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A tragic plane crash cut short country singer Patsy Cline's brilliant career in 1963. She was just 30 years old. Cline went on to become a legend a...
The musical Road Show tells the story of two brothers, Wilson (Tom Frey) and Addison (L. Jay Myer). Sons of a critical father, they're both caught ...
Martin Luther, the radical father of the Protestant reformation, taught theology at Wittenberg University, Germany's most prestigious institute of higher learning. Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe placed his quasi-mythical Doctor... More »
Once you've had your fill of Sugar Plums, Messiahs and Scrooges, there's always room for more presents, so... Panto Mother Goose The latest installment of Stages Repertory Theatre's annual Christmas "pantomimes" has a nimble score by David... More »
In the performance history of 2 Pianos 4 Hands, about to start at Stages Repertory Theatre, only 22 actors have ever played either of the two parts, according to actor/director Tom Frey. That’s because to be in this play — and it’s a play, not a... More »
Before it was an Academy Award-nominated film, Steel Magnolias was an off-Broadway play. The six-woman drama about a mother, her diabetic newlywed daughter and their beauty parlor friends tackles marriage, children, widowhood and everything in... More »
Jukebox musicals, productions that string classic songs together with a loose plot, have long been theater mainstays. The latest jukebox musical from Stages Repertory Theatre, Life Could Be a Dream, features doo-wop standards from the 1960s,... More »
Producing Artistic Director Kenn McLaughlin proved himself over and over at Stages Repertory Theatre last season. The season of powerful scripts moved easily from money-making musicals like Altar Boyz to thoughtful social commentaries such as The Unseen and Black Pearl Sings. Rich with political heft, hilarious jokes and emotional power, the season was most impressive for its commitment to exploring what it means to be human in a difficult and complicated world. Add in the fact that most every production was beautifully cast and wonderfully directed, with designs from folks like Jon Gow and Kirk Markley that captured the strange beauty of the world, and you've got a season to remember.
A musical about two old cat ladies bitching at each other endlessly in annoying accents? Doesn't sound like a great idea. Even if you toss in the facts that it's based on a true story, the two eccentric recluses were related to Jackie O, and one dated Joe Kennedy, Jr. But Stages' production of Grey Gardens was the marvel of the season, and audiences couldn't get enough of it. Nancy Johnston and Susan O. Koozin nailed their roles, and director Kenn McLaughlin somehow made you forget just how... More »
Producing Artistic Director Kenn McLaughlin proved himself over and over at Stages Repertory Theatre last season. The season of powerful scripts moved easily from money-making musicals like Altar Boyz to thoughtful social commentaries such as The Unseen and Black Pearl Sings. Rich with political heft, hilarious jokes and emotional power, the season was most impressive for its commitment to exploring what it means to be human in a difficult and complicated world. Add in the fact that most... More »
Stages set the pace for the entire theatrical season with its boisterous production of Jane Martin's Anton in Show Business. After that, artistic director Rob Bundy never looked back. Some of the best productions included the strange and disturbing comedy about a group of suits from corporate America in Laura Hembree's Car Pool. The holiday season brought the requisite musical; this year Bundy produced the understated and beautifully ironic Company, by Stephen Sondheim. Old Wicked Songs, by... More »
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