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PICT Theatre Presents the Pittsburgh Premiere of A SKULL IN CONNEMARA by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, 9/12-28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2013

PICT Theatre's fifth production of the season is the Pittsburgh premiere of Martin McDonagh's hilarious whodunit A Skull in Connemara, one of a the Leenane trilogy of plays written by the contemporary Irish playwright. McDonagh's dark humor features the colloquial idioms of the west of Ireland, its rugged landscape, and its even more rugged people. McDonagh wrote one of PICT's most popular shows, The Lieutenant of Inishmore. His short film Six Shooter won an Academy Award in 2006, and he was nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay for In Bruges, a feature-length film in which two hitmen hide in the Flemish city of Bruges after a problematic job. (more...)

Independent Theatre to Present THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, 11/8-16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2013

As its final production for 2013, Independent Theatre is staging that most famous of all Irish comedies - John Millington Synge's 1907 masterpiece, The Playboy of the Western World. (more...)

FOXFINDER Makes U.S. Premiere Tonight at Artists Rep
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2013

With seven premieres on its stages this year, Artists Rep's 2013/14 season reinforces the theatre's longstanding commitment to producing new plays in Portland. With the U.S. premiere of Foxfinder starting tonight, October 29, Artists Rep aims to give this play national recognition and offer West Coast audiences the first look at this up-and-coming playwright. (more...)

Curve Announces New Production Of HAIRSPRAY, Starring David Witts
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2013

Artistic Director Paul Kerryson has announced a new production of Hairspray, with David Witts as Link Larkin. The production opens on 5 March 2014, with previews from 28 February, and running until 5 April. (more...)

TWELFTH NIGHT Star Stephen Fry to Guest on THE COLBERT REPORT, 10/24
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2013

Stephen Fry, who is making his Broadway acting debut as Malvolio in the critically acclaimed Shakespeare's Globe production of TWELFTH NIGHT, will be a guest on 'The Colbert Report' on Thursday, October 24. 'The Colbert Report' airs at 11:30 PM ET on Comedy Central, 10:30 PM Central. (more...)

Rushworth and Sutton To Star In Curve's CHICAGO
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2013

Artistic Director Paul Kerryson today announces the full cast for his new production of Chicago. Leading the company are Verity Rushworth (Velma Kelly), Gemma Sutton (Roxie Hart), David Leonard (Billy Flynn) and Sandra Marvin (Mama Morton) with Adam Bailey (Mary Sunshine) and Matthew Barrow (Amos) (more...)

FOXFINDER to Make U.S. Premiere 10/29 at Artists Rep
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2013

With seven premieres on its stages this year, Artists Rep's 2013/14 season reinforces the theatre's longstanding commitment to producing new plays in Portland. With the U.S. premiere of Foxfinder starting October 29, Artists Rep aims to give this play national recognition and offer West Coast audiences the first look at this up-and-coming playwright. (more...)

Independent Theatre Stages THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, Now thru 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2013

As its final production for 2013, Independent Theatre is staging that most famous of all Irish comedies - John Millington Synge's 1907 masterpiece, The Playboy of the Western World. (more...)

Meet the Broadway Class of 2013- Fall Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 3, 2013

With the Broadway Fall season in full swing, and a constant need for replacements, there is a solid group of performers making their Broadway debuts this Fall. Meet all of Broadway's newest stars below! (more...)

It's Official: James Franco and Chris O'Dowd to Debut on Broadway in OF MICE AND MEN at the Longacre Theatre, March 2014
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2013

Producer David Binder officially announces Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco & Chris O'Dowd will make their Broadway debuts in Of Mice and Men, a new production directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro. Of Mice and Men, one of the greatest and most enduring American classics, has not been seen on Broadway in 40 years. (more...)

