Mark Taper Forum News

Theatricum Botanicum Winds Up All-Shakespeare Season with EQUIVOCATION, 9/5-10/4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

According to the history books, the infamous Gunpowder Plot was a conspiracy by England's marginalized Catholics to blow up Protestant King James I and his entire Parliament. Or was it? What if the official story concealed a darker truth? And what if King James had commanded William Shakespeare to write a play - a "true historie" - in order to further cement the government's account? These are some of the questions asked in Equivocation, Bill Cain's witty exploration of political power and artistic integrity. Winner of the prestigious 2010 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and called "one of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade" by Variety, Equivocation opens on Sept. 5 at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. (more...)

Kelsey Grammer Welcomes 6th Child, Baby Boy Gabriel
by TV News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Kelsey Grammer welcomed his sixth child, son Kelsey Gabriel Elias Grammer, on Tuesday, July 22nd. (more...)

Julian Cihi and Diane Phelan to Star in 2g's GALOIS at the 2014 Ice Factory Festival, 7/23-26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Second Generation Productions (2g), a major incubator and producer of Asian American theater, announced today that Julian Cihi (Romeo and Juliet, Classic Stage Company) and Diane Phelan (Bernarda Alba, Lincoln Center) lead the cast of 2g's commissioned musical, Galois, by Sung Rno and Aaron Jones, directed by Victor Maog and produced by Jane Jung. The creative team also includes Music Director J. Oconer Navarro (The Adding Machine), Choreographer Camille A. Brown (tick, tick...BOOM!) and Fight Director Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Peter and the Starcatcher). (more...)

Leigh Silverman, Mark Brokaw, Juliette Carillo & More Set for Sundance Institute's Theatre Directors Retreat in France
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Sundance Institute and the LUMA Foundation today announced that the two organizations will again collaborate to host the second Sundance Institute | LUMA Foundation Theatre Directors Retreat in Arles, France, July 29 through August 11. The Retreat is one of 10 residential programs hosted by Sundance Institute this summer, collectively representing 15 weeks of support and mentorship for promising independent artists in theatre and film from the United States and around the world. (more...)

BUYER & CELLAR's Michael Urie to Co-Host Barbra Streisand Tribute Night at Musical Mondays LA, 7/21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Ryan O'Connor and Musical Mondays Los Angeles have announced that in honor of the current production of BUYER & CELLAR at The Mark Taper Forum, that they will welcome BUYER & CELLAR star MICHAEL URIE as guest co-host for BARBRA NIGHT: A Musical Tribute To Barbra Streisand on Monday, July 21st at 10 PM. (more...)

BWW TV: Christine Ebersole, Nick Jonas and More Talk BUYER & CELLAR in LA; Plus a Sneak Peek at Michael Urie
by Michael Sterling & Jordan Santacana - Jul 17, 2014

'Buyer & Cellar' starring Michael Urie had its official Los Angeles opening Sunday, July 13, 2014 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum, and BWW TV Los Angeles Producer and Host Michael Sterling and Co-Producer/Videographer Jordan Santacana were on hand for the star-studded festivities. Click below to hear from the show's celebrity guests and get a sneak peek at Urie onstage! (more...)

BWW TV: Christine Ebersole, Nick Jonas and More Talk BUYER & CELLAR in LA; Plus a Sneak Peek at Michael Urie in Action!
by Michael Sterling & Jordan Santacana - Jul 16, 2014


Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox to Lead the Cast of THE OLD FRIENDS at Houston's Alley Theatre, 8/15-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

The "Alley Theatre @ UH" season begins with Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox in award-winning Texas playwright Horton Foote's The Old Friends, a Southwestern premiere. (more...)

Barbra Streisand Planning to See BUYER & CELLAR at the Taper in LA?
by Jillian Gaier - Jul 16, 2014

In an interview with the LA Times this week, playwright Jonathan Tolins and actor Michael Urie discussed their award-winning off-Broadway one-man show, Buyer & Cellar, and the possibility that the legendary Barbra Streisand may come to see it within the upcoming weeks. The show, which is playing at the Mark Taper Forum through August 17th, is about an unemployed Los Angeles actor who gets a job manning a pretend mall in Barbra's basement. Read the original article here. (more...)

The Tank to Host First-Ever NOIR FEST, 7/18-27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

The Tank, a non-profit arts presenter located in the heart of midtown, will present its first-ever Noir Fest: two weekends of eclectic events that are all in some way inspired by film noir. New plays, short films, clowning, improv, and a panel discussion are all included. The Festival features both new work and tributes to noir classics. It runs July 18-27, at The Tank, 151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor, NY, NY 10036. (more...)

