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  • Bounce, the Basketball Opera

    Live Basketball, Live Singers, Infectious Drama

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 26th, 2016

    Artists committed to the continuing attraction of opera as a form that draws an audience are experimenting. A workshop of Bounce, an opera conceived by Grete Holby and her Ardea Arts in conjunction with the University of Kentucky, is performed in a park in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. With dribbles as drumming and heros like Flight and Future, the future of opera itself is secured.

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in Stockbridge

    Mendacity Prevails at Berkshire Theatre Group

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 26th, 2016

    This summer there will be two Tennessee Williams plays in the Berkshires. The first is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge. It is a great play being given a so so production.

  • Chris Botti at Tanglewood

    Three Ring Circus

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 25th, 2016

    When he plays it straight Chris Botti is among the elite trumpet players of his generation. There is no question of his musicianship. But at times his performance at Tanglewood was way to Vegas. It seemed more Wayne Newton than Miles Davis. This jarred with hearing a superb rhythm section which was cut loose only occasionally.

  • Aaron Siskind's Photographs

    Art Institute of Chicago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 27th, 2016

    The beautifully curated exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago shows the full range of Siskind’s abstract expressionist photography in scenes shot in Chicago, New York, Gloucester, Martha’s Vineyard, Rome and other locations all over the world.

  • Stefan Stux Closes New York Gallery

    Started in Boston in 1980

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 12th, 2016

    When Stefan and Linda Stux, with a partner, opened a gallery on Newbury Street in Boston in 1980 it was a year before they made a sale. The partner left and they continued to support the gallery while working full time jobs. His brother asked how long he intended to maintain his "museum." The answer was "forever." But now that day has come with the closing of the New York gallery after some 35 years of ups and downs. Stefan and Linda had an enormous impact during the era of Boston's cultural revolution in the 1980s.

  • American Son by Christopher Demos-Brown

    Black Lives Matter at Barrington Stage Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 23rd, 2016

    In a ripped from the headlines, award winning play, American Son having its world premiere at Barrington Stage, the theme that black lives matter is explored with riveting power, The company comissioned the play by Christopher Demos-Brown and is flaunting conventional wisdow by opening the main stage season with something other than the usual light summer fare.

  • O'Neill at the Metropolitan Playhouse

    Alex Roe Directs the Playwright's First Stammers

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 25th, 2016

    The Metropolitan Playhouse is producing two early Eugene O’Neill plays as part of their season on the topic of Hope. A satisfying evening of theatre makes a trip to the East Village a must for theatre buffs.

  • Ken Moffett at 81

    First Contemporary Curator of the MFA

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 22nd, 2016

    During the 1970s Kenworth Moffett, while a full professor at Wellesley College, was hired part time as the founding curator for contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts. After a long illness he passed away at the age of 81. Long after our days as aesthetic adversaries we remained friends. During annual visits to Palm Beach we would meet for lunch in Ft Lauderdale where he was director of its museum. In 2015 we collaborated on an extensive interview which is linked to this obituary.

  • The Maxim Gorki Theater - Berlin, Germany

    Small But Look-Out!

    Gorki Theater
    By: Angelika Jansen - Jun 20th, 2016

    The Maxim Gorki Theater is situated in the center of Berlin, just off the boulevard 'Unter den Linden.' Since 2013, after a change in directors, 'The Gorki ' has again become a most vital forum for current socio-political and humanistic themes and plays. We are discussing here some on the 2016 playlist.

  • Dollywood Comes to Tanglewood

    Dolly Parton Debuts at Tanglewood

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 19th, 2016

    Dolly Parton brought her act to Koussevitzky Hall on June 17th. And what an act it was.

  • Fiorello! at Uniciorn Stage in Stockbridge

    Political Musical Soars During God Awful Election Year

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 21st, 2016

    Fiorello La Guardia (1882-1947)a true man of the people was a study in contradiction. Of Italian and Jewish heritage he was an Episcopalian Republican who was elected Mayor of New York on a fusion ticket. A small, portly, homely man in a rumpled suit he possessed towering charisma. The 1959 Tony and Pulitzer winning musical Fiorello! is being given a compressed and powerful production at Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

  • Kimberly Akimbo at Barrington Stage

    Debra Jo Rupp 60 Going on 16

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 20th, 2016

    In Kimberly Akimbo by David Lindsay-Abaire, as played by the masterful Debra Jo Rupp, Kimberly, celebrating her sixteenth birthday is about to die of old age. In a superb performance Rupp conflates giddy youth and the world weary wisdom that comes with time and lifde experience.

