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Critic's Choice: Nashville Theatre's New Season Continues at Breakneck Pace
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 9, 2016

It's another one of those perplexing and invigorating weekends in Nashville theater as some of the season's most anticipated shows open - and theater-goers find themselves sometimes making a "Sophie's Choice" decision in some cases when the options somehow seem overwhelming. And as confounding as that can be for audiences, it once again shows that the theater scene in these parts remains as vital and as artistically challenging as ever… (more...)

United Solo Presents: 'Are You Serious? - A Woman of a Certain Age Inquiries' Written and Performed by Tulis McCall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

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Kelso Ministries International is Releasing the Critic's Choice Book I WILL NOT BE DEFINED Written by Rev. Alan Kelso
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2016

Kelso Ministries International is announcing the release of its founder Rev. Alan Kelso's book 'I Will Not Be Defined' The book is a true story of transformation, suspense, inspiration and hope. The book reflects Rev. Kelso's experiences and belief that people do not have to define their lives according to pressures being placed upon them or the tragedies of life but by the unlimited possibilities of God in their lives. (more...)

Jenny O'Hara and Nick Ullett Set to Reprise Roles in Fountain Revival of BAKERSFIELD MIST
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sachs, the Fountain's smash hit comedy that went on to see productions around the world including London's West End, will return to the Fountain for a limited 4-week engagement beginning Nov. 19. Sachs will again direct, with Jenny O'Hara (Transparent, The Mindy Project) and Nick Ullett (As the WorldTurns) reprising the roles they created. (more...)

Tichina Arnold to Hos 2015 TRIUMPH AWARDS on TV One
by TV News Desk - Sep 2, 2015

In a year defined by civil rights cases that have galvanized the country, the National Action Network (NAN) and Reverend Al Sharpton, are partnering with TV One to present the first-ever television broadcast of The 2015 Triumph Awards. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Curtain Calls and Stage Door Fun at the Rockin' MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING At T.U. Studios
by Lily Lim - Sep 16, 2016

This production of Shakespeare's popular romantic comedy is enhanced by a rock-and-roll score. Much Ado About Nothing is set in Messina, Sicily. Beatrice, niece of the local governor Leonato, and Benedick, a gentleman and friend of the powerful Prince of Aragon Don Pedro, are seeming adversaries, engaging in much verbal jousting and argument. The antagonistic remarks fool neither the men nor the women in Don Pedro's court; Beatrice and Benedick are obviously meant for each other, even if their love isn't instantly apparent. Their friends conspire to trick them into confessing their love for each other. (more...)

The Chan Centre Presen­­ts BRAIN An Acclaimed Work by Spoken Word Artist Brendan McLeod
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) presents Brain, a hilarious and heartbreaking monologue about the mind, mental illness, and friendship on November 17 at 7:30pm in the Telus Studio Theatre as part of the Beyond Words series. Written and performed by novelist and slam poet Brendan McLeod, this 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival Pick of the Fringe has been hailed as "soulful, heartfelt theatre that is moving and challenging, skillfully crafted and entertaining." (Plank Magazine) (more...)

Back at The LATC by Popular Demand LATINA CHRISTMAS SPECIAl
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

Bursting with laughs, more laughs, music and escandalo (scandal!), The Latina Christmas Special, written and performed by acclaimed comedians Diana Yanez, Maria Russell and Sandra Valls, returns to The Los Angeles Theatre Center this holiday season. Directed by Geoffrey Rivas, the Latino Theater Company production runs Nov. 19 though Dec. 18, with two low-priced previews on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18. (more...)

Tulis McCall to Reprise ARE YOU SERIOUS? at Cornelia Street Cafe
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2016

Cornelia Street Cafe welcomes award-winning writer/performer, Tulis McCall, for three special performances of her one-person show, Are You Serious? - A Woman of a Certain Age Inquires. This funny, poignant and gently in-your-face rumination on arriving at the inevitable and being unprepared will be performed on Sundays, November 6th and 13th at 3:00pm (Doors open at 2pm for drinks and brunch) and Sunday, November 27th at 6:00pm (doors open at 5:45pm for drinks and dinner). (more...)

