• Jeff McCarthy’s Kunstler at Barrington Stage

    Launching the Season with a Message Play

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 22nd, 2017

    The brilliant and versatile Jeff McCarthy is a perennial star for Barrington Stage Company. In the era of Trump the season opens with a message play Kunstler by award winner Jeffrey Sweet. It transfers from a sold out Off Broadway run at 59East59 Theatres. In this two hander McCarthy is paired with Erin Roche. The young black student aspires to be a lawyer but not like Kunstler who she initially admired but now despises.

  • Archduke at Mark Taper Forum

    World Premiere of Rajiv Joseph Play

    By: Jack Lyons - May 19th, 2017

    Cleveland-born playwright Rajiv Joseph, had a breakthrough with “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.” It premiered at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, CA. in 2009. “Bengal Tiger”, then performed at the Mark Taper Forum (MTF) in 2010, before moving to Broadway; becoming a Pulitzer Prize finalist. “Guards at the Taj” following in 2016, again premiering at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; establishing him as a major American playwright. “Archduke”, his current dark, comedy, had its world premiere at MTF in Los Angeles.

  • Expanded MASS MoCA Galleries

    Preview of May 28 Opening

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 16th, 2017

    During a media tour of the final phase of build out for the 17 acre MASS MoCA campus artists, curators and installlers were working around the clock. While some of the works were not ready for prime time we caught an exciting glimpse of what visitors will encounter this summer in North Adams. The development of Building Six adds 130,000 square-feet of usable space. For renovations, programming and endowment the museum has raised $65 million.

  • Philip Glass at the Miller Theater

    Pop up Concert Features Michael Riesman

    By: Susan Hall - May 16th, 2017

    Michael Riesman and Ensemble Signal celebrate Philip Glass as you drink wine on the stage of the Miller Theater and enjoy music up close and personal. Glass' ritualistic beats and his emerging structures were hypnotic.

  • Iphigenia in Splott at 59E59 Theaters

    Sophie Melville Electrifies

    By: Susan Hall - May 18th, 2017

    The tale comes direct from Aulis and Euripides. Gary Owen has updated the sacrificial woman to the 21st Century, where in Wales, like many other places around the world, women are still being asked to make superhuman sacrifices. Sophie Melville's tour de force performance is superb.

  • Matisse in the Studio at the MFA

    Collectibles Demonstrate Master Artist's Theatricality

    Matias in the Studio
    By: Mark Favermann - May 13th, 2017

    Matisse’s collectibles had a profound influence on his creative choices. Allowing us a priceless opportunity to see how the artist’s mind worked and the ways his creative process unfolded, this magnetic exhibition at the MFA Boston allows us to examine them in relationship to his art. As its only North American venue, Matisse in the Studio will only visit Boston.

  • Maury Yeston's Nine the Musical

    Show Based on Fellini Film in Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - May 15th, 2017

    Nine was performed impeccably by the cast in a South Florida production of the musical based on Fellini film triumphs at Broward Stage Door Theatre. The staging of Nine takes us into the mind of a frustrated filmmaker

  • E.T Enchants at New York Philharmonic

    Spielberg Classic Set to Music

    By: Arlene Judith Klotzko - May 16th, 2017

    Delighting fans of all ages a packed New York Philharmonic conducted the music of John Williams during a screening of the Stephen Spielberg film "E.T." A screening of the belived film accompanied by the Boston Pops will be presented at Tanglewood this summer.

  • WOW at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mssachusetts

    What a World of Wearable Art

    By: Astrid Hiemer - May 10th, 2017

    A recommendation for the Peabody Essex Museum to see particularly the special exhibition 'WOW' came in an understated manner, or I just did not pick up quickly enough what a delight the show would represent. We drove to Salem from Gloucester, where we were visiting, on a rainy and miserable afternoon and that made our day!

  • Lady Bird and Fireworks at Hunter Opera

    21st Century Musical Takes

    By: Susan Hall - May 13th, 2017

    Lady Bird Johnson is now known for her signature role in the beatification of America, but as her husband prepared for his 1964 Presidential campaign, in which he crushed Barry Goldwater, he enlisted the aid of his wife, a Southerner, in wooing voters in the South. Vernacular music enhances the Lady Bird opera and also Fireworks by Kitty Brazelton, in which we see our present through the eyes of the future.

  • On Site Opera Presents Mozart

    The Secret Garden

    By: Susan Hall - May 13th, 2017

    On Site Opera is committed to producing in a place that echoes the theme or setting of an opera. The enchanting West Side Community Garden provided the set for an early Mozart opera. The cast was superb, picking tulips, dashing through flowerbeds, all for the seeming purpose of finding love. Where better to look and listen than a garden?

  • Met Opera Ends Season with a Bang

    Alagna Sings Cyrano

    By: Susan Hall - May 11th, 2017

    Opera is a form of many pieces. When the set, production, singing and orchestra work together, opera makes its own case. Cyrano de Bergerac realizes the seemingly Sisyphean task beautifully.

