• Company XIV’s Adults-Only Snow White

    Outrageous Burlesque at NY's Minetta Lane Theatre

    By: Deborah Heineman - Feb 11th, 2016

    Company XIV has a World Premiere of adults-only Snow White at the Minetta Lane Theatre in NYC -- the third offering in a season of rowdy entertainment by Austin McCormick and the multi-talented cast.

  • Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley

    At San Diego Rep Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Feb 10th, 2016

    Toiling for years off-Broadway, John Patrick Shanley has now zoomed to the top tier of much-in-demand playwrights and screenwriters. His latest theatrical effort is the romantic comedy “Outside Mullingar”, which takes place in rural Ireland.

  • Willamstown Theatre Festival 2016

    Marisa Tomei, Alfred Molina Among Stars

    By: WTF - Feb 09th, 2016

    The Williamstown Theatre Festival season, running from June 28 – August 21, 2016, begins on the Main Stage with a production of Tennessee Williams’ Tony Award-winning play The Rose Tattoo (June 28 – July 17) directed by Obie Award winner Trip Cullman and featuring Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei; continues with the world premiere of Boo Killebrew’s comedy Romance Novels For Dummies (July 20– July 31), directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel; and closes with the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter (August 3 – August 21), directed by Evan Cabnet.

  • Jose Costa and O Pescador

    Terceira Islands (Azores) Premier Restaurant

    By: Philip S. Kampe & Maria Reveley - Feb 11th, 2016

    On a recent visit to Tereceira Island in the Azores, we discovered an amazing, local, restaurant run by Jose Costa.

  • What's New at the Metropolitan Opera

    Sondra Radvanovky Crowned Queen of Opera

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 08th, 2016

    It seems just yesterday that Placido Domingo marched into General Manager Peter Gelb’s office and told him that he must keep the great soprano Sondra Radvanovsky on the Metropolitan Opera roster. Gelb could not say no. And so we have this season Donizetti’s Queens with Radvanovsky singing Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Elizabeth.

  • A Very Hungry Caterpillar on Broadway

    Berkshire's Eric Carle's Stories and Art Live

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 07th, 2016

    Puppets in the collage-inspired work of Eric Carle engage in story-telling on Broadway. Three actors tell four of Carle's stories in the magical tones of familiar classics, the audience is incanting phrases like, "but he was still hungry." The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Art and its literacy programs in Amherst benefit from this production of Jonathan Rockefeller's charming puppetry.

  • Orpheus at Carnegie Hall

    Pianist Buniatishvili Makes Mozart an Erotic Experience

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 31st, 2016

    Orpheus’ performers clearly come to an agreement before they come onto stage, leaderless. This form gives the music a chance to implode and explode in the hands of gifted individuals coming together.

  • Nice Fish: A Brilliant Catch At A.R.T.

    The Remarkable Mark Rylance

    Nice Fish
    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 24th, 2016

    On a frozen Minnesota lake, the ice is beginning to melt as is Salvador Dali's Melting Watch paintings. It’s the end of the fishing season, and two men are out on the ice angling for answers to life’s larger questions. TONY and Olivier Award-winning Mark Rylance, who co-wrote the play with the American poet Louis Jenkins is spectacular. Based on Jenkins' prose poems, it is a Waiting for Godot on ice. It deserves to be a contemporary classic.

  • Irish Repertory Theatre Presents The Burial at Thebes

    Seamus Heaney's Poetry a Triumph

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 28th, 2016

    Charlotte Moore has directed The Burial at Thebes to make it not only timely, but even more important, present. Each character is etched individually and then brought together with loved ones and adversaries, incidental characters and crucial ones. The chorus has disappeared, its lines and messages now humanized in individuals. This tale is about people and the gods are hardly considered.

  • Lauren Gunderson's I and You

    Award Winning Drama at 59E59 in NYC

    By: Deborah Heineman - Jan 25th, 2016

    Kayla Ferguson and Reggie D. White reprise their roles from the Merrimack Repertory Theatre as two teenagers seemingly randomly throw together to complete a class project. But Lauren Gunderson's "I & You" is actually about far weightier things -- life, death, the connectedness of all human beings -- all brought home in a riveting finale that had audiences gasping in surprise. Directed by Sean Daniels, "I & You" is having a limited run at 59E59 Theaters from January 15 - February 28.

  • Jaap Van Zweden New Music Director of the NY Phil

    An Electrifying Conductor Arrives

    NY Phil
    By: Susan Hall - Jan 27th, 2016

    On January 27, 2016, New York Philharmonic Chairman Oscar S. Schafer and President Matthew VanBesien announced that conductor Jaap van Zweden will become the Orchestra’s next Music Director, beginning in 2018–19. It will be the orchestra’s 177th season. Mr. van Zweden will serve as Music Director Designate in the 2017–18 season.

  • Shakespeare & Company 2016

    Season from May 27 Through September 4

    By: S&Co;. - Jan 21st, 2016

    Shakespeare & Company announceds its lineup for the 2016 summer season, which includes three Shakespeare plays: The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Twelfth Night, plus the Regional Premieres of Or, by Liz Duffy Adams and Lauren Gunderson’s The Taming. Additional titles include Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino, a bracing drama fresh from an acclaimed Off-Broadway production, Sotto Voce by Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz, and the return of Stephan Wolfert in Cry "Havoc!"

