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BWW Review: THE OTHER PLACE Incites Heart Ache
by Katherine Waddell - May 23, 2016

Anyone who has ever cared deeply for someone and subsequently feared for the worst, when it comes to their well-being, will have all of those intense emotions called forth when seeing Sharr White's The Other Place at the South Bend Civic Theatre. The Other Place, which opened May 13th, will utterly devastate you not only with White's deeply emotional script, but with the astonishing production put on by SBCT and director Aaron Nichols. (more...)

BWW Review: Opulent AMADEUS Revival Fancies Up South Coast Rep Stage
by Michael L. Quintos - May 23, 2016

To close out its current season, Orange County's Tony-winning regional theater South Coast Repertory has chosen to mount an opulent, high-caliber revival of Peter Shaffer's 1979 play AMADEUS, which continues performances in Costa Mesa through June 5, 2016. The recipient of the 1981 Tony Award for Best Play, AMADEUS most notably became the basis for Milos Forman's Academy Award-winning (and, yes, arguably, much more readily known) 1984 film of the same name. For SCR's season-ender---engagingly directed by Kent Nicholson---the rather lengthy play is presented with much of the visual grandness one expects from an antiquated period piece, particularly from this particular theater company. And as an added bonus, the play is performed by a cast of incredible, seasoned actors that winningly transports its audience to a time and place centuries ago. So is it worth revisiting the tug-of-war between Salieri and Mozart? If it is South Coast Rep's visually-stunning production, then the answer is an enthusiastic 'yes.' (more...)

BWW Review: Towne Centre Theatre's PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 2, 2016

Will Miranne and Daniel Morgan give top-notch performances, playing Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in soon-to-be Lipscomb University theater grad Jonah Jackson's production of Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile, now onstage at Brentwood's Towne Centre Theatre through May 7. (more...)

BWW Review: THE KABUKI SLEEPING BEAUTY Brings to Light Japanese Traditional Theater, Caters to Children
by Hannah Herner - May 15, 2016

CATCO is Kid's final production of the season brought the far east to Central Ohio with a new take on the classic story of sleeping beauty. (more...)

BWW Review: Theatre Project Welcomes Back Happenstance With BROUHAHA
by Cybele Pomeroy - May 10, 2016

The performers of Happenstance Theater engage, intrigue, cavort, emote and display both physical precision and a remarkable range of organically produced sound effects. BROUHAHA's story, insofar as there is a story, lies in the development of the relationship between this cadre of classical clowns and the newcomers- that is to say, us, the audience. We become conspirators in the greatest of comi-tragic secrets: even in the direst of times, there is yet opportunity for playfulness and joy. (more...)

BWW Review: BERYL, Rose Theatre Kingston,March 8 2016
by Gary Naylor - Mar 9, 2016

Gary Naylor sees something between a play and an illustrated lecture that tells the story of one of Britain's forgotten sporting greats. (more...)

Tenri Cultural Institute to Present BORDER CROSSINGS This Friday
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Tenri Cultural Institute  presents Border Crossings, a cultural exchange featuring works by American composer Richard Cameron-Wolfe and Ukrainian composer Volodymyr Runchak on Friday, March 11th at 8pm. (more...)

BWW Review: OSU's STUPID F---ING BIRD Challenges Audiences to Rethink Life, Art in Complex Performance
by Amanda Etchison - Mar 7, 2016

In many ways, the Ohio State Department of Theatre's latest production, "Stupid F---ing Bird," resembles the stage on which it is presented - an intimate performance space bordered by jagged-edged support beams, backed by planks of overlapping wooden boards and strewn with overturned paint buckets, plastic sheeting and stacked chairs. Indeed, this "lovingly deconstructed" version of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" has the feeling of a work in progress, like something built right before one's very eyes. (more...)

BWW Review: BLACKBERRY WINTER: Spring is Sure to Follow
by Nancy Grossman - Mar 31, 2016

New Repertory Theatre participates in the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Steve Yockey's BLACKBERRY WINTER, a thoughtful, poignant take on one woman's coming to terms with her mother's diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease. Director Bridget Kathleen O'Leary and Adrianne Krstansky bring out the humor while focusing on the human emotions, rather than the illness, and the result is surprisingly uplifting. (more...)

BWW Review: Coyote Stageworks' Production of ART, at the Annenberg Theater, is Superbly Acted and Directed and Loaded with Dark Humor
by Audrey Liebross - Mar 28, 2016

In Coyote Stageworks' superb production of ART, a plain white painting that contains a bit of texture, and possibly, a few almost invisible tints, serves as the catalyst for three middle-aged men to examine their friendship.The expressions of emotion, whether through the writer's words or through the actors' inflections, body-language, physical altercations, and yelling back and forth, are so natural that I forgot that these gentlemen were acting. They are so convincing that it is almost painful in spots to watch them attempt to destroy each other. (more...)

