Theater News

Philadelphia Kids Spotlight: December '07
The Arden Theatre Company brings to life one of the world's most beloved stories with the company's new production of Sleeping Beauty (December 5-January 27). An updating of the classic fairy tale, director Whit MacLaughlin's production is an adventurous tale filled with swordfights, evil witches, magical dragons and over-protective parents.
Los Angeles Kids Spotlight: December '07
Two family shows should have wide appeal: Yo Ho Ho! A Pirate's Christmas (No Ho Arts Center, through-December 30) by James J. Mellon and Scott DeTurk; and Santa Monica Playhouse's new musical Alias Santa Claus (December 1-21).
London Kids Spotlight: December '07
Marianne Dreams (Almeida Theatre, December 13-January 19) is expressly crafted for the family Christmas crowd, and is based on Catherine Storr's novel of the same name as adapted by Moira Buffini. Will Tuckett directs and choreographs. Additionally, watch for Herge's Adventures of Tintin at the Playhouse (December 6-January 12), adapted by David Greig and the unusually creative Rufus Norris from the popular comic strip. Norris directs, and that's a true promise of something to see.
Florida Kids Spotlight: December '07
For a family-friendly circus event, try Cirque Eve, a spectacular show featuring performers from around the world (Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, December 27-29).
DC Metro Kids Spotlight: December '07
For the kids, there's Treasure Island (through December 30) at the Round House Theatre mainstage in Bethesda. Local playwright Ken Ludwig adapted Robert Louis Stephenson's 1833 adventure tale of pirate ships, swordfights, and buried treasure for the stage.
Chicago Kids Spotlight: December '07
Here are a few of the more interesting new holiday shows: The Quiltmaker's Gift is a sweet hour-long production based on the popular fairy tales by Jeff Brumbeau and Gail De Marcken (The Athenaeum, December 16); Silent Theatre Company's A Charlie Chaplin Christmas is a nearly-wordless show inspired by the late, great film star (The Chicago Cultural Center Studio, December 7-January 6); and in the Western suburbs, New World Repertory in Downers Grove offers Princess Donkey-Head, A Christmas Tale, a new play by M. E. H. Lewis based on the Scots folktale Kate Krackernuts (through December 22).
Love, I Hear
It wouldn't be Christmas without Hairspray star and legendary recording artist Darlene Love.
Boston Metro Kids Spotlight: December '07
Watertown's New Rep is repeating its lavish production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (December 9-23), with Actors Shakespeare Project founder Ben Evett playing Bob Cratchit and his son, Spencer, chiming in as Tim (December 9-23).
John Turturro and Alvin Epstein to Star in Beckett's Endgame at BAM
John Turturro (© Joseph Marzullo/Retna) John Turturro and Alvin Epstein will star in Samuel Beckett's Endgame, to play BAM's Harvey Theater, April 25-May
Close, Marsalis, Merkerson Set for Lincoln Center's Red Hot Holiday Stomp
Glenn Close (© Joseph Marzullo/Retna) Tony Award winner Glenn Close will host Jazz at Lincoln Center's annual holiday concert, Red Hot Holiday Stomp, to