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Butley - 1972 - Broadway

Ben Butley is having a monumentally bad day. So bad, he's making sure everyone else has a worse one. His estranged wife has taken up with the most boring man in London. His beloved protégé has found a new benefactor. And in an unprecedented act of betrayal even the English department's resident failure has a book deal. Butley's trusty arsenal - mischievous irony and gleeful troublemaking - have never failed him yet. Might they finally prove to be the weapons of his own tragic self-destruction?


Morosco Theatre

(New York, NY)
217 West 45th Street
by Robert Diamond - Sep 9, 2021
ELIZABETH IRELAND McCANN, the iconoclastic Broadway producer who won nine Tony Awards during a 60-year career in theater, died after a bout with cancer on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, according to her longtime associate and friend, Kristen Luciani.  She was 90 years old. 
by Stephi Wild - Sep 7, 2021
The show centers on two couples living next door to each other. Things are generally friendly between the neighbors before the Del Valles discover while putting in a new fence that their property line is actually two feet over – right in the middle of Frank Butley's prize-winning garden.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 28, 2020
Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden have come together virtually to share beautiful music with us all!
by Stephi Wild - Sep 24, 2019
Gloucester Stage Company continues its 40th Anniversary Season of professional theater with Karen Zacarías' Native Gardens from September 27 through October 20 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. This contemporary comedy follows high-powered lawyer Pablo Del Valle, and his very pregnant wife, doctoral candidate Tania, who have just purchased a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank Butley. Soon a disagreement between the neighbors over a longstanding fence line derails their plans of realizing the American Dream.
by Julie Musbach - Sep 24, 2019
Kit Ingui, Long Wharf Theatre's current Acting Managing Director, will assume the role of Managing Director of Long Wharf Theatre effective immediately. Ingui, with 20 years of experience in Broadway and Off-Broadway production, has become a highly-regarded and key member of the leadership team since joining Long Wharf Theatre in 2017 and served as Acting Managing Director from July to September 2019.
by Julie Musbach - Sep 18, 2019
Seven-time Tony Award winning producers Sue Wagner and John Johnson announced today the formation of their new venture, Wagner Johnson Productions.
by Julie Musbach - Sep 10, 2019
Two of the greatest actors of their generation come together in one unforgettable story of a shared life, and all of its complexities. Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 1, 2019
Dead Letter Perfect today announces the world première of Stray Dogs. Robin Herford directs Olivia Olsen (Anna Akhmatova), Ben Porter (Isaiah Berlin) and Ian Redford (Joseph Stalin). The production opens at Park Theatre on Friday 15 November, with previews from 13 November, and runs until 7 December.
by Nicole Rosky - Nov 27, 2020
Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden have given us all something to be thankful for this fall. The duo has been releasing a series of music videos to coincide with the release of their new album 'Together... at a Distance'.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 27, 2019
Following the huge success of The Wipers Times and Trial By Laughter, Trademark Touring, Karl Sydow and Anthology Theatre in association with The Everyman Theatre Cheltenham are proud to present the UK tour of Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's comedy A Bunch of Amateurs.
by Stage Tube - Nov 19, 2020
Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden are back with another song from their album 'Together... At A Distance.' This time the duo took on the song 'The Heather On The Hill' from Brigadoon by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 14, 2019
Pasadena Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman announces the Los Angeles premiere of Ann - written by and starring Holland Taylor and directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein from May 27 to June 28, 2020, and the on-sale of tickets for The Father, written by Florian Zeller and starring Alfred Molina, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, from February 5 to March 1, 2020.
by Roy Berko - May 5, 2019
Negative racial and ethnic stereotypes, anti-ageism, political philosophical differences, and border conflicts are not usual topics for a comic play. But, author Karen Zacarias, whose 'Native Gardens' is now in production at Cleveland Play House, believes 'humor humanizes' when what could be the basis of a blood bath becomes a pool of laughter with a purpose.
by Julie Musbach - May 3, 2019
Native Gardens, a dazzling, light-hearted comedy staged to resonate with teens and young adults, is set to hit Aurora Theatre's mainstage from May 2 - June 2! Based in a historic Washington D.C. neighborhood, two couples who live next to each other battle for their backyards - each wanting a landscape completely different from the other. This comedic confection is one of the top ten most produced plays in the country, sure to have audiences laughing all the way home!