BWW Interview: A Women's History Month Special with FAMILIAR Director Rebecca Taichman
by Adrienne Onofri - Mar 23, 2016

Known for both her contemporary and Shakespearean work, Taichman will go straight from one off-Bway show to another this year. (more...)

Theatre Memphis to Present THE COMPLEAT WRKS OF WILM SHKSPR, 4/8-24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

?- The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) will run from April 8 until April 24, 2016, in the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis as the Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield comical parody takes the spotlight to honor William Shakespeare's life. Three actors take on William Shakespeare in all his glory in an animated and shortened interpretation of a wide range of his works. Typically the actors portray themselves rather than certain characters and some scenes involve audience participation. The Fourth Wall is non-existent as improvisation and pop culture weave into the performance. (more...)

BWW Review: DIRT - Too Calculated to Get Down and Dirty
by Gil Kaan - Mar 21, 2016

The Rogue Machine Theatre's West Coast premiere of Bryony Lavery's DIRT, a precautionary dissertation of the lethal hazards of commonplace chemicals humans come in contact with, benefits from its strong talented cast. Bravo to all the actors for their commitment to their respective roles, some requiring the tackling of reiterating endless laundry lists of chemical terminology.  (more...)

BWW Review: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at The Fulton - The Truth Is, You'll Laugh
by Marakay Rogers - Mar 21, 2016

The touching love story of a boy and his cow, with a Mysterious Man, a Giant, Ogra the Giant's wife, and more jokes than legally allowed. The fun? You can't handle the fun. (more...)

BWW Review: Outrageously Fun, Soulpepper's JITTERS is a Chaotic Comedic Classic
by Jason Carlos - Mar 20, 2016

Ted Dykstra's Soulpepper production of the David French comedy JITTERS first premiered in 2010, and is now thriving with a new revival currently playing at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Featuring many of the same members of Dykstra's original production, JITTERS is a crisp and refreshing comedy that is so tightly knit it's bursting with confidence. Kevin Bundy, Diane D'Aquila, Geordie Johnson and Oliver Dennis lead this ensemble cast who elevate French's material into a near perfect evening. (more...)

BWW Review: DON QUIXOTE, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon
by Emma Cann - Mar 17, 2016

This season, the Royal Shakespeare Company celebrates not only the 400th anniversary of the death of their namesake, but also that of Miguel de Cervantes, with a brand new adaptation of Don Quixote. After a lifetime of reading books on chivalry, Don Quixote decides to embark on a quest of his own. Taking up a lance and sword, he sets out to become a wandering knight, defending the helpless and vanquishing the wicked. Hopelessly unprepared and increasingly losing his grip on reality, he travels across Spain accompanied by his faithful and equally ill-suited squire. With each calamitous adventure they experience, the romantic ideal of Quixote's books seems further away than ever. (more...)

BWW Review: ADAM RICHES IS COACH COACH, Soho Theatre, March 16 2016
by Gary Naylor - Mar 17, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a comedy full of laughs and energetic performances that draw on plenty of familiar characters, but is no less funny for that. (more...)

BWW Recap: Liza Keeps a Few More Secrets, Bewares the Wrath of the Sky on YOUNGER
by Matt Smith - Mar 16, 2016

Beware the wrath of the sky!! (Too soon?) And also, more seriously, beware of spoilers! No really. As much as I love people reading my recaps, if you have not yet seen the episode and do not want to be spoiled, turn back now…. 'cause I offer you no mercy. This episode is. a. doozy.  As we all know, Liza's got a pretty big secret she's keeping, period, which she has been keeping since the beginning of the series. But the reveal last week adds one more to the list — and through the course of the episode she just keeps piling 'em on, one after the other. And, you simply won't BELIEVE how it all ends!!  (more...)

BWW Review: Schenectady Light Opera Company Lets It All Out To Shine In HAIR
by Gianluca Russo - Mar 14, 2016

The cast, or tribe as they preferred to be called, of Schenectady Light Opera Company's production of Hair is certainly letting it all out to shine for us in this restaging of the 1968 Broadway game changer. The production is extremely timely considering the upcoming presidential election and protests that accompany it. (more...)

