BWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN--PLAYING WITH FIRE at the GuthrieBWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN--PLAYING WITH FIRE at the Guthrie
by Karen Bovard - Sep 23, 2018

30 years ago, Minneapolis based playwright Barbara Field penned an adaptation of Mary Shelley's famous novel for the Guthrie. Now, on the 200th anniversary of the novel's composition, the Guthrie is opening their season with a new production of Field's script, titled FRANKENSTEIN-PLAYING WITH FIRE. Beautifully designed, as ever on Guthrie main stages, the script is quite postmodern in that different moments in the chronological sequence interpenetrate. Despite strong work by skilled actors in the six roles, the whole somehow falls short. (more...)

BWW Review: South Coast Repertory Stages World Premiere of SHREW!BWW Review: South Coast Repertory Stages World Premiere of SHREW!
by Michael Quintos - Apr 12, 2018

How do you "fix" the misogyny of Shakespeare's now antiquated THE TAMING OF THE SHREW? For playwright Amy Freed, it means injecting it with a noticeable dose of equality empowerment, and then shifting its characters' traits and motivations as if written from a female's perspective. That is the premise of South Coast Repertory's latest World Premiere production SHREW!-which continues performances in Costa Mesa through April 21. The results? A funny but flawed update with good intentions. (more...)

Amy Freed's SHREW! Has World Premiere At South Coast RepertoryAmy Freed's SHREW! Has World Premiere At South Coast Repertory
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2018

Playwright Amy Freed has always been a Shakespeare fan. Her breakout hit, The Beard of Avon (SCR-commissioned and premiered, 2001), was a smart, funny look at the controversy surrounding the authorship of Shakespeare's plays. Now comes SHREW! (March 24-April 21, Segerstrom Stage), in which Freed has re-imagined The Bard's play, The Taming of the Shrew, as a wickedly funny love story of two people who find their way to true, deep and mutual love. Art Manke directs SHREW!, which is an anchor production of the 2018 Pacific Playwrights Festival. Tickets are available at www.scr.org. (more...)

BWW Review: WATCH ON THE RHINE at the GuthrieBWW Review: WATCH ON THE RHINE at the Guthrie
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Oct 22, 2017

The Guthrie Theater's WATCH ON THE RHINE is a timely historical reminder and an excellent production of Lillian Hellman's 1941 drama. (more...)

Berkeley Rep Presents Hellman's WATCH ON THE RHINEBerkeley Rep Presents Hellman's WATCH ON THE RHINE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2017

Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents Watch on the Rhine, Lillian Hellman's 1940s political thriller about loyalty, family, and sacrifice. The play, directed by Berkeley Rep's associate director Lisa Peterson, begins previews on Thursday, November 30, 2017 and runs through Sunday, January 14, 2018. Individual tickets begin at $30 and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone at 510 647-2949. Press night will be on Monday, December 4. (more...)

Aurora Adds Additional Extension Performances of THE REAL THINGAurora Adds Additional Extension Performances of THE REAL THING
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Critics and audiences agree: THE REAL THING is the real thing. Aurora Theatre Companyannounces that it will add an additional 2 matinee performances of THE REAL THING, Tom Stoppard's (The Coast of Utopia,Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) timeless comedy about an all-too-witty playwright who succumbs to the emotional ravages he puts his characters through, to the previously announced 7 performance extension.  (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company Continues 25th Anniversary Season with Tom Stoppard's THE REAL THINGAurora Theatre Company Continues 25th Anniversary Season with Tom Stoppard's THE REAL THING
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Aurora Theatre Company continues its 25th season with Tom Stoppard's (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) timeless comedy about an all-too-witty playwright who succumbs to the emotional ravages he puts his characters through, THE REAL THING. Playwright Henry is not so happily married to Charlotte, the lead actress in his play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When his affair with their friend, Annie, threatens to destroy his own marriage, he realizes that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband for Henry, he can't help but wonder whether their relationship is fiction or the real thing. Delectable and deeply affecting, THE REAL THING takes a look at the absolute chaos of love and trust, or lack thereof, and the passions that often blur our perceptions. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company Extends Tom Stoppard's THE REAL THINGAurora Theatre Company Extends Tom Stoppard's THE REAL THING
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Due to popular pre-sale demand, Aurora Theatre Company announces that it will add an additional week of performances for THE REAL THING, Tom Stoppard's (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) timeless comedy about an all-too-witty playwright who succumbs to the emotional ravages he puts his characters through. Timothy Near ("Master Harold"…and the boys) returns to Aurora to helm this Tony Award-winner for Best Play (1984) and Best Revival of a Play (2000), featuring Elijah Alexander, Liz Sklar, Carrie Paff (This Is How It Goes, A Delicate Balance, Collapse),Tommy Gorrebeeck (The Monster-Builder, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale), Seann Gallagher, and Emily Radosevich. THE REAL THING now plays through March 5th (added performances: Tuesday, February 28, 7pm; Wednesday, March 1, 8pm; Thursday, March 2, 8pm; Friday, March 3, 8pm; Saturday, March 4, 8pm; Sunday, March 5, 2pm, 7pm) at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company Continues 25th Anniversary Season with Tom Stoppard's THE REAL THINGAurora Theatre Company Continues 25th Anniversary Season with Tom Stoppard's THE REAL THING
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

Aurora Theatre Company continues its 25th season with Tom Stoppard's (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) timeless comedy about an all-too-witty playwright who succumbs to the emotional ravages he puts his characters through, THE REAL THING. Playwright Henry is not so happily married to Charlotte, the lead actress in his play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When his affair with their friend, Annie, threatens to destroy his own marriage, he realizes that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband for Henry, he can't help but wonder whether their relationship is fiction or the real thing. Delectable and deeply affecting, THE REAL THING takes a look at the absolute chaos of love and trust, or lack thereof, and the passions that often blur our perceptions. (more...)

