Greg Allen News

Photo Flash: First Floor Theater's TWAIN'S WORLD, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

First Floor Theater has announced its Second Annual LitFest, TWAIN'S WORLD, a kaleidoscope of new work inspired by the life and work of one of America's greatest writers. Last year's GrimmFest brought together some of Chicago's most exciting writers and directors, including Bonnie Metzgar, Seth Bockley, Philip Dawkins and Greg Allen. Given the choice of three classic authors, the attendees of this year's annual season kick-off party selected Mark Twain. This moved an exciting, diverse group of playwrights to bring their voice to a conversation around themes in Twain's work, like establishing a new American identity, racism, and the satirization of civilized society. This year's fest promises a full range of adaptation, with everything from page-to-stage to a shadow puppet musical. The press opening is tonight, Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8 pm. Tickets are available at firstfloortheater.com. (more...)

Center Stage's Digital Theater Project MY AMERICA to Screen as Feature Length Film on Fandor, 7/4; Hits IFC Center, 7/9
by Movies News Desk - Jul 02, 2014

Center Stage previously announced that its acclaimed digital theater project My America has become a feature length film that will premiere on July 4, 2014, exclusively through streaming service Fandor, followed by a special July 9 screening at the IFC center in New York City. (more...)

First Floor Theater Presents the Second Annual LitFest TWAIN'S WORLD, 7/11-19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

First Floor Theater is thrilled to announce its Second Annual LitFest, TWAIN'S WORLD, a kaleidoscope of new work inspired by the life and work of one of America's greatest writers. Last year's GrimmFest brought together some of Chicago's most exciting writers and directors, including Bonnie Metzgar, Seth Bockley, Philip Dawkins and Greg Allen. Given the choice of three classic authors, the attendees of this year's annual season kick-off party selected Mark Twain. This moved an exciting, diverse group of playwrights to bring their voice to a conversation around themes in Twain's work, like establishing a new American identity, racism, and the satirization of civilized society. This year's fest promises a full range of adaptation, with everything from page-to-stage to a shadow puppet musical. The press opening will be Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8 pm. Tickets are available at firstfloortheater.com. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: AN EVENING WITH DARLENE LOVE and Her Powerhouse Voice
by Jade Kops - Jun 21, 2014

The final weekend of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival bought the incredible Darlene Love's concert An Evening with Darlene Love to an enthusiastic Adelaide audience for a one night only engagement. (more...)

First Floor Theater to Present TWAIN'S WORLD at Hugen Hall, 7/11-19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

First Floor Theater has announced its Second Annual LitFest, TWAIN'S WORLD, a kaleidoscope of new work inspired by the life and work of one of America's greatest writers. Last year's GrimmFest brought together some of Chicago's most exciting writers and directors, including Bonnie Metzgar, Seth Bockley, Philip Dawkins and Greg Allen. Given the choice of three classic authors, the attendees of this year's annual season kick-off party selected Mark Twain. This moved an exciting, diverse group of playwrights to bring their voice to a conversation around themes in Twain's work, like establishing a new American identity, racism, and the satirization of civilized society. This year's fest promises a full range of adaptation, with everything from page-to-stage to a shadow puppet musical. The press opening will be Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8 pm. Tickets are available at firstfloortheater.com. (more...)

2nd Annual Pivot Arts Festival, ART MEETS SCIENCE, Features BAATHHAUS, The Honeypots and More, Now thru 6/14
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

Pivot Arts launches its second annual celebration of innovative performance events, today, May 28 - June 14, throughout Chicago's Uptown, Edgewater and Rogers Park neighborhoods. The PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL serves to bring audiences together for unique performance events. This year the festival's focus highlights the intersection between the performing arts and science. (more...)

First Floor Theater to Present TWAIN'S WORLD at Strawdog Theatre, 7/11-19
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

First Floor Theater is thrilled to announce its Second Annual LitFest, TWAIN'S WORLD, a kaleidoscope of new work inspired by the life and work of one of America's greatest writers. Last year's GrimmFest brought together some of Chicago's most exciting writers and directors, including Bonnie Metzgar, Seth Bockley, Philip Dawkins and Greg Allen. Given the choice of three classic authors, the attendees of this year's annual season kick-off party selected Mark Twain. This moved an exciting, diverse group of playwrights to bring their voice to a conversation around themes in Twain's work, like establishing a new American identity, racism, and the satirization of civilized society. This year's fest promises a full range of adaptation, with everything from page-to-stage to a shadow puppet musical. The press opening will be Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8 pm. Tickets will be available at firstfloortheater.com. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 5/18/2014
by BWW - May 18, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/18/2014 for Chicago (more...)

