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BWW Review: Captivating, topical must see ¬"Freak Storm¬" at none too fragile
by Roy Berko - Sep 30, 2018


Maurice Emmanuel Parent Comes to Boston College
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2018

Award-winning actor, director, and arts educator Maurice Emmanuel Parent has joined the Boston College Theatre Department as the Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J. Professor in Theatre Arts for the 2018-2019 academic year. [Jpg of Parent attached.] (more...)

Pride Films and Plays to Host Screening of Terrence McNally's Documentary EVERY ACT OF LIFE
by TV News Desk - Sep 14, 2018

Pride Films and Plays will host the first Chicago screening of the documentary EVERY ACT OF LIFE, a feature-length documentary film by Jeff Kaufman about Terrence McNally, one of theatre's most important and prolific playwrights of the last half-century. EVERY ACT OF LIFE profiles McNally's pioneering five-decade career in the theater, focusing on the struggle for LGBT rights and his pursuit of love and inspiration at every age. The 93-minute film features Angela Lansbury, F. Murray Abraham, Larry Kramer, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Edie Falco, Christine Baranski, Patrick Wilson, Billy Porter, and many more artists who have worked with McNally over his career. (more...)

Marie O'Malley Launches Two Books in One Day
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2018


BWW Review: HENRY V at Hartford Stage
by Joseph Harrison - Oct 27, 2018

In Shakespeare's day his plays served multiple purposes. In some cases, they created an escape for the people to forget their troubles and laugh or revel with and through the characters on stage. In others, the stories served as cautionary tales that made audiences think about their own lives through the lens of the troubles portrayed. Yet it was Shakespeare's history plays that aimed to take a pivotal moment in history and not only bring it to life for the audience to witness (and hopefully understand better), but to ground those stories in the present and allow those in attendance (and possibly those in power) to learn from the mistakes of the past. Thus, is the case with HENRY V, the current production being mounted at Hartford Stage. (more...)

Kokandy Productions Names New Producing Artistic Director; Artistic Associates
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2018

Kokandy Productions is pleased to announce the appointment of Derek Van Barham as the company's new Producing Artistic Director, succeeding Allison Hendrix, who served in the position since Kokandy was founded in 2010. Barham is joined by three new Artistic Associates: Adrian Abel Azevedo, Leda Hoffmann and Nik Whitcomb. The new artistic team is supported by Kokandy's Board of Directors, which includes: Preston Cropp, Allison Hendrix, Gitta Jacobs, Scot Kokandy and Katie Svaicer. (more...)

Meet the Cast of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD- Now in Previews!
by Julie Musbach - Nov 1, 2018

The Broadway production of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, a new play by Aaron Sorkin, starring Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch, begins previews tonight, Thursday, November 1. Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances! (more...)

INGRAM NEW WORKS FESTIVAL: Natalie Risk Interviews Nate Eppler About THIS RED PLANET
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 9, 2018

Nashville Repertory Theatre's Ingram New Works Festival - Nashville's annual celebration of new plays and playwrights - returns to Music City May 9-19. The festival gives local audiences an opportunity to hear fresh work created by exciting new voices, while making new friends while connecting via new works for the theater. (more...)

Pride Films And Plays' HIS GREATNESS To Be Performed At International Dublin Gay Play Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2018

Pride Films and Plays' Chicago premiere production of Daniel MacIvor's HIS GREATNESS - inspired by a 'potentially true story' during the declining days of Tennessee Williams - will be performed at the 15th Annual International Dublin Gay Play Festival, to be held May 7-20, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. The entire original cast of last fall's production will travel to Dublin and will perform the play from May 14 - 19, with two performances on May 19th. In MacIvor's play, a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver as the playwright is about to premiere a new play that he hopes will reinvigorate his career. The ensuing battle for power, love and loyalty is frequently funny, engagingly dark and ultimately moving.  Danne W. Taylor will repeat his role as "The Playwright," Andrew Kain Miller will return as "The Assistant" and Whitman Johnson will again play "The Young Man." Pride Films and Plays' Executive Director David Zak is again directing the play for this remount.  (more...)

