Friday, October 20, 2017

Fishskin Trousers review at Park Theatre, London – ‘rhapsodic’ by Ka Bradley

Three figures face the audience from a circle of pebbles, shells, dried seaweed and other sea debris. Mab (Jessica Carroll), clad in

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TRYST – Tabard Theatre ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Through both characters’ alternating monologues, the audience is given an insight into the harsh reality of George’s calculating, pathological agenda, juxtaposed against Adelaide’s inn…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Creating the intimate Antony and Cleopatra for Folger Theatre by John Geoffrion

Prior to seeing Folger’s production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, I spoke with director Robert Richmond and set designer Tony Cisek about the dramatic transformation of the thea…

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Top Shows to See in New York This Week: Billy Joel, Korean Pop, “Bronx Tale” by Mark Beech

Billy Joel’s tour is getting like Bob Dylan’s never-ending tour: it goes on forever. The Piano Man is back in New York and he always gives a value-for-money show. If he’s not your top …

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Livestreaming a conversation Leading from the Audience at ArtsEmerson in Boston—Mon, Oct 23 2017 by (thea)

By HowlRound TV. ArtsEmerson and ArtsBoston present Leading from the Audience: a Conversation with Susan Peevy and Candelaria Silva-Collins livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer pr…

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TRYST – Tabard Theatre ❤❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

This gripping drama, starring West End musical star Natasha J Barnes in her fringe play debut, has plenty of twists and turns that keep the audience enthralled from beginning to end.

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Impressions: Monica Bill Barnes & Company's "One Night Only (running as long as we can)" by The Dance Enthusiast

In Impressions: Monica Bill Barnes & Company's One Night Only (running as long as we can), "Here, improvisation with the audience suggests the energy and unpredictability of a baseball game…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Melbourne Monologues by Arts Review

The Melbourne Monologues was a selection of six monologues presented by Melbourne Writers’ Theatre. The first piece, To Understand, had an intriguing premise: What if Ted Bundy gave a …

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At SF Playhouse, A Patron Services Manager Excited About Building Relationships

by Nina Solomita   Tiiu Rebane loves her job as patron services manager for the San Francisco Playhouse. And why wouldn’t she? She created it. Three-and-a-half years ago, Re…

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Flute Theatre's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Orange Tree Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Immersive theatre is a popular and fashionable way of presenting work where the audience are not passive observers, but are involved and become part of the production. After last year's insp…

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Tomorrow in the Battle by Joel Benjamin

Ruth Sullivan, Allison Threadgold and Patrick Hamilton in a scene from “Tomorrow in the Battle” (Photo credit: George McClintock) Joel Benjamin, Critic The flier for Kieron Barry’s dr…

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Rockstar Beowulf and the Hartlepool monkey: kids' shows with big ideas by Lyn Gardner

From a junior Brexit parable to a stadium-gig version of the Anglo-Saxon epic, children’s theatre is tackling grownup themes in striking fashion ‘After nourishment, shelter and companion…

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Sexy or Sexist? Natalie Dormer Mixes S&M, Irony for “Venus in Fur” by Hilary Webb

The giant shadow of a leather-clad Natalie Dormer dominates the ceiling of Theatre Royal Haymarket in the latest production of David Ives’s “Venus in Fur.”Dormer leads the entire play …

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‘Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery’ at Fringe Club Underground Theatre by Blouin Artinfo

The Fringe Club Underground Theatre will be hosting ‘Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery’ from October 18, 2017 that will be running through October 28, 2017. The Sweet and Sour produ…

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‘Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical’ at Theater Center by Blouin Artinfo

Theater Center is hosting the off-Broadway production of “Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical — An Unauthorized Parody” inspired from the HBO original that will be running through Octobe…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

VIDEO: Bryan Batt Pokes at Kardashians, Trump, Weinstein and More with New Lyrics to 'Anything Goes' by BroadwayWorld

