'For Peter Pan...' a heartfelt but undercooked family saga
The Sarah Ruhl play is a rueful, heartfelt, mostly naturalistic little drama about how we live, how we die and how we mourn those we love.
Into the meat grinder of humanity with 'Beyond Caring'
You enter the world of Alexander Zeldin's soul-stripping "Beyond Caring" through the sort of heavy vinyl curtain that often serves as a door to the
'Glorious feelings' are in the forecast as 'Singin' in the Rain' returns to a Tokyo stage
When Adam Cooper launched into the first verse of "Singin' in the Rain" on the stage of Tokyu Theatre Orb back in 2014, a palpable ripple of excitement ran
Equestrian, theatrical 'Odysseo' among world's biggest tours
It boasts a 200-person cast and crew, 65 horses, a massive stage (made from 10,000 tons of sand), a forest, mountain — and a lake.
'In To America' posts mixed messages from a nation of immigrants
Its message rings out loudly and clearly: Immigration, the very life blood of this country from the start, has never been entirely free, fair or easy.
Swept up by the power of home in 'By the Water'
Over the years, disasters —both natural and man-made — have swept through the door of the modest but much-loved home of Marty and Mary Murphy, the
Goodman Theatre season to include 'View from the Bridge' revival
More often than not a hugely successful production of a play begins in Chicago (consider artistic director Robert Falls' revivals of "Death of a
Broadway's Adam Jacobs to tour with 'Aladdin' musical
Update (March 23): It has just been announced that the North American touring company of the musical "Aladdin," which will begin
Samurai drama to put unique spin on evolution of theater
Japanese audiences will soon join those in Holland as the only people in the world with access to a theater whose seating area rotates to face a ring of mu
To be or not to be ... so it seems
John Caird is widely known as the co-director with fellow Englishman Trevor Nunn of "Les Miserables," which opened in the West End 1985 and is still playin
Modern dramatist's 'dark and gorgeous' kabuki tests famed brothers
Life and death are major themes for artists, and for dramatists no less. In Japan, its traditional all-male kabuki stages have long witnessed fathers killi
CITA 'usher' points to need for a Japan theater shakeup
You won't be alone if you've never heard of the Tokyo-based International Centre for Theatre Arts, because few have seen any plays it has staged and anyway
Bausch's legacy blossoms as emotions unfold on stage
When the curtain opens on a stage blanketed in silk flowers, a beginner might think "Nelken" ("Carnations") by Pina Bausch was about to offer some sweetly
Ballet icon Nina Ananiashvili looks set to bow out in splendid style
"Up to now, I've had about 120 partners in total," Nina Ananiashvili declared with a laugh. "Of course, I mean on the stage." Even after 35 years in the sp
Eddie Izzard proves an irresistible force on tour
To many fans of comedy, the first thing that comes to mind when you mention Eddie Izzard is his cross-dressing. However, if you dig deeper you will find on
Comedian Jimmy Carr talks about sensitivity, universal jokes and the best sound he can hear at a stand-up show
"OK, let's kick off with a question for you, in time-honored tradition," Jimmy Carr says to me at the outset of our interview. "Do many comedians make it o
Kimura's crazed 'Macbeth' for today
"When I was studying English literature at the University of Tokyo, even though I had no theater experience at all, I got the chance to direct 'Macbeth,' "
Celtic noh draws on two cultures' essence
Noh is a uniquely Japanese form of musical drama that dates back to at least the 14th century. However, it took 600 years before this performing art surfac
T-C-T and TPAM set to offer a hot winter's feast of the arts
A bonanza is brewing in Tokyo and Yokohama for lovers of cross-cultural contemporary theater. That's because, from Jan. 25 to Feb. 5, the capital's Minato
Mugi Kadowaki's manga musical tackles love in the time of AI
As an actress, Mugi Kadowaki has been asked to step outside of her comfort zone more than once. Maybe that is how she has found herself currently starring
Take your pick of the year's highlights in Japanese theater
From soccer minnows Leicester City winning the English Premier League to "That Election" in the (dis)-United States, 2016 has been a year of surprises, sho
The waiting's over for stars of 'Billy Elliot'
Eleven years after he saw "Billy Elliot" in London's West End and was inspired to stage the musical in Japan with a Japanese cast, Yoshitaka Hori, presiden
'Circus 1903' flies high on wit, whimsy and intimacy
This is a strange time for the art and spectacle of circus. Consider not only the demise of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, but note that
'Falling' takes brutally honest look at family coping with autism
”Falling” is a drama of importance and power. And given the prominence of health care in the news, it couldn’t be more relevant.
'In To America' immigrant narratives paint portrait of America
“In To America” features more than 60 personal immigrant narratives that weave together America’s multicultural story.
Off-Broadway's 'The Fantasticks' to close after 21,000 shows
It long ago won the title of world's longest-running musical. "The Phantom of the Opera" is Broadway's longest-running show with 12,000 performances.
Big Top wonder is at the heart of 'Circus 1903'
The circus was more than a spectacle; it was an event.
'Circus 1903' puppet master brings 'animals' to life
If you are have tickets to see "Circus 1903" at the Oriental Theatre this week, you'll be treated to all sorts of artistry courtesy of various
'Destiny of Desire' plays nature/nurture games via telenovela
Karen Zacarias' play is now being staged in its Chicago premiere by the Goodman Theatre.
Tom Stoppard plays with your brain in 'The Hard Problem'
Court Theatre production makes every one of the play's notions snap and crackle in ways alternately funny, sexy, poignant and playfully provocative.
It's all in the details (and distractions) in '10 Out of 12'
The unseen journey that a theatrical production must take as it moves from the rehearsal room to what a paying audience sees on the stage
The art of the telenovela seeking a new 'Destiny' in theater
Playwright hopes audiences "see this kind of play as part of the fabric of the United States and part of the fabric of what is American theater."
Theo Ubique's 'Most Happy Fella' wears heart on its sleeve
"The Most Happy Fella," Frank Loesser's rarely revived 1956 musical, opened Monday night in a glorious Theo Ubique Cabaret Theater production. And by
Kokandy's 'The Wiz' really isn't in Kansas anymore
Kokandy Productions has gathered a cast of 19 terrific personalities with serious chops, a sensational band, and put its own funky spin on the show.
Two Lloyd Webber musicals in Broadway in Chicago season
Broadway in Chicago has announced its next season and here's the news: It will include two Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals not yet seen in Chicago, as
'Spamilton' triggers revolution all its own at Royal George
Gerard Alessandrini's altogether brilliant, hilarious, cliche-demolishing send-up of Lin-Manuel Miranda's mega-hit musical, "Hamilton" is a must-see.
A 'creative crush' led Sally Field back to 'The Glass Menagerie'
Field follows other celebrated actors, such as Glenn Close, who have landed on Broadway in recent years to tackle roles they had earlier tried on.
Heart and soul of 'Hedwig' gets lost amid all the flash
By amping up everything about the show, the heart of the story gets lost. So does the world out of which it sprang.
All-black cast at Paramount trains 'new lens' on 'Superstar'
There's a palpable level of excitement in the voice of veteran director-producer Ron Kellum when he talks about his upcoming production of "Jesus
Victory Gardens' Ike Holter receives Windham-Campbell Prize
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