We Players to Present THE CAPULET BALL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

We Players (Artistic Director, Ava Roy; Managing Director, Lauren D. Chavez), will present Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet at the historic Rancho Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park in Sonoma County throughout August/September 2016. A milestone season, it's both We Players' Sweet Sixteen and Shakespeare 400 when companies around the world commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 1616. We Players honors both occasions with a return to Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, it's own very first production in 2000. We Players will celebrate with a season of Romeo & Juliet inspired events. Prior to the full-scale production of the play at this California State Park, We Players will present the elaborate prelude and elegant masquerade ball - The Capulet Ball - at several unique and stunning venues throughout the greater Bay Area. The Capulet Ball is conceived as a performance integrated party where guests are invited to the Capulet's home for a masquerade ball complete with delicious drinks, edibles, live music, and dancing. Guests are invited to bring their own masks, or be decked out by We Players, and join the Capulet family (along with the masquerade crashing Mercutio, Benvolio and Romeo) on the dance floor. Attire is festive and fabulous! (more...)

BWW Review: SHNSF's WICKED Mesmerizing!
by Linda Hodges - Mar 12, 2016

With a book by Winnie Holzman and music and lyrics by the great and powerful Wizard of Broadway, Stephen Schwartz, Wicked has won over 50 major awards and, as Variety stated, it truly is 'A Cultural Phenomenon." All the elements of great theater conspire and come together in this gravity defying show. Playing now through April 16, Wicked is guaranteed to thrust you into the stratosphere of sheer artistry and visual delight even if you've seen it before and especially if this is your first time. (more...)

BWW Review: Don't Judge! Do Go See STUPID F**KING BIRD at Portland Center Stage
by Krista Garver - Mar 11, 2016

In Chekov's THE SEAGULL, writer Constantin Treplev says: 'We need new forms of expression. We need new forms, and if we can't have them we had better have nothing.' And, with THE SEAGULL, the first of his four great plays, Chekov did indeed introduce a new form of theatre -- one that replaced the melodrama popular at the time with realism. Chekov's characters were real people, having real conversations, and doing real things. It wasn't always successful in his time (read about it in the STUPID F**KING BIRD Playbill), but it had a huge impact on theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Displays the Talent at Bosque School
by Devon Hoffman - Mar 1, 2016

Basque school puts on a big show: Costumes, props, sets--all, impeccably done. Their chief assets are the students, whose talent gives this show life. (more...)

BWW Interview: Kenny Leon on His Fast-Talking SMART PEOPLE
by Naomi Serviss - Mar 1, 2016

Lydia R. Diamond's quick and often-witty play points a critical lens on racism in America. (more...)

BWW Review: STUPID F***ING BIRD Embodies New Form at The Cell
by Devon Hoffman - Feb 9, 2016

The Cell Theater's equity theater company, Fusion, is now playing 'Stupid F***ing Bird,' a new (as of 2013) tragi-comedy written by Aaron Posner that comments on its newness by embodying the skin of its ancestor, Chekov's 'The Seagull.' (more...)

BWW Review: SEX, FAITH AND JASON WEXLER - An Uniquely Effective Take on Religious Differences
by Gil Kaan - Feb 27, 2016

Dan Frischman quite ably directs his witty script of SEX, FAITH AND JASON WEXLER keeping his likeable cast and plot moving at a snappy pace. Robert Werner and Lira Kellerman have cute, flirty, credible chemistry as Jason and Faith. (more...)

BWW Review: MISS JULIE, Etcetra Theatre, February 24 2016
by Gary Naylor - Feb 27, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a fine production of the Swedish classic about class, sex and social norms that retains its relevance over a century since Strindberg wrote it.. (more...)

NERDS' Patti Murin, THE RESIDUALS' Michael Paul Smith, THE HAMILCAST's Gillian Pensavalle, BWW Staff Predict Oscar Winners
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 26, 2016

Throughout the week, we've been highlighting some of our favorite nominees with theatre backgrounds, and on Sunday, star of the upcoming Broadway musical NERDS, Patti Murin, will have her own Red Carpet live blog, Senior TV and Film Critic Matt Tamanini will live-blog the ceremony, we will also have a regularly updated article looking at Broadway Twitter's reactions to the broadcast, we will look back at all of the winners and the ceremony's best moments, and we will be live tweeting from @BroadwayWorld and @BWWTVWorld. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: AN OCTOROON Takes Race Relations down the Rabbit Hole
by Jan Nargi - Feb 24, 2016

Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has assaulted The Fourth Wall and countless racial stereotypes in his funny and audacious new play AN OCTOROON. Adapted from an 1859 melodrama titled "The Octoroon" by Irish playwright Dion Boucicault, Jenkins' piece weaves a biting contemporary narrative within Boucicault's stock storytelling to turn familiar antebellum tropes into jarring racial commentaries. Imagine "Gone with the Wind" down the rabbit hole and you get the idea. (more...)