Bryan Batt performed at the 17th Annual 'Les Girls' on October 15, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif., and treated the audience to an updated version of the classic 'Anything Goes,' complete with nod…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Shaun Tan’s ‘The Red Tree’ at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Sydney by Blouin Artinfo

National Theatre of Parramatta, Sydney presents a musical based on Shaun Tan’s award-winning picture book “The Red Tree,” co-written by playwright Hillary Bell. “The Red Tree” (200…

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Walter Kerr Theater hosts Bruce Springsteen's autobiographical concert by Blouin Artinfo

Walter Kerr Theater is hosting the musical autobiography “Springsteen on Broadway” that will be running through October 21, 2017. The show featuring the legend Bruce Springsteen marks hi…

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Tim Key review – spilt lager, Poohsticks and an agonising quest for romance by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonHis first standup set in three years works a treat as Key paints a slyly humorous and heavily ironic portrait of midlife disappointmentIt feels both apt and unlikely that…

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American Contemporary Ballet performs "Inferno" by Blouin Artinfo

American Contemporary Ballet is performing their show titled “Inferno” that is running through October 28, 2017. The performance is inspired by Pulitzer award-winning Charles Wuorinen’…

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BWW Review: Peter Friedman and Deanna Dunagan Star as Estranged Mother and Son in THE TREASURER by Michael Dale

I will be in Hell because I don't love my mom, the central character of Max Posner's comedic drama THE TREASURER causally admits to the audience with unemotional matter-of-factness.

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Mark Ravenhill meets Keith Johnstone, the world's most celebrated improvisation teacher by Mark Ravenhill

For the last 20 years, I've always been in charge: I've given acting classes, led playwriting workshops, directed dramas. Never in my adult life have I sat in a classroom and waited for a te…

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Measure For Measure - A cup more than half empty by (judd Hollander)

Reviewed by Judd HollanderElevator Repair Service, known for taking literary classics and adapting them to the stage - with results ranging from somewhat interesting to completely astonishin…

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Comedy review: Horne and Corden / Royal Albert Hall, London by Brian Logan

Royal Albert Hall, LondonTheir current BBC3 sketch show has been drubbed by the critics - and there's no improvement on that programme's lobotomised humour at this live outing, a headline pe…

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The Werewolf of Washington Heights! by Leah Richards

The Werewolf of Washington Heights Written by Christie Perfetti Williams Directed by Charmaine Broad Presented by Carnival Girls Productions at The Kraine Theater, NYC October 11-22,…

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Only You Can Prevent Wildfires by Darryl Reilly

The audience sitting on three sides of the airy playing area on wooden benches is part of Clifton Chadick’s super, environmental scenic design.  The floor is covered with wood chips, logs…

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AM I DEAD? The Untrue Narrative of Anatomical Lewis, The Slave by Wendy Caster

Anyone who regularly reads Show Showdown knows that I am a huge fan of the Flux Theatre Ensemble. The Lesser Seductions of History, Dog Act, Hearts Like Fists, Jane the Plain, and Sans Merci…

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He'll say otherwise, but Jim Gaffigan at the Chicago Theatre is always in control by Zach Freeman

Waiting for the opening applause to die down after he’s taken the stage for the first of two shows on Friday night at the Chicago Theatre, comedian Jim Gaffigan — currently making the ro…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Review: Paige Turner's Gay Adventures by Michael Block

By Michael BlockIf the fabulous drag queens and colorful rainbow outfits didn’t sell it, the title certainly will. Paige Turner’s This Show is Gay does not falsely advertise what you’r…

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Melbourne Festival – All the Sex I’ll Ever Have by Arts Review

At the commencement of All the Sex I’ll Ever Have, the producers from Mammalian Diving Reflex have the audience stand and take a pledge. We are to never reveal what we hear tonight – we …

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Springsteen’s Broadway debut is dissolving the audience to tears by Hardeep Phull

When legendary record producer and talent scout John Hammond signed Bruce Springsteen in 1972, the scraggly Jersey kid was envisioned as a lyrically intricate singer-songwriter, who might be…

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