• Hamilton Tops Tony Nominations

    Boffo Season on Broadway

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 03rd, 2016

    As anticipated Hamilton threatens to run the table in 2016 Tony Awards. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom both of Hamilon are running head to head for top honor as leading man in a musical. In the Best Play Revival category it's a coin toss between two Arthur Miller plays both directed by Ivo Van Hove who is nominated once for both plays. But a production of Eugene O'Neill's epic Long Day's Journey Into Night is in the running. There will be lot of politicking for the honors between now and June.

  • Mocktoberfest Features the Polka Brothers

    Annual Fundraiser Berkshire Country Day School on May 7th

    May 7th
    By: Philip S. Kampe & Maria Reveley - May 03rd, 2016

    If you missed Octoberfest, you will have a second chance this Saturday, May 7th. Berkshire Country Day School will hold its annual fundraiser at 6:45pm. Auction items include photographer, Gregory Crewdson's artist proof and a trip to attend Octoberfest in Munich.

  • The Hammer Trinity a Marathon Production in Miami

    Epic by Nathan Allen and Chris Mathews

    By: Aaron Krause - May 03rd, 2016

    August: Osage County was long at three and a half hours. But Nathan Allen in partnership with Chris Matthews test the endurance of audiences with The Hammer Trinity in a single day with two meal breaks. It takes endurance to hang in for nine and a half hours but proves to be worth the time and patience for a production that is evocative and richly inventive. Those who hang in to the finish are proud to sport stickers that proclaim "I Got Hammered."

  • Richard Bean's Toast Delightful Theater

    Celebrating Brits Off Broadway 2016

    By: Susan Hall - May 01st, 2016

    Toast comes with its most recent British cast. Set in a bread factory around 1972, this is a guy world and a factory world. In the US both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are reminding us of the value of this kind of work.

  • Utah Symphony Celebrates at Carnegie Hall

    Thierry Fischer Conducted 75th Anniversary Performance

    By: Djurdjija Vucinec - May 02nd, 2016

    The Utah Symphony under Thierry Fischer gave an exciting and moving evening of music in celebration of their 75th anniversary. The Utah Symphony Orchestra was built by promoting 20th century American and European music. This priority was established by Maurice Abravael, the conductor who led the orchestra for 30 years. He retired to work at Tanglewood for another 10 years.

  • Bridges of Madison County in Palm Beach

    Touring Equity Production

    By: Aaron Krause - May 01st, 2016

    In a musical adaptation, especially of a story as popular as “Bridges,” one desires to judge immediately whether the music and lyrics enhance the romantic tale. In this case it mostly does, deepening mood and enhancing characters’ feelings and emotions. This musical premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival before a Broadway run. This touring production was reviewed at Raymond F. Kravis Center For the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida.

  • Gagosian Asks Who Reads Poetry?

    Vulgarian One-percenters Trump the Art World

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 30th, 2016

    In the contemporary art world bigger is better. Presiding over the complex ever more decadent global art world is mega dealer Larry Gagosian. As king of the heap he makes no apology for catering to the whims and vulgarian taste of one-percenters. The benefit to the general public is that they can enjoy his museum-level gallery exhibitions free of charge. Critics may debate the quality of the work on display but their opinions have long since been marginalized by those who write the checks. De gustibus non est disputandum.

  • Master Voices Presents Dido and Aeneas

    Kelli O'Hara and Victoria Clark Star

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 29th, 2016

    Kelli O'Hara can sport a delightful, rich opera voice and Victoria Clark, looking like a combination of Lynn Redgrave and Camilla Parker Bowles camps it up as a Sorceress bent on doing evil. A new prologue by Michael John LaChiusa has chorus members collapsing and hints of history being made.

