Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 9/2; SPRING AWAKENING in Tampa, Kathleen Marshall's LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST at the Old Globe and More!
This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in New Jersey, Tampa, San Diego and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include IAGO in New Jersey, SPRING AWAKENING in Tampa, and LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST at The Old Globe directed by Kathleen Marshall, just to name a few.
1. New Jersey: Editor Marina Kennedy reviews IAGO at NJ Rep. She says, "IAGO, a true theatrical masterpiece, is now onstage at New Jersey Repertory Company (NJ Rep) through September 25th. With a brilliant and insightful script by the late James McLure and the splendid direction of the theatre's Artistic Director, Suzanne Barabas, it is a must-see show. The four person cast shines bright in this exquisite production." Read more here.
2. Boston, MA: Editor Kristen Morale reviews BUYER and CELLAR at the Provincetown Theater. She says, "Cory is a one man powerhouse who can one moment inform the audience that what will ensue is just fiction but then sink into the story he tells with so much enjoyment, he is able to bring everyone such a feeling of joy when he performs that it is almost infectious. As he navigates his way through a myriad of characters and emotions, he is so engrossed in what he is doing that the performance is intensified by what the audience can expect to see next: is it another of Alex's boyfriend Barry's hilarious reactions to everything bizarre that happens, or if Alex is going to win Barbra's respect by refusing to haggle with her for the price of a doll she already owns? Cory takes us through the entire story of Alex's employment within the home of the "megastar" and has quite a bit of fun with the entire performance." Read more here.
3. Connecticut: Editor Lauren Yarger rounds up a preview of upcoming fall shows in Connecticut, including Steve Martin's METEOR SHOWER at Long Wharf, the World Premiere of QUEENS FOR A YEAR at Hartford Stage, Richard Dreyfuss in RELATIVITY at TheaterWorks and more. Check out her list here.
4. Milwaukee, WI: Editor Peggy Sue Dunigan reviews the Regional Premiere of Peninsula Players's ALABAMA STORY. She says, "Director Brendon Fox inspires the best from the six member cast, including Carmen Roman, a delightful yet determined Emily Reed, who often uses humor and intelligence to match wits with her opponents. The daughter of a doctor, Reed follows her heart while withstanding the forces ofGreg Vinkler's impressive Senator Higgins, staunch in his belief that "the old South" traditions prevail. Roman also develops a tender chemistry with her personal administrative assistant, the loyAl Thomas Franklin, a caring Harter Clingman." Read more here.
5. Tampa, FL: New Editor Trevor Durham interviews Director Tony Gilkinson of SPRING AWAKENING at mad Theatre Of Tampa. Gilkinson says, "Kristy Noel Carlson plays Anna in the show. Shortly after she joined the cast, she was in a terrible car accident and broke her leg. Instead of replacing her I decided to work around the injury. She was on board with the idea and so we found a wheelchair and she is now playing the role of Anna as a wheel chair bound character. In the revival they had hey wheelchair-bound actress in that production. The difference is that this is only temporary for Kristy." Read more about this production here.
6. Austin, TX: Editor Frank Benge reviews ORPHANS at The Back Pack. He says, "The production is blessed with a trio of formidable performances. Michael Stuart directed ORPHANS here in Austin nearly 25 years ago and comes back to the material with a poignant and heartwarming performance as Harold. There's a sly wit to his characterization that makes him endearing. AaRon Johnson, as Phillip, gives yet another accomplished and nuanced performance. Just when I think I have seen into the depths of this fearless actor, he astonishes me anew by his unflinching ability lay bare his soul on stage." Read more here.
8. San Diego, CA: Editor E.H. Reiter reviews LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST at The Old Globe. She says, "Everything about this play is lush and lavishly over the top and in full bloom. The writing is witty and at times ludicrously flowery in delightful ways, the plot is about characters in their first blossom of youth, when anything and everything is possible, and emotions run high and swift. Directed by Tony Winner Kathleen Marshall, this play is a light and frivolously fun confection." Read more here.
9. UK/West End: Editor Marianka Swain reviews THE ENTERTAINER at Garrick Theatre. She says, "Greta Scacchi is superb as Archie's blowsy, garrulous, long-suffering second wife, who left school at 12 and longs for financial security, as is Gawn Grainger as Archie's raging dad Billy, a genuine star of the Edwardian halls who's now allergic to progress, belligerently equating it with irreversible national decline." Read more here.
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10. Chicago Editor Patrick Rybarczyk reviews KINKY BOOTS, now playing at the Oriental Theatre through Sunday. He says, "J. Harrison Ghee has the attitude and the heart to fill the big boots of Lola. Whether he's dressed in a gown or a simple suit, his performance hits every note. It's hard to take your eyes off of him. His voice soars on numbers like Not My Father's Son and Hold Me in Your Heart. And when he goes full on diva in Sex is in the Heel or Land of Lola, you want to stand, applaud, and cheer for more." Read more here.
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