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Leave your judgment at the pink doors of 'Priscilla'

The pink bus — the one with two drag performers and a transgender woman traversing the Australian interior and breaking into disco-crusted songs at the mere sight of a mozzie — looks more like a tea trolley on casters. The song stylings of The Weather Girls and Cyndi Lauper present some challenges...

If you could use a little fantasy, welcome the 'Psychonaut Librarians'

We are such stuff as dreams are made on. So, we better pick the right dreams — and fight like hell for them. That's pretty much the message underlying Sean Kelly's "Psychonaut Librarians," now in a world premiere with The New Colony. But given the malaise apparent in many sectors of the nation...

Now Casting: Short Martial Arts Sci-Fight Thriller and More Gigs

Today’s casting roundup includes three fantastic—and unique—on-camera opportunities for actors of all kinds. We have a martial arts thriller seeking lead and supporting talent, a feature film casting background, and more! MARTIAL ARTS...Show More Summary

Grants Aim for NYC Theaters to Reflect Audiences

Diversity and inclusion are the words on everyone’s lips, from the Academy to the Golden Globes—and, increasingly, the New York stage. The Theater Subdistrict Council is putting its money where its mouth is and donating $2 million in...Show More Summary

Kids Now Casting: Leading Role in Short Film ‘K-Town’ and More

Casting is underway for one young talent in “K-Town,” a short student film for the CalArts Film Directing Program. The project seeks a female actor aged 7–12 to play the leading role of Little Girl, who’s about 10 years old. The piece...Show More Summary

Review: The Christians (Steppenwolf Theatre)

Lucas Hnath’s latest drama, The Christians, is packed with the sort of provocative questions that fuel all-night philosophical discussions. As a debate, Steppenwolf's production has merit. As a drama, it falls short. This 80-minute piece ends up being underwritten, unoriginal and lacking in dramatic momentum. Show More Summary

Lin-Manuel Miranda says he'll play 'Hamilton' in Chicago for Oscar Lopez Rivera

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said he was "sobbing with gratitude" about the news that President Obama commuted the sentence of Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera and said he would play Alexander Hamilton at a Chicago performance for Rivera. "I wish I was with everyone in Chicago...

'Winter' shortcuts the choices we make as we age

Should the day arrive when I need to be persuaded to leave my family home for a retirement community, I sure hope my son does not act like Roddy, the callous offspring who shows up in Julie Jensen's newest play, "Winter," which opened Monday night at the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble after premiering...

Now Casting: Union and Nonunion Talent for Regional ‘Fences’ and More

With the big screen adaptation of “Fences” currently heating up the awards show circuit, you now have the chance to get cast in a regional production of the August Wilson drama. We also have two onscreen opportunities you might be perfect...Show More Summary

L.A. Now Casting: Dramatic Short Film ‘Wildness’ and Other Gigs

Los Angeles-area talent is needed for multiple roles in “Wildness: Based on a True Story,” a short film. Set in San Francisco in 1967, the piece depicts Wild Bill as he “balances fatherhood with a lifestyle born in the Summer of Love,...Show More Summary

Backstage Exclusive: Emma Stone on Audition Horrors in ‘La La Land’

The following content has been sponsored by Lionsgate. “The parts of Mia that I related to were going on audition after audition and walking into a room where everybody’s kind of dressed like the character, they look like you, you’re...Show More Summary

Lyric Opera, Joffrey to co-produce new Gluck ‘Orphee’ with L.A.

In a first collaboration between Lyric Opera, L.A. Opera and the Joffrey Ballet, a new coproduction of the 1774 Paris version of Gluck’s opera “Orphee et Eurydice” will debut next season in Chicago and Los Angeles, the companies announced Tuesday. The stage direction, choreography and designs will...

'Wicked' is coming back to Chicago this year

Goodness knows: The national tour of "Wicked" is returning to Chicago for a seven-week engagement during the holiday season at the end of this year, Broadway in Chicago announced Monday. The hit musical will be making its fourth visit to Chicago (one of which lasted for years). As is usual, the...

11 Indie Distributors’ Awards Season Contenders

“A Bigger Splash”: Jack English; “I, Daniel Blake”: Courtesy IFC Films; "Miss Sloane”: Kerry Hayes Awards season campaigns are an alchemical combination of politics, word of mouth, and sheer luck, and there’s often no telling where the chips may fall. Show More Summary

Review: La Gringa (UrbanTheater Company)

This La Gringa is worth the trip west, with an energetic cast and a lovely message about home and family. A solid production from beginning to end, La Gringa is heartwarming but not sappy, presented in a welcoming venue by a talented ensemble. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Now Casting: BuzzFeed-Style Web Series and More Paid Gigs

No one can resist a listicle! In today’s casting notices, an upcoming web show in the style of BuzzFeed is casting talent to serve as its hosts. We’ve also got a union Shakespeare production and a fantastic on-camera opportunity! BUZZFEED-TYPE...Show More Summary

Atlanta Now Casting: Earn More Than $2,000 in an Airline Print Ad

Photo: Pexels Fasten your seatbelts! An airline company is casting Atlanta-area talent for an upcoming print ad and the gig will pay $2,250. Male and female talent, ages 18–59, is sought. Shooting is slated for Feb. 14–15 in Atlanta, Georgia. Show More Summary

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