OCCC Seeks 'Young Coalhouse' Actor to Join National Tour of RAGTIME This Dec
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2015

Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC), in conjunction with Phoenix Entertainment, is searching for a young male actor to portray the role of 'Young Coalhouse' in the national tour of RAGTIME on Sunday, Dec. 13 and Monday, Dec. 14 at the Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (VPAC), 7777 S. May Ave. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in South Carolina - Week of 11/08/2015
by BWW - Nov 8, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/08/2015 for South Carolina (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Atlanta - Week of 11/08/2015
by BWW - Nov 8, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/08/2015 for Atlanta (more...)

Etta James Tribute ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2015

ECHOES of ETTA, the Etta James tribute, returns to Joe's Pub to spread some holiday cheer, December 10th at 9:30 pm, and then makes their debut appearance December 12th, at 7:30 pm at The Raven, New Hope, PA. (more...)

Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 11/18/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 18, 2015

Directors and producers in the Nashville region are seeking actors for upcoming productions of The Larry Keeton Theatre's upcoming production of Sunset Boulevard, Pull-Tight Theatre's production of Osborne and Eppler's Southern Fried Funeral  and Robertson County Players' The Man Who Came to Dinner - and there are upcoming national auditions for the tour of Newsies, set for Nashville on December 11. We've gathered the details together here to make your planning easier. So now you have no excuse: go follow your dream! (more...)

BWW Review: Greenway Court Has FRONT DOOR OPEN
by Don Grigware - Nov 16, 2015

As art imitates life, dysfunctional family make up the majority of characters onstage nowadays. Life crises consistently prove that no one is perfect. Thank heavens! If they were, there'd be no conflicts, and in the theatre, no drama. In Tom Baum's new world premiere play Front Door Open, The Matriarch of the dysfunctional brood (Joanna Miles) is suffering from agoraphobia, The disease strikes 1 in 50 Americans, whereby its victims do not leave the house. Due to deep, inexplicable emotional issues, they lock themselves in. Now at the Greenway Court Theatre in Hollywood, Front Door Open boasts a superb four person cast headed by pros Miles and David Selby and helmed by prolific television director Asaad Kelada. As absorbing as the play may be, it is not without its flaws, however. In many ways, the relationships may remind you of On Golden Pond, but it is not nearly as well-honed or humorous. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Atlanta - Week of 11/15/2015
by BWW - Nov 15, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/15/2015 for Atlanta (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Pittsburgh - Week of 11/15/2015
by BWW - Nov 15, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/15/2015 for Pittsburgh (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Little Rock - Week of 11/15/2015
by BWW - Nov 15, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/15/2015 for Little Rock (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in West Virginia - Week of 11/15/2015
by BWW - Nov 15, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/15/2015 for West Virginia (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 11/15/2015
by BWW - Nov 15, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/15/2015 for Norfolk (more...)

ROSE, Starring Kathleen Chalfant, Begins Previews Off-Broadway Next Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2015

A friendly reminder! Previews begin this Saturday, November 21st at 8 PM for the Nora's Playhouse production of Laurence Leamer's solo play about Rose Kennedy, ROSE, at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Jessica Walker - Deciphering Diva
by Guest Blogger: Jessica Walker - May 9, 2016

Divas are a classic theatre troupe that have appeared in productions for decades. So often divas come off as brazen, brash, and dramatic, having a shallow personality and the constant need to acquire attention. Earlier in April my peers and I began work on "Hay Fever" by Noel Coward, a play that puts a dramatic family under the microscope and examines the interactions between relatives that don't fit the standard definition of "normal." I was thrilled to have been cast as Judith Bliss, The Matriarch of the Bliss family and an ex-starlet herself. Through the process of this show, and using Judith as a lens, I have found the "diva" to be so much more than the dramatic figure he or she is often portrayed to be, but rather a complex and insecure character that can be challenging to decipher.  (more...)

BWW Review: SINS OF THE MOTHER Smolders at Banks Brothers Productions
by Brett Cullum - May 3, 2016

Anchoring SINS OF THE MOTHER is a uniformly great cast who flesh out these roles with passion and sincerity. Key to the whole piece are sisters played by Shundranieka Ross and Sonya Gooden who do a duet of dizzying acting expertise. (more...)

