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  • Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

    Pastiche of War and Peace

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 07th, 2016

    What started Off Broadway at Ars Nova, with three steps in between, has transferred to Broadway. Based on a 70 page slice of Tolstoy's War and Peace the explosively inovative Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 is the one to beat as best musical come awards season.

  • Sondheim's Into the Woods

    Touring Company

    By: Aaron Krause - Dec 09th, 2016

    A national equity tour of an acclaimed production of Sondheim's Into the Woods recently kicked off at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa and is on its way up north -- possibly to your city.

  • MASS MoCA Announces Events

    Ladie's Choice for Winter

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 07th, 2016

    Sliding into the Holiday season followed by the dead of wintwr Mass MoCA is looking on the bright side. The North Adams based mega museum has posted a full schedule of enticing upcoming events. It's time to mark the calendar.

  • Isaac Mizrahi Narrates Peter and the Wolf

    John Heginbotham and Ensemble Signal Are Icing

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 05th, 2016

    Of course the costumes are terrific. Isaac Mizrahi, narrator and imaginer of this production, is a top flight designer. Each animal and human has a few eyecatching details. Prokofiev is always fabulous. All the elements come together in the Guggenheim's Works and Process Christmas celebration.

  • The Big Uncut Flick by Todd Michael

    At NY's Theatre Row's Studio Theatre

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 07th, 2016

    In the early days of television in the 1950s stations provided low budget filler by showing second rate B movies. The usual formula was to have a host, in this case a couple, who introduced the films and pitched products during breaks. This is the theme of Todd Michael's new play The Big Uncut Flick which is having an Off Broadway run.

  • Pygmalion in Chicago

    Remy Bumppo Theatre's Production

    By: Nancy Bishop - Dec 05th, 2016

    Remy Bumppo uses Shaw’s original script but adds some mid-century touches and a new character—an older version of Eliza, named Elizabeth, personified by Jane deLaubenfels. Elizabeth appears at beginning, middle and end of the play to honor the memory of what took place in the boxed-up rooms that used to be Higgins’ “laboratory” on Wimpole Street.

  • Mongolia Part Two

    Khovsgol Lake and Gobi Desert

    By: Zeren Earls - Dec 01st, 2016

    The vast Khovsgol Lake region in northern Mongolia is home to numerous nomadic herders. As their grazing horses, yaks, and reindeer grace the shores, picturesque gers for locals and visitors add to the pastoral charm. Gobi Desert in the south fascinates with its valleys, sand dunes, ochre-colored cliffs, and the unique two-humped Bactrian camels.

  • Boston Early Music Festival's Versailles

    Pastiche Composed for Apartments of Louis XIV

    By: David Bonetti - Dec 02nd, 2016

    Louis XIV was a great arts patron, but like most powerful men, he liked to be flattered. The two divertissements revived by the BEMF are sycophantic but charming to listen to and see. As usual, the BEMF forces excelled in a highly stylized production.

  • Nelson Algren Bio by Mary Wisniewski

    Wrote The Man With the Golden Arm

    By: Nancy Bishop - Dec 05th, 2016

    Nelson Algren was a star in Chicago’s bright literary firmament, but his light dimmed in the years after he won the 1950 National Book Award for The Man With the Golden Arm and acclaim for a few other works. A new biography by Mary Wisniewski explores Algren the man and Algren the writer and how one influenced the other.

  • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at Carnegie

    Semyon Bychkov Takes Us Beyond Words

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 02nd, 2016

    A twenty-five note chord indeed. But that’s how Detlov Glanert starts his composition Theatrum Bestiarum. The singing of a thousand birds, the howling of the storm, the lapping of waves and the crackling of the fire. We are in the midst of musical feeling at Carnegie Hall as Glanert crashes around us and Mahler follows. A thrilling evening of brass and drums.

  • Tom Wahl in Act of God

    Florida"s GableStage

    By: Aaron Krause - Dec 05th, 2016

    Carbonell Award-winning actor Tom Wahl portrays the Lord in GableStage’s funny, engaging production of “An Act of God,” which is on-stage through Dec. 18 as the company’s first 2016-17 production.

  • First Night Saratoga 2017

    New Years Eve celebration of the Arts

    First Night Saratoga 2017
    By: Chris Buchanan - Dec 01st, 2016

    First Night is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year's Eve in the region. On Saturday, December 31st join over 15,000 revelers as Saratoga Art’s presents one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country. Starting with the 5k roadrace at Skidmore College at 5:30pm, culminating with fireworks in Congress Park at midnight and packed full of live music, dance, comedy and magic in between, this event will be a highlight of your outgoing year.

  • Sandy at Sardi's

    Broadway Stars at ATCA Lunch

    By: Sandy Katz - Dec 05th, 2016

    During the Fall meeting of American Theatre Critics Association there was the traditional lunch wih the stars at Sardi's. Our correspoindent Sandy Katz was on hand to soak up the fun and files this spirited report.

