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Photo Flash: First Look at JULIUS CAESAR at PlayMakers Photo Photo Flash: First Look at JULIUS CAESAR at PlayMakers
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2020

The Bard's classic play of politics and power hits the stage at PlayMakers for the first time ever. When Julius Caesar's heroic magnetism tips the scale and threatens to undo four centuries of republican rule in Rome, a small band of patriots determine to put things right. But is their β€œright” any better?

BWW Review: FAIRVIEW at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: FAIRVIEW at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
by Sam Abney - Sep 19, 2019

Jackie Sibblies Drury's play, Fairview, currently playing at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, is a show that desperately calls for conversation. It's no wonder, then, that each performance is immediately followed by community discussions led by Build With, a DC-based anti-racist training, facilitation, and consulting practice focused on people, power, and partnership. While I wasn't able to stay for this event following Saturday night's performance, it is an important step in ensuring this work's complicated themes are digested in a clear way. Fairview is one of the most conceptual shows in recent memory. Not every idea can be fully explored in this production, which has a tight 100-minute run time that director Stevie Walker-Webb keeps clipping at a good pace. Nevertheless, Fairview is a necessary piece for anyone looking to dive deeper into discussions of race and identity in America.

Review Roundup: What Did Critics Think of FAIRVIEW at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company? Photo Review Roundup: What Did Critics Think of FAIRVIEW at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company?
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2019

The Pulitzer Prize winning play, Fairview, recently opened at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Find out what critics had to say!

Photo Flash: PlayMakers Presents Bertolt Brecht's LIFE OF GALILEO Photo Photo Flash: PlayMakers Presents Bertolt Brecht's LIFE OF GALILEO
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2019

PlayMakers Repertory Company What: "Life of Galileo" by Bertolt Brecht. Adaptation by Joseph Discher. Directed by Vivienne Benesch. When: February 27 to March 17, 2019. Opening Night & Press Opening Saturday March 2, 2019. Where: Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art, 120 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill, NC Tickets: Start at $15; Students tickets start at $10

BWW Review: Playmakers' SKELETON CREW Gives Contemplative Commentary on the Decline o Photo BWW Review: Playmakers' SKELETON CREW Gives Contemplative Commentary on the Decline of American Industry and Fleeting American Dream
by Lauren Van Hemert - Oct 22, 2018

A 'Forbes' headline from last week read: "Ford Prepares for Mass Layoffs After Losing $1 Billion to Trump's Trade Tariffs, Report Says." In fact, Ford is planning to restructure its company to the tune of $25.5 billion, which could cost as many as 24,000 people their jobs. Seemingly ripped from the headlines, Dominique Morisseau's play SKELETON CREW, which opened at PlayMakers earlier this month, is set in a Detroit auto plant on the verge of shutting down amidst the recession in 2008. Already having lost half its crew, the plant is struggling to keep operations afloat. Morisseau examines the plight of four workers and their intertwined relationships.

Photo Flash: PlayMakers Presents Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW Photo Photo Flash: PlayMakers Presents Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2018

PlayMakers Repertory Company proudly presents Dominique Morisseau's 'Skeleton Crew,' the searing dramatic final installment in her Detroit Trilogy. Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton, the production runs from October 10 to 28, 2018.

PlayMakers Presents Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW Photo PlayMakers Presents Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2018

PlayMakers Repertory Company proudly presents Dominique Morisseau's 'Skeleton Crew,' the searing dramatic final installment in her Detroit Trilogy. Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton, the production runs from October 10 to 28, 2018.

PlayMakers Presents Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW Next Month Photo PlayMakers Presents Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2018

PlayMakers Repertory Company proudly presents Dominique Morisseau's "Skeleton Crew," the searing dramatic final installment in her Detroit Trilogy. Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton, the production runs from October 10 to 28, 2018.

Photo Flash: LEAVING EDEN at PlayMakers Repertory Company Photo Photo Flash: LEAVING EDEN at PlayMakers Repertory Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2018

Acclaimed playwright Mike Wiley returns to PlayMakers with singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett to lead us on a musical journey across time, unearthing the cycles of history in a small North Carolina town.

