• The Gin Game Is Magnificent

    A Triumph for James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 27th, 2015

    Treasures of their generation the 90-year-old Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones, now 84, are appearing in a heart warming production of that theatrical old chestnut, D. L. Coburn's "The Gin Game." The energy, wit, charm and humor they convey is inspirational and truly astonishing. This is a play for everyone who appreciates theatre at its very best.

  • A Confederacy of Dunces At Huntington

    An Adaptation of the Picaresque Pulitzer Prize Winning Novel

    By: Mark Favermann - Nov 21st, 2015

    Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by John Kennedy Toole by Jeffrey Hatcher, A Confederacy of Dunces tells the episodic tale of Ignatius Reilly, a snobslob, of the most eccentric kind. Set in New Orleans in the early 1960s, there are many outstanding performances and fine stagecraft. But the novel seems to overwhelm the theatrical production. Worth seeing for the performances, but it is a work in progress.

  • Dear Elizabeth at Women's Project Theatre

    Cherry Jones and David Aaron Baker Share

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 24th, 2015

    Dear Elizabeth, a dramatization of the letters of two pre-eminent American poets, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, is being staged with different couples taking the lead roles as the run passes. Cherry Jones, one of our great American actors, was well-matched with David Aaron Baker.

  • Charles III Reigns on Broadway

    Dysfunctional Royals

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 26th, 2015

    Now 67, Charles Prince of Wales has a death wish. The feisty British import 'Charles III' suggests what happens when the now 89-year-old Queen Elizabeth finally vacates the throne. This speculative but well reasoned dark fantasy posits that the death of his mother is just the beginning of more trouble for the royals.

  • Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge

    A Stark Minimalist Production by Ivo van Hove

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 24th, 2015

    In the centennial year of the birth of Arthur Miller the Olivier winning production of A View from the Bridge, directed by Ivo van Hove, has transferred from London's West End to Broadway. Evoking a classical Greek tragedy the director has stripped down the play to its bare essentials. In one, two hour act it is a test of physical and emotion endurance for the actors and their audience. The edgy production pushes the envelope for new ways to approach the canon of contemporary theatre.

  • Hamilton Hip-Hops on Broadway

    Game Changing Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 22nd, 2015

    Hamilton, the hip-hop opera by Lin-Manuel Miranda is the most refreshing, titubating, brilliant and exciting musical to grace Broadway in decades. It follows his earlier, award winning "In the Heights." Now in his mid thirties Miranda is an immense talent to be reckoned with for years to come. He is a force for change in American culture. This hit show is sure to run for years on Broadway followed by a national tour and tons of regional productions. Hamilton is the greatest invention since sliced bread.

  • Kick Stars Joanna Rush

    One Woman Show Off Broadway

    By: Kathryn Kitt - Nov 26th, 2015

    Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s direction allows Joanna Rush to be unhindered in her mannerisms and movements. The various topics were heartbreaking; a woman’s struggle with trying to be on par with her male colleagues.

  • Tony Winner Fun Home

    Poignantly In and Out of the Closet

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 25th, 2015

    As the closeted father Bruce, Michael Cerveris won a Tony as the lead in the compelling musical Fun House. The story of his suicide and his coming out in small town Pennsylvania is narrated his his forty something lesbian daughter Alison. She is portrayed at thre age levels by Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs and as young Alison the simply adorable Gabriella Pizzolo.

  • Philip Glass's In the Penal Colony

    Dystopian Production at Boston Lyric Opera

    By: David Bonetti - Nov 19th, 2015

    Glass's opera is based on the Franz Kafka story of a prison colony where prisoners discover their crimes only as they are slowly killed. A true believer is the Executioner, and the failed execution is witnessed by the Visitor, a representative of liberal society. With only two singing actors, the work is dependent on the performances, which in this case were excellent.

  • White Light, Concentric Circles, Thomas Adès

    Sadler's Wells Helps Us See Music

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 22nd, 2015

    Four dance pieces set to the music of Thomas Adès were performed as the finale to a magnificent White Light Festival presented by Lincoln Center. Adès is a provocative yet pleasing composer whose seeming idiosyncracies suit choreography. The Sadler's Wells ballet company, clearly rooted in classical techniques, springs out organically to suggest additional layers of meaning.

  • Rattle's Berlin Philharmoniker at Carnegie Hall

    Beethoven Sunny-side Up

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 20th, 2015

    The Berlin Philharmoniker has a sound and texture of its own. Smooth, but richly-textured, their performance of Beethoven's 6th and 8th Symphonies was a revelation at Carnegie Hall.

