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Sarah Ruhl's New Play SCENES FROM COURT LIFE Opens Yale Rep's 50th Anniversary Season Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

Yale Repertory Theatre, celebrating 50 years of daring artists, bold choices, and adventurous audiences, presents the world premiere of Scenes from Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Mark Wing-Davey, tonight, September 30, through October 22 at Yale University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is Thursday, October 6. (more...)

Wildlife cybercrime center stage at CITES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

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Theatre Royal Stratford East Announces Full Casting for Bonnie Greer's THE HOTEL CERISE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Kerry Michael today announces the cast for the world premiere of Bonnie Greer's new play The Hotel Cerise, directed by Femi Elufowoju, jr. Inspired by Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard the production is a key part of the theatre's focus on commissioning new work and adaptations. Ellen Thomas leads the company, with El Anthony, Madeline Appiah, Michael Bertenshaw, Nicholas Beveney, Andrew Dennis, Abhin Galeya, Lacharne Jolly, Corey Montague-Sholay, Claire Prempeh, Alexis Rodney and Angela Wynter. The production opens on 25 October with previews from 20 October and runs until 12 November.   (more...)

BWW Review: Strawberry Theatre Workshop's RHINOCEROS: Funny, but Too On The Nose
by Amelia Reynolds - Sep 12, 2016

It makes sense that Strawberry Theater Workshop would put on a production of Eugene Ionesco's 'Rhinoceros' right now. Ionesco's allegorical post-WWII production was far from ambiguous when it came to political stance. Directed by Jess K. Smith, this modern adaptation both soared and, at times stumbled from its approach to cultural relevancy. (more...)

2016 Creative Arts Emmy Award Winners - Part 1; No EGOT for Alan Menken; Wins for Hank Azaria, James Corden & More - Full List
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2016

The Television Academy tonight presented the first of its two 2016 Creative Arts Emmy® Awards ceremonies for programs and individual achievements at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (more...)

Sarah Ruhl's New Play SCENES FROM COURT LIFE Opens Yale Rep's 50th Season Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Yale Repertory Theatre, celebrating 50 years of daring artists, bold choices, and adventurous audiences, presents the world premiere of Scenes from Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Mark Wing-Davey, now through October 22 at Yale University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is tonight, October 6. (more...)

INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH Rolling Premiere Heads to Central Works
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

The Central Works 2016 Season closes with Into the Beautiful North, a new play by Karen Zacarias opening Saturday October 15 in the historic Berkeley City Club. This production marks CW's first partnership with the National New Play Network for this Rolling World Premiere. Into the Beautiful North is based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea and inspired by the classic Hollywood western The Magnificent Seven. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE HOTEL CERISE Rehearses
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

As the leader of the free world ends his eight years in office, a black middle class family risk losing their beloved hotel and cherry orchard, where Martin Luther King once rested and Miles Davis played. (more...)

British Museum Hosts Major UK Exhibition on South African Art, SOUTH AFRICA: THE ART OF A NATION, Oct. 27
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

This autumn the British Museum will host the first major UK exhibition on South African art that explores a 100,000 history through archaeological, historic and contemporary artworks, which look at the long and rich artistic heritage of the country. South Africa: the art of a nation is sponsored by Jack and Betsy Ryan and will use art to tell the story of the region's deep history, the colonial period, apartheid, the birth of the 'rainbow nation' and South Africa today. Objects from the British Museum's own South African collections will be displayed alongside contemporary acquisitions. There will also be significant loans in the exhibition, including objects coming to the UK for the very first time, thanks to the exhibition's logistics partner IAG Cargo. (more...)

The Maltz Jupiter to Present THE AUDIENCE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2016

For more than sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has held private weekly meetings with each Prime Minister, from Churchill to Cameron. In these intimate and sometimes explosive conversations, we see glimpses of the woman who wears the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. Go behind the walls of Buckingham Palace and into the private chambers of Queen Elizabeth II for the audience in Peter Morgan's riveting new play that swept Broadway last season. Sponsored by the John McDonald Company. Learn More (more...)