  • yMusic Arrives at Carnegie

    Unusual Instrumental Mix Triumphs

    By: Susan Hall and Djurdja Vucinic - Dec 03rd, 2016

    If there is an argument for YouTube and the ever-expanding internet, it is made by this group of superb young musicians, classically-trained, impeccable artists who are open to anything.

  • Ivan Fischer Conducts New York Philharmonic

    Musical Chairs Play Beethoven and Dvorak

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 27th, 2016

    Conductor Iván Fischer led the New York Philharmonic in a startling program, not because Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major or Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony in G Major are unfamiliar. Yet they sounded particularly new and fresh in this performance. Fischer characteristically releases phrases in a swell and dares to experiment with dynamic extremes, particularly in the Beethoven, where both the soloist and the orchestra often whisper.

  • Mass MoCA Free to Berkshire Folks

    No Charge for Admission Dec. 1 to 21

    By: MOCA - Nov 26th, 2016

    The holiday season comes early this year. From December 1 through 21, MASS MoCA opens its doors and waives admission to all Berkshire County residents. MASS MoCA hopes to welcome as many friends and neighbors as possible with its first-ever Free Berkshire County program.

  • Legendary Art Dealer Dick Bellamy

    Judith E. Stein's Biography Eye of the Sixties

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 24th, 2016

    "Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Art" by author Judith E. Stein has fleshed out an essential and enigmatic chapter in contemporary art. While entirely absorbed with the artists he discovered and exhibited Bellamy had an oddly contrarian indifference to making sales. When the artists he championed soared in the red hot art market he was nowhere to be seen. Reflecting his Eurasian heritage Bellamy was more a monk with a begging bowl than an aggressive gallerist.

  • Holiday Leftovers

    The New Agit-Prop

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 26th, 2016

    A friend wrote of spending Thanksgiving in the kitchen and concern that I had passed mine contemplating the pending decline and fall of an American empire. The response set forth some concerns for the new era of social and political commentary. The end is near and starts now.

  • Boston Lyric Opera Does Turnage's Greek

    Retelling of Oedipus Rex OK's Incest

    By: David Bonetti - Nov 23rd, 2016

    Mark-Anthony Turnage created the kind of scandal the arts love when in 1988 he premiered his first opera "Greek." A punkish provocation, it set the hoary myth of Oedipus, he who killed his father and married his mother, in a declining Thatcherite Britain. In choosing it, the BLO, in a dynamic production, asks whether it is still relevant.

  • Photographer Eric Myrvaagnes' Stunning Book

    Captured by Light: Black and White Photographs- Fifty Years

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 22nd, 2016

    The elegant, exquisitely designed and printed book "Captured by Light: Black and White Photographs-Fifty Years" summarizes a lifetime of work by Eric Myrvaagnes.

  • Jonathan Dove's Flight at Juilliard

    Operatic Enchantments Fly

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 21st, 2016

    Jonathan Dove's Flight is given a near perfect mounting this fall at the Juilliard School. Juilliard's neighbor across the way could take a page on opera production from the young artists whose talent and sensibility bodes well for the future of the opera form.

  • Acybourn's Bedroom Farce At Huntington Theatre

    A Comedy of Manners, Wit and Whimsey

    Bedroom Farce
    By: Mark Favermann - Nov 24th, 2016

    When you put 4 couples and 3 bedrooms on one witty night, Alan Ayckbourn creates marital mishegoss with a British accent. Trevor and Susannah, with their marriage on the rocks, invade the bedrooms of their family and friends over the course of an evening, spreading chaos in their wake. Director Maria Aitken (The 39 Steps, Private Lives) returns to the Huntington Theatre for this light comedy of marital misunderstandings.

  • King Charles III At Chicago Shakespeare

    After the Queen Dies

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 21st, 2016

    This is a thoughtful drama (with comic lines) about the nature of law and constitutionality and father-son relationships. Director Gary Griffin takes Mike Bartlett’s carefully shaped story and brings out its drama, compassion and relevance to the day’s events.

  • Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement

    At Florida's Island City Stage

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 22nd, 2016

    The leadership of the multi-award winning Island City Stage, a bold and daring Wilton company near Ft. Lauderdale is dedicated to “producing theatrical experiences that positively impact the LGBT and general community,." “Perfect Arrangement” by Topher Payne centers on an effort to track down and fire homosexuals who worked for the U.S. government in the 1950s. .

  • The Servant of Two Masters

    At Brooklyn's Theatre for a New Audience

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 20th, 2016

    The Polonsky Shakespeare Center mounts a charming production of Carlo Goldoni's famous play. Improvisation abounds. You'll hear about Flatbush and election night mares.

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