BWW Review: RELATIVELY SPEAKING Is a Funny Farce at Main Street TheaterBWW Review: RELATIVELY SPEAKING Is a Funny Farce at Main Street Theater
by Brett Cullum - May 6, 2019

An outstanding cast takes on a very funny book, and the result is shimmering perfection that is just what audiences need to kick off the summer season. It's like ice cream for the theater world. (more...)

New York Philharmonic to Present Concerts In The Parks This SummerNew York Philharmonic to Present Concerts In The Parks This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2018

The 2018 New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, will return for the 53rd season with free outdoor concerts, conducted by James Gaffigan, at Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx (June 12); the Great Lawn in Central Park, Manhattan (June 13); Cunningham Park, Queens (June 14); and Prospect Park, Brooklyn (June 15). In addition, Musicians from the New York Philharmonic will perform chamber music at the Free Indoor Concert at the Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden on June 17, 2018. Artists and repertoire for all of the concerts will be announced at a later date. Major corporate support for the 2018 New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks and the Free Indoor Concert has been provided by MetLife Foundation, Citi, and Emirates Airline. (more...)

Photo Flash: Classical Theatre Company presents AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, 2/9 through 2/25Photo Flash: Classical Theatre Company presents AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, 2/9 through 2/25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2018

Classical Theatre Company returns to the great Henrik Ibsen for the first time since their critically-acclaimed 2016 production of A Doll's House. Ibsen is known for his no-holds-barred critique of the world - in particular, society - around him, and An Enemy of the People follows that same course. (more...)

Classical Theatre Company Announces 2017-2018 10th Anniversary Mainstage Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

A winner of the prestigious National Theatre Company Grant Award by the American Theatre Wing, Classical Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce the lineup for its 2017-2018 Mainstage Season. As the only professional theatre company in the State of Texas that solely produces classical drama on a year-round basis, CTC only produces plays that are 100 or more years old. (more...)

BWW Review: A Little Simplicity Goes A Long Way In This Illuminating Adaptation Of A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - Dec 7, 2015

Classical Theatre Company Honors Dickens' Words In A CHRISTMAS CAROL (more...)

BWW Interview: Artistic Director John Johnston Talks Classical Theatre Company's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Katricia Lang - Dec 2, 2015

Classical Theatre Company Executive Artistic Director John Johnston and Resident Company Artist Matthew Keenan have adapted the A CHRISTMAS CAROL, producing a much lauded production last season. Like Frosty the Snowman, the CTC adaption of the holiday favorite has returned for the winter. (more...)

Classical Theatre Company Moving to Chelsea Market
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2014

The Classical Theatre Company's (CTC) is announcing that it will be moving all of its operations into the Chelsea Market theatre property (4617 Montrose Blvd. Houston, TX 77006), which until recently was home to one of Main Street Theater's two performance spaces. Formerly the home of Main Street Theater's Theater for Youth and educational programming, the theater property at Chelsea Market will allow CTC to consolidate all of its operations to one physical location. Because of daytime traffic issues, Main Street Theater was forced to move its Theater for Youth programming to Talento Bilingue de Houston, located at 333 S. Jensen Drive Houston, TX 77003, where its school buses can be better accommodated. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stages Repertory Theatre's XANADU is Candy-Coated Glee
by David Clarke - May 25, 2014

The 1980 film Xanadu is known for being a notoriously bad movie. In 2007 it was adapted into a stage musical by Douglas Carter Beane, featuring songs from the film written by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. This summer, Stages Repertory Theatre is presenting the candy-coated confection as their giddy summer musical. The end product couldn't be more fun, frivolous, and everything audiences would want from the campy, fun show. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Classical Theatre Company's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is a Witty, High-Gloss Production
by David Clarke - Apr 15, 2014

Since its World Premiere performance on February 14, 1895, Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST has been an enduring favorite of audiences. Critics recognized the play for its wit and popularity with audiences. In 2014, those same attributes hold up well. Currently, Houston's Classical Theatre Company is producing THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and earning many hearty laughs with their take on the classic. (more...)

