Anita Stewart News

 
Date Of Birth:
February 07, 1895
Date Of Death:
May 04, 1961 (66)
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, NY, USA
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Date of Birth: February 07, 1895
Date of Death: May 04, 1961 (66)

Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Geffen Playhouse Presents The West Coast Premiere Of THE NICETIESGeffen Playhouse Presents The West Coast Premiere Of THE NICETIES
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2019

Geffen Playhouse will present the West Coast premiere of The Niceties, it was announced today, written by Eleanor Burgess (Chill, Start Down) and directed by Kimberly Senior (Disgraced, Career Suicide). This world premiere production of The Niceties is currently running at McCarter Theatre Center in New Jersey, and replaces Antigone on the Geffen Playhouse 2018/2019 season lineup. (more...)

Portland Stage Presents THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNESTPortland Stage Presents THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2019

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde begins Jan 22 through Feb 17, opens for reviewers Friday Jan 25, 2019. What's in a name? Wilde's masterful comedy follows a young man and his friend on a journey that leads to an unexpected discovery. (more...)

BWW Review: Portland Stage's Venerable CHRISTMAS CAROL Gets New ScroogeBWW Review: Portland Stage's Venerable CHRISTMAS CAROL Gets New Scrooge
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Dec 23, 2018

Anita Stewart's staging of Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been a beloved fixture on Portland's Christmas scene for quite some time now, and, indeed, despite changing casts, much of its appeal resides in its familiarity to audiences. On the December 23rd matinee, the venerable production got a fresh new uplift in the performance of Dustin Tucker as Scrooge. (more...)

R. Strauss' ELEKTRA Returns to Canadian Opera CompanyR. Strauss' ELEKTRA Returns to Canadian Opera Company
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2018

Richard Strauss' twisted psychodrama, Elektra, returns to the COC stage with commanding star soprano Christine Goerke in the title role. Rooted in classic Greek tragedy, the one-act opera is an expressionist take on the ultimate tale of family dysfunction: Elektra's lust to avenge her father's murder at the hands of her mother and her mother's lover. Fury and obsession spiral into horrific consequence as Elektra careens down a path of total destruction, all set to an unrelenting modern score. Elektra runs for seven performances on January 26, 31, February 6, 10, 12, 16, 22, 2019. (more...)

BWW Review: REFUGE MALJA at Portland Stage Explores the Refugee ExperienceBWW Review: REFUGE MALJA at Portland Stage Explores the Refugee Experience
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Nov 11, 2018

In mounting Bess Welden's new play Refuge Malja, Portland Stage seeks to tell the story of contemporary Syrian war refugees in the context of history, the Holocaust, and personal conflict. Set largely in Greece and the Middle East, it intertwines the story of two journalists, their failed romance, and the struggles they have in coming to terms with past demons and the present suffering they witness. The intersection of these dramas is laden with potential for fine storytelling, but somehow Welden never manages to weave the threads into a coherent tale. Admirable in its intent, Refuge Malja remains a puzzling, under developed theatrical experience. (more...)

Portland Stage Will Stage the World Premiere of REFUGE MALJAPortland Stage Will Stage the World Premiere of REFUGE MALJA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2018

Portland Stage will stage the World Premiere of Refuge Malja by Bess Welden with Arabic Translation by Ali Al-Mshakheel begins Oct 30 through Nov 18, opens for reviewers Friday Nov 2, 2018. When a Jewish-American war photographer feels compelled to assist a young refugee who steps in front of her camera, she calls an old friend to translate but hesitates to reveal why she is so drawn to the boy. This poetic, decade-spanning drama explores how we each define and find our own malja (refuge). Affiliate Artist Bess Welden's Refuge Malja was developed as part of the 2017 Little Festival of the Unexpected and was subsequently workshopped in the Studio Series in January of 2018. Refuge Malja is made possible with support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission. (more...)

BWW Review: Portland Stage Opens 45th Season with BEN BUTLERBWW Review: Portland Stage Opens 45th Season with BEN BUTLER
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Sep 30, 2018

Marking its 45th season Portland Stage opened with Richard Strand's 2014 drama about the Union General Benjamin Butler's unintentional, but heartwarming sheltering of fugitive slaves during his command of Fort Monroe, Virginia, at the start of the Civil War. In a well-cast, elegantly produced staging the company offers a quirky, witty, often whimsical look at four characters who cross ideological swords and skirmish for high stakes not on the battleground but with a war of words, cleverly turned logic, solipsisms, and wittybadinage - all of which result in a remarkable turn of events that defies stereotypes, race, and convention. (more...)

BEN BUTLER By Richard Strand Comes To Portland StageBEN BUTLER By Richard Strand Comes To Portland Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2018

BEN BUTLER by Richard Strand begins Sep 25 through Oct 21, opens for reviewers Friday September 28, 2018. When a runaway slave demands sanctuary at a Union Army garrison, the General in charge is faced with moral quandary: follow the letter of the law, or make a game-changing move that could alter the course of US history? "…Part comedy, part historical drama and part biography… by turns sarcastic, droll and witty." NY Times (more...)

