BWW Review: HER PORTMANTEAU - Inexplicably Serious Baggage to CarryBWW Review: HER PORTMANTEAU - Inexplicably Serious Baggage to Carry
by Gil Kaan - Jun 4, 2018

The west coast premiere of playwright Mfoniso Udofia's HER PORTMANTEAU receives a most reverential mounting at Boston Court Pasadena. Omoze Idehenre energetically supplies the needed jolt of energy and enthusiasm as Adiaha, Abasiama's loving daughter with the desire to please her mother's every whim. Joyce Guy grounds HER PORTMANTEAU as Abasiama, the maternal loving heart of this piece. (more...)

Boston Court Presents The West Coast Premiere Of HER PORTMANEAUBoston Court Presents The West Coast Premiere Of HER PORTMANEAU
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018

Boston Court Performing Arts Center presents the West Coast premiere of Her Portmanteau written by Mfoniso Udofia and directed by Gregg T. Daniel, May 24 - June 30, 2018 (press opening June 2).  The production stars Joyce Guy (Abasiama), Omoze Idehenre (Adiaha) and Dele Ogundrian (Iniabasi). (more...)

Boston Court Presents The West Coast Premiere Of HER PORTMANEAUBoston Court Presents The West Coast Premiere Of HER PORTMANEAU
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2018

Boston Court Performing Arts Center presents the West Coast premiere of Her Portmanteau written by Mfoniso Udofia and directed by Gregg T. Daniel, May 24 - June 30, 2018 (press opening June 2).  The production stars Joyce Guy (Abasiama), Omoze Idehenre (Adiaha) and Dele Ogundrian (Iniabasi). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the West Coast Premiere of BLACK ODYSSEY at Cal ShakesPhoto Flash: First Look at the West Coast Premiere of BLACK ODYSSEY at Cal Shakes
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

California Shakespeare Theater continues its 43rd Season with the West Coast premiere of black odyssey, a thrilling and music-infused new play that mashes up Greek mythology and African-American folklore. (more...)

BWW Review: GOOD GRIEF World Premiere at the Kirk Douglas TheatreBWW Review: GOOD GRIEF World Premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
by Shari Barrett - Mar 9, 2017

As a way to celebrate International Women's Day this year, I attended the World Premiere of Ngozi Anyanwu's new play GOOD GRIEF at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre. The production is directed by Patricia McGregor, with Anyanwu performing as the lead character, Nkechi. This is the first of Anyanwu's plays to receive a full professional production with great techniical credits including an impressive movable set designed by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz, costumes designed by Karen Perry, lighting designed by Pablo Santiago, with sound design by Adam Phalen. The cast features, in alphabetical order, Dayo Ade, Wade Allain-Marcus, Ngozi Anyanwu, Marcus Henderson, Omoze Idehenre, Carla Renata and Mark Jude Sullivan. (more...)

Photo Flash: Dule Hill, Suzanne Cryer and More Celebrate GOOD GRIEF's Opening Night at the DouglasPhoto Flash: Dule Hill, Suzanne Cryer and More Celebrate GOOD GRIEF's Opening Night at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

The world premiere of Ngozi Anyanwu's new play 'Good Grief' opened at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre on Sunday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. Directed by Patricia McGregor, Anyanwu also performs in 'Good Grief,' which runs through March 26, 2017. This is the first of Anyanwu's plays to receive a full professional production. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Ngozi Anyanwu and More in GOOD GRIEF at the DouglasPhoto Flash: First Look at Ngozi Anyanwu and More in GOOD GRIEF at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

Currently in previews, the world premiere of Ngozi Anyanwu's new play 'Good Grief' will open at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre on Sunday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. Directed by Patricia McGregor, Anyanwu also performs in 'Good Grief,' which runs through March 26, 2017. This is the first of Anyanwu's plays to receive a full professional production. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

August Wilson's GEM OF THE OCEAN Continues MTC's 49th Season TonightAugust Wilson's GEM OF THE OCEAN Continues MTC's 49th Season Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

Marin Theatre Company continues its 49th Season with August Wilson's GEM OF THE OCEAN. Set in 1904 Pittsburgh, Gem marks the beginning of Wilson's ten-play century cycle dramatizing the African American experience during the 20th century; an unprecedented series that includes the Pulitzer Prize winning Fences and The Piano Lesson. (more...)

August Wilson's GEM OF THE OCEAN to Continue MTC's 49th Season This WinterAugust Wilson's GEM OF THE OCEAN to Continue MTC's 49th Season This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

Marin Theatre Company continues its 49th Season with August Wilson's GEM OF THE OCEAN. Set in 1904 Pittsburgh, Gem marks the beginning of Wilson's ten-play century cycle dramatizing the African American experience during the 20th century; an unprecedented series that includes the Pulitzer Prize winning Fences and The Piano Lesson. (more...)

THE CONVERT by THE WALKING DEAD's Danai Gurira Receives Bay Area Premiere at MTC, Now thru 3/15THE CONVERT by THE WALKING DEAD's Danai Gurira Receives Bay Area Premiere at MTC, Now thru 3/15
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

Marin Theatre Company begins 2015 with the Bay Area premiere of The Convert, which marks the Bay Area debut of award-winning Zimbabwean-American playwright Danai Gurira, running tonight, Feb 19-March 15. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2015

Marin Theatre Company begins 2015 with the Bay Area premiere of The Convert, which marks the Bay Area debut of award-winning Zimbabwean-American playwright Danai Gurira, running Feb 19-March 15. (more...)

