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Photo Flash: Three Local Students Top CTG's 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition Regional FinalsPhoto Flash: Three Local Students Top CTG's 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition Regional Finals
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

Center Theatre Group has named Aryana Williams, Alexander Villaseñor and Elija Hall as the top performers of the August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) Regional Finals held at the Mark Taper Forum on February 27, 2017. Williams and Villaseñor will go on to represent Los Angeles in the national finals on May 1. Scroll down for photos from the finals at CTG! (more...)

Shakespeare & Company's Celebration of Joan Ackermann to Feature World Premiere ReadingShakespeare & Company's Celebration of Joan Ackermann to Feature World Premiere Reading
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

Shakespeare & Company has announced Joan Ackermann: One Playwright, One Weekend with staged play readings Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19.  (more...)

Broadway-Bound THE MINUTES, GUARDS AT THE TAJ, BLKS and More Highlight 2017-18 at SteppenwolfBroadway-Bound THE MINUTES, GUARDS AT THE TAJ, BLKS and More Highlight 2017-18 at Steppenwolf
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro and Executive Director David Schmitz announced today the 2017/18 Season. The nation's premier ensemble theater, Steppenwolf celebrates its 42nd season with seven captivating shows - three world premieres and four Chicago premieres - that embrace diversity, compassion and imagination. (more...)

La Chiusa & Fitzhugh's LOS OTROS Sets Special Events for Spring Run at EverymanLa Chiusa & Fitzhugh's LOS OTROS Sets Special Events for Spring Run at Everyman
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

As previously announced, Everyman Theatre presents the Baltimore/DC Premiere of Los Otros, a timely new reworking of the musical from Tony Award nominees Michael John LaChiusa (music) and Ellen Fitzhugh (book and lyrics). Los Otros is currently in rehearsal and runs from March 22 through April 23, 2017. (more...)

ECLIPSED Playwright Danai Gurira and More Will Be Feted in 'VISIONARY VOICES' Gala in OjaiECLIPSED Playwright Danai Gurira and More Will Be Feted in 'VISIONARY VOICES' Gala in Ojai
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

The Ojai Playwrights Conference announced today performers and honorees for its 20th Anniversary Benefit Gala - 'Celebrating 20 Years of Visionary Voices' Scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2017, the Benefit begins at 4:00pm at Matilija Auditorium with an extraordinary event created especially for this evening. (more...)

Noah Bean, Jon DeVries, Alex Hurt, Jonny Orsini and Grace Van Patten Join THE WHIRLIGIG Off-Broadway; Cast Complete!Noah Bean, Jon DeVries, Alex Hurt, Jonny Orsini and Grace Van Patten Join THE WHIRLIGIG Off-Broadway; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

The New Group has announced full casting for Hamish Linklater's The Whirligig, with Noah Bean, Jon DeVries, Alex Hurt, Jonny Orsini and Grace Van Patten, and as previously announced, Norbert Leo Butz, Zosia Mamet and Maura Tierney, set to appear in this world premiere directed by Scott Elliott. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 2/21/2017 - 2/28/2017Hottest Articles on BWW 2/21/2017 - 2/28/2017
by - Feb 28, 2017

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Lineup Announced for The New Black Fest at The Lark 2017Lineup Announced for The New Black Fest at The Lark 2017
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

The New Black Fest and The Lark, two theater organizations dedicated to celebrating and advocating for extraordinary and diverse stories, have announced the third annual The New Black Fest at The Lark. (more...)

A WONDER IN MY SOUL World Premiere Extends at Victory GardensA WONDER IN MY SOUL World Premiere Extends at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels announce a one-week extension to the World Premiere, hit production of A Wonder In My Soul, written by ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and directed by Chay Yew, with music direction by Jaret Landon. A Wonder In My Soul will now run through March 19, 2017 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Darren Criss, GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE and More Among 48th Annual LADCC Award NomineesDarren Criss, GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE and More Among 48th Annual LADCC Award Nominees
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) has announced its nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles, Orange County and Ventura County theatre for the year 2016 (Dec. 1, 2015 - Nov. 30, 2016). (more...)

ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME, Starring Wade McCollum, Headed Off-Broadway This MayERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME, Starring Wade McCollum, Headed Off-Broadway This May
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Producer Q Theatricals announced today that after critically acclaimed and award winning productions in Seattle, New Jersey and Boston the new musical, ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME, will begin performances on Friday, April 14, 2017 and officially open on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Off-Broadway's Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd Street). This strictly limited engagement will play through Sunday, June 11th only. (more...)