CRITIC'S CHOICE: Scaring Up Theatrical Fun for Halloween
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 30, 2015

It's Halloween weekend and every dramatic personage and theatrical type we've ever encountered is caught up in the annual rush to find just the right costume for their holiday revelries (we confess we've never had the knack for coming up with Halloween get-ups - not since we went in drag to a party at the First Baptist Church as the age of 12…tongues were wagging, we are certain, but we lived to tell about it, so it couldn't have been that bad). In the meantime, there are all sorts of onstage happenings this weekend to keep you otherwise engaged should the difficulty of selecting your costume prove to be too much. (more...)

Critic's Choice: Get Your Halloween Fix at the Theater This Weekend
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 27, 2016

Have you decided on your Halloween costume yet? You better get to work since it's only four days until the big night is upon us and you won't want to caught with your pants down, so to speak. May we respectfully suggest a trip to your local, neighborhood theater? Not only will you be entertained, transformed and transported - we're willing to be on this happening - but you'll also probably get some great costume ideas in the process! And there is the added bonus that the theater company might be in the business of renting out costumes which would make your efforts even easier than you first thought… (more...)

Warner TV's GOTHAM Snags Primetime Top Spot in the Philippines
by TV News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

Gotham City's villains scored an epic victory last month as Warner TV cleaned up in Philippines' primetime. (more...)

Skylight Theatre's EL GRANDE CIRCUS DE COCA COLA to Transfer to Colony Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2015

The Colony Theatre is pleased to announce that it is bringing to its mid-size Equity theatre the wildly successful, LA Times Critic's Choice production of EL GRANDE CIRCUS DE COCA-COLA by Ron House, directed by Alan Shearman and based on El Grande de Coca-Cola by Ron House, Diz White, Alan Shearman, and John Neville-Andrews. (more...)

CRITIC'S CHOICE: We're Back With Some Tips for Fall
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 15, 2015

We're back! After an extended absence due to The Last Five Years (we directed it to boffo notices from our critical colleagues), The 2015 First Night Honors (which played to SRO crowds at Chaffin's Barn in September) and a sense of overwhelming malaise and ennui (we are ever so dramatic at times), BWW Nashville's Critic's Choice is back on the interwebs, offering you our insights and advice on the shows that are coming up and what you should try to find time to see - or to avoid at all costs, depending on our perspective. (more...)

M&R Productions in Association with Glenn Krutoff Presents THE RADICALIZATION OF ROLFE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

The Radicalization of Rolfe, winner of 2016 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award, re-opens as part of the Fringe Encore Series 2016 at The Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, New York City on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Written by Andrew Bergh and directed by Abigail Zealey Bess, The Radicalization of Rolfe is inspired by the backstory of the lesser-known but vital secondary characters in the legendary musical The Sound of Music. "A tone perfect production," the New York Times declares it is "a play that was just as much fun as - and cleverer than - it promised to be." (more...)

Photo Flash: EL GRANDE CIRCUS DE COCA COLA at the Colony Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2015

The Colony Theatre is pleased to announce that it is bringing to its mid-size Equity theatre the wildly successful, LA Times Critic's Choice production of EL GRANDE CIRCUS DE COCA-COLA by Ron House, directed by Alan Shearman and based on El Grande de Coca-Cola by Ron House, Diz White, Alan Shearman, and John Neville-Andrews. Check out photos from the show below! (more...)

SOUNDBREAKING: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music on Blu-ray/DVD 11/29
by TV News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

Coinciding with its upcoming PBS broadcast and coming off a critically-acclaimed premiere at SXSW earlier this year, the star-studded, groundbreaking music documentary series Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music makes its DVD and Blu-ray debut (more...)

