• Pirandello’s Henry IV

    Remy Bumppo’s Chicago Production

    By: Nancy Bishop - Oct 19th, 2016

    The absurdist playwright Luigi Pirandello wrote the play in 1922. The current production is based on an adaptation by Tom Stoppard. Nick Sandys’ direction makes the most of the witty dialogue written by the always engaging Stoppard.

  • 2016 Berkies Announced

    First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 17th, 2016

    There has been extensive media coverage of the First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards. The winners of The Berkies have been announced. There will be an awards celebration 5 pm on November 13 at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield. In this first round of awards Barrington Stage Company and Shakespeare & Company dominated in most categories. The smash hit Pirates of Penzance ran the table. The Larry Murray Award, named for the founder, will be the only suprise of the gathering of critics, media and theater mavens.

  • Nick Cave’s Until at MASS MoCA

    Bling, Bling, Sparkle, Sparkle

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 16th, 2016

    Bling, bling, bling went our heartstrings during a first encounter with Nick Cave's "Until" which will be on view at MASS MoCA for a year. The installation which has a festive, crowd pleasing appeal is a not readily apparent statement about deaths of African-Americans in police custody in places like Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere.

  • More Fun with Jeff and Jane

    Concert at Williams Inn Nov. 19

    By: Bob Fowler - Oct 17th, 2016

    Dyno rockers Jeff and Jane Hudson will present an (ahem) New Wave Party at the Williams Inn on November 19. The vintage punk rockers are promoting their latest release The Middle which combines new and old material. Until recently they operated an antiques store at Mass MoCA. Jane is a legendary genius while Jeff is generally viewed as a piece of work. Together they make strange and rhapsodic music. Never miss one of their iconic events.

  • Brahms' Human Requiem

    White Lights Festival

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 16th, 2016

    Can listeners experience music as their own, an inside experience enjoyed by performers? Yes, in the extraordinary productioin conceived by Jochen Sanig and brought to life by the Rundfunkchor Berlin under Simon Halsey assisted by Nicolas Fink. The setting was Synod House at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Brahms' Requiem was the experience.

  • Roundabout Presents The Cherry Orchard

    Diane Lane, Joel Grey, John Glover, Chuck Cooper

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 16th, 2016

    The Cherry Orchard was Anton Chevkov’s last play. He drew a picture of an old Russian family at the end of their run, their beloved cherry orchard and the hundreds of acres that it fills will be auctioned in August to pay the debts of Liuboff Andreievna Raneyskaya. Liuboff, the role originally created by Chekhov’s wife, is now enlivened by Diane Lane in her return to the New York stage. Lane’s first Broadway appearance was in The Cherry Orchard decades ago.

  • First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards

    Berkies Launched by Critic Larry Murray

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 14th, 2016

    For the first annual Berkshire Theatre Awards seven shows received more than five nominations each including 11 for The Pirates of Penzance and eight for Broadway Bounty Hunter, both produced by Barrington Stage Company. Seven nominations were received for Or, and six for The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare & Company. Also popular with five nominations each are The Rose Tattoo (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Little Shop of Horrors (Berkshire Theatre Group), and American Son (Barrington Stage).

  • Hand to God

    GableStage in Coral Gables, Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 14th, 2016

    “Hand to God,” the biting, darkly comic, disturbing, thought-provoking and meaty play is receiving a solid southeastern premiere at GableStage in Coral Gables, Florida through Oct. 30.

  • Sir Simon Rattle and Mahler at Carnegie Hall

    The Philadelphia In Magnificent Form

    By: Susan Hall and Djurdjija Vucinic - Oct 12th, 2016

    Sir Simon Rattle, the great conductor of the Berliner Philharmonika, joined forces with an A list orchestra, the Philadelphia, to perform Gustav Mahler's Sixth Symphony. In an interview Rattle says, Mahler "was my road to Damascus moment. This is something that has lived with me all my life. And it is something that will never stop being a challenge and a discovery."

  • St. Germain’s Camping with Henry and Tom

    Barrington's Revival Seems Ripped from the Headlines

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 10th, 2016

    The 1993 Mark St. Germain play, Camping with Henry and Tom, is as fresh as a daisy in a timely revival at Barrington Stage Company. With an update of just five lines Henry Ford, originally inspired by third party candidate Ross Perot, has an uncanny resemblance to the worst aspects of Donald Trump.

  • Joe Sutton's Brilliant Orwell in America

    At 59E59th Street Theater

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 09th, 2016

    Playwright Joe Sutton creates George Orwell twisting moment to moment. Jamie Horton is magnificent in the wrenching role. Orwell’s discomfort, his loneliness, his humor and passion are all developed before us in language that is very much the author’s. Director Peter Hackett brings off this complicated character in an enormously engaging piece.

  • Ryan Thorn and Andrew Sun at Carnegie Hall

    Marilyn Horne Makes the Case for Song

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 09th, 2016

    How fortunate we are to have class Ambassadors for the new crop of musical talent. Both Ryan Thorn, baritone, and Andrew Sun, pianist, have participated at Marilyn Horne's Santa Barbara school and in its competition. Horne stepped to the front of the altar at a church on the upper West Side of Manhattan and made the case for the importance of Song, from Solomon to Richard Rogers.

