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Based on the novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Dezart Performs to Open 2013-14 Season with West Coast Premiere of EXQUISITE POTENTIAL, 11/22-24Dezart Performs to Open 2013-14 Season with West Coast Premiere of EXQUISITE POTENTIAL, 11/22-24
by David Green - Oct 9, 2013

Dezart Performs opens its 2013-14 season with the West Coast Premiere of "Exquisite Potential," the award-winning comedy by Stephen Kaplan on Friday, Nov. 22 to open the 2013-14 season of Dezart Performs. "Exquisite Potential" will run for two weekends, November 22-24 and November 29-December 1, 2013 at Dezart Performs' theatrical home in downtown Palm Springs, the historic Palm Springs Woman's Club. The premise: What would happen if a man and his wife went to visit their rabbi to discuss the naming service for the new baby they're expecting-and the man announced that he believes their 3-year-old son is the Messiah? And produced a list of 997 miracles that would prove his conviction? Kaplan's amusing but thought-provoking comedy is directed by Joan McGillis. (more...)

ESP's Next Reading, MORNING'S AT SEVEN, Set for 11/11ESP's Next Reading, MORNING'S AT SEVEN, Set for 11/11
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2013

ESP presents the great American comedy by the otherwise unjustly forgotten Paul Osborn, Morning's at Seven. Originally produced on Broadway in 1939, and set the year before, it ran only 44 performances, even though directed by the young tyro Joshua Logan. It wasn't until 1980 that the play was widely produced, after enjoying a major Broadway revival directed by Vivian Matalon. This production starred - as the four sisters at the center of the story - Nancy Marchand, Maureen O'Sullivan, Elizabeth Wilson, and Teresa Wright. The revival ran 564 performances, and was later televised by Showtime and PBS, and suddenly people remembered Paul Osborn. (more...)

Dezart Performs to Open 2013-14 Season with West Coast Premiere of EXQUISITE POTENTIAL, 11/22-24Dezart Performs to Open 2013-14 Season with West Coast Premiere of EXQUISITE POTENTIAL, 11/22-24
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2013

Dezart Performs opens its 2013-14 season with the West Coast Premiere of "Exquisite Potential," the award-winning comedy by Stephen Kaplan on Friday, Nov. 22 to open the 2013-14 season of Dezart Performs. "Exquisite Potential" will run for two weekends, November 22-24 and November 29-December 1, 2013 at Dezart Performs' theatrical home in downtown Palm Springs, the historic Palm Springs Woman's Club. The premise: What would happen if a man and his wife went to visit their rabbi to discuss the naming service for the new baby they're expecting-and the man announced that he believes their 3-year-old son is the Messiah? And produced a list of 997 miracles that would prove his conviction? Kaplan's amusing but thought-provoking comedy is directed by Joan McGillis. (more...)

Dezart Performs Opens 2013-14 Season with West Coast Premiere of EXQUISITE POTENTIAL, Now thru 11/24Dezart Performs Opens 2013-14 Season with West Coast Premiere of EXQUISITE POTENTIAL, Now thru 11/24
by David Green - Nov 22, 2013

Dezart Performs opens its 2013-14 season with the West Coast Premiere of 'Exquisite Potential,' the award-winning comedy by Stephen Kaplan today, Nov. 22 to open the 2013-14 season of Dezart Performs. 'Exquisite Potential' will run for two weekends, November 22-24 and November 29-December 1, 2013 at Dezart Performs' theatrical home in downtown Palm Springs, the historic Palm Springs Woman's Club. (more...)

ESP's Reading, MORNING'S AT SEVEN, Set for TodayESP's Reading, MORNING'S AT SEVEN, Set for Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2013

ESP presents the great American comedy by the otherwise unjustly forgotten Paul Osborn, Morning's at Seven. Originally produced on Broadway in 1939, and set the year before, it ran only 44 performances, even though directed by the young tyro Joshua Logan. It wasn't until 1980 that the play was widely produced, after enjoying a major Broadway revival directed by Vivian Matalon. This production starred - as the four sisters at the center of the story - Nancy Marchand, Maureen O'Sullivan, Elizabeth Wilson, and Teresa Wright. The revival ran 564 performances, and was later televised by Showtime and PBS, and suddenly people remembered Paul Osborn. (more...)

BWW Reviews: May Kritzerland Pays Tribute to Unsung Broadway Songwriters at Sterling'sBWW Reviews: May Kritzerland Pays Tribute to Unsung Broadway Songwriters at Sterling's
by Don Grigware - May 8, 2012

On Sunday May 6 Kritzerland presented its monthly show, May's entitled Broadway Bound: Unsung Songwriters at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal. Bruce Kimmel and Adryan Russ produce a terrific evening of entertainment with an emphasis on tunes rarely if ever heard and featuring a bevy of top-notch musical theatre talent. This show proved no exception with Damon Kirsche, Melody Hollis, Jane Noseworthy, Beth Malone, John Massey and special guest star Daisy Eagan, the youngest person to ever win a Tony Award for The Secret Garden. First-time with Kritzerland, musical director Tom Griep accompanied beautifully on piano throughout the 75 minute set. Featured songwriters included among others: the amazing Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, Alan Chapman (in attendance), Larry Grossman, Hal Hackady and Ira Levin, who as a familiar writer brought us on film and stage: Rosemary's Baby and Deathtrap. (more...)

