• Flick by Annie Baker at Gloucester Stage

    Losing It at the Movies

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 01st, 2015

    There is a distinctly Massachusetts flavor to Amherst based, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Annie Baker's Flick at Gloucester Stage Company. In two acts and just under three hours it takes a long and slow approach to making us care about minimum wage workers at a one screen movie theater on its last legs.

  • In Bed with Roy Cohn by Joan Beber

    Hallucinating with Ronald Reagan and Others

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 30th, 2015

    Imagining life's end as you enter illusion, resistance and acceptance is difficult. It is also difficult to portray. In this imaginative take on the end of controversial Roy Cohn's life, Christopher Daftsios creates a memorable, tortured figure. Directed by Katrin Hilbe to both find intimacy in crucial relationships and a froideur in others, this complex man intrigues to his last breath.

  • New York International Fringe Presents Plath

    Grease's Cultures Smashes Up Against Poet

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 27th, 2015

    Sylvia Plath knew that her life after death by suicide would be larger than her life in life. The confluence of great gifts and great sensitivity made her life difficult. So too her German parents and then her husband, Ted Hughes. This musical portrait pictures poet Plath in 50's culture, a study of contrasts.

  • Comedy of Errors at Old Globe

    Crafty Selection Ends Summer Season

    By: Jack Lyons - Aug 27th, 2015

    “The Comedy of Errors” is a crafty selection, by Barry Edelstein, to close out the ‘summer season’ at The Old Globe. Under Director Ellis’ creative staging, the masterful production, has been moved up in time from an Elizabethan setting to the jazz-age, sexy, wide-open, ‘laissez les bon temps rouler’ lifestyle of 1920’s New Orleans (NOLA).

  • Irish Repertory Theatre's The Weir

    Distinctly Carved Characters Channel Ghosts in a Bar

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 26th, 2015

    Season after season for twenty-eight years the Irish Repertory Theatre has produced plays which touch not only the soul of a nation, but the human soul. A culture in which everyone tells stories provides the bedrock for great story-telling literature. Plays like The Weir offer an artful slice of life and capture its poetry and pain. Playwright McPherson loves the monologue, and weaves four as individual stories into the stories of five residents of a small Irish town.

  • Jiminy Peak and Nexamp Launch a Solar Project

    2.3 Megawatt Solar Community Months Away

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 25th, 2015

    Jiminy Peak Resort, of New Ashford, Massachusetts, partners with Nexamp, a solar energy developer to construct a 2.3 megawayy solar energy facility that will tackle the majority of power used on the ski mountain and the neighboring community.

  • John Douglas Thompson on Ira Aldridge and Audra MacDonald

    Twenty Years in the Berkshires with Shakespere & Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 23rd, 2015

    With the opening of Red Velvet at Shakespeare & Company behind him John Douglas Thompson had time for a leisurely breakfast in Lenox. It was the latest in a series of interviews about his classical and contemporary roles that started with Othello in 2006. This is the first of two parts of that recent dialogue

  • Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight

    Comedy at Chicago's Windy City Playhouse,

    By: Nancy Bishop - Aug 22nd, 2015

    Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight, the new sexy comedy at the Windy City Playhouse, is a comic farce with a coarse edge. Noel Coward it isn't.

  • Cirque de la Symphonie at Tanglewood

    Three Rings for Pops

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 23rd, 2015

    The circus came to town joining the Pops for perhaps the most fun and entertaining evening of summer at Tanglewood.

  • NY Fringe 2015: Ideas Not Theories

    Boston's Reynaliz Herrera Finds the Beat Everywhere

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 23rd, 2015

    In nooks and crannies all over New York, talent is busting out in the 19th New York International Fringe Festival. Herrera is a percussionist who finds the beat wherever she is. In her entrancing concept of a kid in a warehouse music factory, buckets and bikes found lying on the floor offer opportunities for novel and instant sounds. They are even better than chocolate.

  • Sculptor Charles Ray at Art Institute

    Works by Chicago Born Artist Until October 4

    By: Nancy Bishop - Aug 22nd, 2015

    Nineteen sculptures by Chicago-born sculptor Charles Ray fill three large galleries on the second floor of the Chicago Art Institute's Modern Wing through October 4.

  • Engagements By Lucy Teitler at Barrington Stage

    Millenials Hooking Up in World Premiere

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 20th, 2015

    What happens when a woman can't stand her best friend's finance but shags him anyway? It's only sex she reasons and I was drunk. That's about as deep as it gets in a millenial comedy Engagements by Lucy Teitler having a world premiere at Barrington Stage Company in Lenox.

