Small Mouth Sounds on Tour


BWW Review: SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS at Round House Theatre
by Jenny Minich - Sep 6, 2018

Initially, it may be harder to know where the action is onstage but no matter where you look on stage, Small Mouth Sounds delivers engaging theatre. (more...)

Mary Beth Peil Will Play Final Performance in ANASTASIA On September 23
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2018

Mary Beth Peil will play her final performance as the "Dowager Empress" in the hit Broadway musical ANASTASIA on September 23, 2018. Peil is an original member of the Broadway company and was nominated for the 2017 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her performance. She is a celebrated singer and stage and screen veteran, well known for her work in The King and I (Tony nomination), "Dawson's Creek" and "The Good Wife". Next, she can be seen starring in the acclaimed film "The Song of Sway Lake" opening in cinemas September 21, 2018. (more...)

DeLanna Studi, Joanna Glushak, and More to Join Christine Lahti in GLORIA: A LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2018

Rehearsals begin today, Tuesday, September 4, in New York City for GLORIA: A Life, a new play about Gloria Steinem. The full company has been announced for the production, which features a female cast, writer, director, creative and producing team. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch the Music Video For Liz Callaway and Christy Altomare's 'Journey to the Past' Duet and Download the Track Now
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018

From the hit Broadway musical and 1997 animated film ANASTASIA, the new duet of the Oscar-nominated song 'Journey to the Past' featuring Broadway star Christy Altomare with the original voice of Anastasia, Liz Callaway is now available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon and for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music. A special music video has also been released and can be watch below: (more...)

Theatre Bay Area Announces 2018 TBA Awards Finalists
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018

Theatre Bay Area, the third-largest regional theatre service organization in North America, announced the finalists for the 2018 TBA Awards. The fifth annual TBA Awards Celebration will be held on Monday, Nov. 5 at the Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco). Tickets for the public go on sale Friday, September 28, 2018, through City Box Office. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Maboud Ebrahimzadeh
by Elliot Lanes - Sep 20, 2018

Today's subject Maboud Ebrahimzadeh is one of the area's most versatile actors. Currently, you can see him in action in the very unique Small Mouth Sounds at Round House Theatre through September 23rd. The word unique, in this case, is meant as a compliment, but you'll have to see the show for yourself to understand why. (more...)

SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS By Bess Wohl At Artists Rep Begins 10/7
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2018

Starting October 7, Artists Repertory Theatre presents Bess Wohl's Small Mouth Sounds, directed by Shawn Lee. Artists Rep's 2016/17 season featured Wohl's American Hero, which was also directed by Lee. Small Mouth Sounds runs from October 7 through November 4 on the Alder Stage. (more...)

Judy Kaye To Join ANASTASIA as The Dowager Empress
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2018

Two-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye will return to Broadway to play the 'Dowager Empress' in the hit Broadway musical ANASTASIA on September 28, 2018. Kaye will to take over for original company member Mary Beth Peil. (more...)

Photo Flash: Bess Wohl's Darkly Comic AMERICAN HERO Opens IAMA Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2018

IAMA Theatre Company opens its 2018-19 season with a darkly comic celebration of the power of teamwork and unity to overcome adversity. James Eckhousedirects the Los Angeles premiere ofAmerican Hero, opening Sept. 21 in aPasadena Playhouse guest production at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre. Performances will continue through Oct. 21, with low-priced previews beginning Sept. 15. (more...)

SWEENEY TODD THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET at Rep Stage - This is SWEENEY like you have never seen it before!!
by Charles Shubow - Sep 12, 2018

Rep Stage Producing Artistic Director Joseph W. Ritsch Directs, Choreographs, and does the Set Design for a 'hair-raising' rendition of this Stephen Sondheim classic musical. (more...)

Review Roundup: Bess Wohl's Darkly Comic AMERICAN HERO Opens IAMA Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018

IAMA Theatre Company opens its 2018-19 season with a darkly comic celebration of the power of teamwork and unity to overcome adversity. James Eckhousedirects the Los Angeles premiere ofAmerican Hero, opening Sept. 21 in aPasadena Playhouse guest production at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre. Performances will continue through Oct. 21, with low-priced previews beginning Sept. 15. (more...)

