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BWW Review: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, Royal Court, 22 September 2016BWW Review: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, Royal Court, 22 September 2016
by Marianka Swain - Sep 23, 2016

The current racial crisis in America might seem too urgent, too horrific, for us to be constantly seeking historical stories, but Suzan-Lori Parks's play cycle makes a vividly articulate case for the long thread running from 19th-century slavery to 2016 debate over entrenched ethnic hierarchies and the nature of freedom. Originally staged at New York's Public Theater in 2014, Jo Bonney's acclaimed production now makes a welcome visit to the Court, where this intimate epic unspools unhurriedly and mesmerisingly. (more...)

Casting Announced For Signature Theatre's Production of  THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLDCasting Announced For Signature Theatre's Production of THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Casting is confirmed and tickets are now on sale for the Signature Theatre (Paige Evans, Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director; James Houghton, Founder) production of The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, by Pulitzer Prize-winnerSuzan-Lori Parks and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz. Parks is Signature's current Residency One playwright; her plays Venus, directed by Lear deBessonet, and The Red Letter Plays: In the Bloodand Fucking A, directed by Jo Bonney, will be presented in 2017. (more...)

HAMILTON's Daniel J. Watts and More Join 'THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN' at Signature Theatre; Cast Set!HAMILTON's Daniel J. Watts and More Join 'THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN' at Signature Theatre; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Casting is confirmed and tickets are now on sale for the Signature Theatre production of The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz. (more...)

MTC'S HEISENBERG Launches Broadway's First Mobile Rush ProgramMTC'S HEISENBERG Launches Broadway's First Mobile Rush Program
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Just announced, Manhattan Theatre Club's acclaimed world premiere production of Heisenberg will be the first ever Broadway show to partner with TodayTix for a mobile Rush. (more...)

Jill Kargman and Michael Cerveris to Host In-Home Williamstown Theatre Festival BenefitJill Kargman and Michael Cerveris to Host In-Home Williamstown Theatre Festival Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

On the heels of its 62nd Season, Williamstown Theatre Festival announced today that Jill Kargman, the star and creator of Bravo's hit comedy 'Odd Mom Out,' will host a benefit musical evening with Michael Cerveris, on Monday, October 24 at 7 PM at her home. (more...)

Jon Hoche, Jennifer Ikeda and More to Star in MTC's VIETGONE; Cast Announced!Jon Hoche, Jennifer Ikeda and More to Star in MTC's VIETGONE; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have just announced full casting for Manhattan Theatre Club's New York premiere of Vietgone, the new play by Qui Nguyen (She Kills Monsters), directed by May Adrales (Luce). (more...)

NO MAN'S LAND Leads September's Top 10 New London ShowsNO MAN'S LAND Leads September's Top 10 New London Shows
by Marianka Swain - Aug 30, 2016

The capital is never short of theatre temptations, whether big West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From two theatrical titans taking on Pinter to the RSC in London and an unusual dining experience, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews... (more...)

Hoi Polloi Stages Toshiki Okada's QUIET, COMFORT, Beginning TonightHoi Polloi Stages Toshiki Okada's QUIET, COMFORT, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

OBIE-winning theater company Hoi Polloi (Three Pianos, Shadows) presents Quiet, Comfort, a newly-commissioned text by Japanese phenomenon playwright Toshiki Okada. (more...)

Berkeley Rep's IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE Adaptation Finds CastBerkeley Rep's IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE Adaptation Finds Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents a new adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' novel, It Can't Happen Here. (more...)

Cast Announced For TORN And FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3) At The Royal CourtCast Announced For TORN And FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3) At The Royal Court
by Edward Baker - Aug 5, 2016

TORN and FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3) will play at the Royal Court Theatre in September 2016. Torn explores a family broken by secrets and the scars left of things left unsaid. Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)tackles the legacy of slavery in the US and its influence on the African-American experience. (more...)

Hoi Polloi to Stage Toshiki Okada's QUIET, COMFORT This AugustHoi Polloi to Stage Toshiki Okada's QUIET, COMFORT This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

OBIE-winning theater company Hoi Polloi (Three Pianos, Shadows) presents Quiet, Comfort, a newly-commissioned text by Japanese phenomenon playwright Toshiki Okada. (more...)

