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A Noise Within's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Begins 9/21
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, continues its 2014-2015 REVOLUTIONary season with The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, which opens on Saturday, September 27 and runs through Saturday, November 22, 2014. Directed by five-time L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award-winner Michael Michetti, this is the second production of The Importance of Being Earnest for A Noise Within, which mounted the play originally in their 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. (more...)

Court Theatre's Charles Newell Wins SDC Foundation's 2013 Zelda Fichandler Award; Ceremony Set for 11/4
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2013

Charles Newell, Artistic Director of Court Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, is the 2013 recipient of The Zelda Fichandler Award, an award to recognize an outstanding director or choreographer who is transforming the regional arts landscape through imaginative, brave work in theatre. The $5,000 award, given by Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, heralds both accomplishment to date and promise for the future, and lauds deep commitment to a community. (more...)

Court Theatre's Charles Newell Wins SDC Foundation's 2013 Zelda Fichandler Award; Ceremony Set for Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2013

Charles Newell, Artistic Director of Court Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, is the 2013 recipient of The Zelda Fichandler Award, an award to recognize an outstanding director or choreographer who is transforming the regional arts landscape through imaginative, brave work in theatre. The $5,000 award, given by Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, heralds both accomplishment to date and promise for the future, and lauds deep commitment to a community. (more...)

Playwright and Director David Mamet Calls President Obama a 'Tyrant'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2013

Playwright, director and screenwriter David Mamet made a bold observation about President Obama in a recent interview with The Hugh Hewitt Show. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company to Present AMERICAN BUFFALO, 6/13-7/13
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Closing Aurora Theatre Company's 22nd season is David Mamet's powerful, fast-paced drama AMERICAN BUFFALO. Tony-nominated director Barbara Damashek, who helmed Aurora Theatre Company's acclaimed productions of Fat Pig and Private Jokes, Public Places, returns to direct AMERICAN BUFFALO, featuring James Carpenter (John Gabriel Borkman, The Master Builder, The Birthday Party, The Homecoming), Paul Vincent O'Connor (Death Defying Acts, National Tour August: Osage County), and Rafael Jordan. AMERICAN BUFFALO plays June 13 through July 13 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($32-60) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. For mature audiences. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Delaware - Week of 5/04/2014
by BWW - May 4, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/04/2014 for Delaware (more...)

MASTER WORKS: THE DEGAS PLAYS Set for the Den Theatre, 5/29-6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

Commedia Beauregard, a Chicago-based theatre company dedicated to producing plays in translation, announces the return of its short play festival of paintings turned into original works for the stage. Master Works: The Degas Plays will be presented at the Den Theatre for one weekend only -- May 29th through June 1st, 2014. (more...)

Performance Network to Present OTHER DESERT CITIES, 6/12-7/20
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

A nominee for the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012 and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz, a co-production with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, kicks off the summer at Performance Network Theatre from June 12 - July 20, 2014. (more...)

Memorial for Goodman Theatre Lighting Designer Robert Christen Held Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

Tonight, May 13, Goodman Theatre celebrates the life and creative contributions of Robert (Bob) Christen, its longtime Resident Lighting Designer and one of the most prolific live performance designers in the country, who passed away last month at age 64. (more...)

MASTER WORKS: THE DEGAS PLAYS Set for the Den Theatre, 5/29-6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

Commedia Beauregard, a Chicago-based theatre company dedicated to producing plays in translation, announces the return of its short play festival of paintings turned into original works for the stage. Master Works: The Degas Plays will be presented at the Den Theatre for one weekend only -- May 29th through June 1st, 2014. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Delaware - Week of 5/11/2014
by BWW - May 11, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/11/2014 for Delaware (more...)

Bruce Davison, Sharon Lawrence and Roxanne Hart Star in A SONG AT TWILIGHT at Pasadena Playhouse, Now thru 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announced Bruce Davison, Sharon Lawrence and RoxAnne Hart to star in A SONG AT TWILIGHT by Noel Coward, the fifth production of its 2013 - 2014 Season. A SONG AT TWILIGHT is performed tonight, March 18 to April 13; the press opening is Sunday, March 23. (more...)