Upcoming Script in Hand Playreadings Held at Westport Country PlayhouseUpcoming Script in Hand Playreadings Held at Westport Country Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2012

"Morning's at Seven" by Paul Osborn, will be read in the Script in Hand series at Westport Country Playhouse, on Monday, February 13, 7 p.m. Part of "Winter at the Playhouse," the series will continue with "Stage Struck," an inventive comedy/thriller by Simon Gray, on Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. (more...)

Tony Award-Winning Director Lloyd Richards Dies at 87Tony Award-Winning Director Lloyd Richards Dies at 87
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2006

Tony Award-winning director Lloyd Richards, whose distinguished career in the theatre lasted half a century and who nurtured the work of playwrights such as August Wilson, has passed away at the age of 87 (more...)

BWW Reviews: Peggy Eason's New Cabaret Show at Don't Tell Mama is a Poignant Message of Personal EmpowermentBWW Reviews: Peggy Eason's New Cabaret Show at Don't Tell Mama is a Poignant Message of Personal Empowerment
by Stephen Hanks - Jun 14, 2014

Peggy Eason is one of those characters who seem to have been made for the New York cabaret scene. She's a bodacious woman who is ubiquitous at the local clubs, possesses a passion for singing, and bills herself as the 'Chocolate Diva,' although on stage she's more like a Red Hot Mama. Eason opened her third solo cabaret show, I'll Show Them All, at Don't Tell Mama on Monday night (she's appearing again at the club on Sunday at 7pm) with the decidedly politically incorrect titled song written especially for her by David Conforte, 'Black, Blind and Beautiful' (Hey, 'African American, Visually Challenged and Beautiful' doesn't have the same ring to it.). But there was little that was incorrect about her fast-paced and entertaining show that was often poignant and funny at the same time. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: KAREN OBERLIN and SEAN HARKNESS Concoct Romantic Musical Chemistry at the Metropolitan RoomCABARET LIFE NYC: KAREN OBERLIN and SEAN HARKNESS Concoct Romantic Musical Chemistry at the Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Hanks - Jun 14, 2014

Cabaret performers thinking about launching duo shows could certainly take a lesson in chemistry from watching and listening to singer Karen Oberlin and guitarist Sean Harkness in their current show, A Wish, which is based on their superb recently released CD of the same title, launched with two shows at Kitano on February 1 (to celebrate the CD release), and has taken up a once a month residency until late August at the Metropolitan Room (the next show is on June 25 at 9:30 pm). While theirs is not a romantic off-stage chemistry (both are happily quite happily married, thank you), on stage and in the recording studio Oberlin and Harkness have concocted a delicious musical interaction that conjures up romance to the nth degree. (more...)

O'Neill Playwrights Conference to Honor Lloyd Richards
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2007

On July 29th, legendary director Lloyd Richards will be honored at this year's Eugene O'Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference in Waterford, CT, (more...)

Upcoming Script in Hand Playreadings Held at Westport Country PlayhouseUpcoming Script in Hand Playreadings Held at Westport Country Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2012

"Morning's at Seven" by Paul Osborn, will be read in the Script in Hand series at Westport Country Playhouse, on Monday, February 13, 7 p.m. Part of "Winter at the Playhouse," the series will continue with "Stage Struck," an inventive comedy/thriller by Simon Gray, on Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. (more...)

Divine Rivalry Opens at Hartford Stage 2/24Divine Rivalry Opens at Hartford Stage 2/24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2011

The greatest unknown event of the Renaissance will unfold at Hartford Stage beginning February 24. (more...)

Divine Rivalry Opens at Hartford Stage 2/24Divine Rivalry Opens at Hartford Stage 2/24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2011

The greatest unknown event of the Renaissance will unfold at Hartford Stage beginning February 24. (more...)

Upcoming Script in Hand Playreadings Held at Westport Country PlayhouseUpcoming Script in Hand Playreadings Held at Westport Country Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2012

"Morning's at Seven" by Paul Osborn, will be read in the Script in Hand series at Westport Country Playhouse, on Monday, February 13, 7 p.m. Part of "Winter at the Playhouse," the series will continue with "Stage Struck," an inventive comedy/thriller by Simon Gray, on Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. (more...)

Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal Opens with Kritzerland Salute to Composer Bob MerrillSterling's Upstairs at the Federal Opens with Kritzerland Salute to Composer Bob Merrill
by Don Grigware - Apr 3, 2012

On Sunday April 1 Kritzerland presented its monthly show, this time Take Me Along saluting composer/lyricist Bob Merrill at the all new Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in NoHo. This also marked the opening night for the new venue. Bruce Kimmel hosted a lovely evening with singers Melody Hollis, Juliana Hansen, Julie Garnye, Kristopher McNeeley, Jeffrey Christopher Todd and special guest Lainie Kazan. Christy Crowl served beautifully as musical director at the piano. Shelly Markham played for Miss Kazan. As always, Kimmel told some interesting stories about the composer. As for Merrill, he composed all of his tunes on a toy xylophone and had a series of pop tunes in the 50s long before he had a Broadway success. Songs performed in the 90-minute set included these tunes as well as Broadway fare from hits like Funny Girl, Carnival and Sugar, as well as from flops Pretty Belle, Henry, Sweet Henry, based on The World of Henry Orient and Holly Golightly otherwise referred to as Breakfast at Tiffany's. (more...)