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New and Upcoming Releases For the Week of September 14 - Musical Christmas Carols, So Photo New and Upcoming Releases For the Week of September 14 - Musical Christmas Carols, Socially Distanced Theatre Games, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Sep 16, 2020

Check out this week's list of new and upcoming book and music releases, including a book of Broadway musical Christmas carols, socially distanced theatre games, and more!

BWW Exclusive: THE BEATLES 101 GREATEST SONGS OF ALL TIME - Ranking the Best of John, Photo BWW Exclusive: THE BEATLES 101 GREATEST SONGS OF ALL TIME - Ranking the Best of John, Paul, George & Ringo (Including Their Solo Hits)
by Peter Nason - May 12, 2020

BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the 101 greatest Beatles songs, including some of the fab four's solo works. They're all here: 'Twist and Shout,' 'In My Life,' 'Helter Skelter,' 'Imagine,' 'Something,' 'Maybe I'm Amazed,' 'Let It Be.' See if your favorites made the grade!

BWW Review: WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, Archive Recording at Curve Photo BWW Review: WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, Archive Recording at Curve
by Jenny Ell - Apr 20, 2020

In the latest archive recording released by Curve, their 2017 production of What The Butler Saw a?" co-produced with Theatre Royal Bath a?" is now available to stream online until the end of the lockdown period.

Leicester's Curve Theatre Announces Digital Programming With THE SHOW MUST GO ONLINE Photo Leicester's Curve Theatre Announces Digital Programming With THE SHOW MUST GO ONLINE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2020

Leicester's Curve theatre has announced a host of online initiatives to bring theatre into audiences' homes during lockdown. A full list of content, which will be regularly updated, can be viewed here.

Broadway Rewind: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Shows Off All the Way to Broadway Photo Broadway Rewind: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Shows Off All the Way to Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 17, 2020

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge says, 'This episode of Broadway Rewind features a heart, a hustler and a hoofer.' We give you a sneak peek at the Broadway musical 'The Drowsy Chaperone', which welcomed back to Broadway, Tony Award winner Sutton Foster and introduced us all to Bob Martin as Man in Chair. We also met the cast of Mark St. Germain's play, 'The God Committee', but the episode starts at the opening night of Roundabout's production of Joe Orton's comedy 'Entertaining Mr. Sloane' which featured a stellar cast including Chris Carmack, Alex Baldwin and the late great Jan Maxwell, whom Richard Ridge says, 'was one of the greatest actresses of her generation'.

BWW Exclusive: The 101 GREATEST PLAYS of the Past 100 Years (1920-2020) Photo BWW Exclusive: The 101 GREATEST PLAYS of the Past 100 Years (1920-2020)
by Peter Nason - Apr 7, 2020

BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the greatest theatrical works (non-musical) from 1920-2020; see if your favorites made the list!

Aurora Theatre Company Cancels Joe Orton's LOOT Photo Aurora Theatre Company Cancels Joe Orton's LOOT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2020

Aurora Theatre Company today announced that it will cancel its upcoming run of Joe Orton's LOOT, previously scheduled April 3 - May 3, out of concern for public health and safety in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aurora Theatre Company Presents  Joe Orton's Comic Masterpiece LOOT Photo Aurora Theatre Company Presents  Joe Orton's Comic Masterpiece LOOT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2020

Aurora Theatre Company continues its dynamic 28th season with  Joe Orton's LOOT. Former Aurora Artistic Director Tom Ross (Everything is Illuminated, This Is How It Goes, A Delicate Balance) directs this comedic tour de force.

Ron Sossi Re-Visits Obie Award-Winning THE SERPENT 50 Years Later Photo Ron Sossi Re-Visits Obie Award-Winning THE SERPENT 50 Years Later
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2020

Go ahead a?" take the apple. Founding artistic director Ron Sossi directs a revival of The Serpent by Jean-Claude van Itallie a?" winner of the 1969 Obie award and arguably the most successful ensemble work ever created a?" as part of the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble's 50th Anniversary a?oeCirca '69a?? Season. Sossi previously directed the West Coast premiere exactly 50 years ago, in the spring of 1970, as the second production ever at the then brand-new Odyssey Theatre. The Serpent opens on March 7 at the Odyssey's current home in West L.A., where performances will continue through May 3.

Photo Flash: Odyssey Theatre Presents Sam Shepard's THE UNSEEN HAND Photo Photo Flash: Odyssey Theatre Presents Sam Shepard's THE UNSEEN HAND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2020

What happens when 1880 Western bandits are brought back to life in Azusa, CA by a space alien? Sam Shepard's The Unseen Hand joins Odyssey Theatre Ensemble's 50th Anniversary “Circa '69” Season of significant and adventurous plays that premiered around the time of the company's inception, coupled with Shepard's gritty and audacious Killer's Head. Longtime Shepard collaborator Darrell Larson directs both plays for a Jan. 25 opening at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A., where performances will continue through March 8.

