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BWW Review: BECOMING DR. RUTH at JCC CenterStage Theatre
by Colin Fleming-Stumpf - Oct 8, 2018

It wouldn't be odd to presume that a one-woman show about America's most famous sex therapist would be mostly about...well, sex. While sex and the role it plays in our lives is certainly a part of the story, Becoming Dr. Ruth, currently playing at JCC's CenterStage, is much deeper than that. It examines history, religion, family, love, loss, intimacy, and the many forces that shaped the life and career of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the German-born, Jewish immigrant who survived the Holocaust and went on to become a pop culture icon, media personality, and author. (more...)

BWW Review: Posner's STUPID FUCKING BIRD Launches ACT 1's 30th Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 8, 2018

There is a wonderful scene in act two of Aaron Posner's Stupid Fucking Bird - the first production of ACT 1's 2018-19 season - during which actors Tamara Scott and Diego Gomez, playing mother and son, launch into a years-in-the-making confrontation that gives both actors an opportunity to prove their mettle in decidedly theatrical fashion. If only for that one scene in Posner's three-act play, audiences could walk away satisfied, but thanks to Mark Cabus' inspired direction of a particularly notable cast there are far more moments to entertain and, perhaps, to challenge audiences to think about the personal cost of creating art. (more...)

BWW Review: PIPPIN Does Its Magic at the Skylight Music Theatre
by Kelsey Lawler - Oct 5, 2018

What the Skylight brings to Stephen Schwartz's already glorious music and lyrics is a cast and creative team brimming with sheer brilliance. (more...)

TFT Presents 7th Edition of Multi-Dora Award Winning Series Les Zinspirés
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2018

Theatre francais de Toronto is pleased to present the seventh edition of its hit series Les Zinspires. Directed by Chanda Gibson for the third consecutive time, Les Zinspires: L'age de raison (The Age of Reason) will be presented at the Berkeley Street Theatre from November 29 to December 7, 2018 with General Audience Performances featuring English Surtitles on November 30 and December 5 at 8pm. (more...)

THE SNOW QUEEN Comes to North Coast Repertory Theatre School
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2018

If you and your children were captivated by 'Frozen,' you will be equally enchanted by THE SNOW QUEEN, the upcoming play by The Theatre School @ North Coast Rep. Adapted from the beloved Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale by Ron Nicol, this nonmusical production tells the story of Gerda, a little girl who bravely searches for her friend Kai when he is bewitched and imprisoned by the Snow Queen in her ice palace. Gerda's innocence charms all good people and animals she meets on the way. They help her to the royal court, and on to Lapland, where good conquers evil and the children are reunited. A prominent theme portrays how each new group Gerda encounters seeks to prolong their new friendships. (more...)

BWW Review: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY dazzles at Aronoff Center For The Arts
by Anne Simendinger - Oct 27, 2018

Audiences are taking a trip to a world of 'Pure Imagination' with Cincinnati's 2018-2019 Broadway Series opener, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, running now through Nov. 4! Based on the beloved children's novel by Roald Dahl, Charlie tells the story of a young boy who dreams of one day becoming a chocolatier. (more...)

BWW Review: A Slick RADIANT VERMIN Infiltrates With Radiant Performances
by Gil Kaan - Oct 22, 2018

Door Number 3's world premiere of Philip Ridley's RADIANT VERMIN receives a strong mounting with Tim True expertly directing his very talented cast in a quick-paced tale of greed and its consequences. Britt Harris and Kapil Talwalkar bring their all in virtuoso performances as Jill and Ollie, breaking The Fourth Wall to describe, in great detail, the happenings between first learning of the dream home offer to the present with their newborn Benji celebrating his first birthday. (more...)

BWW Review: THE RAT PACK LOUNGE at Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
by Sean Fallon - Oct 21, 2018

THE RAT PACK LOUNGE is a highly entertaining fictional musical comedy about Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre has yet again produced a first-rate show with the perfect cast for the roles they perform. (more...)

BWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Moscow Palace Of Youth - It Went Right!
by Daria Vorobyeva - Oct 19, 2018

Russian theatre-goers are used to attend Moscow Palace of Youth to watch new musicals mostly produced by the company Stage Entertainment and its ex-CEO Dmitry Bogachev. But that is in the past. Bogachev, now a member of The Broadway League and a CEO of Moscow Broadway, has decided to put aside musical productions in Russia for this season and to produce The Play That Goes Wrong. (more...)

