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BWW Review: NATIVE GARDENS Sows Mayhem Through Comedy Through 9/16 at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
by Linda Hodges - Sep 4, 2018

I highly recommend this modern-day war of the roses. If NATIVE GARDENS is a prognosticator of things to come in this country, then the art of compromise and not the art of the deal is what will be needed to overcome all our border disputes and prejudices. (more...)

BWW Review: FRNKNSTN at The Abbey Theatre
by Jini Rooney - Sep 2, 2018

Writer Michael West artfully distills the dark essence of Mary Shelley's classic into a fateful 70 minutes, gratifying literary scholars and beguiling newcomers. I imagine Director Muireann Ahern enjoyed collaborating with her colleague, Louis Lovett, to unsettle and bewitch the audience. (Ahearn & Lovett are Joint Artistic Directors of Theatre Lovett.) Lovett was triumphant as both Victor Frankenstein and Frankenstein's monster, undertaking his heinous crusade with aplomb. (more...)

BWW Review: JAMES AND JAMESY: IN THE DARK is a Charming and Absurdist Existential Jaunt
by Julie Musbach - Sep 16, 2018

When the word 'Fringe' comes into play, most experienced theatre-goers are prone to a moment of hesitation. The genre implies unconventional to the point of the ridiculous. James and Jamesy: In the Dark, winner of multiple Fringe awards, is not immune to these elements, however, it is stylishly done and presents a charming picture of two beings finding their place in the world. (more...)

BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Lyric Theatre
by Colin Fleming-Stumpf - Sep 16, 2018

The Rochester Fringe Festival is one of Upstate New York's cultural beacons (along with its Jazz Festival, Park Ave Festival, and Gay Film Festival, among many others). Each year it features performers known and unknown, showcasing everything from improv theatre to modern dance, macabre storytelling to interactive variety shows. That diversity and embracing of the bizarre makes the Fringe Festival the perfect venue to showcase OFC Creation's production of 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch', the 1998 cult classic by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask. (more...)

BWW Review: Theatre Under the Stars' 50th Anniversary Season Celebrates Houston As Home With OKLAHOMA
by Audrey Morabito - Sep 14, 2018

In the theatre world, your first time seeing Rodgers & Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! is essentially a rite of passage. You either love it or you don't-and the pendulum can swing either direction depending on the actors, designers, and director's choices. Ever since I sat in my Survey of Musical Theatre class freshman year, watching the 1999 film of Oklahoma! , I've been waiting to see a live production. Whether you are an Oklahoma addict or have never heard of the show before, do your soul a favor and experience this joyful, unreplicable production. (more...)

Pop-up Globe Announces Extension
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2018

The creators of Pop-up Globe and Live Nation today announced that after critical acclaim and unprecedented popular demand, four additional weeks of performances will be released at 12 noon today, Friday 14 September, with Pop-up Globe now scheduled to play until 2 December. (more...)

The Farmington Players Present BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2018

Get ready for a laugh-out-loud and heartwarming classic from the late great "King of Comedy" Neil Simon. The Farmington Players will open the season with Simon's coming-of-age tale, Brighton Beach Memoirs, the 18th Simon show to be performed at the Barn. It's the first in a trio of the playwright's semi-autobiographical stories about growing up in an impoverished Jewish family in 1930's Brooklyn. (more...)

BWW Review: URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL at Ridgefield Theater Barn
by Sean Fallon - Sep 10, 2018

For a great musical comedy by a very talented cast, the Ridgefield Theater Barn delivers another first-rate show with URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL. This ensemble cast is extremely talented and bring their best efforts to this incredible show! (more...)

A ROSE AMONG HORNS Comes to The Butterfly Club
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2018

SET IN A SLEEPY TOWN - a bunch of guys are jostling to 'bone' Cindy first, she's 'digging' the attention, but it's all her dad's fault. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: BroadwayWorld Sydney Guest Critic George Farmakidis Shares His Views on Richard Carroll's CALAMITY JANE at Belvoir St Theatre
by Jade Kops - Sep 10, 2018

BroadwayWorld Sydney Guest Critic George Farmakidis Shares His Views on Richard Carroll's CALAMITY JANE at Belvoir St Theatre (more...)

