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BWW Reviews: Balagan's THANKSKILLING Offers Crude and Crass Holiday Fun
by Jay Irwin - Nov 30, 2013

It's the day after Thanksgiving and suddenly I feel myself getting attacked from a Thanksgiving turkey. No, it's not my Sister's cooking but the world premiere offering from Balagan Theatre of "Thankskilling, The Musical". It's still the completely offensive and hilarious show I saw in the summer as part of Balagan's Summer New Works readings but now a little more fleshed out. And while the humor is still there the production felt it needed a little more cooking time. The bird was just a tad underdone. (more...)

A CHRISTMAS STORY Returns in All-New Cleveland Play House Production, Now thru 12/22
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2013

Holiday cheer will abound at Cleveland Play House (CPH) with an all-new production of the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Story running from tonight, Nov. 29th - Dec. 22nd in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Tom Hiddleston Talks Shakespeare, THOR, and his Love of Acting!
by E.H. Reiter - Nov 26, 2013

Watch this video to see what Tom Hiddleston has to say about acting, his costars, his passions, and Shakespeare! (more...)

A CHRISTMAS STORY to Return in All-New Cleveland Play House Production, 11/29-12/22
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2013

Holiday cheer will abound at Cleveland Play House (CPH) with an all-new production of the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Story running from Nov. 29th - Dec. 22nd in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the unforgettable film, CPH enthusiastically breathes new life into this classic story about Ralphie and his ultimate Christmas wish. Having delighted audiences for 30 years on both the big and small screens, this incredible production is brought to vivid life on stage for Northeast Ohio audiences. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by calling (216) 241-6000 or online at www.clevelandplayhouse.com. CPH is pleased to have University Hospitals as the Presenting Sponsor of A Christmas Story, along with Benesch, Nordson and FirstMerit as Supporting Sponsors. (more...)

Stage 773 to Host Second Annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, 3/19-22
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2013

Stage 773 will present the second annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, back by highly popular demand, running from March 19 through March 22, 2014. Nerd Fest stems from the popularity of HEY, I'M A BIG FAN, a series of fun, free monthly fan fiction events produced by the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. Every third Wednesday of the month, HEY, I'M A BIG FAN showcases original fan fiction as read by some of Chicago comedy's preeminent nerds. (more...)

Music Festival Round Up: 2014's Top 5 Most Unique Festivals Across the USA
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2014

The record-breaking amount of music festivals taking place over the next few months has extended our options far beyond common festivals such as Coachella, EDC, or Bonarroo. Now you can find a unique, eclectic (and sometimes a little wacky) festival that is sure to spark your interest! (more...)

Jeremy Kushnier Helms 'Un-Ironically Enthusiastic Concert of Nerds' with Live-Stream Performance Today
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2014

Jeremy Kushnier, Leenya Rideout, and Jarvis Darrell will lead an army of nerds on parade in the Un-Ironically Enthusiastic concert, showcasing original songs by original geeks featuring famous noobs and all the cool kids, today May 3. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Actor French Stewart Discusses His Role as Buster Keaton in STONEFACE
by Don Grigware - May 28, 2014

Actor French Stewart will repeat his role as Buster Keaton in Stoneface, written by his wife Vanessa Claire Stewart, at the Pasadena Playhouse beginning June 3. The play will costar Daisy Eagan. Stewart, best known to TV audiences for 3rd Rock from the Sun, the middle and other sitcoms is a wonderful dramatic actor, and as Buster Keaton in Stoneface, which sold out houses for months at Sacred Fools Theatre in 2012, he just shines. (more...)

BWW Reviews : Ogunquit Playhouse Opens with GREASE
by Dan Marois - May 27, 2014

In an Ogunquit Playhouse season that will launch regional premieres of Billy Elliot, The Witches of Eastwick, The Addams Family and performances of an all time favorite, Mary Poppins, the season opener of Grease is a musical lightweight. (more...)