  • "Rodin — Transforming Sculpture” Peabody Essex Museum

    Human Form Shaped With Emotional and Psychological Complexity

    By: Mark Favermann - Jun 21st, 2016

    Rodin was the first truly "modern" sculptor. His work was an evolving process in creating figurative pieces that expressed and integrated emotional, psychological and even spiritual notions of humanity. Rodin sometimes mixed, recycled,, and re-combined used “spare parts”: plaster-cast heads, torsos, arms, and legs. His mix-and-match sensibility was the inevitable result of his deep belief that art is always in transition, never complete. And these hybrid assemblages were put together in ways that are intended to evoke passion and reaction. This PEM show is a visual treat.

  • Brian Wilson Plays 'Pet Sounds'

    50 Years After Its Release

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 20th, 2016

    Fifty years after the release of 'Pet Sounds', Brian Wilson and his band played the album in its entirety. The music sizzled during a scorching afternoon at Tanglewood.

  • Golem Haunts Charleston

    Robotic Presence in Annual Spoleto Festival 2016

    By: Sandy Katz - Jun 18th, 2016

    With a reviw of The Golem our Charleston correspondent, Sandy Katz, completes her coverage of the annual Spoleto Festival 2016. The mytical Golem was an exotic and exciting production.

  • What's Next for Hamilton Winners

    From Broadway Sensation to Years on the Road

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 14th, 2016

    At about $150 each my pal and BFA contributor, Jack Lyons, managed to get a few "cheap seats" for the Broadway smash Hamilton. We even got to go back stage and chat with now Tony winner Leslie Odom, Jr. Back in November I asked him "what's next." It was a bit premature but all of the original contracts expire this summer. Its creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has already announced plans to leave. The show will continue indefinitly on Broadway while several touring companies are launched.

  • Maud / Olson Library Launched

    Gloucester Writers Center Celebrates Poet Chales Olson

    By: GWC - Jun 18th, 2016

    Charles Olson (27 December 1910 – 10 January 1970) was a second generation American poet and link between Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams and the New American poets, which includes the New York School, the Black Mountain School, the Beat poets, and the San Francisco Renaissance. In his epic Maximus Poems he celebrated Gloucester which in turn honors him the the launch of the Maud/ Olson Library,

  • Dublin'sTeeling Irish Whiskey

    Only Irish Whiskey Producer in Dublin

    By: Philip S.Kampe - Jun 16th, 2016

    60,000 visitors to Dublin visited Teeling Irish Whiskey's plant. Since opening the facility to tourists, business has grown immensely.

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Road Company Visited Ft. Lauderdale

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 18th, 2016

    Pretend we’re on an airplane, because the oxygen mask above will prove beneficial. Certainly it will help you deal with the spectacular, breathtaking special effects of the mostly impressive non-equity national touring version we will see of the beloved Broadway musical “Beauty and the Beast.”

  • Boutique Winemakers of Catalonia

    Numerous, Small Wineries in Catalan Region

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 15th, 2016

    Catalonia is known for Barcelona, the Pyrenees mountains and now, wine that is world-class and made by boutique wineries.

  • Heathers The Musical a Smash Hit

    At Broward Center for the Performing Arts

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 14th, 2016

    The lyric “Beautiful” fits right into the musical adaptation of the 1989 cult classic “Heathers” if you look at the heart of the darkly comic, electric, fun show.

  • 4000 Miles at Magic Carpet Showroom

    Amy Herzog's Intriguing Play in Denver

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 13th, 2016

    Every nook and cranny of Denver is packed with terrific theatre. Cherry Creek Theatre makes a carpet showroom its home. Here we get to know Leo and Grandma in Amy Herzog's justly celebrated play, 4000 Miles.

  • Sweet and Lucky by Zach Morris

    Denver Gives a New Audience Experience

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 12th, 2016

    How can theater reach out to new, young audiences? Brooklyn's Third Rail and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts have come up with one answer: Keep the audience standing and walking. Let the audiences move through a 14,000 square foot set. Keep the audience guessing where they are and what they are looking at. Disorient, move, provoke, satisfy.

  • Hauptmann by John Logan in Chicago

    Lindbergh Baby Killer Trial at City Lit Theater

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 12th, 2016

    Bruno Richard Hauptmann, the “baby killer,” the man tried, convicted and executed for the 1932 kidnapping of the Charles Lindbergh baby, is vividly personified by George Seegebrecht in City Lit Theater’s new production of Hauptmann by John Logan.

  • White Man on a Bus by Bruce Graham

    Curious Theatre in Denver Produces

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 12th, 2016

    Curious Theatre in Denver is committed to plays which pack a powerful punch. White Man on a Bus is a knockout, describing the current state of race relations in the US. It is also very good theatre.

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