Photo Flash: A Red Orchid Theatre Presents SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS By Bess Wohl
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2018

A Red Orchid Theatre presents Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl, directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray. Small Mouth Sounds runs October 18 - December 9, 2018 at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N Wells in Chicago.  Press performances are scheduled for Saturday, October 27 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. (more...)

Adam Chanler-Berat, Jane Kaczmarek, and More to Lead La Jolla's THE YEAR TO COME
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2018

La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of The Year to Come, by Lindsey Ferrentino (Amy and the Orphans, Ugly Lies the Bone), directed by Encores! Off-Center Artistic Director and UC San Diego M.F.A. graduateAnne Kauffman (Playhouse's Hundred Days), running December 4 - 30 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre. (more...)

Breaking: Recording Artist Cody Simpson Will Make Broadway Debut in ANASTASIA This November!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

The producers of ANASTASIA have just announced that Cody Simpson will join the Broadway company as leading man 'Dmitry' beginning November 29, 2018. Original company member Zach Adkins will play his final performance on Sunday, November 25. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

It has been announced that pop star Cody Simpson will join the Broadway company as leading man "Dmitry" beginning November 29, 2018.  Original company member Zach Adkins will play his final performance on Sunday, November 25. (more...)

Ars Nova Hosts OVER/UNDER UNPLUGGED, Three Free Concerts
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

Ars Nova, "one of the most adventurous Off-Broadway companies" (New York Times), under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Jason Eagan and Managing Director Renee Blinkwolt, will host Over/Under Unplugged, a free concert series following select Friday evening performances of Andrew R. Butler's Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of The Future. Concerts will feature performers from The Future and special guests performing unplugged and up close. They'll #playforchange with any donations dropped in their bucket going to select charities including the National Network of Abortion Funds, The Trevor Project, and The National Eating Disorders Association. (more...)

BWW Review: Enjoy the Silence of SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, at Artists Rep
by Krista Garver - Oct 14, 2018

Small Mouth Sounds is an ambitious, thought-provoking, heart-warming, and funny play about six people at a silent retreat. (more...)

Photo Flash: Bess Wohl Returns to Artists Rep with Critically Acclaimed Dramedy SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2018

Starting October 7, Artists Repertory Theatre presents Bess Wohl's Small Mouth Sounds, directed by Shawn Lee. Artists Rep's 2016/17 season featured Wohl's American Hero, which was also directed by Lee. Small Mouth Sounds runs from October 7 through November 4 on the Alder Stage. (more...)

Christy Altomare and Zach Adkins Will Perform 'At The Beginning' Following Thursday's Performance of ANASTASIA
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2018

Take a journey to the past with the stars of Anastasia this week! Following Thursday night's curtain call, the show's stars Christy Altomare and Zach Adkins will return onstage for a special performance of the beloved song 'At the Beginning' from the 1997 animated film. (more...)

Playwrights Horizons Announces Live For Five Lottery For Heather Raffo's NOURA
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2018

Playwrights Horizons (Artistic Director Tim Sanford, Managing Director Leslie Marcus) will, from today, November 12, through Thursday, November 15, accept entries for the Live for Five online lottery, giving out $5 tickets to the New York premiere production of Noura, from 9 Parts of Desire playwright and actor Heather Raffo and director Joanna Settle. The Washington Post deemed this "epic-feeling, nearly searing portrait of a woman torn between cultures and family" the "best premiere of the Women's Voices Theater Festival" when it made its world premiere in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. Produced in association with Shakespeare Theatre Company, it will be performed at Playwrights Horizons from November 27 to December 30. Playwrights Horizons created Live for Five in 2007 as part of their Arts Access program to reach out to those who may not be able to afford the cost of a full-price theater ticket. Since its inception, over 3,000 theatergoers have been able to attend the theater thanks to the initiative. (more...)

