• The Last Two People On Earth Sings at A.R.T. Theatre

    An Apocalyptic Vaudeville Full of Fun and Despair

    By: Mark Favermann - 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.

  • Hand to God at the Booth on Broadway Theatre

    Stunning Performances in an Edgy Play

    By: Susan Hall - 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.

  • Zombie Formalism Fine Arts

    Responding to Banality in Contemporary Art

    By: Martin Mugar - May 23rd, 2015

    Martin Mugar coined the term Zombie Formalism. That bounder, Walter Robinson, a known grifter and blowhard has claimed it as his own. Here our man Mugar bares his soul and makes a case. This is more heavy lifting in the realm of art criticism. Like how about that lead with Heidegger. Not exactly bedtime reading for most of us.

  • Queen Latifah Triumphs in HBO's Bessie Television

    Portrays Legendary and Tragic Empress of the Blues

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 23rd, 2015

    As blues giant Bessie Smith in HBO's "Bessie" Queen Latifah gives the finest performance of her career. The drama is based on a 1972 book by Chris Albertson. During the 1920s she was the Empress of the Blues but during the great depression which followed in the 1930s, as she compellingly sang, "Nobody knows you when you're down and out."

  • Hokusai Makes Waves at the MFA Fine Arts

    230 Works by Japanese Master on View to August 9

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 25th, 2015

    Because of the activity of the 19th century collector William Sturgis Bigelow the Museum of Fine Arts has some 30,000 Japanese prints. He donated 80% of these treasures. Through August 8 the MFA is showing 230 works by the Japanese master Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). The centerpiece is his iconic color woodblock print “Under the Wave off Kanagawa,” “a.k.a. “The Great Wave.” It is from "Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji" which the artist produced while in his 70s. He later added ten more because of the success of the series.

  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Raven Theatre Theatre

    Adapted by Christopher Hampton from Novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

    By: Nancy S. Bishop - May 26th, 2015

    The script and production are the same as earlier versions in most every way, with the addition of a few Russian place names and two characters with Russian accents. The playbill doesn't mention the era and geographic setting (or any of the scene locations) that AstonRep has chosen.

  • Arms and the Man at Old Globe Theatre

    First Class Shavian Production

    By: Jack Lyons - May 27th, 2015

    “Arms and the Man”, crisply directed by Jessica Stone is blessed with cast of talented and seasoned performers who when they find themselves on a stage in a sharply and insightfully written farce/satire, know exactly how to handle their characters and the situations.

  • Lauren Olitski: Painting From Nature Fine Arts

    Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, May 28 - June 28, 2015

    By: Mitchell.Giddings - May 26th, 2015

    Lauren Olitski is known for the vibrant and exciting surfaces and bold colors of her abstract acrylic paintings. In this body of work, her masterful infusion of organic elements (garnet, pumice, and molding paste) into the plastic, inorganic acrylic gels and paints gives her work a rare visceral authenticity.

  • Boston CyberArts Reaches into the Public Domain Fine Arts

    From Desktop to Laptop to Public Art

    By: Mark Favermann - May 26th, 2015

    Making digital art even more accessible, Boston Cyberarts is fostering major public art installations. This is art with virtually no boundaries. Founder George Fifield is the "godfather" of new art forms being computer-generated. Cyberarts is a 21st Century entity bringing new mediums to the masses.

  • Charles Giuliano at the Mount on June 5 Wine

    Launches Book of Gonzo Poetry Shards of a Life

    By: BFA - May 27th, 2015

    On June 5 at The Mount in Lenox, Mass. the publisher/ editor of Berkshire Fine Arts, Charles Giuliano, will launch Shards of a Life. From 5:30 to 7:30 PM on the porch there will be a reception and reading. In 1970 Giuliano coined and was the first to publish the now common word gonzo. The book of poems continues his development of the unique gonzo style.

  • A.R.Gurney's What I Did Last Summer Theatre

    Jim Simpson Directs at the Signature

    By: Susan Hall - May 28th, 2015

    What I Did Last Summer is A.R. Gurney's latest play and a delight. How could it be a dream summer at the beach when Dad is off fighting the Japanese in the Pacific, Mom is lonely, Elsie is trying to lose weight and Charlie is trying to become a man without a model around? Yet it is as directe by Jim Simpson

  • Mothers & Sons Bond at SpeakEasy Theatre

    Brilliant Acting Underscores Touching Narrative

    By: Mark Favermann - 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.

  • The Little Foxes in Chicago Theatre

    Hellman's Play at Goodman Theatre

    By: Nancy S. Bishop - 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.

  • Two Natures Talking at Gallery 51 in North Adams Fine Arts

    Exhibition Combines Artists and Poets

    By: MCLA - 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.

  • Misery Loves Comedy by Pollak and Vorhaus Film

    Documentary Explores Feng Shui of Stand-up Comedy

    By: Jack Lyons - 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.

  • Mandy Greenfield of Williamstown Theatre Festival Theatre

    Discusses First Season as Artistic Director

    By: Charles Giuliano - 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.

  • Janet Echelman's Dazzeling Aerial Sculpture Fine Arts

    With This Project, Boston Has Become A Public Art Player

    By: Mark Favermann - 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.

  • Inana by Michele Lowe Theatre

    Timeline Theatre's Chicago Premiere

    By: Nancy S. Bishop - 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.

  • Taubman Museum of Art Fine Arts

    Opened in Roanoke, Virginia in 2008

    By: Susan Cohn - 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.

  • ICA to Expand Architecture

    Lucky Break After Poor Initial Design Issues

    By: Charles Giuliano - 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.

  • Light Up the Sky Beacons Us to Theatrical Laughs Theatre

    Comedic View of Putting On A Show

    By: Mark Favermann - 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.

  • Butler by Richard Strand Theatre

    Civil War Comedy Launches Berkshire Season

    By: Charles Giuliano - 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.

  • Ensemble Studio Theatre's Marathon of One Acts Theatre

    Series A Opens the 35th Year

    By: Susan Hall - 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.

  • Charles Giuliano's Shards of a Life Word

    Beyond Gonzo

    By: J.M. Robert Henriquez - 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

  • Bizet's Carmen in Sunset Park Brooklyn Music

    Indominatable Regina Opera Scores Again

    By: Susan Hall - May 23rd, 2015

    With four hundred seats cushioned in plush red velvet to match the red velvet curtain donning a stage almost as tall as the Metropolitan opera's, the Regina Opera Company plays to a packed house full of the much-to-be envied millenials, their children, their parents. Everyone enjoyed great opera.

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