Comic Potential

Opened: October 24, 2000
Closing: December 31, 2000

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What's New on Max This December 2023
by Michael Major - Nov 27, 2023

Stream Original Comedy Specials “Leo Reich: Literally Who Cares?!” For HBO And “Gary Gulman: Born on 3rd Base” For Max, Max Original Documentary “Oprah and The Color Purple Journey,” HBO Original Documentary Series “Murder in Boston: Roots, Rampage & Reckoning,” and more. Check out what's coming to Max and leaving Max in December 2023.

PHILADELPHIA BOUND? Fall Presents Over 120 Festivals, Block Parties, Shows, Charity Events and More
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 3, 2023

Are you bound for the Philadelphia area this fall.  There’s so much to see and do that our readers will like to know about. 

Buffalo Theatre Ensemble Presents Alan Ayckbourn's SEASON'S GREETINGS Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Oct 21, 2022

Buffalo Theatre Ensemble (BTE), the professional Equity company in residence at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC), continues its 2022-2023 season with Alan Ayckbourn's “Season's Greetings,” directed by Connie Canaday Howard*+.

FALL IN PHILLY �" So Many Events to Enjoy
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 9, 2022

Check out over 80 events that are happening in the Philadelphia area.  From food and fun to entertainment, there’s something for everyone!

Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company Announces Additional Programming For Launch Of Educational Digital Platform
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 10, 2021

Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company will present Dance With Us, an educational digital platform centered around the premiere of a series of new dance films. The resource launches from June 25-27, 2021 at 7pm ET with the premieres of the films and the reveal of the platform, a website whose URL will go live at this moment.

BWW Exclusive: The 101 GREATEST PLAYS of the Past 100 Years (1920-2020)
by Peter Nason - Apr 7, 2020

BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the greatest theatrical works (non-musical) from 1920-2020; see if your favorites made the list!

Kennedy Center Announces Visual Art At The REACH
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 4, 2019

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced its inaugural presentation of visual art to be featured at the REACH, the Center's 21st-century expansion project. Ten works in a rich diversity of media will be on display at the facility upon opening, including six pieces on loan from Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland; sculptures by Joel Shapiro, Deborah Butterfield, and Roy Lichtenstein; and a wall hanging by Sam Gilliam. All works will be on view for the public beginning September 7, 2019.

BWW Review: REMEMBER RUDY Strives for Significance at Ochre House Theater
by Zac Thriffiley - May 1, 2019

A delight in watching celebrities behave badly drives most of the audience's interest in the new musical REMEMBER RUDY, directed by Carla Parker and running at the Ochre House Theater through May 11.

BWW Review: DOGFIGHT at Acting Against Cancer
by Keith Waits - Apr 12, 2019

Some Kinda There are iconic musicals that always seem to pop on some local company's schedule on a regular basis, but what of the lesser known shows that don't enjoy quite the same level of success?

by Michael T. Mooney - Apr 5, 2019

Ayckbourn's plays have proven to have worldwide appeal, and naturally New Jersey is no exception. Although sandwiched between busy theatrical hubs New York City and Philadelphia, the New Jersey has substantially contributed to Ayckbourn's popularity with numerous productions throughout the Garden State.

Longtime MST Staff Member Named Associate Artistic Director
by Julie Musbach - Mar 12, 2019

Longtime Main Street Theater (MST) staff member Andrew Ruthven has been named Associate Artistic Director of Main Street Theater.

TheatreWorks Announces 50th Season: World Premiere Musical, More
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 12, 2019

Theatre enthusiasts packed the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts last night to hear Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley and Executive Director Phil Santora of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley reveal the lineup for the company's 50th season, which launches this summer. Kelley's 50th and final season as Artistic Director of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley includes triumphant returns of TheatreWorks favorites, bold premieres developed at the company's annual New Works Festival, and celebrated works from the nation's leading playwrights.

Review Roundup: What Did Critics Think of Elaine May In THE WAVERLY GALLERY On Broadway?
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 25, 2018

The legendary Elaine May makes her official return to Broadway tonight in The Waverly Gallery!

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Comes to Digital and DVD/Blu-Ray This October
by Kaitlin Milligan - Sep 10, 2018

Moviegoers are still buzzing about Marvel Studios' “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” the follow-up to 2015's “Ant-Man” and the 20th consecutive Marvel Cinematic Universe film to debut at No. 1 opening weekend and ranked in the box office top 10 for six consecutive weeks this summer. On Oct. 2, fans can instantly watch the laugh-out-loud super hero adventure Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD, and on Movies Anywhere; and on Oct. 16, take it home on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD.

John Stahl And Cathy Tyson Join Charles Lawson In The World Premiere UK Tour Of REBUS: LONG SHADOWS
by Stephi Wild - Jul 31, 2018

Daniel Schumann, Lee Dean and Cambridge Arts Theatre in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre today announce John Stahl (Big Ger Cafferty) and Cathy Tyson (Siobhan Clarke) will join Charles Lawson (John Rebus) in Rebus: Long Shadows, a brand new Rebus story written exclusively for the stage by author of the original novels, Ian Rankin and playwright Rona Munro. Further casting to be announced shortly.