Thrillpeddlers to Present SHOCKTOBERFEST 17: PYRAMID OF FREAKS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

Thrillpeddlers presents... Shocktoberfest 17: Pyramid of Freaks - Their 17th Annual Extravaganza of Terror & Titillation which includes five new one-act performances. (more...)

Peter Shaffer's EQUUS to Make Theatre Rhinoceros Debut This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

EQUUS by Peter Shaffer will have its Theatre Rhinoceros premiere for a limited engagement - 17 performances only - 3 weeks! The show plays Nov. 25 - Dec. 10, 2016. (more...)

Central Works 2016 Season Concludes with INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2016

The Central Works 2016 Season closes with Into the Beautiful North, a new play by Karen Zacarias opening Today October 15 in the historic Berkeley City Club. This production marks CW's first partnership with the National New Play Network for this Rolling World Premiere. Into the Beautiful North is based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea and inspired by the classic Hollywood western The Magnificent Seven. (more...)

INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH Extends Through 11/20
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

The Central Works 2016 Season closing production of Karen Zacarias' a new play Into the Beautiful North, has extended and must close November 20 (originally scheduled to close Nov. 13). Central Works' first partnership with the National New Play Network was met with a tremendous response from the press and audiences alike. Described at its premiere as possessing the "alchemy of inspired satire, turned into a laugh-filled theatrical experience" and "never allowing the humor to blind us to the plight of its characters...".  Into the Beautiful North is based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea and inspired by the classic Hollywood western The Magnificent Seven. (more...)

World Premiere of BETH IN JULY by 'Master of Macabre' R.J. Tsarov
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Beth in July is written by R.J. Tsarov, produced by the Prop Thtr and directed by Shannon Evans. What happens when two peculiar people meet via online dating? With a history of increasing violence that started with an exploding firecracker when she was just four, Beth is a walking disaster. (more...)

FX to Present FARGO Second Installment Marathon This June
by TV News Desk - May 25, 2016

FX will air the acclaimed second installment of FX's limited series FARGO in its entirety on Saturday, June 4, it was announced today by Chuck Saftler, President of Program Strategy and COO, FX Networks. (more...)

Seven Siblings Theatre Presents RHINOCEROS This June
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2016

For their second production in 2016, Seven Siblings Theatre is pleased to present Rhinoceros, a surreal theatrical experience written by avant-garde playwright Eugene Ionesco. This is Seven Siblings' most experimental production to date. This show is produced as a part of THE Rhinoceros PROJECT, a ten day intensive experiment that shatters gender confinements, demands a series of physical and conceptual challenges, and explosively imagines Ionesco's work for a contemporary audience. Many of the roles have been cast in different genders than originally scripted, and the cast has only ten days to collaboratively explore and rehearse the play. As an added challenge, a list of ten things that must occur or appear in the production has been created, and the cast will explore how to incorporate them into the performances. (more...)

Tonic Theatre Honours Women in Theatre with TONIC CELEBRATES
by Marianka Swain - Jun 7, 2016

Tonic Theatre today announces the inaugural Tonic Celebrates event which is a new initiative for the company celebrating the achievements of inspirational women in theatre. For the first event on 22 June at Ambassadors Theatre, Tonic Theatre's Director Lucy Kerbel will be in conversation with multi award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre Indhu Rubasingham, and playwright Jessica Swale. Tickets for the event start from just £5 (0207 395 5405/www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk). (more...)

Theatre Rhinoceros Presents Noel Coward's PRESENT LAUGHTER
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2016

Part 2 of Theatre Rhino's Noel Coward Celebration will have its Theatre Rhinoceros premiere for a limited engagement - 25 performances only! (more...)

THE BIG HOT MESS Comes to DIVAfest Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

THE BIG HOT MESS, written and performed by Catherine Debon and featuring Kevin Copps as the Boss and voiceover by Owen Walker, is directed by Amanda Ortmayer as part of DIVAfest, beginning today, June 3. (more...)

Opera Saratoga Sets 2017 Summer Festival Program
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company's 2017 Summer Festival, which will build on the company's commitment to producing masterpieces from the operatic cannon, important American works, and works in which dance plays an integral role. (more...)

