VIDEO: Director James DeVita Discusses CYRANO DE BERGERAC AT American Players TheatreVIDEO: Director James DeVita Discusses CYRANO DE BERGERAC AT American Players Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2017

Watch director James DeVita discuss CYRANO DE BERGERAC at American Players Theatre! (more...)

VIDEO: Director John Langs Discusses A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM At American Players TheatreVIDEO: Director John Langs Discusses A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM At American Players Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

Watch director John Langs discuss staging A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at American Players Theatre! (more...)

Review Roundup: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at American Players TheatreReview Roundup: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at American Players Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE by Arthur Miller plays at American Players Theatre's Touchstone Theatre until October 22, and the critics are weighing in! (more...)

Review Roundup: CYRANO DE BERGERAC at American Players TheatreReview Roundup: CYRANO DE BERGERAC at American Players Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

CYRANO DE BERGERAC at American Players Theatre's newly renovated Hill Theatre is a timeless romance filled with wit and heart-stopping action. (more...)

Review Roundup: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at American Players TheatreReview Roundup: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at American Players Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at American Players Theatre's newly renovated Hill Theatre brings a modern spin on this Shakespearean classic, which first played on the American Players Theatre stage thirty seven years ago. (more...)

New Hampshire Theatre Project presents 2017 Intelligent Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

New Hampshire Theatre Project presents the 2017 Intelligent Theatre Festival, the fifth annual festival of playreadings and discussion.  This year's theme is Matters of Importance as each script focuses on social, political and cultural issues that prompt difficult conversations both personally and in community. (more...)

American Players Theatre Announces 38th Summer Festival Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

American Players Theatre (APT) announces its 38th Summer Festival Season, June 10 - October 22, 2017, a diverse lineup of eight classical and contemporary plays in repertory that includes the return and work of visiting Chicago director and Jeff Award-winner William Brown taking on Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters in APT's newly renovated flagship 1140-seat outdoor amphitheater on the Hill.  (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces cast and Creative Team for Short Shakespeare! ROMEO AND JULIET
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces the cast and creative team for Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet, a 75-minute abridgment of William Shakespeare's classic tale of true love found-and tragically lost. Adapted and directed by Marti Lyons and featuring a dynamic ensemble cast, the production speaks to today's young people about their own lives. In addition to public performances on Saturdays, this production welcomes 1,000 students each day during its five-week run in the Courtyard Theater, followed by an extensive tour to schools across the region through April 28, 2017. Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet will be performed for the public Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., February 25-March 25, 2017. (more...)

DEATHTRAP, THE BROTHERS SIZE, DOUBT and More Highlight Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) announces its 43rd season, centered on 'The Mysteries of Life.' (more...)

BWW Review: Complexity and Cunning Appear in APT's Extraordinary ARCADIA
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Aug 15, 2016

Could life be portrayed similar to a steaming cup of tea that eventually grows cool, and finally stone cold? That premise represents one possible physical property of energy, specifically heat, in Tom Stoppard's 1993 play titled Arcadia. At American Players Theatre (APT) Up the Hill stage, Stoppard's contemporary, complex and cunning production poses the duality to life and questions theoretical polar opposites such as order versus chaos. In this absorbing and provocative play where the heat of romantic love interferes with life's scientifically charted course, where the unpredictable and predetermined meet, this APT cast features excellent poetic form when playing what Stoppard also contemplated: 'It is a defect of God's humour that he directs our hearts everywhere but to those who have a right to them.' (more...)

BWW Review: APT Chooses Ideal Season to Stage Wilde's Entrancing AN IDEAL HUSBAND
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jul 5, 2016

n a year when the country tries to discern the truth about numerous politician's pasts, presents and futures, Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband attempts to make some sense of blackmail and corruption in the government institutions and individuals who serve their citizens. American Players Theatre takes their audiences Up The Hill for Wilde's summer visual delight. This fascinating production captivates the eye along with the ear dressing the cast in lavish period costumes designed by Matthew J. Lefebvre amid a cream and golden gilded stage, period rooms, courtesy of Scenic Designer Takeshi Kata. (more...)