Classical Theatre Company Presents THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Now thru 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

CTC will present the last installment of their season of English language masterpieces by way of The Importance of Being Earnest. Oscar Wilde's final, and most masterful, play, The Importance of Being Earnest deals with a common theme in Wilde's work: the leading of double lives. Socialite Jack Worthing and dilettante friend Algernon Moncrieff create fictitious alter egos for themselves in order to buck society's stifling restrictions placed upon them. Hilarity ensues when their love interests, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, fall in love with their false personas. Full of witty repartee and scathing social commentary, The Importance of Being Earnest, will bring down the house with laughter. (more...)

Classical Theatre Company to Present THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, 4/9-27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

CTC will present the last installment of their season of English language masterpieces by way of The Importance of Being Earnest. Oscar Wilde's final, and most masterful, play, The Importance of Being Earnest deals with a common theme in Wilde's work: the leading of double lives. Socialite Jack Worthing and dilettante friend Algernon Moncrieff create fictitious alter egos for themselves in order to buck society's stifling restrictions placed upon them. Hilarity ensues when their love interests, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, fall in love with their false personas. Full of witty repartee and scathing social commentary, The Importance of Being Earnest, will bring down the house with laughter. (more...)

Classical Theatre to Present HAMLET & More for 2013-14 Main Stage Season
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2013

The Classical Theatre Company (CTC) is entering the company's sixth season, and is proud to announce the plays that make up its three full Mainstage productions in 2013-2014: William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, and finally The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. 'We have an all-star line up of three of the greatest plays by three of the greatest English language playwrights,' says CTC Executive Artistic Director John Johnston. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stages' ROAD SHOW is Unfulfilling Despite Impressive Performances
by David Clarke - May 26, 2013

Stages Repertory Theatre is hosting the American Regional Theatre Premiere of ROAD SHOW, a musical with Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a Book by John Weidman. The musical premiered in 1999 under the title WISE GUYS at the New York Theatre Workshop, but a legal case held up further production. A significantly rewritten version of the musical, entitled BOUNCE, premiered in 2003 at the Goldman Theatre in Chicago. BOUNCE then ran at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with the Chicago cast where mixed-to-negative reviews kept it from being produced in New York City. In 2008, another rewritten version of the show, now entitled ROAD SHOW, opened Off-Broadway at The Public Theater's Newman Theater. This new, streamlined version removed the lead female character of Nellie, who had been added for the 2003 incarnation, and took out the intermission. The title change also reflected John Weidman's desires and hopes to better hone the show's story and themes. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CTC's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE is Masterful, Gripping, Sharply Perceptive
by David Clarke - Mar 31, 2013

Houston's Classical Theatre Company (CTC) has had one amazing season at their new home at Studio 101 in the Spring Street Studios. I was impressed by their productions of MISS JULIE and UBU ROI, but their production of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE deftly exposes the sincere theatrical talent that legends are made out of. As affair warning, because this brilliantly raw production is pared down to three actors and utilizes an abridged adaptation by CTC's dramaturg Shea Thomas Cooper, it won't hurt to re-familiarize yourself with the plot to ensure that you don't get lost in this stirring translation of the text. (more...)

Prague Shakespeare Festival & Classical Theatre Co Present AS YOU LIKE IT & KING LEAR
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2011

Prague Shakespeare Festival and Classical Theatre Company present As You Like It and King Lear (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company Presents 'The Best Man' 8/22
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2008

Just in time for the fall election, Berkeley's acclaimed Aurora Theatre Company opens its 17th season with Gore Vidal's fascinating political nail-biter THE BEST MAN. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Co To Open Season With 'Best Man'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2008

Just in time for the fall election, Berkeley's acclaimed Aurora Theatre Company opens its 17th season with Gore Vidal's fascinating political nail-biter THE BEST MAN. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Co To Open Season With 'Best Man'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2008

Just in time for the fall election, Berkeley's acclaimed Aurora Theatre Company opens its 17th season with Gore Vidal's fascinating political nail-biter THE BEST MAN. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company Presents 'The Best Man' 8/22
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2008

Just in time for the fall election, Berkeley's acclaimed Aurora Theatre Company opens its 17th season with Gore Vidal's fascinating political nail-biter THE BEST MAN. (more...)