Boiling Point Players Present IN JULIET'S GARDEN, Now thru 5/30
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

'To be, or not to be' at the play...definitely TO BE! Come see Boiling Point Players inaugural production of In Juliet's Garden, a play for Shakespeare fans and newbies alike! (more...)

CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES to Make Canadian Premiere at Victoria Playhouse Petrolia
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

Victoria Playhouse Petrolia (VPP)'s 2014 season is off to an incredible start. Due to overwhelming audience demand, and in light of the fact that two additional shows were added to the run, Church Basement Ladies (in its Canadian premiere) has set a new record for the theatre-selling out the entire run before the first preview curtain fell. (more...)

Grammy Winner Melissa Manchester to Play Spencer Cabaret Night, 5/31
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

Grammy-winner Melissa Manchester - Saturday, May 31 at 8 p.m. ($69 & $66)). Pop-rock songstress with a bevy of honors and awards for her catalog of beautiful pop ballads “Midnight Blue,” “Through The Eyes of Love,” “Whenever I Call You Friend,” “Don't Cry Out Loud” and “You Should Hear How She Talks About You,” among other hits. Melissa will play the piano and sing at her multi-media Spencer gig, which includes guitar and vocal accompaniment. Pre-show ravioli & linguini lobby buffet ($20) at 6 p.m. (more...)

Rock Comic Con Denver Set for 6/13-14
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Grab your capes, light saber and zombie attire, ROCK COMIC CON is returning for two nights in Denver the weekend of the Denver Comic Con from June 13th-14th, 2014. Scheduled for performances at Comic Cons around the country, the annual ROCK COMIC CON is known for its rock solid sold-out performances, hilarious antics and celebration of all things nerdy. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Dramatic License Production's Funny Presentation of THE NERD
by Chris Gibson - May 13, 2014

I would've written about Dramatic License Production's presentation of playwright Larry Shue's The Nerd sooner, but my computer crashed. Not once, but twice. It's fixed with the help of some technical assistance, but some things got lost in the process. Kind of like how I've generally felt about most productions of The Nerd that I've seen. The number is astounding since it's a community theatre staple, and yet none have really made me laugh. That's what makes DLP's staging so intriguing and entertaining. I'm finally seeing the play done justice by a sharp cast and finely tuned direction that allows the humor to shine through. So, this is another one of those times where my opinion is that you may have thought you'd seen the play before, but you really haven't. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - Hampton Theatre Company's THE FOREIGNER, Opening 3/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2014

Confusion, conspiracies and the collision of cultures yield copious laughter when a painfully shy Englishman is brought by his friend to a backwoods Georgia fishing lodge in Larry Shue's 'The Foreigner,' the Hampton Theatre Company's revival of one of its greatest hits, from March 13 through March 30 at the Quogue Community Hall. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Jayne Atkinson and Susan Rose Bring MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD to the Berkshires This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

Two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson (CRIMINAL MINDS, HOUSE OF CARDS) will direct a benefit production of MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD at Berkshire Theatre Group's Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge today and tomorrow, March 28th and 29th as part of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THANKSKILLING; In New York at 'Festival of the Offensive'
by Marina Kennedy - Mar 28, 2014

The New York premiere of 'Thankskilling the Musical' will begin on April 29th as part of the 'Festival of the Offensive.' The casting has been announced for the show which will be performed at The Producers' Club, Crown Theatre on West 44th Street. (more...)

Jayne Atkinson and Susan Rose bring MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD to the Berkshires, 3/28-29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2014

Two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson (CRIMINAL MINDS, HOUSE OF CARDS) will direct a benefit production of MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD at Berkshire Theatre Group's Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge on March 28thand 29th as part of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Proceeds from the production, co-produced by Atkinson and Susan Rose, will benefit WAM Theatre and the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jun. 29
by - Jun 29, 2014

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, June 29, 2014. (more...)

Colony Theatre to Open Season with World Premiere of FAMILY PLANNING, 7/9 - 8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

The Colony Theatre is thrilled to present the first production of its historic 40thAnniversary season, the World Premiere of FAMILY PLANNING by Michelle Kholos Brooks. The production stars Christina Pickles and Bruce Weitz, who between them have a combined total of 14 Emmy nominations, and is directed by Cameron Watson, who has been heralded as "one of our finest contemporary directors" by The Los Angeles Times, while The Wall Street Journal declared his work "the best in the country." (more...)

