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Playhouse On The Square Announces World Premiere As Theatres Return Photo Playhouse On The Square Announces World Premiere As Theatres Return
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2020

Playhouse on the Square, in partnership with super sponsor Dr. Thomas Ratliff, and with a generous grant from the Jeniam Foundation, inject a healthy dose of live theatre back into the Mid South with the winner of the 2019 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition.

Playhouse on the Square Revives ON GOLDEN POND Photo Playhouse on the Square Revives ON GOLDEN POND
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2019

Playhouse on the Square, in partnership with An Anonymous Company and super sponsor Dr. Thomas Ratliff, present the theatre classic, originally produced in the New Apollo Theatre and the Century Theatre in 1979, running for 382 performances.

Yangtze Rep's JUNE IS THE FIRST FALL Makes NY Premiere March 31 Photo Yangtze Rep's JUNE IS THE FIRST FALL Makes NY Premiere March 31
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2019

In a New York premiere that marks a new chapter for the 27-year-old company rooted in the New York City's vibrant Asian-American community, Yangtze Repertory Theatre tackles JUNE IS THE FIRST FALL, an award-winning contemporary play by Yilong Liu exploring the themes of identity, sexuality, and immigration.

Playhouse On The Square To Offer Union Workers Special Ticket Prices To Regional Prem Photo Playhouse On The Square To Offer Union Workers Special Ticket Prices To Regional Premier
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2019

Playhouse on the Square, in partnership with super sponsor Dr. Thomas Ratliff, will be offering discounted tickets to union workers that show their union cards to the Thursday night (excluding pay what you can night) and Sunday matinee performances of Sweat opening this Friday January 25, 2019 and running until February 17, 2019.

The Circuit Playhouse Begins New Year with SWEAT Photo The Circuit Playhouse Begins New Year with SWEAT
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2018

The Circuit Playhouse, in partnership with super sponsor Dr. Thomas Ratliff, offer the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner as its first play of the new year.

HEISENBERG Opens Friday at Next Stage Photo HEISENBERG Opens Friday at Next Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2018

Heisenberg by Simon Stephens will be performed on the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis as a regional premiere September 21 through October 7, 2018. This contemporary drama filled with twists and turns introduces two strangers, an older man and a younger woman, who meet on a subway platform in the most unlikely of circumstances. A mistaken identity kiss occurs and two utterly dissimilar lives begin a life-affirmative mating dance. In this recent Broadway and London hit, an electric encounter opens the door to a theatrical give and take that is tender and funny and a master class on the thrill of uncertainty and unpredictability.

Chance Meeting Leads to Relationship in Regional Premiere Photo Chance Meeting Leads to Relationship in Regional Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2018

Heisenberg by Simon Stephens will be performed on the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis as a regional premiere September 21 through October 7, 2018. This contemporary drama filled with twists and turns introduces two strangers, an older man and a younger woman, who meet on a subway platform in the most unlikely of circumstances. A mistaken identity kiss occurs and two utterly dissimilar lives begin a life-affirmative mating dance.  In this recent Broadway and London hit, an electric encounter opens the door to a theatrical give and take that is tender and funny and a master class on the thrill of uncertainty and unpredictability.

Playhouse on the Square Presents SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Photo Playhouse on the Square Presents SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2017

Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block. The deadline for his new play is fast approaching, but he's in desperate need of inspiration - enter Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will's greatest admirer and will stop at nothing to appear in his next play. Set against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming, and backstage theatrics, Will's love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece. Based on the beloved 1998 film of the same name, Shakespeare in Love is ultimate treat for both film and Shakespeare fans alike.

RIPCORD Comes to The Circuit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Best described as Golden Girls meets The Odd Couple, Ripcord is an uproarious new comedy by noted playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. Ripcord takes us to the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility where foul-tempered Abby has just learned that she has to share her sunny top-floor room with newcomer Marilyn. Loathe to share her space, Abby challenges Marilyn to a seemingly harmless bet where the loser abandons the sunny top-floor room. The events that follow take the women on a ridiculous journey that reveals not only the tenacity of these worthy opponents but also some secrets they would rather remain hidden. Ripcord brings us the fight of the century, and after all, wouldn't they know?

The Circuit Playhouse to Present HAND TO GOD
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

In Cyprus, Texas, all good children are taught to obey the teachings of the bible in order to avoid Satan's evil grip. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man's puppet takes on a mind of its own with consequences that no one could have expected. Described by The New York Times as "disturbing as it is uproarious,"  this hilarious fast-paced comedy features a foul-mouthed sock puppet named Tyrone who shows us that sometimes our deepest and darkest desires can fit like a glove. P.S. This show may feature puppets, but it is absolutely not for children. Seriously. You'll thank us later. 

The Circuit Playhouse to Present HAND TO GOD
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

In Cyprus, Texas, all good children are taught to obey the teachings of the bible in order to avoid Satan's evil grip. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man's puppet takes on a mind of its own with consequences that no one could have expected. Described by The New York Times as "disturbing as it is uproarious,"  this hilarious fast-paced comedy features a foul-mouthed sock puppet named Tyrone who shows us that sometimes our deepest and darkest desires can fit like a glove. P.S. This show may feature puppets, but it is absolutely not for children. Seriously. You'll thank us later. 

