• Mark Morris Dance at Mostly Mozart

    Morris Paints Notes in Dance

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 27th, 2016

    Mark Morris is billed as a musician, and has, in fact, been music director of the Ojai Festival. He is clearly a musicians’ musician and knows as much about music as most professionals. His main gig is choreography. He insists on using live ‘bands,’ in this case, the Mostly Mozart Orchestra. Morris channels Mozart's notes in surprising and apt movements.

  • Summer at the Movies

    Some You Might Have Missed

    By: Nancy S. Kempf - Aug 27th, 2016

    A number of quirky little subversive gems a made for a delightful summer. “The Lobster” had only a limited release in March and came into the theaters of middle America at the end of May, making it, by default, a summer movie for those of us not living in New York or LA. Then came “Swiss Army Man,” “Wiener-Dog,” “Captain Fantastic” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.”

  • Naughton Twins Play Messiaen

    Genetics Gives a New Dimension to Duo Piano at the Crypt

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 26th, 2016

    Two pianos. Four hands. One heart. A spiritual beauty lurks in the origins of Messiaen's music. Certainly duo pianists Michelle and Christina Naughton seem spiritually bound to one another, although there a sparks of difference. This does not suggest conflict, but rather an opportunity to work to achieve unity, as Messiaen must have worked to embrace his God in the face of the Nazi occupation of France.

  • The Hypochondriac by Moliere

    Stratford Festival of Canada

    By: Herbert M. Simpson - Aug 26th, 2016

    Antoni Cimolino’s production is showy, full of brilliant moments, superbly cast, and elaborately staged. But what should be a souffle soon begins to feel like a heavy, overfilled, over-spiced stew.

  • Josephine Baker JB Julia Bullock

    Hello Blackbird at Mostly Mozart

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 25th, 2016

    Peter Sellars suggested that Julia Bullock interpret Josephine Baker. The young African American, who is more interested in creating musical moments than she is in taking on conventional opera roles, is riveting as Baker in a piece composed by Tyshawn Sorey.

  • Two Gentlemen Of Verona at S&Co.

    A Complicated Tale Of First love

    By: Maria Reveley - Aug 23rd, 2016

    In this early play by Shakespeare, rarely produced, we find four main characters, two love triangles, two fathers hoping to help their children, two of Shakespeare's clowns and a dog (!) providing laughs for the whole family. The absurdist atmosphere created by the director, Jonathan Croy, allows the audience to see the wonders and obsessions of first love.

  • Tribes at Barrington Stage Company

    Award Winning British Drama by Nina Raine

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 22nd, 2016

    Since its London premiere in 2010 Tribes, an award winning drama by Nina Raine, opened Off Broadway and has since been produced by major regional companies. It is being directed at Barrington Stage Company by Jenn Thompson

  • Broadway Bounty Hunter Stars Annie Golden

    Barrington Stage Debuts Hit Musical by Joe Iconis

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 20th, 2016

    Annie Golden broke out with Hair in 1979. As she sings in a sure to be standard the actress is a "Woman of a Certain Age." She plays herself in a world premiere of Broadway Bounty Hunters by Joe Iconis at Barrington Stage Company. This is a fun musical that you will want to see at least twice. They just don't make them like this anymore.

  • Chorus Line in Charleston

    Opens 85th Season of Footlight Players

    By: Sandy Katz - Aug 25th, 2016

    The production of A Chorus Line which opened the 85th season of Footlight Players in Charleston was so fresh and lively that it was hard to fathom that the musical premiered some four decades ago. The smallish stage was packed with 26 hopefuls auditioning for just eight roles.

  • Opera Love in Santa Fe

    Exploring a Theme

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 25th, 2016

    Love is the theme connecting the five productions of the Santa Fe Opera 2016 Festival. Leading off one week of the season was Don Giovanni, where an attempted rape and then a murder jumpstart the opera. The Don is a questionable subject for the discussion of love, as the Don mows down woman after woman in his quest for the Guinness Book of Records first place position as the world’s best, or most effective, seducer. Yet love triumphs.

  • Steve Martin's Meteor Shower

    World Premiere at Old Globe Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Aug 24th, 2016

    “Meteor Shower”, Steve Martin's latest play, is currently wowing audiences at the Old Globe with his far-out sense of humor that deals with the social mores of 1990s California. It has already been extended twice.

  • Superb Dining At Ruca Malen

    Argentine Local Cuisine Is Paired With World-Class Wine

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 25th, 2016

    Chef Lucas Bustos and Winemaker Pablo Cuneo of Ruca Malen Winery in Mendoza, Argentina have teamed up to make wine pairing easy. Their ever changing menu focuses on local cuisine is paired with wines that Pablo Cuneo makes. It's like a match made in heaven.

