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STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from CTG's WHAT THE BUTLER SAWSTAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from CTG's WHAT THE BUTLER SAW
by Stage Tube - Nov 25, 2014

Award-winning British playwright Joe Orton's riotous farce 'What the Butler Saw' opened last weekend on November 23 at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. 'What the Butler Saw' continues through December 21. Click below to watch a fun montage of scenes from the show! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Mark Taper Forum's WHAT THE BUTLER SAWBWW Reviews: Mark Taper Forum's WHAT THE BUTLER SAW
by Don Grigware - Nov 25, 2014

Joe Orton's insanely insane world in 1960s England is no better displayed than in his third and final play What the Butler Saw now onstage at the Mark Taper Forum through December 21. A terrifically energized cast are on hand as is seasoned director John Tillinger, but things got off to a somewhat slow start opening night and really did not start to cook until Act II. It might be the width and depth of the Taper stage, which is not easy to cross that rapidly. I saw a production a couple of years back at the Odyssey, and the space being half the size, entrances and exits were quicker as was the tempo of the whole play. (more...)

Photo Flash: WHAT THE BUTLER SAW Celebrates Opening Night at the TaperPhoto Flash: WHAT THE BUTLER SAW Celebrates Opening Night at the Taper
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2014

Award-winning British playwright Joe Orton's riotous farce 'What the Butler Saw' opened yesterday, November 23, 2014, at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. 'What the Butler Saw' continues through December 21. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Joe Orton's WHAT THE BUTLER SAW Opens 11/23 at CTG/Mark Taper ForumJoe Orton's WHAT THE BUTLER SAW Opens 11/23 at CTG/Mark Taper Forum
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2014

Award-winning British playwright Joe Orton's riotous farce 'What the Butler Saw' opens Sunday, November 23, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. 'What the Butler Saw' is currently in previews, and performances continue through December 21. (more...)

Joe Orton's WHAT THE BUTLER Saw Begins Tonight at the TaperJoe Orton's WHAT THE BUTLER Saw Begins Tonight at the Taper
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

Award-winning British playwright Joe Orton's riotous farce 'What the Butler Saw' begins previews tonight, November 12, 2014, at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Opening is set for November 23 and performances continue through December 21. (more...)

Joe Orton's WHAT THE BUTLER Saw Begins 11/12 at the TaperJoe Orton's WHAT THE BUTLER Saw Begins 11/12 at the Taper
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2014

Award-winning British playwright Joe Orton's riotous farce 'What the Butler Saw' begins previews Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Opening is set for November 23 and performances continue through December 21. (more...)

Frances Barber, Charles Shaughnessy and More Join Paxton Whitehead in WHAT THE BUTLER SAW at CTGFrances Barber, Charles Shaughnessy and More Join Paxton Whitehead in WHAT THE BUTLER SAW at CTG
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

Casting is set for award-winning British playwright Joe Orton's riotous farce "What the Butler Saw," opening at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum on November 23, 2014. Rehearsals begin October 14, previews begin November 12 and performances run through December 21. (more...)

Tennessee Williams Biographer John Lahr Coming to Steppenwolf, 10/13Tennessee Williams Biographer John Lahr Coming to Steppenwolf, 10/13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Artistic Director Martha Lavey engages in conversation with John Lahr about his latest book, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh in a special one-night-only event, Monday, October 13 at 7pm in the Downstairs Theatre. Lahr, who served as senior drama critic for The New Yorker for more than two decades, recently released his twentieth book, an authoritative, extraordinary biography on Tennessee Williams that invites intimate access into the mind of a playwright whose work reshaped the American theater. The conversation will include a Q&A, followed by a book signing in the lobby. Tickets are $10 and are available through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted), at 312-335-1650 or at steppenwolf.org. (more...)

World Premiere of Joe Orton's FRED & MADGE to Play The Hope Theatre This MonthWorld Premiere of Joe Orton's FRED & MADGE to Play The Hope Theatre This Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2014

Rough Haired Pointer and Adam Spreadbury-Maher present the professional world premiere of JOE ORTON'S FRED & MADGE at The Hope Theatre, Islington, this September. (more...)

John Lahr to Talk New Tennessee Williams Biography at Steppenwolf This FallJohn Lahr to Talk New Tennessee Williams Biography at Steppenwolf This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Artistic Director Martha Lavey engages in conversation with John Lahr about his latest book, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh in a special one-night-only event on Monday, October 13 at 7pm in the Downstairs Theatre. (more...)

