The Illusion

A lawyer, facing mortality, desperate to find the son he drove away years before, travels in the dead of night to a mysterious cave. There he engages the services of a wizard, who conjures up visions of the romantic, adventurous, perilous life the lawyer's son has been living since his father expelled him from home. THE ILLUSION, freely adapted from Pierre Corneille's L'Illusion Comique, is Kushner's most joyfully theatrical play, a wildly entertaining tale of passion and regret, of love, disillusionment and magic.


Kalita Humphreys Theatre

(Dallas, TX)
Dallas, TX
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2019
Rose Valley Theatre Group, with producers Magura Cultural Center, will present the English language world premiere of Zachary Karabashliev's award-winning Sunday Evening (2009 "Best New Bulgarian Play") at the Greenhouse Theater Center in early 2020. The play will open on January 16 and run until February 9. The production will be directed by Artistic Director Zlatomir Moldovanski. The cast and production team will be announced in Fall of 2019.
by Keith Waits - May 30, 2019
The Derby Dinner Playhouse certainly knows what their audience wants, and as a result, we get another in the long line of Southern-fried comedies from what seems to be their go-to playwriting team, the trio known collectively as Jones Hope Wooten. That's not a dig on the Playhouse; Jones Hope Wooten's plays are not particularly smart, but they are usually quite funny and you can tell the actors are enjoying being in them as much as we enjoy watching them.
by Greg Kerestan - May 29, 2019
Pasek and Paul's teen musical sensation has style, substance and a great cast, though the score is sometimes a little generic.
by Courtney Hess - May 26, 2019
If the "Cats - School Production" at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre is any indication of the quality of the Summer Conservatory Productions, everyone should hustle to get their tickets for "In the Heights", "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown", and " Romeo and Juliet".
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2019
This June, Hidden Realms, a new immersive experience company based in Los Angeles, presents Ascend: When Myths Fall, Heroes Rise at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Ascend is a fully immersive and interactive experience that aims to make the audience the heroes of their own story.
by Lindsay Kruger - May 22, 2019
Immersive as a musical escape from everyday life while also shimmering with an unpretentious approach to modern-day society, ORDINARY DAYS at the Baxter Flipside Theatre puts the worries and ideals we politely hide to others and ourselves on display through piano melodies and harmony.
by Aaron Wallace - May 15, 2019
Thankfully, when ANASTASIA hit Broadway, it dispensed with anyone immortal or winged, replacing fantasy with the real-world politics that led up to the Romanovs' demise. The added historical context grounds this once-wacky story, and frankly, I would have welcomed even more of it...
by Monica Moore - May 13, 2019
'The Audience' is an unexpected experience of an unrelatable life becoming relatable and of humanity meeting humanity. A life and rhythm is breathed into the script cleverly connecting 'she who is above' to the hearts of the masses, delivering this message: The Queen is a person, she feels and needs and at times her life is unrecognisably and stiflingly difficult. The theatrical value weighs heavily on talent both individual and collaborative; making refined nuances of timing and delivery, well, crucial.
by Emma Watkins - May 12, 2019
In case you don't already know, it's Eurovision time! This year, the annual song contest that brings together acts from across Europe (and beyond) is taking place in Tel Aviv in Israel. Here, we bring you a sneak preview of some of the songs to look out for when the contest hits screens around the world on 14, 16 and 18 May.
by Kelsey Lawler - May 1, 2019
From pixie dust to tick-tocking crocodiles, sneaky pirates to Lost Boys, Peter Pan is a beloved story that's been told every which way. In First Stage's Tinker Bell, we see Pan's journey through the eyes of his tiny, trusty sidekick. Here are 5 reasons her point of view is worth a peek.
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2019
As Jordan Berman pounds the New York City pavement searching for Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close-knit girlfriends. As singles' nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan must face his own capacity to love and be loved. This hilarious and heart-wrenching Broadway comedy dives into the trenches of urban single life and the aspirational gay wedding, reminding us that you can't hurry love-no matter how much you wish you could.
