stage Kiss at PH, Kansas City Choir Boy, The Tempest, On the Levee) and lyrics by Mr. Almond and Ms. Schwartz. Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Ken Rus Schmoll (Red Dog Howls, Middletown, What Once We Felt; next season's Antlia Pneumatica at PH), the musical play will be the fifth production of the theater company's 2014/2015 Season. (more...)

IAMA Theatre Company to Premiere Micah Schraft's A DOG'S HOUSE, 3/27-4/26IAMA Theatre Company to Premiere Micah Schraft's A DOG'S HOUSE, 3/27-4/26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

The Ovation Award-winning IAMA THEATRE COMPANY is thrilled to present the World Premiere of A DOG'S HOUSE, written by Micah Schraft and directed by Trip Cullman. A DOG'S HOUSE will preview on Friday, March 27 at 8pm and will open on Saturday, March 28 and run through Sunday, April 26 at the Elephant Theatre, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd. (one block west of Vine) in Hollywood. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BECKY SHAW, Comedy of Bad Manners, Splendid at DobamaBWW Reviews: BECKY SHAW, Comedy of Bad Manners, Splendid at Dobama
by Roy Berko - Mar 9, 2015

Gina Gionfriddo, the author of BECKY SHAW, now on stage at Dobama Theatre, is one of the new breed of playwrights who reflect topics relevant to today, cleverly construct their writings, and uses language that shimmers with naturalism. They don't use stage language or formats like Arthur Miller or Eugene O'Neill, or the oft-present symbolism of Tennessee Williams, nor the existential philosophy of Edward Albee. Gionfriddo, along with such modernists as Neil LaBute and Rajiv Joseph, push the envelope, using real people interacting to highlight their foibles and weaknesses. (more...)

MCC Theater Rounds Out 2015-16 Season with Halley Feiffer's 'A FUNNY THING...'MCC Theater Rounds Out 2015-16 Season with Halley Feiffer's 'A FUNNY THING...'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

MCC THEATER has announced the final production of its four-show 2015-16 Main Stage Season, which runs August 2015 through June 2016. Playwright Halley Feiffer (I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard) will make her MCC Theater debut with her play A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City. Trip Cullman returns to direct after helming this season's critically acclaimed hit Punk Rock. Full details below. This also marks the reunion of Feiffer and Cullman following their hit production of I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard at the Atlantic Theater Company in early 2015. (more...)

Lisa D'Amour, Heidi Schreck & More Among Finalists for 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; Ceremony Set for TodayLisa D'Amour, Heidi Schreck & More Among Finalists for 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; Ceremony Set for Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize previously announced 12 Finalists for its prestigious playwriting award, the oldest and largest prize awarded to women playwrights. The winner of the 2014-2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize will be named at the Awards Presentation today, March 2 in New York City. (more...)

Clubbed Thumb Sets Lineup for 20th Annual SUMMERWORKS, Kicking Off in MayClubbed Thumb Sets Lineup for 20th Annual SUMMERWORKS, Kicking Off in May
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Five-time Obie Award-winning theater company Clubbed Thumb has announced the line-up for SUMMERWORKS, its annual series of new plays. Now in its 20th season, SUMMERWORKS will run May 20th through June 29th at The Wild Project (195 E 3rd Street) in Manhattan, and will feature productions of three new plays: D DEB DEBBIE DEBORAH by Jerry Lieblich, directed by Lee Sunday Evans; CARD AND GIFT by Kate E. Ryan, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll; and MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Will Davis. Festival passes are now on sale at https://www.artful.ly/clubbedthumb/store/passes. (more...)

Capital Stage to Present RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, 3/11-4/12Capital Stage to Present RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, 3/11-4/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

Capital Stage continues its 10th Anniversary Season with the Sacramento Premiere of Pulitzer Prize Finalist RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN by Gina Gionfriddo. Called 'A Shrewd, incisive, thoroughly winning comedy,' by The Boston Globe, RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN marks the Capital Stage directorial debut of frequent Capital Stage collaborator Shannon Mahoney (MAPLE & VINE, CLYBOURNE PARK, ENRON). RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN will run from March 11 through April 12, with a Press Opening on Saturday March 14, 2015. (more...)

Wilbury Theatre Group to Present Pulitzer Prize Finalist RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, 3/19-4/4Wilbury Theatre Group to Present Pulitzer Prize Finalist RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, 3/19-4/4
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

The Wilbury Theatre Group is proud to present the Rhode Island premiere of Obie Award winning playwright Gina Gionfriddo's searing new comedy Rapture, Blister, Burn, March 19-April 4 directed by Susie Schutt. A smash Off-Broadway hit and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Kennedy Theatre Prize, Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn confronts a variety of post-feminist topics from the ongoing career vs. family debate, male dominance in business and relationships, feminist implications of torture movies, and even takes on society's acceptance and consumption of pornography. (more...)

Cast Announced for New Schwartz & Almond Musical IOWA at Playwrights HorizonsCast Announced for New Schwartz & Almond Musical IOWA at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

Playwrights Horizons has announced casting for IOWA, the world premiere of a new musical play written by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Jenny Schwartz (God's Ear, Somewhere Fun), music by Todd Almond (Stage Kiss at PH, Kansas City Choir Boy, The Tempest, On the Levee) and lyrics by Mr. Almond and Ms. Schwartz. Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Ken Rus Schmoll (Red Dog Howls, Middletown, What Once We Felt; next season's just-announced Antlia Pneumatica by Anne Washburn at PH), the musical play will be the fifth production of the theater company's 2014/2015 Season. (more...)

SOUND OFF World Premiere Exclusive: ONE NIGHT STAND Full 15-Minute Musical MULTIPHOBIA Starring Nellie McKay, Theresa McCarthy & Michael LongoriaSOUND OFF World Premiere Exclusive: ONE NIGHT STAND Full 15-Minute Musical MULTIPHOBIA Starring Nellie McKay, Theresa McCarthy & Michael Longoria
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 16, 2015

Don't miss the final complete 15-minute musical! (more...)

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