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Santa Cruz Shakespeare Gives English Translation of Goldoni's The Antiquarian's Family World Premiere

Alongside its mainstage productions - Romeo and Juliet, All's Well That End's Well, Bach at Leipzig, and Burn This - this summer, Shakespeare Santa Cruz will present two performances of its annual "Fringe Show," The Antiquarian's Family, or The Mother and Daughter-in-Law," a comedy by Carlo Goldoni in a world premiere translation by by Beatrice Basso. Performances of "Family" will be August 12 and 19.

Goldoni's comedy centers on generational conflicts within a family. The titular antiquarian is Count Anselmo, who is irremediably absorbed by his collection of antiquities. At the same time, Doralice, his newly acquired daughter-in-law, who lacks a noble pedigree but compensates with a fat dowry, is engaged in relentless fights with his wife Isabella. Doralice's father Pantalone takes matters in his own hands, trying to placate the internal wars that are threatening to collapse the household's stability.

The Shakespeare Santa Cruz Fringe Show is a full-length and fully-produced play featuring the Summer Season interns. The Fringe Show is an integral part of SSC's season, providing invaluable stage and production experience to our interns who travel from all across the country to participate as full-fledged Company members alongside Equity and professional actors, directors, designers, and production artists. In addition to their Fringe Show roles, the interns also participate in our Season’s four professional productions both on the stage and behind the scenes.

Tickets for the performances of "The Antiquarian's Family" are $14.00 and can be purchased by calling 831-459-2159 or by visiting: www.santacruztickets.com. Further information is available online at: www.shakespearesantacruz.org.

BC/EFA Annual Flea Market Scheduled for Sept. 21

Thee 22nd Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will be held Sunday, September 21 from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM in Shubert Alley & West 44th Street. The event is free and open to the public.

During the course of the BC/EFA Flea Market, visitors, browsers, and buyers can do everything from posing with their favorite Broadway star for photos to buying lost cast recordings, signed show posters and Playbills, rare costume sketches or that special gift for a theatre-lover that can't be found anywhere else.

One of the most popular sites at Broadway’s one-day sale is the Celebrity Autograph Table at which your favorite stars from Broadway, Off-Broadway and Daytime Drama sign autographs and pose for photos in exchange for donations to BC/EFA.

Specific items for sale at the Flea Market, packages to be auctioned, and stars to appear at the Celebrity Autograph Table will be announced at www.BroadwayCares.org.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fund raising and grant making organization. BC/EFA is the on-going, committed response from the American theater community to an urgent worldwide health crisis. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of this community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes across the United States. Since it’s founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $140 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS, HIV, or HIV-related illnesses.

August: Osage County Plays 300th Performance August 13th

Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County - winner of the 2008 Tony, Pulitzer Prize, Drama Desk, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play - will play its 300th performance on Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway. The show is the longest running play of the 2007-2008 season.

Directed by Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award Winner Anna D. Shapiro, August: Osage County is a comedy-drama focusing on the Weston family following the disappearance of the family’s patriarch.

The production currently stars Robert Foxworth, Kimberly Guerrero, Brian Kerwin, Madeleine Martin, Mariann Mayberry, Michael McGuire, Amy Morton, Sally Murphy, Estelle Parsons, Molly Regan, Jim True-Frost, Troy West, and Frank Wood.

Performances, at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street) are Tuesday-Friday at 7:30PM, matinees are on Wednesday and Saturdays at 2:00PM, Saturdays at 8:00PM and Sundays at 3:00PM. Tickets can be purchased at www.Telecharge.com, or by calling (212) 239-6200. Further information is available online at www.AugustOnBroadway.com

Ross Appears in London With Good Thing Going, Prepares CD Release

London’s favourite New Yorker and ‘The Crown Prince of New York Cabaret’ (NY Times), Manhattan based singer/pianist Steve Ross will come to London’s Pizza on the Park with his award-winning internationally acclaimed show Good Thing Going - the songs of Stephen Sondheim and more…

In an expansive program which illustrates the extraordinary scope of Sondheim’s work, Ross will offer a host of songs by one of Broadway’s greatest figures. During his performance which follows his sold-out season in New York, audiences can also expect a generous dose of classics from the American Songbook in Ross' signature style that has established him as one of the great cabaret performers.

This appearance will continue Ross' 25 year association with London audiences that began at The Ritz. Ross' appearance at Pizza on the Park will coincide with the release of his new studio recording of the show.

Performances of Good Thing Going are October 21 through 26 at Pizza on the Park (11 Knightsbridge in London). Reservations for tickets (£20/£15) can be made by calling +44 08456 027017. Further information is available online at: www.pizzaonthepark.co.uk

ATW News Digest - Sullivan Opens in Gurney's Buffalo Gal - read the reviews


A Valentine to Theater, Buffalo NY and Chekhov in Gurney's Buffalo Gal

New York Times

Stranger in Newly Strange Lands: Home and Theater
“Buffalo Gal” is the most appealing A. R. Gurney comedy to arrive in New York since “Mrs. Farnsworth.”

New York Daily News

Sullivan shines in 'Buffalo Gal'
A surefire way for an actress to make a lousy first impression: show up for rehearsal uncertain of her lines and then announce she's mulling a better-paying gig. In A.R. Gurney's pleasant and wispy comedy "Buffalo Gal," that's what the faded TV star Amanda does.

New York Sun

A Specimen of Small-Town WASPdom
With the exception of "Love Letters" and its revolving door of big-name actors, A.R. Gurney has never relied too heavily on casting stars. In some three dozen finely etched plays written over a quarter century, the inhabitants of his chosen world…

Hartford Courant

Good Cast Spices Up Gurney's 'Buffalo Gal'

Associated Press

Gurney's 'Buffalo Gal' tries to reclaim her past, celebrates Buffalo


Gurney Shuffles Deckful of Gags in Pointed, Wry `Buffalo Gal': John Simon
There are good plays and bad plays; in between there are bad good plays and good bad plays. The dividing line is pretty thin, which is why I hesitate to say in which of these middle categories A.R. Gurney's new ``Buffalo Gal,'' now at Primary Stages in Manhattan, precisely belongs. It is more good than bad; I only wish it didn't try to cover so many bases.


Review: Buffalo Gal
While constructing clever literary parallels to delight academic minds, Gurney also gives a big hug to his native Buffalo and to regional theaters everywhere, for upholding the community values of an America rapidly falling off the map.

Back Stage

Buffalo Gal reviewed by David Sheward
In Buffalo Gal, the prolific A.R. Gurney examines the two worlds he knows best — the theatre and the WASP upper crust.


Review: Buffalo Gal
A. R. Gurney's perfectly pleasant comedy about a fading Hollywood star's return to her hometown's local theater lacks bite.

Talkin' Broadway

Review: Buffalo Gal
Paths toward theatrical art and filmic commerce intersect, in ways merry and melancholy, in the stirring play Buffalo Gal at Primary Stages at 59E59...


Review: Buffalo Gal


Review: Buffalo Gal