FLASH SPECIAL: A Richard Attenborough RemembranceFLASH SPECIAL: A Richard Attenborough Remembrance
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 25, 2014

Today we celebrate the life and career of legendary actor, producer and director Richard Attenborough in honor of his death this week at the age of 90. (more...)

Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder & John Bernthal Board HBO's Upcoming Miniseries SHOW ME A HEROAlfred Molina, Winona Ryder & John Bernthal Board HBO's Upcoming Miniseries SHOW ME A HERO
by TV News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

According to Deadline, HBO has added Winona Ryder, Alfred Molina, and John Bernthal to its six-hour miniseries SHOW ME A HERO, based on the book by Lisa Belkin. Ther project, which comes from THE WIRE's David Simon, has already enlisted Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

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Dialogue with Three Chords to Open Season on 8/28Dialogue with Three Chords to Open Season on 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Dialogue with Three Chords (D3C) kicks off their fourth year of staging original plays in Greenwich Village by presenting a season of unproduced plays from its first three years. 'These are the plays that didn't fit,' explains playwright and D3C co-founder Stephen Gracia, 'a Joe Orton influenced noir piece, a surreal play about a plague that corrupts faith, and a night of first kisses and new religions at the water's edge.' The Fall 2014 season begins on Thursday, August 28 at 8pm at Mr. Dennehy's on 63 Carmine Street. Emmy-winning composer Michal Towber starts the season off as the musical guest for the season opening performance, bringing her brand of punk rock pop to the proceedings. Admission is free, with a $3 suggested donation. (more...)

Tony Nominee and Soap Opera Star Charles Keating Dies at Age 72Tony Nominee and Soap Opera Star Charles Keating Dies at Age 72
by TV News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Shakespearean and Broadway actor Charles Keating, perhaps best known for his role as villain Carl Hutchins on the daytime drama 'Another World,' has died at his home in Weston, Conn. at the age of 72. (more...)

Cellar Door to Present HOT STEAMS at FringeNYCCellar Door to Present HOT STEAMS at FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

Cellar Door presents HOT STEAMS by Zach Wegner as part of the 18th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. For tickets, visit http://www.fringenyc.org/basic_page.php?ltr=H#HotSte. (more...)

WHAT THE BUTLER SAW to Open 8/1 at Theater at MonmouthWHAT THE BUTLER SAW to Open 8/1 at Theater at Monmouth
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

Joe Orton's frenetic farce, What the Butler Saw, opens at Theater at Monmouth on Friday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. The perfect blend of Oscar Wilde's wit, Monty Python's physical comedy, and Benny Hill's lewdness, What the Butler Saw bursts with mistaken identities, catastrophic complications, and rapid-fire dialogue. Orton's ribald examination of societal attitudes toward sexuality is a rampaging celebration of licentiousness and free-will. (more...)

TACT's 2014-15 Season to Feature THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE & ABUNDANCETACT's 2014-15 Season to Feature THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE & ABUNDANCE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

TACT/The Actors Company Theatre has announced its 2014/2015 Season, the company's 22nd. The critically-acclaimed and Drama Desk nominated Off-Broadway company "dedicated to presenting neglected or rarely produced plays of literary merit," will offer two works featuring strong, powerful female characters. The Killing of Sister George, the ground-breaking play by Frank Marcus and Abundance, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley's (Crimes of the Heart) tall tale set in the Great American West, will be presented at The Beckett Theatre (410 West 42nd Street - between 9th & 10th Avenues) on Theatre Row. (more...)

Rough Haired Pointer to Present FRED & MADGE World Premiere at The Hope Theatre, Sept 15-Oct 11Rough Haired Pointer to Present FRED & MADGE World Premiere at The Hope Theatre, Sept 15-Oct 11
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Rough Haired Pointer and Adam Spreadbury-Maher present the world premiere of JOE ORTON'S FRED & MADGE at The Hope Theatre, Islington, this September (more...)

BWW Reviews: ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, July 3 2014BWW Reviews: ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, July 3 2014
by Jenny Antill - Jul 4, 2014

This production of Entertaining Mr Sloane is the latest submission from London Classic Theatre. Joe Orton wrote the play in 1963 and the show had its first performance the following year at the New Arts Theatre in London, followed by an opening in New York in 1965. His writing has both comedic and psychological elements to it and the written text is constructed very well. Mr Sloane is renting a room in Kath's home on the edge of a rubbish dump. She lives with her visually impaired father who instantly takes a dislike to the lodger, thinking he murdered his employer years before. Kath seduces Mr Sloane and her brother soon also latches onto her lover and both embark on an interesting relationship with the title character. (more...)

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