BWW Review: A Stunning COLONY COLLAPSE Makes For a Completely Engrossing Honey of a Production
by Gil Kaan - Feb 22, 2016

The world premiere of playwright Stefanie Zadravec's entrancing COLONY COLLAPSE receives an ingenious audience-immersive staging as the 50th mainstage production of The Theatre @ Boston Court. Jessica Kubzansky firm-handedly directs her cast of ten stellar acting talents in the hold-your-breath interlinking stories of the surviving parents of children gone missing. (more...)

BWW Review: Brilliant EXPECTING ISABEL Balances Humor and Heartbreak at Annie Russell
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 18, 2016

There is simply no overstating how fortunate Central Florida theatre fans are to have quality collegiate theatre programs in the area. While ticket sales are obviously still important for Theatre UCF and the Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College, ultimately, their mission is not to produce the most commercially viable theatrical season in town; their goal is to give their talented students opportunities to challenge themselves, to learn about all aspects of their chosen profession, and to become the most well-rounded theatre artists that they can. And, because of this fact, Orlando is regularly blessed with brilliant productions like EXPECTING ISABEL, running at Rollins through Saturday, February 20th, that they might not otherwise be privileged to see. (more...)

BWW Review: Superb Acting Makes A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS Magnificent Drama
by Frank Benge - Feb 17, 2016

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS by Robert Bolt started out as a radio drama for BBC Radio in 1954. It was adapted into an hour-long live television version in 1957 and finally was reworked by Bolt for the stage in 1960. After success on the West End and on Broadway, it was subsequently made into an Academy Award winning 1966 film and a 1988 television movie. The title refers to Bolt's portrayal of More as the ultimate man of conscience remaining true to his beliefs while adapting to increasingly horrific circumstances. Bolt borrowed the title from Robert Whittington, a contemporary of More. (more...)

BWW Review: THE COMMEDIA RAPUNZEL Embraces What Makes Us Weird
by David Clarke - Feb 17, 2016

Something special is happening off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse. A troupe of talented performers calling themselves The Spaghetti and Meatball Players are encouraging everyone to be weird with THE COMMEDIA RAPUNZEL, a new show written by Sam LaFrage and directed by Dennis Corsi and LaFrage. (more...)

Sandy Duncan Departs Broadway's FINDING NEVERLAND Early?
by Jessica Khan - Feb 16, 2016

Sandy Duncan, the beloved stage and screen actress known for her magical, high-flying, Tony-nominated performance as 'Peter Pan' on Broadway, returned to Neverland over the weekend as 'Madame du Maurier' in FINDING NEVERLAND. But her return to the classic fantasy realm -- and onstage in New York -- has been short-lived. (more...)

BWW Review: Ohio State Department of Theatre Revives Romance in Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
by Amanda Etchison - Feb 15, 2016

Love was in the air this weekend at the Lincoln Theatre in Columbus when the Ohio State Department of Theatre presented its reimagined version of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." A sense of magic and unpredictable mischief, paired with energetic performances from the student actors in the production, defined OSU's take on this romantic classic. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Pan is Back! Sandy Duncan Takes Her First Bows in FINDING NEVERLAND
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Feb 13, 2016

The wait is over! Sandy Duncan, the beloved stage and screen actress known for her magical, high-flying, Tony-nominated performance as 'Peter Pan' on Broadway, has returned to Neverland. (more...)

BWW Review: GODSPELL REIMAGINED Revives The Classic Rock Opera For A New Generation
by Jade Kops - Feb 10, 2016

Stephen Schwartz (Music and Lyrics) and John-Michael Tebelak's (Book) popular 70's Rock Opera is refreshed and revived in 2015 with GODSPELL REIMAGINED. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

After acclaimed seasons in New York and New Zealand, award-winning theatre company The PlayGround Collective come to the UK for the very first time with ALL YOUR WANTS AND NEEDS FULFILLED FOREVER. This existential comedy dissects the stories we tell ourselves as we try to create meaning out of chaos. (more...)

BWW Interview: Alysha Umphress Talks Paper Mill's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 6, 2016

Alysha Umphress will star as Rhetta in Paper Mill Playhouse's spring musical, PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES. She speaks exclusively with BWW about why her character Rhetta is a kick in the pants! (more...)

BWW Review: M.A.D. Theatre of Tampa Presents the Quirky [TITLE OF SHOW] at the Shimberg
by Peter Nason - Apr 4, 2016

M.A.D. likes to push the envelope, and with Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell's humorous cult classic, they have gleefully ripped up that envelope and stomped it to the ground. (more...)

