Mark Taper Forum News

BWW Review: Rubicon Presents a Daring INCOGNITOBWW Review: Rubicon Presents a Daring INCOGNITO
by Don Grigware - Sep 19, 2017

Upon entering the Rubicon opening night, I first remarked the bare stage with four chairs against a solid color background that would serve as a sort of screen for projections (Mike Billings-set, lighting, projection designer). This kind of setup usually indicates that there is no set for the play and that the actors will sit and move about to create the scenarios. This can be a good thing or bad depending on the content and framework of the play. In this case Incognito, a west coast premiere by British playwright Nick Payne presents on the surface quite a bit to swallow. The message beneath, however, is much more simplistic and the ensemble of actors under the supremely intelligent direction of Katharine Farmer make the play worth a trip to Ventura to the Rubicon Theatre now through October 1. (more...)

Long Wharf Theatre presents World Premiere of FIREFLIESLong Wharf Theatre presents World Premiere of FIREFLIES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

Jane Alexander, Denis Arndt, Judith Ivey, and Christopher Michael McFarland will star in the world premiere of Fireflies by Tony Award nominee Matthew Barber, directed by Long Wharf Theatre Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Phylicia Rashad in HEAD OF PASSES at the TaperPhoto Flash: First Look at Phylicia Rashad in HEAD OF PASSES at the Taper
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

Academy Award winner and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney's Head of Passes opens Sunday, September 24 at 7 p.m. at the Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Tina Landau, the poetic and powerful new play, which is part of Center Theatre Group's 50th anniversary season at the Taper, continues through October 22, 2017. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

The Catastrophic Theatre to Stage Wallace Shawn's EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSEThe Catastrophic Theatre to Stage Wallace Shawn's EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

The Catastrophic Theatre kicks off its most ambitious season yet, with a new play by Houston favorite, Wallace Shawn (THE DESIGNATED MOURNER, MARIE AND BRUCE, OUR LATE NIGHT). (more...)

Arye Gross to Star in UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL at Geffen PlayhouseArye Gross to Star in UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL at Geffen Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

The Geffen Playhouse today announced that Arye Gross (Minority Report, Castle, Geffen's Coney Island Christmas) will star in Glen Berger's award-winning one-man play Underneath the Lintel: An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences, directed by Steven Robman. (more...)

Mosaic Theater Company Extends THE DEVIL'S MUSICMosaic Theater Company Extends THE DEVIL'S MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

The first show of Mosaic Theater's third season, The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, has been officially extended through October 1. (more...)

Company of Angels Debuts THIS LAND by Evangeline OrdazCompany of Angels Debuts THIS LAND by Evangeline Ordaz
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

A deep, painful, joyful story about one extended California family with roots in different parts of the world, who make their home on the same plot of Southern California land over 150 years. Los Angeles native and Mexican-American playwright, Evangeline Ordaz, crafts a rich and complex web of diverse characters from Los Angeles' Latino, African-American, Anglo, and Native American communities who co-exist as if time were a wheel that constantly doubles back on itself. Through triumph and despair these families discover how deeply they are rooted in the dreams of their ancestors and the land on which they stand. Directed by Company of Angels artistic director, Armando Molina, This Land debuts on October 20, at Company of Angels, Los Angeles' oldest professional theater. (more...)

Gordon Getty's SCARE PAIR Double Bill to Play Danny Kaye Playhouse; Peter Rosen Documentary to Air on WNETGordon Getty's SCARE PAIR Double Bill to Play Danny Kaye Playhouse; Peter Rosen Documentary to Air on WNET
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

The New York premieres and world premiere production of Gordon Getty's Scare Pair, a double-bill by the San Francisco-based composer, pairs his two one act-operas -- Usher House and The Canterville Ghost - together for the first time on October 19 and 21 (7:30pm) at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (located at East 68th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues). (more...)

Emmy Nominee Polly Draper and More to Star in 20TH CENTURY BLUES Off-BroadwayEmmy Nominee Polly Draper and More to Star in 20TH CENTURY BLUES Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

Producer Lida Orzeck and Executive Producer Eva Price have announced the cast of the New York premiere of the new play, 20TH CENTURY BLUES, from Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winner and two-time OBIE Award-winning playwright Susan Miller (MY LEFT BREAST). (more...)

Marsha Mason Directs Arizona Theatre Company's Season-Opening Performance CHAPTER TWOMarsha Mason Directs Arizona Theatre Company's Season-Opening Performance CHAPTER TWO
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

Arizona Theatre Company (ATC; David Ivers, Artistic Director; Billy Russo, Managing Director) is pleased to welcome back four-time Academy Award-nominee Marsha Mason, who will direct Neil Simon's autobiographical romantic comedy Chapter Two to open ATC's 51st season, Oct. 5-22 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe in Phoenix. (more...)