Furious Theatre to Present FOXFINDER U.S. Premiere in Pasadena, Jan 8-Feb 2
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2013

The critically-acclaimed FURIOUS THEATRE COMPANY will present the second show of their 2013-2014 season, in association with, and direct from its critically-acclaimed run at the ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATRE in Portland, the rolling U.S. premiere of FOXFINDER written by Dawn King and directed by Damaso Rodriguez. FOXFINDER will feature Furious members, Sara Hennessey and Shawn Lee as well as Amanda Soden and Joshua Weinstein and will preview on Wednesday, January 8, Thursday, January 9 and Friday, January 10 at 8pm and will open on Saturday, January 11 at 8:00pm and run through Sunday, February 2 at the Pasadena Playhouse Carrie Hamilton Theatre, 39 S. El Molino Ave. in Pasadena. (more...)

Independent Theatre to Present THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, 11/8-16
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2013

As its final production for 2013, Independent Theatre is staging that most famous of all Irish comedies - John Millington Synge's 1907 masterpiece, The Playboy of the Western World. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD Takes Audiences to Ireland a of Century Ago
by Barry Lenny - Nov 12, 2013

John Millington Synge's , The Playboy of the Western World, was first staged at the Abbey Theatre in 1907, and caused riots. It has not been performed in Adelaide for over thirty years, so this is a rare chance to see this play. (more...)

THE LIAR, BUS STOP & More Set for UH School of Theatre & Dance's 2014-15 Performance Season
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

Houstonians are well aware of the talents emanating from the University of Houston's School of Theatre & Dance. Soon, audiences will experience the creative energies of its actors in some of the most intimate performance spaces on campus. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Artists Rep Strikes a Blow with THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD
by Patrick Brassell - May 27, 2014

John Millington Synge's 1907 play is about Christy, a young man who shows up in an Irish village and announces that he has killed his father with a blow to the head. For some reason, the men of the town are impressed by this feat and immediately claim friendship with the boy, while all the women in the town eye him as potential husband material, particularly the young barmaid Pegeen Mike. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - Artists Rep's THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

Artists Rep presents The Playboy of the Western World by J.M Synge, from through June 22, as the final show of the 14/15 season. Damaso Rodriguez, Artists Rep's Artistic Director, will direct this riotous and raucous production that features a stellar 11-person cast including Portland talent Chris Murray, Amy Newman, Allen Nause, Isaac Lamb, Michael Mendelson, Bill Geisslinger and Los Angeles' Jill Van Velzer. Check out a first look below! (more...)

THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD Begins Tonight at Artists Rep
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

Artists Rep will present The Playboy of the Western World by J.M Synge, from tonight, May 20 through June 22, as the final show of the 14/15 season. Damaso Rodriguez, Artists Rep's Artistic Director, will direct this riotous and raucous production that features a stellar 11-person cast including Portland talent Chris Murray, Amy Newman, Allen Nause, Isaac Lamb, Michael Mendelson, Bill Geisslinger and Los Angeles' Jill Van Velzer. (more...)

SPOKESONG Begins 25 May at Finborough Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

Renowned Ulster playwright Stewart Parker's Spokesong - which won him the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright - opens at the Finborough Theatre for a limited run of nine Sunday, Monday and Tuesday performances from Sunday, 25 May 2014 (Press Night: Monday, 26 May 2014) (more...)

Blue Raincoat to Return to the Traverse with FIRST COSMONAUT, June 5-7
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2014

Blue Raincoat Theatre Company return to the Traverse in June with their new play, First Cosmonaut, marking the Irish company's fifth consecutive year performing at the Edinburgh venue. (more...)

THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD Begins 5/20 at Artists Rep
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2014

Artists Rep will present The Playboy of the Western World by J.M Synge, from May 20 through June 22, as the final show of the 14/15 season. Damaso Rodriguez, Artists Rep's Artistic Director, will direct this riotous and raucous production that features a stellar 11-person cast including Portland talent Chris Murray, Amy Newman, Allen Nause, Isaac Lamb, Michael Mendelson, Bill Geisslinger and Los Angeles' Jill Van Velzer. (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre to Open 2014 Season with THE TEMPEST, 5/28-6/22
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's 52nd Season opens with The Tempest, Shakespeare's final great work. Performances begin May 28th and continue through June 22nd at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Road) in Madison. Individual tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or by visiting www.ShakespeareNJ.org. Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Individual tickets range from $15 to $75. (more...)

Point Park's Conservatory Theatre Company to Stage THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, 4/11-19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company closes its 2013-2014 season with a production of John Millington Synge's classic Irish comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, April 11-19 in the Rauh Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. (more...)

ALL MY SONS, DIVIDING THE ESTATE & More Set for Raven Theatre's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Raven Theatre's 32nd Season, under the theme 'Family Business,' will include four plays exploring the nature of family ties, according to Producing Artistic Director Michael Menendian and Co-Artistic Director JoAnn Montemurro. (more...)

Canadian Playwright Daniel Macdonald to Make UK Debut with VELOCITY, April 27-May 13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

In a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, and another in its acclaimed series introducing Canada's finest playwrights to the UK, the European premiere of Daniel Macdonald's Velocity opens at the Finborough Theatre for a limited run of nine Sunday and Monday evening and Tuesday matinee performances from Sunday, 27 April 2014. (more...)

'A Little Piece of a Great Big Soul' Meet the Full Cast of Broadway's OF MICE AND MEN, Beginning Tomorrow!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 18, 2014

Directed by Tony Award-winner Anna D. Shapiro, the new Broadway production of Of Mice and Men begins performances tomorrow, Wednesday, March 19, 2014 and will officially open on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the full company, plus watch interviews with the cast and get a sneak peek at the play below! (more...)

THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD Makes Charleston Premiere at South of Broadway Theatre, Now thru 3/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

The 1907 World Premier of J.M. Synge's 'The Playboy of the Western World' caused riots in Dublin. At this Charleston Premier we can --- at the very least --- promise you Riotous Laughter!!! (more...)

Oracle Productions, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre Win Big at 41st Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

"The Mother," a stage tale of class warfare, and "Passion," a musical of love and obsession, took home top honors for Oracle Productions and Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre respectively Monday, June 2, at Park West during the 41st Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony recognizing excellence in non-union Chicago theatre. Oracle, with five awards, and Theo Ubique, with four awards, garnered the most honors at Monday night's ceremony. (more...)

Shakespeare's Globe to Bring HAMLET to Folger Theatre, July 25-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

The London-based Shakespeare's Globe will bring their global touring production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet to Folger Theatre for three performances only on July 25 and 26, 2014, making it the only east coast stop for the company in the United States. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, the production is a fresh, pared-down version of the classic tragedy of deferred revenge. (more...)

The Shakespeare Theatre Presents Shaw's THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents George Bernard Shaw's Revolutionary War dramaThe Devil's Disciple. Just in time for the Fourth of July and the 350th anniversary of New Jersey's charter, The Devil's Disciple celebrates the spirit and honor of the everyday people who fought for our nation's independence. (more...)

Stance Theatre's DRAG KING RICHARD III Comes to Riverside Studios, July 28-Aug 3
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Following a highly acclaimed run at the Bristol Shakespeare Festival, Stance Theatre presents a powerful Richard III ahead of other summer blockbuster productions. Drag King Richard III explores the complexity of switching gender as lead character Laurie embarks on the challenging journey of transitioning from female to male. (more...)

Chuck Spencer & JoAnn Montemurro to Lead Raven Theatre's ALL MY SONS; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Arthur Miller's intense drama, raising questions of morality and the limits of family ties, promises to be a special opening production for Raven's 2014-2015 season. Headlining the cast will be Chuck Spencer and JoAnn Montemurro as Joe and Kate Keller. These two Raven ensemble members, who earned accolades for their work as Willy and Linda Loman in Miller's Death of a Salesman and as Victor and Esther Franz in his The Price, will play Joe and Kate Keller. Raven first produced All My Sons in 1990 and they appeared in that production as well, playing George Deever and Ann Deever. (more...)

