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Cast Complete for A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Starring Will Cobbs and Dawn Ursula, at Arena StageCast Complete for A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Starring Will Cobbs and Dawn Ursula, at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The 'play that changed American theater forever' (New York Times) comes to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater for the first time ever this spring. (more...)

Asolo Rep Adds Two Performances of THE ORIGINALISTAsolo Rep Adds Two Performances of THE ORIGINALIST
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Due to popular demand, Asolo Rep has added two additional performances of THE ORIGINALIST to its nearly sold-out run. (more...)

Photo Flash: Arena Stage Opens Suspenseful, Starry Production of WATCH ON THE RHINEPhoto Flash: Arena Stage Opens Suspenseful, Starry Production of WATCH ON THE RHINE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2017

Arena Stage announces full casting for Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine, winner of the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. Four-time Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Marsha Mason, known for her performances in the films Cinderella Liberty, The Goodbye Girl, Chapter Two and Only When I Laugh, stars as Fanny Farrelly under esteemed director Jackie Maxwell, former artistic director of Canada's Shaw Festival. Set in Washington, D.C. on the brink of U.S. involvement in World War II, Hellman's suspenseful drama was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "dramatically gripping and genuinely moving." Watch on the Rhine runs February 3-March 5, 2017 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

2017 Helen Hayes Award Nominations Announced; COME FROM AWAY Nabs 14 Nominations2017 Helen Hayes Award Nominations Announced; COME FROM AWAY Nabs 14 Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

The 2017 Helen Hayes Award nominations were announced tonight. A line-up of leading theatre artists announced nominations in 47 categories of artistic excellence. Award recipients will be announced at the Helen Hayes Awards gala event to be held at the Lincoln Theatre on Monday, May 15 with an after-party hosted at Washington's legendary 9:30 Club. (more...)

BWW Review: Good Theater's THE MAY QUEEN Journeys from the Mundane to the PoeticBWW Review: Good Theater's THE MAY QUEEN Journeys from the Mundane to the Poetic
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Feb 4, 2017

Good Theater's Executive/Artistic Director Brian P. Allen has a remarkable sixth sense about choosing plays whose situations and characters resonate with originality and empathy. The latest production, Molly Smith Metzler's The May Queen, is an engaging portrait of five small town characters who all work in the local insurance agency and whose lives and paths remain interconnected because of their shared high school past. Metzler's comedy explores the surface banality of these characters, as it slowly and skillfully makes its way toward revealing some deeper poetic truths. (more...)

Asolo Rep to Present THE WASHINGTON TRILOGYAsolo Rep to Present THE WASHINGTON TRILOGY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

This season at Asolo Rep, in celebration of the fifth and final year of its American Character Project, the theatre's three winter repertory shows are all set in the political hotbed of the nation's capital: Washington, D.C. The winter rep season began on January 13 with THE GREAT SOCIETY, Robert Schenkkan's thrilling depiction of LBJ's divisive presidency. On Inauguration Day, January 20, the theatre opened THE ORIGINALIST, John Strand's remarkably timely play about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the search for the political middle. BORN YESTERDAY, Garson Kanin's beloved classic comedy about a not-so-dumb blonde's journey into Washington high society, opens February 10 - officially kicking off The Washington Trilogy: Three Hot Shows - One Blazing City. (more...)

NYC Revival of Rob Handel's APHRODISIAC Set for Loft227 This FebruaryNYC Revival of Rob Handel's APHRODISIAC Set for Loft227 This February
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Aphrodisiac, a dark political comedy by playwright Rob Handel, originally produced by 13P in 2005, will return to NYC for a limited run at Loft227 (227 W 29th Street) from February 13th - February 24th. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Peter MarksBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Peter Marks
by Elliot Lanes - Jan 25, 2017

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Photo Flash: Arena Stage Hosts INTELLIGENCE Meet and GreetPhoto Flash: Arena Stage Hosts INTELLIGENCE Meet and Greet
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Jacqueline E. Lawton's new political thriller Intelligence makes its world premiere at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Under the direction of Daniella Topol (Round House's Ironbound), Intelligence explores the cost of deception and the consequences of speaking truth to power. Due to popular demand, the production has been extended for one week with eight additional performances and will run February 24-April 9, 2017 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. (more...)