The Breadbox Theatre to Stage World Premiere of THE AWAKENING This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The Breadbox presents the World Premiere of THE AWAKENING, adapted for the stage by Oren Stevens and developed with Ariel Craft, based on Kate Chopin's revolutionary novel. The Breadbox Artistic Director Ariel Craft (The Pillowman, Blood Wedding, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore) helms this stunning production, breathing new life into Chopin's feminist masterwork. THE AWAKENING plays July 29 through August 20 (press opening: July 30) at EXIT Theatre (156 Eddy St.) in San Francisco. For tickets ($20) and more information, the public may visit breadboxtheatre.org. (more...)

Seven Siblings Theatre's RHINOCEROS Begins Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

For their second production in 2016, Seven Siblings Theatre is pleased to present Rhinoceros, a surreal theatrical experience written by avant-garde playwright Eugene Ionesco. This is Seven Siblings' most experimental production to date. This show is produced as a part of THE Rhinoceros PROJECT, a ten day intensive experiment that shatters gender confinements, demands a series of physical and conceptual challenges, and explosively imagines Ionesco's work for a contemporary audience. Many of the roles have been cast in different genders than originally scripted, and the cast has only ten days to collaboratively explore and rehearse the play. As an added challenge, a list of ten things that must occur or appear in the production has been created, and the cast will explore how to incorporate them into the performances. (more...)

Theatre Rhinoceros Presents Noel Coward's PRESENT LAUGHTER
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Part 2 of Theatre Rhino's Noel Coward Celebration will have its Theatre Rhinoceros premiere for a limited engagement - 25 performances only! (more...)

Official: Ophelia Lovibond, Cornelius Booth & More to Join Dominic Cooper in THE LIBERTINE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

Further cast members are announced to join the previously confirmed star Dominic Cooper in Stephen Jeffreys' sexually charged masterpiece The Libertine this autumn. Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson, the play will have a limited run from 31 August to 17 September at Bath Theatre Royal as part of the theatre's 2016 summer season, prior to a West End engagement at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 22 September to 3 December with opening night for press on 27 September. (more...)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of RHINOCEROS with The Seeing Place
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2016

 Is conformity the answer that guarantees safety and comfort in a 'civilized" society?  To continue its season, "But Who Am I, Really," The Seeing Place presents a revival which examines that distinct moment when a person makes a choice between two worlds that changes their identity forever. ? (more...)

Idris Goodwin's BARS AND MEASURES Continues NNPN Rollout This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

The National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, celebrates the initial success of the first half of the NNPN Rolling World Premiere (RWP) of Bars and Measures by Idris Goodwin. (more...)

Fisayo Akinade, Sharon D Clarke and Alex Hassell Join Caryl Churchill's PIGS AND DOGS
by Marianka Swain - Jul 1, 2016

Fisayo Akinade, Sharon D Clarke and Alex Hassell have been cast in Caryl Churchill's new 10-minute play PIGS AND DOGS. Rehearsals start on Monday 11 July 2016. Pigs and Dogs runs from Wednesday 20 July 2016 to Saturday 30 July 2016 in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Press night is on Friday 22 July 2016, 6.30pm. (more...)

Douglas Morrisson Theatre to Show World Premiere of CHARLEY'S AUNT '66
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2017

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre 2016-2017 37th Season continues with the World Premiere of a wonderfully silly farce: CHARLEY'S AUNT '66, freely adapted by Scott Munson from Brandon Thomas' classicCharley's Aunt. CHARLEY'S AUNT '66 will have 15 performances, including one preview, February 9 through March 5, 2017, at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward, CA.  Tickets are $10-$29, and are available through the Box Office at (510) 881-6777 or online at www.dmtonline.org. (more...)

BWW Review: Strawberry Theatre Workshop's PROOF Need Not Prove Its Integrity
by Amelia Reynolds - Jan 26, 2017

Behold, a rare gem, a piece of art that combines two vastly different disciplines: theater, and math. Ironically, what makes David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize winning play, 'Proof' so entertaining isn't so much the math, but the chemistry between the characters. Get out your pens and pencils, students, because Strawberry Theatre Workshop's harmonious performances are noteworthy. (more...)