BWW Review: 'THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP–A Penny Dreadful' at Orlando Shakes
by McKenzie Lakey - Oct 19, 2018

Howls of laughter echoed down the halls of Orlando Shakes last weekend as the spooky satire, 'The Mystery of Irma Vep-A Penny Dreadful', opened just in time for the Halloween season. From the title alone, the expectations for a show filled to the brim with satire and comedy are fairly high. (If you're unaware of the anagram that lies within 'Irma Vep', I'll let you discover that through the spectacular fashion that it's revealed in thanks to one of the two men who command the stage throughout the entirety of the show.) But straying from any further potential spoilers, let's explore the finer elements that make this show sing-or perhaps, scream. (more...)

BWW Review: PIPPIN at Mercury Theater's Venus Cabaret
by Rachel Weinberg - Oct 17, 2018

Cue the jazz hands--Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson's PIPPIN has arrived at Mercury Theater's Venus Cabaret in an intimate staging that brings the actors and the audience together. Mercury Artistic Director L. Walter Stearns's interprets this cabaret production of PIPPIN in a literal manner: the show's visual references and presentational style are highly influenced by the 1920s Weimar cabaret in Germany. Thus, the fictional story of Charlemagne's son Pippin does not at all take place in medieval times but rather seems to occupy a moment all its own. Given the eccentricities in the material for PIPPIN itself, this is a fitting choice. (more...)

BWW Review: Everything Right With THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Oct 17, 2018

Is there a proper way to describe the best worst play ever? If I was in the audience for "The Murder at Haversham Manor," I probably would have walked out. Before the play even began, scenery was falling, the door wouldn't stay closed and the weary stage manager brought out duct tape. (more...)

New York Neo-Futurists To Present THE INFINITE FRIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

To celebrate Halloween, the award-winning New York Neo-Futurists are pleased to announce THE INFINITE FRIGHT, a special edition of their weekly late-night show, (more...)

BWW Review: SERYOZHA at Moscow Art Theatre - Everything Was In Astonishment
by Daria Vorobyeva - Oct 14, 2018

Dmitry Krymov has directed a new 'Anna Karenina' - and named it by her son's name, 'Seryozha'. 'This is a stage play based on motifs of a great novel, I would even say, on very distant motifs', the director explained his work where most of the Tolstoy's characters are erased, where Anna is transformed into Lyudmila Shaposhnikova from Vasily Grossman's novel 'Life and Fate' - and where the feeling of losing a child is clearly similar both in 19th century and during the Great World War. (more...)

BWW Review: LITTLE WITCHES at Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre
by Sean Fallon - Oct 13, 2018

The Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre has once again produced a musical that is entertaining for the entire family. LITTLE WITCHES has a compelling storyline and a talented cast, continuing with the consistent top quality of the Downtown Cabaret Children's Theater in Bridgeport, CT. (more...)

Pittsburgh Musical Theater Announces Cast For HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

Pittsburgh Musical Theater starts a second year of professional shows at their own Gargaro Theater in the city's West End with a limited engagement of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. (more...)

Trap Door's NAKED Extends Thru Nov 3rd
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

A young woman in despair returns to Rome with little more than her suitcase - and a dark secret. Vulnerable and with a past, she encounters several men who push her to edge. Luigi Pirandello and his 'Naked' heroine open up the debate about gender power dynamics amidst the powerful social and cultural mores with which the characters must contend. (more...)

BWW Review: YOU DON'T PAY? WE WON'T PAY!, York Theatre Royal
by Sarah Ryan - Oct 10, 2018

Developed in partnership with York Theatre Royal, Fo's farcical comedy follows two working class women who take advantage of a riot at a local supermarket to stock up their cupboards, and the chaos that ensues as they concoct increasingly outlandish plans to hide their crime from their straight-laced husbands. It is an irreverent take on modern politics, the working poor and marginalised voices across Britain. (more...)

Four Clowns Presents: WELCOME TO ILLIRIYA! An Absurd & Zany Version Of Twelfth Night!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2018

Los Angeles' favorite clown troupe Four Clowns, teams up with the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles for an all-new Holiday take on one of the Bard's most popular works "Twelfth Night or What You Will". Four Clowns presents "Welcome to Illyria! or An Exceedingly Silly Retelling of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night" Start your holiday off right, with laughs, giggles and general merriment! "Welcome to Illyria!" will run for twelve performances only, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from November 30 - December 16, 2018, Friday, Saturday & Sunday have an 8:00 pm show as well as a Sunday 2:00 pm show. This is not the first time Four Clowns has worked with Shakespeare's text. In 2015, Four Clowns took on Hamlet to receive rave reviews. In 2011 the company produced an award-winning version of Romeo & Juliet, and in 2014 they teamed up with California State University Long Beach to present a version of Ubu Roi called Ubu The Sh*t, a French play based on Shakespeare's Macbeth. (more...)