BWW Reviews: DISGRACED at Circuit Playhouse
by Austin McLellan - Aug 22, 2016

DISGRACED at The Circuit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

The Pulitzer Prize-Winning drama Disgraced opens August 19th at The Circuit Playhouse. Amir Kapoor, a Muslim-American lawyer, and his wife, Emily, an artist influenced by Islamic imagery, enjoy their comfortable life on New York's Upper East Side. When a co-worker and her husband come to dinner, what begins as polite table conversation explodes, leaving everyone's relationships and beliefs about race and identity irrevocably damaged. Disgraced challenges the audience to think about the purpose of faith, relationships between white and non-white races in contemporary America, and about the process and responsibilities of creating art.

Playhouse on the Square to Present SISTER ACT, 6/17-7/10
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

?The final musical in the Playhouse on the Square 2015 - 2016 season is Sister Act! When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put into protective custody in a convent! The New York Times cries "when the wimples start quivering, the pinched mouths break into sunbeam smiles, and the nuns start rocking to raise the gothic rafters, all's right in the kingdom of musical comedy." Based on the hit 1992 film of the same name, Sister Act is filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing, and a truly moving story.

Photo Flash: First Look at THE COUNTRY HOUSE at The Circuit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

In THE COUNTRY HOUSE, what The New York Times calls 'a valentine to the artists of the stage,' a group of famous and would-be-famous creative artists have come to their summer home during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The weekend takes an unexpected turn, and everyone is forced to come to terms with the roles they play in each other's lives. Scroll down for a first look at The Circuit Playhouse's production below!

The Circuit Playhouse to Present THE COUNTRY HOUSE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

?In what The New York Times calls "a valentine to the artists of the stage," a group of famous and would-be-famous creative artists have come to their summer home during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The weekend takes an unexpected turn, and everyone is forced to come to terms with the roles they play in each other's lives.

BWW Review: Playhouse Stages a Large Scale ALL THE WAY
by Joseph Baker - Mar 7, 2016

'I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o'er,' says Macbeth in William Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name. I have always felt that these lines could have described President Lyndon Johnson as he doggedly followed his disastrous course in Vietnam. Now, certainly, Johnson was no villain as such; however, to countless Americans, his term in office will be forever marred by his hubristic determination to succeed. For some families touched by tragedy, his very name will be forever reviled. However, in recent years, many historians (such as Doris Kearns Goodwin) have tried to see 'the forest' beyond 'the trees' and have lauded Johnson for effecting legislation that culminated in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and in voting rights for Blacks. Playhouse on the Square's current production of Robert Schenkkan's ALL THE WAY (recalling LBJ's campaign slogan 'All the way with LBJ') focuses on Johnson's political maneuvers in that arena -- especially as they factor in his desire to be elected as something more than an 'accidental President.'

Playhouse on the Square to Stage Tony-Winning ALL THE WAY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Playhouse on the Square presents the regional premiere of Robert Schenkkan's political drama All The Way. The winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play, All The Way takes us to November 1963. An assassin's bullet has just catapulted Lyndon Baines Johnson into the presidency. A man with a towering ambition and appetite, LBJ finds himself embroiled in passing the Civil Rights Act as he campaigns for re-election, and searches for the recognition he so desperately wants.

BWW Review: 'Will No One Rid Me of This Troublesome Wife?' Theatre Memphis' THE LION IN WINTER
by Joseph Baker - Feb 1, 2016

Let's see now -- older married man with mistress, seething ex-wife, resentful and mistrustful offspring -- where was Dr. Phil? Alas, nowhere in sight in Chinon during the Christmas of 1183, as the powerful English king Henry II has released his imprisoned wife (and sparring partner) Eleanor of Aquitaine and allowed her admittance to a family gathering (along with his mistress Alais). Is it for personal or political reasons? Perhaps a bit of both? Henry, great in stature and accomplishments, has to decide which of his sons (none of whom will historically 'measure up') will become the future King of England. It's a Lear-like choice, and poor Henry has 'slim pickings.' With the oldest son dead, the three remaining are a snarling, disgruntled lot -- in one corner (Eleanor's), there's the pillage-prone Richard (later Richard the Lionhearted, who will spend most of his time abroad); in the other (Henry's), there's the pimply, unwashed, and feckless John (later, a famously unpopular king who will be forced to capitulate to baronial pressure and sign a little document known as the Magna Carta). Oh, yes, and then there's the ignored, Machiavellian Geoffrey, mistrusted by both parents and willing to play anyone on the human chessboard.

Theatre Memphis to Present THE LION IN WINTER
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

The Lion in Winter by James Goldman reigns over the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis January 22 - February 7, 2016. As historical fiction this modern classic pits Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (after a decade of imprisonment for her part in a rebellion) against her husband King Henry II of England,  Eleanor arrives at court during a Christmas furlough and proceeds to scheme to challenge the King's authority and his choice of heir to the throne. The fray engulfs their three sons and French royalty who all lay claim to rule.

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