by Rosanna Liuski - Mar 8, 2019
The Cherry Orchard at the Helsinki City theatre is distinctive and loud in various ways. The madame is so perky, coming to the surroundings of her traumas, yet she doesn't want to deal with the things that haunt her. Only when the future is glaring at the horizon she runs inside, becoming like a stone at the feet of things not processed.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2019
Los Angeles-based power pop rocker JEFF WHALEN has released his video for 'The Alien Lanes' which premiered via Substream Magazine today. The track is off his newly released debut solo album, 10 MORE ROCK SUPER HITS, which Substream calls 'a collection of crunchy chorus', 70's UK glam, new wave, and even some classic New York-style punk.' It was released February 15 via SuperMegabot and can be purchased here.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2019
Kenny Metcalf as Elton & The Early Years Band is the Ultimate Elton John Tribute show. They were recently handpicked to be featured on Mark Cuban and Ryan Seacrest's network AXS TV show "THE WORLD'S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS." They wowed a national audience during their live to air performance at The Roxy in Hollywood California, and are known for performing a technically accurate Vegas style production, featuring the wildly popular music, costumes and antics of Elton John.
by Robert Encila-Celdran - Mar 28, 2019
Acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl began her career as an avid consumer of other people's works. A church in Chicago was the unlikely venue of her first encounter with 'Angels in America,' where she gushed about Tony Kushner's work for its 'seriousness, endurance, political engagement, and language.'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2019
Inland Pacific Ballet returns this spring with its spectacular landmark production of The Little Mermaid, the classic tale for all ages about the young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea for love. This colorful and engaging production combines classical ballet and creative puppetry to create a magical ocean world with a cast of delightful sea creatures, magnificent sets, and elaborate costumes. Aerial Technology and brilliant new lighting enhance the underwater illusion and bring The Little Mermaid to life in this enchanting undersea adventure at Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, April 6-7; Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga, April 13-14; and April 27-18 at Bridges Auditorium at Pomona College in Claremont.
by Amber Kusching - Mar 20, 2019
The Glass Menagerie is one of Tennessee Williams' most personal, popular and often-performed plays. The play takes place in St. Louis in the 1930s and revolves around the Wingfield family. Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie is playing now through March 31st at Ritz Theatre Company in Haddon Township. For information about the show and to purchase tickets, please visit
by John McDaid - Mar 20, 2019
Thornton Wilder's 'Our Town' is a poignant snapshot of a bygone America, a keenly observed drama which retains its relevance 70 years after it debuted - and more than 100 years after it's set. For those who've never seen the show, the Burbage Theatre Company offers an introduction to this classic with a few standout touches.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2019
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Manhattan's Copacabana nightclub will be the setting for Miss Gay New York America, a spectacular drag show benefitting the Anti-Violence Project (fights LGBT hate crime).
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2019
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Tiff Massey: A Different World, a solo exhibition by the interdisciplinary artist and metalsmith. The first exhibition of Massey's artwork in Texas, A Different World showcases three bodies of work that reference the material culture of nostalgic pasts, from 1980s hip hop to African hair braiding. Informed primarily by jewelry, Massey's diverse artistic practice deftly renders her observations on race and class in contemporary American culture.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2019
California Shakespeare Theater continues its 2019 summer season with The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Wendy Arons and adapted by Tony Kushner, playing July 3 through July 21, 2019 at the Bruns Amphitheater. A Pay What You Can performance will be held on Wednesday, July 3. Tickets will be available starting at 10am on the day of the show through TodayTix and the Cal Shakes Box Office at 510.548.9666.
by TV News Desk - Jun 27, 2019
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jake Jake Gyllenhaal.
by Jonas Schwartz-Owen - Jun 26, 2019
DEATH OF A SALESMAN, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Arthur Miller, is the American Hamlet for actors of a certain age. Its protagonist is a complex, frighteningly bare role, that provides an acting challenge relished by the greats. Rob Morrow, best known for Robert Redford's QUIZ SHOW and the quirky TV dramedy NORTHERN EXPOSURE, pulls off the tricky role by adding an impish quality to the crumbling man, bringing a fresh light to the production at Ruskin Group Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2019
Love stories twisted by rage, passion soured by obsession, and joy ravaged by paranoia – Investigation Discovery's (ID) new series 'TIL DEATH DO US PART follows lovers as they embark on relationships that end with a destiny no one expected. The new series shows that murder, like true love, is written in the stars. From a suspicious carbon monoxide incident, to a parrot who became an eyewitness to murder, each hour-long episode tells a tragic tale of love turned lethal. Premiering Tuesday, July 9 at 109c on ID, the new series features all-new stories of love gone wrong, including a loving wife turned wiccan, a spouse with a spiraling gambling addiction, and a motorcycle accident that is not what it seems.  Illustrated through split-screen archive and originally-shot material, including interviews with family, friends, law enforcement and the potential victim of the crime, 'TIL DEATH DO US PART unveils the breaking point in each of these relationships when love and murder collide.