  • Tanglewood 2016 An Overview

    Tickets go on sale on January 24th

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jan 23rd, 2016

    Tickets for the 2016 Tanglewood go on sale Sunday, January 24th. A diverse schedule of entertainers for the June 19th-September 1st season includes the return of Tanglewood conductor Seiji Ozawa, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and local favorite,James Taylor.

  • Stephanie Blythe: Sing America!

    Carnegie Hall Hosts Amateur Singers Braving a Blizzard

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 24th, 2016

    The human voice is an instrument we all carry. Fewer than five percent of people are tone deaf and some experts consider the condition correctable. We all can experience the joy of singing together. Live singing is like nothing else under the sun. Stephanie Blythe makes the case with joy and conviction at a Carnegie Hall concert.

  • Sherlock Holmes at North Coast Repertory Theatre

    Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Great Nome Gold Rush

    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 23rd, 2016

    The world premiere production of Joseph Vass’ comedy/mystery “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Great Nome Gold Rush”, may be a mouthful to say but it’s easy to enjoy; so are the songs and music written and composed by Vass for the production, who is also a musician and is one of the driving forces behind the Klezmer music movement in the country.

  • Marilyn Horne: The Song Continues

    Master Class at the Weill Recital Hall

    By: Susan Hall and Alison Gardiner - Jan 23rd, 2016

    Marilyn Horne is a wonderful, detailed teacher and it is a privilege to be in her presence. Clearly the singers in her master class were able to incorporate her apt suggestions. Is revelation the reason audiences respond to a great master class? With Horne, the answer is yes.

  • Sunset Baby at Timeline

    Chicago Premier of Dominique Morisseau Play

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 22nd, 2016

    The bluesy, politically charged music of Nina Simone is the aural background for Sunset Baby, Timeline Theatre’s Chicago premiere of the 2012 play by Dominique Morisseau. Nina (AnJi White), the stubborn, independent woman whose life, dreams and family are the heart of this story, is Simone’s namesake.

  • The Blizzard of 2016 Shut Down Broadway

    Plan B: Luke's Theater for Plucky Ruthless!

    By: Edward Rubin - Jan 24th, 2016

    Craving adventure theatre critic Fast Eddy Rubin was thrilled by blizzard of 2016, one for the record books. Scheduled for a matinee he and a neighbor trudged up town. Only to find all of Broadway including restaurants shut down. Imagine if you had those precious seats to Hamilton? Stomping about our ersatz Sargent Preston of the Yukon stumbled onto one of the few theatres where the show went on. Mush you huskies. He just loved Restless at the intimate St. Luke's Theatre.

  • Palm Springs International Film Festival

    Oscar Previews

    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 22nd, 2016

    “Son of Saul” is Hungary’s Official Oscar Submission and the buzz on the street says it’s a strong candidate to take home the Oscar. Actually, I’m voting for “Labyrinth of Lies” as Best Foreign Film with “Son of Saul” as the alternate.

  • Yes Tim Realbuto's Deceptive One Act Play

    At New York's Hudson Guild Theatre

    By: Edward Rubin - Jan 22nd, 2016

    YES falls into a category, a genre, if you will, in which two characters, metaphorically speaking, battle to the death. In between drinking scotch, perhaps even vodka – bottles of liquor, one beside his bed, another aside his desk, and doing coke twice – Patrick begins, under the guise of giving Jeremiah acting lessons, taking charge of the seemingly innocent seventeen year old.

  • Quinta Do Martelo, Terceira Islands, the Azores

    Visit a Village Restored to Old World Charm

    Gilberto Vieira
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jan 25th, 2016

    Old world charm has been restored to Quinta Do Martelo by Gilberto Vieira and his staff of workers at this Terceira Island gem. A four star restaurant serving organic food, all grown on the farm, highlights dishes from a bygone era. The guesthouse rooms evoke a different era.

  • Stellar Female Performances 2015

    Focus on Outstanding Actresses

    By: Nancy S Kempf - Jan 20th, 2016

    Four especially penetrating films focused on women that articulate a wide-ranging cultural critique. Taken together their impact should be nothing less than profound. “Room,” “Brooklyn,” “Carol” and “45 Years” have rightfully received their nomination due in the awards in advance of the Oscars. Their impact has been amplified with greater complexity by the indie jewel “Tangerine,” giving us more reason for rejoicing.

  • Mark Goldenberg and Eric Skye's Artifact

    New CD of Organic Music

    The album, Arifact
    By: Joseph Callouri, edited by Philip S. Kampe - Jan 24th, 2016

    Artifact is one of those recordings that warrants repeated listening. Each time I listen to the CD, there is something new to marvel at, especially the organic, full and clean masterful guitar tones. Add the masterful song writing with actual melodies that stick out in each song and you have an album that stands out and sticks in one's brain.

  • Art of the Ozarks

    From the Old Frontier to Fine Arts

    By: Sandy Katz - Jan 24th, 2016

    From Little Rock, we traveled to Fort Smith which is located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border. Fort Smith was established in 1817 on the banks of the Arkansas River. Wild West history is celebrated in Fort Smith. During the Civil War, the North met the South here and there was lots of blood shed.

  • Chicago Southland

    Affordable and Fun Vacations

    By: Sandy Katz - Jan 23rd, 2016

    If affordability and accessibility are what you’re looking for in a vacation, Chicago Southland fits the bill. With the Metro area’s quick connection to downtown Chicago, the Southland boasts plentiful commuter rail and interstate connections to make travel throughout the region quick and easy for big city proximity.

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