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by Larry O'Brien - Apr 19, 2016

CATHOLIC SCHOOL GIRLS by Casey Kurtti, the current offering at 2nd Story Theatre in Warren, follows Mass Appeal and continues the theater's exploration of the Catholic Church in the second half of the late, lamented Twentieth Century. While Mass Appeal concentrated on the masculine side of the Church (priests and would-be priests), CATHOLIC SCHOOL GIRLS focuses on the distaff side by following the school lives of four grammar school girls and the nuns who teach them at St. George's School in Yonkers. Four actresses play the girls and each takes a turn playing a different nun. Unlike a show like NUNSENSE, which is played for laughs, Kurtti's play explores both the lighter and darker sides of the girls experience; sometimes it's funny, and sometimes it hurts. You don't have to be Catholic, but it helps. (more...)

BWW Review: MASS APPEALs at 2nd StoryBWW Review: MASS APPEALs at 2nd Story
by Larry O'Brien - Mar 24, 2016

2nd Story Theatre in Warren is on a pretty good run in 2016: HYSTERIA, LOVE DEATH AND WHAT I WORE, and now Mass Appeal by Bill C. Davis, playing Upstage until April 3, have each provided entertaining and interesting evening or afternoons for their audiences. This play premiered in 1981-about halfway between Going My Way and Spotlight. That seems right: the show does not portray priests as saints, and only hints at the existence of problems, that will be revealed later on. In ninety minutes, Mass Appeal tells the story of Father Tim Farley (Bob Colonna), a Catholic parish priest whose comfortable existence is upset by the arrival of an idealistic young seminarian, Mark Dolson (David Sackal), who becomes Fr. Farley's charge and challenge. Father Tim Farley is highly popular with his parishioners due to his charm, wit, easy-going manner, and entertaining (but unchallenging) sermons. One Sunday Dolson interrupts Farley's 'dialogue' sermon to challenge his stance on the ordination of women. In fairness to the young man, Fr. Farley had invited questions but got more than he asked for from Dolson. The pastor is outraged yet intrigued by Dolson, and asks to have him assigned to work with him. And that, as Rick tells Captain Renaud in Casablanca, is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Circle Theatre's MASS APPEAL, Opening This WeekendPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Circle Theatre's MASS APPEAL, Opening This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Circle Theatre (230 W. 4th Street, Fort Worth, TX) presents Mass Appeal, running now through July 18, 2015. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast onstage below! (more...)

BWW Draws the Curtain on 2013: Those We've Lost this YearBWW Draws the Curtain on 2013: Those We've Lost this Year
by Walter McBride - Dec 29, 2013

Today, we remember those within the entertainment industry that we lost in 2013. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mad Cow Theatre's COLLECTED STORIES, Opening 6/21Photo Flash: First Look at Mad Cow Theatre's COLLECTED STORIES, Opening 6/21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2013

Mad Cow Theatre is thrilled to announce the cast for Collected Stories by Donald Margulies in The Black Box at Mad Cow's new home at 54 West Church Street. Check out a first look at the production below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering Milo O'SheaPhoto Flash: Remembering Milo O'Shea
by Walter McBride - Apr 3, 2013

Stage and screen stasr Milo O'Shea passed away yesterday, April after a short ilness, according to published reports. He was 86 years old. (more...)

Photo Flash: X FACTOR Releases First Official Judge's PhotoPhoto Flash: X FACTOR Releases First Official Judge's Photo
by TV News Desk - May 25, 2012

Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning worldwide pop icon Britney Spears and singer, songwriter and actress Demi Lovato have joined L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell as judges on THE X FACTOR, the hit singing competition series returning this fall on FOX. Check out the first official judge's photo below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of LOVE LIES BLEEDINGPhoto Coverage: Opening Night of LOVE LIES BLEEDING
by Kelly Cameron - Nov 10, 2011

Love Lies Bleeding is an all new ballet based on the music of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and it opened last night at Toronto's Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. After a critically acclaimed run at the Alberta Ballet, the production comes to Toronto for a limited engagement thanks to David Mirvish who is presenting it in the city for the rest of the week. BWW was on hand to capture photos of the lavish production and red carpet arrivals. (more...)

Photo Coverage Exclusive: TalkOut Mondays at The TempermentalsPhoto Coverage Exclusive: TalkOut Mondays at The Tempermentals
by Walter McBride - Mar 2, 2010

'TalkOut Mondays' began March 1st at the critically acclaimed hit show 'The Temperamentals' by Jon Marans that opens Off Broadway at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). (more...)

Photo Flash: AVOW At 45th Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2009

The Cardinal Group (D.H. Johnson & Richard Pepenella) presents 'Avow' by Bill C. Davis, Off Broadway at the 45th Street Theatre, 354 West 45 Street. Previews begin Thursday, February 19, 2009 and the opening is Wednesday, February 25 at 7:00pm for the limited Off Broadway engagement which takes a timely and poignant look at contemporary religion's role in shaping social issues. The cast for this warm, insightful and balanced meditation about who we are in relationship to the vows we make to the people and institutions in our lives includes Joy Franz, Elizabeth Bove, Jaron Farnham, Christopher Graham, Kate Middleton, Timothy Sekk and Jeremiah Wiggins. It is directed by Jerry Less and the set design is by Stephanie Tucci, costumes by Emily Lippolis, lighting design by Chris Weston. The production is supervised by Mr. Davis. (more...)

As Expected, 'STOMP' Doesn't DisappointAs Expected, 'STOMP' Doesn't Disappoint
by Olena Ripnick - Dec 8, 2006

I first saw STOMP over four years ago at another, smaller, Boston theatre. I remember being absolutely amazed at how the performers took what seemed like the ordinary and morphed it into an extraordinary fusion of rhythm, dance, and an innovative style of music... (more...)