Birds, The
Yale Repertory Theater

The Yale School of Drama annually presents its Graduate Acting Class in a separate production from Yale Rep's regular schedule.  It is an event I've looked forward to and attended, with few exceptions, for more than 20 years, for it offers an opportunity to see potential stars of the future.  Many productions have been of Shakespeare plays, the most memorable one featuring Jane Kazmarek and Kate Burton.  This year, the choice is a free-wheeling adaptation of Aristophanes' classic, The Birds.  Written by Len Jenkin, playwright and teacher, and directed by Christopher Bayes, it employs

Rosalind Friedman
Birthday Suite
OnStage Playhouse

Not only does Birthday Suite fit the classical definition of farce, but Robin Hawdon's newest play, direct from the UK and under the talented direction of Bob Christensen, is hilarious. (Hawdon's Don't Dress for Dinner was well received a few years back.)

Robert Hitchcox
Black Comedy
Wilma Theater

When Black Comedy begins, the stage is in total darkness, but we hear actors moving about and talking normally, describing objects in a room - chairs, a piece of sculpture and so on û as if they see them clearly. Suddenly bright stage lights come on, as the characters exclaim: "Oh, a fuse must have blown. I can't see a thing."  This is the brilliant conceit that Peter Shaffer uses in this short comedy from early in his career. It is totally different from his dark, dramatic, best-known plays, Equus and Amadeus, and is a total delight. 

Steve Cohen
Black Nativity
Backlot Theater


Marie J. Kilker
Blackbird
Profiles Theater


Kevin Henely
Blithe Spirit
Legler Benbough Theater at USIU


Robert Hitchcox
Unexpected Man, The
Historic Asolo Theater

Banyan, having put down roots
as
Sarasota's special summer theater company, branches out with a
special brief winter treat for fans and to introduce itself to "season"
playgoers and new residents. Typically, the company chose a literary work. An
off-beat offering by Yasmina Reza, in a translation typically stamped by a Brit
who tends toward adaptation, The

Marie J. Kilker
Blast!
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts


Anne Siegel
Blithe Spirit
Theater Charlotte


Perry Tannenbaum
Blithe Spirit
Peninsula Players Theater In A Park


Ed Huyck
Blithering Heights
Ivanhoe Theater

Blithering Heights is another of the full-length improv offerings by The Free Associates, this one in the style of the Bronte Sisters. The evening I watched, they worked with audience suggestions to come up with heroine Catherine Milton, in love with Hunter, a man whose family business was secretly running a bordello.

Effie Mihopoulos
Blood Brothers
Downtown Cabaret Theater

Tell me it's not true. Say it's just a story, Something on the news. Tell me it's not true, Though it's here before me.

Rosalind Friedman
Blood Brothers
Theater Three


Rita Faye Smith
Blown Sideways Through Life
Florida Studio Theater


Marie J. Kilker
Blue/Orange
Nova Southeastern University's Mailman Hollywood Center Auditorium


Julie Calsi
Blue/Orange
Intiman Theater


Caldwell Titcomb
Blue Bird, The
Williamstown Theater Festival.


Steve Capra
Blue Bird, The
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theater


Simon Saltzman
Blue Man Group
Briar Street Theater


Mary Shen Barnidge
Blue Man Group
Charles Playhouse


Steve Capra
Blue Room, The
Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts - Cook Theater


Marie J. Kilker
Blue Room, The
Second Stage at the Adrienne


Steve Cohen
Blue Room, The
Broadway Studio Theater


Anne Siegel
Blue Rose
Milwaukee Repertory Theater - Stackner Cabaret


Anne Siegel
Blues In The Night
Florida Studio Theater


Marie J. Kilker
Bluff
MeX Theater at Kentucky Center for the Arts


Charles Whaley
Bob Called Hope, A
Summer Cabaret At Yale


Willard Manus
Bold Girls
Fort Lauderdale Children's Theater - Studio


Julie Calsi
Bonnie Parker
Trinity River Arts Center


Rita Faye Smith
bobrauschenbergamerica
Actors Theater of Louisville - Humana Festival


Charles Whaley
Body of Bourne, The
Mark Taper Forum


Willard Manus
Book of Candy, The
Playwrights Theater of New Jersey


Simon Saltzman
Book of Days
OnStage Playhouse


Robert Hitchcox
Book of Days
Martin Experimental Theater at Kentucky Center for the Arts


Lanford Wilson's
Book of Days, written in 1999, opens in a style reminiscent of Thornton Wilder's Our Town,
with citizens of a small Missouri Bible-Belt community spotlighted
inside a circle of chairs as they take turns enumerating the place's
assets and good points. But when Walt Bates (an excellent Larry
Singer), the town's rich and respected "feudal lord," who owns the

Charles Whaley
Book of Liz, The
Cygnet Theater

The Book of Liz is quite entertaining, totally eccentric, and takes a little getting used to.
Before us is a light-blue meeting room, sterile in its simplicity. Across the back wall is a row of hat pegs. Several hats are hanging, also in the same pale blue. There is a door in each of the side walls.

Robert Hitchcox
Book of Liz, The
Bathhouse Cultural Center


Rita Faye Smith
Born Yesterday
Utah Shakespearean Festival


While experiencing Garson Kanin's old chestnut,
Born Yesterday, at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, I could close my eyes and hear Judy Holliday, as Anne Newhall essayed a delightful characterization of Billie Dawn.

Rita Faye Smith
Boston Marriage
Cook Theater at Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts


Marie J. Kilker
Boswell's Dreams
Off-Broadway Theater


Anne Siegel
Boy Gets Girl
Poway Performing Arts Company


Robert Hitchcox

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