MCC Theater Announces New Duncan Sheik Musical, MOSCOW MOSCOW..., and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2018

MCC Theater is thrilled to announce four new productions for its 32nd Season in the Theater's new, permanent home. The season includes an exciting mix of world and New York premieres from artists both familiar and new to MCC audiences-each fulfilling MCC's longtime commitment to bold, risk-taking works from the most vital voices working in theater today. (more...)

Review: JACKIE UNVEILED by Saffron Burrows as One of America's Most Private Public Figures
by Shari Barrett - Mar 18, 2018

Directed by Jenny Sullivan in the smaller Lovelace Studio Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts so that no matter where you are seated, Burrows will repeatedly pull you into the very private life of this American icon on two of the most traumatic evenings of her life. Act I takes place on the night of Robert Kennedy's win the 1968 California primary election, which guaranteed him the Democratic nomination for President. But the play begins just after Jackie saw her brother-in-law get shot on live television as he walked through the kitchen at the Ambassador Hotel after leaving his victory celebration. She is spinning out of control emotionally, smoking, drinking, and popping pills as she attempts to cope with the idea that the one man she has counted on since the death of her husband will soon leave her too, again due to a madman with a gun. (more...)

TimeLine Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2018

TimeLine Theatre Company, acclaimed for presenting plays inspired by history that connect to today's social and political issues, is thrilled to announce its 22nd season and to preview an upcoming partnership with Firebrand Theatre. (more...)

Cast Announced for Pride Films and Plays' HOLDING THE MAN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2018

Complete cast and crew have been announced for Pride Films and Plays' Chicago premiere of HOLDING THE MAN, a drama from Australia chronicling the 15-year relationship of a real-life gay male couple, based on Timothy Conigrave's celebrated memoir of the same name. In 1976, Tim and John meet as teenagers at their all-boys Catholic school in Melbourne and become boyfriends. The story follows them into adulthood as their relationship endures in spite of such obstacles as parental resistance, differing views on monogamy, separation, and finally HIV. (more...)

Cast Announced for World Premiere of HURRICANE DAMAGE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2018

Casting is complete for HURRICANE DAMAGE, a world-premiere dramedy by the New York-based playwright Kevin Brofsky that will be the fourth entry in Pride Films and Plays' five-show PAC Pride Fest. HURRICANE DAMAGE, opening on August 3 after previews on August 1 and 2, concerns two long-time partners, veterans of the 1970's gay scene in New York, living on Florida's Gulf Coast. Dennis and Oscar are visited by an old friend of those days, a photographer named Norman who has remained single and brings back bittersweet memories of their glory days in Manhattan.  The couple will be played by company member Charles A. Berglund as Dennis and Danne W. Taylor as Oscar. (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO's TTHE FULL MONTY Opens July 6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2018

Pittsburgh CLO's THE FULL MONTY will take it all off at the Benedum Center this summer July 6 - 15. With a book written by Terrence McNally (Ragtime) and the music/ lyric talents of David Yazbek (The Band's Visit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), this duo cooks up an aggressive crowd-pleaser that is both highly-entertaining and charmingly uplifting. (more...)

ROMEO AND JULIET Return to DC For Annual Free For All
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2018

Free For All, one of the capital's cherished annual traditions, will return this summer to Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC), offering two weeks of free performances of the Company's 2016 production of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. Directed by STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul, whose hit production of Camelot has extended through July 8 due to popular demand, the production will run at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F St NW) from August 21-September 2, providing more than 12,000 people the chance to see the play free of charge. (more...)