PANG!' 3 Live Radio Plays Get World Premieres in 3 U.S. CitiesPANG!' 3 Live Radio Plays Get World Premieres in 3 U.S. Cities
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

501 (see three) ARTS announces the triple premiere of Pang!, by Dan Froot and Company, three live radio plays based on the oral histories of families hungering for change. Pang! will be performed for theatre audiences in October, December, and January in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (10/20 & 10/21), Los Angeles, California (12/2 & 12/3), and Miami, Florida (1/25, 1/26 & 1/27/18), respectfully. Pang! aims to raise awareness, decrease stigma, and promote cross-class dialogue around circumstances faced by families living below the poverty line. For more information on Pang!, please visit danfroot.com/pang and https://www.facebook.com/PangProject. (more...)

Jerome Robbins Foundation Seeks Applications for Next Round of The Springboard ProjectJerome Robbins Foundation Seeks Applications for Next Round of The Springboard Project
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Following the success of its pilot program, launched in the spring of 2017, The Springboard Project has announced the next round of applications for The Springboard Project, an initiative designed to inspire and support early development of dance-driven musicals. (more...)

Jay Armstrong Johnson, Davis Gaines, and More Join Fall MUNY MAGIC at The SheldonJay Armstrong Johnson, Davis Gaines, and More Join Fall MUNY MAGIC at The Sheldon
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

The fifth installment of Muny Magic at The Sheldon, The Muny's bi-annual showcase of favorite Muny artists, will be October 18 & 19 at 7:30 p.m. at The Sheldon Concert Hall. (more...)

Danny Burstein, Rebecca Naomi Jones and More to Star in Rajiv Joseph's DESCRIBE THE NIGHT at the AtlanticDanny Burstein, Rebecca Naomi Jones and More to Star in Rajiv Joseph's DESCRIBE THE NIGHT at the Atlantic
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Atlantic Theater Company has announced casting for the New York premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist and Lortel and Obie Award winner Rajiv Joseph's (Guards at the Taj) play Describe the Night, directed by Giovanna Sardelli (Animals Out of Paper). (more...)

Audra McDonald, Matthew Broderick & More Will Be Inducted into Theatre Hall of FameAudra McDonald, Matthew Broderick & More Will Be Inducted into Theatre Hall of Fame
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

The Theatre Hall of Fame announced today its 2017 class of eight inductees, led by Audra McDonald and including (in alphabetical order) Matthew Broderick, Oskar Eustis, Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit, Marin Mazzie, Daryl Roth and Ernie Schier. (more...)

Photo Flash: FLIGHT OF THE MONARCH Makes World Premiere at Gloucester Stage CompanyPhoto Flash: FLIGHT OF THE MONARCH Makes World Premiere at Gloucester Stage Company
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2017

Gloucester Stage Company continues its 38th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with the world premiere of Jim Frangione's Flight of the Monarch from September 8 through September 30 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. (more...)

501 (see three) ARTS Announces Triple Premiere of PANG!501 (see three) ARTS Announces Triple Premiere of PANG!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2017

501 (see three) ARTS announces the triple premiere of Pang!, by Dan Froot and Company, three live radio plays based on the oral histories of families hungering for change. Pang! will be performed for theatre audiences in October, December, and January in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (10/20 & 10/21), Los Angeles, California (12/2 & 12/3), and Miami, Florida (1/25, 1/26 & 1/27/18), respectfully. Pang! aims to raise awareness, decrease stigma, and promote cross-class dialogue around circumstances faced by families living below the poverty line. (more...)

HEAD OF PASSES, Starring Phylicia Rashad, Begins Next Week at the TaperHEAD OF PASSES, Starring Phylicia Rashad, Begins Next Week at the Taper
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

A friendly reminder that previews begin Wednesday, September 13, for Center Theatre Group's production of "Head of Passes" by Academy Award winner and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. Directed by Tina Landau, "Head of Passes" opens Sunday, September 24 and continues through October 22, 2017, at the Mark Taper Forum. (more...)

Michael Matthews to Helm TWELVE ANGRY MEN at Laguna Playhouse This FallMichael Matthews to Helm TWELVE ANGRY MEN at Laguna Playhouse This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Laguna Playhouse has announced the third show in the Laguna Playhouse 2017-2018 and 97th season, TWELVE ANGRY MEN, written by Reginald Rose and directed by Ovation Award-winning director Michael Matthews. (more...)

Greg Keller and More Complete the Cast of OFFICE HOUR at the Public TheatreGreg Keller and More Complete the Cast of OFFICE HOUR at the Public Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced complete casting today for the New York premiere of OFFICE HOUR, written by Julia Cho and directed by Neel Keller, part of The Public's Astor Anniversary Season at their landmark downtown home on Lafayette Street, celebrating 50 years of new work at 425 Lafayette Street and the 50th Anniversary of HAIR. (more...)

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