BWW Review: SNOW CHILD at Arena Stage - A Magical Delight of a Musical
by Charles Shubow - May 8, 2018

It is always exciting when you sit in a theater to see the world premiere of a new musical. The Arena Stage's Kreeger Theater was a buzz in anticipation of SNOW CHILD which is a co-production with Alaska's Perseverance Theatre. Why Perseverance? Well, Arena Stage's Artistic Director Molly Smith actually grew up in Alaska, returned there after schooling and founded the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau. She served as Artistic Director there for 19 years before coming to Arena Stage. Four years ago, Smith and Perseverance Artistic Director Art Rotch discussed the idea for an adaptation for SNOW CHILD. (more...)

Ars Nova Announces Line-Up for 11th Annual ANT Fest
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2018

Ars Nova is pleased to announce the line-up for its 11th Annual ANT Fest (June 4-28), four non-stop, throw-down weeks of live entertainment mayhem, featuring fresh material from the next wave of dynamic, indie-theater makers. Tickets go on sale today for this festival of new indie theater/music/comedy featuring all new talent, all the time. (more...)

Ars Nova Announces 2018-2019 Season Including Opening of Ars Nova at Greenwich House
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

Ars Nova, 'one of the most adventurous Off-Broadway companies' (New York Times), under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Jason Eagan and Managing Director Renee Blinkwolt, is pleased to announce programming for its 2018-2019 season, which marks a rich expansion of the non-profit's unique role as both an exciting hub for new talent and a hands-on producer of genre-bending Off-Broadway productions. (more...)

A Red Orchid Theatre Announces 2018-2019 Season; Regional Premiere of SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS and More
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

A Red Orchid Theatre announces its 26th Season, including the Chicago premieres of Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl, directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray, and featuring Ensemble Members Jennifer Engstrom and Larry Grimm, and Fulfillment Center by Abe Koogler, directed by Jess McLeod, and featuring Ensemble Members Steve Haggard and Natalie West. The 2018-2019 Season will conclude with The Killing Game by Eugene Ionesco, directed by Ensemble Member Dado, featuring Ensemble Members Lance Baker, Mierka Girten and Doug Vickers, with design by Ensemble Member Mike Durst. (more...)

BWW Review: SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS Packed With Superb Performances
by Frank Benge - May 21, 2018

Small Mouth Sounds is a new play from Drama Desk Award-winner Bess Wohl that looks at how we address life's biggest questions when you can't use words. Under the watchful eye of their unseen guru, six people (who are about as different from each other as one can get) have gathered for a week-long retreat in the woods. What makes this retreat unusual is the fact that it is a silent retreat. In the process of listening to their spiritual leader, they discover that silence is not only golden, but also more than a little passive-aggressive. As they confront their inner demons, they find their vows of silence colliding with the basic human need to connect. Rules have been laid out (including no cellphone use except in cars with the windows rolled up, no candles or incense, no food in the rooms), but over the course of the retreat, every rule gets broken. In the quiet of the woods, they attempt to abandon technology and observe their vow of silence. There are some remarkable moments of tenderness in this play, but Small Mouth Sounds is also a wickedly satiric look at this comodified inner peace industry where nirvana is just a guru, mantra or self-help book away. (more...)

FUN HOME, ONCE, SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, and More Lead SpeakEasy's 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2018

The Tony Award-winning musicals FUN HOME and ONCE, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY; the Off-Broadway sensations SCHOOL GIRLS; OR THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY and Small Mouth Sounds; and the triumphant new musical THE VIEW UPSTAIRS will make up SpeakEasy Stage Company's 2018-2019 Season, the company's Founder and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault announced today. (more...)

Round House Theatre Announces Casting For 2018-2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2018

Round House Theatre announces casting for the five mainstage shows that will comprise its 41st season. "Our 2018-2019 Season launches our exciting Resident Artist program, and once again confirms our longstanding value to prioritize the use of local artists, with more than 90% of our artists hailing from the DC area," says Artistic Director Ryan Rilette. "We're thrilled to pair the best DC artists with some of the most exciting new plays and modern classics in American theatre. It's a season you won't want to miss."  (more...)

Tickets to ANASTASIA Now On Sale Through June 2, 2019
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2018

Anastasia on Broadway announced today a new block of tickets through June 2, 2019. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting today, Friday, June 15. (more...)