by Tyler Hinton - Jun 20, 2019
Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY on Hale Centre Theatre's Jewel Box Stage is filled with fantastic music and anchored by fabulous performances.
by Braden Allison - Jun 11, 2019
Controversial topics in theatrical productions have an odd effect on audiences. Some people come to the theatre to escape the problems of the real world, and some come expecting to see the stereotypically bright and shiny golden age musicals. So when either of these people walk into a show like the South Bend Civic Theatre's production of Between Riverside and Crazy, they are in for an unexpected surprise.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2019
Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood officially hit theaters on July 26, 2019.
by Michael Quintos - Jul 27, 2019
An inspired choice of a show, the Hollywood Bowl has decided to present an effervescently buoyant new production of the Tony Award-winning 1986 musical INTO THE WOODS, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's much beloved twisted take on traditional fairy tale stories mashed together with witty charm, tongue-tying lyrics, and gallows humor. Directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom, this enjoyable, sublime production is exquisite and thoroughly delightful from start to finish---much of which can be attributed to its top-notch, musical theater-trained cast that includes Tony Winners Sutton Foster and Patina Miller giving exceptional acting and singing performances alongside theater favorites Cheyenne Jackson, Skylar Astin, Sierra Boggess, Hailey Kilgore, and Stranger Things breakout star Gaten Matarazzo. The show continues with two additional evening performances July 27-28, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2019
New York-based alternative duo Shakeout have announced the upcoming release of their new EP, 'Balance The Imbalance,' out on all digital music platforms August 2nd. The 7-track collection, engineered and produced by Matt Brasch of the Wonder Years, is the perfect representation of Shakeout's wide variety of influences, spanning across pop, punk, and hip-hop music.
by Jade Kops - Jul 21, 2019
COME FROM AWAY, Irene Sankoff and David Hein's (Book, Music and Lyrics) multi award winning musical about the other side of the 9/11 story, has captivated Melbourne hearts in its beautiful heartwarming celebration of the best of the human spirit. 
by Dan Dwyer - Jul 18, 2019
'I know you want everything to be clear and simple' is the last chorus of the fabulous chamber opera, 'Acquanetta', about the voluptuous, B-movie actress who had a sunstorm of celebrity in the 1940s. Indeed, the narrative structure 'Acquanetta' is rather uncomplicated based on a single scene in the cult classic 'Captive Wild Women' where Acquanetta played a wild, ravishing creature surgically transmuted from an ape by a mad doctor. But 'Acquanetta''s themes are anything but simple. By fusing the essentials of cinema, opera and drama to stunning effect, 'Acquanetta' renders a mesmerizing, multi-layered contemplation of illusion and identity. Directed by Daniel Fish, who re-interpreted 'Oklahoma' (which started at Bard), 'Acquanetta' is both an amazing, technical tour-de-force and thrilling, theatrical experience.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2019
Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark the Poconos' premier adventure destination, was named the Best Indoor Waterpark in the country by USA Today.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2019
After a successful run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Ascend: When Myths Fall, Heroes Rise received the Encore! Producers' Award and has extended for two more performances. The Encore! Producers' Award is given to the shows that represent the best of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, based on artistic merit and commercial potential.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2019
After wrapping production on the eighth and final season of Showtime's 'Homeland', Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin will launch a 30-city concert tour of Mandy Patinkin in Concert: DIARIES, accompanied by Adam Ben-David on piano, on October 30th at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Mandy will then take his tour across the US and Canada through February, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2019
Chamber Made presents the premiere of Diaspora, a digital dream where machines and technology enable the promise of utopia presented through the collision of audio, projection, illusion and lasers.
by Monica Moore - Aug 3, 2019
The manic physical shtick is perfectly delivered and both director and cast have hit the mark. This is not easy to achieve particularly within a static set but it is so well delivered that we were mesmerised and fully into all the goings-on. The laughs were hearty and came in the right places and the more I noticed each character's actions the more I laughed.
