John Barrymore News

Date of Birth: February 14, 1882
Date of Death: May 29, 1942 (60)
Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Gender: Male
Linda Purl, Brett Rickaby and Peter Van Norden to Lead Rubicon Theatre's COPENHAGEN; Sets Sept Opening!Linda Purl, Brett Rickaby and Peter Van Norden to Lead Rubicon Theatre's COPENHAGEN; Sets Sept Opening!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Rubicon Theatre Company justannounced stage and screen veterans Linda Purl, Brett Rickaby and Peter Van Norden will star in thecompany's mainstage production of the Tony-Award winning play COPENHAGEN, directed by international artist Judy Hegarty Lovett. (more...)

Blank Theatre's SOMETHING TRULY MONSTROUS Opens 10/3Blank Theatre's SOMETHING TRULY MONSTROUS Opens 10/3
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2015

The cast and designers have been set forThe Blank Theatre's world premiere production ofSomething Truly Monstrousby Jeff Tabnick, directed by Daniel Henning. Preview performances begin September 26 with opening night set for Saturday, October 3, and the engagement will run through November 8. (more...)

Dorset Theatre Festival to Presnet Paul Rudnick's I HATE HAMLET, 8/20-9/5Dorset Theatre Festival to Presnet Paul Rudnick's I HATE HAMLET, 8/20-9/5
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

Dorset Theatre Festival will stage I Hate Hamlet, a hilarious play by Obie Award winning playwright and pre-eminent humorist Paul Rudnick. The production will be directed by Carl Andress and will run from August 20th to September 5th. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: MRS. SMITH on John Barrymore & 'THE CURIOUS INCIDENT'STAGE TUBE: MRS. SMITH on John Barrymore & 'THE CURIOUS INCIDENT'
by Stage Tube - Jul 22, 2015

Yet more theatre lore from the crazy world of Mrs. Smith! Here she recounts her first encounter as a young girl with legendary stage actor John Barrymore. After reading the letter she wrote him, he wisked her off for drinks at Sardi's and then up to Harlem to hear James Baldwin recite poetry - to a bongo beat. Therefore, she is saddened that the theater bearing his name has gone to the dogs. How curious. Check out the video below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: I HATE HAMLET at 2nd StoryBWW Reviews: I HATE HAMLET at 2nd Story
by Larry O'Brien - Jul 16, 2015

I HATE HAMLET by Paul Rudnick is a very funny play being given an excellent production at 2nd Story Theater in Warren. 2nd Story is on a roll of comedies this summer, mostly of the dark variety, but this one has no dark shadows (Well, one shade--the ghost of John Barrymore, but he is a friendly ghost) and is just plain hilarious. Got twenty-fie bucks? Get over to see it. (more...)

Perseverance Theatre's Summerfest Unplugged Set for 7/11-12Perseverance Theatre's Summerfest Unplugged Set for 7/11-12
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

Perseverance Theatre is taking two new plays from script to stage this year with Summerfest Unplugged. On July 11th and 12th the event features a reading on the PT Mainstage of two new works: House of Dreams and Into the Wild, and the audience will get a chance to talk about the work with the authors, composers, and creators in special discussions and receptions after the shows. (more...)

The Grand 1894 Opera House Sets 2015-16 Performing Arts Season: THE PRODUCERS, RAGTIME & MoreThe Grand 1894 Opera House Sets 2015-16 Performing Arts Season: THE PRODUCERS, RAGTIME & More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

The Grand 1894 Opera House has just announced it new 2015-16 Performing Arts Season - A World of Entertainment and new subscriptions ( a minimum of four performances) may now be purchased on line. Single tickets for each performance - if available - will go on sale Monday, July 13th. To view the entire new Performing Art Season and to order tickets online, visit www.thegrand.com. For phone inquiries, please call the Box Office at 409.765.1894 or 800.821.1894. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Bio-Musical CAGNEY Has Legs but Needs To Pack More HeatBWW Reviews: Bio-Musical CAGNEY Has Legs but Needs To Pack More Heat
by Michael Dale - May 30, 2015

Composer/lyricist Robert Creighton gives a gutsy performance as Hollywood's tough-guy song and dance man. (more...)

BWW Interview: Mary Louise Wilson Boards THE 20TH CENTURYBWW Interview: Mary Louise Wilson Boards THE 20TH CENTURY
by Naomi Serviss - May 7, 2015

Wilson plays a straight-laced goofball with a supposedly flush checkbook in Scott Ellis's revival of the screwball comedy. (more...)

Screwball Comedy and On the Twentieth CenturyScrewball Comedy and On the Twentieth Century
by Roundabout Theatre Company - May 1, 2015

WithOn the Twentieth Centuryin full swing at the American Airlines Theatre, we take a look at the genre and history of screwball comedy. (more...)

BWW Reviews: I HATE HAMLET (Or Do I?)BWW Reviews: I HATE HAMLET (Or Do I?)
by Christine Swerczek - Apr 17, 2015

The minute you walk into the Omaha Community Playhouse and look at the stage, you know you are in for an unusual experience. I HATE HAMLET, opening April 17, is a wonderful playground somewhere between the Hollywood days of the legendary John Barrymore and today. Directed by Ablan Roblin and Assistant Director Noah Diaz, seasoned actors intertwine the serious with the farcical, the real with the surreal. It's a delicious bit of theater that even those who really do hate Hamlet have to love. (more...)

