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BWW Reviews: EQUIVOCATION, It's all in the Details and Theatricum Gets Them All Right
by Ellen Dostal - Sep 12, 2014

Throughout two thirds of Bill Cain's political thriller EQUIVOCATION, a confused Shagspeare (known to us otherwise as Shakespeare and played by Ted Barton) keeps asking questions and getting answers that don't make sense. Finally a circumspect Father Garnet (Franc Ross) tells him to look for the question beneath the question and suddenly the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at EQUIVOCATION at Theatricum Botanicum
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 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" -- on 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, Equivocation opens on Sept. 5 at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Chemistry Drives Theatricum Botanicum's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by Ellen Dostal - Aug 15, 2014

What a wonder is love in the hands of a writer like Shakespeare. Through comedy, tragedy, sonnet and poem, the way he captures lovers and their essence is pure magic. In MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, bringing that magic to life rests largely with its leading man and lady, and when a company gets the pairing right, the experience is so thoroughly engaging you never want it to end. (more...)

Shakespeare & Company to Welcome Shakespeare Birthplace Trustees, 8/17
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014


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...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Trustus Theatre's THE VELVET WEAPON
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Internationally produced playwright Deborah Brevoort premieres her new farce The Velvet Weapon at Trustus Theatre in The Vista. This script is the winner of the Trustus Playwrights' Festival, an annual competition that gives a full production to a new original work. This world premiere production of Brevoort's The Velvet Weapon will run from Friday August 8th at 8:00pm through August 16th, 2014. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Theatricum Botanicum Broadens Perceptions in ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
by Ellen Dostal - Jul 14, 2014

In Theatricum Botanicum's ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, the action begins and ends with a song. At rise it is the somber lamentation that accompanies a funeral procession and at the play's conclusion, an uplifting madrigal 'Sing We Enchant It.' (more...)

Theatricum Botanicum to Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday, 7/26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 07, 2014

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum is throwing a party to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday on Saturday, July 26 - and everyone is invited. (more...)

Peter Alsop's Annual Kids Koncerts Series Kicks Off at Theatricum Botanicum, 7/13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

Sunday mornings mean fun for families at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. A sure sign that it's summer vacation, Peter Alsop's annual Kids Koncerts series kicks off on July 13 at 10:30 a.m. in Theatricum's magical outdoor amphitheater-in-the-woods. (more...)

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING to Run 7/12-9/28 at Theatricum Botanicum
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

Romance, intrigue and crackling verbal wit. Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum continues its celebration of the Bard's 450th birthday when Much Ado About Nothing joins the All-Shakespeare Summer Repertory Season on July 12. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Theatricum Botanicum's ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2014

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicumcontinues its celebration of the Bard's 450th birthday with a new production of All's Well That Ends Well that joins the All-Shakespeare Repertory Season tonight, June 21. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Formidable Ellen Geer Becomes LEAR at Theatricum Botanicum
by Ellen Dostal - Jun 14, 2014

A frightening thing happens when a woman plays the title role in a gender-reversed King Lear; the betrayal and revenge between mother and sons takes on an added level of horror. What was already tragic to begin with, as originally written for a father and daughters, now feels even more threatening in the reverse. (more...)

Photo Flash: Theatricum Botanicum's LEAR, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 07, 2014

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum kicks off its All-Shakespeare Summer Season in celebration of the Bard's 450th birthday with a gender-reversed Lear for the 21st century, opening tonight, Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. in the theater's spectacular outdoor amphitheater in Topanga Canyon. (more...)

Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks in Los Angeles and San Diego
by Ellen Dostal - Jun 04, 2014

Here are Summer Stages Picks from Broadwayworld's Ellen Dostal for what to see in Los Angeles and San Diego. (more...)

Trustus Dedicates All of August to New Works
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2014

The entire month of August 2014 will be dedicated to the creation of original works at Trustus Theatre. The month will kick off with the world premiere of the 2013 winner of the Trustus Playwrights' Festival: Deborah Brevoort's The Velvet Weapon. The show will open August 8th at 8:00pm, and run through August 16, 2014. Trustus will host a reading of the winning script from the 2014 Trustus Playwrights' Festival on August 16th at 2:00pm. (more...)

ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL to Run 6/21-9/27 at Theatricum Botanicum
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum continues its celebration of the Bard's 450th birthday with a new production of All's Well That Ends Well that joins the All-Shakespeare Repertory Season on June 21. (more...)

LEAR & 'DREAM' to Open Theatricum's All-Shakespeare Season, 6/7-8
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum kicks off its All-Shakespeare Summer Season in celebration of the Bard's 450th birthday with a gender-reversed Lear for the 21st century, opening on Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m., and the return of the company's signature rendering of A Midsummer Night's Dream, with performances beginning Sunday, June 8 at 3:30 p.m. The two productions will continue to run in repertory through the end of Sept. in the theater's spectacular outdoor amphitheater nestled in a Topanga Canyon ravine, and will be joined later in the season by three additional mainstage offerings. (more...)

BWW Reviews: 110 IN THE SHADE Casts a Magical Spell
by Ellen Dostal - May 12, 2014

Though the term is rarely used today, there was an era when ending up an old maid was the worst possible scenario for a woman. Hard times and modest dreams made finding a husband a requirement for happiness, especially during the Depression when people lived off the land, family meant all, and survival depended on the support of one's neighbors in times of need. (more...)

Momentum Place Comes to Theatricum Botanicum for Mother's Day
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Momentum Place - This Mother's Day, the 16th annual Momentum Place creates a fantastical world of aerial and circus performers, dancers and musicians in Theatricum Botanicum's rustic outdoor amphitheater on May 11, 2014. (more...)

The Colony Theatre Presents Ian Buchanan & Mariette Hartley in THE LION IN WINTER, Now thru 5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

The Colony Theatre is thrilled to present Ian Buchanan and Mariette Hartley starring in THE LION IN WINTER, written by James Goldman and directed by Stephanie Vlahos. THE LION IN WINTER will preview tonight, April 16; Thursday, April 17; and Friday, April 18 at 8:00pm and will open on Saturday, April 19 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, May 18 at The Colony Theatre, 555 N. Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center Mall. (more...)

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