BWW Review: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at Kentucky Shakespeare
by Keith Waits - Jun 6, 2018

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival opens a new summer season with laughs and gusto in The Comedy of Errors. A delightful romp at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater in Central Park, the play serves up boundless humor in a manner comparable to a Bugs Bunny cartoon set in Greece. The rain did not hinder a single beat of the opening night performance and the modest audience was not disappointed. A comedy indeed, this production has everything: mistaken identities, sight gags, pratfalls, puns, and sexual innuendos. This show proves that Shakespeare knew what he was doing as he helped define comedic tropes and that the Festival in Central Park is back for a great season. (more...)

BWW Review: THE PLAY ABOUT MY DAD, Jermyn Street Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - Jun 30, 2018

Boo Killebrew recounts the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Katrina on her hometown in the autobiographical The Play About My Dad. Seen in Europe for the first time at Jermyn Street Theatre, the piece is a play within a play complete with flashbacks and time travel. Albeit self-indulgent at times, Killebrew manages to keep the narrative interesting and fresh but falls short acting-wise. Directed by Stella Powell-Jones, it's well-executed but feels like it's holding its breath. (more...)

The Fourth Wall Presents FALLEN FROM THE TOY BOX
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2018

The multi-talented musicians of The Fourth Wall are well-known to Winnipeg Fringe audiences. With sold-out shows at each of the past two festivals (2016, 2017), the trio is often nicknamed 'The Fruit Flies,' after their award-winning variety show Fruit Flies Like a Banana. Fringe fans may be surprised to learn that, rather than return with a new version of the Fruit Flies... format, The Fourth Wall will be bringing a new show to the 2018 festival, entitled Fallen From the Toy Box. (more...)

BWW Review: Broadway-Bound THE CHER SHOW In Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - Jun 29, 2018

The pre-Broadway engagement of THE CHER SHOW has made its way to Chicago in a blaze of colorful, over-the-top energy and replete with the artist's chart-topping hits. Three utterly talented women share the title role: Broadway veteran Stephanie J. Block as Star, Teal Wicks as Lady, and newcomer Micaela Diamond as Babe. Together, these actors deliver a powerhouse trio of performances worthy of Cher herself. Diehard Cher fans will be pleased to know that such iconic songs as 'I Got You, Babe,' 'If I Could Turn Back Time,' and, of course, 'Believe' are in more than capable hands. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Cape Playhouse Presents SYLVIA By A.R. Gurney
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2018

The Cape Playhouse very proudly presents, Sylvia, the acclaimed comedy by two-time Pulitzer Prize-nominee A.R. Gurney. Starring Playhouse favorite Jennifer Cody, Michele Pawk, John Dossett, and Stephen Derosa, and directed by Matt Lenz, Sylvia runs June 26-July 7, 2018. (more...)

BWW Review: Pinter Plus Shakespeare Equals AN EVENING OF BETRAYAL
by Ellen Dostal - Jun 19, 2018

As its inaugural production, new classical theatre company The 6th Act, led by co-artistic directors Matthew Leavitt and Liza Seneca, presents two playwrights united by a common theme in AN EVENING OF BETRAYAL. Act One is Harold Pinter's BETRAYAL, which tells its story of marital infidelity from end to beginning, and a condensed version of William Shakespeare's OTHELLO, also told in reverse, makes up Act Two (more...)

BWW Review: THE QUICKENING at Fells Point Corner Theatre
by Tina Collins - Jun 15, 2018

A young woman and her baby are in danger as it becomes increasingly evident they are being haunted. (more...)

BWW Review: What Lies Beyond Ideality in A.R. Gurney's THE FOURTH WALL
by Kristen Morale - Jun 14, 2018

Presented by Theater Breaking Through Barriers and under the direction of Christopher Burris, The Fourth Wall is anything but inhibiting, especially in terms of its creation. This Off-Broadway company brings actors with and without disabilities together to break stereotypes and portray how little there is separating all those who wish to bring their love of theater to an audience. The collaborative efforts of a diverse cast are proven successful in this rather momentous production of a show not many people can acknowledge as having seen. (more...)

BWW Review: THE FANTASTICKS at the Ritz
by Pati Buehler - Jun 14, 2018

The Ritz Theatre Co. has done it again with a rousing, creative version of a classic Broadway hit. (more...)

The Fourth Wall Presents FALLEN FROM THE TOY BOX
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2018

The multi-talented musicians of The Fourth Wall are well-known to Winnipeg Fringe audiences. With sold-out shows at each of the past two festivals (2016, 2017), the trio is often nicknamed 'The Fruit Flies,' after their award-winning variety show Fruit Flies Like a Banana. Fringe fans may be surprised to learn that, rather than return with a new version of the Fruit Flies... format, The Fourth Wall will be bringing a new show to the 2018 festival, entitled Fallen From the Toy Box. (more...)

