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  • AmericanTheaterWeb NewsClips

  • Use the calendar above to find the clippings for a specific day, or use the list to the right to go to a specific group of clips. The site's updated 3-4 times a day generally. For you convenience, links below will take you to ATWTopNews (a quick listing of links to some of the day's top stories) and to ATWOriginals (original news and feautres from ATW).


1/15/09 AM Clips - Mid-West, Southwest, Mountain

Chicago Tribune

Daniel E. Allar, 1962-2009: Westchester actor had roles on stage, in 'Prison Break'

Chicago Tribune Theater Loop Blog

For theaters in the suburbs, Eileen Boevers wrote the roadmap

Time Out Chicago

Wicked waning
As Elphaba packs up her broom, we look at what we could have learned from the green machine.

Review: Macbeth @ Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Review: The Little Foxes @ Shattered Globe Theatre

Review: Touch @ New Leaf Theatre

Review: These Shining Lives @ Rivendell Theatre Ensemble

Review: The Sand Castle @ Theatre Seven of Chicago

Review: Post-Christmas Spectacular 1976 @ Brain Surgeon Theater

Review: Into the Pool, or The Cheshire Cat Mourns the Death of the American Dream @ Blackbird Theatre Ensemble

Daily Herald

Drury Lane's fine 'Saigon' revival overcomes troubled plotting
Welcome news for suburban theatergoers. Drury Lane Oak Brook's well-sung, wisely staged revival of "Miss Saigon" suggests

Minneapolis City Pages

Halfway Home satirizes Midwestern family life
No one can pile on festering resentments and sharpshooter snark quite like our nearest and dearest. Tolstoy was no doubt right when he wrote that...

Detroit Free Press

Ringwald plays up humor in 'Deathtrap'

More stage performances

Encore Michigan

14th Annual Ford Honors Program celebrates partnership between UMS, U-M and Royal Shakespeare Company
The University Musical Society will honor the Royal Shakespeare Company, its artistic director Michael Boyd, and retiring U-M Professor of English Ralph Williams at the 14th Annual Ford Honors Program on Saturday

Chorus Line dancers shine, but lack musicality
When A Chorus Line debuted in 1975, it was hailed as a revolutionary work. Its revealing look behind the scenes of Broadway, its stark, ...

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Actors Stacy Keach, Alan Cox shine in 'Frost/Nixon' at Palace Theatre For the next 10 days, there are two ways to enjoy "Frost/Nixon," Peter Morgan's absorbing study of one of the 20th century's oddest couples.

Cleveland Plain Dealer On Stage Impact Blog

Cleveland Play House lays off 5 senior staffers
As it prepared to open its first show of 2009 Wednesday night, the Cleveland Play House announced it has laid off five senior staff members in an effort to reduce costs and maintain high-quality productions and arts-education programs. The nonprofit...

CiN City Weekly

Shaking Things Up
Hanging with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's new YP group

Dallas Morning News

George Steel leaving Dallas Opera to lead New York City Opera
After only four months as general director of the Dallas Opera, George Steel is leaving at the end of January.

'Stellaluna' puppet production lets baby bat shine her own way
Batty about bats? We've got you covered. A new touring puppet production of Stellaluna, adapted from Janell Cannon's popular 1993 children's book about a baby bat, is coming to the Eisemann Center in Richardson on Sunday and to the McKinney Performing Arts Center on Jan. 23.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Dallas Theater Center creates nine-member company
The nine members will appear in shows along with SMU grad students and other actors.

Houston Press

Forward With Spring Awakening
Broadway in Houston presents a controversial musical

Capsule Stage Reviews: The Apostle, Arms and the Man, Black Comedy, The Light in the Piazza


Review: Miss Witherspoon at City Theatre

Denver Post

"Rabbit Hole": Grief's heavy burden


1/15/09 AM Clips - Mid-Atlantic, New England, South

Potomac Stages

Review: Amadeus @ St. Mark's Players

Philadelphia Inquirer

A modest Kimmel space hosts a modest revue
If retro suits you, you can't get more old-fashioned than Give My Regards to Broadway, the show that opened Tuesday for a monthlong run at Innovations, the wide black-box studio downstairs at the Kimmel Center.

