• Sense and Sensibility at Old Globe

    Jane Austen Sparkles in San Diego

    By: Jack Lyons - Jul 23rd, 2016

    San Diego’s venerable Old Globe Theatre is currently staging a vibrant, engaging and thoroughly delightful production of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”.

  • War Paint at Chicago's Goodman Theatre

    Competing Costemtic Queens

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 22nd, 2016

    War Paint is the story of two cosmetic industry pioneers, women who achieved corporate success in an era when it was even more difficult to do so than today. But once you get past the competition between the Polish Jewish immigrant Helena Rubinstein (Patti LuPone) and the sunny blonde Elizabeth Arden (Christine Ebersole) known for her pink color palette, there’s not much story left.

  • Bright Ideas Brewing at MoCA

    Last Call at 7 PM in North Adams

    By: Pit Bulls - Jul 23rd, 2016

    It seems like a win win. Bright Ideas Brewing offers uniqely crafted beer, ale and root beer in a high concept industrial space on the Mass MoCA campus. On every level from eccnetric hours, to noise levels and a flub on food it's time to rethink the business plan.

  • Ira J. Bilowit at 90

    Renowned New York Theatre Critic

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 22nd, 2016

    Although elderly and in poor health Ira J. Bilowit, who has passed away at 90, continued to cover and work in theatre. Just last November he was co-chair, with Sherry Eaker, of a New York conference of the American Theratre Critics Association. He was among the most respected and revered members of that organization.

  • The Pirates of Penzance at Barrington Stage

    Swashbuckling Rogues Invade Pittsfied.

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 21st, 2016

    In a world gone utterly mad, for a great escape, there is nothing quite like an evening at Barrington Stage and the swashbuckling production of the perennial Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan. It has been masterfully created by that other theatrcal partnership Rando and Bergasse the pair that brought Barrington's On the Town to Broadway.

  • Buyer and Cellar at Miracle Theatre

    One Man Show in Coral Gables

    By: Aaron Krause - Jul 22nd, 2016

    Barbra Streisand is in this original and highly entertaining play – sort of, although you believe she really is, judging from the electrifying, hyperventilation-defying, incredible performance from award-winning actor Chris Crawford. He plays a handful of characters throughout the roughly one-hour, 45-minute play with no intermission.

  • Moliere's Bourgeois Gentilhomme

    French Production at Lincoln Center Festival

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 21st, 2016

    Moiiere's gift for embedding comedy in character, and weaving the elements of musical theatre in a unified whole were on full display at the Gerald Lynch Theatre. We continue coverage of the annual Lincoln Center Festival.

  • Macbeth at Stratford Festival

    Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino Rethinks the Scottish Play

    By: Herbert Simpson - Jul 21st, 2016

    Shakespeare’s Macbeth was presented with no timid wariness about “the Scottish play” but instead a dark, mysterious exploration full of visual and emotional surprises, including a sexy young Macbeth and a terrifying, shifting landscape dominated by the three witches, not the royal killer couple. Stratford’s Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino is clearly the star of the production, directing it where it usually doesn’t go.

  • Breath of Kings: Rebellion

    Stratford Festival of Canada

    By: Herbert Simpson - Jul 20th, 2016

    We welcome the distinguished critic Herbert Simpson and his coverage of Stratford Festival of Canada. Here he reviews Breath of Kings: Rebellion Richard II and Henry IV Part 1I which will be performed through September 24.

  • Reich Reverberates at Lincoln Center

    Ensemble Signal and Jack Quartet Capture the Spirit

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 20th, 2016

    In his 80th birthday year, Reich is being celebrated by Tilson Thomas in San Francisco and in a train station outside London in September. He is in New York now with multiple concerts as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. We are fortunate indeed for this native New Yorker.

  • Neil Simon's Broadway Bound

    Stage Door Theatre Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Jul 19th, 2016

    In “Broadway Bound,” Neil Simon shines a light on people who are flawed. You not only forgive them at the end, you feel as though you’re leaving part of your own family as the curtain closes.

  • The Naumkeag Garden Party

    Opening of Chinese Temple Garden

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 20th, 2016

    After three years and $3.3 million dollars the renovation of the Chinese Temple Garden at Naumkeag is complete. On Saturday, July 23rd, the Naumkeag Garden Party will celebrate its completion.

  • The Chinese Room at Williamstown

    World Premiere of Michael West Play

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 17th, 2016

    The hilarious comedy The Chinese Room by the Irish playwright Michael West is having its world premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival. The current production allows for fine tuning for when the play transfers Off Broadway to Manhattan Theatre Club. It is sure to be a hit in New York.