Tony Award Countdown: 30 Years In 30 Days, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn Honored For Lifetime Achievement, 1994
by Michael Dale - May 22, 2016

The great couple of the theatre was presented with the first-ever Tony Award for a lifetime of work. (more...)

BWW Review: GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST at Theatreworks
by Christi Esterle - May 2, 2016

I admit it, melodrama is something of a guilty pleasure of mine. I don't mean 'melodrama' in the way you're thinking, with audiences booing and hissing the mustache-twirling villain as he ties some dewy blonde to the railroad tracks. I mean stories where everything-the characters, the situations, the emotions-are larger than life. It's one of the reasons I enjoy musicals so much; after all, what could be more melodramatic than singing out your feelings at the top of your lungs? (more...)

BWW Review: A Bright Vision Brings BOTTICELLI IN THE FIRE & SUNDAY IN SODOM to Life
by Jason Carlos - May 2, 2016

Canadian Stage's 2015/2016 season comes to a close with the world premiere of two plays by acclaimed Governor General's Award-winning playwright Jordan Tannahill. The work is a collaboration with Canadian Stage and the Department of Theatre at York University which presents a bold double bill that combines a vivacious take on Renaissance art history and a gripping adaptation of a biblical tale. BOTTICELLI IN THE FIRE & SUNDAY IN SODOM are directed by Matjash Mrozewki and Estelle Shook respectively, both 2015 graduates of York University's MFA Program in Theatre - Stage Direction in Collaboration with Canadian Stage. Starring Salvatore Antonio, Valerie Buhagiar, Nicola Correia-Damude, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Christopher Morris and Alon Nashman, the double bill is an outstanding showcase of a bright theatrical vision brought to life with an outstanding creative team. (more...)

Scoop: THE CATCH on ABC - Thursday, May 19, 2016
by - May 2, 2016

Get all the scoop on THE CATCH, airing on ABC on Thursday, May 19, 2016! (more...)

by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

TITS! Thanksgiving Is A Tradition of Sin! promises to be one of the most irreverent, and smartest, comedies presented at the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Opening on June 4th at The Complex, the 10-actor comedic tour-de-force promises 90 minutes of non-stop one-liners, music, laughter, and all spoken and sung in the rhyming couplets style of Moliere. (more...)

Long Beach Playhouse to Present A RAISIN IN THE SUN, 5/21-6/18
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

As the country finds itself enmeshed in current events and a political cycle in which race and racism have center stage, the Playhouse presents A Raisin in the Sun. It is one of America's most enduring works about the African American experience as viewed through the Younger family in Chicago in the 1950s. (more...)

Tickets Now on Sale for Possum Point Players' A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Possum Point Players present the ground-breaking drama, "A Raisin in the Sun," June 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees are at 2 pm. Tickets are $18, adults, and $17, students and seniors, and may be purchased at www.possumpointplayers.org or by calling 856-4560. (more...)

BWW Review: FAST COMPANY: The Art of the Con
by Nancy Grossman - Mar 8, 2016

Described as a theatrical crime caper, FAST COMPANY explores a major con gone wrong and digs into the dynamics of the family Kwan. It's a fun ride when the game is being plotted and executed, but slows considerably when the focus is on the family. The actors do what they can to get inside their characters, but they're written a little flat and the relationships are less than compelling. (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...)

BWW Review: Mad Cow's LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is an Uneven American Masterpiece
by Matt Tamanini - Mar 28, 2016

Eugene O'Neill's epic LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is undoubtedly one of the most venerated works of the American theatre. With a star-studded Broadway revival set to open in April, it is a show that is never far from the theatergoing public's consciousness. While that can be a blessing for theatre companies anxious to attract audiences based on the title's Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning resume, it can also mean that memories of previous incarnations can set the bar unattainably high. Orlando's Mad Cow Theatre has assembled an impressive cast for their production running through April 17th, however, for nearly all of the show's four-hour running timing, the four incredibly talented actors seem to be performing four very different versions of the play. Irrespective of each other, they each have moments where they are moving, and even mesmerizing, but when placed together into the show's larger context, the disjointed perspectives become distracting. From mismatched accents to the production's ever-shifting tone, it's difficult to hone in on director Mark Edward Smith's specific voice for this masterpiece of family drama. (more...)