MAMMA MIA Star Philip Michael Wins Award for Action ShortMAMMA MIA Star Philip Michael Wins Award for Action Short
by Movies News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Philip Michael, from famous work as Pepper in Mamma Mia alongside Meryl Streep and Christine Baranski, has won a prestigious Award of Merit from The Best Shorts Film Competition. (more...)

OSF's Allen Elizabethan Theatre to Open in JuneOSF's Allen Elizabethan Theatre to Open in June
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Oh, the places you'll go! The Oregon Shakespeare Festival transports audiences to a ghostly Danish castle, dynastic China, and Oz's Emerald City when its outdoor theatre opens the weekend of June 17-19. The Allen Elizabethan Theatre will feature Hamlet, directed by Lisa Peterson; the classic 1970s musical The Wiz, directed by Robert O'Hara; and The Winter's Tale, directed by Desdemona Chiang. The shows will close the weekend of October 14-16. (more...)

OSF to Open 2016 Season with TWELFTH NIGHTOSF to Open 2016 Season with TWELFTH NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

The Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival will launch its 81st year with preview performances beginning on February 19, and the season officially kicking off Friday night, February 26 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre with Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (director, Christopher Liam Moore). (more...)

BWW Review: DISGRACED Skirts The Edges of Inconvenient TruthsBWW Review: DISGRACED Skirts The Edges of Inconvenient Truths
by Herbert Paine - Nov 19, 2015

DISGRACED treads into a quicksand from which there is neither recovery, redemption, or revelation. There is only the sound and the fury of a soul adrift in the arid land of self-loathing and his irresistible pull toward tragedy. AZ Theatre Company does standup production but can't relieve play of its shortcomings. As explosive as its onstage fireworks and confessions are ~ and there is definitely no shortage of intensity in this play ~ DISGRACED ultimately falls flat, unsatisfying, and almost objectionable like an expired bromide ~ pop pop fizz fizz but no relief. (more...)

BWW Review: DISGRACED Will Leave You StunnedBWW Review: DISGRACED Will Leave You Stunned
by Maria Rita Meli - Oct 24, 2015

It clearly is more than evident at this dinner: politics and religion are two topics one would consider to be off topic at any social gathering. What playwright Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced shows is that both topics, central and crucial in one play, makes for an evening of theatre spent on the edge of your seat. (more...)

ACT Theatre Celebrates Ambitious, Award-Winning 2014-15 SeasonACT Theatre Celebrates Ambitious, Award-Winning 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2015

Seattle media have honored ACT's ambitious 2014-15 season with a number of awards. Details below! (more...)

Eric Ankrim, Josh Rhodes & More Nominated for 2014 Gypsy Rose Lee AwardsEric Ankrim, Josh Rhodes & More Nominated for 2014 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Seattle Theater Writers critics' circle just announced the nomination slate of the fourth annual Gypsy Rose Lee Awards,theater awards devoted to recognizing excellence across the economic spectrum of professional Seattle theaters in the prior calendar year. (more...)

BWW 2014 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)BWW 2014 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)
by Jay Irwin - Jan 8, 2015

Oh my! It's been a hell of a year for the Seattle Theatre scene and I can say we've been quite fortunate to see the incredible shows we have. So many amazing shows in fact that picking just a few stand outs (let alone a "best") is a near impossibility. But I have searched the deep dark recesses of my memory to find the shows and performances that really stood out and stuck with me beyond the evening and throughout the year. And so, without further ado, I'm thrilled to present the BWW 2014 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (or Jay's Picks). Let the awesomeness flow! (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE INVISIBLE HAND at ACT Grabs You & Doesn't Let GoBWW Reviews: THE INVISIBLE HAND at ACT Grabs You & Doesn't Let Go
by Jay Irwin - Sep 15, 2014

There are moments, Dear Reader, when you can encounter a work that can completely revitalize your love of good theater. Such was a moment for me the other night when I was lucky enough to catch ACT's production of "The Invisible Hand". I really wasn't sure what I was in for except that it was a play about politics and economics in Pakistan from Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Disgraced". What I got was an absolutely gripping evening of theater thanks to a killer production and a riveting play that I cannot urge you enough to go see. (more...)

Photo Flash: Publicity Shots for A Contemporary Theatre's THE INVISIBLE HANDPhoto Flash: Publicity Shots for A Contemporary Theatre's THE INVISIBLE HAND
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

A Contemporary Theatre announces the west coast premiere of writer/actor Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand, about an American investor kidnapped by a militant group in Pakistan. Akhtar won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for his play Disgraced, which opens on Broadway this fall. The Invisible Hand premiered at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis studio series in 2012. Since then, Akhtar has continued development on the script, added a character, and he will participate in the creative process as the show develops in Seattle, spending time in the rehearsal room and audience preview process. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

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