Furious Theatre Presents FOXFINDER U.S. Premiere in Pasadena, Now thru Feb 2
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2014

The critically-acclaimed FURIOUS THEATRE COMPANY will present the second show of their 2013-2014 season, in association with, and direct from its critically-acclaimed run at the ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATRE in Portland, the rolling U.S. premiere of FOXFINDER written by Dawn King and directed by Damaso Rodriguez. FOXFINDER will feature Furious members, Sara Hennessey and Shawn Lee as well as Amanda Soden and Joshua Weinstein and will preview tonight, January 8, Thursday, January 9 and Friday, January 10 at 8pm and will open on Saturday, January 11 at 8:00pm and run through Sunday, February 2 at the Pasadena Playhouse Carrie Hamilton Theatre, 39 S. El Molino Ave. in Pasadena. (more...)

THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD to Begin Previews 2/4 at Raven Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2014

Raven Theatre will present The Playboy of the Western World, by J.M. Synge, and directed by Michael Menedian. The show will begin previews on Feb. 4, and continue through Feb. 9, with ticket prices at $22. Opening night is set for Feb. 10, and the show wil run through April 5, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3 pm Tickets $36, $15 for students, teachers and military personnel, $5 discount for seniors (more...)

Jim Norton Set to Join James Franco & Chris O'Dowd in OF MICE AND MEN on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2014

Tony Award winner Jim Norton (Candy) joins Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco, Chris O'Dowd and Leighton Meester in Of Mice and Men, a new Broadway production directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro. (more...)

Raven Theatre Presents Irish Drama THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, Now Through 4/5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

This year, one of the many ways Chicagoans can observe St. Patrick's Day beyond dropping in to an Irish pub might be a visit to Raven Theatre in Edgewater to see the theatre's acclaimed production of The Playboy of the Western World. J. M. Synge's pioneering classic of modern Irish drama is a non-alcoholic trip to the Emerald Isle, though the play is, incidentally, set in an Irish country pub (they call it a shebeen). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Raven Theatre's THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

This year, one of the many ways Chicagoans can observe St. Patrick's Day beyond dropping in to an Irish pub might be a visit to Raven Theatre in Edgewater to see the theatre's acclaimed production of The Playboy of the Western World. J. M. Synge's pioneering classic of modern Irish drama is a non-alcoholic trip to the Emerald Isle, though the play is, incidentally, set in an Irish country pub (they call it a shebeen). Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with Raven Theatre's THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD
by Stage Tube - Feb 27, 2014

This year, one of the many ways Chicagoans can observe St. Patrick's Day beyond dropping in to an Irish pub might be a visit to Raven Theatre in Edgewater to see the theatre's acclaimed production of The Playboy of the Western World. J. M. Synge's pioneering classic of modern Irish drama is a non-alcoholic trip to the Emerald Isle, though the play is, incidentally, set in an Irish country pub (they call it a shebeen). Click below to watch highlights from the production, as well as interviews with the cast and creative team! (more...)

Raven Theatre's THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD Now Playing Through 4/30
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

This year, one of the many ways Chicagoans can observe St. Patrick's Day beyond dropping in to an Irish pub might be a visit to Raven Theatre in Edgewater to see the theatre's acclaimed production of The Playboy of the Western World. J. M. Synge's pioneering classic of modern Irish drama is a non-alcoholic trip to the Emerald Isle, though the play is, incidentally, set in an Irish country pub (they call it a shebeen). (more...)