BWW Review: 7th House Theater's Pop-Up Production of RHINOCEROS is Wholly Entertaining, Eerily Relevant, and Exactly the Kind of Art We Need
by Jill Schafer - Jan 26, 2017

There have been various responses to the new presidency and the current political climate, including Facebook groups, letter writing and calling campaigns, petitions, and a nation-wide women's march. But what do artists do in response to injustice? They make art. Last weekend 7th House Theater opened a short run of what they call a 'pop up production' of the 1959 play Rhinoceros, written by Eugene Ionesco as a response to the rise in Fascism in pre-WWII Europe. As company member David Darrow explained before the show, their new original musicals take about a year to plan, write, create, and produce, which makes it challenging to stay current. But with this piece, 7th House is presenting 'a specific work at a specific time in history.' After just ten days of rehearsal, they very intentionally opened on the night of the inauguration, a work presented in what David called 'a mostly sort of way.' While the staging is minimal and actors have scripts in their hands, Rhinoceros is a work that is wholly entertaining, eerily relevant, and exactly what we need right now. (more...)

Anything Goes in Nexon's First MOBA, Hyper Universe
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

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Theatre Rhinoceros Presents FLIM-FLAM A World-Premiere Comedy
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Three actors are desperate for work. They try commercials, they try theatre, they even try movies of questionable repute but all fails. So they take their show on the road hoping to find employment in America's heartland. There they discover an America redder than red and a society on the verge of implosion and despair. Set in the present day, this comedy speaks to the darkest psyche of a troubled nation. (more...)

Theatre Y Presents THE GHOUL EXHIBITION, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

Theatre Y is pleased to announce the Chicago premiere of Hector Alvarez's one-man American epic about gun violence THE GHOUL EXHIBITION, directed by Melissa Lorraine. THE GHOUL EXHIBITION will play on February 2, 9, 16, 23 at 9pm at the Prop Theater, 3502-04 N. Elston Avenue Chicago, IL 60618, as part of Rhinofest, the longest-running multi-arts fringe festival in Chicago. (more...)

Thrillpeddlers' Longtime Venue, Hypnodrome Theatre, to Close in San Francisco
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

Thrillpeddlers, the award-winning, quirky, scrappy, hidden and BELOVED, little theatre-that-could, and artistic director Russell Blackwood are saddened to announce that due to a sudden sale of the building that has been their home since 2004, they must vacate the premises by the end of February 2017. (more...)

HarperCollins Children's Books to Publish RUNNY BABBIT RETURNS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Today HarperCollins Children's Books announced the publication of RUNNY BABBIT RETURNS, a never-before-published book of spoonerism poems by the legendary Shel Silverstein and follow-up to the 2005 publication, RUNNY BABBIT. Antonia Markiet, Senior Executive Editor at HarperCollins, acquired U.S. and Canada rights, and publication is scheduled for September 19, 2017. (more...)

Central Works 27th Season Launches with YEARS IN THE HUNDREDS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Central Works 27th Season, launches February 18 with Years in the Hundreds by Jesse Potterveld (Feb 18-Mar 12), a mystery, "a sis-story" really, about twin sisters who spent years fooling the outside world, but now everything changes.  Directed by Gary Graves, Years in the Hundreds was developed in the Central Works Writers Workshop and features actors Tamar Cohn, Anne Hallinan and Adam Roy. (more...)

Gary Beadle, Ian Gelder, Ben Onwukwe, and More Complete the Cast of THE TREATMENT at Almeida Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Joining Aisling Loftus and Matthew Needham in THE TREATMENT will be Gary Beadle, Ian Gelder, Ben Onwukwe, Julian Ovenden, Ellora Torchia, Indira Varma, and Hara Yannas. The Treatment begins previews at the Almeida Theatre on Monday 24 April and runs until Saturday 10 June. (more...)

