Latest TheatreWorks Stories

2008-07-18 18:00:28

By Christopher Blank Almost every woman owns a piece of jewelry that belonged to her mother or a beloved relative - a keepsake that holds sentimental value or a secret story cherished by its owner. In "String of Pearls," produced by Playhouse on the Square and running through Aug. 3 at TheatreWorks, the history of such an heirloom is revealed as it changes hands and hearts. Playwright Michele Lowe's inventive storytelling is reminiscent of the film "The Red Violin," as the title object...

2008-07-04 00:00:17

Organisers are hoping the weather will be kind for this year's Open-air Theatre Festival in Cheltenham. The event at The Tuckwell Amphitheatre in Shelburne Road was blighted by downpours last year but, come rain or shine, it is back for a fifth year of exhilarating outdoor performances later this month. The amphitheatre was built more than 70 years ago of Cotswold stone and is Cheltenham's only open-air venue. This year's varied festival programme includes laid-back jazz, classic...

2008-06-24 02:29:55

By Karen D'Souza, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jun. 23--"Popular!" -- the hit song from "Wicked" -- perfectly sums up the Stephen Schwartz songbook. He's that rare Broadway composer whose shows have transcended generations of musical theater hits from landmarks such as "Pippin" (1972) and "Godspell" (1976) to the current smash hit "Wicked" (2003). Schwartz may not be as well known as Andrew Lloyd Webber or as esteemed as Stephen Sondheim, but there is a miraculously buoyant quality to...

Word of the Day
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.