Williamstown Theatre Festival Announces Artist Residencies And Additional Casting
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2018

Williamstown Theatre Festival has announced the artists in residency for the 2018 summer season. This year's artists include WTF Commissioned Artists Benjamin Scheuer (The Lion), Bess Wohl (Small Mouth Sounds), Sharyn Rothstein (By The Water), Max Posner (Judy), and more. (more...)

Artists Rep Shares Cast & Design Team Updates to Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2018

Kicking off with two shows in September, Artists Rep's 2018/19 season features seven compelling contemporary plays in their subscription series, plus two bonus shows. These plays are highly entertaining theatrical experiences, written by some of the nation's most acclaimed playwrights. (more...)

Megan Byrne, Chris Ghaffari, and More to Lead World Premiere of MAKE BELIEVE at Hartford Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2018

Hartford Stage today announced the cast and creative team for Make Believe, written by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award-winning playwright Bess Wohl. The world premiere play will perform Thursday, September 6, through Sunday, September 30, to open the Tony Award-winning regional theatre's 55thseason. Jackson Gay will direct. (more...)

Casting Announced For MAKE BELIEVE at Hartford Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2018

Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts today announced the cast and creative team for Make Believe, written by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award-winning playwright Bess Wohl. The world premiere play will perform Thursday, September 6, through Sunday, September 30, to open the Tony Award-winning regional theatre's 55th season. Jackson Gay will direct. (more...)

BWW Review: DAVE, A World Premiere Musical at Arena Stage - Looks Like It is Destined for Broadway
by Charles Shubow - Aug 9, 2018

Wonderful cast directed by Tina Landau is a nice diversion from presidential politics. (more...)

CoHo Productions Presents RADIANT VERMIN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2018

A wickedly comic satire by groundbreaking British playwright Philip Ridley, Radiant Vermin examines consumerism in the age where enough is never enough. A young couple, Jill and Ollie, sign a contract for their dream home at seemingly no cost. With a baby on the way, they are forced to find out how far they'll go to get everything they've ever dreamed of... and more. (more...)

3 Plays Come to The Carrie Hamilton Theatre Of Pasadena Playhouse This Fall!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2018

Tickets on sale today for three plays in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre of the Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theater of California, this fall. The Los Angeles premiere of Bess Wohl's darkly comic American Hero, a Pasadena Playhouse Guest Production from IAMA Theatre Company, directed by James Eckhouse performs September 15 to October 31 (press opening September 21).  Next, The USC School of Dramatic Arts and Pasadena Playhouse continue their exciting partnership by presenting two productions for the School's MFA in Acting program at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre: Detroit 67 by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Gregg T. Daniel November 8-10, and The Receptionist by Adam Bock, directed by Andi Chapman November 16-17. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - August 29, 2018
by - Aug 29, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on August 29 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

PASSION at Signature Theatre - A Musical About Obsession and Romance
by Charles Shubow - Aug 28, 2018

Signature's 29th season begins with record-breaking 29th Sondheim production! (more...)

Bess Wohl's AMERICAN HERO Gets LA Premiere at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2018

IAMA Theatre Company opens its 2018-19 season with a darkly comic celebration of the power of teamwork and unity to overcome adversity. James Eckhouse directs the Los Angeles premiere ofAmerican Hero, opening Sept. 21 in aPasadena Playhouse guest production at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre. Performances will continue through Oct. 21, with low-priced previews beginning Sept. 15. (more...)

A Red Orchid Announces Complete Casting And Creative Team For SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2018

A Red Orchid Theatre presents Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl, directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray. Small Mouth Sounds runs October 18 - December 9, 2018 at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N Wells in Chicago. Press performances are scheduled for Saturday, October 28 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. (more...)

BWW Review: H.M.S. PINAFORE at Olney Theatre Center - Bring the Kids and Enjoy This Spoof of the Famous Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta
by Charles Shubow - Aug 2, 2018

I do not believe I have ever seen a more 'kid-friendly' theatrical event than the Olney Theatre Company's H.M.S. PINAFORE. Olney has welcomed back 'The Hypocrites' Chicago based troupe (they last appeared during the summer of 2016) who have taken their productions of both PINAFORE and PIRATES OF PENZANCE previously to the Pasadena Playhouse, and the Skirball Center in New York. 'The Hypocrites', founded in 1997 by Artistic Director Sean Graney have taken their repertories all over the country. 'The House Theatre of Chicago' has become the fiscal agent of 'The Hypocrites' and now serves as a co-producer. (more...)