BWW Review: Riverside's MAMMA MIA! is Absolutely Absurd, but Giddily Entertaining
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 21, 2018

I have a confession to make. Though I have seen hundreds of plays and musicals since MAMMA MIA! premiered on Broadway in 2000, until I saw Riverside Theatre's giddily silly, yet oddly emotional production-running now through April 29- I had never seen this polarizing jukebox musical; neither on stage, nor screen. However, it would have been impossible for anyone with even a passing interest in theatre or pop culture to not have heard countless opinions about the show, both good and bad, over the years. Is MAMMA MIA! hokey? Yes, it is. Does it have plot holes large enough that you could scuba through? In spades. Nearly two decades after it premiered in London, does it already feel even more dated than its disco-era music would lead you to believe? Absolutely. But, if you go in knowing and accepting MAMMA MIA! for what it is, then it is also an absolutely transportively entertaining night at the theatre.

Additional Casting Announced for MARY PAGE MARLOWE Starring Tatiana Maslany
by Julie Musbach - Apr 13, 2018

Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced additional casting for the New York Premiere of TRACY LETTS' acclaimed play, MARY PAGE MARLOWE.

BWW Review: Circle Players' BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL Brings Down the House
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 12, 2017

Strong and energetic - some even show-stopping - performances from a youthful, fresh-faced cast, choreography that will have you dancing in the aisles and sprightly direction that moves the plot along at an astonishing pace…if you aren't already a fan of Bring It On the Musical, then Circle Players' production will make you one in short order.

FSLC Announces Talking Pictures: The Cinema of Yvonne Rainer This July
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 21, 2017

he Film Society of Lincoln Center presents Talking Pictures: The Cinema of Yvonne Rainer (July 21-27), a comprehensive retrospective of the celebrated dancer/choreographer's film work—the first in New York in over a decade.

BWW Review: THE CEMETERY CLUB at Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
by Sean Fallon - Jun 10, 2017

Three widowed Jewish friends visit their late husbands' graves together each month. When one of those widows begins to enter a new romantic relationship, the other two take issue for their own unique reasons. This plays out in comedic and dramatic ways that will keep the entire audience invested and entertained from start to finish in this brilliantly written, directed, and acted performance.

Gregory Harrison, Dan Lauria, French Stewart and More to Lead TESLA: A RADIO PLAY FOR THE STAGE at Laguna Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

Laguna Playhouse has announced a very special theatrical event, Bruce Davison, Gregory Harrison, Dan Lauria, Charles Shaughnessy, French Stewart & Vanessa Stewart starring in TESLA: A RADIO PLAY FOR THE STAGE, written by Dan Duling and directed by Michael Arabian.

China's First International 3D Cartoon Series Starring Jackie Chan Launches in Beijing
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 13, 2017

International action film star Jackie Chan unveiled his new 3D cartoon series- All New Jackie Chan Adventures- China's first international standard high budget animation production - at a press conference in Beijing, China today.

New Play To Premiere At The Epstein Theatre About John Lennon's Missing Banjo
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

???????From the writer of the stage play adaptation of Helen Forrester's 'Twopence to Cross the Mersey' comes a brand-new comedy about the disappearance of Lennon's first musical instrument.

BWW Review: Janie Dee Makes a Smashing Return To New York as Feminist Fighter LINDA
by Michael Dale - Mar 4, 2017

It's not exactly a spoiler to note that the closing scene of Penelope Skinner's wonderfully absorbing and issue-oriented dramatic comedy, LINDA, has the title character, a successful marketing executive, addressing a group of colleagues in the year 2007, excited about how the anti-aging cream she promotes has been putting out the message that the beauty in all women of all ages is a cause for celebration.

BWW Review: Tyne Daly Brings Jerry Herman's DEAR WORLD To The York Theatre
by Michael Dale - Feb 28, 2017

Listening to the original Broadway cast album of Jerry Herman's 1969 entry, DEAR WORLD, it's almost unimaginable to think you're hearing the score of a show that shuttered on Broadway after less than four months worth of performances.


Comic Potential has had 1 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2000.
Comic Potential has received several nominations and awards. Janie Dee was nominated for Performance at the Obie Awards, Theatre World Awards, and won the award for her outstanding performance. The show itself was nominated for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Alan Ayckbourn was nominated for Outstanding Play at the Drama Desk Awards. Additionally, John Lee Beatty was nominated for Outstanding Set Design of a Play, and Bruce Ellman was nominated for Outstanding Sound Design, both at the Drama Desk Awards.
Comic Potential has won several awards for its performance and production. Janie Dee received the Performance award at the Obie Awards. The show also won the Outstanding Off-Broadway Play award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Janie Dee was recognized again with the Performance award at the Theatre World Awards. Alan Ayckbourn, the playwright, received the Outstanding Play award at the Drama Desk Awards. The set design by John Lee Beatty was also acknowledged with the Outstanding Set Design of a Play award at the Drama Desk Awards. Additionally, the show's sound design by Bruce Ellman was honored with the Outstanding Sound Design award at the Drama Desk Awards.



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