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World Premiere of THE STANDS Comes To The Players' Ring

From the author of the Players' Ring's recent hit, Moonglow, and acclaimed playwright Jack Neary, comes this stunning, suspenseful story about kids and parents, and the shattering power of words.
Neil Simon's THE GINGERBREAD LADY Now Running The Players' Ring

Following last season's sell out performances of Barefoot in the Park, The Players' Ring Theatre is again bringing the work of Neil Simon to Portsmouth with their upcoming presentation of The Gingerbread Lady, running through May 21.
Players' Ring's MOONGLOW to Move to The Firehouse Center in October

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

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 TRIGGER WARNING

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

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

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

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

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?

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, A CHORUS LINE, and More!

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

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.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Presents BECKETT IN BRIEF

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Founding Artistic Director Steven Maler, presents BECKETT IN BRIEF - Rough for Radio II • The Old Tune • Krapp's Last Tape, directed by James Seymour, featuring Will Lyman, Ken Baltin and Ashley Risteen.
MAN IN SNOW 'Talkback' at Gloucester Stage Company

Playwright Israel Horovitz discusses his latest play after a performance.
BWW Review: MAN IN SNOW: World Premiere of Chilling Tale

MAN IN SNOW, Israel Horovitz's newest play, receives its world premiere at Gloucester Stage in a riveting production directed by the playwright. A full-length stage adaptation of an earlier radio play, the seed of the fictional story was sown from a real-life event in Alaska nearly twenty years ago. A stellar cast, led by a convincing and commanding Will Lyman, fully inhabits their characters, and the design team creates an effective, evocative landscape and soundscape.
Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Israel Horovitz's MAN IN SNOW Premiere at Gloucester Stage

Gloucester Stage Company presents the World Premiere of Israel Horovitz's Man In Snow from September 29 through October 23 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Directed by Mr. Horovitz, the powerful and passionate Man In Snow follows David Kipling, recently retired and mourning the loss of his young son, as he re-visits Mt. McKinley in Alaska, a mountain he summited at age 25. He's not climbing, this visit. Instead, he is guiding a group of Japanese honeymooners who hope to conceive a child under the spell of the Northern Lights. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below!
Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Israel Horovitz's MAN IN SNOW Premiere at Gloucester Stage

Gloucester Stage Company presents the World Premiere of Israel Horovitz's Man In Snow from September 29 through October 23 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Directed by Mr. Horovitz, the powerful and passionate Man In Snow follows David Kipling, recently retired and mourning the loss of his young son, as he re-visits Mt. McKinley in Alaska, a mountain he summited at age 25. He's not climbing, this visit. Instead, he is guiding a group of Japanese honeymooners who hope to conceive a child under the spell of the Northern Lights. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below!
20th Annual IRNE Awards Nominees Are Announced - A.R.T.'s THE GREAT COMET, NICE WORK at Ogunquit, BILLY ELLIOT at NSMT and More!

The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) today announced the nominees for the 20th Annual IRNE Awards, which honors the best of the previous year's actors, directors, choreographers, designers and companies across the full spectrum of large, mid-size and fringe theater companies.
BWW Review: CAKEWALK Lacking Nutritional Value

In a departure from its more substantial recent fare, Zeitgeist Stage Company offers up a sugary confection about a cake baking competition in a small Vermont town. Although widely-produced in Canada and the United States, including a run Off-Off Broadway, CAKEWALK is a slight story that is slow to pick up steam. Its humor is driven by its quirky characters and Director David J. Miller fields an endearing ensemble, but the recipe lacks nutritional value.
BWW Review: New England Premiere of APPROPRIATE Opens SpeakEasy Stage's 25th Anniversary Season

Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins enjoys ambiguity and messing with traditional concepts and constructs. His 2014 Obie Award-winner for Best New American Play, APPROPRIATE, is a prime example as it defies categorization. He borrows themes and tropes from classic American family dramas, and the ensemble of actors in the SpeakEasy production carve out brilliant individual performances that rival anything one might see on a Broadway stage. M. Bevin O'Gara directs this breathtaking drama.

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