  • Simon Bolivar Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

    Gustavo Dudamel Sets the Hall A-Buzz

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 08th, 2016

    Gustavo Dudalmel went from the street to El Sistema with a music program for poor kids in Venezuela. Over time, the role of music in society has become ever more important and consuming for him. He mission is comparable only to Riccardo Muti's.

  • Sunday in the Park Stunning at Huntington

    Sondheim and Seurat Bring Out the Best in Each Other

    By: Mark Favermann - Oct 06th, 2016

    Stephen Sondheim’s stunning masterpiece centers on enigmatic painter Georges Seurat and his obssession with “the art of making art.” Certainly, one of the most acclaimed musicals ever, this Pulitzer Prize winner features a glorious score, with the songs “Finishing the Hat,” “Putting it Together,” and “Move On,” and is directed by Artistic Director Peter DuBois who did a superb job with last year's A Little Night Music.

  • Andris Nelsons Delivers a Sublime "Der Rosenkavalier"

    Renee Fleming Sings Her Most Sympathetic Role with Susan Graham

    By: David Bonetti - Oct 03rd, 2016

    Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier" is a model of passionate communication via music. The story of the Marschallin who hands over her young lover Octavian to a girl his own age drips with fin-de-siecle melancholy. The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Richard Strauss’s beloved comedy “Der Rosenkavalier” was as close to perfection as I have heard.

  • October Sky at Old Globe

    Musical is Outasight

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 03rd, 2016

    “October Sky” is an uplifting, feel-good type of musical that boasts 19 songs with such numbers as “Look to the Stars”, “We’re Gonna Build a Rocket”, “Stars Shine Down”, “The Man I Met”, and “The Last Kiss Goodbye”, the latter number being especially poignant as sung by the miners’ wives and girlfriends.

  • The Bakelite Masterpiece by Kate Cayley

    Faking Vermeers in WAM and Berkshire Theatre Group's Co-Production

    By: Maria Reveley - Oct 03rd, 2016

    The Bakelite Masterpiece by Kate Cayley in Stockbridge at the Unicorn Theatre is a co-production of WAM and Berkshire Theatre Group. An artist is on trial for selling Vermeers to the Nazis. He has to make a fake to prove his innocence. The play is based on a true story in post war Holland.

  • The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer

    Florida's Outre Theatre Company

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 04th, 2016

    “The Normal Heart” deals with multiple thought-provoking, timely themes and issues that spur discussion, make us look inward and potentially take action: The need to work together toward a common goal, the uselessness of fighting and blaming one another, reconciliation among family members, the agenda of the press and government, the right to be recognized as valued citizens and feel loved as well as to live and die with dignity.

  • New Victory's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Captain Nemo Makes His Case

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 03rd, 2016

    The New Victory uses every imaginable tool to go to the depths of the ocean in a 19th century submarine. Jules Verne tells his story with present references to the throttling of the sea by plastic and a case for democratic leadership.

  • Tony and Emmy Winner Hal Linden

    Now 85 in Fantasticks at Pasadena Playhouse

    By: Lisa Lyons - Oct 03rd, 2016

    I think because the writing was solid, not “trendy”, and always very relatable. I recently put together a clip reel for a concert appearance I was doing, and I had to sit down and watch over 100 hours of “Barney Miller” episodes. I was amazed at how substantial they were, and that they still hold up almost forty years later.

  • On Site Opera with Argento and Berlioz

    Stanford White's Harmonie Club Ballroom is the Setting

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 02nd, 2016

    While huge opera houses are the dinosaurs of the 21st century, smaller venues for the presentation of the original multi-media art form are thriving. Opera is alive and well in every nook and corner of the world. Even in grand ballrooms of exclusive Manhattan Clubs like the Harmonie.

  • Mongolia Part One

    Ulaanbaatar and Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

    By: Zeren Earls - Oct 01st, 2016

    An independent country since 1990, Mongolia is a vast land situated between China and Russia. It has retained its centuries old nomadic life style and culture, despite 80 years under socialism. Ulaanbaatar , the capital city, is a vibrant metropolis with temples and museums, and is quickly establishing itself in the world community. Gorkhi-Terelj National Park boasts a landscape of forests, granite hills, rivers and meadows. It is home to 550 nomadic families and a favorite vacation spot for city dwellers.

  • Kate Hennig’s The Last Wife

    From Stratford Festival to Chicago's Timeline

    By: Nancy Bishop - Oct 01st, 2016

    The Last Wife premiered last year at the Stratford Festival in Ontario and Timeline snagged it for its first US production. The 2.5 hour play is smart and funny and will have you turning on your phone at intermission to look at Katherine Parr’s Wikipedia page.

  • Mahabharata as Battlefield via Peter Brook at BAM

    A Startling Message from the Distant Past

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 30th, 2016

    Mahabharata is older and many times as long as the Bible. Its message of man's impulsive thrust to war and destruction is as fresh today as it must have been when it was first composed. Brook has tackled the piece before. This short form packs a powerful punch.

  • Metropolitan Opera's Controversial Opening

    Cast in Trenchcoats Shine in Tristan and Isolde

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 27th, 2016

    Never has the disconnect between glorious singing and a production been so clear. To put Tristan and Isolde in trenchcoats isn't even a starter in a Wagner opera. Stuart Skelton, Nina Stemme, Rene Pape, Ekaterina Gubanova and Evgeny Nitikin are all superb in their roles. It is an insult to put such world class singers on this set. Do not be tempted by the HD. Listen on the radio where you can enjoy the opera's glories.

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