Stage West opens season with critically acclaimed ‘Bad Jews’

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

With a title like Bad Jews, one expects a Borscht Belt-style routine, perhaps from the mind of Jackie Mason, or a comedy involving cross-cultural shenanigans.

But instead it is a critically acclaimed play by Joshua Harmon that has become one of the most-produced plays in the country.

The play has its area premiere opening Stage West’s 37th season. It previews Thursday and Friday and opens Saturday for a monthlong run.


Richard J. Allen

“It’s a vicious, angry comedy, but it’s also very beautiful and meaningful about how young people look at religion in America,” says Richard J. Allen, who is making his full-production directing debut at Stage West.

“Everything in the play I’ve heard talked about over a dinner table in the last year,” he says.

New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company premiered the play in 2013 at the Laura Pels Theatre, and it earned several critics’ and off-Broadway nods for best play. It went on to successful runs in London and around the U.S.

Stage West’s production stars Kelsey Milbourn, Garret Storms, Matthew Grondin and Alexandra Lawrence.

The story brings together three 20-something Jewish cousins at their grandfather’s funeral, with a similarly aged gentile in the mix. They argue over a specific heirloom, which leads to discussions about the clashing of tradition and modernity, a common generational debate that happens with every religion and culture.


Stage West wins with FW Weekly Best of 2015!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Stage West is delighted to have picked up several nods from Fort Worth Weekly's annual Best of awards:

Best Performing Arts Organization:  Readers' choice.
Theater Troupe:  Readers' choice.
Male Actor:  Critics' choice, Jim Covault for Red - "the troupe's pillar did tremendous work..."

We are thrilled to receive these!

2015/2016 Season!

Sunday, August 16, 2015


Main Stage

Bad Jews
By Joshua Harmon
October 1 – November 1

After their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins wage a vicious and hilarious battle over a spiritually charged  heirloom.  “There’s nothing like a death in the family to bring out the worst in people. This unhappy truth is displayed with delectably savage humor in Bad Jews, a zesty comedy by Joshua Harmon… (that is) the best comedy of the season.”  New York Times

a radioactive brew of neuroses and glee for audiences of all stripes. – Hollywood Reporter

The Heir Apparent
By Jean François Regnard, adapted by David Ives
November 12 – December 13
Produced in association with Theatre TCU

Eraste and his wily valet employ intrigues, deceits, and disguises to part a cranky uncle from his money, get the girl, and to achieve the hilariously happy ending any classic comedy deserves. A witty and antic adaptation that blends modern elements with the 17th century original.

boisterous, bawdy and endlessly funny – New York Times

Sexy Laundry
By Michele Riml
December 31 – January 31
Produced in association with WaterTower Theatre

Michele Riml’s romantic comedy comes to Stage West after being a huge hit at WaterTower.  Henry and Alice, married for 25-years, are trying to find a way to spice up their dormant marriage with a weekend in a swanky hotel room and the help of a good book… (not the Bible).

Bob Hess and Wendy Welch are awkward, hilarious, and genuine as Henry and Alice.  –TheaterJones

The Nether
By Jennifer Haley
March 10 – April 10

In the not-too-distant future, a detective investigates a virtual reality site where taboo acts of secret desires are blurring moral boundaries. She finds herself in a battle of wills with a charismatic suspect and wrestles with the question, is there a crime if bodies are virtual and blood is just bits of computer code?
Includes adult subject matter.

a haunting and highly original modern fairy-tale that combines creepy enchantment with a whiff of sulphur.  – The Telegraph

Wait Until Dark
By Frederick Knott 
A new adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher
May 26 – June 26

This classic thriller pits a lone blind woman against a group of ruthless criminals. They’re hell-bent on retrieving a doll (filled with diamonds) which she accidentally has in her apartment. But they’re up against surprisingly resourceful opponent, one who knows that the only way to win is to play by her own rules.

a terrific premise, an enthralling lead character, and a whopper of a climax. – CurtainUp Los Angeles

By Robert O’Hara
August 11 – September 11

Robert O’Hara’s wildly imaginative, incendiary satire is a kaleidoscope of sketches that portray growing up gay and African-American. With variety-show vivacity, outrageous humor, and real heart and soul, it tests how we talk about human desire and racial stereotypes at home, in church, and on the corner. Recommended for 17+

Smart, searing, and sensationally funny.  – New York Times


Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
By Tom Mula
November 27 – December 20

A new take on the Dickens classic. Jacob Marley’s spirit is given one chance to escape his eternal chains – by redeeming Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge’s heart is indeed opened, but not before Marley – in this irreverent, funny, and moving story – discovers his own.

