Lucky Break After Poor Initial Design IssuesBy: - May 19th, 2015
After less than a decade the land locked ICA on the waterfront has run out of space. There is a desperate plan to expand into two floors of a 17 floor adjacent building which is under construction. It has become ever more obvious that the award winning design by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro. is proving to be an utter dysfunctional disaster.
Comedic View of Putting On A ShowBy: - May 19th, 2015
Set in the Ritz-Carlton Boston in the late 1940s, Light Up the Sky is a backstage comedy about the eccentric, colorful artists and producers involved in breathing life into a Broadway-bound play. Here we witness that frightening moment of anticipation and terror just before an audience sees the opening performance. We view the grand, charismatic leading lady, the hopeful young playwright, the high-strung director, the boorish producer and his comical wife along with a monster mother in this affectionate, hilarious and even a bit corny look at what used to be referred to as the "legitimate" theatre. With a wonderful cast, it is an entertaining way to spend some time smiling in the dark.
An Apocalyptic Vaudeville Full of Fun and DespairBy: - May 20th, 2015
Literally Apocalypse Wow, it’s the end of the world as we know it. A flood of biblical proportions leaves the earth with only two people. An always happy one and a mostly despairing one discover their common language is song and dance. Together they chronicle the rise and fall and hopeful rise again of humankind through music. Song and dance run the gamut from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim, and R.E.M. to Queen.
Stunning Performances in an Edgy PlayBy: - May 21st, 2015
Robert Askins' play started at the Ensemble Studio Theatre and has not stopped since. It arrived on Broadway in time to receive five Tony nominations this year: three for actors, one for the play and the other for direction. Shows you what aa hand to God can do.
Civil War Comedy Launches Berkshire SeasonBy: - May 21st, 2015
With a striking resemblance to the Civil War General Benjamin Butler the hilarious performance by David Schramm in "Butler" launches the Berkshire season at Barrington Stage Company. Based on actual characters and events the playwright, Richard Strand, stretches the facts to create an evening of outrageous comedy.
Series A Opens the 35th YearBy: - May 22nd, 2015
The Ensemble Studio Theatre is presenting its 35th anniversary Marathon of one act plays. Although proud of their production, Hand to God, which is now on Broadway with five Tony nominations, they are hardly sitting on their laurels.
Beyond GonzoBy: - May 22nd, 2015
The book of poetry Shards of a Life by Charles Giuliano will be launched with a reading and book signing at Edith Wharton's The Mount. The free reception will will occur on Friday, June 5 from 5:30 to 7:30. The critical essay "Beyond Gonzo" was written as the introduction for the book by J.M. Robert Henriquez
Brilliant Acting Underscores Touching NarrativeBy: - May 11th, 2015
A touching play exploring our evolving understanding of what it means to be a family. At times funny, provocative, and poignant, this drama follows Dallas matriarch Katharine Gerard on an unexpected visit to New York City to meet with her late son’s former partner, who is now married to another man and raising a young son. Forced to consider the life that her son might have led, Katharine must now come to terms with her own life choices. And certainly, society has changed around her. Wonderful acting underscores this quality production.
Wizard Nézet-Séguin ConductsBy: - May 15th, 2015
Music as diverse as Nico Muhly, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff all sprang up from the Philadelphia Orchestra in rich dynamic and tonal swoops as the conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, drew forth resplendent sounds and shapes. From the beating of a woodblock to a celestial harp, Nézet-Séguin dances as he conducts and his body movements, which are smooth rather than exaggerated, convey to both the musicians and the audience the breath of the phrasing.
Hellman's Play at Goodman TheatreBy: - May 15th, 2015
Goodman's excellent new production of The Little Foxes, directed with style by Henry Wishcamper, stars a galaxy of Chicago's finest actors and surely resonates with some of the current discussions about racism, sexism, domestic abuse and income inequality. If you have a drink with friends after the show, those topics probably will be part of your post-play discussion.
Exhibition Combines Artists and PoetsBy: - May 16th, 2015
On Thursday, May 28, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51 will open “Two Natures Talking,” a text/image exhibition that pairs up visual artists Wilma Rifkin and Ellen Joffe-Halpern with poets Stephen Rifkin and Annie Raskin. On Sunday, June 14, the Gallery will host a poetry reading with Stephen Rifkin and Raskin, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Documentary Explores Feng Shui of Stand-up ComedyBy: - May 17th, 2015
Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Lisa Kudrow, Larry David and Jon Favereau are among many famous funny people featured in this hilarious twist on the age-old truth: misery loves company. You will enjoy the in-depth, candid interviews with some of the most revered comedy greats who each share their unique path and a life devoted to making strangers laugh.
