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Top 10 Plays Set In SchoolTop 10 Plays Set In School
by Marianka Swain - Sep 7, 2016

Education, education, education - it's an inescapable topic in theatre. Recent years have seen Future Conditional (kicking off Matthew Warchus's Old Vic tenure), Matilda the Musical, The Brink, Kin, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, and, of course, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. To celebrate back to school week, here are 10 of the best plays set in school. Get studying! To celebrate back to school week, here are 10 of the best plays set in school. Get studying! (more...)

Novelist, Playwright Truman Capote's Ashes To Be AuctionedNovelist, Playwright Truman Capote's Ashes To Be Auctioned
by Michael Dale - Aug 22, 2016

Though he gained worldwide fame as the author of 'In Cold Blood' and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' you didn't have to be an avid reader to immediately recognize Truman Capote. (more...)

BWW Review: Mark Chambers Impresses as Truman Capote in TRU at The Studio 620BWW Review: Mark Chambers Impresses as Truman Capote in TRU at The Studio 620
by Peter Nason - Jul 22, 2016

Chambers channels Capote and gives an incredibly strong performance. (more...)

Review: TRU Celebrates a Merry, Morbid Christmas at Pittsburgh PublicReview: TRU Celebrates a Merry, Morbid Christmas at Pittsburgh Public
by Greg Kerestan - May 9, 2016

Bells are ringing, children singing, all is merry and the suicide rate is off the charts in Truman Capote's private holiday nightmare (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Celebrate Earth Day with Eddie Korbich and SEUSSICAL's 'The Lorax Song'FLASH FRIDAY: Celebrate Earth Day with Eddie Korbich and SEUSSICAL's 'The Lorax Song'
by Michael Dale - Apr 22, 2016

During pre-Broadway tryouts, the talented performer sang an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' plea for the environment. (more...)

Eddie Korbich's One-Man Show TRU to Play Pittsburgh Public TheaterEddie Korbich's One-Man Show TRU to Play Pittsburgh Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Pittsburgh Public Theater presents Broadway actor Eddie Korbich as Truman Capote in TRU, a one-man play by Jay Presson Allen based on Capote's words and works. Directed by The Public's Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas, TRU runs April 21 - May 22, 2016 at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org. (more...)

Palm Beach Dramaworks Sets 2016-17 SeasonPalm Beach Dramaworks Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

Five provocative, widely acclaimed plays constitute Palm Beach Dramaworks' 2016-2017 season, which gets underway at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre on Friday evening, October 14 with Tennessee Williams' final masterpiece, the autumnal The Night of the Iguana(1961). (more...)

Romantic Comedy BEAU JEST to Play Skokie Theatre This FebruaryRomantic Comedy BEAU JEST to Play Skokie Theatre This February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

MadKap Productions will present BEAU JEST by local playwright James Sherman, for ten performances at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie, February 5 - 21, 2016. (more...)

MadKap Productions Stages THE LION IN WINTER at the Skokie Theatre This MonthMadKap Productions Stages THE LION IN WINTER at the Skokie Theatre This Month
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

MadKap Productions will present THE LION IN WINTER by Highland Park native James Goldman, for ten performances at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie, running now through November 22, 2015. (more...)

BWW Interviews: TRU Premieres for One-Night Only at Washington County PlayhouseBWW Interviews: TRU Premieres for One-Night Only at Washington County Playhouse
by Johnna Leary - Jul 17, 2015

Though notable author Truman Capote passed away in 1984, he vividly comes to life in Jay Presson Allen's one-man show TRU. Actor Michael-Anthony Nozzi will return to the stage at Washington County Playhouse in Hagerstown, MD and portray Capote in this electric one-man show for a one-night only performance on July 23. (more...)

BWW Review: Directed by Tony Award Winning Actor Robert Morse, TRU Offers an Insider's Look at Truman Capote's Lonely LifeBWW Review: Directed by Tony Award Winning Actor Robert Morse, TRU Offers an Insider's Look at Truman Capote's Lonely Life
by Shari Barrett - Jun 8, 2015

When TRU premiered on Broadway, Robert Morse won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for his tour-de-force portrayal of Truman Capote. For his performance in the 1992 American Playhouse presentation of TRU, Morse won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. As a way to pay it forward, Morse has directed his friend Michael-Anthony Nozzi in TRU presented by Chromolume Theatre and produced by Mike Abramson during this year's Hollywood Fringe Festival. Nozzi gives his own tour-de-force performance as the lonely writer and iconic 70's bon vivant sweetheart. (more...)

