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NY Times raves BRIEF ENCOUNTER is “Exquisite” & “Enchanting!”

NEW YORK TIMES

September 28, 2010

Theater Review | ‘Brief Encounter’

Arm’s-Length Soul Mates, Swooning but Stoically Chaste

By BEN BRANTLEY

The acrobatics of love are performed in high style in “Brief Encounter,” which is surely the most enchanting work of stagecraft ever inspired by a movie. It’s not erotic, Kama Sutra-style contortions that I’m talking about. The physical activities that occur in this exquisite British-born production, which opened on Tuesday night at Studio 54, are both more everyday and exotic than that, routinely described but seldom enacted.

Walking on air, going head over heels, drowning in passion and, above all, falling, falling, falling in love: commonplace metaphors take on literal, revitalizing life in Emma Rice’s adaptation of the 1945 David Lean movie about a genteel, middle-class, almost adulterous couple. Once Laura (Hannah Yelland) meets Alec (Tristan Sturrock) in a train station, the laws of gravity are destined to be suspended. And two seemingly sensible, earthbound people will be, quite literally, swept off their feet and into the stars.

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BBB Fall Preview: Brief Encounter

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) in association with David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Cineworld presents Kneehigh Theatre’s production of Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, adapted and directed by Emma Rice.  Brief Encounter is an imaginative new work that combines elements of Noël Coward’s beloved screenplay, and the one act play on which it was based, with song, dance and Technicolor displays of emotion.  The cast will include Joseph Alessi, Dorothy Atkinson, Damon Daunno, Gabriel Ebert, Edward Jay, Annette McLaughlin, Adam Pleeth, Tristan Sturrock and Hannah Yelland. This breakout hit from London’s Kneehigh Theatre played a sold out run at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY and has also played critically acclaimed engagements at ACT and the Guthrie Theater.

Previews begin September 10, 2010 / Opens September 28, 2010 / Limited Engagement

Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street)

Roundabout presents Brief Encounter on Broadway

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

in association with David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Cineworld

Presents

Kneehigh Theatre’s

Critically Acclaimed Production of

Noël Coward’s

BRIEF ENCOUNTER

Adapted and Directed by Emma Rice

“By the show’s end I felt enlivened, enlightened and seriously moved,” – Ben Brantley, NY Times.

For a Q&A with Artistic Director Todd Haimes about the production, CLICK HERE

Previews begin September 10th, 2010; Official Opening September 28th, 2010

on Broadway at Studio 54

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Highlights of 2009-2010 Broadway Season

2009-2010 Broadway Season Officially Ends

HIGHLIGHTS OF A HISTORIC STAR-FILLED YEAR, PACKED WITH SHOWS:

Burn The Floor • Bye Bye Birdie • The Royal Family • Hamlet • After Miss Julie • Wishful Drinking • Ragtime • White Christmas  • A Little Night Music • A View From the Bridge • The Miracle Worker • A Behanding in Spokane •
Times Stands Still • Present Laughter • Next Fall • Looped • Red • Lend Me a Tenor • Million Dollar Quartet • La Cage aux Folles •  Sondheim on Sondheim • Fences • Collected Stories • Everyday Rapture


With the opening last night of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Everyday Rapture, the 2009-2010 Broadway Season officially comes to an end.
 
One of the busiest and exciting Broadway seasons in years included many moments that will make it truly memorable.  
 
Follow along with us on Twitter (@BBBway) as we look back at this electric, star-packed season.  
 
@OfficialBTF:
“Last summer, the Longacre heated up with the dancers of BURN THE FLOOR.  Maks and Karina from DWTS were a special treat for audiences.”
 
@B3onBroadway:
“The new Henry Miller’s Theatre opened in September with the first revival of the famous rock-n-roll musical BYE BYE BIRDIE.  Mayor Bloomberg cut the ribbon!”

@MTC_NYC:
“THE ROYAL FAMILY was so luscious, even the NY Times is still talking about it:   http://tinyurl.com/39yw4vg .”
 