by A.A. Cristi - May 23, 2019
As the 2019 Summer Shakespeare Festival kicks off, The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team with As You Like It, the Bard's fabulously charming romantic comedy, whose heroine is one of his most remarkable creations. Director Jessica Stone's recent body of work-including Barefoot in the Park, Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood!, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Arms and the Man-has had Globe audiences rolling in the aisles. Her Shakespearean directing debut will run June 16 - July 21, 2019 outdoors under the stars in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Tickets start at $30.00 and are on sale to the general public now. Previews run June 16-21 with opening night on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
by Walter McBride - May 14, 2019
New Dramatists, Tony Honor recipient and the nation's premier playwright development laboratory, just honored three-time Tony Award winner, Nathan Lane, with its 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award at its 70th Annual Spring Luncheon Tribute at the New York Marriott Marquis.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 28, 2019
Cleveland Play House (CPH), offers the thought-provoking comedy Native Gardens from playwright Karen Zacarias, to be performed April 27th - May 19th  in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square.  The production is directed by CPH Associate Artistic Director Robert Barry Fleming, with a press opening Friday, May 3rd. 
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Mar 27, 2020
In the midst of a dark and anxious time for all theatres, Portland Stage has managed to navigate the rights issues to live stream its production of Karen Zacarias' NATIVE GARDENS, which had begun its run when the pandemic closed everything down. The resulting performance proves a welcome ray of light for Maine's theatre goers: a comedy that uses laser-sharp wit, colorfully contrasting characters, and a measured look at a number of topical issues which are provoked by a timeless conflict.
by Rebecca Russo - Mar 27, 2019
Florida Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce the opening of 'Native Gardens' by Karen Zacarias playing to an already-extended run April 5 to May 19 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre. The run includes four discounted previews April 2 - 4 that are nearly sold out.  
by Julie Musbach - Mar 26, 2019
A hilarious new comedy where cultures and gardens clash, turning well-intentioned neighbors into feuding enemies, is up next in Arkansas Repertory Theatre's 2019 Season. Native Gardens, by Karen Zacarias, runs April 17-May 5. Tickets are available at
by Pati Buehler - Mar 24, 2019
Would-be friends become fence-feuding neighbors over two feet of property.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 15, 2021
The Phoenix Theatre's online season rumbles on and celebrates Women's History month with a one-night-only fundraiser performance of Euripides' The Trojan Women. 
by Julie Musbach - Mar 13, 2019
Geva Theatre Center presents Native Gardens, by Karen Zacarias and directed by Melissa Crespo, in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from March 26 through April 21, 2019.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 11, 2019
The Broadway production of Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac's new comedy Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus will begin previews this evening, 8 p.m., at Broadway's Booth Theatre. Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances!
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 6, 2019
Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce THE PROMPTER, the first production of the 2019 Mainstage Season, had a successful opening night on June 1. The show runs through June 16. This World Premiere stars Tovah Feldshuh (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Walking Dead, Golda's Balcony) and Wade Dooley (Jersey Boys), who is also the playwright. Single tickets on sale now or tickets can be purchased now as part of the 3-play subscription package for the 2019 Mainstage Season. Call the Box Office at 631-725-9500; open daily 11 am - showtime or log on to
by Krista Garver - Jun 4, 2019
NATIVE GARDENS is an I Love Lucy-esque new comedy by Karen Zacarias now playing at Portland Center Stage. It's about colonialism, entitlement, and gardening philosophies.
by Stage Tube - Jun 24, 2020
Nathan Lane recently sat down with Collider to discuss his new series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
by Walter McBride - Jun 14, 2019
Today BroadwayWorld is remembering Sylvia Miles with a peek into our photo archives.
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 8, 2019
Joshua Borenstein, who has served at Long Wharf Theatre for 13 years, including as its Managing Director since 2011, will leave the organization at the end of July.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 7, 2020
Pasadena Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman has announced the on -sale of tickets for the Los Angeles premiere of Ann - written by and starring Holland Taylor and directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein from May 27 to June 28, 2020, and a new production of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun with book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields, directed by Sarna Lapine, from July 28-August 23, 2020.
by Emily Yorgey - Jan 21, 2020
NATIVE GARDENS at Gulfshore Playhouse, directed by Kristen Coury, tells the story of the two couples at war over a property line, a party, and peonies. 
by Walter McBride - Jan 2, 2020
We're taking it back to the 80s with a photo flashback! 