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! How Can You Resist This??
by Charles Shubow - Aug 17, 2018

Many of my readers know my connection with MAMMA MIA! on Broadway (see my bio below). When I saw many months ago that Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia would be presenting it (the professional regional premiere) I knew it would be a money maker and knew, after seeing many Toby productions, it would be done well. Well, not only have they done well, this edition of MAMMA MIA! is just plain superb. (more...)

PERIOD SISTERS, A New Play By Ali Viterbi Comes to HERE Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2018

2018 O'Neill Finalist Period Sisters by Ali Viterbi opens at HERE (145 6th Avenue) on Friday, August 24 at 7pm, continuing on Saturday, August 25 at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 2pm. (more...)

Lortel Nominated THE LUCKY ONES Extends To April 28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2018

In response to popular demand and critical acclaim, Ars Nova 'one of the most adventurous Off-Broadway companies' (New York Times), piece by piece productions and Z Space extends the world premiere of The Lucky Ones until April 28. This 5-time Lucille Lortel award nominated new musical by The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher (Hundred Days) was commissioned and developed by Ars Nova. (more...)

4th Wall Theatre Co to Stage the Regional Premiere of SHAKESPEARE IN VEGAS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2018

4th Wall Theatre Company's 2017 - 2018 season wraps up with the regional premiere of Suzanne Bradbeer's hilarious comedy, Shakespeare in Vegas May 17 - June 9, 2018, at Studio 101, Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007. 4th Wall offered a staged reading of the play during its 2017 "4th Wall Reads: Women's Voices" series. 4th Wall audiences will remember Bradbeer's work from the 2014 production of her political drama, The God Game. (more...)

Artists Rep Announces 2018/19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2018

Artists Rep's Artistic Director and Interim Managing Director Damaso Rodriguez announces the line-up for Artists Rep's 36th Anniversary Season that includes seven compelling contemporary plays for their subscription series, along with two limited engagement productions. These selections are some of the timeliest, most thought-provoking, and entertaining new plays being written by the nation's most exciting playwrights. (more...)

NEWSIES at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia - Start Spreading the News_NEWSIES is a hit!!
by Charles Shubow - Apr 20, 2018

Once again Toby's Dinner Theatre presents top flight entertainment for the entire family. (more...)

Round House Theatre Continues 2017-2018 Season With Athol Fugard's 'MASTER HAROLD' ...AND THE BOYS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2018

Round House Theatre continues its 2017-2018 Season with Athol Fugard's "Master Harold"… and the Boys, directed by Artistic Director Ryan Rilette. "Master Harold"… and the Boys runs from April 11 - May 6, 2018. Press night is Monday, April 16, 2018. Please see below for complete program details and ticket information.  (more...)

MLIMA'S TALE Extends Through June 3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2018

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced today a two-week extension for the world premiere of MLIMA'S TALE. Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and directed by Obie Award winner Jo Bonney, MLIMA'S TALE continues The Public's Astor Anniversary Season at their landmark downtown home on Lafayette Street, celebrating 50 years of new work and the 50th Anniversary of HAIR. MLIMA'S TALE will now run two additional weeks through Sunday, June 3. (more...)

Photo Flash: La MaMa in Association with The Assembly Presents the World Premiere of SEAGULLMACHINE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2018

La MaMa, in association with The Assembly, presents the world premiere of SEAGULLMACHINE, created by The Assembly, conceived by Nick Benacerraf, co-directed by Jess Chayes (Lucille Lortel Award winner) and Nick Benacerraf, and text by Anton Chekhov, Heiner Muller and The Assembly. SEAGULLMACHINE runs from April 14 - May 5, 2018 in a limited engagement at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre, located at 66 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and the Bowery in New York City. Previews begin April 14 for an April 16 opening. (more...)

Additional Casting Announced for MARY PAGE MARLOWE Starring Tatiana Maslany
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

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