by Isabella Perrone - Aug 3, 2019
What's a little insurance fraud among family? At the hands of writer Eli Pasic, it leads to 90 minutes of laughter and plenty of drama. Produced by Isaiah Kolundzic and Emily Dix, FALSE CLAIMS is a two-hour whirlwind of slapstick action, shocking twists, and witty comebacks that shows just how messy family relationships can get once money comes into the picture.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2019
New York-based alternative duo Shakeout have released their new EP 'Balance The Imbalance,' out on all digital music platforms NOW. The 7-track collection, engineered and produced by Matt Brasch of the Wonder Years, is the perfect representation of Shakeout's wide variety of influences, spanning across pop, punk, and hip-hop music. The band has built their sound on the extensive usage of looping, giving the illusion that Shakeout contains more than two members.
by Dan Marois - Aug 19, 2019
While it might seem sacrilegious to host a non-musical at the famed Ogunquit Playhouse, modern day audiences should know that the early years of the theater hosted a slew of non-musical productions. In fact, it was many years ago that I saw a production of Love Letters and an adaptation of Dracula.
by TV News Desk - Aug 13, 2019
Today, the UK-born, Paris-based artist ALA.NI announced her sophomore album ACCA, with videos for the first two singles “Differently” and “Sha La La.” ACCA — which is to be released in early 2020 — consists primarily of dense, harmonically intricate vocal arrangements with sparse or no instrumental backing at all. 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2019
Soulful singer/songwriter ELISE TESTONE, a former American Idol finalist and powerhouse vocalist whose incredible stage presence and bluesy maturity rank with the best, is releasing her long-awaited sophomore album, This Is Love, on April 17 and immediately mounting an East Coast Tour that includes special performances during the world-renowned New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
by Jade Kops - Apr 6, 2019
Following on from a successful 2017 premiere season, Ursula Yovich and Alana Valentine's BARBARA & THE CAMP DOGS returns to Belvoir for a second season.
by Derek McCracken - Apr 5, 2019
Sincerely, Oscar is a meandering mindbender where two's company, three's a crowd, and thirty songs take us on jazzed-up journey through Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Carousel, State Fair, Allegro, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. Intriguing conceptually but lopsided musically, the clunky show presents an awkwardly-staged, amped-up glow-and-tell cabaret with a technological twist.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2019
Playwrights Horizons (Artistic Director Tim Sanford, Managing Director Leslie Marcus) today announces that its 2019 Spring Gala will honor the beloved and prolific actress Lois Smith, a two-time Tony Award nominee whose six-decade career in theater, film, and television has included memorable performances in numerous Playwrights Horizons productions. The event will convene Playwrights Horizons' diverse community of writers, artists, and supporters on Monday, May 6 at 583 Park Avenue.
by Marina Kennedy - Apr 23, 2019
The Growing Stage (TGS), The Children's Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre in Netcong concludes its 37th Main Stage season with Mr. Popper's Penguins. had the opportunity to interview Joey Sanzaro who plays Mr. Popper in the upcoming show.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2019
Our next production is Like Buttah! Don't miss Buyer & Cellar starring Chris Crawford (Carbonell & Theatre Tampa Bay Award Winner) opening May 11.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2019
ANGELS IN AMERICA opened on March 22 at Atlantis Theatrical in Philippines and is running through April 7, 2019.
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Apr 16, 2019
It is over 35 years since David Mamet's scorching critique of the male ego and the dangers of capitalism debuted at the National Theatre. Glengarry Glen Ross went on the win the Pulitzer Prize and an Olivier. In 2017, it was revived for a successful West End run, directed by Sam Yates and starring a brilliant Christian Slater. Yates' visceral, powerful and profanity-laden production is now on a nationwide tour and comes to Richmond Theatre this week.
by Zoe Burke - Apr 14, 2019
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2019
First Stage concludes its 2018/19 mainstage season with a sparkling new adaptation of TINKER BELL, written by playwright Patrick Flynn and based on the works of Sir J.M. Barrie. This family-friendly adventure brings to the stage characters audiences know and love - Peter Pan, Wendy, the Lost Boys and Captain Hook - but told all from the unique perspective of the feisty fairy, Tinker Bell. With over a dozen different puppets, original music and even some potent fairy dust, Milwaukee families will get to experience theater magic at its best. The world of Neverland will come to life in the Todd Wehr Theater like it has never been seen before! Audience members young and old won't want to miss taking this fantastic voyage in TINKER BELL.