The Bakehouse Theatre Adelaide Presents PERPLEX
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2018

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Julia Adam Dance Presents QUINTESSENCE, Blending Art, Food And Nature In Beautiful West Marin
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2018

Julia Adam Dance is pleased to present QuintEssence, the fifth installment and culmination of the renowned elemental series that immerses the audience in an experience for all the senses. Atop the expansive Big Mesa Farmstead in West Marin, July 6 - 8 and 13 - 15 with sweeping views of the West Marin hills, QuintEssence explores the ethereal fifth element drawing from the previous four years in the context of LOVE. (more...)

BWW Interview: Vikki Stone On Her Upcoming Tour
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 5, 2018

BWW catches up with comedian Vikki Stone to chat about her upcoming tour. (more...)

BWW Review: MISS LITTLEWOOD, Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon
by Gary Naylor - Jul 4, 2018

Miss Littlewood pays tribute to a pioneer of British theatre whose work either side of the Second World War did more for what is called outreach these days, than any other figure before or since. (more...)

Primary Stages Announces Casting For FINAL FOLLIES And DOWNSTAIRS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2018

Primary Stages (Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Shane D. Hudson, Executive Director; Casey Childs, Founder) is proud to announce complete casting today for the first two productions of their 2018/19 season: Final Follies, by A.R. Gurney (Love Letters, Sylvia, Black Tie at Primary Stages) and directed by David Saint (Clever Little Lies), and Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck ("Smash," Dead Accounts, Poor Behavior at Primary Stages), directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt (What We're Up Against). All performances will take place at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St, New York, NY, 10014). (more...)

BWW REVIEW: A Heartfelt Expression Of A Contemporary Story Of Connection To Land and Family Plays Out IN WHICH WAY HOME
by Jade Kops - Jul 28, 2018

Returning to Sydney for an encore season, Katie Beckett's WHICH WAY HOME shares a wonderfully personal celebration of a close family bond filled with comedy and pathos. (more...)

BWW Review: Revenge Tastes Amazing with Ignite's SWEENY TODD
by Tanya Seale - Jul 27, 2018

You'll want to attend the tale of Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street School Edition, a dark and delicious musical thriller, presented by Ignite Theatre Company's capable young cast now through Sunday at The Marcelle. (more...)

BWW Interview: John Loprieno, Nichole Jackson, And Members Of The Cast of CLUE: THE MUSICAL at Moorpark College
by Cary Ginell - Jul 27, 2018

An inventive costume, makeup, and wig design highlights Moorpark College's production of 'Clue: The Musical,' playing through August 5 at the school's black box theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: Original Cast of PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Reunites at Feinstein's/54 Below for Energetic Concert
by Melanie Votaw - Jul 24, 2018

PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES was my first Broadway musical, so it not only holds a special place in my heart, but I still remember most of the lyrics. Running for 577 performances in 1982-83 and earning a Tony nomination for Best Musical, PUMP BOYS was 'the little show that could' with just six cast members and a small set. But the characters and songs captured many fans who came out to relive the experience at Feinstein's/54 Below July 22. (more...)

Cygnet's Season Continues with EVERY BRILLIANT THING
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2018

Cygnet Theatre is pleased to present a different kind of theatrical event with the West Coast premiere of Every Brilliant Thing. This immersive storytelling experience tackles the heavy issues of depression and suicide by blending comedy, improv, and audience interaction. Written by Duncan Macmillan in collaboration with comedian Jonny Donahoe and directed by Rob Lutfy, the production runs August 22 through September 16. Opening Night for media is August 25. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: ALADDIN Is a Manic Ride on Disney's Magic Carpet
by Jan Nargi - Jul 21, 2018

The mania with which the late Robin Williams brilliantly voiced the Genie in the 1992 Disney animated film ALADDIN infuses every inch of Casey Nicholaw's high-octane Broadway musical production. Now on tour at the Boston Opera House through August 5, ALADDIN is a gilt-edged treasure chest of sensory overload that unabashedly begs for cheers - and gets them - throughout its two-and-a-half hour running time. (more...)