BWW Review: APT Stages Marvelous Mad, Mad COMEDY OF ERRORS
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jun 20, 2016

Quite refreshing and revitalizing as a summer breeze, American Players Theater (APT) opened their 2016 Up the Hill season in Spring Green with a wild version of William Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors. Directed by the well-known David Frank, this condensed Comedy revisits a slight nod to Lewis Carroll's 'The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland.' The production plays broadly by quoting  Shakespeare's verse with a tongue in cheek delivery also heightened by Victorian costumes designed by Fabio Tablini.  The imaginative designer envisioned two Dromios which might resemble Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, clothed in wide striped pants, vivid colored jackets and huge straw hats. The story set amid an Ephesus where square marble columns and a great gate placed on the left Up The Hill stage fashioned by Scenic Designer Nayna Ramey, gives Ephesus a rather dream like quality.  (more...)

Chicago Directors Set for American Players Theatre's 37th Summer Festival Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

American Players Theatre (APT) announces its 37th Summer Festival Season, June 3 - October 16, 2016, a diverse lineup of eight classical and contemporary plays in repertory that includes the return and work of two visiting Chicago directors: Derrick Sanders, founding Artistic Director of Congo Square Theatre Company directing The African Company Presents Richard III by Carlyle Brown in APT's intimate 200-seat Touchstone Theatre; and Jeff Award winner William Brown taking on William Shakespeare's King Lear in APT's flagship 1140-seat outdoor amphitheater on the Hill. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's LOVE STORIES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2015

For the holiday season, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents three classic one-acts by three celebrated writers, LOVE STORIES, now through December 20, 2015. The production features VILLAGE WOOING by George Bernard Shaw, THE JEWISH WIFE by Bertolt Brecht and HERE WE ARE by Dorothy Parker. Real-life married couple James Pickering and Tami Workentin star in LOVE STORIES under the direction of Paula Suozzi. LOVE STORIES performs in the Broadway Theatre Center's Studio Theatre in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast onstage! (more...)

BWW Review: Look Up For SILENT SKY
by Amanda Finn - Nov 9, 2015

In the early 20th century, women were barred from many fields of study - even pondering the wonders of the night sky. But that did not stop Leavitt from making discoveries that lead to establishing a measurement standard for astronomers all over the world. She left behind the familiar world of her father's pulpit in Wisconsin, ventured off to Harvard, and uncovered a way to use the brightness of stars to determine their distance from one another. (more...)

American Players Theatre Announces 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2015

American Players Theatre (APT) is excited to announce its 37th season, which will run June 4 to October 16, 2016. In APT's flagship outdoor amphitheater, William Shakespeare will bookend the Hill season with The Comedy of Errors and King Lear. Also playing on the Hill: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde and Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. (more...)

BWW Review: Profound and Personal OTHELLO Opens at APT this August
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Aug 19, 2015

Othello—The name speaks to one of William Shakespeare's most acclaimed tragedies first produced in 1603, and has seen thousands of reincarnations, perhaps hundreds of thousands in the past four centuries. How does American Players Theatre (APT) at their Up the Hill venue renew the drama's intense spirit? On an August summer evening, APT stages under John Langs direction, Andrew Boyce's scenic design and Matthew J. Le Febvre's striking costume design a very intimate and evocaive “Tragedy of the Moor of Venice.”  (more...)

BWW Reviews: APT's Superb PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Reveals Gender Parity
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jul 8, 2015

First published more than 200 years ago, Jane Austen's famous novel Pride and Prejudice comes to American Players Theatre (APT) and revisits significant gender issues audiences might assume have been resolved. Former Milwaukee Reperatory Theater Artistic Director Joseph Hanreddy and acclaimed J.R. Sullivan adapted one of the world's most popular novels into a compelling, senstive stage play that breathes life into Austen's romantic couples who search for their futures on Spring Green's Up the Hill stage this summer. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Shakespeare's MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Blooms with Summer Magic at APT
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jun 22, 2015

'The flower of the garter blooms for every Windsor heart.' So sings the American Player Theatre cast when Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor arrives to open the Up The Hill Theatre season. These beloved characters celebrate 'The Most Noble Order of the Garter' ceremony, which APT stages similar to an early 20th century American Independence day celebration only with English patriotism---summer entertainment costumed by Holly Payne complemented by Nathan Stuber's scenic design. (more...)

American Players Launch 2015 Season This Weekend with THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2015

American Players Theatre (APT) will launch its 36th Season tonight, June 6, 2015 with a preview performance of William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. The performance begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are still available. (more...)

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