The Illusion


East 13th Street/CSC Theatre

(New York, NY)
136 East 13th Street
by Peter Nason - Sep 7, 2019
W. Paul Wade and Devin Devi stand out in a show that needs so much more energy.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2019
Showcasing the finest full-length hip-hop creations, Breakin' Convention Presents returns to Sadler's Wells' Lilian Baylis Studio with 1mm Au Dessus Du Sol (1mm Above the Floor) from acclaimed French choreographer Yaman Okur in collaboration with Sébastien Lefrançois, on 27 & 28 September 2019.
by Steve Murray - Sep 25, 2019
BWW Review: FREE FOR ALL - A NEW 'MISS JULIE' FOR A NEW WORLD at Cutting Ball Theater is a sensational modern spin on Strinberg's 'Miss Julie' .
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2019
Dixon Place Presents FOOLS IN PLEIN AIR: FERMENTED RAIN, a new puppet theater commission by Patti Bradshaw, featuring Marie-Helene Brabant, Patrick Gallagher, Valerie Striar and Lissy Vomacka, with costumes by Dorke Poelz and sound and projection design by Andrew Murdock.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2019
Unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. The moving and humorous performance that has astounded audiences throughout the world is coming to the Lakewood Cultural Center on Oct. 17. a?oeLife in Motion' is a powerful, entertaining, surprising, theatrically satisfying, one-of-a-kind evening for adults and young adults.
by Shari Barrett - Sep 18, 2019
Imagine my surprise, even before the September 15 DIRTY TRICKS with The New Bad Boys of Magic monthly event, when I walked into The Three Clubs to find the room where I have seen dozens of shows over the years now completely remodeled to look and feel like a real cocktail lounge performance space! And what a perfect place to sit up close and personal during the ongoing monthly comedy-magic variety s featuring Chicago natives and Los Angeles residents, now headliners at the world-famous Magic Castle, Daniel Donohue and Eric Siegel, collectively known as The New Bad Boys of Magic, along with a rotating cast of the world's foremost professional prestidigitators and other adult variety acts, making it an entertaining evening for the over 21 crowd.
by Kathleen Morgan - Sep 13, 2019
Have you ever wondered where Peter Pan became a lost boy, how Captain Hook lost his hand, or what made the alligator a?oeticka??? Well, North Texas Performing Arts Repertory unraveled a creative tale that fleshes out the backstory of these characters, Neverland, and all the rest.
by Barry Lenny - Sep 13, 2019
This gives artistic voice to the subject of climate change.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
It might still be early in October, but the Halloween celebrations are already in full swing in Coventry, with two monstrously good productions haunting the city centre, both inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
by Kathleen Peterson - Oct 8, 2019
The Commonweal Theatre in tiny Lanesboro, Minnesota, takes us on a journey a?" along with the three extremely intrepid female explorers a?" into the late 19th century and beyond.
by Sean Fallon - Oct 7, 2019
On Sunday, October 6, I had the pleasure of participating in SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE HAUNTED CABARET at the Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre in Bridgeport, CT.  I say, a?oeparticipating,a?? because this musical comedy with book by Phill Hill not only involves audience interaction, but goes one step further and lets the audience vote (by applause) to determine what happens, like a a?oechoose your own adventurea?? stage show.  Ricky Altamirano directs a spectacular cast of five that includes himself and showcases the strong talents of all five cast members in five well written and wonderfully performed roles.
by Jade Kops - Oct 5, 2019
'Against a backdrop of Tory cuts, high unemployment and the deregulated economy of 1970s Britain, a young urban guerrilla group mobilises: The Angry Brigade. Their targets: MPs, embassies, police, pageant queens. A world of order is shattered by anarchy and the rules have changed. An uprising has begun. No one is exempt.' The New Theatre impresses us again with their production of James Graham's The Angry Brigade.
by Rich Mehrenberg - Oct 4, 2019
The Resident Theater Company's Cabaret is a well produced, powerful piece of theater. This is a show that will stay with you long after the final curtain
by Shari Barrett - Oct 3, 2019
Elton John has been a powerful name in music for more than 40 years, and is currently enjoying another wave of popularity. Now, more than ever, there is demand and desire to step back in time and experience the sights and sounds of this amazing artist. In tribute to his greatness, Kenny Metcalf has wowed international audiences during live performances, often in his hometown of Los Angeles with or without his band, and is known for performing a technically accurate Vegas style production, featuring the wildly popular music, costumes and antics of Elton John. And he never disappoints!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2019
Local theater group and last vestiges of humanity the Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) today announced their original fall production, Space Kümité, premiering November 8th at the Peabody Heights Brewery in Charles Village. The play marks the first such event that will be held at the local brewery, as well as the DIY art community's 10 year anniversary.
by Tanya Seale - Oct 13, 2019
New Line Theatre, whose tagline is fittingly #MusicalTheatreAF, opens their 29th season with Cry-Baby, the 2007 musical with book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan and songs by David Javerbaum & Adam Schlesinger. It is based on Cry-Baby the film, written and directed by Hairspray creator, John Waters. Let me just pause here and say if you have only ever seen the film, you're missing out, as the musical has a much more cohesive, developed...
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 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 Jim Munson - Aug 23, 2019
Director Leslie Martinson of THE 39 STEPS at TheatreWorks talks about finding the comedic rhythms in a 'nutball farce' and shares her experiences as a casting director. Martinson has been a TheatreWorks mainstay for decades, starting as an usher while she was still in school, then working as an actor before becoming a director and casting director. She left her staff position 18 months ago to go freelance, but has since directed two shows at TheatreWorks so still maintains a close working relationship with the Tony-winning company.
by Fiona Scott - Aug 22, 2019
Before Dear Evan Hansen and The Greatest Showman came Dogfight, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's 2012 off-Broadway musical. It tells the story of a group of marines' last night of debauchery in San Francisco before being shipped out to war in 1963. This gritty story of love and deception has been revived as part of the British Theatre Academy's 2019 summer season at Southwark Playhouse.
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.