Jacob's Pillow Presents Contemporary Dance From Spain Series
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2018

Madrid-based contemporary dance company Compañía Sharon Fridman makes its U.S. debut in the Doris Duke Theatre, July 25-29. The Israeli Artistic Director and choreographer Sharon Fridman—whose performance credits include Tadmor Dance Company, Vertigo Dance Company, and Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company—brings work based in contact improvisation where “even the smallest movement speaks volumes” (The Coast). Hasta Dónde...?, is a duet that has been performed more than 300 times around the world. Max Award-winning Free fall, features dramatic human landscapes which include community performers, who become an integral part of the production. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: LETTERS TO LINDY Gives An Amazing Insight Into One Of Australia's Most High Profile Cases Through The Archive Of Letters Sent To Lindy Chamberlain.
by Jade Kops - Jul 18, 2018

Alana Valentine blends the detail from the thousands of letters sent to Lindy Chamberlain with a reconstruction and re-imagination of events to deliver an insight into what life was like for one of Australia's most iconic figures following the disappearance of baby Azaria Chamberlain on August 17 1980. (more...)

BWW Review: Monumental Theatre Company's PIPPIN is a Faithful Revival
by Sam Abney - Jul 17, 2018

Pippin may be one of the most timeless American musicals ever written. No matter when or where it is presented, the production is easily molded to fit the social circumstances of the day. Whether the original Fosse-helmed production, the Diane Paulus circus-themed 2013 revival, or a regional production that falls in between, Pippin's journey of self-discovery is one that allows for-even encourages-reinvention and improvement. Fresh off their victory of The John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company at this May's Helen Hayes Awards, Monumental Theatre Company's newest production presents Pippin as a coming of age tale for the millennial generation. The millennial spin is understandable but, unfortunately, the execution prevents Pippin's extraordinary tale from becoming more than an ordinary revival. (more...)

BWW Review: DISNEY'S NEWSIES Sing All About It at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
by Jon Bee - Jul 16, 2018

Disney has a history of fantasy. Truly, this is the area in which they find their greatest achievements. Bringing such magic to the stage has long been in their wheelhouse. However, the land of imagination is not limited to fantasy. In Disney's Newsies, the only magic in the air is that which comes from theater, as the patrons of Candlelight Dinner Playhouse's latest production will tell you. (more...)

BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Totally Radical at The Central New York Playhouse
by Natasha Ashley - Jul 16, 2018

What do you get when you mix a stellar group of community theatre actors, a devoted theatre company, and 80's rock hits? The answer is the totally radical production of Rock of Ages now entertaining audiences at the Central New York Playhouse. Director Dan Rowlands has assembled a high energy, talented cast to bring the rock/jukebox musical to local audiences and the end result is a non-stop party on stage. (more...)

BWW Interview: Carrie Compere Reflects on THE COLOR PURPLE'S Message of Self-Discovery and Human Connection
by Rachel Weinberg - Jul 13, 2018

Chicago audiences will be able to experience the 2016 Tony Award-winning revival of THE COLOR PURPLE for the first time next week. But Carrie Compere, who plays the role of Sofia, is no stranger to the production. Compere first took on the role as an understudy and then a replacement during the production's Broadway run. In advance of the show's arrival in the Windy City, Compere reflected on what it means to return to the production and her life on tour. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Grounded in Truth, THE MAN IN THE ATTIC Challenges The Line Between Compassion and Exploitation.
by Jade Kops - Jul 12, 2018

Whilst war is always ugly, we often hope that the common person can still retain a degree of decency. Directed by Moira Blumenthal, Timothy Daly's Patrick White Playwright's Award winning play THE MAN IN THE ATTIC exposes how awful people can be when they lack compassion and humanity. (more...)

BWW Reviews: PIPPIN helps Weathervane find its corner in the sky
by Paul Batterson - Aug 7, 2018

Perhaps the Weathervane Playhouse couldn't have found a better way to close out its 50th anniversary season than finishing the summer session with PIPPIN. Written by Stephen Schwartz (WICKED, CHILDREN OF EDEN and GODSPELL), the two-act, two-and-a-half-hour musical tells the story of Pippin (Kenneth Remaklus), a prince who longs to find meaning in his life. (more...)

BWW Interview: Brian Noonan of THE JERSEY TENORS at Ridgefield Playhouse
by Sean Fallon - Aug 31, 2018

Brian Noonan of THE JERSEY TENORS speaks of an extremely promising two act show that incorporates unique arrangements of rock songs collided with opera. THE JERSEY TENORS is scheduled at the Ridgefield Playhouse for one night only, September 22, at 8:00 PM. (more...)

