Stage Raw Announces Its 2019 Theater Award Nominees & Theater Festival Weekend Stage Raw Announces Its 2019 Theater Award Nominees & Theater Festival Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2019

Digital arts journal Stage Raw announces the nominees for its fifth annual Stage Raw Theater Awards, to be held Monday night September 9, 2019, at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday August 7, 2019. The Stage Raw Theater Awards honor the finest work performed on Los Angeles area stages of 99-seats or fewer, and are selected by a jury of Stage Raw critics. This year's awards celebrate work performed between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at KING LEAR at Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater at the Art of Acting Studio Photo Flash: First Look at KING LEAR at Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater at the Art of Acting Studio
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2019

The Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater Company (Tom Oppenheim, Artistic Director) has announced a limited engagement of William Shakespeare's King Lear. Under the direction of Nike Doukas, the production will feature H. Richard Greene in the title role, Mark Bramhall as Gloucester, Stephen Caffrey as Kent, and David Sussman as The Fool. Opening is set for Thursday, July 18, at 8pm. (more...)

BWW Feature: Summer Shakespeare Spotlight. What to See Now! BWW Feature: Summer Shakespeare Spotlight. What to See Now!
by Ellen Dostal - Jul 12, 2019

Summer is the best time of year to get out and see a Shakespeare play, especially in Southern California. Whether it's under the stars, staged in a unique performance space, or revived in a traditional theater, you can't go wrong when it comes to the world's greatest writer. Here's what we've currently got on our radar. Go see a show! (more...)

The Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater Company Presents KING LEAR The Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater Company Presents KING LEAR
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2019

The Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater Company (Tom Oppenheim, Artistic Director) has announced a limited engagement of William Shakespeare's King Lear. Under the direction of Nike Doukas, the production will feature H. Richard Green in the title role, Mark Bramhall as Gloucester, Stephen Caffrey as Kent, and David Sussman as The Fool. Opening is set for Thursday, July 18, at 8pm. (more...)

BWW Review: Updated M. BUTTERFLY Springs to Life at South Coast Repertory BWW Review: Updated M. BUTTERFLY Springs to Life at South Coast Repertory
by Michael Quintos - May 31, 2019

To close out its 55th season, Orange County's Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory is mounting David Henry Hwang's intriguing and mysterious play M. BUTTERFLY, using the playwright's much more layered and riveting 2017 Broadway revival as its source material. Marked assuredly by powerful, gripping performances, this admirable OC staging---directed with clarifying precision by Desdemona Chiang that continues through June 8 in Costa Mesa---keeps you at the edge of your seat, as it unpacks a story filled with wobbly uncertainties and vague declarations. A beautifully complex production that echoes sentiments of gender conformity/fluidity crossed with geopolitical issues that still resonate in today's ever-changing world, M. BUTTERFLY---particularly with this strong new update instituted by the original playwright himself---is definitely worth seeing. (more...)

M. BUTTERFLY Closes South Coast Repertory's Season M. BUTTERFLY Closes South Coast Repertory's Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2019

David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, a tale of obsession, perception and the allure of fantasy, will conclude South Coast Repertory's 2018-19 season. Hwang's break-out hit-a Tony Award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist-is about more than steamy seduction and fantasy; inspired by a true account, it's a compelling story of espionage, East-West relations and betrayal. Desdemona Chiang, in her SCR debut, directs the show on the Segerstrom Stage, May 11-June 8. Tickets are available online at www.scr.org. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Rubicon Theatre Company's FUDDY MEERS Photo Flash: First Look at Rubicon Theatre Company's FUDDY MEERS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2019

Rubicon Theatre continues the company's 21st "Coming of Age" season with the hilarious and harrowing, politically incorrect comedy FUDDY MEERS by playwright DAVID-LINDSAY-ABAIRE. In this outrageously funny roller-coaster ride of a play, Claire, an amnesiac. wakes up each day having forgotten the details of her life. This morning, like all mornings, her seemingly devoted husband Richard greets her with a cup of coffee and a scrapbook of memories. But when he steps away, a limping, lisping man claiming to be Claire's brother pops out from under her bed and says he is there to save her. He takes her to her mother's home in the country, where Claire meets a naive man with a foul-mouthed puppet, discovers her husband and son have kidnapped an aggressive lady cop, and comes face-to-face with her past. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Continues Season with FUDDY MEERS Rubicon Theatre Continues Season with FUDDY MEERS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2019

Rubicon Theatre continues the company's 21st "Coming of Age" season with the hilarious and harrowing, politically incorrect comedy FUDDY MEERS by playwright DAVID-LINDSAY-ABAIRE. (more...)

Darkly Comic THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN Gets Partner-Cast Production at Antaeus Darkly Comic THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN Gets Partner-Cast Production at Antaeus
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2018

Dreams are in short supply on the island of Inishmaan, especially for Billy Claven, orphaned and crippled since birth. Antaeus Theatre Company presents The Cripple of Inishmaan, a darkly comic Irish yarn by master storyteller Martin McDonagh. Steven Robman directs a partner-cast ensemble for a Jan. 24 and Jan. 25 opening (one opening night for each cast) at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale, where performances continue through March 11. Low-priced previews begin Jan. 17. (more...)