The Footlight Players Present EXTREMITIES, 4/3-6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

The Footlight Players are proud to present the final show of this season's LateNight @ the Footlight series with a stark and gripping examination of ethics and morals, Extremities, by William Mastrosimone. Performance dates are April 3-5, 10-12 at 9:00 pm and April 6 and 13 at 4:00 pm. (more...)

Sinead Cusack and Clare Higgins Star in OTHER DESERT CITIES at The Old Vic, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Sinead Cusack and Clare Higgins are to play sisters Polly Wyeth and Silda Grauman respectively, in The Old Vic's UK premiere of Jon Robin Baitz's acclaimed play, Other Desert Cities, directed by Lindsay Posner. Further casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

Stephanie O'Brien, Anderson & Petty, SONDHEIM: MEN and More Set for St. James Studio, March 2014
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2014

St. James Studio has announced its March 2014 events and performances. Details below! (more...)

Boston Court and Circle X to Present Aaron Posner's STUPID F--KING BIRD, Opening 6/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2014

The Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Co. present Stupid Fucking Bird, by Aaron Posner, directed by Michael Michetti. Opening night is Saturday, June 28, 2014 on the Main Stage at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor Avenue. (more...)

SPANK!, Kathleen Madigan, Holiday Shows, The Freddy Awards, SISTER ACT & More Set for State Theatre Center for the Arts' 88th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

The State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, PA, announces its 88th Season. Tickets for the new season will go on sale to State Theatre Members on Thursday, August 5th, to the public on Tuesday, August 19th. (more...)

Official: James Franco to Make Directorial Debut with THE SHRIFT at Rattlestick; 20th Season to Include Works by Keith Josef Adkins, Robert Boswell & More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Artistic Director David Van Asselt and Managing Director Brian Long have announced the company's 2014-2015 programming celebrating it's 20th anniversary season. The season will include New York and World premieres by Keith Josef Adkins, Robert Boswell, Sheila Callaghan, Laura Eason, Michael Laurence, Laith Nakli, Scott Organ, Ruben Polendo, and Daniel Talbott. (more...)

Bruce Davison, Sharon Lawrence and Roxanne Hart to Star in A SONG AT TWILIGHT at Pasadena Playhouse, 3/18-4/13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announced Bruce Davison, Sharon Lawrence and RoxAnne Hart to star in A SONG AT TWILIGHT by Noėl Coward, the fifth production of its 2013 - 2014 Season. A SONG AT TWILIGHT is performed March 18 to April 13; the press opening is Sunday, March 23. (more...)

Carole J. Bufford, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar and More Set for The Crazy Coqs, Now thru Feb 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2014

2014 sees some new names and some returns to The Crazy Coqs. January starts with the London debut of the sizzling cabaret performer Carole J .Bufford and her show Body and Soul (tonight, January 7 - 11) followed by the popular Broadway star Brent Barrett and his show Night Songs (January 14 -18) and then actress and singer Linda Purl with her show Midnight Caravan: Celebrating the Great Ladies of the Glamorous Nightclub Era of the 40s & 50s (January 21 - 25). (more...)

Jon Robin Baitz's OTHER DESERT CITIES to Open at The Old Vic on March 24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2014

The Old Vic presents the UK premiere of Jon Robin Baitz's acclaimed play, Other Desert Cities, directed by Lindsay Posner, which will be the first in a season of productions to be presented in-the-round at The Old Vic. (more...)

A LIFE IN THE THEATRE Now Available On DVD
by Pat Cerasaro - Jan 6, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet's celebrated two-character examination of the art of acting titled A Life in the Theatre is now available on DVD via a Warner Archives release of the 1993 TV adaptation starring Jack Lemmon and Matthew Broderick, directed by Gregory Mosher. (more...)