  • Journey to Hamburg, Germany: Part Two

    Not Just a Family Affair – in English and German

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Apr 26th, 2016

    The second article begins with our Family Reunion on Easter Monday, which nearly 40 people from 11 families attended. What a festive affair and the three hour brunch just flew by. The meeting ended with a new official family photo. ~ For the remainder of our week we explored the city again, downtown Hamburg, where we kids grew up. Even then, the city was a wonderful playground.

  • Jacob's Pillow Schedule

    2016 Festival in Becket

    By: Pillow - Apr 29th, 2016

    Highlights of Festival 2016 include a world premiere engagement And Still You Must Swing created by tap dance powerhouses Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels Smith; former New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan and choreographer Brian Brooks in an evening of new duets and solos, accompanied by eminent string quartet Brooklyn Rider and titled Some of a Thousand Words; rare U.S. appearances by France-based Compagnie Hervé KOUBI and South Korea-based contemporary ensemble Bereishit Dance Company; the powerful all-male company Che Malambo of Argentina; and the return of the eminent Seattle-based company Pacific Northwest Ballet.

  • 4000 Miles at CV Repertory Theatre

    Nation's Most Produced Play in 2014

    By: Jack Lyons - Apr 29th, 2016

    CV Repertory Theatre founding artistic director Ron Celona was taken with playwright Amy Herzog’s dramedy “4000 Miles” the minute he read it. “… it offered humor, heart, and thought-provoking topics that most of us can relate to in life.” he says. Celona felt it would be a good fit for his Rancho Mirage audiences and a great way to end CV REP’s 2015/2016 season. He was right on all accounts.

  • Manhattan School of Music's Superb Opera

    Ibert and Ravel Entrance

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 28th, 2016

    Persée and Andromède by Ibert and L'Enfant et Sortilèges by Ravel with a brilliant libretto by Colette, her only opera, are staged by the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater. This school's productions are among New York's finest. The singing is of professional calibre. The productions are considered from sets to costumes to a first-rate orchestral accompaniment. Year after year you can count on MSM for an evening of operatic pleasure.

  • The Outgoing Tide by Bruce Graham

    Dezart Performs in Palm Springs

    By: Jack Lyons - Apr 28th, 2016

    “The Outgoing Tide”, insightfully written by Bruce Graham and intelligently directed by Dezart Performs co-founder Michael Shaw, is blessed with a cast of three seasoned professional actors who have graced your movie and television screens over the years and who know their way around a poignant, relevant, and deeply emotional play when they find themselves in one.

  • BSO Ends Season with French and Russian Program

    Kristine Opolais Sang Tatiana's Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin

    By: David Bonetti - Apr 25th, 2016

    The BSO seems to love working with its new music director Andris Nelsons, who was ending his second season with this concert, which, BTW, featured his glamorous wife, Kristine Opolais, as the soprano soloist. In addition to the Tchaikovsky, the program included Debussy's "La Mer," Ravel's "La Valse" and Dutilleux's "Metaboles."

  • Votes the Musical Re-visited

    New Production Suggests the Clinton Dynamic

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 23rd, 2016

    Lisa Wright-Matthews and Wayne Miller as ersatz Clintons give us the first couple past and future?

  • The Submission by Jeff Talbot

    South Florida's Island City Stage

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 25th, 2016

    Jeff Talbott explores the race issue from an angle not often explored in the theater: infighting among minority groups as to which has been subject to more discrimination, hate and suffering. Forget about racial harmony between white and black people for a moment; if members of minority groups can’t get along and stand with each other in solidarity against hate and bias, how will the race issue ever go away, Talbott challenges us to consider.

  • Agnes of God in Palm Springs

    Coyote StageWorks at Annenberg Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Apr 23rd, 2016

    Whoever says one has to go to New York or LA to see great theatre obviously hasn’t seen, but should see, the current Coyote StageWorks production of “Agnes of God” currently on stage at the Annenberg Theatre in Palm Springs.

