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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).


5/29/08 AM Clips - UK

The Independent

The Revenger's Tragedy: The bloody classic is given a modern twist
Joe Orton used two lines from The Revenger's Tragedy as the epigraph to What the Butler Saw – "Surely we are all mad people, and they/ Whom we think are, are not". It's easy to see why he liked the horror-comic Jacobean vision of moral anarchy....

Review: The Revenger's Tragedy, Royal Exchange, Manchester
Bloody return for anti-hero Tompkinson

Review: 'The Common Pursuit', Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Excellent! Theatres forced to withdraw misleading reviews

Financial Times

The Cherry Orchard, Chichester Festival Theatre, West Sussex
With a star-studded casting, it hardly matters that Philip Franks offers what would otherwise be a solid but unexceptional version of Chekhov’s piece, writes Ian Shuttleworth

The Times UK

Review: The Common Pursuit, Menier Chocolate Factory, London
A darkly comic tale of compromise and lost ideals in a revival of a 1984 play about a group of Cambridge undergraduates

Restorers avoid Shakespearean curse
Workmen undertaking renovation of Bard's tombstone endeavour not to fall foul of threat in verse

The Guardian

Hidden charges add 30% to cost of seat for music and theatre fans
Which? magazine calls for more transparency as report highlights 'sneaky extra' fees on ticket prices

Review: The Sound of My Voice, Citizens, Glasgow
Mark Fisher enjoys a good-looking production about a family man's alcohol-fuelled midlife crisis

Review: Breaking the Silence, Playhouse, Nottingham
Alfred Hickling likes Stephen Poliakoff's tale of his grandfather's life in post-revolutionary Russia

Daily Telegraph

Fat Pig: LaBute fails to tackle the big issues in tale about obesity
Charles Spencer reviews Fat Pig at Trafalgar Studios.


X-Factor’s Ray Quinn Headlines Grease from 16 Jun

5/28/08 Late Day Clips - All

Miami Herald - Drama Queen Blog

Winning new plays
Actors' Playhouse, partnering with the Funding Arts Network, has found two winners in its "From Page to Stage" play-writing competition.

San Jose Mercury News - Karen D'Souza Blog

”No Child” busts box office records at Berkeley Rep

Chad Jones' Theater Dogs Blog

Bay Area’s best theater bets

The Envelope - Los Angeles Times

Chicago Tribune - Theater Loop Blog

Wait! What happened to the Chicago Improv Festival?

Monologist Mike Daisey headed to Chicago

Cash for Court
The Court Theatre has snagged some major new funding. Hyde Park Bank is coughing up $150,000 in a three-year sponsorship deal. That will make the locally based bank the theater's largest corporate supporter and the sole sponsor of one show in each of the next three seasons.


Review: Little Otik, Citizens', Glasgow
As arguments over the baby go, "When was the last time you varnished him?" is one of the less common accusations made by a wife to her husband. But when your child has been fashioned from a tree stump and you have to keep him hidden in case the neighbors notice his stick-like fingers, it's the kind of thing that matters. Thus it is, in Vanishing Point's visually striking adaptation of Jan Svankmajer's surreal 2000 movie, "Little Otik," that an infertile couple have their wishes fulfilled, only to be propelled into a nightmarish fairy tale of gothic dimensions.

Review: Rosmersholm, Almeida, London
Even the grave can't stop characters from the past exerting control over prisoners of the present in Ibsen's "Rosmersholm." With its plethora of guilty secrets threatening to strangle everyone's future, the rarely staged drama is further testament to the playwright's prevailing theme. Anthony Page's production for the Almeida cannot solve all the play's problems, but his cast mounts an intermittently strong case for the defense.

Back Stage

Artefacts reviewed by Jerry Portwood
Mike Bartlett's Artefacts begins with 16-year-old Kelly discovering her father, who abandoned her before she was born, is Iraqi.


Ensemble Studio Theatre Announces Final Casting for Marathon 2008
Jason Robert Brown's 13 Sets Broadway Preview Date
Schneider Replaces Singh in The Euthanasiast at PS 122
In the Heights Troupers Will Perform and Sign Cast Recording in NYC June 5
Thespis, Lost G&S Operetta, Gets New Score by Thomas Z. Shepard
Pierce and Roberts to Star in Streetcar, Bledsoe and Corbett to Be Part of Little Dog at the Intiman


Black, Davis, Gilroy, Grifasi, Rivera, Zarish, et al. Set for EST Marathon Series C
Evans, Rodriguez, Williamson, et al. Set for Theater of the Stars' Oklahoma!


Robert Foxworth Headed to Broadway's August: Osage County

Talkin' Broadway

S.F. Reviews: 'No Child...', 'The Ladies of the Camellias', 'Peddling Rainbows'

The Times UK

Review: F***ing Men, Finborough, London
The bombastic title doesn’t match the tone of the play, which is more wordy and thoughtful than violent and shocking

Review: Lead us into Temptation, Old Red Lion, London
Some freestyle punk poeticism. Sincerely meant musings on faith and hope end up the wrong kind of anguish for the audience