TBS Greenlights Third Season of KING OF THE NERDS
by TV News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

Nerdvana will be searching for its next ruler as TBS has ordered a third season of its unique competition series King of The Nerds. (more...)

Principal Casting Announced for World Premiere of SHAKESPEARE'S ANTONY & CLEOPATRA: UNDONE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

The title roles of the ancient world's best-remembered celebrity couples will be played by James Sparling and Shawna Tucker in the world premiere Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra: UNDONE, a four-character adaptation of Shakespeare's classic masterpiece. Presented by Skyline StageWorks, the dissembled and rebuilt version will allow a more complete psychological exploration of the twin protagonists. By giving the politics less stage time, there will be a tighter focus on the humor, humanity, and allure of the characters. Skyline StageWorks is a new Chicago theatre company devoted to connecting exceptional artists with classic stories in intimate, immediate, and bold stagings. The production will be directed by John Arthur Lewis and will run from Sept 5th to Oct 5th, 2014 at the Side Project, 1439 W. Jarvis, with performances taking place Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets will go on sale July 15th at www.brownpapertickets.com. (more...)

The Windham Theatre Guild Announces it 2014-2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

The WTG is proud to present its 2014-2015 Main Stage Season of six shows. You can save money by purchasing a subscription or flex pass now. You can get all six shows or you can purchase a flex pass and see any four of the six shows. If you have any questions, please call or email us. (more...)

THE TIN WOMAN to Premiere at Peninsula Players, Begin. 6/17
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Peninsula Players Theatre, America's Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theater and Door County's theatrical icon, opens its 79th season June 17 with the world premiere comedy "The Tin Woman" by Sean Grennan. The Players premiered another of Grennan' s comedies "Making God Laugh" in 2011. (more...)

Connecticut Cabaret Theatre's THE NERD to Open 6/13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

Connecticut Cabaret Theatre will present The Nerd, June 13th thru July 19th, 2014 (No Show July 4th or July 5th), written by Larry Shue, and directed by Kris McMurray. (more...)

Peninsula Players' AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Peninsula Players Theatre, America's Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theater and Door County's theatrical icon, continues its 79th season July 9 with Agatha Christie's classic whodunit 'And Then There Were None.' While the Players have produced other Christie works 'And Then There Were None' makes its Players debut with this production. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peeks - Syfy's FACE OFF, WIL WHEATON PROJECT
by TV News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Don't miss all-new episodes of Face Off and The Wil Wheaton Project. It all begins tomorrow at 9/8c! (more...)

Peninsula Players' THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP Opens 7/30
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

The frighteningly funny farce "The Mystery of Irma Vep- A Penny Dreadful" by Charles Ludlam opens July 30 at Peninsula Players Theatre, America's oldest professional resident summer theater and Door County's theatrical icon. The Drama Desk-and Obie Award-winning comedy is a true mix of Victorian gothic romance and Universal monster movies. (more...)

WSR's SHE LOVES ME to Open 2/7
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2014

Hot off of four BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, Williams Street Repertory (WSR) has begun gearing up for their next musical, She Loves Me. Directed by Roger Zawacki, the delightfully endearing production opens February 7 at 8:00 pm, and runs for select dates and times through February 16 at Raue Center For The Arts in Crystal Lake, Illinois. (more...)

New Hampshire Theatre Awards Set for Tonight
by Daniel Adams - Jan 25, 2014

The New Hampshire Theatre Awards have announced the finalists for both the professional and community productions for 2013. Each year these awards recognize the talent and dedication necessary to produce outstanding theatrical productions across the state. (more...)

TBS's KING OF THE NERDS Kicks Off Season 2 Tonight
by TV News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

TBS has announced the 11 nerds who are set to face off against each other this winter in a new season of the hit competition series King of The Nerds. (more...)