Sam Shepard Double Bill Joins Odyssey's 50th Anniversary Season Photo Sam Shepard Double Bill Joins Odyssey's 50th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2019

What happens when 1880 Western bandits are brought back to life in Azusa, CA by a space alien? Sam Shepard's The Unseen Hand joins Odyssey Theatre Ensemble's 50th Anniversary a?oeCirca '69a?? Season of significant and adventurous plays that premiered around the time of the company's inception, coupled with Shepard's gritty and audacious Killer's Head. Longtime Shepard collaborator Darrell Larson directs both plays for a Jan. 18 opening at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A., where performances will continue through March 8.

BWW Interview: Artistic Director of Highways Patrick Kennelly Discusses Inaugural FIL Photo BWW Interview: Artistic Director of Highways Patrick Kennelly Discusses Inaugural FILM MAUDIT 2.0 FESTIVAL
by Don Grigware - Nov 9, 2019

Highways Performance Space & Gallery presents Film Maudit 2.0, its inaugural film festival dedicated to outré films, inspired by the legendary artist Jean Cocteau's 1949 Festival Du Film Maudit, which celebrated a group of films that were criminally overlooked and neglected at the time. The event will be held Thursday, November 14 - Sunday, November 17 at Highways Performance Space & Gallery at 1651 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 http://www.filmmaudit.org

VIDEO: Ian McKellen Discusses Why There Should Be a Statue of Playwright Joe Orton Photo VIDEO: Ian McKellen Discusses Why There Should Be a Statue of Playwright Joe Orton
by Stage Tube - Sep 29, 2019

Ian McKellen is speaking out about why he thinks there should be a statue of Joe Orton in Leicester, despite any potential backlash.

BWW Review: Larry Shue's THE NERD at Stage West Community Playhouse Photo BWW Review: Larry Shue's THE NERD at Stage West Community Playhouse
by Peter Nason - Sep 7, 2019

W. Paul Wade and Devin Devi stand out in a show that needs so much more energy.

BWW Interview: Erik Patterson of HANDJOB at Echo Theatre Company Photo BWW Interview: Erik Patterson of HANDJOB at Echo Theatre Company
by Jonas Schwartz-Owen - Aug 23, 2019

Erik Patterson has made a name for himself in the LA Theater community. A mentor to burgeoning playwrights and a stinging satirist who has racked up nominations and awards, such as the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Writing award for 2017's ONE OF THE NICE ONES, Patterson writes confrontational plays about that most rickety of life forms, humanity. Patterson's new play HANDJOB opens at Echo Theatre Company, directed by Chris Fields, and stars Steven Culp from Desperate Housewives and The West Wing.

BWW Review: Joe Orton's Dark Comedy LOOT Satirically Examines Societal Stupidity Photo BWW Review: Joe Orton's Dark Comedy LOOT Satirically Examines Societal Stupidity
by Shari Barrett - Jul 15, 2019

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble kicks off its 'Circa '69' season of significant and adventurous plays that premiered around the time of the Odyssey's 1969 inception with Joe Orton's darkly comic masterpiece LOOT, which asks us to wipe the fluff from our eyes and see society the way he sees it. And as a gay man during a time when British society forced artists into the closet, his farce comically examines a sort of rigged system that benefits bullies and oppressors and controls anyone stupid enough to go along with the lies. As directed by Bart DeLorenzo, this tale of corrosive wit, dizzying intrigue and classic farce suggests that the only acceptable alternative is to become a criminal, with Orton supplying laughs at everyone's expense along the way.

THE RUFFIAN ON THE STAIR Extends By Popular Demand Photo THE RUFFIAN ON THE STAIR Extends By Popular Demand
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2019

The critically acclaimed 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival production of Joe Orton's The Ruffian on the Stair has been extended for 10 performances only, it was announced today by Hicks Street Productions. Under the direction of Mark Kemble, the cast features (in alphabetical order) Sile Bermingham, Reed Michael Campbell, and Brian Foyster. 

THIS BITTER EARTH Comes to New Theatre Photo THIS BITTER EARTH Comes to New Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2019

Being a 20-something queer is hard. Being a 20-something queer living in Sydney is… something else, I guess.

THE RUFFIAN ON THE STAIR Announced At Hollywood Fringe Photo THE RUFFIAN ON THE STAIR Announced At Hollywood Fringe
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2019

Joe Orton's The Ruffian on the Stair is set for four performances only in the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival, it was announced today by Hicks Street Productions. Under the direction of Mark Kemble, the cast will feature (in alphabetical order) S le Bermingham, Reed Michael Campbell, and Brian Foyster. Lighting design is by Matt Richter. The performance dates and times are Sunday 6/9 at 4pm; Thursday 6/13 at 8:30pm; Friday 6/21 at 6:30pm; and Saturday 6/22 at 8pm. Running time will be 60 minutes.

Joe Orton's LOOT Opens Odyssey's 50th Anniversary 'Circa '69' Season Photo Joe Orton's LOOT Opens Odyssey's 50th Anniversary 'Circa '69' Season
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2019

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble kicks off its "Circa '69" season of significant and adventurous plays that premiered around the time of the Odyssey's 1969 inception with Joe Orton's darkly comic masterpiece Loot. Bart DeLorenzodirects this tour de force of corrosive wit, dizzying intrigue and classic farce for aJune 8 opening, with performances continuing through Aug. 10.

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