Discusses First Season as Artistic DirectorBy: - May 18th, 2015
Meeting for Happy Hour we discussed the strong, star studded first season for Mandy Greenfield the artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival. We explored an overview of the elements that must mesh under the pressure of a tight festival format to result in richly compelling theatre.
With This Project, Boston Has Become A Public Art PlayerBy: - May 17th, 2015
A major piece of public art was floated above the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Downtown Boston. The scale, complexity and the fact that it was even done at all makes a clear statement that Boston has joined the 21st Century. The artwork by artist Janet Echelman is a strong indication that the sky is now literally the limit.
Timeline Theatre's Chicago PremiereBy: - May 19th, 2015
Playwright Michele Lowe started out as a journalist with a degree from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. Her plays have been produced around the U.S. and in other countries. Both Inana and Victoria Musica were finalists for the American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg New Play Award in 2010, the first time that a playwright was nominated for two plays in one season.
Opened in Roanoke, Virginia in 2008By: - May 19th, 2015
The Taubman Museum of Art occupies a dramatic, 81,000-square-foot geometrically oblique building just across from Roanoke, Virginia’s historic Marketplace Square. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout and completed in 2008, the museum, with its swooping and soaring metal roof, is a dramatic architectural presence that has established itself as a major force in the life of Roanoke’s thriving arts community.
Sparring with a Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer WinnerBy: - Apr 03rd, 2015
Growing up as an Irish kid in the Bronx provided playwright John Patrick Shanley with inspiration from tough love and hard knocks that earned him a Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer prize. Exuding the street wise persona of a made man he read and discussed his works during the annual Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival.
Frequently Visited College of the OzarksBy: - Apr 07th, 2015
Thomas Hart Benton—painter, muralist, and writer from Missouri—often stopped at College of the Ozarks, in the mountains of southern Missouri, to visit his long-time friend, art teacher Steve Miller.
Visiting His Roanoke Virginia MuseumBy: - Apr 08th, 2015
By 1960, when the transition from steam to diesel was complete, Ogle Winston Link had captured 2400 images. Today, 250 of these dramatic photographs are displayed at the O. Winston Link Museum in the former passenger station of the Norfolk and Western Railway in downtown Roanoke.
Former ICA Curator Returns to BostonBy: - Apr 10th, 2015
From 1989 to 1993 Matthew Teitelbaum was an ICA curator under director Milena Kalinovska. On August 2, after some 22 years at the Art Gallery of Ontario, he will take over as the 11th director of the Museum of Fine Arts. It is anticipated that he will bring a more welcoming management style than the autocratic Malcolm Rogers who cleaned house and instilled fear in the staff under the mantra of One Museum.
Unique Collection in AlabamaBy: - Apr 14th, 2015
Within the Birmingham Museum of Art, a charming parquet-floored, yellow-walled gallery contains the largest collection of Wedgwood ceramics in the United States. It consists of some 10,000 pieces thousands of which are displayed.
Move from S&Co. to Berkshire Theatre GroupBy: - Apr 15th, 2015
Tony Simotes was summarily ousted from Shakespeare & Company when he got on the wrong side with a micro managing now former board president Sarah Hancock. Significantly, she is a close friend of founding artistic director, Tina Packer, whose vision of the company was very different from Simotes who replaced her. Rick Dildine who was brought in with a mandate for change soon realized the chain of command and hastily departed. In a matter of months the company went from plan B to plan C. When we met with Simotes for a long lunch he was not inclined to sort out those loose ends. He is upbeat about new possibilities as second in command to Kate Maguire and the richly enhanced Berkshire Theatre Group.
Completing a $350 Million Expansion by Rafael ViñolyBy: - Apr 16th, 2015
May 2014 marked the official opening of th Cleveland Museum's new atrium, part of a $350 million dollar expansion designed by award-winning Uruguyan architect, Rafael Viñoly. It is one of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation, with 45,000 objects spanning 6,000 years.
Organized by by Okwui EnwezorBy: - Apr 16th, 2015
The 56th Biennale of Venice opens on May 9. The Belgian critic Roger D’Hondt offers a preview.
Maltese Tenor Heralds Return of Romantic SingingBy: - Apr 23rd, 2015
Although he stuck primarily to Italian and French arias and songs, Calleja showed his range, singing in Russian, Spanish and English. A true entertainer, he cracked jokes while delivering heart-stirring vocal thrills, despite suffering from a cold.