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Review: ‘Berta, Berta’ at the Contemporary American Theater Festival

“The past is never dead.  It’s not even past.” --William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun. Of the many great moments in the late August Wilson’s Twentieth...

Review: ‘The Cake’ at the Contemporary American Theater Festival

The Contemporary American Theatre Festival is off to a rocking start, and with the local premiere of Bekah Brunstetter’s ripped-from-the-Supreme-Court-blotter comedy The Cake, the...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘Welcome to Fear City’

Fear City is the South Bronx in July 1977. There is nothing particularly unique about that July in that year in that place. Fear, it...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘Everything Is Wonderful’

The Amish with their horse and buggy, 19th century culture; their simple, old world uniforms and habits; their infamous Rumspringa where the teenage Amish...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘The Niceties’

Eleanor Burgess' The Niceties is a political play that takes the gloves off. It's bare knuckled and it's bloody, though no bones are broken...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘Byhalia, Mississippi’

Evan Linder‘s Byhalia, Mississippi pulls theatre-goers into familiar territory: the "white trash" world of Laurel and Jim. Once there, however, the unfamiliar takes shape:...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘We Will Not Be Silent’

David Meyers’ We Will Not Be Silent places American audiences within an interrogation room in Nazi Germany in 1943. Leaders of the White Rose,...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘Wild Horses’

Last year there was Not Medea; this year there is Wild Horses, Allison Gregory’s rollicking one-woman ride through a 13-year-old’s adventures in horse country. Though...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘The Wedding Gift’

Chisa Hutchinson' The Wedding Gift takes its audience into a fascinating world: an exotic "paradise" where matriarchy rules and the white / black power...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘The Second Girl’

Ronan Noone’s The Second Girl received its second chance opening at the Contemporary American Theater Festival last weekend and, like its hardscrabble characters, it’s...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘Not Medea’

Bags and umbrella in hands, a young woman arrives late for the theater, apologizing profusely and comically all the while. She notices the “live” caged...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘20th Century Blues’

Susan Miller’s 20th Century Blues, which opened last weekend at Shepherdstown’s Contemporary American Festival, speaks right from the heart of successful, east coast boomer women. Four 60-something women...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘pen/man/ship’

The Contemporary American Theater Festival opened Friday, July 8, 2016, for the 26th time: five new plays with five new stories to tell. In Chistina Anderson’s pen/man/ship at the in-the-round...

Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) Playwrights Interviews: Part 5: Chisa Hutchinson...

Here is Part 5 of 5 in a series of interviews by Sharon J. Anderson, Contemporary American Theater Festival Trustee/Professional Story Listener and Creative...

Spine: The 26th Contemporary American Theater Festival: Ed Herendeen’s 26th Snapshot...

The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, is approaching its second quarter of a century of new American plays....

Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) Playwrights Interviews: Part 3: Allison Gregory...

Here is Part 3 of 5 interviews by Sharon J. Anderson, Contemporary American Theater Festival Trustee/Professional Story Listener and Creative Director. Meet Playwright Allison...

Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) Playwrights’ Interviews: Part 2: Christina Anderson...

Here is Part 2 of 5 interviews by Sharon J. Anderson, Contemporary American Theater Festival Trustee/Professional Story Listener and Creative Director. Meet Playwright Christina Anderson and learn...

Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) Playwrights Interviews: Part 4: Ronan Noone...

Here is Part 4 of 5 interviews by Sharon J. Anderson, Contemporary American Theater Festival Trustee/Professional Story Listener and Creative Director. Meet Playwright Ronan...

Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) Playwrights Interviews: Part 1: Susan Miller...

Here is Part 1 of 5 interviews by Sharon J. Anderson, Contemporary American Theater Festival Trustee/Professional Story Listener and Creative Director. Meet Playwright Susan...

Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) Announces Its 2016 Line-Up of Plays

CATF ANNOUNCES ITS 2016 LINE-UP OF PLAYS To take place in rotating repertory July 8 – 31, 2016 Featuring new plays from Christina Anderson, Allison Gregory,...

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