• 10 x 10 at Barrington Stage

    Fun In February

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 19th, 2017

    The 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival returns to downtown Pittsfield for the sixth year and features music, theatre, dance, film, visual art, spoken word, comedy and more, including BSC’s 10X10 New Play Festival.

  • Breakable You Directed by Andrew Wagner

    Highlight of Film Festival

    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 19th, 2017

    “Breakable You”, co-written with Fred Parnes and smartly directed by Andrew Wagner, is a sophisticated and wryly funny film, at times, and is best described as a poignant ‘dramaedy’ that centers around the dynamic Weller family on New York’s Upper West Side.

  • Palm Springs International Film Festival

    Annual Event Since 1989

    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 19th, 2017

    In 1989, then celebrity Mayor Sonny Bono, decided that what his desert paradise city needed was a little more glitz, klieg-lights, and glamor. So he and a group of his show business pals put together a business plan, recruited a sponsor like Nortel to help pay the bills and the first Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) was born.

  • Mirror Visions Celebrates

    In Tight on Words and Music

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 17th, 2017

    Mirror Visions Ensemble commemorated its 25th anniversary with a concert at The Sheen Center. Their driving vision is that each composer will interpret a poem, passage or letters in his or her own way. The composer is to find the true musical equivalent for the poem. The variety of the setting is no less than the variety of the poem. The group often contrast two composers take on the same poem, mirror images.

  • 50th Anniversary of The Boston Tea Party

    A Night To Be Remembered

    By: Steve Nelson - Jan 17th, 2017

    The legendary rock and blues club The Boston Tea Party first opened its doors on Friday night, January 20, 1967. The Music Museum Of New England will commemorate the event on Friday, January 20, 2017, 5-8pm, at The Verb Hotel and Hojoko Japanese Tavern, 1271 Boylston Street (opposite Fenway Park)

  • Roman Iwasiwka Shows Classic Rock Photos

    At The Falcon in Marlboro, New York

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 17th, 2017

    A selection of fourteen rock portraits by Roman Iwasiwka will be on view at The Falcon – 1348 Rte 9W, Marlboro, NY through March 31. A reception for the artist will be held on January 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

  • Opera America Showcases New Opera

    Wonderful Singing and Sonos Chamber Orchestra

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 15th, 2017

    Opera is alive and well. New works are a-borning across our country and opera houses are mounting them. There is an audience for new work. Singers like performing it. Orchestras are delighted to give it a try. This is an exciting time for an old art form. Opera America, the national service organization for opera, is leading the way.

  • The First Step: Diary of a Sex Addict

    Graphic Michel Leeds Play at Florida's Island City Stage

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 17th, 2017

    Writer/director Michael Leeds presents an honest, funny, vivid and unapologetically shameless and bold play “The First Step: Diary of a Sex Addict.”

  • Racine’s Phèdre in Chicago

    Trap Door Theatre’s Punky, Funky Production

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 12th, 2017

    Jean Racine was one of the three great 17th century French playwrights, along with Molière and Corneille. He is known mostly for his adaptations of Greek tragedies and wrote Phèdre (inspired by Euripides’ play) in 1677. It’s considered his masterpiece.

  • NY City Opera Revives

    Iconic Candide at the Rose Theater

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 13th, 2017

    In the best of all possible worlds, the New York City Opera is alive and well at the Rose Theater, Lincoln Center. With Harold Prince at the helm in a production he has mounted for NYCO before, an exuberant romp through Voltaire's classic shows just how live NYCO is in its new incarnation.

  • Chekhov with Cate Blanchett

    Andrew Upton Updates Untitled in Four Acts

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 08th, 2017

    Cate Blanchett can do anything, but her Chekhov is unique and apt. Following a triumphant run in Uncle Vanya in 2012, Broadway welcomes her as Anna, in what is probably Chekhov's first play.

  • Lonshan Temple and Snake Alley

    Letters from Taipei

    By: Mark St. Germain - Jan 12th, 2017

    First a New Year visit to Lonshan Temple for prayer and offerings to the manmy Gods. From there it was on to Snake Alley to choose one's favorite kind of reptile for fine dining. For the adventurous there are side dishes of turtle testicles and deer penis wine.

  • Betel Nuts and Jade Cabbage

    letters from Taipei

    By: Mark St. Germain - Jan 11th, 2017

    During the holiday playwright Mark St. Germain visited his daughter Kate in Taipei. This is the second of three letters he sent to friends.They encounbtered a cab driver who "When he laughed revealed a black hole where his tongue and teeth would have been. All day he chews betel nuts."

