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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).


5/28/08 AM Clips - National, Industry


Mistress Marguerite, Plucky Eliza Romp on London Stages: Warwick Thompson
A Louis XV Parisian drawing room becomes a poky garret within a blink. A chic nightclub turns into a railway station. The transformations in Paul Brown's sets for the London musical ``Marguerite'' are a joy to behold.


Douglas Theater digs 'Bengal Tiger'
Play to premiere during 2008-09 season

'Bronx Tale' moves to L.A.
Chazz Palminteri takes play to Wadsworth

Broadway box office holding steady
Tonys continue to fuel sales

Review: Prisoner of the Crown @ Irish Rep
Treason! But not really! That's the focus of Richard Stockton's mistakenly impassioned "Prisoner of the Crown," in which the villainous English persecute nobleman Richard Casement, a champion of the oppressed -- first the Congolese who suffered under Belgium's monstrous Leopold II, and then the Irish Republicans who rebelled against the Brits. Casement is an undeniably fascinating figure, but "Prisoner" lovingly (and selectively) details what must be the least interesting part of his life.

Review: Taking Steps @ South Coast Rep
Not a sex farce or even a want-to-have-sex farce, Alan Ayckbourn's 1979 "Taking Steps" is a "want to realize my full potential" farce bursting with need and self-absorption. Cannily recognizing a distinctively '70s brand of "Free to Be You and Me" cant running through the daffy proceedings, helmer Art Manke ladles a tasty gravy of disco and polyester over his briskly cheerful South Coast Rep production.

Review: She Loves Me @ the Huntington Theatre
There's a sense of sweet desperation among the characters who work at Maraczek's Parfumerie in Bock and Harnick's "She Loves Me," which is getting a valentine of a production from Huntington Theater Company, marking helmer and artistic director Nicholas Martin's Beantown swan song. The show will have an extended life when it follows its Boston run with a stint at Williamstown Theater Festival, where Martin launches his first season as the new a.d.

Back Stage

Blink reviewed by Ronni Reich
Ian Rowlands' Blink never feels entirely new. Though a portrayal of the effects of child abuse is hardly as much of a standby storyline as betrayal or coming of age, it's no revelation that victims' suffering is real.

Great Small Works' Eighth International Toy Theater Festival by Jerry Portwood
Puppet performances often attract peculiar audiences, and toy theater — a form of puppet storytelling that traditionally involved miniature paper cutouts — seems especially prone to gatherings of eccentric connoisseurs of luddite art.

How Theater Failed America reviewed by David Sheward
News flash: The American theatre is in a terrible state. What? You already knew that? But do you know how it got that way and what, if anything, can be done about it?

Marathon 2008 Series reviewed by Gwen Orel
B Note to playwrights: a situation is not a plot. Plays without plot are essentially undramatic — nothing's at stake.

The Witlings reviewed by Gwen Orel
Meddling old women, gossipy bubbleheads, and pompous pretenders will always be with us. So long as the follies of humankind cross cultures and continents, good satire will be eternal.

Financial Times

Top Girls, Biltmore Theatre, New York
With its echoes of Judy Chicago’s ur-feminist installation ‘The Dinner Party’, the opening scene introduces elements of a grand fantasia, writes Brendan Lemon

5/28/08 AM Clips - Online Sources


Baker's Body Awareness, With Clem, Friedman, McCann, Williams, Premieres in NYC May 28
Revenge With Music: Cuccioli Is Salieri in NJ Amadeus May 28-June 22
Kid From Brooklyn, the Danny Kaye Bio Musical, Makes Chicago Bow May 28
Cubby Bernstein Speaks at Xanadu's One-Year Anniversary Celebration May 28
TV Anchor Applegate Makes Broadway Debut in Chicago May 28
Pulitzer Finalist Rebeck Takes Part in Free Discussion May 28
L.A.'s Douglas Will Premiere Bengal Tiger and Welcome Tigress Julie White in Little Dog
Palminteri's Bronx Tale to Play the Wadsworth in September
Palm Beach Dramaworks Will Give Peter and Jerry Its Florida Premiere
Scenic Designer Anna Louizos Captured the Heights by Wandering Its Streets
Mamma Mia! to Welcome a New Sophie June 4
PHOTO CALL: Off-Broadway Gets Saved by New Musical


Peter Filichia's Diary: You Won't Believe Some of These

A King-Sized Talent
Emmy Award winner Andre Braugher returns to the stage as Claudius in the Public Theatre's

Review: Amistad
Anthony and Thulani Davis' historical opera is an extraordinary piece of theater.

Hoch, Kaufman, White, et al. Set for Kirk Douglas Theatre's 2008-2009 Season
Akers, Ebersole, Kushner, Mason, Mitchell, Morrison, Peters, Rabe, Szot, et al. to Appear at Barnes & Noble
Dancing at the Crossroads Set for June 8; Goldberg and Rhea to Host Fire Island Dance Fesitval
Foote, Milburn, Porter, Simonson, Vigoda, et al. Set for City Theatre's Momentum:08


Q & A: Danny Burstein with of 'South Pacific'


Review: TELL @ Collective Unconscious