The Drama Factory Presents 'Stand-Up Comedy At The Drama Factory'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2018

A night of Stand-up Comedy not to be missed! South Africa's foremost comedians join farces to bring you the most outrageous, uproarious, side-splitting night of comedy gold! Hold onto your seats as your MC, the award-winning Rob van Vuuren, is joined by Melt Sieberhagen's uniquely South African point of view, comedian KG who is the son of a Sangoma and a nurse and fresh from being nominated as best newcomer comedian in South Africa- Lindy Johnson. (more...)

BWW Review: RHINOCEROS at Now & Then Creative Company
by Nathaniel Jones - Nov 4, 2018

Pachyderms demolish the 4th wall and help us contemplate the inevitability of change in Now & Then Creative Company's production of RHINOCEROS. (more...)

BWW Review: THE TURN OF THE SCREW at Middlebury Actors Workshop is a Frightfully Fun Evening of Theatre
by Stacy Raphael - Nov 4, 2018

Middlebury Actors Workshop presents Henry James' 1898 gothic horror story The Turn of the Screw, adapted for the stage by Jeffrey Hatcher. Playing at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury through November 4th and then at the Flynn Center in Burlington November 15th & 16th. (more...)

BWW Review: Encore Theatre District's BAGGAGE has lots of Laughs.
by Audrey Liebross - Nov 30, 2018

Encore Theatre District's current production, BAGGAGE, by Sam Bobrick, will play for one weekend, through Sunday December 2, 2018. The rom-com play, about two nutty characters who meet when their luggage is accidentally switched, has lots of laughs. (more...)

Théâtre Français De Toronto Presents The 7th Edition Of The Multi- Dora Award Winning Series LES ZINSPIRES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2018

Theatre francais de Toronto is pleased to present the seventh edition of its hit series Les Zinspires. Directed by Chanda Gibson for the third consecutive time, Les Zinspires: L'age de raison (The Age of Reason) will be presented at the Berkeley Street Theatre from November 29 to December 7, 2018 with General Audience Performances featuring English Surtitles on November 30 and December 5 at 8pm. (more...)

BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY! at Dr. Phillips Center Reminds Us the World Is 'Full of Wonderful Things'
by Aaron Wallace - Nov 29, 2018

The grin hits your face early in HELLO, DOLLY! and stays there 'til the bows are done... (more...)

BWW Review: BUTTONS: A CINDERELLA STORY, King's Head Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Nov 28, 2018

John Savournin and the Charles Court Opera gang are back with another panto packed with innovatory storytelling and great songs, wonderfully sung @KingsHeadThtr #ButtonsPanto @charlescourt. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: BROADWAY BOUND Provides An Insight Into Post War New York As A Young Comedy Writer Shares His Story Of Life In Brooklyn
by Jade Kops - Nov 25, 2018

Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical BROADWAY BOUND shares his journey from the familial home to his dream career as part of Broadway's entertainment industry.  (more...)

BWW Review: THE CHOIR OF MAN Provides an Ode to Pub Culture at Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - Nov 23, 2018

Overall, if you are willing to overlook a few of the gimmicks, you can have a good time at the show. Even if it may not appeal to the most jaded of theater nerds, it is a feel-good kind of audience show. I can't fault any production that entices the audience to sit back and listen to some great music without the hint of autotune. (more...)

BWW Review: EXTRAORDINARY: Celebrating 10 Years of Musical Theater at A.R.T.
by Nancy Grossman - Nov 21, 2018

The American Repertory Theater looks very different in 2018 after ten years with Artistic Director Diane Paulus at the helm. She has changed the institution with her vision and creativity, sculpting, in her words, a 'legacy of boundary-breaking musical theater.' In celebration of the past decade, which has seen 33 musical and music-theater pieces staged at the Loeb Drama Center and Oberon, A.R.T. presents EXTRAORDINARY, an original cabaret-style entertainment featuring a company of returning artists and special guests to perform some of the greatest hits from the Paulus canon. (more...)

Pop-up Globe's Epic Festival Of Shakespeare Is In Its Final Four Weeks
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2018

Sydney's most popular new theatre will close its doors in just four weeks. The Pop-up Globe ends its Sydney season on 16 December and no further extension is possible. (more...)

BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES at Barn Players At The Arts Asylum
by Paul Bolton - Nov 11, 2018

Barn Players turn up the volume and rolls out the '80's music with their current production of "Rock of Ages." The musical, directed by Eric Magnus, features songs from Journey, Styx,, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Steve Perry, Twisted Sister, Poison, etc... Rock Of Ages at Arts Asylum Kansas City by Barn Players November 8-18, 2018 Book by Chris D'Arienzo and music arranged by Ethan Pop featuring The Arsenal Band (more...)

BWW Review: THE CHRISTMAS ELF 2 at Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre
by Sean Fallon - Nov 10, 2018

THE CHRISTMAS ELF 2 continues with the Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre's tradition of providing a blend of entertainment that reaches the entire family. (more...)

BWW Review: BLACKTOP HIGHWAY - A Trippy Ride Down A Road Not Usually Taken
by Gil Kaan - Nov 10, 2018

Performance artist extraordinaire John Fleck owns the Odyssey Theatre stage with his one-man Gothic horror piece BLACKTOP HIGHWAY. Framed as a screenplay being shot through the camera lens of a movie director, Fleck makes maximum and inventive use of his talent for animal mimicry, pre-recorded vignettes and real-time videos paired with miniature props and puppetry. Randee Trabitz ably directs Fleck through his high-energy, fast-talking dialogue between Fleck and Fleck himself, in a multitude of characters. (more...)

BWW Interview: Logan Marks of RENT 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR at Fisher Theatre says You Can Always Use More Love In Your Life!
by Katie Laban - Jan 7, 2019

RENT is coming back to Detroit! The Detroit engagement is part of the 20th Anniversary Tour and will be here from January 8th -20th at the Fisher Theatre. In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson's RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony-Award winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A reimagining of Puccini's La Boheme, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. BroadwayWorld Detroit had a chance to speak with Logan Marks, who plays the role of Mark in the 20thAnniversary Tour of RENT, about the show, his iconic role, and why RENT is still going strong 20 years later. Check out our conversation below! (more...)

BWW Review: A 1940s RADIO CHRISTMAS CAROL At The Swift Creek Mill Theatre: A Jolly, Ol' Time... In Real Time!
by Brent Deekens - Jan 4, 2019

Plays Through The 5th of January, 2019 (more...)

BWW Review: BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS at Desert Theatreworks
by Stan Jenson - Jan 14, 2019

Indio's Desert Theatreworks has scored another bullseye with their current production of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs. Simon's semi-autobiographical memory piece about his early teenage years in a crowded Brooklyn tenement is delivered in a finely-nuanced performance by a dream cast in the capable hands of director Rebecca Havely. As a result, the tale of a young teen's personal growth and exploration, set against a house full of family conflict and financial strife, takes the audience on a ride which they all seemed to greatly enjoy on the evening I viewed the show. (more...)

Review: NISKAVUORI'S HETA at Theatre Jurkka
by Rosanna Liuski - Jan 12, 2019

Niskavuori's Heta is utterly great, captivating and concerted performance that celebrates the importance of the story and text in a play, topped up with flexible, talented actors. (more...)

BWW Feature: 9 SHOWS IN RUSSIA TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2019
by Daria Vorobyeva - Jan 10, 2019

2019 has been announced as the Theatre Year in Russia. Will it be great? What are the shows that you don't want to miss? Here are 9 musicals and plays, which I expect to be interesting. And they are going to premiere this year in Russia! (more...)

BWW Interview: Jennifer Schwed And Doug Bradshaw of 19: THE MUSICAL at The Hill Center
by Rachael Goldberg - Jan 10, 2019

'19: The Musical' is the brainchild of Through the 4th Wall co-founders, Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradshaw. Both DC natives, Schwed and Bradshaw conceived the idea of a musical about the passage of the 19th Amendment back in 2016, and have been overseeing workshops and concert performances for a little over a year, with an eye toward a full production in time for the Amendment's centennial in 2020. (more...)

BWW Review: WINTER WONDERETTES at Castle Craig Players
by Sean Fallon - Dec 9, 2018

WINDER WONDERETTES is playwright Roger Bean's new sequel to his previous hit jukebox musical comedy The Marvelous Wonderettes, which the Castle Craig Players produced last year.  The same brilliant director Ian Galligan brings back the same four extremely talented actresses who gel together with tighter harmonies and stronger stage chemistry than many touring bands have ever attained.  Chelsea Dacey, Emma Czaplinski, Jessica Engster, and Jennifer Del Sole reprise their roles of Suzy, Missy, Betty Jean, and Cindy Lou, respectively.  Musical director Chris Coffee leads the three piece backstage live band that accompanies the singers, enhancing the quality of this show that is marvelous all around with excellent acting, singing, dancing, and stage antics. (more...)