BWW Review: SH*T-FACED SHAKESPEARE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Leicester Square Theatre, April 26 2016
by Gary Naylor - Apr 27, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a show that places an actor who is somewhat the worse for wear into Shakespeare's most loved play and then sees what comes of it - the title admirably clear! (more...)

BWW Review: THE TOXIC AVENGER, Southwark Playhouse, April 26 2016
by Carrie Dunn - Apr 26, 2016

The citizens of suffering, stinking Tromaville need someone to stop toxic waste being dumped in their town - enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist. A mayor on the make sets her goons on him, and after a semantic mix-up they end up chucking him into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey's first superhero... (more...)

BWW Interview: Pat Hazell of THE WONDER BREAD YEARS at The McDavid Studio At Bass Performance Hall
by Kyle Christopher West - Apr 25, 2016

This week, BroadwayWorld guest writer Sarah Comley-Caldwell had the privilege of chatting with the playwright and star of THE WONDER BREAD YEARS, Pat Hazell. With his background as a Seinfeld and sitcom writer, commercial director and actor, Hazell brings wit, warmth and nostalgia to his one man show-a self described hybrid of theatre, stand up comedy and communal laughter. (more...)

Full 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Know Theatre of Cincinnati wants you take a chance by picking a show, any show, at the 13th Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival, running May 31-June 11, 2016. With 12 days full of of opportunities to catch 50 live productions, Visual Fringe art projects, musical guests, and the nightly Fringe Bar Series at Know Theatre (Fringe Headquarters), you'll find yourself lucky to have more to experience at Fringe this year than ever before. (more...)

BWW Review: ANYTHING SERIOUS: Seriously Good Entertainment
by Gil Kaan - Apr 16, 2016

Above the Curve Theatre successfully mounts Francisco Castro's ANYTHING SERIOUS. Its two perfectly cast leads, and the five strong players supporting them, winningly perform Castro's smart, witty script. Joe Lorenzo sure-handedly directs his talented troupe at a fast clip, making sure all receive their deserved moments on stage to shine. (more...)

BWW Review: ACT's Funny STUPID F**KING BIRD Gets Too Deconstructed
by Jay Irwin - Apr 15, 2016

I'm perfectly fine when a play chooses to break The Fourth Wall and become self-referential. The ability for anything to be able to point out its own shortcomings is a sign of self-actualization. But when a play repeatedly does so and then pats itself on the back for its cleverness of doing so as does Aaron Posner's "Stupid F**king Bird", currently playing at ACT, then it becomes wearing almost to the point of insulting. And while Posner's play certainly has its funny moments, those repeated exposes onto itself started to feel like the play was flipping the audience the bird (and I don't mean a Seagull). (more...)

BWW Review: STUPID F*#%ING BIRD - Start the Effing Play
by Keith Waits - Apr 15, 2016

REVIEW: Stupid F*#%ing Bird - Start the Effing Play (more...)

BWW Review: Charming and Familiar ARNIE LOUIS AND BOB
by Andria Tieman - Apr 12, 2016

Trinity Rep's world premiere of Katie Pearl's ARNIE LOUIS AND BOB is a charming take on getting older, family and whether or not men ever really grow out of being a lost boy.  By shattering The Fourth Wall and actually having the author of the play become one of the characters, the play manages to comment upon itself and inject laugh upon laugh into an increasingly absurd situation that's set in what looks like Grandma's house.  Exceptional performances all around and unexpected characters and twist come together to create a lovely story with plenty of heart and humor. (more...)

BWW Review: Elephant and Piggie's WE ARE IN A PLAY!'Brings Favorite Children's Book to Life at Orlando Shakes
by Kimberly Moy - Apr 11, 2016

As a kid I was obsessed with elephants and if you took a look at my desk today, you would think that I still am. I wish that the 'Elephant and Piggie' books were around when I was a kid, but alas, author Mo Willems didn't create them until 2007. Since then, these books have been a hit with kids because of their humor and easy to read comic book style writing. Now Elephant and Piggie have left the page for the stage in Orlando Shakespeare's production of ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE 'WE ARE IN A PLAY!' (more...)

BWW Interview: Rachel Landon and Alli Villines Talk SRO's SPEAKEASY
by Alexander Garza - Apr 1, 2016

Writer Rachel Landon and Actress Alli Villines discuss SRO's SPEAKEASY, an immersive theatre experience featuring popular 1920's era music, roaring dance numbers and a glimpse into the end of Prohibition. SPEAKEASY is about Texas, the female owner of a Chicago speakeasy club during the Prohibition era - and the various characters that frequent the club. (more...)

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