Critic's Choice: Best of Maine 2016
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Nov 29, 2016

Having had the privilege to serve as Broadway World's Maine Editor for more than three years now, I can say with pride that the state, though remote as it may seem from the epicenter of the theatre world, Broadway, is blessed to be home to so many thriving theatre companies who produce exciting, vibrant seasons. As I compiled my list for 2016 with many familiar names, I was also struck by the extraordinary consistency of excellence these companies maintain. Here are my personal choices of the best in Maine, grouped by theatre and show. (more...)

Photo Flash: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Will Arrive at the Royal George Theatre in April
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2015

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin will begin performances on April 7, 2016 in Felder's Chicago theatrical home, the Royal George Theatre. Having broken box office records at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse in its world premiere, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin makes its Midwest premiere in a strictly limited engagement. (more...)

The Critically-Acclaimed, Innovative Holiday Hit Returns to Rubicon CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

 Last season's critically acclaimed, World Premiere hit CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL returns to Rubicon Theatre Company this holiday season with Broadway, TV and film veterans Peter Van Norden (RTC's Copenhagen) and Joe Spano ("NCIS," RTC's Bucky) reprising their roles in this innovative retelling of the classic. Adapted by Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns and directed byBrian McDonald, the 25-member cast features many of the same actors from the original production that earned a "Critic's Choice" in the Los Angeles Times and rave reviews from Ventura County Star, CASA Magazine, VIDA Magazine and the Ventura Breeze. Presented as a play with music, this dynamic and compelling stage version is highly theatrical. Actors narrate at various times, play multiple characters, sing and contribute to the soundscape for the production in the style of the Royal Shakespeare Company's landmark production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL opens in Ventura on Saturday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. followed by an after-party at Rhumb Line Restaurant. Low-priced previews are December 7-9. The show runs Wednesdays through Sundays through December 24. (more...)

CRITIC'S CHOICE: Get Ahead of the Holiday Rush
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 13, 2015

Turkeys are on-sale at your local supermarket, so there's no better way to know Thanksgiving is just around the corner - yep, less than two weeks away! - which means that local theater companies will be unleashing their holiday season productions with enough productions of A Christmas Story (both the musical and the play), It's A Wonderful Life and Ebenezer Scrooge-led shows that you could shake a stick at! (more...)

Norton Herrick's Racehorse 'Destin' A Kentucky Derby Favorite
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

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CRITIC'S CHOICE: The (Summer) Game's Afoot, Y'all!
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 27, 2016

Is it just me or is everyone else amazed by how quickly 2016 seems to be moving - in a theatrical sense, at least - and what with Memorial Day Weekend upon us, we're gobsmacked (gobsmacked, I tell ya!) by the wide range of productions offered up by Tennessee theater companies this weekend. Included are Street Theatre Company's Assassins, Center for the Arts' 42nd Street down in Murfreesboro, Rumors out at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre and the final performance of The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers at Cumberland County Playhouse. (more...)

Di Bonaventura Pictures to Develop New Take on Cult Classic Horror Film PUPPET MASTER
by Movies News Desk - May 2, 2016

Di Bonaventura Pictures (1408, TRANSFORMERS) and Caliber Media (DARK WAS THE NIGHT, SOME KIND OF HATE) partnered up to option the rights to develop a brand new take on Charles Band's cult classic horror film franchise PUPPET MASTER. (more...)

Lou Diamond Phillips to Star in LMN's THE NIGHT STALKER
by TV News Desk - May 10, 2016

LMN acquired THE NIGHT STALKER, starring Golden Globe(R) nominee Lou Diamond Phillips (Longmire) and Critic's Choice Award winner Bellamy Young (Scandal), and will premiere the film on Sunday, June 12 (more...)

Critic's Choice: Don't Miss These Shows, Y'all!
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 3, 2016

Theater-goers from our neck o' the woods have been quite spoiled already this year - and 2016 is barely three months old - and the hits, as they are wont to say, just keep on coming. In fact, there's so much great theater going on in the Nashville area right now, that you may be having a difficult time choosing among the bounteous offerings local companies are providing you. (more...)

RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD to Play Kirk Douglas Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

Launched as a 99-seat production at the Lillian Theatre, where it played to SRO houses and critical acclaim including a Los Angeles Times "Critic's Choice" review, Recorded in Hollywood, the new musical chronicling the story of black businessman, record label owner and music producer John Dolphin, will receive a commercial run as a guest production at the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. (more...)

Critic's Choice: This Weekend's Openings...'And All That Jazz'
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 17, 2016

Shows are opening, shows are closing and the newly reimagined national tour of The Phantom of the Opera continues its run at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center this weekend. Theater in Tennessee continues its fast-paced run through 2016 with a number of new openings this week, thanks to Bongo After Hours Theatre, Nashville Rep, Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, Circle Players and more - and Cumberland County Playhouse, Arts Center of Cannon County, Street Theatre Company, Lakewood Theatre Company and ACT 1 continue runs of their latest shows - to give you even more opportunities to celebrate the magic of live theater in the Volunteer State! And on Monday night, The Chicago Talking Machine Company premieres its first Nashville show at the Centennial Black Box Theatre. (more...)

Critic's Choice: If Life's A Cabaret, Why Aren't You At The Theater?
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 10, 2016

Winter's apparently over - it's in the mid-70s, balmy and windy, as we write this - and even before Spring pops up all over, there's an amazing amount of good theater to be found in the Nashville area. In fact, there's so much to choose from that you have absolutely no excuse staying alone in your room. Instead, in the wise and wonderful words of Sally Bowles, life is a cabaret and you're far more likely to find that out in the darkened confines of a theater, where magic and mayhem is bound to happen. (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: We Saw What You Did Last Summer
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 9, 2015

It's another busy theater week in Tennessee, and in Nashville there are an extra 50,000 to 100,000 country music fans jamming up traffic and increasing wait times at local restaurants, thanks to CMA Music Fest, which natives and longtimers will remember as Fan Fair. So while you're steering clear of our version of Broadway in downtown Nashville, which will be teeming with more people than you can shake a stick at (as my mama would say),  you should instead make reservations to see some local talent onstage at some of the shows included in our Critic's Choice column today! (more...)

VIDEO: Netflix Shares New ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Featurette
by TV News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

Four days left until Netflix launches the third season of the award-winning, critically-acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is the New Black! (more...)

CULT MODEL to Play Hollywood Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Internationally acclaimed solo performance artist Steven Fales (LA Times Critic's Choice Confessions of a Mormon Boy) returns to Los Angeles in his new solo comedy CULT MODEL at Asylum Theatre (Inter)national House at the Hollywood Fringe Festival for three performances only Sat, Jun. 18 @8:30PM, Tues, Jun. 21 @ 8:30PM and Sat., Jun. 25 @10:00PM located at 6500 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038. 60 minutes.Tickets $15.00 at www.hollywoodfringe.org. For more information www.facebook.com/fales.steven (more...)

VIDEO: Allison Janney Addresses Critics Choice Awards Kiss with James Corden
by TV News Desk - Jun 4, 2015

On last night's LATE LATE SHOW, James Corden and Allison recapped her impromptu kiss after winning a Critic's Choice Award last week, which isn't so special after James saw Allison's entrance to CBS for the show. (more...)

NBC Orders Second Season for David Duchovny Drama AQUARIUS
by TV News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

NBC has given a second-season renewal for its 1960's-themed drama “Aquarius,” starring David Duchovny as an LAPD cop on the hunt for Charles Manson, it was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. (more...)

Jerry Mayer's ALMOST PERFECT Extends at Santa Monica Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

Twenty-nine years after it premiered, playwright Jerry Mayer's "funny, touching and true-to-heart" (Variety) hit comedy ALMOST PERFECT returns to Santa Monica Playhouse as part of the Playhouse's three-year Jerry Mayer-a-thon, reuniting Mayer with director Chris DeCarlo who directed the successful 20th anniversary production of Mayer's acclaimed comedy Aspirin & ELEPHANTS (Critics' Pick, LA TIMES). Extended by popular demand, the show is now playing weekends through August 23, 2015. (more...)