I HATE HAMLET to Run 4/17-5/10 at Omaha Community PlayhouseI HATE HAMLET to Run 4/17-5/10 at Omaha Community Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2015

The fast-paced comedy I Hate Hamlet runs April 17-May 10, 2015 at the Omaha Community Playhouse. (more...)

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, I HATE HAMLET, A CHORUS LINE and More Set for Playhouse on Park's 7th SeasonTUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, I HATE HAMLET, A CHORUS LINE and More Set for Playhouse on Park's 7th Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc. announces the seven plays and musicals that will comprise the 2015-16 Main Stage Season at Playhouse on Park. The award winning theatre continues its mission to ensure every performance in the Main Stage Season educates, entertains, and most importantly, challenges our audiences. Paramount to this mission is our diverse programming, which challenges our patrons to consider theatre in all forms. (more...)

Germantown Community Theatre Sets 2015-16 Season: RUMORS, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS & MoreGermantown Community Theatre Sets 2015-16 Season: RUMORS, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS & More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

Germantown Community Theatre has announced the slate of productions for their 2015-2016 season. The season blends music, theatre for youth, classic literature and raucous fun. Titles include Neil Simon's RUMORS, the movie-turned-musical DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and Tennessee Williams' A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Memberships for the season range from $60 to $200 and are on sale through the GCT box office at (901) 937.3023. The 2015-2016 season of Germantown Community Theatre is sponsored by the City of Germantown, Tennessee Arts Commission, ArtsMemphis, the GCT Trust and the Germantown Arts Alliance. (more...)

PTC to Present I HATE HAMLET, 3/20-4/4PTC to Present I HATE HAMLET, 3/20-4/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2015

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the comedy I Hate Hamlet by PAUL RUDNICK, March 20 - April 4, 2015. Visiting guest artist ART MANKE directs the production. (more...)

On The 20th Century: Read, Watch, DoOn The 20th Century: Read, Watch, Do
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Feb 20, 2015

Immerse yourself in the world of the madcap musical, On the Twentieth Century, with our recommended listening, reading and doing lists! (more...)

DTF's 2015 Summer Season to Feature OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, INTIMATE APPAREL & MoreDTF's 2015 Summer Season to Feature OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, INTIMATE APPAREL & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

Dorset Theatre Festival announces its 2015 Season, featuring 3 Regional Premieres, 2 Pulitzer Prize winners, its 6th Annual New Play Reading Series and new for this year - a Family Fun Series designed to introduce quality theatre to the next generation of theatre-goers. "When I went about looking for the right plays for us to present this summer, my one criteria was to find plays that were moving, that make people care. These plays all have that quality, and whether funny, sad, or thought-provoking, people will walk out of the Playhouse this summer inspired and moved by what they have seen," says Dorset Theatre Festival Artistic Director, Dina Janis. (more...)

Breaking News: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel to Bring SHERLOCK HOLMES Epic to Broadway in 2017Breaking News: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel to Bring SHERLOCK HOLMES Epic to Broadway in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Producers Antonio R. Marion and Kimberly Much announced today that Sherlock Holmes, a new epic play by British writing team Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel, will bring the iconic detective back to Broadway in 2017. Staged as a mystery within a mystery, the case presented to Holmes forces him to confront his murky past. But is the unravelling of his childhood just a dangerous diversion? Sherlock Holmes is an original tale which will offer a new and deeply theatrical exploration of the mind of the famous detective, while remaining faithful to the mysterious world created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (more...)

I HATE HAMLET Begins Tonight at Playhouse MercedI HATE HAMLET Begins Tonight at Playhouse Merced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Funny and often silly, find out what happens when actors take themselves too seriously, I Hate Hamlet, a comedy written by Paul Rudnick about the tumultuous relationship between an up-and-coming actor and the ghost of John Barrymore, will begin a two-weekend run at the Playhouse Merced mainstage tonight, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

SF Symphony Film Series to Present Six Films, Accompanied by Live Music, for Second SeasonSF Symphony Film Series to Present Six Films, Accompanied by Live Music, for Second Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 27, 2014) The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) continues its popular Film Series in the 2014-15 season, offering a wide range of critically-acclaimed films projected above the Davies Symphony Hall stage with their powerful musical scores performed as live orchestral accompaniment. The series opens September 27 with The Wizard of Oz and its Academy Award-winning film score, in celebration of the film's 75th Anniversary year. December 12 & 13 the SFS is joined by over 150 children's voices for the holiday favorite Home Alone with score by John Williams. The U.S. premiere of Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather with live orchestral accompaniment of the film's haunting score by Nino Rota follows, January 9-10. A celebration of iconic choreography on March 28, Gotta Dance! Great Moments of Dance in Film highlights choreographed scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Brigadoon, Madame Bovary, and An American in Paris, among others. The series closes on April 25 with a program saluting Chinese composer Tan Dun's film scores, including his Oscar- and Grammy-winning score to Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Zhang Yimou'sHero, and Feng Xiaogang's The Banquet. On Halloween, a restoration of the 1920 black & white film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will be accompanied by the improvisations of Todd Wilson on Davies Symphony Hall's mighty Ruffatti organ. The series follows the sold out inaugural series in 2013-14 which presented a week of Hitchcock films, A Night at the Oscars, Charlie Chaplin's silent film City Lights, and selections from Disney's classicFantasia films. (more...)

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