@HamletBway09:
“Jude Law returned to Broadway last fall in the Donmar Warehouse’s mega-hit acclaimed production of HAMLET.”
 
@NightMusicBway:
“Celebrated stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury lit up Broadway this Winter in the first revival of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Carrie Fisher had audiences rolling in the aisles as she told her sordid, martini soaked tale in WISHFUL DRINKING.”
 
@BBBWAY:
“The Neil Simon Plays: Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by David Cromer, earns enthusiastic reviews, but plays briefly at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Patrick Marber’s AFTER MISS JULIE brought Sienna Miller & Jonny Lee Miller together in an intoxicating tango.”
 
@SignatureTheatr:
 “Signature Theatre enjoys one of its biggest critical successes with the marathon trilogy production, Horton Foote’s THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, directed by Michael Wilson.”
 
@RagtimeonBway09:
“The celebrated musical RAGTIME returned to Broadway this Fall, breathing new life into the beloved American epic.”
 
@BBBWAY:
“IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS returned to Broadway at the Marquis Theatre this Winter, making it New York’s newest holiday tradition.”

@VIEWonBroadway:
“The new year began dramatically with Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson in a definitive production of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE.
 
@RTC_NYC:
“The dashing Victor Garber nailed the classic Noel Coward matinee idol role in a very funny revival of PRESENT LAUGHTER.”
 
@MTC_NYC:
“Donald Margulies’ newest play, TIME STANDS STILL earns rave reviews in its Broadway debut at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.”
 
@MiracleWorkerNY:
“THE MIRACLE WORKER brought Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin to Circle in the Square for her Broadway debut, alongside Tony nominee Alison Pill.”
 
@LoopedBroadway:
“Valerie Harper returned to Broadway in March in a tour-de-force performance as Tallulah Bankhead in LOOPED.”
 
@NextFall:
“Geoffrey Naufft’s new American play NEXT FALL opened in March and was lauded by critics for its humor, compassion and depth.”
 
@BehandingBWAY:
“March roared in like a lion with Chris Walken’s memorable portrayal of a one-handed man in A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE.”
 
@MillionDQuartet:
“In April, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET became Broadway’s newest smash hit musical featuring a treasure trove of beloved rock and roll songs.”
 
@LendTenorNYC:
“Uproarious laughter has filled The Music Box since the April bow of Ken Ludwig’s madcap comedy Lend Me A Tenor, directed by Stanley Tucci.”
 
@RedonBroadway:
“Stage & screen vet Alfred Molina and Broadway newcomer Eddie Redmayne paint NY RED in John Logan’s new play, directed by Michael Grandage.”
 
@LaCageBroadway:
“LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opens to raves for Kelsey Grammer & Douglas Hodge and the ingeniously reinvented production, directed by Terry Johnson.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“The adoration for Sondheim’s musical genius continued this spring in SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM.  Barbara Cook is a rare treat for Broadway audiences.”
 
@MTC_NYC:
“Donald Margulies’ COLLECTED STORIES premiered on Broadway at MTC, starring Linda Lavin, Sarah Paulson and directed by Lynne Meadow.”
 
@FencesBroadway:
“The first Broadway revival of FENCES, directed by Kenny Leon, opened to a chorus of raves for stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Sherie Rene Scott finished the season off with a bang, wowing critics with her new musical EVERYDAY RAPTURE.” 

www.twitter.com/bbbway 
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PRESENT LAUGHTER’s Victor Garber on NY Times website

Roundabout’s Present Laughter opens on Broadway tonight at the American Airlines Theatre.