Williams Street Repertory Presents SHE LOVES ME, 02/07-16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2014

Hot off of four BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, Williams Street Repertory (WSR) has begun gearing up for their next musical, She Loves Me. Directed by Roger Zawacki, the delightfully endearing production opens February 7 at 8:00 pm, and runs for select dates and times through February 16 at Raue Center For The Arts in Crystal Lake, Illinois. (more...)

Jawbone' Introduces ERA - A Completely Reinvented Jawbone Headset
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2014

Jawbone today announced its new ERA headset, a totally reengineered Bluetooth earpiece that lets you take full advantage of your smartphone or mobile device while providing a more natural, comfortable way to talk on the phone, use Siri or Google Now, and listen to audio content. By directing audio to the ear completely hands-free, ERA liberates your phone conversations and simplifies your smartphone interactions by leveraging a more human-centric, less intrusive voice-based user interface. At 42% smaller than Jawbone's prior headset model and with a convenient charging case that delivers ten total hours of talk time, ERA lets you conveniently tap into your phone while you're multitasking like checking your itinerary while packing for a trip, catching up with your parents while walking the dog, or simply accessing the apps you frequently use on your smartphone while taking a call. (more...)

New Hampshire Theatre Awards Announces Finalists
by Daniel Adams - Jan 13, 2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Fargo - Week of 2/09/2014
by BWW - Feb 9, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/09/2014 for Fargo (more...)

Hampton Theatre Company to Present THE FOREIGNER, 3/13-30
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2014

Confusion, conspiracies and the collision of cultures yield copious laughter when a painfully shy Englishman is brought by his friend to a backwoods Georgia fishing lodge in Larry Shue's 'The Foreigner,' the Hampton Theatre Company's revival of one of its greatest hits, from March 13 through March 30 at the Quogue Community Hall. (more...)

Williams Street Repertory Presents SHE LOVES ME, Now thru 2/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2014

Hot off of four BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, Williams Street Repertory (WSR) has begun gearing up for their next musical, She Loves Me. Directed by Roger Zawacki, the delightfully endearing production opens tonight, February 7 at 8:00 pm, and runs for select dates and times through February 16 at Raue Center For The Arts in Crystal Lake, Illinois. (more...)

Wasatch Theatrical Ventures to Present INHERIT THE WIND, 2/8-3/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2014

Wasatch Theatrical Ventures will present one of the great American plays of the 20th century, INHERIT THE WIND, written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, directed by the award-winning Kiff Scholl, produced by Racquel Lehrman/Theatre Planners. In a small town courtroom and with the eyes of the nation upon them, two legal giants face off over a teacher's right to teach evolution to a high school class in this critically acclaimed drama based on the Scopes Monkey Trial. As rousing and relevant today as it was when it debuted in 1955, INHERIT THE WIND is an edge-of-your-seat riveting look at the age-old conflict between science and religion. The play opens Friday, February 8th and runs through March 16th at the Grove Theatre Center in Burbank, CA. (more...)

Jayne Atkinson and Susan Rose Bring MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD to the Berkshires, 3/28-29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

Two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson (CRIMINAL MINDS, HOUSE OF CARDS) will direct a benefit production of MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD at Berkshire Theatre Group's Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge on March 28th and 29th as part of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Proceed from the production, co-produced by Atkinson and Susan Rose, will benefit WAM Theatre and the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. The cast will feature Jane Kaczmarek (MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE and the upcoming FOX sitcom HERE'S YOUR DAMN FAMILY), Michel Gill (HOUSE OF CARDS) and Academy Award winner James Lecesne, as well as local guest artists Amber Chand, Tammy Denease, Tyler Malik, Corinna May, Rachel Siegel and Barbara Sims. After successful productions across the country, including an off-Broadway run at Primary Stages in New York City, this will be its Berkshire premiere. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Fun West Coast Premiere of LYSISTRATA JONES Is A Slam-Dunk at OC's Chance Theater
by Michael L. Quintos - Feb 25, 2014