BWW Review: TRU Presented as a True Tour-de-Force Performance by Michael-Anthony NozziBWW Review: TRU Presented as a True Tour-de-Force Performance by Michael-Anthony Nozzi
by Shari Barrett - Mar 9, 2015

When TRU premiered on Broadway, Robert Morse won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for his tour-de-force portrayal of Truman Capote. For his performance in the 1992 American Playhouse presentation of TRU, Morse won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. As a way to pay it forward, Morse is acting as the Creative Consultant for the all-new run of TRU at the Primitive Stage in Woodland Hills starring Michael-Anthony Nozzi who gives his own tour-de-force performance as the lonely writer. (more...)

Different Stages' THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE Continues thru 12/13; Talkback TonightDifferent Stages' THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE Continues thru 12/13; Talkback Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

Different Stages opens its 2014-2015 season with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Jay Presson Allen. (more...)

Different Stages' THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE Continues thru 12/13; Talkback TonightDifferent Stages' THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE Continues thru 12/13; Talkback Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

Different Stages opens its 2014-2015 season with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Jay Presson Allen. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE Offers Cautionary Tale About the Power of EducatorsBWW Reviews: THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE Offers Cautionary Tale About the Power of Educators
by Frank Benge - Dec 3, 2014

THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE is a 1961 novel by Muriel Spark and a 1966 stage play, based on the novel, by Jay Presson Allen that was turned into a film in 1968. Miss Brodie, a teacher at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh, states her motto: 'I am in the business of putting old heads on young shoulders, and all my pupils are the creme de la creme. Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life.' Jean Brodie stands as one of theater's most charismatic warpers of young minds; a self-deluded Scottish schoolteacher and a passionate advocate of questionable causes (like Fascism) deemed by most to be subjects unsuitable for children in the 1930's. The story is part of a long line of books and movies about forward-thinking and eccentric teachers who have a great deal of influence on their students. Set against the backdrop of fascism and the Spanish Civil War, the story is told through a series of flashbacks. (more...)

Todd Blakesley Stars in Diversionary Theatre's TRU, Beginning TonightTodd Blakesley Stars in Diversionary Theatre's TRU, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

Diversionary Theatre's production of Tru starring renowned local artist Todd Blakesley under the skilled direction of Derek Livingston has kicked off rehearsals and will open to preview audiences at Diversionary Theatre starting tonight, November 20th, 2014. (more...)

Todd Blakesley to Star in Diversionary Theatre's TRU, Beginning 11/20Todd Blakesley to Star in Diversionary Theatre's TRU, Beginning 11/20
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2014

Diversionary Theatre's production of Tru starring renowned local artist Todd Blakesley under the skilled direction of Derek Livingston has kicked off rehearsals and will open to preview audiences at Diversionary Theatre starting November 20th, 2014. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Jaston Williams Talks MAID MARIAN IN A STOLEN CARBWW Interviews: Jaston Williams Talks MAID MARIAN IN A STOLEN CAR
by David Clarke - Oct 28, 2014

Texas stage legend, Jaston Williams, is heading back to Galveston's The Grand 1894 Opera House. This time around he is bringing his newest play, MAID MARIAN IN A STOLEN CAR, to tickle our ribs. Gearing up for the production, Jaston Williams talks to me about why you should see MAID MARIAN IN A STOLEN CAR. (more...)

Different Stages to Open 2014-15 Season with THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIEDifferent Stages to Open 2014-15 Season with THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

Different Stages opens its 2014-2015 season with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Jay Presson Allen. (more...)

Coyote StageWorks to Bring Poignant and Witty TRU to Annenberg Theatre, 4/19-28Coyote StageWorks to Bring Poignant and Witty TRU to Annenberg Theatre, 4/19-28
by David Green - Apr 27, 2013

Coyote StageWorks is wrapping up its hugely successful 2012/13 Season at the Annenberg Theater with TRU, the award-winning play about Truman Capote, by the outstanding American screenwriter, playwright, stage director, television producer and novelist, Jay Presson Allen. Allen, who also wrote MARNIE, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODY, CABARET, FUNNY LADY and more, was said to have been at first hesitant to write a play about Truman Capote, who she had met but did not know. In the end, though, her work was praised by everyone, including Capote's family, as accurately portraying one of America's most controversial authors in his last years. (more...)

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