The New York Times
January 20, 2010
 
ArtsBeat

Five Questions for Victor Garber
By ERIK PIEPENBURG <http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/author/erik-piepenburg/>
Victor Garber is tired of people telling him how closely he resembles Garry Essendine, the womanizing, petulant, vain, showy-rich actor he plays in the Roundabout Theater Company’s Broadway revival of Noel Coward’s comedy “Present Laughter.”
“The number of people who said ‘It sounded like you talking’ is terrifying,” Mr. Garber said with a laugh.
During a break in rehearsals, Mr. Garber answered a few questions about the show and what it’s like to portray a character that Coward himself played in the original British production in 1942. Following are excerpts from his conversation.
Q.
“Present Laughter” was last on Broadway in 1996, with Frank Langella and Allison Janney. What makes this revival different from that production or any others?
A.
There is a poignant aspect to these people and a kind of depth that often is not explored. That’s what we’re trying to do. In no way are we deconstructing, God forbid, but we are making it as human as we can.
Also, I think it’s a very timely play in that it deals with resenting getting older, hitting middle age and the power of friendship.
Q.
But how do you keep the play, set in a world of elegance and servants of the late 1930s, relevant for today’s audiences?
A.
I think this is maybe Coward’s best play. If it’s done well it will have relevance. It’s not a question of the social implications or what he was saying about society of the day. It’s the fact that it illuminates the human condition. That’s always relevant.
Q.
How does this production bring out what Coward was trying to say about this people?
A.
He was very aware of, and unabashedly so at that time period, about love and marriage. He was as open as he could be in his time. I think it’s a really honest representation of the play.

Click here to read the full story:
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/20/five-questions-for-victor-garber/

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PRESENT LAUGHTER’s Theatre-PLUS dates

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

THEATRE-PLUS DATES!

Theatre-PLUS programs enhance the theatre-going experience
for thousands of subscribers.
 
Victor Garber
in
PRESENT LAUGHTER

By Noël Coward
Directed by Nicholas Martin

Opening on Broadway tonight at the American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) announces dates for all Theatre-PLUS programs for Present Laughter. Theatre-PLUS programs enhance the theatre-going experience for thousands of subscribers.
 
EARLY CURTAIN SERIES
Whether you love late dinners, value your early bedtime, or want to avoid the late commuter train, Roundabout’s Early Curtain Series will get you out of the theatre up to an hour earlier than other shows.
Tuesday                                February 9                7:00PM
Wednesday                          February 10        7:00PM
Thursday                              February 11        7:00PM
Friday                                   February 12        7:00PM
Saturday                               February 13        7:00PM
Tuesday                                February 16        7:00PM
Wednesday                          February 17        7:00PM
Thursday                              February 18        7:00PM
Friday                                   February 19        7:00PM

THE LOUISE AND ARDE BULOVA SIGN INTERPRETED SERIES
Please call Hands-On at (212) 740-3087 (voice)-TTY callers use relay 711- to get more information about how to enjoy this special series for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Tuesday                                February 2           8:00 PM               

Saturday                               February 6           2:00 PM           
 
CELEBRITY SERIES
Forget the stage door! Roundabout’s Celebrity Series brings members of the cast and crew to you, when a Roundabout teaching artist leads a lively post-show discussion about what really happens behind the scenes of a production.
Sunday                                  January 31          following the 2:00 PM performance            

Saturday                               February 20        following the 2:00 PM performance

Saturday                               March 6                following the 2:00 PM performance            

Sunday                                  March 14              following the 2:00 PM performance

*WINE TASTING SERIES
Enjoy a themed wine tasting provided by Diageo Chateau & Estates and MyWorldMyWine.com with appetizers before each performance! An expert wine consultant hosts each themed wine tasting, answering your questions while you savor before the show.
Wednesday                          January 27          7:00PM prior to the 8:00 PM performance
 
*GAY & LESBIAN SERIES
This post-show cocktail reception has a long and proud tradition as one of Roundabout’s most popular Theatre-PLUS events! Join the Gay & Lesbian series and end a great night at the theatre with delicious hors d’oeuvres and fantastic company.
Wednesday                          February 24        immediately following the 8:00 PM performance

TEACHER’S NIGHT SERIES
Teachers with a valid union card are eligible for this substantial discount to Roundabout performances. Take a break from class, then bring theatre back to the classroom!
Friday                                   February 12        7:00 PM               