What do you get when you mash-up an ancient Greek play with the contemporary, meta-sarcasm of Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, and Bring It On? Why, the buoyant musical confection LYSISTRATA JONES, of course! Filled with witty dialogue, amusingly droll characters, and a high-energy pop score, this Tony nominated musical continues its West Coast Premiere performances at Chance Theater's brand-spankin' new theater space in Anaheim Hills through March 9. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Crown City Theatre Produces Rarely Seen FOREIGNER by Larry Shue
by Don Grigware - Feb 24, 2014

Larry Shue's career as playwright/actor fell far too short with his sudden death in 1985. He had written two howlingly funny farces The Nerd and The Foreigner, both of which have become cult classics. Each farce exposes an eclectic group of people to a mishmash of insanity. There is an underdog at the center who fakes his identity, and as a result of this switch in role-playing, the total chaos which arises bears unexpected fruit and a major miracle or two for one and all. Now onstage at Crown City Theatre in NoHo, a superb ensemble of actors bring off The Foreigner with tremendous skill and gusto. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Fargo - Week of 2/02/2014
by BWW - Feb 2, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/02/2014 for Fargo (more...)

Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival Set for 3/19-22; Full Line-up Announced
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2014

Stage 773 has announced the line-up for their second annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, running from March 19 through March 22. Nerd Fest stems from the popularity of HEY, I'M A BIG FAN, a series of fun, free monthly fan fiction events produced by Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival celebrates all that is the Chicago nerd comedy scene; from Stand Up to Improv to one-woman puppet shows, nerds will unite for one glorious weekend in Chicago to laugh, pay homage, and perhaps worship their favorite genres of nerd-ness. (more...)

Gorilla Tango Burlesque to Present STOCKINGS AND GARTERS, 12/19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2013

The Ho- Ho- Holidays are here! And what better way to spend them than with the Geek Girls of Gorilla Tango Burlesque? One night only, GTB is proud to present its Holiday cabaret: STOCKINGS AND GARTERS: A GEEK GIRL HOLIDAY STRIPTACULAR, performing Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9pm. Tickets $28-$35. Visit www.gorillatango.com or call 773-598-4549 for tickets and more info. (more...)

Perseverance Theatre to Debut RUSH AT EVERLASTING, 1/5-2/2
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2013

Alaskan playwright Arlitia Jones makes her debut at Perseverance Theatre with her new play Rush at Everlasting. Rush at Everlasting is now showing on the Perseverance Theatre Mainstage Jan. 10 - Feb. 2, 2014. (more...)

Scoop: NEW GIRL on FOX - Today, December 17, 2013
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2013

Get all the scoop on NEW GIRL, airing on FOX today, December 17, 2013! (more...)

TBS's KING OF THE NERDS Reveals 11 Competitors for Season 2
by TV News Desk - Dec 10, 2013

TBS has announced the 11 nerds who are set to face off against each other this winter in a new season of the hit competition series King of The Nerds. (more...)

Jeremy Kushnier to Helm 'Un-Ironically Enthusiastic Concert of Nerds' with Live-Stream Performance, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

Jeremy Kushnier, Leenya Rideout, and Jarvis Darrell will lead an army of nerds on parade in the Un-Ironically Enthusiastic concert, showcasing original songs by original geeks featuring famous noobs and all the cool kids, on Saturday May 3. (more...)

Spencer Theater Announces Summer 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2014

There's something for everyone in the Spencer Theater's Summer Season 2014 showcase of concerts, dance, comedy, tributes, parties and special fundraising events. The packed schedule, running late May through August features 16 stellar events, all staged with superior lighting and grand acoustics at the award-winning, not-for-profit Alto, New Mexico performance hall. Pre-performance lobby buffets are offered ($20) before most every show, enabling patrons to easily enjoy a scrumptious hot meal with bar drinks before curtain time. (more...)

Boiling Point Players to Present IN JULIET'S GARDEN, 5/22-30
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2014

'To be, or not to be' at the play...definitely TO BE! Come see Boiling Point Players inaugural production of In Juliet's Garden, a play for Shakespeare fans and newbies alike! (more...)

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