PlayMakers Presents World Premiere Of LEAVING EDEN, 4/4 Photo PlayMakers Presents World Premiere Of LEAVING EDEN, 4/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2018

PlayMakers Repertory Company proudly presents the world premiere of 'Leaving Eden' a play with music, script by North Carolina playwright and UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus Mike WIley, and music & lyrics by North Carolina singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett. The production, the first fully commissioned work by the theatre, is directed by PlayMakers' Producing Artistic Director, Vivienne Benesch, and runs from April 4 to 22, 2018.

Photo Flash: First Look at DOT at PlayMakers Rep Photo Photo Flash: First Look at DOT at PlayMakers Rep
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2017

It's Thanksgiving week, and PlayMakers is kicking off the holidays with Dot by Colman Domingo. This holiday season, the Shealys dare you not to laugh as they reconnect around their aging mother in the heart of a West Philly neighborhood, where they find that losing your memory and losing your mind are two completely different things.

PlayMakers presents DOT, 11/22- 12/10 Photo PlayMakers presents DOT, 11/22- 12/10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2017

PlayMakers Repertory Company proudly presents the regional premiere of Dot by playwright/actor Colman Domingo ( Fear the Walking Dead, Wild With Happy ). Directed by Nicole A. Watson in her PlayMakers directorial debut, the production features PlayMakers' acclaimed company member Kathryn Hunter-Williams in the title role of Dot, and welcomes new company member Samuel Ray Gates. Dot runs from November 22 to December 10, 2017.

PlayMakers presents DOT, 11/22- 12/10 Photo PlayMakers presents DOT, 11/22- 12/10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2017

PlayMakers Repertory Company proudly presents the regional premiere of Dot by playwright/actor Colman Domingo ( Fear the Walking Dead, Wild With Happy ). Directed by Nicole A. Watson in her PlayMakers directorial debut, the production features PlayMakers' acclaimed company member Kathryn Hunter-Williams in the title role of Dot, and welcomes new company member Samuel Ray Gates. Dot runs from November 22 to December 10, 2017.

BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Scores a Knockout with THE ROYALE
by Chris Gibson - Mar 15, 2017

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis always provides amazing, intimate, and innovative shows for their Studio Theatre season, and playwright Marco Ramirez' THE ROYALE is certainly no exception. This is fiercely creative work that features some sonic embellishment that provides a literal pulse to the proceedings. And, even though gloves never touch an opponent's flesh during the play, you'll feel the intensity of the sport of boxing come alive in a powerful way that will move you. The play takes the idea of a rising African American boxer at the turn of the last century (think Jack Johnson), and thus, when segregation was in place, and then gives it a twist. It's masterfully done. In fact, it's a knockout!

The Stylish Rhythm of THE ROYALE Closes The Rep's Studio Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis concludes its 2016-2017 Studio Theatre season with The Royale by Marco Ramirez, directed by Stuart Carden.

The Stylish Rhythm of THE ROYALE Closes The Rep's Studio Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis concludes its 2016-2017 Studio Theatre season with The Royale by Marco Ramirez, directed by Stuart Carden.

Cast, Creatives Set for Tony-Winning Play ALL THE WAY at TheatreSquared
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

TheatreSquared today announced the full cast and creative team for Robert Schenkkan's multi-award-winning epic, All the Way, which broke two box office records in its 2015 Broadway debut and begins performances August 24 in Northwest Arkansas.

Cast, Creatives Set for Tony-Winning Play ALL THE WAY at TheatreSquared
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

TheatreSquared today announced the full cast and creative team for Robert Schenkkan's multi-award-winning epic, All the Way, which broke two box office records in its 2015 Broadway debut and begins performances August 24 in Northwest Arkansas.

BWW Reviews: Pioneer Theatre Company's ALABAMA STORY is Well-Written and Well-Acted
by Tyler Hinton - Jan 14, 2015

The premiere of ALABAMA STORY at Pioneer Theatre Company sometimes falters, but it is nonetheless a well-written, well-acted retelling of important history.

PTC to Stage World Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones, January 9 - 24, 2015. The play was workshopped in Pioneer Theatre Company's new play reading series, Play-by-Play, last season. The play-a finalist in the 2014 National Playwrights Conference-coincides with the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

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