BWW Review: Riveting New Play SHEEPDOG Has Impressive World Premiere at South Coast RepertoryBWW Review: Riveting New Play SHEEPDOG Has Impressive World Premiere at South Coast Repertory
by Michael Quintos - May 6, 2019

In playwright Kevin Artigue's riveting and thought-provoking new two-person play SHEEPDOG---which finishes up its World Premiere run at Orange County's South Coast Repertory through May 5, 2019 as part of the theater's annual Pacific Playwrights Festival---the ripped-from-the-headlines plot point that finds a young black man being fatally shot by a white police officer becomes an added layer of troubling complication to an already shaky relationship between two genuinely good, aspirational people who are deeply in love---who also happen to be an interracial couple both employed as police officers. A love story rattled by external forces, the play posits the question of whether it is even possible for two people---or at least these two specific people---to carry on a successful romantic relationship while having this specific kind of a job and also while each identifies with one of two separate communities with a long tragic history between them. SHEEPDOG tackles the subject with grace and open-mindedness and therefore makes it one of the most powerful and provocative new plays to come out this season. (more...)

BWW Review: Arizona Theatre Company Presents August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING ~ High-Voltage Third-Rail Theatre!BWW Review: Arizona Theatre Company Presents August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING ~ High-Voltage Third-Rail Theatre!
by Herbert Paine - Feb 18, 2019

Virtuoso performances are the order of the day in Arizona Theatre Company's revival of August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING, directed by Lou Bellamy and featuring standout performances by James Craven, Alan Bomar Jones, Erika LaVonn, Ahanti Young, Lester Purry, Cedric Mays, and Dennis Spears. (more...)

TWO TRAINS RUNNING to Celebrate Opening NightTWO TRAINS RUNNING to Celebrate Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2019

August Wilson's Two Trains Running, the seventh in his 10-part, decade-by-decade saga of ordinary African Americans in the turbulent 20th century that The New York Times described as his "most adventurous and honest attempt to reveal the intimate heart of history," will be on stage at Tucson's Temple of Music & Art Jan. 19-Feb. 9 and at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, Feb. 14-March 3. (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company Presents August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNINGArizona Theatre Company Presents August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2019

August Wilson's Two Trains Running, the seventh in his 10-part, decade-by-decade saga of ordinary African Americans in the turbulent 20th century that The New York Times described as his "most adventurous and honest attempt to reveal the intimate heart of history," will be on stage at Tucson's Temple of Music & Art Jan. 19-Feb. 9 and at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, Feb. 14-March 3. (more...)

BWW Review: Portland Playhouse Combines Award-Winning Director, Stellar Cast for Outstanding FENCESBWW Review: Portland Playhouse Combines Award-Winning Director, Stellar Cast for Outstanding FENCES
by Krista Garver - May 14, 2018

Directed by Lou Bellamy and starring members of Penumbra Theatre, Portland Playhouse's FENCES is a must-see. (more...)

Mitch Greenberg, Erika LaVonn and More Set for Premiere Stages' MY LORD, WHAT A NIGHT Benefit Performance Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Premiere Stages at Kean University will host an exclusive benefit performance of the 2015/2016 Liberty Live Commission, My Lord, What a Night by Deborah Brevoort, at Liberty Hall Museum tonight, October 14. (more...)

Mitch Greenberg, Erika LaVonn and More Set for Premiere Stages' MY LORD, WHAT A NIGHT Benefit Performance
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Premiere Stages at Kean University will host an exclusive benefit performance of the 2015/2016 Liberty Live Commission, My Lord, What a Night by Deborah Brevoort, at Liberty Hall Museum on Friday, October 14. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Rep's PIANO LESSON Alive with Heart and Soul
by Jay Irwin - Jan 22, 2015

The Seattle Rep continues their long standing relationship with the works of one of America's greatest playwrights with their current production of August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson". As usual the show comes alive with a rich and stirring history only made more poignant through the stunning direction and performances. (more...)