BWW Interviews: LYNDA A. LAVIN, Professional Stage Manager Extraordinaire
by Roy Berko - Jan 27, 2014

When most young theatre geeks think of what they want to do in the world of entertainment, they picture themselves on stage before adoring fans. Not Lynda Lavin. The Mayfield High School class of '71 grad, who attended Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State, decided while working as a high school student at Musicarnival, the legendary Cleveland tent theatre, that being a stage manager was her ticket to A Life in the Theatre. (more...)

Sinead Cusack and Clare Higgins to Star in OTHER DESERT CITIES at The Old Vic, March 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

Sinead Cusack and Clare Higgins are to play sisters Polly Wyeth and Silda Grauman respectively, in The Old Vic's UK premiere of Jon Robin Baitz's acclaimed play, Other Desert Cities, directed by Lindsay Posner. Further casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE GAY NAKED PLAY, Above the Stag, January 21 2014
by Adrian Bradley - Jan 22, 2014

Following the success of its annual panto, David Bell's Off-broadway farce THE GAY NAKED PLAY (also known as THE PLAY ABOUT THE NAKED GUY) continues the first season in Above The Stag's new Vauxhall home. (more...)

World Premiere of COUNTY LINE Opens Tonight at Performance Network Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2014

From tonight, January 16 through February 16 Performance Network Theatre presents the world premiere of the 2013 National New Play Network Showcase Selection and Edgerton Award-Winning inspiring drama 'County Line' by David Wells, who made his Performance Network debut in last season's audience favorite comedy, 'Brill'. He is a University of Michigan Alumnus and one of Michigan's most popular emerging playwrights. 'County Line', directed by David Wolber, is a coming-of-age story set in rural Kansas and explores the challenges young adults may face in foster homes, the lasting effects these memories can have on a person, and how 17-year-old Lois is able to overcome anything that is thrown her way.by David Wolber, is a coming-of-age story set in rural Kansas and explores the challenges young adults may face in foster homes, the lasting effects these memories can have on a person, and how 17-year-old Lois is able to overcome anything that is thrown her way. (more...)

Tony Nominee Martha Plimpton Joins Cast of OTHER DESERT CITIES at The Old Vic, Posner Will Direct
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2014

The full cast is announced for the UK premiere of Jon Robin Baitz's acclaimed play, Other Desert Cities, opening at The Old Vic on Monday 24 March with previews from Thursday 13 March. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the new production will star Sinead Cusack, Peter Egan, Clare Higgins, Daniel Lapaine and Martha Plimpton. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: KINKY BOOTS' Annaleigh Ashford Talks Love of the Arts, 'Magical Moments' Onstage and More
by Stage Tube - Feb 28, 2014

KINKY BOOTS' Annaleigh Ashford sat down with the web series ACTOR CHAT to talk about growing up with a love of the arts, always looking forward, her 'magical moments' onstage and more. Check out the interview below! (more...)

Primal Forces Presents David Mamet's THE ANARCHIST, Now thru 3/23
by Carol Kassie - Feb 28, 2014

Primal Forces, the brand new off-shoot company of the Boca Raton Theatre Guild, will present the southeastern premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet's The Anarchist. The production will run from today, February 28th through March 23rd at the Andrew's Living Arts Studio in Fort Lauderdale, and will star current double Carbonell-nominee Patti Gardner and Jacqueline Laggy. (more...)

BAD JEWS & More Set for Walnut Street Theatre's 2014-2015 Independence Studio on 3 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

Walnut Street Theatre has announced the 2014-2015 Independence Studio on 3 season. This 80 seat theatre gives Philadelphia audiences an intimate setting to experience World Premiere plays, delightful musicals and Walnut's National Touring productions before they leave town. With every seat just inches away from amazing theatrical talent, the Independence Studio on 3 stage is Philadelphia's premier space for theatre that's up-close and personal. (more...)