BWW Review: Timeless Laughter: Dan Goggin's NUNSENSE Delights in PortlandBWW Review: Timeless Laughter: Dan Goggin's NUNSENSE Delights in Portland
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 18, 2018

It is so seemingly simple and yet so irresistibly infectious. The thirty-five year-old show envelops the audience in a haze of nostalgia and a cocoon of laughter that makes for a delicious theatrical evening. And in this delightfully fresh, colorful, exuberant, and touching co-production presented by Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage, Dan Goggin's original Nunsense story makes clear why this musical has remained a timeless phenomenon (more...)

BWW Interview: Laughter That Cures All Ills: Dan Goggin and the Enduring Phenomenon of NUNSENSEBWW Interview: Laughter That Cures All Ills: Dan Goggin and the Enduring Phenomenon of NUNSENSE
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 1, 2018

' 'If laughter cures all ills, Nunsense will make doctors obsolete.' That is one of my favorite all time review quotes,' says Dan Goggin. 'Hearing an audience laugh and knowing you had something to do with it is one of the most rewarding experiences I can think of.' Despite the enduring international sensation Goggin's brainchild has become, the writer, director, and creator of a thirty-five-year musical theatre phenomenon and franchise that embraces seven musicals, three spin offs, television specials, a possible upcoming new television series, recordings, and an entire line of merchandise remains a bit bemused and amazed at his runaway success. (more...)

World Premiere Of SEX & OTHER DISTURBANCES Comes to Portland StageWorld Premiere Of SEX & OTHER DISTURBANCES Comes to Portland Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2018

Portland Stage presents the world premiere of New England playwright Marisa Smith's latest play, Sex and Other Disturbances, May 1-20.  (more...)

Portland Stage Announces 2018 Little Festival Of The UnexpectedPortland Stage Announces 2018 Little Festival Of The Unexpected
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2018

Portland Stage will celebrate 29 years of nurturing playwrights and new work from May 8-12, 2018 during the Little Festival of the Unexpected. Little Festival is a week-long event dedicated to public readings of new American plays. Each May three playwrights are in residence at Portland Stage throughout the week developing their scripts with input from actors, dramaturgs, and directors. (more...)

BWW Review: Searing Conversation About Race in Portland Stage's THE NICETIESBWW Review: Searing Conversation About Race in Portland Stage's THE NICETIES
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Apr 8, 2018

Portland Stage's current production of Eleanor Burgess's two-character drama, The Niceties, is a intense, searing, often exhausting theatrical experience. The play, written during the last Presidential campaign, probes a plethora of contemporary issues from race in America to the meaning of revolution, feminism, the impact and influence of history, the struggles for power between the elite and the voiceless. Set at an Ivy League Eastern college, The Niceties explores the intellectual and emotional journeys of a respected history professor and her rebellious African-American student. (more...)

Portland Stage Announces 2018/19 SeasonPortland Stage Announces 2018/19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2018

Portland Stage creates one-of-a-kind productions specifically selected for its community. Each season, Portland Stage Executive & Artistic Director Anita Stewart looks for a means to connect the plays with a thematic thread. For the 2018-2019 Season, audiences may find the plays are connected by the idea of borders, boundaries, and how we embrace, or wish to change them. From a runaway slave seeking to join the Union army, to the photographer striving to help an Arabic speaking boy; from a man searching for his true identity, to a woman looking to connect with spirits, each play in our upcoming season looks at how we celebrate, rebel against or embrace and understand our place in the world. (more...)

BWW Review:  Murder, Mystery, Romance in Noir Comedy at Portland StageBWW Review: Murder, Mystery, Romance in Noir Comedy at Portland Stage
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Mar 10, 2018

Portland Stage's current production of Michael Hollinger's 2000 noir comedy set in the Cold War era skillfully weaves a tapestry of three love stories and one murder against the backdrop of McCarthyism, nuclear bombs, 50s pop culture, and zany shenanigans - all of which makes for a delightful, fast-paced evening of nostalgic wit. (more...)

Portland Stage Kicks Off 2018 with BABETTE'S FEASTPortland Stage Kicks Off 2018 with BABETTE'S FEAST
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2018

Portland Stage is pleased to present Babette's Feast, running Jan 23 through Feb 18 on the Mainstage. This production of Babette's Feast was conceived and developed by Portland Stage Affiliate Artist Abigail Killeen in a process that began over a decade ago. The production is made possible by the generous support of Jennifer Carolyn King & Timothy Fredel, the Rugged Elegance Foundation. (more...)

Portland Stage to Present IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAYPortland Stage to Present IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2017

Portland Stage presents It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play adapted by Joe Landry November 24 December 24, 2017. Celebrate the Holiday Season with this beloved American classic. (more...)

Portland Stage to Present IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAYPortland Stage to Present IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2017

Portland Stage presents It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play adapted by Joe Landry November 24 December 24, 2017. Celebrate the Holiday Season with this beloved American classic. (more...)

BWW Review: Portland Stage's COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL Struggles with Issues of AgingBWW Review: Portland Stage's COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL Struggles with Issues of Aging
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Oct 28, 2017

Portland Stage's second season offering, Kate Hawley's 2015 play about siblings and their mother confronting dementia, Complications from a Fall, addresses an issue of consequence but while it has its moments of warmth and truth, never quite rises to the challenge of truly articulating something significant about the aging process. (more...)

Portland Stage Continues Season with COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALLPortland Stage Continues Season with COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2017

Complications From A Fall begins previews Tuesday, October 24, opens Today, October 27, and runs through November 12 at Portland Stage. (more...)

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