Cast Announced For Pride Films And Plays' FUCKING MEN, Opening 7/8
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2018

Full casting was announced today for Pride Films and Plays' production of Joe DiPietro's FUCKING MEN, which will begin a two-month run in the Broadway, Pride Arts Center, on July 1. In this present-day updating of Schnitzler's LA RONDE, ten men - a hustler, a soldier, two college students, a businessman and his husband, an adult film actor, a movie star, his agent and a playwright - all have physical and emotional desires to connect. Pride Films and Plays Executive Director David Zak, who will direct the production, announced the cast today. It will include Whitman Johnson of PFP's HIS GREATNESS (the Hustler), Luke Halpern (the Soldier), Kumar Rohit (Marco, the graduate student), Conor McGarry (the College Student), Matt Frye (Leo, the Teacher), Jay Espano (Leo's businessman husband Jack), Roy Samra (the Porn Star), Lars Ebsworth (Sammy, the Playwright), Alex Iacobucci (the Movie Star) and Nick Schrier (Donald, the Agent). (more...)

When Men Became Sex Objects
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Jul 5, 2018

Until the 1980s, mainstream culture and advertising often cast women as sex objects, and framed their images to appeal to the male gaze. Historically, men in advertisements were represented as figures of authoritative masculinity (such as the Marlboro Man), but rarely sexualized. (more...)

BWW Review: THE KING AND I, London Palladium
by Debbie Gilpin - Jul 3, 2018

Following a hit run at New York's Lincoln Center Theater in 2015, Bartlett Sher's production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic makes its way to London's West End for a limited run at the London Palladium. Transferring with it is Tony Award nominee Ken Watanabe and Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara, in the title roles. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2018


Cat & Nat Are Part of Cincinnati Arts Association's 2018-19 Presenting Season.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2018

Cat & Nat, the mom duo most well known for their viral #MOMTRUTHS videos and hilarious weekly Facebook Live Shows are hitting the road and bringing their FUN SHOW WITH CAT & NAT to the Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom for one night only on Tuesday, September 25 at 8:00 PM. The show is part of Cincinnati Arts Association's 2018-19 Presenting Season. (more...)

Photo Flash: RedWit Theatre Presents IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019

Set at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre hypothesis that Victorian doctors used vibrators to treat 'hysterical' women (and Some Men), this play centers around a doctor, his wife, the patients, and their respective households through an exploration of this new invention that has the potential to change everything. (more...)

Flying Elephant Productions' WE THE PEOPLE: The Anti-Trump Musical Makes World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2018

Flying Elephant Productions is pleased to launch its inaugural season with the world premiere of WE THE PEOPLE: The Anti-Trump Musical, a political musical song cycle about the turbulent 2016 election, with six actors playing 55 characters. This powerful new musical features a book by Sean Chandler, music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz, direction by Derek Van Barham and music direction by Ty Miles (more...)

New Conservatory presents Regional Premiere Of Terrence McNally's Newly Revised IT'S ONLY A PLAY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2018

In March, New Conservatory Theatre Center presents the regional premiere of Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play, in a newly revised version which marks McNally's eleventh production at NCTC. It's opening night of Peter Austin's new Broadway play, and while at the producer's penthouse for a lavish party, he anxiously awaits the play's reviews. With his career on the line and celebrities pouring in downstairs, he huddles upstairs with the producer, director and star of the show. This gleefully bitchy and affectionate (Entertainment Weekly) love letter to the theatre is the perfect setup for backstabbing comedy. (more...)

Photo Flash: Flying Elephant Productions Stages Anti-Trump Musical WE THE PEOPLE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2018

Flying Elephant Productions is pleased to launch its inaugural season with the world premiere of WE THE PEOPLE: The Anti-Trump Musical, a political musical song cycle about the turbulent 2016 election, with six actors playing 55 characters. This powerful new musical features a book by Sean Chandler, music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz, direction by Derek Van Barham and music direction by Ty Miles. WE THE PEOPLE will play January 26 - February 10, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at, by calling (773) 327-5252 or in person at the Stage 773 box office. The press opening is Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 8 pm. (more...)

Flying Elephant Productions to Launch Inaugural Season with 'WE THE PEOPLE' at Stage 773
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2018

Flying Elephant Productions has announced its inaugural season, launching this winter with the world premiere of WE THE PEOPLE SONGS OF THE RESISTANCE, a political song cycle about the 2016 election, which takes audiences from the conventions through election night and its immediate aftermath into the realization of Trump's America and finally, a call to action from We The People. (more...)

