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ATW News Digest - S.F. Mime Troupe's Red State opens - read the reviews

San Francsico Chronicle

Theater review: Mime Troupe bites the ballot

Contra Costa Times

S.F. Mime Troupe's 'Red State' lifts you out of depression

San Francisco Examiner

Right time for ‘Red State’
The San Francisco Mime Troupe has been producing original plays on national themes for nearly five decades, but its new production, “Red State,” is especially timely.

San Jose Mercury News

The power of political satire
Not-so-silent Mime Troupe unearths plenty of material

Chad Jones' Theater Dogs Blog
Review: 'Red State'
Great songs make Mime Troupe’s `Red State’ sing

ATW News Digest - Preview Features on Christopher Durang and The Marriage of Bette & Boo

New York Times

Dysfunctional Since Before It Was Cool
The playwright Christopher Durang talks about being ahead of the “dysfunctional” curve, tangling with Catholicism and missing Wendy Wasserstein.
* Audio Slide Show


Appreciating playwright-humorist Christopher Durang


Listen In: Kate Jennings Grant
'The Marriage of Bette & Boo'

New York Magazine

Julie Hagerty Sounds Funny
The Airplane! star lands safely onstage.


Set Points
With Passing Strange and The Marriage of Bette and Boo, designer David Korins continues his streak of surprising, often-amazing sets.


Loose Lips
Daniel Davis finds that it's good to be the King; Charles Strouse faces his past; and Julie Hagerty says Boo to Christopher Durang.

Inge Festival Honors Fantasticks Team Jones and Schmidt in 2009

Tom Jones and Harvey SchmidtTom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, two Texans who have fashioned American musical history, are the Honorees of the 28th annual William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, Kansas.

Jones and Schmidt—perhaps best known for The Fantasticks, the longest running musical in history—will receive the Inge Festival’s Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre Award from April 22-25, 2009. The Inge Festival is named for the late Pulitzer Prize (Picnic) and Oscar-winning writer William Inge, a native of Independence, Kansas.

The award will be presented at the festival’s Tribute finale, Sat. April 25. The Inge Festival is held at the William Inge Theatre at Independence Community College, located 90 miles north of Tulsa, Okla.

“Simplicity” is a supreme compliment that applies to Jones and Schmidt musicals. They broadened the scale of the Broadway musical with their engaging and innovative approach.

“This legendary writing team is bold and adventurous in their work; funny and touching, enormously romantic and sentimental without being cloying,” said Inge Center Artistic Director Peter Ellenstein. “They have a long line of marvelous, innovative musicals, and I’m excited to have the public gain greater knowledge of the breadth of shows by these phenomenal talents.”

The Honorees will be joined at the festival by actors and directors from New York and Hollywood throughout the four-day event. The guests will perform and also conduct public panels and workshops, a unique opportunity for the general public to directly learn from professionals in the field.

Since its founding in 1981, the Inge Festival has brought to America’s heartland some of the world’s most beloved playwrights. Past Inge Festival Honorees include Arthur Miller, August Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein, Stephen Sondheim, Neil Simon, and Edward Albee.

It is sponsored by the William Inge Center for the Arts at Independence Community College. The Inge Center is a year-round producer of professional play development workshops and theater education. For further information, visit: www.ingecenter.org.

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Garces' Los Illegals Opens Teatro Bravo Season in AZ

Teatro Bravo will open its 9th season with Los Illegals, a play written by Los Angeles-based playwright, Michael John Garces, and to be directed by Andres Alcala.

In Garces' play, immigrants at a day labor center fight for the right to seek work while a swirl of controversy around them gets anti-immigrant advocates calling for the closing of the center. When one of the workers gets arrested for an unrelated charge, the closing is imminent until the workers rally around the right to keep the center open.

Garces is the Artistic Director of the L.A.-based Cornerstone Theater where he developed the play using actual members of the community of immigrant, mostly Spanish-speaking workers as well as professional actors. He was inspired by the classic Spanish play, Fuenteovejuna by Lope de Vega, in which a small town rises against the tyranny of a local lord.

Los Illegals is written in a unique blend of English and Spanish, and it will be a fully bilingual production, which will be directed by Andres Alcala who starred in past Teatro Bravo productions such as Places to Touch Him and Men on the Verge 2. Alcala is an artistic associate with Childsplay where he’s doing a two-year residence thanks to the prestigious NEA/TCG Grant for Directors.

Teatro Bravo will produce two additional plays through the season, Blood Wedding (in Spanish) by Federico Garcia Lorca in April 2009, and a world premiere comedy, Little Queen, by Artistic Director Guillermo Reyes, in June 2009.

Los Illegals will run September 5-14 in Phoenix, Arizona. For further information, visit: www.teatrobravo.org.

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More Chances to Hear the Story of a Man Named Brady Sung in CA

Theater West in Los Angeles has announced that its current production of A Very Brady Musical has been extended and is now running through August 10. With book by Lloyd J. Schwartz and Hope Juber, and music and lyrics by Hope and Laurence Juber, "Brady" has been directed by Schwartz.

Based on the classic TV series, The Brady Bunch, created by Sherwood Schwartz (who's executive producer of the musical), the musical revolves around a misunderstanding: the Brady kids overhear a loud argument between their usually perfectly-in-love parents and think their parents might be heading for a divorce. What can they do? They dig in to raise money to obtain marriage counseling for their woe-stricken parents. Greg operates a car service; Marcia dates for money; Peter and Jan put on magic shows; and Bobby and Cindy look for money in couches. Meanwhile, Mike and Carol are desperately trying to have sex, something they have never done since they’ve always had six kids in the house and have never had any alone time.

According to press notes, "A Very Brady Musical is not The Brady Bunch, but it is a very affectionate satire." A chance to relive "some special Brady moments that you secretly wished had happened."

A Very Brady Musical runs at Theatre West (3333 Cahuenga Blvd West in Los Angeles) Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling 323-851-7977. Further information is available online at www.theatrewest.org and www.averybradymusical.com.

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