OSF to Launch 44th School Visit ProgramOSF to Launch 44th School Visit Program
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2014

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OSF's Allen Elizabethan Theatre Opens TodayOSF's Allen Elizabethan Theatre Opens Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens its outdoor theatre the weekend of June 13-15 with two Shakespeare productions, Richard III, directed by James Bundy, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Sarah Rasmussen. Also opening is Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical Into the Woods, directed by Amanda Dehnert. The shows will close the weekend of October 10-12. (more...)

OSF's Allen Elizabethan Theatre Opens 6/13OSF's Allen Elizabethan Theatre Opens 6/13
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens its outdoor theatre the weekend of June 13-15 with two Shakespeare productions, Richard III, directed by James Bundy, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Sarah Rasmussen. Also opening is Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical Into the Woods, directed by Amanda Dehnert. The shows will close the weekend of October 10-12. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at Oregon Shakespeare FestivalBWW Reviews: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at Oregon Shakespeare Festival
by Evan Henerson - Apr 22, 2014

The throw-everything-against-the-wall-and-pray-for-laughs approach to low comedy is a staple of live theater, and certainly, of William Shakespeare's plays. None play would seem to invite a shtick-fest - beg for one even - than the hugely ridiculous THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. At the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, alas, Kent Gash's free-for-all staging of Errors exposes the play's lameness rather than celebrates its lunacy. For ninety non-breezy minutes, every actor on that stage is mugging (or frugging) his or her collective buns off. Some of the players are quite deft and, indeed, the production has its share of laughs. Too often, though, the jokes don't land, the pace slows and the endeavor is dead in the water. (more...)

Photo Flash: Carl Lumbly and More Star in Marin Theatre's FENCES, Beginning TonightPhoto Flash: Carl Lumbly and More Star in Marin Theatre's FENCES, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Marin Theatre Company, in association with Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, will stage August Wilson's Fences, the 1950s entry into his Century Cycle (also known as his Pittsburgh Cycle) - a decade-by-decade exploration of the black experience in 20th century America. Directed by Derrick Sanders, the Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award-winning play will feature veteran film and television actor Carl Lumbly as Troy Maxson, Steven Anthony Jones, the artistic director of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, as Jim Bono and award-winning actor, playwright and director Margo Hall as Rose, as well as Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Eddy Ray Jackson as Cory, Adrian Roberts as Gabriel,Tyee Tilghman as Lyons and two Marin City youths - Jade Sweeney, who attends Willow Creek Academy, and Makaelah Bashir, Bayside Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy - splitting the role of Raynell. Scroll down for a first look at the stars! (more...)

Marin Theatre Welcomes Carl Lumbly to the Cast of FENCES, Beg. TodayMarin Theatre Welcomes Carl Lumbly to the Cast of FENCES, Beg. Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

Marin Theatre Company, in association with Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, will stage August Wilson's Fences, the 1950s entry into his Century Cycle (also known as his Pittsburgh Cycle) - a decade-by-decade exploration of the black experience in 20th century America. Directed by Derrick Sanders, the Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award-winning play will feature veteran film and television actor Carl Lumbly as Troy Maxson, Steven Anthony Jones, the artistic director of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, as Jim Bono and award-winning actor, playwright and director Margo Hall as Rose, as well as Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Eddy Ray Jackson as Cory, Adrian Roberts as Gabriel, Tyee Tilghman as Lyons and two Marin City youths - Jade Sweeney, who attends Willow Creek Academy, and Makaelah Bashir, Bayside Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy - splitting the role of Raynell. (more...)

OSF to Present Reading of AJAX, 4/3OSF to Present Reading of AJAX, 4/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) will present a play reading of Ajax by Sophocles on Thursday, April 3 at 1:30 p.m. in the Thomas Theatre. The reading is directed by 2014 Phil Killian Directing Fellow Tom Ridgely. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Carl Lumbly and More in Marin Theatre's FENCESPhoto Flash: First Look at Carl Lumbly and More in Marin Theatre's FENCES
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

Marin Theatre Company, in association with Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, will stage August Wilson's Fences, the 1950s entry into his Century Cycle (also known as his Pittsburgh Cycle) - a decade-by-decade exploration of the black experience in 20th century America. Directed by Derrick Sanders, the Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award-winning play will feature veteran film and television actor Carl Lumbly as Troy Maxson, Steven Anthony Jones, the artistic director of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, as Jim Bono and award-winning actor, playwright and director Margo Hall as Rose, as well as Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Eddy Ray Jackson as Cory, Adrian Roberts as Gabriel,Tyee Tilghman as Lyons and two Marin City youths - Jade Sweeney, who attends Willow Creek Academy, and Makaelah Bashir, Bayside Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy - splitting the role of Raynell. Scroll down for a first look at the stars! (more...)

Marin Theatre Welcomes Carl Lumbly to the Cast of FENCES, Beg. 4/10Marin Theatre Welcomes Carl Lumbly to the Cast of FENCES, Beg. 4/10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

Marin Theatre Company, in association with Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, will stage August Wilson's Fences, the 1950s entry into his Century Cycle (also known as his Pittsburgh Cycle) - a decade-by-decade exploration of the black experience in 20th century America. Directed by Derrick Sanders, the Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award-winning play will feature veteran film and television actor Carl Lumbly as Troy Maxson, Steven Anthony Jones, the artistic director of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, as Jim Bono and award-winning actor, playwright and director Margo Hall as Rose, as well as Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Eddy Ray Jackson as Cory, Adrian Roberts as Gabriel, Tyee Tilghman as Lyons and two Marin City youths - Jade Sweeney, who attends Willow Creek Academy, and Makaelah Bashir, Bayside Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy - splitting the role of Raynell. (more...)

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