Terrence McNally's FIRE AND AIR Begins Tonight at Classic Stage Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Doyle and Executive Producer Jeff Griffin, will present the world premiere of Fire and Air, a new play by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, directed by John Doyle, beginning performances tonight, January 17 at CSC (136 East 13th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 25. Opening night is Thursday, February 1. (more...)

Michael Urie-Led HAMLET Finds Full Cast at Shakespeare Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2018

The Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) announces the cast and creative team for Hamlet, directed by STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn and featuring acclaimed actor Michael Urie as the tortured Danish prince. Shakespeare's most celebrated tragedy will run January 16-February 25, 2018 at Sidney Harman Hall. (more...)

Previews Begin Tomorrow For Terrence McNally's FIRE AND AIR At CSC
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2018

Classic Stage Company presents the world premiere of Terrence McNally's Fire and Air, directed by John Doyle. The production begins performances tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17 at CSC (136 East 13th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 25. Opening night is Thursday, February 1. (more...)

Oprah Winfrey Gathers Hollywood's Most Powerful Women to Talk About the Impact of the Time's Up Movement
by Stephanie Wild - Jan 14, 2018

According to Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Winfrey sat down with some of Hollywood's most powerful women to discuss the impact of Time's Up on a recent segment on CBS Sunday Morning. Among the women were Reese Witherspoon, Kathleen Kennedy, Natalie Portman, America Ferrera, Nina Shaw, Tracee Ellis Ross and Shonda Rhimes. (more...)

Matthew Huston, William Dwyer, John Marshall Jr. and Molly LeCaptain to Lead YANK! at Pride Films and Plays
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2018

Casting for Pride Films and Plays' Chicago premiere of YANK! A WWII Love Story was announced today by David Zak, Executive Director of Pride Films and Plays. (more...)

UM School Of Theatre & Dance To Present IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2018

The University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance will present the Tony-nominated "In the Next Room, or the vibrator play" to audiences later this month. (more...)

Play With Songs Inspired by Israeli Documentary Comes To Mosaic Theater Company
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2018

The sixth production of Mosaic Theater Company's third season will be Paper Dolls, written by Philip Himberg (Producing Artistic Director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program) and directed by Broadway veteran Mark Brokaw. This uplifting, entertaining, and thought-provoking play with songs illuminates the world of five gay male Filipino nurses in Tel Aviv who care for elderly Orthodox and Chasidic men six days a week-and headline a drag show on their day off! (more...)

Loading Dock Theatre Announces Second Season of The Forklift Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2018

Loading Dock Theatre has announced the 6 artists and projects in residence as part of the second season of Forklift. The 2018 reading series' lineup will build on the success of Forklift's first season in 2017, and will feature artists inspired by drag, music, current events, and multimedia, in a celebration of new work. (more...)

The #MeToo Campaign is TIME's 'Person of the Year' for 2017
by TV News Desk - Dec 6, 2017

Today, TIME announced that the 2017 'Person of the Year' is the #MeToo campaign. The selection comes in the wake of Donald Trump claiming he was in the running for the annual honor. (more...)

Flying Elephant Productions Presents WE THE PEOPLE: The Anti-Trump Musical
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2017

Flying Elephant Productions is pleased to launch its inaugural season with the world premiere of WE THE PEOPLE SONGS OF THE RESISTANCE, a political musical song cycle about the turbulent 2016 election, with six actors playing 55 characters. This powerful new musical features a book by Sean Chandler, music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz, direction by Derek Van Barham and music direction by Ty Miles. WE THE PEOPLE will play January 26 February 10, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Cast and Creative Announced for Lyric Stage's ROAD SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2017

On his continuing journey through the works of Stephen Sondheim, director Spiro Veloudos brings us Sondheim's latest work,Road Show, the true boom-and-bust story of two of the most colorful and outrageous fortune-seekers in American history. From the Alaskan Gold Rush to the Florida real estate boom in the 1930s, entrepreneur Addison Mizner and his fast-talking brother Wilson were proof positive that the road to the American Dream is often a seductive, treacherous tightrope walk. (more...)