  • Letters from Taipei

    A Spotless Crime Free City

    By: Mark St. Germain - Jan 09th, 2017

    Currently Mark St. Germain is finishing a screenplay of his widely produced "Freud's Last Sessions." Recenty, he spent the holidays with his daughter Kate. This is the first of three letters from Taipei that he sent to friends. For those who know Mark and have enjoyed his plays at Barrington Stage and other theatres you will enjoy and recognize his familiar wit and insight.

  • The Most Happy Fella

    Breathtaking at Florida's Stage Door Theatre

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 10th, 2017

    Whether “The Most Happy Fella” falls more closely into the realm of musical theater or opera, the show has the necessary ingredients for success. Stage Door Theatre’s breathtaking production offers some of the strongest singing you’ll hear on a stage.

  • Decline in Theatre and Arts Media Coverage

    Matt Windman Panel for American Theatre Critics Association

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 08th, 2017

    Matt Windman, author of “The Critics Say…57 Theater Reviewers in New York and Beyond Discuss Their Craft and Its Future,” led a panel discussion during the NY ATCA conference on the state of theater criticism in today’s world of social media bloggers and a decreasing number of full-time print theater critics

  • Francis Picabia at MoMA

    The Finest Modernist You Have Never Heard Of

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 08th, 2017

    The enigmatic modernist, Francis Picabia, suggested that artists change styles as frequently as their shirts. He is the subject of an eclectic and intriguing retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.

  • Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

    At Met Breuer

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 08th, 2017

    Through January 29 there is still time to see the stunning and riveting retrospective at New York's Met Breuer. He is among the elite of African American artists of his generation. His work is fresh in its timely subject mater as well as traditional with roots in American genre and social realism.

  • Spectacular Modernist Shchukin Collection

    Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

    By: Ellen O’Donnell Rankin - Dec 26th, 2016

    Between 1897 and 1914, Sergei Ivanovich Shchukin (Chtchoukkin) 1854 -1936, acquired 275 masterpieces, including 41 Matisses, 50 Picassos, 8 Cézannes, 13 Monets, 16 Gauguins, as well as works by his fellow Russian artists Malevich and Rodchenko. In 1918 the collection was seized by the government under Lenin. Some 127 works are now on view at the Frank Gehry designed Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

  • Southern Siberia

    Along Lake Baikal on the Trans-Siberian Railway

    By: Zeren Earls - Jan 03rd, 2017

    Lake Baikal is the largest and oldest body of fresh water on earth. Traveling along its southern shore by vintage steam train is a unique journey on a coastal precipice with lush mountains on one side and the lake on the other. Listvyanka, an old port town on the lake, is also close to a network of hiking paths. Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia, reflects a rich and varied cultural heritage as home to 120 nationalities, well worth the distance to get there.

  • Alan Gilbert's NY Philharmonic Celebrates Brass

    Quintessential American Music Featured

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 04th, 2017

    Wynton Marsalis, WIlliam Bolcom and Aaron Copland welcomed the New Year at the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert. The Bolcom and Marsalis pieces were commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and helped to create a ravishing evening of music.

  • Light Up the Night for New Year

    Treasure Trove of Songs by the National Yiddish Theater

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 02nd, 2017

    Jewish music is often in the minor mode, but the enduring spirit of the people who sing it and live it creates a hopeful and joyous atmosphere.

  • Touring Company of 42nd Street

    On the Road in Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 02nd, 2017

    Current non-equity national tour director Mark Bramble doesn’t disappoint in a mostly commendable production of 42nd Street that played a one-night stand in West Palm Beach on New Year’s Eve. The 16-week touring production will continue at Florida venues until Jan. 6, when it heads north.

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC

    A Visual Journey Through History

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Dec 18th, 2016

    President Barack Obama officially opened the National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016, on the Washington Mall. It is actually the 19th Smithsonian Museum. My daughter Olivia and I got up early on a December day, to stand in line for one of the circa 100 free daily tickets. Otherwise, tickets can be reserved online months in advance. The short text and extensive photo essay convey our experiences.

  • Avenue Q Lives On in the US

    From College Grads to the 99%

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 28th, 2016

    In the beginning, almost a decade and a half ago, target audiences were young people whose lives paralleled those of the characters on stage. Princeton has just graduated from college with an unmarketable BA in English. Kate can't find a job to fulfill her teaching ambitions. Gary Coleman peaked at fifteen and is now a building superintendent. Today these characters can be any one of the 99 % that make up our nation.

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