Stratford Festival 2014 Review: Vibrant Timely Views of Madness

STRATFORD, Ontario – Set amid the bucolic rolling hills of Southern Ontario, the small industrial town of Stratford would initially appear to be an unusual location for a theatrical tourist mecca that draws hundreds of play-going thousands each year from all over the world. However, for those with a deep and abiding love for William Shakespeare plays […]

Shaw Festival 2014 Review: Eclectic Mix Yields Strong Results

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario – Although the Niagara-on-the-Lake region is known primarily for its booming wine tourism industry, this bustling little tourist town is also home to the Shaw Festival, which despite its humble beginnings has grown to become the second largest summer theater festival in North America with a budget exceeding $27.8 million. Originally founded in […]

Theater Review: Americana Heart and Spirit Flavor ‘As You Like It’

The boundless humanity of William Shakespeare allows for many settings; some of the most appealing placements come when music that endearingly conveys heart and spirit accompanies the production. Such is the case with Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Americana-infused version of As You Like It now playing in the 27th annual edition of Shakespeare in the Park. […]

1930s ‘As You Like It’ Strolls Through Shakespeare in the Park

The optimistic comedies of the 1930s have inspired this year’s Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare in the Park production of the Bard’s As You Like It, with original music by songwriter David Olney, that opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 14 at Centennial Park. The festival’s 27th annual park presentation has a Depression Era-camp setting designed by Morgan Matens […]

Nashville Stagecraft Has Dust Bowl Cinderella Twist in ‘Cindy & Ella’

While it’s based on the pan-cultural fairy tale of Cinderella, Nashville Stagecraft’s adaptation of the ancient tale is a far cry from the classic 1950 Disney animated film version. Cindy & Ella, premiering Friday at the 4th Story Theater, follows three women coping with life in an isolated Oklahoma farming community at the height of the Dust Bowl. […]

Innovative Fourth Sideshow Fringe Festival Ready to Fly High

Four years on the annual Sideshow Fringe Festival presented by Sideshow @ Actors Bridge is “Nashville’s Progressive Performing Arts Event” and so much more; it has even garnered national exposure with CNN naming it one of  the country’s of Most Intriguing Festivals in its 2014 “Best of the US” section. The festival that starts Thursday and […]

Profound Questions Populate ‘100 Saints You Should Know’

In a compelling and heartrending journey presented in Nashville Friday through July 27 by Actors Bridge Ensemble, we meet a priest who must reconcile his desires with his role in the church, a teenage boy confused about his sexual identity, and a young woman desperate for spiritual validation. They are all brought together on one […]

Eddie George one of TN Rep’s Actors for Eclectic 2014-15 Season

Tennessee Repertory Theatre has worked with Pulitzer Prize winners, Tony Award winners, and Academy Award winners through its burgeoning Ingram New Works Project.  Now it can add a Heisman Trophy winner to that list in Eddie George:  The former Tennessee Titan is cast in the February production of The Whipping Man, which The New York Times calls […]

OZ Second Season: Conversation, Contemplation and Connection

It’s an exciting time for Nashville’s contemporary arts center OZ. Artistic Director Lauren Snelling is very happy with the rapturous response such first-season offerings as Peter Brook’s The Suit and the music of Philip Glass and Tim Fain received, and she’s thrilled to talk about what’s coming up at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. “I don’t […]

Alex Useted is New Nashville Children’s Theatre Tech Director

Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT), the nation’s oldest professional theater for young audiences, is pleased to announce the addition of Technical Director Alex Useted. Useted brings extensive experience from Chicago’s theaters to Nashville. “Alex absolutely has the chops, and is going to be a great fit,” says NCT Artistic Director Scot Copeland. “We’ve been fortunate to […]

New Satire-in-Song ‘Casey Stampfield’ Next Up for MCTC

Political satire has long been a theatrical staple, and when there are politicians that invite such attention regularly it’s hardly surprising to find a new show on the subject is in the works. Music City Theatre Company is now preparing the world premiere of Casey Stampfield: The Musical, featuring an original script, lyrics and music by […]

Tense Two-Hander ‘Blackbird’ Has Nashville Premiere at ABE

The tense two-hander Blackbird has been gripping audiences around the world for several years now. The award-winning play comes to Nashville Friday through June 15 thanks to Actors Bridge Ensemble. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. at the Actors Bridge Studio in the rear of the building at 4304-F […]

Acclaimed Musical ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Opens 14th BRT Season

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Boiler Room Theatre (BRT) opens its 14th season  with the Tennessee premiere of the musical Bonnie and Clyde June 5, 6 and 7 in Liberty Hall at The Factory at Franklin. The acclaimed show sports a non-traditional score that combines blues, gospel and rockabilly music. The edge-of-your-seat musical about the real life story of Bonnie Parker […]

Theater Review: ‘War Horse’ Tour a Purebred Spectacular

The National Theatre of Great Britain’s War Horse is a theatrical purebred that fills the senses like no other show. The US tour of this award-winning heart-warmer is now commanding the stage in Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall like the champion it is. Michael Morpurgo’s beloved 1982 novel of the same name spawned the […]

Theater Review: ‘Roger’s Version’ From Flat Page to Vibrant Stage

“You have to let people have the dignity of their choices.” – Dale Kohler in Roger’s Version With his vibrant new stage adaptation of John Updike’s 1986 novel Roger’s Version Blackbird Theater Artistic Director Wes Driver nimbly walks the tightrope between intellectual rigor and emotional engagement. Yes, he’s aided by a splendid cast led by David Compton […]

Pictorial: Joey and ‘War Horse’ Friends Gallop Into TPAC!

Joey (and some of his human friends) from the War Horse company galloped into Tennessee Performing Arts Center today for their eight-show stay. The incredible creation of South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company even made new equine pals along the way courtesy of the Metro Nashville Police Horse Mounted Patrol! See him and his National Theatre […]

International Theater Phenomenon ‘War Horse’ Opens at TPAC

A bit of “experimental” theater originally intended for young adults goes from a 50-show run at London’s National Theatre to stages around the world. Millions have now seen War Horse, and it’s a safe bet millions more will see it through various tours and sit-down productions. As the international phenomenon rides into Nashville today for […]

Theater Review: A Stupendous ‘Suit’ Fits Perfectly at OZ

With Peter Brook it’s the tale and not the teller that matters; many theater artists pay lip service to that idea, but Brook and his Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord colleagues actually show how that’s done. And because they have more interest in the questions than the answers we become active participants in the story […]

‘The Suit’ From Iconic Peter Brook & Colleagues Comes to OZ

OZ, Nashville’s groundbreaking new contemporary arts center, is the last US stop this year on an internationally acclaimed tour of Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord’s production of The Suit, directed by iconic theater artist Peter Brook in conjunction with his long-term collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne. The work will play for three nights beginning Thursday (May 22) […]

Blackbird Brings John Updike’s Novel ‘Roger’s Version’ to Stage

Blackbird Theater completes its 2013-14 season with the world premiere of Roger’s Version, a new play adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by Pulitzer Prize winning author John Updike. It runs May 30 – June 8 in Lipscomb University’s Shamblin Theatre and is co- sponsored by the Lipscomb University Department of Theatre and the Christian Scholars […]