Photo Flash: RedWit Theatre's IN THE NEXT ROOM (or The Vibrator Play)
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2018

RedWit Theatre ??presents "In the Next Room (Or the Vibrator Play)"?? by Sarah Ruhl, ?January 16?? -27??, ??in the Tarragon Theatre Extraspace. (more...)

BWW Review: Jeff Daniels is Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin and Bartlett Sher's Exquisite Adaptation of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
by Michael Dale - Dec 13, 2018

Without knowing any better, one might easily mistake the new stage adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer-winning 1960 novel 'To Kill A Mockingbird' for a revival of a classic Golden Age Broadway drama. So earnest in tone and full of plainspoken poetics is Aaron Sorkin's thoroughly engaging text. So old-school honest are the performances given by director Bartlett Sher's 24-member cast, beautifully framed in rural elegance designed by Miriam Buether (set), Ann Roth (costumes) and Jennifer Tipton (lights). (more...)

MARIE AND ROSETTA is Next up at Cygnet Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2018

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the godmother of rock-n-roll, and her protegee Marie Knight, shake, shimmy and swing into Cygnet this January for the West Coast Premiere of Marie and Rosetta. This play with music runsJanuary 16 to February 16, 2019 at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town. Opening Night for Media is Saturday, January 19 at 8:00pm.  (more...)

Tickets on Sale Today for Second Stage's LOBBY HERO, Starring Michael Cera and More, on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2017

Tickets go on sale to the general public today, Wednesday, December 13 at 1 PM ET for Second Stage Theater's Broadway premiere of KENNETH LONERGAN's LOBBY HERO, directed by TRIP CULLMAN and starring MICHAEL CERA, CHRIS EVANS, BRIAN TYREE HENRY, and BEL POWLEY. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2018

RedWit Theatre presents 'In the Next Room (Or the Vibrator Play)'by Sarah Ruhl, a play about the importance of including women in the room of invention, January 16th-27th, 2019 in the Tarragon Theatre Extraspace. (more...)

New Repertory Theatre Extends MAN OF LA MANCHA Through December
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2017

Due to popular demand, New Repertory Theatre has extended its run of Man of La Mancha through December 31, 2017 in the MainStage Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre Company Announces Casting for THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2018

In honor of Artistic Director Michael Kahn's final season with the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC), the opening show of the 2018-2019 Season, William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, will feature beloved performers, many of whom have been with the Company since the very beginning. (more...)

BWW Interview: Laura Osnes Brings BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY to Minneapolis
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Aug 5, 2018

Hometown girl Laura Osnes brings her Broadway friends to the Pantages on Aug. 18, 2018, for BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY, an ultimate concert fairytale dream come true for her and ballgowned, crowned Minneapolis audiences. (more...)

ALONE WITH CHRISSIE HYNDE Coming to DVD & Digital May 25
by TV News Desk - Apr 9, 2018

Previously broadcast as part of the renowned BBC TV Arena series, Alone With Chrissie Hynde follows the Pretenders' lead singer as she shares an insight into her life. On a journey taking place in Paris, London, New York, Nashville and her hometown of Akron, Ohio, Chrissie takes the lead, avoiding the talking heads typically associated with documentaries to speak frankly about her passion for music, painting and the issues that matter to her most. This film will be released on DVD and Digital formats via Eagle Rock Entertainment on May 25. (more...)

'A Midwife is Born' Gets New Marketing Campaign
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2018


BWW Review: CROWNS at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - Apr 30, 2018

Does anyone still wear a hat? sang Elaine Stritch in Company. The answer is a definite yes in Regina Taylor's Crowns, the final production of Long Wharf Theatre's 2017-2018 regular season. (more...)

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