Photo Flash: Laguna Playhouse Presents THE SEAFARER Photo Flash: Laguna Playhouse Presents THE SEAFARER
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE presents the third show in its 98th season with the perfect show for Halloween, the Tony Nominated Best Play, THE SEAFARER, written by Conor McPherson (The Weir) and directed by Ovation Award winner Michael Matthews (The Graduate).  Executive Director Ellen Richard comments, "I love the writing in this play so much and we are thrilled to be presenting it, especially at this time of year." Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham, "I've looked forward to producing this play for 10 years and the moment has arrived.  An exceptional cast, an extraordinary director and a play that is funny, chilling and a perfectly spooky Irish ghost story for the season!" THE SEAFARER will begin previews on Wednesday, October 17; will open on Sunday, October 21 at 5:30pm and perform through Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Drive in Laguna Beach. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse Continues Season with THE SEAFARER Laguna Playhouse Continues Season with THE SEAFARER
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2018

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE presents the third show in its 98th season with the perfect show for Halloween, the Tony Nominated Best Play, THE SEAFARER (more...)

Amy Freed's SHREW! Has World Premiere At South Coast Repertory Amy Freed's SHREW! Has World Premiere At South Coast Repertory
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2018

Playwright Amy Freed has always been a Shakespeare fan. Her breakout hit, The Beard of Avon (SCR-commissioned and premiered, 2001), was a smart, funny look at the controversy surrounding the authorship of Shakespeare's plays. Now comes SHREW! (March 24-April 21, Segerstrom Stage), in which Freed has re-imagined The Bard's play, The Taming of the Shrew, as a wickedly funny love story of two people who find their way to true, deep and mutual love. Art Manke directs SHREW!, which is an anchor production of the 2018 Pacific Playwrights Festival. Tickets are available at www.scr.org. (more...)

BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Stage Adaptation Romances at South Coast Repertory BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Stage Adaptation Romances at South Coast Repertory
by Michael Quintos - Feb 1, 2018

Witty, enchanting, and joyously self-referential, the original film version of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE fantasizes a story involving a young, virile William Shakespeare in his prime, who quells a bout of writer's block by secretly romancing an engaged lady named Viola---which apparently becomes the inspiration for the Bard's infamous star-crossed tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet.' The plot of the film remains fairly intact in Lee Hall's mostly delightful if slightly diluted stage adaptation, now continuing performances in a gorgeous-looking new regional production at Orange County's Tony Award-winning theater South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa through February 10, 2018. This spunky love letter to the theater is chockfull of stagecraft-insider amusements and fun-to-find Shakespearean Easter Eggs that both aficionados and casual fans will appreciate. But, shockingly, despite the spectacular production values and the beguiling, gusto-bathed performances of its large ensemble cast, this stage adaptation somehow loses some of the inescapable romanticism that is so much more prevalent in the original film. (more...)

Humor, Romance Abound in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at South Coast Repertory Humor, Romance Abound in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at South Coast Repertory
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2018

Romance, mistaken identities, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics served up with a generous dash of comedy are at the heart of Shakespeare in Love, adapted by Lee Hall from the Oscar-winning film written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, with music by Paddy Cunneen. South Coast Repertory Artistic Director Marc Masterson directs the production on the Segerstrom Stage, Jan. 13-Feb. 10. Tickets are now on sale: www.scr.org. (more...)

Humor, Romance Abound in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at South Coast Repertory Humor, Romance Abound in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at South Coast Repertory
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2017

Romance, mistaken identities, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics served up with a generous dash of comedy are at the heart of Shakespeare in Love, adapted by Lee Hall from the Oscar-winning film written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, with music by Paddy Cunneen. South Coast Repertory Artistic Director Marc Masterson directs the production on the Segerstrom Stage, Jan. 13-Feb. 10. Tickets are now on sale: www.scr.org. (more...)

BWW Review: TOLSTOY IN SUFFOLK - Smartly Written & Brilliantly Acted BWW Review: TOLSTOY IN SUFFOLK - Smartly Written & Brilliantly Acted
by Gil Kaan - Oct 28, 2017

The world premiere of Robert Allan Ackerman's two-hander TOLSTOY IN SUFFOLK receives a strong mounting from Studio C Artists and Combined Artform. Ackerman's intricate, smart and very descriptive script depicts the meeting of theatre producer Greg and playwright Brendan at Brendan's remote cottage in Suffolk. Stephen Caffrey wows as Brendan. JD Cullum embodies his role of Greg. (more...)

Studio C Artist and Combined Artform present TOLSTOY IN SUFFOLK Studio C Artist and Combined Artform present TOLSTOY IN SUFFOLK
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2017

Studio C Artist and Combined Artform present TOLSTOY IN SUFFOLK, written and directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, featuring Stephen Caffrey & JD Cullum, opening October 20th running through November 19th at Studio C - 6448 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90038. (more...)

Julia Murney to Star in GYPSY at Cape Playhouse; Additional Star Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2017

The Great White Way comes to The Cape Playhouse this summer as TONY award winners and stars from Wicked, Mamma Mia, Veep, Les Miserables and Modern Family take the stage in a season of Tony, Olivier, and Drama Desk Award-winning shows. (more...)

Murney, Scatliffe, Mayes, Bowman, and More Come to Cape Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2017

The Great White Way comes to The Cape Playhouse this summer as TONY award winners and stars from Wicked, Mamma Mia, Veep, Les Miserables and Modern Family take the stage in a season of Tony, Olivier, and Drama Desk Award-winning shows. (more...)

BWW Review: Laughs Abound in Sarah Ruhl's Frothy Backstage Farce STAGE KISS at the Geffen Playhouse
by Shari Barrett - Apr 16, 2016

I have long been a fan of plays that present an insider's look at what goes on behind-the-scenes at a theatrical production. A fine example of such a backstage farce is Sarah Ruhl's STAGE KISS, skillfully directed by Bart DeLorenzo who knows exactly how to make the most outrageous stage antics and romances seem not only probable but incredibly hysterical thanks to Sarah Ruhl's fast-paced script that leads us on-stage, back-stage and out the stage door as reality collides with fiction in this raucous and revealing relationship comedy. (more...)

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