(victoria will — the associated press)
Playwriting prize established in memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman

01/30/2015 04:00 PM EST
NEW YORK >> A new theater prize inspired by Philip Seymour Hoffman has been launched, seeking play submissions that "exhibit fearlessness. 
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Berkshire Stages
01/30/2015 10:50 AM EST - A digest of what's playing at theaters in and around the Berkshires based upon reviews by Berkshire Eagle theater critic Jeffrey Borak. Full Story

A new play shines at Hubbard Hall
01/28/2015 04:04 PM EST - CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — Begun in 2006 as temporary traveling display of personal items symbolic of broken relationships, the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia became a permanent institution in 2010. Full Story

Rough sailing for new play at Capital Repertory Theatre
01/28/2015 04:04 PM EST - ALBANY, N.Y. >> The setting for Sherry Kramer's sincere but untidy and terribly muddled comedy, "How Water Behaves" — which is having its world premiere at Capital Repertory Theatre — is an old Victorian in a city, so the program says, very much like Troy, N. Full Story

Capital Repertory Theatre announces 35th season
01/28/2015 04:03 PM EST - ALBANY, N.Y. >> Capital Repertory Theatre announces is planning a 35th season of world premieres, regional premieres, and re-imaginings of old favorites. Full Story

Barrington Stage seeking local Equity actors
01/26/2015 04:26 PM EST - PITTSFIELD — Barrington Stage Company is scheduling hold local Equity principal auditions for the 2015 Season by appointment on Friday, and Feb. Full Story

BSC casts actors for 10x10 Festival
01/22/2015 04:33 PM EST - PITTSFIELD >> Barrington Stage Company has announced casting for the 10-minute plays for the 4th Annual 10X10 New Play Festival, opening Feb. Full Story

Local actors sought for "Kiss Me, Kate"
01/21/2015 01:08 PM EST - HARTFORD, CONN. >> Hartford Stage is scheduling local auditions for its upcoming production of "Kiss Me, Kate" on Feb. Full Story

Plays with a Latino flavor on tap
01/20/2015 03:01 PM EST - PITTSFIELD — Town Players of Pittsfield is presenting a program of staged readings of four one-act plays from Spain, Cuba and Chile 2 p. Full Story

Town Players seeking directors
01/13/2015 11:37 AM EST - PITTSFIELD >> Town Players of Pittsfield, a non-profit community theater celebrating its 94th year, is seeking prospective directors and play submissions for its 2015-16 season. Full Story

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Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis

TOKYO (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been omitted. Full Story
Eddie Murphy returning to 'Saturday Night Live'

The actor and comedian will appear on “SNL’s” 40th anniversary episode, marking his first time on the show in 31 years.