BWW Review: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION at World Stage Theatre Company
by Dara Homer - Dec 8, 2018

The mission of the new World Stage Theatre Company in Tulsa is as follows: 'The World Stage Theatre Company gives actors and audiences access to the world by telling multicultural, inspirational, and transformational stories to connect our hearts and minds with people, places, and ideas.' Their production of the play Six Degrees of Separation was a great choice in service of this mission, an auspicious beginning to the company's inaugural season. (more...)

BWW Review: OLIVER! at QUINTESSENCE THEATRE GROUP Will Have You Saying 'Please Sir, I Want Some More'
by Amber Kusching - Dec 6, 2018

After a hard day's labor in a parish workhouse for children, a nine-year-old orphan named Oliver asks for a second serving of gruel. The workhouse master, annoyed by Oliver's impertinence, sells him into an apprenticeship with a drunken undertaker and his abusive wife. Fearing for his life, the boy escapes to London, where he falls in with the Artful Dodger and a band of juvenile pickpockets led by the criminal Fagin. Oliver discovers heroes and villains in all manner of strange places as he learns how to survive and thrive on the streets of the city. Including such favorite songs as "Food, Glorious Food," "Consider Yourself," and "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two," Lionel Bart's adaptation of Charles Dickens' social satire of 19th-century London remains a cherished musical for all ages. (more...)

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Bristol Old Vic
by Kerrie Nicholson - Dec 6, 2018

True to their exciting form of challenging expectations with inventive adaptions, Bristol Old Vic's A Christmas Carol is a clever, witty and refreshing take on the beloved festive classic. At the heart of this production is the importance of rediscovering one's imagination and connecting with those you love, and how this changes perspective. (more...)

BWW Review: In Artists Rep's EVERYBODY, Death Comes for Us All, Whether We're Ready or Not
by Krista Garver - Dec 6, 2018

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' EVERYBODY is not your normal holiday fare, but I highly recommend you find time in your busy schedule to see it...at least once. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 12/28 - THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, CATS and More!
by BWW Special - Dec 28, 2018

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature MISS SAIGON, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and More! (more...)

BWW Review: WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT... Discovers the Root of the Herero Tragedy in Austin, TX
by Amy Tarver - Dec 23, 2018

Decorating the stage nonchalantly, stretching and chatting with little regard to The Fourth Wall, six actors join together to explore the storytelling possibilities into the lives of the Herero people of Namibia. Creatively presented by Director Liz Fisher, the action onstage toggles between artistic commentary on the feelings of how the actors desire to present this story, and the social responsibility of portraying the truth about colonialism. The six characters often onstage debated how the story should be told, experimenting with comedy and how the color of one's skin impacts the perception of and more often the ignorance of historic events. Written by Jackie Sibblies Drury, WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION ABOUT THE HERERO OF NAMIBIA, FORMERLY KNOWN AS SOUTHWEST AFRIKA, FROM THE GERMAN SUDWESTAFRIKA, BETWEEN THE YEARS 1884 - 1915, opens a pandora's box about the genocide of the Herero Tribe in Namibia committed by Germany long before the holocaust of World War II. (more...)

2018 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best of Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Dec 16, 2018

In 2018, I saw 101 productions ranging from black box theatres with more actors in the cast than punters in the stalls to huge productions at the Royal Opera House and London Coliseum. (more...)

BWW Review: MATILDA at Walnut Street Theatre
by Alyssa Biederman - Dec 14, 2018

At Walnut Street Theatre's Matilda, revolting children will steal your heart and more importantly, your respect. (more...)

BWW Review: TIMON OF ATHENS, RSC Swan Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Dec 14, 2018

Timon of Athens, at times a clunky collaboration and a clunkier mix of verse and prose, has much to say about how money corrupts and how spoiling adults is about as advisable as spoiling children. There's something of King Lear about it - but probably not enough. (more...)

BWW Review: Rich and Rewarding TALLEY'S FOLLY at Theater J
by Pamela Roberts - Dec 14, 2018

In the midst of DC's December winter holidays, Theater J brings to us … a valentine. "This story will unfold as a waltz, a valentine" we are told in the opening monologue - and in the gifted hands of director Aaron Posner, Talley's Folly delivers the beauty and rhythm of a waltz, and the big beating heart of a valentine. Actors John Taylor Phillips and Erin Weaver are well paired, their emotions ebb and flow like the current of the folly's nearby river. (more...)

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