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Jan 13, 2021
Tony winner Nathan Lane has joined the cast of two upcoming series: 'Gilded Age' on HBO, and 'Only Murders in the Building' on Hulu.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 8, 2020
The rumors are true! Nathan Lane and Laurie Metcalf will lead a revival of Death of a Salesman. While not officially announced, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the long-rumored production will come to Broadway in spring 2021.
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 3, 2021
On this day we're celebrating the birthday of acclaimed star of stage and screen, the great Nathan Lane!
by Stephi Wild - Feb 3, 2021
Today's top stories: Come From Away to be filmed for release, Jon M. Chu will direct the Wicked movie, and more!
by Stephi Wild - Feb 3, 2020
Today's top stories: Broadway gathers to remember Jerry Herman tonight, and more!
by Stephi Wild - Feb 29, 2020
Portland Stage transforms into a blooming garden for its Mainstage comedy that challenges audiences to look beyond our differences and find our common decency: Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Feb 26, 2021
Lane starred in director Mike Nichols' 'The Birdcage' opposite Robin Williams. Though both Nichols and Williams have since passed, Lane believes there's merit to a sequel idea that originated on the podcast.
by Christine Swerczek - Feb 25, 2020
This show can't miss. It has a message. It is beautifully presented. It is superbly acted. And it's gut-shaking funny.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 11, 2019
Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Michael Stotts- Managing Director), recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, begins the new year with the world premiere Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and written with Richard Curtis. Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber begins performances Thursday, January 30, 2020, and will continue through Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ). JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the major sponsor of Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2019-2020 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank. Opening Night is Sunday evening, February 9, 2020 at 7:00pm.
by Don Grigware - Aug 16, 2019
Director/actress Linda Alznauer directed Trapped at Tea Time at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival and Arthur Miller's All My Sons at Upstairs-at-the-Group-Rep (2018). Also Upstairs at the Group Rep, she directed and appeared in And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little by Paul Zindel (2017) and Another Antigone by A.R. Gurney (2016). Other LA credits include Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing at Two Roads Theater in Studio City (2014) and Visiting Oliver at JET Studios in NoHo (2014). NY credits include Blind Date at Open Pulse One Act Festival on Theater Row. Linda is a graduate of the USC Film School. She has recently opened Otherwise Engaged at Upstairs at the Group Rep.
by Emily Yorgey - Apr 8, 2019
Florida Repertory Theatre's production of NATIVE GARDENS closes out their 2018/19 season with a comedy that is not only very hilarious, but also quite heartfelt.
by Julie Musbach - Apr 4, 2019
Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce the cast and creative team for the first show of the 2019 Mainstage Season. The World Premiere of THE PROMPTER (May 28- June 16) a new comedy by Wade Dooley; will be directed by Scott Schwartz, Bay Street Theater's Artistic Director.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 30, 2019
Cultures and gardens clash in acclaimed playwright Karen Zacarias' hilarious hot-button comedy Native Gardens. When a questionable fence line puts a prize-worthy garden in jeopardy, neighborly rivalry escalates into an all-out border dispute, challenging everyone's notions of race, privilege, class, and good taste. Well-intentioned neighbors quickly turn into feuding enemies.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 3, 2020
When Portland Staged halted mid-way through its four-week live run of Native Gardens on March 12 in response to the threat of coronavirus, its four actors, three from New York City, were poised to return home early, but first it mounted one last private performance on March 14, playing to a small audience of staff.
by Stage Tube - Apr 23, 2020
Nathan Lane logged into The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night for a chat!
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 15, 2019
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company of Ann, Emmy Award-winning actress Holland Taylor's (The Practice, Two and a Half Men) intimate, hilarious production based on the colorful and complex life of former Texas Governor Ann Richards.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 14, 2019
Nathan Lane has returned to Broadway this season in the new play Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus. Lane has had an extremely diverse career, spanning over 30 years. From comedic musicals, to heart-wrenching plays, to screen work, voiceovers, and much more, Lane has become a household name.
by Stage Tube - Apr 12, 2020
Nathan Lane was profiled today on CBS Sunday Morning, to chat about his role on the television series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.