Celebration Theatre Extends THE BOY FROM OZ
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Celebration Theatre at the Lex and Bruce W. Zisterer in association with Nicholas Caprio, Michael C. Kricfalusi, Todd Milliner and Jack Morrissey presents, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, and thrilled to announce that their critically-acclaimed (LA Times Critic's Choice) Smash-Hit, West Coast premiere of THE BOY FROM OZ, music and lyrics by Peter Allen, book by Martin Sherman, original book by Nick Enright, choreography by Janet Roston, musical direction by Bryan Blaskie, produced by Andrew Carlberg and directed by Celebration Theatre co-artistic director Michael A. Shepperd is EXTENDING through SUNDAY, JULY 31 at the Celebration Theatre's new home, Celebration at the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

Showtime's PENNY DREADFUL Cancelled After Three Season Run
by TV News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

The critically acclaimed SHOWTIME drama PENNY DREADFUL has slayed its final demon – last night's jaw-dropping finale marked the series finale of the three-season opus envisioned by creator, writer and executive producer John Logan (more...)

The Road Theatre Company Extends JOHN IS A FATHER with Sam Anderson
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY and Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, are thrilled to announce the fifth show of its 2015-2016 - 25thAnniversary Season, the critically acclaimed (LA Times Critic's Choice, Stage Raw TOP TEN), world premiere ofJOHN IS A FATHER, written by Julie Marie Myatt, starring Sam Anderson and directed by Dan Bonnell is EXTENDINGthrough SATURDAY, JULY 16 at the Road on Lankershim, 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. (more...)

Road Theatre Company to Present THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY and Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, are thrilled to announce that they will be starring in the first show of its 2016-2017 season, EDWARD ALBEE'S THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY, written by Tony award-winning playwright Edward Albee and directed by Andre Barron, reuniting the three for the first time since the critically acclaimed The Other Place.  EDWARD ALBEE'S THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY will begin previews on Tuesday, September 13 at 8pm; will open on Friday, September 16 at 8pm and run through Saturday, November 5 at the Road Theatre Company's second home, The Road on Magnolia, located in The NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood. (more...)

Lou Diamond Phillips to Star in LMN's THE NIGHT STALKER
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2016

LMN acquired THE NIGHT STALKER, starring Golden Globe(R) nominee Lou Diamond Phillips (Longmire) and Critic's Choice Award winner Bellamy Young (Scandal), and will premiere the film on Sunday, June 12 (more...)

Comedy Central Renews INSIDE AMY SCHUMER for Fifth Season
by TV News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

Comedy's leading lady, Amy Schumer, has extended her Peabody® and Emmy® Award-winning Comedy Central series, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER for a fifth season (more...)

BWW 2015 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)
by Jay Irwin - Jan 4, 2016

Dear Readers, I hope you've all fared well over the holidays and had a good time with your families. It's been a tumultuous year with lots of great theater for us to take in. And so I'm pleased to share with you some of the best things I saw this past year and the ones that I felt worthy of getting my Critic's Choice Awards for 2015. So settle in and allow me to expound on all the amazing I saw over the year. The envelope please. (more...)

Pacific Resident Theatre's SAFE AT HOME: AN EVENING WITH ORSON BEAN Continues Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

Pacific Resident Theatre (Marilyn Fox, Artistic Director) announces the extension of SAFE AT HOME: An Evening with Orson Bean (SAGE Award/ArtsInLA; Best Solo Performance, 'Top Ten' - Stage Raw 'Recommended'). Directed by PRT's Guillermo Cienfuegos (The Homecoming and Henry V - Critic's Choice - LA Times; Ovation Award, and Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Award for Best Director), performances will continue tonight, January 22nd, through March 13, 2016. (more...)

Pacific Resident Theatre Extends SAFE AT HOME: AN EVENING WITH ORSON BEAN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

Pacific Resident Theatre (Marilyn Fox, Artistic Director) announces the extension of SAFE AT HOME: An Evening with Orson Bean (SAGE Award/ArtsInLA; Best Solo Performance, "Top Ten" - Stage Raw 'Recommended'). Directed by PRT's Guillermo Cienfuegos (The Homecoming and Henry V - Critic's Choice - LA Times; Ovation Award, and Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Award for Best Director), performances will continue on January 22nd through March 13, 2016. (more...)