Review Roundup: HEAD OF PASSES, Starring Phylicia Rashad, Opens at The Public
by Review Roundups - Mar 28, 2016

The Public Theater presents the New York premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, part of Oskar Eustis' 10th anniversary season. Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau, Head of Passes officially opens tonight, Monday, March 28. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

The Adobe Theater to Present Horton Foote's DIVIDING THE ESTATE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

The Adobe Theater will present American playwright Horton Foote's play DIVIDING THE ESTATE April 29th through May 22nd, 2016. (more...)

TV Star Ilene Kristen Set for Dixon Place Reading of AND I SAW HER
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

Daytime television star Ilene Kristen will be featured in the staged reading of award-winning playwright Penny Jackson's AND I SAW HER on March 10 at 7:30pm at Dixon Place. (more...)

Tribeca Film Festival Launches 'Tribeca Tune In' to Showcase Best in TV
by TV News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced a further expansion of TV with a new program, Tribeca Tune In. (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...)

BWW Review: ADELAIDE FESTIVAL 2016: THE JAMES PLAYS TRILOGY Is A Slice Of Overlooked History
by Barry Lenny - Mar 1, 2016

The big theatre event for this year's Adelaide Festival is titled, with deceptive simplicity, The James Plays Trilogy, (more...)

BWW Review: CAKEWALK Lacking Nutritional Value
by Nancy Grossman - Mar 1, 2016

In a departure from its more substantial recent fare, Zeitgeist Stage Company offers up a sugary confection about a cake baking competition in a small Vermont town. Although widely-produced in Canada and the United States, including a run Off-Off Broadway, CAKEWALK is a slight story that is slow to pick up steam. Its humor is driven by its quirky characters and Director David J. Miller fields an endearing ensemble, but the recipe lacks nutritional value. (more...)

BWW Review: GREY GARDENS, Southwark Playhouse, January 7 2016
by Gary Naylor - Jan 8, 2016

Gary Naylor sees the well executed European premiere of a musical based on a cult classic movie, but is left ill at ease about its content. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Ft. Myers/Naples - Week of 1/03/2016
by BWW - Jan 3, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/03/2016 for Ft. Myers/Naples (more...)

Gary Ward Releases PANTERRA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

Gary Ward, has completed his new book 'Panterra - The Machinist': a gripping and potent tale of human perseverance, strength, and adaptation to new surroundings and challenges. (more...)

Arts Industry to Honour Queensland Actress Carol Burns
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

On Monday 8 February 2016 the arts community and leaders from various industry sectors will gather at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) Playhouse to honour the life and career of the acclaimed and much loved Australian actress, CAROL BURNS who passed away after a brief illness, just before Christmas. (more...)

BWW Review: Bristling A CITY OF CONVERSATION at Arena
by Roger Catlin - Feb 8, 2016

When Anthony Giardina's The City of Conversation opened at New York's Lincoln Center Theater in 2014, the depiction of a Georgetown political salon seemed so perfectly reflective of Washington, Arena Stage's Molly Smith rushed to get it staged here, and even succeeded in obtaining the same director, Doug Hughes. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Kris Jenner Talks Bling & More on ELLEN
by TV News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

The Matriarch of the Kardashian clan, and one of the most famous moms in Tinseltown, Kris Jenner doesn't let a thing get past her, not even one of her dynamic family members. (more...)

BWW Review: FUNNY VALENTINES at Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 28, 2016

Ah, the 1970s - what a decade, am I right? - the perfect time period for theatrical farce, what with its polyester double-knit slacks, soft and silky Nik-Nik shirts, some swell television sitcoms and the rise of entertainment conglomerates to gobble up the so-called 'little guys' in order to allow commercialism to run amok and for the notion of selling out one's soul for personal gratification and financial gain to become part of the American way of life. Let's face it: Isn't all that what has led to and created the current climate of political division and personal derision? (more...)

BWW Review: LOST IN YONKERS Finds Heart
by Marietta Lunceford - Feb 27, 2016

Every once in a while, everything falls in place and you have a truly memorable evening. Last night was one of those nights, thanks to ACTA Theatre's production of LOST IN YONKERS and their true community spirit. (more...)