BWW Interview: Christian Rey Marbella Talks MISS SAIGON
by Nicole Ackman - Aug 29, 2018

Christian Rey Marbella has recently taken over as The Engineer on the UK tour of Miss Saigon. This is his tenth year of being involved with the show and this UK tour marks his fifth production. He has been in Miss Saigon in Manila, on the Asian tour, on the first UK tour, the second UK tour, and was the alternate Engineer in the West End revival in 2014. He has also performed in theatre in the US and his native Philippines. (more...)

BWW Review: PERICLES, National Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Aug 28, 2018

Pericles shows our nation what our nation is - a tremendous achievement by the National Theatre's Public Acts movement and a gamechanger for the concept of outreach. (more...)

BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE's Enchanting Return To The Fugard Theatre
by Lindsay Kruger - Aug 23, 2018

Eric Abraham's award-winning production of Shakespeare in Love is back at the Fugard Theatre by popular demand. Its highly anticipated return comes after a sold-out run at the end of 2017 and this latest production boasts a handful of fresh cast members as well as a new lead actor. While one might sometimes associate Shakespeare with languid lines of prose and a faint understanding of Early Modern English, there is nothing idle about this captivating romantic comedy. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2018: BWW Review: KILLYMUCK, Underbelly
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Aug 21, 2018

Inspired by real events, Killymuck is a housing estate built on a paupers graveyard in 1970s Ireland. Niamh navigates life through the parameters of growing up, with the trials and tribulations of being a kid from the benefit class system. Lack of opportunity, educational barriers, impoverishment, addiction and depression are the norms as the struggle to escape the underclass stereotype becomes a priority. From school trips organised as cross-community excursions to unite a fractured post troubles town, to finding the humour within an estate crippled with misfortune. (more...)

BWW Review: GREY GARDENS Blossoms at the New Hazlett
by Dylan Shaffer - Aug 20, 2018

A family of riches and elegance surrounded by the decrepit conditions of a deteriorating estate: the paradox is suitable for the equally paradoxical name of the property, Grey Gardens. (more...)

BWW Review: ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE at Sharon Playhouse
by Sean Fallon - Aug 19, 2018

Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie) and Carter Calvert portray Louise Seger and Patsy Cline, respectively, in the Ted Swindley comedic musical entitled ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, which is based on a true story that has humor that can be appreciated both by major Patsy Cline fans and people who never heard of her. I highly recommend this comedy. (more...)

Trap Door Announces NAKED
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

The Trap Door Theatre presents Naked written by Luigi Pirandello, translated by Nina Da Vinci Nichols, directed by Kay Martinovich. (more...)

BWW Interview: Stars of Tuacahn's THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, MATILDA, and CINDERELLA on Their Experience
by Tyler Hinton - Aug 16, 2018

This summer and fall, Tuacahn Center for the Arts is presenting three exciting productions in repertory at its one-of-a-kind outdoor amphitheatre, including one of the very first productions in the world of DreamWorks' THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, the first production of Roald Dahl's MATILDA THE MUSICAL following its national tour, and one of the first regional productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA. Three actors were happy to speak with BroadwayWorld about their time at Tuacahn. (more...)

BWW Review: York's TAFE Takes On OUR TOWN
by Marakay Rogers - Aug 13, 2018

One of the fist modern instances of 'breaking The Fourth Wall,' Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN is a story addressed directly to an audience - by the production's Stage Manager, the narrator and an occasional player in the story. It's a tale of the life of the fictional Grover's Corners, New Hampshire from 1901 through 1913, seen through the eyes of two neighboring families and the Stage Manager's decription of the locale. (more...)

BWW Review: Intense and Fiery Performance Makes Theatre Raleigh's MASTER CLASS Riveting
by Lauren Van Hemert - Aug 11, 2018

With the fiery intensity of a tigress, Judy McLane channels opera diva Maria Callas in Theatre Raleigh's production of Terrence McNally's MASTER CLASS. The Tony Award-winning MASTER CLASS opened on Broadway in 1995. The play is inspired by the master classes Callas taught at Julliard in 1971 and 1972. McLane is masterful as the temperamental Callas, moving across the stage like a woman possessed, regaling the audience with stories, never 'missing an opportunity to theatricalize,' criticize, and dramatize. (more...)

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