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Back to Broadway – Third new play in two years from Tracy Letts premieres at Steppenwolf in November 2017

With current goings on in Washington, the theatre has been crying out for a big new play on politics.  And who better to do it than Tracy Letts.

THE MINUTES will open at Steppenwolf in November 2017 and then transfer to Broadway.

This is the third new play in two years for Letts.

Meanwhile his LINDA VISTA opens March 30, 2017 at Steppenwolf.

SOLD OUT: David Byrne’s latest at Public Theater is already gone

Off the charts demand is a beautiful thing.  That’s the way it should be for theatre – not begging people to come support you, but rather battening down the hatches to control a wait list line that stretches around the block for a sold out show.

At the Public Theater, JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE, an exciting new show from David Byrne, opens next week.

But unless you have a ticket, it’s already gone, gone, GONE.

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Review: ASTORIA at Portland Center Stage is a wooden, pre-modern melodrama about heroic white men battling the wilderness – minus Eugene Levy

ASTORIA Adapted by Chris Coleman at Portland Center Stage

3-stars

Thru February 19, 2017

If you’re setting sail on the perilous journey of adapting a long historical drama for the stage, particularly one that tries to deal with the glorious (or not) story of America’s early days, you should be very familiar with two examples from the genre that define a spectrum of possible outcomes.

On one end, HAMILTON, the international juggernaut that breathes life into history by using forms and multi ethnic bodies of the present.  On the other, RED, WHITE AND BLAINE, the show staged inside of the film WAITING FOR GUFFMAN that has become a defining reference for amateur community theatre and (more subtly) oblivious historical white washing of what life on the merry frontier was like.

Astoria at Portland Center Stage
“How high a ridge I could not tell.” Eugene Levy could make ASTORIA really fun.
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Curious Theatre to produce Robert Schenkkan’s BUILDING THE WALL in April 2017

When real world events move fast and furious, it can be hard to get new plays out there that address what’s happening.  It takes a while to write a play.  And many theatres plan their seasons years in advance.

For Denver’s Curious Theatre, the recent elevation of an orangutan-maned lunatic to president was reason enough to move fast and furious.  They’ll be producing BUILDING THE WALL by Robert Schenkkan April 4-19, 2017.

Building the Wall by Robert Schenkkan

Catch you on The Flipside | New improv and sketch comedy show from Shelley McLendon debuts Feb 10 at Siren Theater

It’s mid winter in Portland. Hilarious, right?

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  It’s the period in between July 4 and August 15 known as summer.

But forget about that.  Here comes something to brighten your PNW blue gray mindset right NOW.

The Liberators Portland
Funny people dressed to kill. Photo: Andy Batt.

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The show is always on with L.A. Theatre Works

If you like theatre, you should know about L.A. Theatre Works.  But I’m betting you don’t.  So here’s a heads up to get the new year rolling.

L.A Theatre Works has been producing plays for audio in front of a live audience for over 25 years. They started off with CD’s in the mail and now distribute via all the usual channels, including Audible.  Their catalogue has grown to over 400 titles.  And many of these are blindingly good, must-listen shows.

L.A. Theatre Works

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Double threat Tracy Letts prepares another world premiere for Steppenwolf

He can act, he can write.  And he has won big awards for both disciplines.  For all we know, the man can also sing and dance and is readying his musical debut.  Any way you look at it, Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Tracy Letts is a force on the American stage and screen.

And he’s got another new play comin’ at you.  Soon.

Running March 30 – May 21, 2017, Letts’s Linda Vista hits the boards at Steppenwolf.

Looking for a destination theatre trip to put some spring in your step?  This promises to be one worth traveling for.

The drama is coming | 2017 season at Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens Feb 24

It’s the New Year, and already that resolution to have less drama in your life is under pressure.

Because opening weekend at Oregon Shakespeare Festival is coming up fast.  And you can’t miss that.  If you’re into theatre and anywhere near Oregon, there is no place else to be the weekend of Feb 24-26.  So ye best plan to attend for a bard load of drama, fun and food.

As always, the season kicks off with four openings over three days.  There are many other unique events over opening weekend that make this a theatre gathering unlike just about anything you’ll ever experience.  Think of it as Broadway under the Siskiyou.  With plentiful outdoor adventure options, it’s hard to think of a more exciting weekend.  Anywhere.

Ski in the morning, consume affogatos in the afternoon, watch Shakespeare at night.  It’s a tough life but someone has to do it.

May as well be you.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2017 season.
Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (2017): Sabina Zuniga Varela (Medea).