• Laurie Anderson's Habeas Corpus

    Project with Mohammed El Gharani in New York

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 05th, 2015

    As globalization brings us closer together, frequent reminders of the horrors we perpetrate on each other are invaluable. A young man who was 14 when he was arrested, tortured and locked up in Guantanamo Bay reminds us that no one is exempt. Laurie Anderson offers an ineffably moving picture in collaboration with Saudi-born Mohammed El Gharani. The installation was recently on view at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.

  • Veils by Tom Coash

    Didactic Award Winning Play at Barrington Stage Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 05th, 2015

    In the post 9/11 climate President Obama has been referred to as a closeted Muslim. The African American Republican candidate Ben Carson has stated that, despite the concept of freedom of religion, a Muslim should not be President. Before JFK there was a similar injunction against Catholics. For its fall collaboration with regional schools Barrington Stage Company is presenting the awarding winning play Veils by Tom Coash.

  • The Homecoming by Harold Pinter

    Brutalist Realism at Berkshire Theatre Group

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 04th, 2015

    Kudos to Berkshire Theatre Group for the tough love of presenting a smash to the head in a stunning production of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming. Eric Hill has brilliantly directed a superb cast in an always challenging Pinter play.

  • In Your Arms at Old Globe

    World Premiere of Musical in San Diego

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 03rd, 2015

    “In Your Arms” is the brain-child of brilliant choreographer/director Christopher Gattelli and Broadway producer Jennifer Manocherian. It is having its world premiere at Old Globe in San Diego.

  • The Quare Land at Irish Repertory Theatre

    An Evening in a Bathtub Bubbles Up

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 03rd, 2015

    Playwright John McManus restrains his leading man in a tub of bubbles throughout the play, but this in no way limits the performance of Peter Maloney or his nemesis, Rufus Collins. We are trapped in an intense negotiation of life and death matters.

  • Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

    Overview of a Week in the Sun: Literally and Culturally

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Oct 01st, 2015

    The 10th Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, occurred from September 24 to 27 with great success during a week of daily sunshine. The weather helped: there were outdoor performances on the beach and on a large deck of the Boat Slip. The town took part with venues including Town Hall, the former High School, a radio station and a Night Club. Of course, two major plays were smashingly performed at the Provincetown Theater. And the buzz was all about TW - Tenn at Ten!

  • Amy Arbus: After Images

    Provincetown Arts Association and Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 02nd, 2015

    Blessed/ burdened with the fame of her photographer mother, Amy Arbus, after youthful resistance and the pursuit of studying music, was lured into a career in photography. She has had some 25 one woman shows and published five books. The stunning and sensual exhibition of modern master appropriations, Amy Arbus: After Images, is on view at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum through November 15.

  • Ride Hamilton and David Kaplan Collaborate

    The Hotel Plays at Berta Walker Gallery

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 01st, 2015

    Last April, cramped into small rooms in the French Quarter for The Hotel Plays of Tennessee Williams, we first encountered the photographer Ride Hamilton. This past week we again interacted during the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. In addition to the performances we much enjoyed his installation, a collaborator with the festival curator, director and scholar, David Kaplan, at the Berta Walker Gallery. It richly evoked memories of New Orleans.

  • Paul Cadmus Comes Out on Top

    Paul Cadmus's works in Whitney Museum's Inaugural Show

    By: David Bonetti - Sep 29th, 2015

    For years midcentury magic realist Paul Cadmus and other artists of his generation were neglected by the Whitney Museum. Now, in the inaugural exhibition of its new meatpacking facility, titled "America Is Hard to See," Cadmus and his peers return in force.

  • Brazil: Part One

    Salvador da Bahia

    By: Zeren Earls - Oct 02nd, 2015

    Renowned as the center of Afro-Brazilian culture with a mixture of black and white races descended from Africans, Europeans, and Native Americans, Salvador has a unique character shaped by exuberant colors, sounds, rhythms, and flavors. Its historic center has the largest collection of baroque buildings in the Americas.

  • Tennessee Williams Old and New

    Year Tenn and Reading of a Guare Work in Progress

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 29th, 2015

    In ten years the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival has premiered eleven works by Williams as well as ones inspired by him. There was a retrospective of 15 excerpts at Town Hall during thi year's festival. The special treat of the festival was a sneak preview of "More Stars Than There Are in Heaven," based on a Williams short story, a work in progress by John Guare.

  • Tennessee Williams Cabaret

    Armando Arrocha and Colette Simple

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 30th, 2015

    During the recent Provinctetown Tennessee Williams Festival we attended two performances of cabaret, based on works of Williams at the Crown and Anchor. The two experiences comprised a study in contrast with the best and worst of the tenth annual festival.