THE HUMANS, David Henry Hwang's SOFT POWER Headline 2017-18 at the Ahmanson TheatreTHE HUMANS, David Henry Hwang's SOFT POWER Headline 2017-18 at the Ahmanson Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Stephen Karam's four-time Tony Award-winning Broadway play THE HUMANS will be the centerpiece of the Ahmanson Theatre's 2017-18 season at Center Theatre Group next June, along with David Henry Hwang's new commission SOFT POWER. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

March is the month for Beauty and the Beast fans to rejoice!  On Friday, March 17, the long awaited live-action film opens and Susan Egan, Broadway's original Tony-nominated 'Belle' takes the stage in a one-night-only concert event 'The Real Housewife of Broadway' at the Beverly O'Neill Theater at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.  (more...)

Marin Theatre Company Announces 2017-18 Main Stage SeasonMarin Theatre Company Announces 2017-18 Main Stage Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Enchantment abounds as the season continues with the Bay Area Premiere of Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard and Lee Hall's effervescent romance, Shakespeare in Love, coming to MTC this holiday season. In the Elizabethan era, when women are forbidden to become actors, what's a stage-struck lady to do? Lady Viola de Lesseps adores plays, especially those by a young writer named Will Shakespeare, but can only look on longingly as men and boys perform them. Will, meanwhile, has his own struggles: his inspiration fled, his debts and unwritten commissions piling up…until he meets an unknown young player named Thomas Kent, who speaks his words as he's always dreamed they'd be spoken, and a beautiful woman named Viola, who could be just the muse he needs. Under the direction of MTC artistic director Jasson Minadakis, this stage adaptation of the beloved film finds its true essence: a love letter to the power of theatre and the imagination. (more...)

Center Theatre Group Announces Judges for 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition Regional FinalsCenter Theatre Group Announces Judges for 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition Regional Finals
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Center Theatre Group is announcing five judges from varying professions that will participate in the 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) Regional Finals taking place at the Mark Taper Forum on Monday, February 27. (more...)

FUN HOME Opens Tomorrow at the AhmansonFUN HOME Opens Tomorrow at the Ahmanson
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

The Tony Award-winning musical "Fun Home" opens February 22 at the Ahmanson Theatre and continues through April 1, 2017. "Fun Home" has one preview performance on February 21. (more...)

ZOOT SUIT Extends for Third and Final Time at the TaperZOOT SUIT Extends for Third and Final Time at the Taper
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Due to continued extraordinary ticket sales and resounding critical response, Center Theatre Group is announcing a third and final one-week extension for the run of Luis Valdez's "Zoot Suit' at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. (more...)

BWW Women in Theater: Close's Performance a Triumph as March Women's Theater Events Gear UpBWW Women in Theater: Close's Performance a Triumph as March Women's Theater Events Gear Up
by Lauren Yarger - Feb 20, 2017

Women in theater are making headlines and we're gearing up for lots of news as we head into Women's History month in March and International Women's Day on Wednesday, March 8 to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. (more...)

BWW Review: Stunning ZOOT SUIT Revival at Taper Mirrors Present Day PoliticsBWW Review: Stunning ZOOT SUIT Revival at Taper Mirrors Present Day Politics
by Don Grigware - Feb 20, 2017

Let's get one thing perfectly clear from the get.go. Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit which premiered at the Mark Taper Forum and on Broadway in 1978, is a milestone. Broadway had not seen anything quite like it up to that point. First of all, it put Mexicans into the mainstream ... and their Pachuco culture, including their music and dance. In form it's a serious play about the Zoot Suit murders of 1942 in Southern California, but it is laced with humor, song and dance, classifying it in both realms of fact and fantasy. Now, after 39 years, in the 50th anniversary year of Center Theatre Group, Zoot Suit returns in an all new revival, once again directed by the brilliant Valdez. It has a fantastic cast, is high on entertainment value...and its issues do indeed mirror those present in today's politically ruthless world. (more...)

Photo Flash: Theatreworks Silicon Valley present CALLIGRAPHYPhoto Flash: Theatreworks Silicon Valley present CALLIGRAPHY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2016/2017 season with the Regional Premiere of Velina Hasu Houston's international comic drama, Calligraphy. Two continents, two cultures, two estranged sisters, and two cousins determined to bridge the gap between them, are all boldly calligraphed in this free-wheeling work set in Los Angeles and Tokyo, past and present.  East and West collide as Japanese free-spirit Sayuri and biracial American Hiromi care for their feuding mothers, whom they gamely hope to reunite before it is too late. Directed by TheatreWorks Associate Artistic Director Leslie Martinson, Calligraphy will be presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley March 8-April 2 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. For tickets ($35-$59) and more information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960. (more...)

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