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THE SEAGULL To Run 3/12-28 at Playhouse on the Square
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

Famous, but aging, actress Irina Arkadina is obsessed with a callous younger lover, dismissive of her son the frustrated playwright, and suspicious of an admiring ingenue. Christopher Hampton's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's 1895 play lays bare its comedy and its cruelty in a household overflowing with creativity, fantasies of fame, jealousy, and unrequited love.

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Runs 3/13-29 at Playhouse on the Square
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

Humorist Christopher Durang pays homage to Chekhov's classic themes of love and loss in this 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play. Vanya and Sonia have frittered their lives away in their family's Pennsylvania farmhouse full of regret and angst. When their self-absorbed movie star sister Masha visits with her prized 20-something boy toy Spike, the stage is set for an absurd weekend of general hilarity and sibling scorekeeping.

2014 BroadwayWorld Memphis Winners Announced - Rob Hanford, Michael Gravois & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 14, 2015

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 60 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2014 Memphis winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners!

Last Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Memphis Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 26, 2014

It's your last week to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Memphis Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 26th. Voting closes at the end of the year, in under one week!

Time is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Memphis Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 19, 2014

Time is ticking on your last chance to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Memphis Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 19th. Voting closes at the end of the year!

Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Memphis Awards - Michael Gravois Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 13, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Memphis Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th.

Unwrap the Latest Voting Update for the BroadwayWorld Memphis Awards - Rob Hanford Strong Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 4, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Memphis Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th.

2014 BroadwayWorld Memphis Awards Update 11/25 - Rob Hanford Huge Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 25, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Memphis Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 25th.

BWW Reviews: MEMBER OF THE WEDDING Has Reception on Theatre Memphis' Next Stage
by Joseph Baker - Sep 22, 2014

Following the recent triumph of the musical THE ADDAMS FAMILY, and nestled quietly in the more intimate setting of Theatre Memphis' Next Stage, Carson McCullers' touching THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING offers yet another 'Addams Family.' This time, however, the trio of performers who dominate the play - tomboyish 'Frankie' (nee 'Frances'), odd little 'John Henry,' and warm, nurturing 'Berenice' - easily draw the audience members into the world of their kitchen and garden area. It may seem a ridiculous notion, but I couldn't help seeing a similarity between the two plays. In both plays, the main characters are removed from an outside, 'normal' world; and in both plays, there are characters who wish to be seen by others as normal. Yet, THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING, despite its moments of humor (and there are many such moments), is full of longing and pain and frustration.

Theatre Memphis Presents THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING, Now thru 10/5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers will ceremoniously take over the Next Stage at Theatre today, September 19 - October 5, 2014, as the first production in the 100-seat black box space for the current season.

THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING Not Married to Traditional Interpretation in the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers will ceremoniously take over the Next Stage at Theatre September 19 - October 5, 2014, as the first production in the 100-seat black box space for the current season. An American classic, this story is funny as it is touching and heart-warming, Frankie, a 12-year-old tomboy, is coming of age in a small Southern town in the 1940s.

Theatre Memphis to Present THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING, 9/19-10/5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers will ceremoniously take over the Next Stage at Theatre September 19 - October 5, 2014, as the first production in the 100-seat black box space for the current season. An American classic, this story is funny as it is touching and heart-warming, Frankie, a 12-year-old tomboy, is coming of age in a small Southern town in the 1940s. She is a troubled adolescent who dreams of escape from her seemingly hopeless environment and is befriended by her loving confidante housekeeper and younger cousin. A plot that has timeless relevance, it is a mid-century look at attitudes on racial and sexual identity that has lessons that can be applied to society today.

BWW Reviews: POTS at The Works Series Takes a Giant Step with 4000 MILES
by Joseph Baker - Jul 13, 2014

Amy Herzog's family drama (albeit a drama with a number of very funny moments) 4000 MILES is unobtrusively generating a thoughtful, low-key alternative to the outsized HAIRSPRAY (already a sellout at 'Big Sister' Playhouse on the Square just a block or so away); and it's a safe bet that a number of theatre-going Memphians are already trekking south to DeSoto Family Theatre's epic presentation of LES MISERABLES. However, this intelligent, intimate little piece is currently providing a rewarding alternative at Theatre Works, quietly nestled across from the parking garage at Overton Square.

Summer Stages: Spring and Summer Find Theatre Blooming in Memphis
by Joseph Baker - Jun 4, 2014

As barbecue fests, music venues, and baseball elbow their way into spring and summer in Memphis, there is still reason for theatregoers to be excited about the arrival of several stagings either taking place or about to take place in the area.

BWW Reviews: Circuit Invites the Audience into THE LYONS Den
by Joseph Baker - Jun 2, 2014

There's a moment in the first act of Nicky Silver's THE LYONS when dying patriarch 'Ben' is asked whether he is in pain; his response, a monosyllabic 'Yes,' hardly ranks with any of the brilliantly barbed lines scattered throughout the play, but as intoned by veteran actor Ron Gephart, it acquires a startling variety of shades. As uttered by this gifted performer, a number of insights can be gained into the unfortunate Ben's character: Frustration, resignation, intolerance. If Mr. Gephart can manage that by simply saying 'Yes,' imagine what he is able to do with the dialogues and monologs that follow.

THE LYONS Runs Now thru 6/22 at Circuit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

In this dark comedy, Rita Lyons is the matriarch of a family facing major crossroads. Her husband Ben is dying, her adult children are wrestling with their own secrets, and what's worse - she can't decide how to redecorate her living room! As they gather in Ben's hospital room to say goodbye, these four very isolated people, who are as afraid of closeness as they are of solitude, attempt human connection with hysterical results. 'A terrific gem. You can't stop laughing.' - The Associated Press

THE LYONS to Run 5/30-6/22 at Circuit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

In this dark comedy, Rita Lyons is the matriarch of a family facing major crossroads. Her husband Ben is dying, her adult children are wrestling with their own secrets, and what's worse - she can't decide how to redecorate her living room! As they gather in Ben's hospital room to say goodbye, these four very isolated people, who are as afraid of closeness as they are of solitude, attempt human connection with hysterical results. 'A terrific gem. You can't stop laughing.' - The Associated Press

Playhouse on the Square Presents THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, Now thru 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

During World War II, the gifted young Jewish girl chronicles her rapidly changing life as she and 7 others hide in an attic to avoid the terrors of Nazi rule. This transcendently powerful adaptation by Wendy Kesselman tells a deeper story by incorporating Holocaust survivor accounts and newly discovered writings from Anne Frank's diary.

Playhouse on the Square to Present THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, 3/14-30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2014

During World War II, the gifted young Jewish girl chronicles her rapidly changing life as she and 7 others hide in an attic to avoid the terrors of Nazi rule. This transcendently powerful adaptation by Wendy Kesselman tells a deeper story by incorporating Holocaust survivor accounts and newly discovered writings from Anne Frank's diary.

BWW Reviews: OTHER DESERT CITIES Makes Radiant Regional Debut at Circuit Playhouse
by Caroline Sposto - Jan 19, 2014

Tolstoy wrote that, 'Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.' Playwright Jon Robin Baitz extrapolated on that theory in his drama, Other Desert Cities, a 2012 Tony Award nominee for Best Play. It's an intricate script and the regional premiere at The Circuit Playhouse does it justice.

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