  • Tejo's Amazing Portuguese Wines

    Tejo Has 50,000 Acres of Vineyards

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 23rd, 2015

    Tejo with its temperate southern Mediterranean climate has 50,000 acres of vineyards, 2800 hours of sunlight a year and less than 30 inches of rainfall each year with temperatures that average 60°F

  • Mostly Mozart Presents Emerging Talent

    Cape Cod Chamber Music, Met Opera Baritone Plus Bard Pianist

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 18th, 2015

    Mostly Mozart. adding a soupçon of musical interest for its audiences and a splendid opportunity for rising young talent to perform in important venues, offers a concert pre-concert, in which you might even hear Emmanuel Ax. Avery FIsher Hall, configured for the Festival, is an acoustically satisfying, intimate experience.

  • John Guare Reading Planned for P'Town Festival

    More Stars Than There Are in Heaven Based on Tennessee Williams

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 21st, 2015

    During the tenth annual Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown, September 24 to 27, there will be a staged reading of a work by John Guare "More Stars Than There Are in Heaven" adapted from a short story by Williams.

  • Tanglewood Update

    BSO Departs Early to Launch European Tour

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 18th, 2015

    By all accounts from the audience to musicians and critics the BSO has never sounded better than under its young artistic director Andris Nelsons. The BSO has departed Tanglewood earlier than usual to start a European tour on August 22 through September 5. The BSO opens its fall season in October.

  • Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic 2015

    Packed House Under the Hawthorne Tent

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 18th, 2015

    The Berkshires' premier wine & food festival was a hit to the 1,000 plus patrons who wined and dined on local food and international wine.

  • Kafkapalooza at First Floor Theatre

    Third Annual Chicago Litfest

    By: Nancy Bishop - Aug 19th, 2015

    Eight different playwrights dramatize or "are inspired by" one of the stories of Franz Kafka, the late great Czech storyteller, who tried to keep his unpublished works from being published after his death.

  • The Sarasota Ballet Debut at Jacob's Pillow

    Three Variations on Classical Dance

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 17th, 2015

    For their Jacob's Pillow debut The Sarasota Ballet presented three of the 123 ballets they perform. The company is best know for its commitment to the work of the British choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton.

  • Martin Sherman's Bent Revived in LA

    At Mark Taper Forum Until August 23

    By: Jack Lyons - Aug 17th, 2015

    When playwright Martin Sherman came upon a reference to “pink triangles” in the 1976 play “As Time Goes By”, according to program notes written by American Theatre Magazine editor-in-chief Rob Weinert-Kendt, the eureka moment for Sherman was the key element in the creation of his play “Bent”, which went on to debut in London’s West End in 1979, and then on Broadway in 1980.

  • Artist and Activist Lloyd Oxendine (1942-2015)

    Worked to Promote Native American Art

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 18th, 2015

    The Lumbee Indian, Lloyd Oxendine, who died on August 5, held a BA in art history from Columbia where he also earned an MFA. From 1970-78 he ran a New York gallery dedicated to Native American Art. In 1972 he wrote what proved to be most of an issue of Art in American surveying 23 artists. For many years he was a brilliant and outspoken activist.

  • An Intervention by Mike Bartlett

    Olivier Award Winner Anchors WTF's Nikos Stage Season

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 17th, 2015

    Three time Oliver Award winner Mike Bartlett's An Intervention is having its American premiere anchoring the Nikos Stage programming of the Williamstown Theater Festival. The clever and verbose two hander is being staged with two rotating casts. We saw it with Josh Hamilton and Justin Long.

  • John Douglas Thompson in Red Velvet at S&Co;.

    Awesome First US Production of Powerful Lolita Chakrabarti Play

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 15th, 2015

    John Douglas Thompson is astonishing in Lolita Chakrabarti's Red Velvet which continues until September 13 at Shakespeare & Company. It tells the true life story of Ira Aldridge the first artist of color to portray Othello on the London stage in 1833.

  • Vico Fabris Fantasy Botanicals

    Imaginalis at Provincetown’s Rice Polk Gallery

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 18th, 2015

    From August 20 to Septrember 10 the Italian born artist, Vico Fabbris, will exhibit Imaginalis at the Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown. The artist invents exotic species of flowers in watercolor and more recently also with paint on canvas.

  • Hubbard Hall Opera Theater

    Takes Verdi’s Rigoletto by Storm

    By: Chris Buchanan - Aug 18th, 2015

    Verdi's Rigoletto is a tragic masterpiece and one of the top ten most performed operas in the world. It can exist on a grand scale, but at Hubbard Hall you will witness the human side of this production. The audience can feel the moving power that sometimes is only delivered in the most intimate of spaces as an exquisite pianissimo whisper.

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