A lesbian interpretation of 'Hedda Gabler'
Ibsen's Hedda Gabler is a deeply psychological play about deeply complex characters, and it has been endlessly interesting to both theater-goers and theater-makers. Students and scholars debate about it, and it is said that Freud learned Norwegian in order to read Ibsen in the original.

Philadelphia Weekly

Run Through
James Ijames as James in James and the Giant Peach.

Inis Nua Theatre Company opens its season with the American premiere of Irish playwright Paul Meade’s absorbing drama Skin Deep.


Oh, Desi! This Week in Philadelphia Theatre
This week's quote comes from the Othello scene in The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr, when we discover one of the actors was thinking of the other kind of moor. Now, on with the listings!

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

O'Reilly adds 4,500 gallons of water for 'Metamorphoses'
"Metamorphoses" is a celebration of mythology, love, the human spirit and the power of transformation.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On Stage Blog

Young Playwrights Festival lit up the dark days last week

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Set designers have their hands full with 'Metamorphoses'
When Ted Pappas put "Metamorphoses" on Pittsburgh Public Theater's season schedule, he knew it would be a big project. But he also wanted to make it the centerpiece of the 2008-09 season

'Elves and the Shoemaker' has story for all ages
Part of the fun of being cast as an elf in the Theatre Factory KidWorks' production of "The Elves and the Shoemaker" is getting to choose your character's identity

Pittsburgh City Paper (a new addition)

Jersey Boys
This production, directed by Des McAnuff, is one of the most brilliantly directed musicals I've ever seen.

There's more to the Public's Metamorphoses than the onstage pool.
"One of the things she does is remind us that these myths are still relevant to us today."

Boston Globe

Tom O'Horgan, 84; directed 'Hair,' other Broadway shows

Cambridge Chronicle / Cambridge Tab

Arts in the City

Boston Phoenix

Review: ASP's The Duchess of Malfi, Nora's The Cherry Orchard
Dying breeds

Providence Journal

Cinemas aren’t just about movies anymore but ‘entertainment destinations’
Go to the movies. And when you get there, don’t watch one. See something else: a telecast of an opera, a Red Sox game or a presidential inauguration. Or perhaps you can see a performance by living, breathing in-person people — singing, acting or joking around on stage.

Portland Phoenix

Stirring the pot
Changes are afoot in the local theater scene

Orlando Sentinel Attention Must Be Paid Blog

Surfside announces new season -- already!
Mad Cow schedules salon on arts and the economy


Review of Looped
It's 1955 and Tallulah Bankhead is glaring at the Coconut Grove Playhouse's heavily gay crowd, which is egging her on to camp up Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. It is a tipping point in her life, and in the new play Looped at the Cuillo Centre.

Sarasota Herald Tribune

Sweetly skewed
What's the best way for two unemployed male musicians to escape the Chicago mob? Dress up in drag and join an all-female band on a train headed for Miami, of course

Musical 'Grill' explores small-town life

Treasure Coast Palm

Review: 'Breaking Legs' a hilarious hit for Riverside

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Broadway smash sure to lift your spirits
“Hairspray” —- the 2002 Broadway smash that turned a subversive John Waters flick into a piece of bubblegum pop and inspired a Hollywood makeover starring John Travolta —- is virtually guaranteed to give you a lift.

Atlanta Creative Loafing

Perfect casting keeps Southern Comforts from going south
Jill Jane Clements and Steve Coulter prove perfectly cast in the mismatched romance 'Southern Comfort' at Georgia Ensemble Theatre.

Charlotte News & Observer

Updated 'Hamlet' finds its audience
Shakespeare has not been a staple at Sanford's Temple Theatre, usually home to popular musicals, personality revues and light comedies. Despite the theater's professional standards, staging "Hamlet" might seem a risky stretch for the company and its regular audience.

Charlotte Creative Loafing

Broadway bound part 1
Cold NYC winter, hot Broadway plays