  • Ronnie Burkett and His Marionettes

    Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents The Daisy Theatre

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 01st, 2015

    The Daisy Theatre is a magical, human evening of theatre lore with incredible marionettes in the lead roles. At the Jerome Robbins Theater, the steeply raked seating enables you to watch the master marionetteer at work, sometimes lit and sometimes in juicy darkness. Yet Ronnie Burkett so enlivens these hardy, delicate creatures he has imagined into life, that everything we watch seems immediate. In fact, urgent.

  • Yin and Yang of Tennessee Williams

    From Juvenalia to Theatre of the Absurd

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 29th, 2015

    Over four days we attended nine performances during the tenth annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. This planned from the juvenalia of Parade, written during his first visit in 1940, through The Remarkable Rooming House of Mme. LeMonde a violently erotic example of Grand Guignol created near the end of a long and tormented life,

  • Disgraced at the Goodman Theatre

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Play in Chcago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 29th, 2015

    Kimberly Senior, who has directed Disgraced since its first 2012 production in Chicago at American Theater Company, directs Goodman's new production. She directed its Lincoln Center debut in late 2012 and then its Broadway production in 2014. Since then, it has become one of the most-produced plays in the country.

  • Jackson Pollock Inspired Tennessee Williams

    David Kaplan Discusses The Day On Which a Man Dies

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 26th, 2015

    David Kaplan directed The Day on Which a Man Dies by Tennessee Williams. It presented an over the top depiction of an ersatz deranged, stripped to his skivvies, paint spattered, drunken artist loosely based on Jackson Pollock. We have engaged in a lively exchange about the scholarly sources for the fascinating Pollock and Williams interactions. It appears that they knew each other on the beaches and in the bars of Provincetown.

  • Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

    Launching the Festival with Two Plays at The Provinctown Theater

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 25th, 2015

    For the first day of the Tenth Annual Provinctown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival we attended a matinee of The Day on Which a Man Dies and The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. Both plays were presented by the returning festival favorites Abrahamese & Meyer Productions from Cape Town, South Africa. The plays and performances were truly astonishing.

  • Real Women Have Curves

    Pasadena Playhouse Production

    By: Jack Lyons - Sep 29th, 2015

    The current comedy production “Real Women Have Curves”, written by Josefina Lopez, is skillfully directed by Pasadena Playhouse associate artistic director Seema Sueko. The story set in a tiny sewing factory in East Los Angeles in 2015, celebrates Latina power and Latina women’s bodies.

  • A Little Night Music Sparkles At Huntington

    Sondheim's Vintage Show Couldn't Be Any Better

    By: Mark Favermann - Sep 22nd, 2015

    It is the lilting story of lovers reuniting with passions reigniting while new romances flower. Set around famous actress Desiree Armfeldt along with a cadre of unforgettable characters, this is a fabulous production on every level. The action is focused during an eventful weekend in the country. This is Maestro Stephen Sondheim’s most romantic and popular work. It features a sumptuous score infused with humor, warmth flavored by a waltz. Sondheim’s best known song, “Send in the Clowns” integrates exquisitely into the narrative. Brilliantly directed by Artistic Director Peter DuBois, this extraordinary musical already may be one of the best productions of the 2015-16 season.

  • Newport Wine and Food Festival

    Historical Newport Hosts New England's Finest Event

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 24th, 2015

    Newport, Rhode Island and the Mansions of Newport host New England's premier wine and food festival this weekend. Celebrity hosts, Martha Stewart ,Jacques Pepin, as well as Jacques Torres are just a few of the star filled foodie lineup. Over 400 wines will be poured this weekend, as well as two dozen top restaurants that will serve their specialties.

  • Tempest Chicago Shakespeare

    Inventive Production

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 24th, 2015

    A bewitching production of Shakespeare's most exotic and evocative play. The Tempest roars at Chicago Shakeapeare.

  • 'A Second Helping of Life'

    A Benefit with a Cause

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 24th, 2015

    Helping to defeat breast and ovarian cancer is the goal of many persons and organizations in the world. The bond and urgency to defeat this disease that affects over 320,000 new patients yearly is universal.

  • World Tourism Day is Sunday, September 27th

    Visit wineries worldwide for free

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 24th, 2015

    Why not take an impromptu vacation and visit a winery this Sunday. They will open their doors to you with free tours and tastings.

  • Metropolitan Opera Season Opens

    Aleksandrs Antonenko a Brilliant Otello

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 21st, 2015

    Otello is one of the greatest operas of Giuseppe Verdi. In the 2011 season, Riccardo Muti mounted a concert performance which was almost universally heralded as the event of the season. Singing the title role under the Maestro was Aleksandrs Antonenko, who delivered a performance of technical perfection and rich emotion. Antonenko has not forgotten the lessons he learned from Muti, and has, in fact, built on them. His performance at the Metropolitan Opera is wrenching.

  • Chicago Critic Visits New York

    Covers Hamilton, The Flick and Desire

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 21st, 2015

    Our Chicago theatre correspondent, Nancy Bishop, recently checked in at the Edison Hotel in the heart of Times Square. She reports on several hot shows: Hamilton, The Flick and Desire.

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