Rorschach Theatre Presents the World Premiere of FORGOTTEN KINGDOMS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Following an international development process in Penang, Malaysia, Jakarta, Indonesia and Washington, D.C. this winter, Rorschach Theatre will present the world premiere of FORGOTTEN KINGDOMS, a new play by five-time Helen Hayes Award nominated director, playwright, and co-artistic director Randy Baker. (more...)

Maltz Jupiter Theatre Seeks Students for THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2017

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is offering local middle and high school students the chance to produce a powerful historic drama. (more...)

CAENEUS AND POSEIDON to Explore Gender Identity at the Dragon Theatre in Redwood City
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Caeneus and Poseidon, by Bay Area playwright Bridgette Dutta Portman, is a world premiere play in verse about a transgender hero from Greek mythology. (more...)

Spectacular Version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to Debut at Skylight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

Skylight Music Theatre presents an inventive new version of Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry's heartwarming, 18th-century light opera, Beauty and the Beast (Zemire et Azor). (more...)

The Seeing Place Announces Modern-Dress, Uncut Production of MACBETH
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2016

What do you feel you are owed in this world? What are you willing to do to get it? To complete the season's theme, 'But Who Am I, Really,' The Seeing Place presents one of Shakespeare's greatest stories in a way rarely seen it before: with a deep emphasis on text that's understandable, presented in modern dress to deeply connect the audience to the play's relevance today. (more...)

BWW Review: The Top-Ten Plays and Musicals of 2016
by Justin J Sacramone - Dec 19, 2016

Regional Contributing Editor, Justin picks his top ten best plays and musicals of 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at The Seeing Place's Vibrant, Modern-Dress MACBETH
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

What do you feel you are owed in this world? What are you willing to do to get it? To complete the season's theme, 'But Who Am I, Really,' The Seeing Place presents one of Shakespeare's greatest stories in a way rarely seen it before: with a deep emphasis on text that's understandable, presented in modern dress to deeply connect the audience to the play's relevance today. (more...)

British Museum Hosts Major UK Exhibition on South African Art, SOUTH AFRICA: THE ART OF A NATION, Oct. 27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

This autumn the British Museum will host the first major UK exhibition on South African art that explores a 100,000 history through archaeological, historic and contemporary artworks, which look at the long and rich artistic heritage of the country. South Africa: the art of a nation is sponsored by Jack and Betsy Ryan and will use art to tell the story of the region's deep history, the colonial period, apartheid, the birth of the 'rainbow nation' and South Africa today. Objects from the British Museum's own South African collections will be displayed alongside contemporary acquisitions. There will also be significant loans in the exhibition, including objects coming to the UK for the very first time, thanks to the exhibition's logistics partner IAG Cargo. (more...)

Sarah Ruhl's New Play SCENES FROM COURT LIFE to Open Yale Rep's 50th Anniversary Season; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Yale Repertory Theatre, celebrating 50 years of daring artists, bold choices, and adventurous audiences, presents the world premiere of Scenes from Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Mark Wing-Davey, September 30-October 22 at Yale University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is Thursday, October 6. (more...)

Central Works 2016 Season Concludes with INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

The Central Works 2016 Season closes with Into the Beautiful North, a new play by Karen Zacarias opening Saturday October 15 in the historic Berkeley City Club. This production marks CW's first partnership with the National New Play Network for this Rolling World Premiere. Into the Beautiful North is based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea and inspired by the classic Hollywood western The Magnificent Seven. (more...)

Sam Mendes In Talks to Direct Live-Action JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH for Disney
by Movies News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

Sam Mendes is in “very early” discussions with Walt Disney Studios to helm a live-action version of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH. (more...)

Maltz Jupiter Theatre Teens to Produce, Perform RHINOCEROS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Almost 60 years since its premiere, the absurdist drama Rhinoceros is back - and it's as relevant as ever. Praised as "an allegory for our times" by The New York Times, Eugene Ionesco's 1959 play will be produced and performed entirely by local students at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre for one night only on Saturday, August 13, at 7:30 p.m., on the Theatre's stage. (more...)

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