Deirdre O'Connell Will Lead MTC's FULFILLMENT CENTER in Summer 2017Deirdre O'Connell Will Lead MTC's FULFILLMENT CENTER in Summer 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) just announced that Manhattan Theatre Club will produce the world premiere of Fulfillment Center, a new play by Abe Koogler (Kill Floor), directed by Daniel Aukin (Fool For Love at MTC). (more...)

BWW Review: A Hard Lesson Learned in THE COST OF LIVINGBWW Review: A Hard Lesson Learned in THE COST OF LIVING
by Justin J Sacramone - Jul 16, 2016

'The sh*t that happens is not meant to be understood,' says lonely truck driver Eddie. The chewing gum and shoe string holding Eddie's head up is beginning to wane- teetering him on the edge of devastation. He is now thrust back into reality trying to grasp the circumstance that landed him in this specific bar on this specific night. The dark loneliness of long, distant drives in his vocation were nothing compared to his present despair. (more...)

Photo Flash: Rebecca Naomi Jones, Wendell Pierce & More Lead WTF's World Premiere of COST OF LIVINGPhoto Flash: Rebecca Naomi Jones, Wendell Pierce & More Lead WTF's World Premiere of COST OF LIVING
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Williamstown Theatre Festival opens The Nikos Stage season with the world premiere of Martyna Majok's play COST OF LIVING, which concluded its run last night, July 10. Check out a look at the production below! (more...)

Williamstown Theatre Festival to Launch 2016 Season with THE ROSE TATTOO and COST OF LIVING This WeekendWilliamstown Theatre Festival to Launch 2016 Season with THE ROSE TATTOO and COST OF LIVING This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Williamstown Theatre Festival hosts the opening night for its first two shows of the 2016 Season this Saturday, July 2nd at 8:00pm. (more...)

Manhattan Theatre Club Will Present Penelope Skinner's  LINDA in FebruaryManhattan Theatre Club Will Present Penelope Skinner's LINDA in February
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have just announced Manhattan Theatre Club will produce the American premiere of Linda, a new play by Penelope Skinner (The Ruins of Civilization at MTC, The Village Bike) directed by MTC's award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (The Assembled Parties, Wit). (more...)

August Wilson's JITNEY and COST OF LIVING Added to MTC's 2016-17 SeasonAugust Wilson's JITNEY and COST OF LIVING Added to MTC's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have just announced two additional productions as part of Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming 2016-2017 season: The Broadway premiere of August Wilson's Jitney, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson and the New York Premiere of Cost of Living, written by Martyna Majok and directed by Jo Bonney, in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mandy Greenfield Artistic Director. Cost of Living will have its World Premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival on the Nikos Stage from June 29 to July 10, 2016. (more...)

The Skivvies & More Among 2016 Williamstown Theatre Festival's Special Events; New Immersive Theatre Initiative UnveiledThe Skivvies & More Among 2016 Williamstown Theatre Festival's Special Events; New Immersive Theatre Initiative Unveiled
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Williamstown Theatre Festival has added a new community immersive theatre project entitled Orpheus in the Berkshires (July 14 - 17), a World Premiere production made by and for the Berkshires, as well as an exciting line-up of special events for their 62nd season. (more...)

Desean Terry Steps Into FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS at CTG/Mark Taper ForumDesean Terry Steps Into FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS at CTG/Mark Taper Forum
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Actor Desean Terry will step into the starring role 'Hero' in Suzan-Lori Parks' powerful drama, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum beginning May 3 until closing on May 15, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: Unusually Bold and Engrossing FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS by Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright at the TaperBWW Review: Unusually Bold and Engrossing FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS by Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright at the Taper
by Don Grigware - Apr 25, 2016

Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks has the uncanny ability to get under your skin and really make you feel the turmoil and misery of the black soul. In her latest play, now onstage at the Mark Taper Forum through May 15 entitled Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3), Parks takes the audience back to 1862 and the slave involvement in the Civil War starting with the anticipation and fear of going off to war, then witnessing the horrors of the actual war itself, and the aftermath for returning soldiers and their families. Under the sturdy hand of director Jo Bonney, the cast is amazing... and the play is mostly fascinating to watch, mainly because Parks' style does not repeat itself from part to part. (more...)

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