  • Massive Rauschenberg Exhibition Headed to NY

    Mulling Over Perls of Wisdom

    By: Martin Mugar - May 12th, 2017

    When visiting the Frank Stella retropective at the Whitney in 2015 the critic had his car towed. The event was so costly and inconvenient that Martin Mugar is thinking twice of driving to Manhattan to view the upcoming Rauschenberg exhibition. Many of his concerns and misgivings are informed by the critical comments of the critic Jed Perl. Here Mugar refects on Perls of wsdom. They enforce his own ideas of how Rauschenberg is emeblematic of the decline and fall of art in our time. As Mugar states "If you like your postmodern condition you can keep your postmodern condition and Rauschenberg's your guy."

  • The King and I on National Tour

    Award-Winning Production Visits Miami

    By: Aaron Krause - May 10th, 2017

    Lincoln Center Theater's The King and I is a richly-emotional experience. Performers shine in an equity national tour of popular musical about Anna and the King of Siam The perrenial musical proves relevant decades after its Broadway premiere.

  • Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau

    Chicago's Timeline Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - May 10th, 2017

    Paradise Blue is the third play in Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit cycle, which was inspired by August Wilson’s Pittsburgh cycle. The other two plays are Detroit ’67, produced in 2013 by Northlight Theatre, which has scheduled the third play, Skeleton Crew, to open in January 2018. Timeline staged Morisseau’s Sunset Baby (set in New York) in 2016.

  • Into the Woods with Artist Gabrielle Barzaghi

    Hermit of Dogtown Previews Trident Gallery Exhibition

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 09th, 2017

    Some years ago they built a home and studio on some 20 acres deep in the woods of Cape Ann's legendary Dogtown Common. They like the privacy and seclusion. During a recent week in Gloucester we met for an extensive studio visit and discussion of the upcoming June exhibition "Gabrielle Barzaghi: Perfect World" at Trident Gallery. Several drawings created in enraged response to outrageous statements by Donald Trump were included in The Body Politic a group exhibition and performance series at the gallrery.

  • Desert Rose Theatre's Clark Gable Slept Here

    Michael McKeever's Hollywood Satire

    By: Jack Lyons - May 09th, 2017

    The Desert Rose Theatre, of Cathedral City, the only theatrical venue serving the LBGTQ community, is presenting a slick, snappy, and outrageously funny production written by Michael McKeever, that bills itself as a dark comedy spoof/satire entitled “Clark Gable Slept Here”, a Hollywood Fable directed by Resident Director and theatre co-Founder Jim Strait.

  • Lauren Yee's Hookman in Chicago

    Existential Slasher Comedy at Steep Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - May 08th, 2017

    Playwright Lauren Yee calls her play Hookman an “existential slasher comedy.” And Steep Theatre’s new production takes her up on that with creative staging, solid performances, especially by the three female leads—and plenty of blood. Hookman is smartly directed by Vanessa Stalling

  • Outer Critics Circle

    2016-2017 Award Winners

    By: OCC - May 08th, 2017

    Surprise surprise! Bette Midler won for Hello Dolly. Will such wonders ever cease?

  • Dianne Wiest as Winnie in Happy Days

    Theatre for a New Audience Presents a Yale Rep Production

    By: Susan Hall - May 07th, 2017

    Happy Days is here again, if not in the Democratic party, perhaps alive and well in Brooklyn. Dianne Wiest plays Samuel Beckett's iconic role with a marvel of tonal and emotional variety. The Theatre for a New Audience Production is mesmerizing.

  • Trisha Brown This Summer in the Berkshires

    Jacob's Pillow and Clark Art Institute Collaborate

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 08th, 2017

    Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has added two more opportunities for audiences to experience Trisha Brown Dance Company. Originally a five-performance run, August 16-19 in the Ted Shawn Theatre, the Pillow has added a Thursday matinee to the company’s schedule. Members of Trisha Brown Dance Company will also perform the site-specific work Trisha Brown: In Plain Site at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, August 13, a co-presentation of Jacob’s Pillow Dance and the Clark.

  • Marriage of Figaro at Boston Lyric Opera

    Young Cast Delivers

    By: David Bonetti - May 06th, 2017

    As the final opera in its 40th anniversary season, the BLO ended on an exuberant note. The Mozart classic was transposed from the 18th century Vienna suburbs to a villa in 1950s Italy, allowing a range of chic retro fashions to take stage center. But the young singers, all in fine voice, did not let the costumes upstage them. This might not have been a profound "Figaro," but it was fun, which might be just what Mozart and da Ponte wanted.

  • Turner at the Frick

    Britain's 19th Century Painter of Light

    By: Ellen O'Donnell Rankin - May 02nd, 2017

    A beautifully presented exhibition built around works from The Frick Collection, Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time, brings together 37 water colors, drawings, engravings, sketchbooks and oil paintings, from 1817 – 1845, a turning point in the artist’s career.

  • Harry Houdini in Miami

    Show About Escape Artist at Arsht Center

    By: Aaron Krause - May 06th, 2017

    Fusion of magic, mystery, music and storytelling make Death & Harry Houdini captivating. Artists shine in play with music about famed escape artist. Disappear into the world of Harry Houdini in play at South Florida venue.

  • Trade Secrets Is This Weekend

    Rare Plants And Garden Antiques

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 08th, 2017

    Trade Secrets, a rare plant and garden antique show and sale takes place this weekend, May 13th and 14th at lion Rock Farm in Sharon, Ct. The event benefits Women's Support Services.

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