True Colors Theatre Presents Atlanta Premiere of RACE, Now thru 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company announce the upcoming Atlanta Premiere of David Mamet's Race directed by John Dillon. Race will run from today, February 25 - March 23, 2014 at Fulton County's Southwest Arts Center located at 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA 30331. (more...)

Capitol Center for the Arts Presents Oscar-Nominee Hal Holbrook in MARK TWAIN TONIGHT!, 4/11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

Oscar®-nominee Hal Holbrook returns to the Capitol Center for the Arts on Friday, April 11 at 8:00 PM in Mark Twain Tonight! - his acclaimed Tony® Award-winning one-man show which celebrates the humor, satirical wit, and timeless observations of Mark Twain. Tickets start at $45 and are on sale now at the Capitol Center box office, located at 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH, via phone at 603-225-1111, and online at www.ccanh.com. (more...)

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS to Run 3/16-30 at Segal Centre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

The Segal Centre will present a limited engagement of David Mamet's powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Glengarry Glen Ross, directed by Segal Centre Artistic Producer Paul Flicker, from March 16th - 30th, 2014. (more...)

Stephanie O'Brien, Anderson & Petty, SONDHEIM: MEN and More Set for St. James Studio, March 2014
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

St. James Studio has announced its March 2014 events and performances. Details below! (more...)

Primal Forces to Present David Mamet's THE ANARCHIST, 2/28-3/23
by Carol Kassie - Feb 12, 2014

Primal Forces, the brand new off-shoot company of the Boca Raton Theatre Guild, will present the southeastern premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet's The Anarchist. The production will run from February 28th through March 23rd at the Andrew's Living Arts Studio in Fort Lauderdale, and will star current double Carbonell-nominee Patti Gardner and Jacqueline Laggy. (more...)

World Premiere of COUNTY LINE to Open 1/16 at Performance Network Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 26, 2013

From January 16 through February 16 Performance Network Theatre presents the world premiere of the 2013 National New Play Network Showcase Selection and Edgerton Award-Winning inspiring drama 'County Line' by David Wells, who made his Performance Network debut in last season's audience favorite comedy, 'Brill'. He is a University of Michigan Alumnus and one of Michigan's most popular emerging playwrights. 'County Line', directed by David Wolber, is a coming-of-age story set in rural Kansas and explores the challenges young adults may face in foster homes, the lasting effects these memories can have on a person, and how 17-year-old Lois is able to overcome anything that is thrown her way. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Present JULIUS CAESAR, 3/19-4/20
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is proud to present a timeless retelling of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar from March 19 - April 20, 2014. The classic drama comes to life on the intimate Goldman Theater stage under the direction of Tina Packer, founder and former Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company, "a troupe that has kept the Berkshires ringing with the sound of blank verse for (more...)

Carole J. Bufford, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar and More Set for The Crazy Coqs, Jan-Feb 2014
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2013

2014 sees some new names and some returns to The Crazy Coqs. January starts with the London debut of the sizzling cabaret performer Carole J .Bufford and her show Body and Soul (January 7 - 11) followed by the popular Broadway star Brent Barrett and his show Night Songs (January 14 -18) and then actress and singer Linda Purl with her show Midnight Caravan: Celebrating the Great Ladies of the Glamorous Nightclub Era of the 40s & 50s (January 21 - 25). (more...)

In the Spotlight Series: WAITING FOR GODOT & NO MAN'S LAND's Patrick Stewart
by Walter McBride - Dec 2, 2013

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart star with Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley in NO MAN'S LAND and WAITING FOR GODOT directed by Sean Mathias. This limited engagement repertory season is now playing at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street) where it will run through March 2 only. For performance schedule and more information, visitTwoPlaysInRep.com. Below you can check out photos of Stewart in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride! (more...)

David Mamet Creating SEVEN DEADLY SINS Mini-Series for FOX
by TV News Desk - Dec 19, 2013

According to Variety, playwright David Mamet is finalizing a deal with Fox, Lionsgate TV and 20th Century Fox TV to create a seven-part mini-series based on the 'seven deadly sins'. (more...)