Writers Theatre Adds Performances to THE DANCE OF DEATH; Runs thru 8/3
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kate Lipuma announce a two-week extension of The Dance of Death by August Strindberg, in a new version by Conor McPherson and directed by Henry Wishcamper. The production, featuring Shannon Cochran (Alice), Philip Earl Johnson (Kurt) and Larry Yando (Edgar) now runs through August 3, 2014 at 664 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 5/11/2014
by BWW - May 11, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/11/2014 for Chicago (more...)

Theatre School at DePaul University to Close 2013-14 Season with Two World Premieres
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

The Theatre School at DePaul University will offer two world premiere productions, in each of the school's new theatres, to conclude the 2013-14 season. (more...)

2nd Annual Pivot Arts Festival, ART MEETS SCIENCE, to Feature BAATHHAUS, The Honeypots and More, 5/28-6/14
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Pivot Arts launches its second annual celebration of innovative performance events, May 28 - June 14, throughout Chicago's Uptown, Edgewater and Rogers Park neighborhoods. The PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL serves to bring audiences together for unique performance events. This year the festival's focus highlights the intersection between the performing arts and science. Tickets go on sale for "Art Meets Science" April 20, with a range of free events and entrance fees no higher than $15 per event. To purchase tickets and for complete festival information, visit www.pivotarts.org/festival or call 773.609.0782. (more...)

Writers Theatre Present THE DANCE OF DEATH, Now thru 7/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2014

Writers Theatre presents The Dance of Death by August Strindberg, in a new version by Conor McPherson and directed by Henry Wishcamper. The production runs today, April 1 - July 20, 2014 at 664 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe. (more...)

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Launches New NTI Division
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center has launched an exciting new division of the National Theater Institute, the National Music Theater Institute (NMTI). An unparalleled program, NMTI is for driven students seeking a launching pad into the music theater profession through broad-based, ensemble training. (more...)

O'Neill Center Launches National Music Theater Institute; Applications for Fall 2014 Due 3/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center has launched an exciting new division of the National Theater Institute, the National Music Theater Institute (NMTI). An unparalleled program, NMTI is for driven students seeking a launching pad into the music theater profession through broad-based, ensemble training. Applications for the inaugural fall 2014 semester are due by March 20. (more...)

Writers Theatre to Present DANCE OF DEATH, 4/1-7/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

Writers Theatre presents The Dance of Death by August Strindberg, in a new version by Conor McPherson and directed by Henry Wishcamper. The production runs April 1 - July 20, 2014 at 664 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe. The press openings are April 9 and 10, 2014 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Daniel Espinosa in Talks to Direct Film Adaptations of Jo Nesbo's BLOOD ON THE WATER with Leonardo DiCaprio
by Movies News Desk - Mar 05, 2014

According to Deadline, Daniel Espinosa (SAFEH OUSE) has entered negotiations with Warner Bros to helm the film adaptations of Norwegian crime author Jo Nesbo's two-part series BLOOD ON THE WATER, with Leonardo DiCaprio in talks to star. Nesbo is writing the books, due out this fall and next spring, under a pseudonym. (more...)

Leonardo DiCaprio Eyes the Stage!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

According to the Daily Mail, Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio wants to tread the boards - whether that be in a classic play or a new work. (more...)

Leonardo DiCaprio Lost Out on MOULIN ROUGE Due to His 'Atrocious' Singing Voice
by Movies News Desk - Feb 15, 2014

In a new interview with Variety, the WOLF OF WALL STREET star confessed he initially met with Baz Luhrmann about taking on the part of 'Christian' in the 2001 movie musical MOULIN ROUGE. (more...)

The Rep's Annual Short Play Festival Set for 3/28-31
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

The Rep's critically-acclaimed, one-of-a-kind short-play festival, Rep Lab, returns for its fourth season to the intimate Stiemke Studio. Featuring several distinct and different plays, and cast with The Rep's Intern Ensemble, this unique production is sure to provide an altogether new type of theatergoing experience for audiences - a night filled with laughter and tears. Rep Lab runs in The Rep's Stiemke Studio from March 28 - 31. (more...)

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