Photo Flash: Syracuse Stage Opens THE PIANO LESSON Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

The Piano Lesson by August Wilson will run tonight, October 22 through November 9, 2014, directed by Timothy Bond, at Syracuse Stage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

THE PIANO LESSON Begins 10/22 at Syracuse Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

In August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece The Piano Lesson, the past threatens to pull apart brother and sister. Bernice treasures a one-of-a-kind piano, an heirloom with carved figures of their enslaved ancestors. Boy Willie suddenly arrives from the South determined to sell the piano and buy the land his family worked on. When the ghost of the piano's original owner appears, family conflicts escalate to a dramatic confrontation. With lyrical language rolling from the rowdy to the tender, this is one of Wilson's finest. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Syracuse Stage's THE PIANO LESSON
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

The Piano Lesson by August Wilson will run October 22 through November 9, 2014, directed by Timothy Bond, at Syracuse Stage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

THE PIANO LESSON Begins 10/22 at Syracuse Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

In August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece The Piano Lesson, the past threatens to pull apart brother and sister. Bernice treasures a one-of-a-kind piano, an heirloom with carved figures of their enslaved ancestors. Boy Willie suddenly arrives from the South determined to sell the piano and buy the land his family worked on. When the ghost of the piano's original owner appears, family conflicts escalate to a dramatic confrontation. With lyrical language rolling from the rowdy to the tender, this is one of Wilson's finest. (more...)

James T. Alfred and Erika LaVonn Star in Penumbra's THE MOUNTAINTOP at the Guthrie, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

On the heels of successful presentations of A Raisin in the Sun, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and The Amen Corner, the Guthrie Theater welcomes the return of the acclaimed Penumbra Theatre Company with The Mountaintop - the recipient of the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play - written by Katori Hall and directed by Penumbra Founder and Co-Artistic Director Lou Bellamy. The Mountaintop begins performances tonight, March 28 and continues through April 19. (more...)

James T. Alfred and Erika LaVonn to Star in Penumbra's THE MOUNTAINTOP at the Guthrie; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2014

On the heels of successful presentations of A Raisin in the Sun, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and The Amen Corner, the Guthrie Theater welcomes the return of the acclaimed Penumbra Theatre Company with The Mountaintop - the recipient of the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play - written by Katori Hall and directed by Penumbra Founder and Co-Artistic Director Lou Bellamy. The Mountaintop begins performances on March 28 and continues through April 19. (more...)

BWW Reviews: TWO TRAINS RUNNING Arrives at Syracuse Stage
by Josh Austin - Feb 3, 2013

How good can chicken taste when you really wanted ham-when you've spent an exhaustive amount of energy for it? Chicken will never taste the same again: probably sour and, perhaps pridelessly cheap. Fittingly for TWO TRAINS RUNNING, ham and chicken are inherently a cultural war cry, excitedly felt at Syracuse Stage. (more...)

ASF Announces Spring Provocative Premieres: NOBODY and THE FALL OF THE HOUSE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2010

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, one of the country's leading theatres in the creation of new stage works, will produce the world premieres of Nobody and The Fall of the House this spring. Produced in a series called Provocative Premieres, Nobody will run March 12-28 and The Fall of the House will run April 9-25. Both plays have been developed through ASF's prestigious Southern Writers' Project new play development program. The Provocative Premieres are suggestive, stimulating and extreme, promising to take audiences to the edge. (more...)

ASF's Spring Provocative Premieres THE FALL OF THE HOUSE 4/9-25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2010

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, one of the country's leading theatres in the creation of new stage works, will produce the world premiere of The Fall of the House this spring. Produced in a series called Provocative Premieres, The Fall of the House will run April 9-25. The play has been developed through ASF's prestigious Southern Writers' Project new play development program. The Provocative Premieres are suggestive, stimulating and extreme, promising to take audiences to the edge. (more...)

NOBODY Closes 3/28 at Alabama Shakespeare Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2010

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival's production of Nobody will close March 28. 'The Fall of the House' will be seen next from April 9 to 25, 2010. (more...)

ASF Announces Spring Provocative Premieres: NOBODY and THE FALL OF THE HOUSE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2010

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, one of the country's leading theatres in the creation of new stage works, will produce the world premieres of Nobody and The Fall of the House this spring. Produced in a series called Provocative Premieres, Nobody will run March 12-28 and The Fall of the House will run April 9-25. Both plays have been developed through ASF's prestigious Southern Writers' Project new play development program. The Provocative Premieres are suggestive, stimulating and extreme, promising to take audiences to the edge. (more...)

ASF Announces Spring Provocative Premieres: NOBODY and THE FALL OF THE HOUSE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2010

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, one of the country's leading theatres in the creation of new stage works, will produce the world premieres of Nobody and The Fall of the House this spring. Produced in a series called Provocative Premieres, Nobody will run March 12-28 and The Fall of the House will run April 9-25. Both plays have been developed through ASF's prestigious Southern Writers' Project new play development program. The Provocative Premieres are suggestive, stimulating and extreme, promising to take audiences to the edge. (more...)

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