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Bio:
Michael Manuel was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He spent the greater part of his youth as a barker at the Puyallup Fair and riding the rails. In jr. high he was introduced to theatre and sketch comedy, although one could argue that he could not recognize the difference between the ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Michael Manuel was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He spent the greater part of his youth as a barker at the Puyallup Fair and riding the rails. In jr. high he was introduced to theatre and sketch comedy, although one could argue that he could not recognize the difference between the ... (read complete bio)
BWW Review: South Coast Rep's 41st Annual Production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Remains Enc Photo BWW Review: South Coast Rep's 41st Annual Production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Remains Enchanting
by Michael Quintos - Dec 13, 2021

While most Southern California theatergoers are likely more aware of the 'big deal,' direct-from-Broadway production of Charles Dickens' classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL now playing in Los Angeles featuring big star names in its roster, many should not necessarily bypass the other, less star-studded mounting now entertaining audiences in Costa Mesa through December 26, 2021---that's more subtle in its grandeur, but still just as enchanting and timeless at its core. SCR's 41st annual production now features Richard Doyle in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Impro Theatre Adds New Main Company Members Photo Impro Theatre Adds New Main Company Members
by Stephi Wild - Jul 14, 2021

The new Main Company members include expert improv veterans, accomplished theatre performers seen on stages throughout the country, and established actors appearing in dozens of films and TV shows. The Main Company's growth fulfills part of Impro Theatre's goal to expand the artistic voices within the company to better represent the global population and share more stories from different perspectives. 

Center Theatre Group Premieres OEDIPUS EL REY Online Photo Center Theatre Group Premieres OEDIPUS EL REY Online
by Stephi Wild - Nov 13, 2020

The multicamera, virtually produced reading of Luis Alfaro's ‚ÄúOedipus El Rey,‚ÄĚ premieres November 13, 2020 at 5 p.m. Pacific. The modern adaptation of a Greek classic is part of the ‚ÄúThe Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro‚ÄĚ which is presented on Center Theatre Group's Digital Stage in partnership with The Getty.

WITCH, INDECENT and More Announced as Recipients of 2019 Los Angeles Drama Critics Ci Photo WITCH, INDECENT and More Announced as Recipients of 2019 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 28, 2020

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced the recipients of its 51st annual awards for distinguished achievement in theatre today, Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

George Salazar, Eden Espinosa & More Nominated for Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle A Photo George Salazar, Eden Espinosa & More Nominated for Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 27, 2020

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced the nominees for theatrical excellence for the year 2019. This year they are forgoing their annual event ceremony and will instead post the award recipients online in the upcoming weeks: 

BWW Review: THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse Florian Zeller's brilliant play THE FATH Photo BWW Review: THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse Florian Zeller's brilliant play THE FATHER plumbs the idea of how memory makes us who we are.
by Harker Jones - Feb 17, 2020

Florian Zeller's brilliant play THE FATHER plumbs the ideas of memory and self, starting off light-hearted and slowly, piece by piece, descending into a harrowing and devastating freefall.

VIDEO: First Look at THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse, Starring Alfred Molina Photo VIDEO: First Look at THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse, Starring Alfred Molina
by Stage Tube - Feb 17, 2020

Pasadena Playhouse presents The Father, written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, February 5 to March 1, 2020.

Review Roundup: THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse - What Did the Critics Think? Photo Review Roundup: THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse - What Did the Critics Think?
by Review Roundups - Feb 13, 2020

Pasadena Playhouse presents The Father, written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, February 5 to March 1, 2020.

Photo Flash: John C. Reilly, Simon Helberg and More Attend Opening Night of THE FATHE Photo Photo Flash: John C. Reilly, Simon Helberg and More Attend Opening Night of THE FATHER Starring Alfred Molina
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 12, 2020

Pasadena Playhouse, The State Theater of California, presents The Father, written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, now through March 1, 2020. The production stars Alfred Molina (Frieda, An Education, Enchanted April) in a tour-de-force role in perhaps one of the most awarded plays of recent times on two continents ‚Äď winning the 2014 Moli√®re Award, and nominations for the Evening Standard Theatre Award, Olivier Award for Best New Play, and Tony Award for Best Play.

BWW Interview: Michael Manuel: From Creature to THE FATHER's Memory (Or Imagination?) Photo BWW Interview: Michael Manuel: From Creature to THE FATHER's Memory (Or Imagination?)
by Gil Kaan - Feb 7, 2020

The Alfred Molina-starrer THE FATHER, currently in previews, will have its official opening night February 11, 2020 at the Pasadena Playhouse. Playwright Florian Zeller (translated by Christopher Hampton) illuminates the internal struggles of a very proud man cursed with dementia. Two versions of André's (the father) memory play out on stage that will keep the audience guessing as to which is André's reality. Jessica Kubzansky directs a seasoned cast including: Sue Cremin, Michael Manuel, Pia Shah, Hugo Armstrong and Lisa Renee Pitts. I had the chance to interview Michael Manuel, whom I last saw in his stunning portrayal of The Creature in A Noise Within's FRANKENSTEIN.

Photo Flash: First Look at THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse Photo Photo Flash: First Look at THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Feb 7, 2020

Pasadena Playhouse presents The Father, written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, February 5 to March 1, 2020.

BWW Interview: Alfred Molina Speaks About THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse Photo BWW Interview: Alfred Molina Speaks About THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse
by Don Grigware - Jan 24, 2020

Florian Zeller's play The Father is so topical, for it deals with a father who is suffering from dimentia. It opens for previews on February 5 at the Pasadena Playhouse with the official opening night set for Tuesday February 11. Alfred Molina whose stage and film appearances are laudatory stars as the father Andre, a former tap dancer. He talks succinctly about the role as he settles in to a comfortable rehearsal period.