Nothing less than an anthem to human nature, to imagination, and to the wonder of a compelling story.  – The Chicago Tribune

Buyer & Cellar
By Jonathan Tolins
March 17- April 10

A struggling actor in L.A. takes a job working in a megastar’s Malibu basement (which is fitted out as an old-time shopping street). When the Lady herself comes down to play, it feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? An outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.

Hilarious! Beyond brilliant. This show will go down like butta!   – Entertainment Weekly

An Iliad
By Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare
Based on Homers The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles
August 25 – September 18

The Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. A lone storyteller – possibly Homer, possibly one of the many bards who followed in his footsteps - relates the tale he is fated to tell throughout history. “An Iliad is pure theatre, shocking, glorious, primal and deeply satisfying.”  Time Out New York

Explosive, altogether breathtaking… Brilliantly meshes past and present calamity with touches of the most caustic dark humor suddenly shifting into unimaginable pathos. – The Chicago Sun-Times

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Live Theatre League Award Winners!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Live Theatre League of Tarrant County held its annual Awards Party Monday, April 13.

Among this year's recipients were Garret Storms, named a Bill Garber Young Theatre Artist, and Stage West's Board President, Bronson C. Davis, who received the Stage West Service Award.
Congratulations to both of them! 

Check out our new seating!

Monday, November 10, 2014

You asked for them. We listened.
New seating has arrived at Stage West and so far the feedback has been a resounding "YES!!!!" 
Our patrons have had nothing but good things to say about them. The cup holders are especially loved!

Thank you so much to the William E. Scott Foundation, the Smallwood Foundation and the Fifth Avenue Foundation for making the seating purchase possible.

Thank you also to master carpenters Jeffrey Schmidt, Aaron Roberts and Charles Savage for the gorgeous new risers and extra leg room.

Thanks to our spectacular Technical Director, Nate Davis.

And major thanks to all the volunteers who helped install the seats. A standing ovation to you all!

2013-14 Season Award Winners Announced!

Monday, September 29, 2014

We had a wonderful end of season party on September 28, and here is a list of the award winners (and runners-up):

Best Actor - Cliff Stephens as Gustave in Heroes
      Runner-up - Jim Covault as Philippe in Heroes
Best Actress - Anastasia Munoz as Orlando in Orlando
      Runner-up - Dana Schultes as Prudence in Beyond Therapy
Best Supporting Actor - Jakie Cabe as Stuart in Beyond Therapy
      Runner-up - Mark Shum as Chorus in Orlando
Best Supporting Actress - Amber Devlin as Charlotte in Beyond Therapy
      Runner-up - M. Denis Lee as Gary Coleman in Avenue Q
Best Featured Actor - Mitchell Stephens as Andrew in Beyond Therapy
      Runner-up - Tyler Cochran as Thomas and David in The Rivals
Best Featured Actress - Lee Jamison as Lucy in The Rivals
      Runner-up - Audrey Ahern as Donna in Starbright & Vine 
Best Lighting Design - Michael O'Brien for Orlando
      Runner-up - Scott Guenther for Avenue Q
Best Sound Design - Dana Schultes for Beyond Therapy 
      Runner-up - Garret Storms & Jim Covault for Orlando
Best Costume Design - Michael Robinson for The Rivals
      Runner-up - Michael Robinson for Avenue Q
Best Set Decor/Props - Michael Serrecchia & Michael Robinson for Avenue Q
      Runner-up - Lynn Lovett for Orlando
Best Set Design - Jason Domm for Avenue Q
      Runner-up - Jim Covault for Heroes
Best Director - Dana Schultes for Heroes
      Runner-up - Garret Storms & Jim Covault for Orlando
Best Production - Heroes
      Runner-up - Beyond Therapy 

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Friday, October 25, 2013


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In Memoriam: Jerry Russell

Sunday, September 15, 2013

If you missed the wonderful memorial service honoring Jerry or the live feed, the video is available, thanks to Richard Massey! Here's the link to the video.  

Here also is a link to the slide show which ran in the gallery after the service.  Enjoy.