TRYING Opens 8/22 at International City Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

It's 1967. Lyndon B. Johnson is in office, Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis have just become an "item," protests against the Vietnam war are going strong - and Judge Francis Biddle, former Attorney General under FDR and Chief Judge at the Nuremburg Trials, is 81 years old. Trying, the award-winning play inspired by the real-life experiences of playwright Joanna McClelland Glass as personal secretary to Biddle during the last year of his life, opens at International City Theatre on Aug. 22, directed by John Henry Davis and starring Tony Abatemarco and Paige Lindsey White. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Deliriously Funny BUYER & CELLAR Captivates Mark Taper Audiences
by Don Grigware - Jul 15, 2014

To set the record straight, actor Michael Urie introduces Buyer & Cellar by stating quite emphatically that what we are about to see is a fiction. He then holds up a copy of Barbra Streisand's book My Passion for Design published in 2010. In it Streisand describes her dream house. This book fed playwright Jonathan Tolin's imagination to create a fictitious play about a mall in the cellar of the icon's home. Starring Urie as an out-of-work LA actor who takes a job running the stores in the mall and focusing on his dream relationship with his new boss, Buyer & Cellar is replete with deliriously campy humor and takes a moment or two to show - if indeed it were possible - the very personal side of the iconic superstar. Streisand fans, take note: the award-winning off-Broadway one-man show plays at the Mark Taper Forum through August 17 only! (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of BUYER & CELLAR at CTG/Mark Taper Forum with Michael Urie, Nick Jonas, Christine Ebersole & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Jonathan Tolins' outrageous new comedy 'Buyer & Cellar' featuring Michael Urie (TV's 'Ugly Betty') opened last night, July 13, at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum at 7 p.m. Directed by Stephen Brackett, this New York runaway hit continues through August 17. Below, check out photos from opening night, including appearances from Nick Jonas, Christine Ebersole, and more! (more...)

BUYER & CELLAR, Starring Michael Urie, Begins LA Run Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2014

Jonathan Tolins' outrageous new comedy 'Buyer & Cellar' featuring Michael Urie (TV's 'Ugly Betty') opens tonight, July 13, at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum at 7 p.m. Directed by Stephen Brackett, this New York runaway hit continues through August 17. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Chester Theatre's ANNAPURNA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Chester Theatre Company will continue its 25th Anniversary Season with Sharr White's ANNAPURNA. The production, which runs now through July 20th at the Chester Town Hall in Chester, MA, will feature CTC newcomers: Westfield-native Michelle Joyner, Daniel Riordan and director Robert Egan. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

TO THE BONE, JUAREZ and More Set for 2014 THEATER:VILLAGE Festival, Running 9/4-10/5
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

The OBIE Award-winning Theater:Village festival, which is presented by Axis Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, New Ohio Theatre, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, returns for its second year, September 4 - October 5. Following last year's The Hill Town Plays, which presented five works by the playwright Lucy Thurber, this year's festival, titled E Pluribus, will feature four new plays celebrating the diversity of America. (more...)

THE FEVER to Play Actors Theatre, 7/11 & 16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

In taking on Wallace Shawn's blistering one-man play, The Fever, well-known Valley actor Mike Lawler battles personal guilt for his good intentions toward the dispossessed without the courage to join the struggle. Actors Theatre presents The Fever July 11 and 16 at Black Theatre Troupe, 1333 E. Washington St. in Phoenix as part of the No Sweat (For You)" summer season. (more...)

Inkwell Theater to Present LUIGI, Beginning 7/18
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2014

Emmy Award winner and Executive Director, Elliot Shoenman, and his son Artistic Director, Daniel Shoenman, founded the Inkwell Theater ten years ago, subsequently establishing national critical acclaim for the company with such productions as the Ovation Award nominated AfterMath, starring Annie Potts. On July 18th they will launch Louise Munson's (Liam Rector Scholar in Fiction) play Luigi, offering Los Angeles audiences a first look at her work when this World Premiere opens at the VS Theatre. (more...)

BUYER & CELLAR, Starring Michael Urie, to Open 7/13 at CTG's Mark Taper Forum
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

Jonathan Tolins' outrageous new comedy 'Buyer & Cellar' featuring Michael Urie (TV's 'Ugly Betty') opens at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 7 p.m. Directed by Stephen Brackett, this New York runaway hit continues through August 17. (more...)

Michael Urie Stars in BUYER & CELLAR, Opening at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

New York's runaway hit comedy Buyer & Cellar, about a (fictional) Los Angeles actor who takes a job working in the (very real)basement shopping arcade of Barbra Streisand's Malibu estate, begins performances at the Mark Taper Forum (more...)

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