Molloy and Booth Join Cast Of FINGS AIN'T WOT THEY USED T'BE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2014

Mark Arden as Fred, Ryan Molloy as Horace, Stefan Booth as Tosher, Christopher Ryan as Red Hot, Vivian Carter as Myrtle, Stevie Hutchinson as Ted/PC 2, John Olohan as Paddy, Gary Watson as Norman/PC 1 andJoanna Woodward as Margaret join the previously announced BAFTA nominated Jessie Wallace (EastEnders) as Lil, Gary Kemp (The Krays/ The Bodyguard/Spandau Ballet) as PC Collins, Sarah Middleton as Rosie, Ruth Alfie Adams as Brenda, Will Barton as Percy and Suzie Chard as Betty to complete the cast of Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be. (more...)

THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD to Make Charleston Premiere at South of Broadway Theatre, 3/13-29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2014

The 1907 World Premier of J.M. Synge's 'The Playboy of the Western World' caused riots in Dublin. At this Charleston Premier we can --- at the very least --- promise you Riotous Laughter!!! (more...)

Leighton Meester To Play Curley's Wife In OF MICE AND MEN On Broadway
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 9, 2013

Producer David Binder announces Leighton Meester ('Gossip Girl', Country Strong) will join Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in Of Mice and Men, a new production directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro. (more...)

Pan Pan Theatre to Bring Beckett's EMBERS to BAM Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Pan Pan Theatre Company will bring EMBERS by Samuel Beckett to BAM's Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St). Directed by Gavin Quinn with sculpture by Andrew Clancy, lighting design by Aedin Cosgrove and sound design by Jimmy Eadie, the show will run September 17-20 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

PICT's 'SONS OF ULSTER' to Coincide with 2014 Centennial of WWI; Runs 9/4-20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

PICT Classic Theatre's Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, by Frank McGuinness, opens just about 100 years after the historical WWI events that are authentically portrayed in the performance. Running September 4-20 at the Stephen Foster Memorial, the play, appropriate for ages 12+, leaves audiences with a better emotional understanding of events that changed the course of millions of lives and a sense of the surprising ways that WWI continues to shape the world today. (more...)

Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen Lead West End's GOOD PEOPLE - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2014

Old Vic Productions and Hampstead Theatre Productions are delighted to announce the full cast for West End transfer of critically acclaimed Good People which will play a limited season of just ten weeks at the No?l Coward Theatre from 10th April, as previously announced. (more...)

Meet the Broadway Class of 2014- Spring Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 6, 2014

With Broadway's 2014 season now in full swing, there's a solid group of performers making their Broadway debuts this Spring. Meet all of the Great White Way's newest stars below, and be sure to let us know who you're most looking forward to seeing onstage! (more...)

Non-Equity Jeff Awards are Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

The Jeff Awards Committee today announced 128 nominations in 24 categories of Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 147 productions offered by 65 Non-Equity producing organizations. The judges recommended 66 of those shows, making them eligible for Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations. Thirty theatre companies received nominations. (more...)

Review Roundup: THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Apr 20, 2014

The Michael Grandage Company production ofThe Cripple of Inishmaan, by Martin McDonagh, starring Daniel Radcliffe and the critically acclaimed West End cast opens today at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street). (more...)

Meet the Full Cast of Broadway's THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN, Opening Tomorrow!
by Meet the Cast - Apr 19, 2014

The Michael Grandage Company production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, by Martin McDonagh, starring Daniel Radcliffe and the critically acclaimed West End cast, directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage, began previews on Broadway on April 12 and will open tomorrow, April 20 at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the full cast and watch interviews with the company below! (more...)

James Franco and Chris O'Dowd Star in OF MICE AND MEN, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco and Chris O'Dowd make their Broadway debuts in Of Mice and Men, a new production directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro. Of Mice and Men, one of the greatest and most enduring American classics, has not been seen on Broadway in 40 years. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Conservatory Theatre Company's THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company closes its 2013-2014 season with a production of John Millington Synge's classic Irish comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, now through April 19 in the Rauh Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse (more...)

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