Friday                                   March 12               8:00 PM

THEATRE TALKS
Every week, learn more about the history of the production and its creators! A Roundabout teaching artist leads a lively discussion between you and your fellow patrons before the show begins. Discussions are complimentary for all ticket holders on scheduled evening.            
Tuesday                                January 26          7:30PM

Tuesday                                February 2           7:30PM

Tuesday                                February 9           6:30PM

Tuesday                                February 16        6:30PM

Tuesday                                February 23        7:30PM                                                

Tuesday                                March 2                7:30PM

Saturday                               March 6                1:30PM

Tuesday                                March 9                7:30PM

Tuesday                                March 16              7:30PM
                                
*Wine Tasting Series and Gay & Lesbian Series are only available to subscribers who have paid the additional fee.  
For additional information visit:  http://www.myroundabout.org/theatreplus.htm <http://www.myroundabout.org/theatreplus.htm>

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to present a new Broadway production of Noël Coward’s comedy Present Laughter, starring Victor Garber as “Garry Essendine”, directed by Nicholas Martin

Present Laughter opens officially on January 21st, 2010 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through March 21, 2010.

The also includes Harriet Harris (Monica Reed), Brooks Ashmanskas (Roland Maule), Lisa Banes (Liz Essendine), Nancy E. Carroll (Miss Erickson), Alice Duffy (Lady Saltburn), Holley Fain (Daphne Stillington), Pamela Jane Gray (Joanna Lypiatt), James Joseph O’Neil (Fred), Richard Poe (Henry Lypiatt), Marc Vietor (Morris Dixon).
 
The design team includes Alexander Dodge (Sets), Jane Greenwood (Costumes), Rui Rita (Lights) & Drew Levy (Sound).

In Noël Coward’s classic comedy, matinee idol Garry Essendine (Garber) sits at the center of his own universe.  While Garry struggles to plan his upcoming trip to Africa, his elegant London flat is invaded by a love struck ingenue, an adulterous producer and a married seductress, not to mention Garry’s estranged wife and a crazed young playwright. Just before Garry escapes, the full extent of his misdemeanors is discovered and all hell breaks loose.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets and subscriptions are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/>  or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).  
Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $116.50. 
 
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Present Laughter
plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/>
 
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PRESENT LAUGHTER opens on Broadway tomorrow

OPENS TOMORROW THURSDAY, JANUARY 21st!

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Victor Garber
starring in a new Broadway production of
PRESENT LAUGHTER

By Noël Coward

with
Brooks Ashmanskas
Lisa Banes, Nancy E. Carroll, Alice Duffy, Holley Fain, Pamela Jane Gray,
James Joseph O’Neil, Richard Poe, Marc Vietor
and
Harriet Harris

Directed by Nicholas Martin

Opens on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of Present Laughter officially opens tomorrow, Thursday, January 21st.

Noël Coward’s comedy Present Laughter, stars Victor Garber as “Garry Essendine” and is directed by Nicholas Martin.

Present Laughter is playing at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through March 21, 2010.

The cast also includes Harriet Harris (Monica Reed), Brooks Ashmanskas (Roland Maule), Lisa Banes (Liz Essendine), Nancy E. Carroll (Miss Erickson), Alice Duffy (Lady Saltburn), Holley Fain (Daphne Stillington), Pamela Jane Gray (Joanna Lypiatt), James Joseph O’Neil (Fred), Richard Poe (Henry Lypiatt), Marc Vietor (Morris Dixon).

The design team includes Alexander Dodge (Sets), Jane Greenwood (Costumes), Rui Rita (Lights) & Drew Levy (Sound).

In Noël Coward’s classic comedy, matinee idol Garry Essendine (Garber) sits at the center of his own universe.  While Garry struggles to plan his upcoming trip to Africa, his elegant London flat is invaded by a love struck ingenue, an adulterous producer and a married seductress, not to mention Garry’s estranged wife and a crazed young playwright. Just before Garry escapes, the full extent of his misdemeanors is discovered and all hell breaks loose.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/>  or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).
Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $116.50.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Present Laughter
plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.

http://www.roundabouttheatre.org

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