  • Capriccio at Santa Fe Opera

    Insider's Debate Gives Pleasure to All

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 23rd, 2016

    Are words or music more important? In opera there is no debate. Both reign. Richard Strauss, trapped in Nazi Germany because beloved members of his family were Jewish and he wanted to save them, set his last opera as a debate. Unquestionably, in 1942 he was also making a plea for civilization. Santa Fe produces a delightful take on Capriccio.

  • Don Giovanni Burns Up in Santa Fe

    Superb Mozart

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 22nd, 2016

    The production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni now running at the Santa Fe Opera is a perfect occasion for a celebration of the opera company’s sixtieth anniversary. Seating over 2200, it is a grand house in part because it is located on a mountain top with a view of the Jemez Mountains. Performances begin at 8pm as the sun sets and the backstage real sky is streaked orange, and red and burnt sienna.

  • Gounod's Romeo and Juliet

    Santa Fe Opera Orchestra

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 22nd, 2016

    The Santa Fe Orchestra under Harry Bicket charges in the introduction to Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet with a dark gusto. On stage, the Capulets in blue sword fight with the Montagus in red. We quickly cut to the choral summation of the famous tale of ill-fated lover who pave the way to peace among naturally-born enemies.

  • Mass MoCA Installation by Richard Nonas

    The Man in the Empty Space

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 22nd, 2016

    Now in his mid seventies Richard Nonas switched from anthroplogy to sculpture in his thirties. His work is featured in Building Five of MASS MoCA the largest space for contemporary art in North America.

  • Flexn at Jacob's Pillow

    The Arts and Black Lives Matter

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 21st, 2016

    More than a dance company the appearance by Flexn, with its related panels and talk back, proved to be an aesthetic and political movment illustrating through inventive dance why Black Lives Matter.

  • Cafe Society by Woody Allen

    Nostalgic Journey Back to the 1930s

    By: Jack Lyons - Aug 19th, 2016

    “Café Society” written and directed by Allen, once again, takes us on a nostalgic journey backward in time to the 1930s. Gorgeously photographed by Academy Award- winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro who makes the New York romantic sequences a picture-perfect post card truly ‘made for a boy and a girl’, as the lyrics say in Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers’ iconic song tribute to the Big Apple in “I’ll Take Manhattan”.

  • Updating the Jason Bourne Series

    Matt Damon Returns to Thriller

    By: Jack Lyons - Aug 19th, 2016

    Critical reception has been generally mixed. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the flick 3 and one-half stars out of a possible four. I think he was very generous.

  • Gonzo Aesthetics of Giuliano’s Poetry

    Ultra Cosmic Gonzology

    By: Robert Henriquez - Aug 18th, 2016

    With the third book of poetry by Charles Giuliano, Ultra Cosmic Gonzology, again the essayist is Robert Henriquez. The former CBS News producer has probed deeply into aspects of the avant-garde and places the development of gonzo poetry into a larger historical and literary context. The new book will be launched with a reading at Gloucester Writers Center on August 31.

  • Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret

    With Meow Meow and Australian Chamber Orchestra

    Barry Humphries and Meow Meow
    By: Maria Reveley - Aug 15th, 2016

    Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret focuses on the degenerate (according to the Nazis) music of Berlin's Weimar Republic of the 1920s-30s. Humphries presents and performs this music with the talented international cabaret performer, Meow Meow, and with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, led by its artistic director and violinist, Richard Tognetti. Together, these talents delivered a wonderfully done, touching and mesmerizing performance at Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall in Lenox, MA last night.

  • Provincetown Arts

    31 Years of Publishing

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 17th, 2016

    Mid summer, since 1985, we anticipate the annual issue of Provincetown Arts. The current magazine features whimsical works by the figurative fantasy painter Tabitha Vevers.

  • Film Night With John Williams

    Star Wars Revisited

    'Star Wars'
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 15th, 2016

    John Williams returned to the stage at Tanglewood for 'Film Night', an evening where his scores, especially, 'Star Wars' gets flight from this renowned 84 year old iconic composer/conductor.

  • And No More Shall We Part by Tom Halloway

    Ending Life Drama with Molina and Kaczmarek at WTF

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 14th, 2016

    What are the options when patients opt to end treatment for devastating, excruciatingly painful terminal illnesses? With astonishing performances by the renowned actors Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek the issues are explored in And No More Shall We Part by Tom Holloway at Williamstown Theatre Festval.

  • Terrence McNally Play in Fort Lauderdale

    Love! Valour! Compassion! at Andrews Living Arts Studio

    By: Aaron Krause - Aug 16th, 2016

    “Love! Valour! Compassion!” is a character-driven, relatable, touching and terribly timely work with just a smidgen of sentimentality. The play, which will cause you to laugh one moment and cry the next, a la Neil Simon, vividly captures the fears, hopes, heartbreaks, tension and pride of a group of eight gay men in the summer of 1995.

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