BWW Review: The Hypocrites' THE GLASS MENAGERIE Displays A Powerful Shine
by Rachel Weinberg - Feb 16, 2016

Upon entering the Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage to take in The Hypocrites' production of THE GLASS MENAGERIE, I was immediately struck by the bottles upon bottles of breathtaking glass that cover Grant Sabin's decrepit-yet-beautiful set. Like director Hans Fleischmann's production itself (a remount of a production he originally envisioned for Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company), the set for this GLASS MENAGERIE both exhilarates yet also supplies a sense of foreboding. When Fleischmann (who also stars) takes to the stage as Tom Wingfield, he embodies the role of the vagabond dreamer in every way. In this staging of Tennessee Williams' classic 1944 memory play, Fleischmann beckons audiences anew into the story--but his mangy hair, wild beard, and tattered attire (Mieka Van Der Ploeg's costume designs are a treasure throughout) keep us slightly distrustful. Nevertheless, this GLASS MENAGERIE captivates throughout-and though this play has been around for 72 years, the material felt entirely fresh to this first-time viewer. (more...)

THE REAL MACHIAVELLI Opens March 4 at 13th Street Repertory Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2016

In the middle of an election season of clashing egos and outrageous demagogues, comes a new play about the writing of the most infamous book ever written about dirty politics, 'The Prince.' Cheryl King, artistic director of Stage Left Studio, will direct and perform in Monica Bauer's new play, The Real Machiavelli, opening on March 4th for a limited run at 13th Street Repertory Theater. (more...)

WE tv to Premiere Unprecedented Unscripted Docu-Series SISTERS IN LAW, 3/24
by TV News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

WE tv is set to premiere the, unprecedented, unscripted docu-series, SISTERS IN LAW on Thursday, March 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (more...)

ROSE with Kathleen Chalfant Ends Run at Theatre Row This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

ROSE, starring Kathleen Chalfant as Rose Kennedy, will end its limited engagement at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC on Sunday, December 13th. Previews began November 21st for the Nora's Playhouse production of Laurence Leamer's solo play about Rose Kennedy. ROSE will have played 8 previews and 17 regular performances. (more...)

Edmond Student Joins Cast of RAGTIME National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) and Phoenix Entertainment have cast Edmond student Eddie Medina for a walk-on role in the national touring production of "Ragtime" on Sunday, Dec. 13 and Monday, Dec. 14 at Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (VPAC), 7777 S. May Ave. (more...)

Raven Theatre Sets THE OLD FRIENDS Cast
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

Michael Menendian, Producing Artistic Director of Raven Theatre, has announced casting for The Old Friends by Horton Foote. Raven's production will be the play's second since its World Premiere staging in fall 2013 by New York's Signature Theatre Company. That production was subsequently remounted in 2014 at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas. The Raven production will run on the company's East Stage from January 27 to March 26, 2016 under Menendian's direction. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Ft. Myers/Naples - Week of 12/27/2015
by BWW - Dec 27, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/27/2015 for Ft. Myers/Naples (more...)

Review Roundup: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, Starring Jackie Hoffman, Opens Off-Broadway
by Review Roundups - Dec 14, 2015

Transport Group presents ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, starring Jackie Hoffman (On the Town, Difficult People, Hairspray) as Princess Winnifred and John 'Lypsinka'Epperson (Lypsinka's The Boxed Set, The Passion of the Crawford) as Queen Aggravain. The production opened last night, December 13. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Michelle Dockery to Star in New TNT Original Drama Series GOOD BEHAVIOR
by TV News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

TNT has added two new original dramas to its 2016 slate. Good Behavior, starring Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Argentine-Spanish actor Juan Diego Botto in an adaptation of the Letty Dobesh novels by Wayward Pines author Blake Crouch (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Ellen Barkin Stars in New TNT Drama ANIMAL KINGDOM
by TV News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

The new series ANIMAL KINGDOM premieres Tuesday, June 7th on TNT. Today the network unveiled an all-new trailer for the adrenaline-charged drama starring Ellen Barkin. (more...)

Memorial Players' RAGTIME Opens This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

?The story of Memorial Players' spring musical this year is almost prescient in its relevance to Baltimore (and the country) in 2016 - wealth inequality, abuse of power, corruption, the struggles of immigrants, collectivist organizing, cults of celebrity, the American dream lost and then found. What is almost more amazing is that it was selected by our Theater Committee more than two years ago. (more...)

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