Asolo Rep Announces Panelists for First IllumiNation Event of the 2016-17 SeasonAsolo Rep Announces Panelists for First IllumiNation Event of the 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

On Tuesday, January 24, Asolo Repertory Theatre kicks off the second season of its IllumiNation Series, connecting the social issues presented on stage with the local community. Each of the four events includes a pre-performance reception on the mezzanine, a ticket to the performance, and a moderated post-show discussion where audience members can further explore the topics they have just seen played out on stage. (more...)

Dawn Ursula to Return to Arena Stage in A RAISIN IN THE SUN This SpringDawn Ursula to Return to Arena Stage in A RAISIN IN THE SUN This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

D.C.-based powerhouse actress and two-time Helen Hayes Award winner Dawn Ursula, last seen at Arena Stage in Love in Afghanistan, will return to play Ruth Younger in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun under the direction of Tazewell Thompson. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

Hannah Yelland to Star in World Premiere of INTELLIGENCE at Arena Stage; Cast Set!Hannah Yelland to Star in World Premiere of INTELLIGENCE at Arena Stage; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Jacqueline E. Lawton's new political thriller Intelligence makes its world premiere at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Under the direction of Daniella Topol (Round House's Ironbound), Intelligence explores the cost of deception and the consequences of speaking truth to power. Due to popular demand, the production has been extended for one week with eight additional performances and will run February 24-April 9, 2017 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. (more...)

Good Theater Presents 33 Days of Continuous TheaterGood Theater Presents 33 Days of Continuous Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

Good Theater the professional company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress Street, Portland, will open its next main stage production, THE MAY QUEEN on January 25.  In addition the company will present three performances per week of A.R. Gurney's LOVE LETTERS.  From January 25-February 26, the company will offer 33 days of continuous theater giving nine performances per week. (more...)

Hit Comedy ELEMENO PEA to Open This Winter at Citadel TheatreHit Comedy ELEMENO PEA to Open This Winter at Citadel Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

Citadel Theatre's 2016-17 season continues with Molly Smith Metzler's Elemeno Pea, a comedy about social class and sibling rivalry that premiered at the 2011 Humana Festival of New Plays and has since enjoyed productions across the country in prestigious theaters like South Coast Repertory in southern California, Pittsburgh's City Theatre and Atlanta's Horizon Theatre.  (more...)

Asolo Rep Presents THE ORIGINALIST Opening on Inauguration DayAsolo Rep Presents THE ORIGINALIST Opening on Inauguration Day
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

Asolo Rep continues its winter rep season and the fifth and final year of its American Character Project with THE ORIGINALIST, Charles MacArthur Award-winner John Strand's gripping political masterpiece that spotlights the late polarizing judicial titan, Justice Antonin Scalia. (more...)

Marsha Mason to Star in Lillian Hellman's WATCH ON THE RHINE at Arena Stage; Cast Complete!Marsha Mason to Star in Lillian Hellman's WATCH ON THE RHINE at Arena Stage; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Arena Stage announces full casting for Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine, winner of the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. (more...)

Broadway's DEAR EVAN HANSEN to Launch Digital Lottery TomorrowBroadway's DEAR EVAN HANSEN to Launch Digital Lottery Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Producer Stacey Mindich announced today that beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, December 7, Dear Evan Hansen will launch a digital lottery, which will allow users to enter the lottery for a chance to purchase specially-priced tickets to that day's performance. (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the Opening Night Red Carpet for DEAR EVAN HANSENPhoto Coverage: On the Opening Night Red Carpet for DEAR EVAN HANSEN
by Walter McBride - Dec 6, 2016

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BWW Review: MOBY DICK at Arena Stage - Take a Dip Into the Ocean for An Adventure to RememberBWW Review: MOBY DICK at Arena Stage - Take a Dip Into the Ocean for An Adventure to Remember
by Charles Shubow - Dec 6, 2016

Herman Melville's classic noved written in 1851 is transformed into an astonishing production. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: BWW Takes You On the Red Carpet at the Premiere of DEAR EVAN HANSENSTAGE TUBE: BWW Takes You On the Red Carpet at the Premiere of DEAR EVAN HANSEN
by Stage Tube - Dec 5, 2016

BroadwayWorld was live on Facebook last night catching up with all the stars on the red carpet at the premiere of DEAR EVAN HANSEN. See who we got to talk to, including Aaron Tveit, Darren Criss, Terrence Mann, and more! (more...)

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