  • Elektra is Galvanic

    Murder and Revenge without Intermission at the MET

    By: Deborah Heineman - Apr 23rd, 2016

    A remarkable non-stop performance by Nina Stemme – who never leaves the stage in this 110-minute production – sets the tone for a magnificent interpretation of Strauss’ devastating opera.

  • Eclipse Mill Book Launch May 6

    Event Features Five North Adams Authors

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 21st, 2016

    Five residents of the Eclipse Mill will present a book launch and reading in the gallery on Friday, May 6 at 8pm. The free event and reception will occur at 243 Union Street, North Adams, Mass. 01247. The participants include Charles Giuliano, Astrid Hiemer, Vin Jensen (Ien Nivens) and Sarah Sutro.

  • American Repertory Theatre 2016/ 17 Season

    Award Winning Theatre in Cambridge

    By: ART - Apr 20th, 2016

    “Our 2016/17 season features work that will engage our audiences in current conversations around gender, class, and identity; pivotal moments in Irish and Argentinian history; and the crisis in our American education system.” stated A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus. “I am delighted to welcome back to the A.R.T. Anna Deavere Smith, Bill Rauch, and Jo Bonney, and to introduce many new artists.” She continued, “Incubating and developing new work is critical to our mission of expanding the boundaries of theater. Instead of helming a production next season, I am excited to be dedicating my time to the development of new work, which will result in productions for future seasons.”

  • Aoife Duffin Embodies A Girl Half-Formed

    Irish Words Affecting and Harrowing

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 21st, 2016

    A Girl is a Half-formed Thing has been translated from novel to stage by Annie Ryan, who also directs. A solo performance by the brilliant Aoife Duffin evokes the world of a young Girl, growing up with an older brother who is dying of brain cancer. Her mother's absorption with the boy leaves the Girl unprotected, but also free to spread her wings. Astonishing images arrest the ear.

  • Steppenwolf Premieres Mary Page Marlowe

    Six Actors Portray Tracy Lett's Main Character from 12 to 69

    By: Nancy Bishop - Apr 20th, 2016

    Tracy Letts’ script for the Steppenwolf Theatre world premiere production, Mary Page Marlowe, explores her identity in 11 scenes and 80 minutes. In his dramatic deconstruction of a life, the scenes are not performed in any ordered way and Mary Page is represented from age 12 to 69 by six different actors. (And a baby doll. Originally three actual infants were to alternate as infant Mary Page, but director Anna D. Shapiro decided during previews that was too much verisimilitude. Shapiro has children herself, so I don’t know why she thought a baby would do what it was being directed to do. Directing babies would be like herding cats.)

  • Boston Baroque Does Mozart's The Magic Flute

    Production Brought Out Its beauty

    By: David Bonetti - Apr 19th, 2016

    Boston Baroque strayed from its central focus on Baroque music to play Mozart's eternally popular "The Magic Flute." I don't like its quasi-religiosity, but Mozart's music proves irresistible. Martin Pearlman played his Baroque band with style, and the vocal cast was (mostly) excellent.

  • ATCA in Philly

    2016 Theatre Conference

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 19th, 2016

    "In our time, theater here began to blossom about 25 years ago," wrote Howard Shapiro, a Philadelphia-based theater critic and ATCA's conference chairman in a welcome note to attendees. "And about 15 years ago the scene exploded. Of the 50-plus stage companies that pay their actors, designers and creative teams, about 35 hold Actors' Equity contracts at any given time. Metropolitan Philadelphia is now home to more than 1,000 Equity members, plus sizable communities of scenery, costume, lighting and sound designers; directors and playwrights. The theater community is a minor Philadelphia industry."

  • Jeremy Denk at Carnegie Hall

    Poet of the Piano Rocks With Ragtime

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 18th, 2016

    Jeremy Denk is a formidable writer and pianist. While a man of such iconoclastic and apt thoughts might let 'intent' dominate performance, Denk succeeds in melding his ideas into the keyboard and creating music of seamless satisfaction.

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