Sue Cremin, Michael Manuel and More Complete Casting of THE FATHER Starring Alfred Mo Photo Sue Cremin, Michael Manuel and More Complete Casting of THE FATHER Starring Alfred Molina at Pasadena Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 12, 2019

Pasadena Playhouse, The State Theater of California, has completed casting for The Father, written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, that comes to the Playhouse February 5 to March 1, 2020.

BWW Review: Languid Production of FRANKENSTEIN Will Have No One Clamoring, ‚ÄúIt's Al Photo BWW Review: Languid Production of FRANKENSTEIN Will Have No One Clamoring, ‚ÄúIt's Alive!‚ÄĚ
by Jonas Schwartz-Owen - Aug 23, 2019

The California Premiere of Nick Dear's adaptation of Frankenstein features a heartbreaking performance by Michael Manuel as a creature born innocent but ugly, taught to hate and rebel against humanity. Manuel carries the production on his hulking shoulders, which becomes crippling due to a confounding script and unusually lifeless direction from Los Angeles star director Michael Michetti.

VIDEO: FRANKENSTEIN Electrifies Audiences at A Noise Within Photo VIDEO: FRANKENSTEIN Electrifies Audiences at A Noise Within
by Ellen Dostal - Aug 22, 2019

The California premiere of Nick Dear's FRANKENSTEIN, directed by Michael Michetti and adapted from the original novel by Mary Shelley, is currently running as a stand-alone production through September 8th at A Noise Within. This electrifying tale of a creature cast away by his creator into a hostile worlda?"only to wind his way back in a dangerous game of destructiona?"has captivated audiences for over 200 years. The gothic story comes to life with Nick Dear's adaptation of the chilling fable by Mary Shelley, animating the themes of social rejection, intellectual hubris, and the nascency of good and evil.

A Noise Within FRANKENSTEIN Trailer To Drop August 12; Pay What You Can Performance A Photo A Noise Within FRANKENSTEIN Trailer To Drop August 12; Pay What You Can Performance Announced
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 7, 2019

A Noise Within (ANW), California's acclaimed classic repertory theatre company, is proud to announce the California Premiere of Nick Dear's Frankenstein, directed by Michael Michetti and adapted from the original novel by Mary Shelley. The first play of ANW's 2019-2020 season, THEY PLAYED WITH FIRE, will run as a stand-alone production from Aug. 11 through Sept. 8, 2019. Previews begin this Sunday, Aug. 11. Press opening weekend is Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18.

BWW Interview: Expert Class Clown Kasey Mahaffy Transforms Seriously in FRANKENSTEIN Photo BWW Interview: Expert Class Clown Kasey Mahaffy Transforms Seriously in FRANKENSTEIN
by Gil Kaan - Jul 26, 2019

The California premiere of Nick Dear's adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic novel, FRANKENSTEIN, launches A Noise Within's 2019-2020 season August 11, 2019. Much in-demand director Michael Michetti helms Michael Manuel as The Creature and Kasey Mahaffy as Dr. Victor Frankenstein, presenting Shelley's tale from the atypical perspective of The Creature. Having seen Kasey in ANW's stunning MAN OF LA MANCHA and the hysterical NOISES OFF, I jumped at the chance to interview this talented actor/performer.

FRANKENSTEIN To Premiere In California At A Noise Within Photo FRANKENSTEIN To Premiere In California At A Noise Within
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 17, 2019

A Noise Within (ANW), California's acclaimed classic repertory theatre company, is proud to announce the California Premiere of Nick Dear's Frankenstein, directed by Michael Michetti and adapted from the original novel by Mary Shelley. The first play of ANW's 2019-2020 season, THEY PLAYED WITH FIRE, will run as a stand-alone production from Aug. 11 through Sept. 8, 2019. An instant international sensation, Frankenstein was first captured live in 2011 on London's National Theatre stage in celebration of the novel's 200th anniversary. Distributed to cinemas across the globe, the original production was directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle and starred Benedict Cumberbatch alternating between the roles of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. There will be press performances on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m.

BWW Review: A Modern Day OTHELLO Finds Humor Amid the Horror of Revenge Photo BWW Review: A Modern Day OTHELLO Finds Humor Amid the Horror of Revenge
by Ellen Dostal - Feb 21, 2019

Never has the relationship between Iago and Roderigo in Shakespeare's OTHELLO stolen the show like it does in the current A Noise Within production, directed by Jessica Kubzansky. With an outwardly nonchalant Michael Manuel as the revenge seeking villain, and Jeremy Rabb, an actor who knows comedy like the back of his hand, as his unsuspecting lackey, the situational humor in Shakespeare's tragedy comes front and center. That's right, humor.

Photo Flash: TWELFTH NIGHT Comes to Alley Theatre Photo Photo Flash: TWELFTH NIGHT Comes to Alley Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 17, 2018

The Alley Theatre and Interim Artistic Director James Black announce the cast and crew of the 2018-19 Hubbard Season opener, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, directed by Jonathan Moscone. The Alley presents an inventive, nontraditional, yet faithful production of Twelfth Night set in the 1930s that showcases not only the resident acting company, but also a diverse group of performers making their Alley debut. The play runs October 5-28, 2018 in the Hubbard Theatre. Tickets are available at alleytheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at 713.220.5700.

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