  • Drumming by Steve Reich

    So Percussion at Lincoln Center

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 17th, 2016

    Bathed in blue light, the stage could be anywhere, in the heart of Africa or New York CIty. Steve Reich, one of the titans of modern music, captured mainstream attention with Drumming. Now everyone loves the iconic piece. Lincoln Center offers it and other works of Reich in their summer festival.

  • Musical 1776 in Palm Beach

    At Don and Ann Brown Theatre.

    By: Aaron Krause - Jul 18th, 2016

    The well-known historical musica "1776" about our founding fathers’ mission to make America independent from England is on stage through July 24 in the intimate, semi-circular Don and Ann Brown Theatre in Palm Beach, Florida.

  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

    Perennial Jacob’s Pillow Favorites

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 16th, 2016

    Returing to Jacob's Pillow for the twelth time Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presented a complex, varied and demanding evening of dance.

  • Kanze Noh's Inaugural at Lincoln Center

    Traditional Japanese Theater Intrigues

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 16th, 2016

    Even if you don't know the conventions of Noh Theater, developed over 600 years in Japan, there is great pleasure in its performance. The Kanze Noh troupe sports players whose descent can be traced back 22 generations. Deep emotions are generated by performances of dramas from this rich history.

  • Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare & Company

    Authentic Production Directed by Tina Packer

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 11th, 2016

    A great production of Merchant of Venice requires inspired casting. The Tina Packer production has a truly magnficent Shylock in company member Jonathan Epstein taking on the complex and demanding role for the fifth time. It is his second with Packer. This version also has a first rate Portia in Tamara Hickey and suitably apathetic and melancholy Antonio played with nuance by John Hadden. It was Packer's intent to take the gloves off in attacking issues of race, religion, gender, homosexuality and racism.

  • The Knights Serenade Tanglewood

    The Times They Are A-Changin

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 16th, 2016

    The Knights, a Brooklyn based chamber music band, play music from numerous genres and somehow unite the opposing styles into a wonderful evening of entertainment. From Hadyn to Dylan, with a little Schubert thrown in for good measure, The Knights journey begins.

  • Macbeth at Old Globe

    Lowell Davies Outdoor Festival Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Jul 12th, 2016

    Under the deft direction of Brian Kulick, this ‘Macbeth’ production has been updated to a visual setting more or less around the time of World War I. However, the language, spirit, and the murderous intrigues that Shakespeare loved so dearly are still present. It’s a clever way to update the core story that is familiar to all without sacrificing any dramatic elements or story points as conceived by the Bard.

  • Qian Yi Transforming in Paradise Interrupted

    Lincoln Center Festival Opens

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 14th, 2016

    Composer Huang Ruo talks about dimensionalism. You don't have to understand what the term means to get totally caught up in new dimensions in his opera Paradise Interrupted which opens the Lincoln Center Festival. Ruo's music, and Jennifer Ma's libretto based on the Biblical story of the Garden of Eden are enmeshed in The Peony Pavilion, a truncated version of the 16th century Chinese Opera. The original lasted 22 hours and has been performed by Qian Yi, a force of nature who weaves the song of the central character in the new opera.

  • Between Riverside and Crazy at Steppenwolf

    Funny and Poignant Stephen Adly Guirgis Play

    By: By Nancy Bishop - Jul 14th, 2016

    Between Riverside and Crazy is a rowdy, raunchy play with lots of action. (Sensitive ears alert: When I said raunchy, that’s what I meant.) Yasen Peyankov directs it with style and glee.

  • Seth MacFarlane Man Of All Seasons

    Enjoying the Humor

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 13th, 2016

    Seth MacFarlane is known for his several tv projects, including the 14th year of the syndicated program, Funny Guy, as well as his skill in writing the movie, 'Ted.' What we didn't know was that he is a professionally trained singer, who could have had a second career if the first didn't work out.

  • Wastwater at Chicago's Steep Theatre,

    By English playwright Simon Stephens

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 12th, 2016

    Wastwater by Simon Stephens is a loosely connected trilogy of stories, skillfully directed by Robin Witt. They’re set near London’s Heathrow Airport, where the village of Sipson is threatened with obliteration for the sake of a new airport runway. The playwright is best known for his Tony-winning adaptation, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

  • Little Shop of Horrors Gobbles Audience

    Smash Musical Comedy at Colonial Theatre

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 10th, 2016

    A lot of theatre this season is feeding us heavy duty, pc, brain food. But for pure fun release and esape the best show in the Berkshires, Little Shop of Horrors, is presenting a hilarious musical comedy about a man eating plant which is chewing the scenery and devouring audiences at the Colonial Theatre.

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