Chris Bauer, Dominic Hoffman, Jonno Roberts and DeWanda Wise to Star in RACE at CTG's Kirk Douglas Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

Casting is set for Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet's 'Race,' which opens September 7, 2014, at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Previews begin August 31, and performances run through September 28. (more...)

T.R. Knight Will Return to the Stage in Samuel D. Hunter's POCATELLO at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) has announced casting for POCATELLO, the World Premiere of a new play by Obie, Drama Desk and Lortel awards winner Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale at PH, The Few, A Bright New Boise). Directed by Davis McCallum (The Whale at PH, The Few, London Wall, A Bright New Boise, Water by the Spoonful), the play will be the third production of the theater company's 2014/2015 Season. (more...)

Schiff and Lindsay Join Lohan In SPEED-THE-PLOW, Opens Sep 24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Theatre Royal Bath Productions is delighted to announce actors Richard Schiff and Nigel Lindsay are to join Lindsay Lohan in David Mamet's SPEED-THE-PLOW at London's Playhouse Theatre from 24th September for a strictly limited run. A high-octane modern classic, SPEED-THE-PLOW is a brilliantly satirical portrayal of Hollywood filled with Mamet's trademark wit and mesmerizing dialogue. (more...)

The Footlight Players Present EXTREMITIES, Now thru 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

The Footlight Players are proud to present the final show of this season's LateNight @ the Footlight series with a stark and gripping examination of ethics and morals, Extremities, by William Mastrosimone. Performance dates are today, April 3-5, 10-12 at 9:00 pm and April 6 and 13 at 4:00 pm. (more...)

Hollywood Arts Council's 28th Annual Charlie Awards Luncheon to Honor Richard M. Sherman, Open Fist Theatre and More, Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

The Hollywood Arts Council's 28th Annual Charlie Awards Luncheon, benefiting the Council's arts programs for underserved children in the community, will be held on April 25, 2014. Emceed by ABC7 Television's George Pennacchio, the luncheon will take place in the Blossom Room in the Hollywoof Roosevelt Hotel. Arrivals will happen between 11:15am and 12:00noon, at which time the event begins. (more...)

Memorial for Goodman Theatre Lighting Designer Robert Christen Set for May 13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

On May 13, Goodman Theatre celebrates the life and creative contributions of Robert (Bob) Christen, its longtime Resident Lighting Designer and one of the most prolific live performance designers in the country, who passed away last month at age 64. (more...)

Hollywood Arts Council's 28th Annual Charlie Awards Luncheon to Honor Richard M. Sherman, Open Fist Theatre and More, 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

The Hollywood Arts Council's 28th Annual Charlie Awards Luncheon, benefiting the Council's arts programs for underserved children in the community, will be held on April 25, 2014. Emceed by ABC7 Television's George Pennacchio, the luncheon will take place in the Blossom Room in the Hollywoof Roosevelt Hotel. Arrivals will happen between 11:15am and 12:00noon, at which time the event begins. (more...)

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - Billy's Back, Moretz at the Public, York's 'MARY MARTIN' and More!
by Jessica Showers - Apr 15, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Billy Porter's new solo album is out today, Chloe Grace Moretz stars in THE LIBRARY, opening at the Public and more! (more...)

Capitol Center for the Arts Presents Oscar-Nominee Hal Holbrook in MARK TWAIN TONIGHT!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Oscar®-nominee Hal Holbrook returns to the Capitol Center for the Arts tonight, April 11 at 8:00 PM in Mark Twain Tonight! - his acclaimed Tony Award-winning one-man show which celebrates the humor, satirical wit, and timeless observations of Mark Twain. Tickets start at $45 and are on sale now at the Capitol Center box office, located at 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH (more...)

KISS ME, KATE Completes Pasadena Playhouse's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announced that the Cole Porter Broadway musical KISS ME, KATE, directed by Epps, will open the 2014 - 2015 Season and run from September 16 - October 12, 2014. (more...)

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