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Players' Ring's MOONGLOW to Move to The Firehouse Center in October Photo Players' Ring's MOONGLOW to Move to The Firehouse Center in October
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 24, 2022

The Players' Ring of Portsmouth's new hit comedy MOONGLOW, by Jack Neary, will be presented for four performances only at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport on October 6-9, co-produced by the Actors Studio of Newburyport and the Players' Ring.

THE GOOD DELI Comes to the Boston Playwrights Theatre  For One Night Only Photo THE GOOD DELI Comes to the Boston Playwrights Theatre For One Night Only
by Stephi Wild - Aug 12, 2019

Creative License Productions announces a one-night only staged reading of a new play, 'The Good Deli', by Kevin Cirone, at the Boston Playwrights Theatre on Friday, August 23rd at 7pm.

BWW Review: Zeitgeist Stage Company Cements Its Imprint With World Premiere of TRIGGE Photo BWW Review: Zeitgeist Stage Company Cements Its Imprint With World Premiere of TRIGGER WARNING
by Nancy Grossman - Apr 15, 2019

The world may end with a whimper, but Zeitgeist Stage Company goes out with a bang, presenting the world premiere of Jacques Lamarre's TRIGGER WARNING. David J. Miller and company bring down the curtain after eighteen seasons on the Boston theater scene, leaving a void that will not be soon or easily filled.

BWW Review: World Premiere BARE STAGE: A Play for the Zeitgeist Photo BWW Review: World Premiere BARE STAGE: A Play for the Zeitgeist
by Nancy Grossman - Feb 12, 2019

The world premiere of Boston playwright Michael Walker's BARE STAGE lands smack in the middle of the zeitgeist, surrounded by the swirling maelstrom of #MeToo and a building movement within the theater arts community to pay attention to the needs of actors when they are at their most vulnerable. Walker wades deeply into an exploration of nudity on stage, seeking to answer the question of when it is essential to the play, and when it crosses the boundary to objectification or exploitation. The bottom line is to find the balance between the point/counterpoint of censorship vs. artistic freedom.

World Premiere Of BARE STAGE Opens Friday at Plaza Theatre Photo World Premiere Of BARE STAGE Opens Friday at Plaza Theatre
by Julie Musbach - Feb 5, 2019

The world premiere of bare stage, a new work by award-winning Boston Playwright Michael Walker, opens this Friday, Februrary 8th at Plaza Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts (539 Tremont Street, Boston 02116).

BARE STAGE World Premiere Opens 2/8 Photo BARE STAGE World Premiere Opens 2/8
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 9, 2019

Tickets are now on sale for the world premiere of bare stage, a new work by award-winning Boston Playwright Michael Walker, to run February 9-March 2, 2019 at Plaza Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts (539 Tremont Street, Boston 02116). bare stage is directed by A. Nora Long, and features IRNE Award nominee Ashley Risteen as Kate,' Allie Meek-Carufel as Rachel , and Kevin Cirone as 'Parker', the rising star playwright playwright/director, who clashes with the actors around the issues of nudity in his production. Tickets available now at https://www.bostontheatrescene.com/season/bare-stage/ or by calling 617.426.5000.

New Play BARE STAGE Sets World Premiere In Boston Photo New Play BARE STAGE Sets World Premiere In Boston
by Julie Musbach - Nov 12, 2018

Announcing the world premiere of bare stage, a new play by award-winning Boston Playwright Michael Walker (Absolutely Dead, Dancing in the Garden). bare stage gives voice to the challenges and difficulties all participants face in a play with nudity, while calling into question the issues of censorship, artistic freedom, body-shaming, exploitation and simple morality surrounding the writing, production and performance of plays with nudity. bare stage seeks to answer the critical question - "When is nudity essential to the play, and when is it exploitation and a distraction?"

BWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN: Monster or Metaphor? Photo BWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN: Monster or Metaphor?
by Nancy Grossman - Oct 11, 2018

The Central Square Theater, in conjunction with Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, has a corner on the market of blending art and science. It is no easy task to create intelligent, dramatic entertainment that can live up to their mission and put across its message with clarity, as well as artistry. However, when a group of serious artists comes together with purpose, the whole may be greater than the sum of its parts. Director David R. Gammons overlays his kaleidoscopic vision onto British playwright Nick Dear's adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN, from the novel by Mary Shelley, inviting the audience to conceive of a monster of their own imagination rather than the familiar cinematic versions.

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 9/29 - BRIDGES, Photo Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 9/29 - BRIDGES, A CHORUS LINE, and More!
by BWW Special - Sep 29, 2017

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, A CHORUS LINE, and More!

BWW Review: Powerful, Thought-provoking FACELESS at Zeitgeist Stage Company Photo BWW Review: Powerful, Thought-provoking FACELESS at Zeitgeist Stage Company
by Nancy Grossman - Sep 28, 2017

Zeitgeist Stage Company begins its 17th season with the East Coast premiere of Selina Fillinger's FACELESS, a play with a storyline that sits smack in the middle of the national zeitgeist. It pits a sheltered 18-year old white girl against a Harvard Law School graduate and practicing Muslim in a taut courtroom drama that is about much more than the charges being litigated. Terrorism and ISIS are on trial, but the face of a young American woman is symbolic of how the enemy is expanding its reach into our homeland via social media, and the attorney in the hijab is the unlikely government crusader chosen to fight back.