Critic's Choice: The Shows You Just Can't Miss
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 25, 2016

There's so much great theater going on in the Nashville area right now, that you may be having a difficult time choosing among the bounteous offerings local companies are providing you. We're delighted to herald the return of BWW Nashville's Critics Choice with today's feature, offering up a compendium of what's available, what we recommend you see, and - in the cases of show's we've seen already - snippets of our reviews to help you make up your mind! (more...)

Solo Performer Tulis McCall Returns September 19th with ARE YOU SERIOUS?
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

United Solo welcomes back writer/performer, Tulis McCall, winner of Best Storytelling Script Award from United Solo 2015, to present her latest solo work, Are You Serious? - A Woman of a Certain Age Inquires. This funny, poignant and gently in-your-face rumination on arriving at the inevitable and being unprepared will be performed on Monday, September 19th at 7:30pm at The Studio Theatre @ Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street - just east of Broadway.) Tickets are $20.25 (including a $2.25 theatre restoration charge) and are available at the Theatre Row Box Office and online through www.telecharge.com. You may also call Telecharge at 212-239-6200. United Solo is the world's largest solo theater festival. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre of Ventura Announces the Company's 2016 -2017 Mainstage Season STORIES THAT MATTER
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company's 2016-2017 Season was publicly announced today at a special event hosted by Joe Spano(Emmy Award and L.A. Drama Critics' Circle Award-winning veteran of stage and screen) and Peter Van Norden (whose numerous credits include five Broadway shows, regional theatre, film and television). The two actors star as Marley and Scrooge, respectively, in the company's adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which was a Critic's Choice in the L.A. Times and will be reprised this December under the direction of Brian McDonald. The season also features the third play in Arlene Hutton's celebrated Nibroc Trilogy, Gulf View Drive, helmed by London-based director Katharine Farmer; Miche Braden reprising her Off-Broadway performance in The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith written by Angelo Parra and directed by Joe Brancato of Penguin Rep; the return of the most popular comedy in Rubicon history, A.R. Gurney's Sylvia, directed by Stephanie A. Coltrin; direct from Off-Broadway, The Other Mozart written by and starring Silvia Milo and directed by Isaac Byrne, about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's equally remarkable sister Nannerl; Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Frank McGuinness' riveting tale based on a true story about three hostages held in Beirut in1986, directed by Katharine Farmer; and King Lear by William Shakespeare, directed by James O'Neil. (more...)

Critic's Choice: People to See, Shows to Do
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 7, 2016

Shows are opening, shows are closing and Fiddler on the Roof is back onstage for Actors Pointe Theatre Company while Tom Sawyer takes a bow at Springhouse Theatre in Smyrna! Obviously, the 2016 theater season continues to reveal itself at a breakneck pace, giving audiences a veritable buffet of offerings from which to choose. (more...)

Critic's Choice: Rumor-Mongering and Pageant-Hopping in Nashville
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 29, 2016

They're dishing up some tasty Rumors at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre - along with the bountiful buffet of Southern delicacies - while at Donelson's The Larry Keeton Theatre, the last two performances of Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest are served up this weekend, and the national touring company of Mamma Mia! winds up its weeklong stand at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall. And the intrepid Nashville Repertory Theatre Professional Interns present their very own production of Gruesome Playground Injuries. (more...)

Critic's Choice: The Shows To See This Weekend
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 21, 2016

Shows are opening (Carolyn German unveils her latest, Go From Here, and Nashville Ballet revives Carmina Burana, both this weekend), shows are closing (your last chance to catch The Taffetas at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre before they go the way of The Plaids is this weekend) and The Miss Firecracker Contest is back onstage at Donelson's Larry Keeton Theatre for the second of three weekends. Obviously, the 2016 theater season continues to reveal itself at a breakneck pace, giving audiences a veritable buffet of offerings from which to choose. (more...)

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