  • Spring Awakening Revived on Broadway

    The Sound of Silence

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 23rd, 2015

    Spring Awakening closed its initial Broadway run in 2009. Since then there have been many regional productions of the musical with a great score and compelling story of coming of age during the brutal and repressive zeitgeist of late 19th century Germany. Perversions and lustmord were endemic themes of the Weimar Republic. Nobody excelled at this quite like the banned and convicted Frank Wedekind.

  • The Arts in Cuba

    Music for Breakfast and Studio Visits

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 22nd, 2015

    While in Cienfuegos, we had some interesting musical entertainment. After walking around the square, we climbed several flights of stairs to hear a special concert by the Choir of Cienfuegos, a chorus of about 24 local men and women, who performed a concert of Cuban and international songs and show tunes. One of them, incongruously, was the American folk song, “Shenandoah.”

  • Visiting Belgium

    From Beer to Waffles in Antwerp and Mechelen

    By: Sandy Katz - Nov 27th, 2015

    Belgium offers much to see in historical art and architecture. There are also delights to taste from the world's best beer to those paradigmatic waffles. Those familiar thick waffles were introduced to America at New York’s 1964 World’s Fair.

  • ATCA at Sardi’s

    A Traditional Lunch with Broadway Stars

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 20th, 2015

    A feature of the New York conferences of the American Theatre Critics Association is a lunch with Broadway stars at Sardi's. It was my pleasure to introduce Marlee Matlin. Other guests were Tony winner, Michael Cerveris, actress Kathleen Chalfant, creator of legendary musicals (Fiorello!, Fiddler on the Roof, She Love Me) Sheldon Harnick, actor Brian D'Arcy James, Tony winner Judith Light, director Bartlett Sher, four time Emmy winner, Marlo Thomas, Tony winner Doug Wright and playwright Arthur Kopit.

  • ATCA in New York

    A Busman’s Holiday for Theatre Critics

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 19th, 2015

    New York New York. It's a wonderful town. Critics from all over America gathered for a conference of the American Theatre Critics Association. It was co-chaired by the New York critics Sherry Eaker and Ira Bilowit. There were five insightful panels as well as the traditional Lunch at Sardi's with a dazzling array of special guests.

  • The Radical Son a World Premiere

    Threshold Repertory Theatre in Charleston

    By: Sandy Katz - Nov 23rd, 2015

    Chris Weatherhead directed a memorable and riveting play"A Radical Son" diligently maximizing the use of the intimate black-box stage at Threshold Repertory Theatre in Charleston by using on-screen images to coordinate with the minimalist on-stage props. The play is having its world premiere.

  • Visiting Poland with a Group of Educators

    Sobering Lessons of Nazi Death Camps

    By: Sandy Katz - Nov 25th, 2015

    Sandy and Gerry Katz joined a group of educators touring the death camps of Poland. The teachers were engaging in field research as a part of developing their curriculum for teaching WWII history.

  • Silversea Spirit Cruises the Meditteranian

    From Venice to Athens

    By: Sandy Katz - Nov 23rd, 2015

    During a luxury tour of the Mediterranean we were wined and dined with an array of themed restaurants aboard the Silversea Spirit. After days of exploring on land it was a pleasure to return to the ship for relaxation and entertainment.

  • Visionary Artist Paul Laffoley

    World Renowned Except in Boston

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 18th, 2015

    When I curated a solo exhibition of work by the Visionary artist Paul Laffoley it was his first Boston show in 20 years. The exhibition was ignored by the Boston Globe. A few years later, during his brief time at the Globe, Ken Johnson declared Laffoley to be the most important Boston artist of his generation. In recent years he enjoyed national and international recognition

  • Tanglewood 2016

    Tickets on Sale January 24

    By: BSO - Nov 20th, 2015

    Highlights of the 2016 Tanglewood season include BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons leading Boston Symphony Orchestra in Acts 1 & 2 of Verdi’s Aida with Kristine Opolais in the title role (8/20); Mahler’s Ninth Symphony (7/29); Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony (7/30); and music from Prokofiev’s Romeo And Juliet (8/21), plus music of Berlioz, Corigliano, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius, and Tsontakis, as well as the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra’s annual Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert (7/31), an All-Brahms Program pairing the Symphony No. 1 and Piano Concerto No. 1 with Paul Lewis as soloist.

  • Ibsen's Ghosts

    Chicago's Mary-Arrchie Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 19th, 2015

    Greg Allen's clever adaptation of Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen is set "in a moribund historic store-front theater on the North Side of Chicago in its final season before it gets turned into bicycle storage for luxury condos." That about sums up the current state of Mary-Arrchie Theatre in its last season after 30 years of staging fine, thought-provoking theater.

  • A Week in Cuba

    Have a Havana

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 19th, 2015

    I spent last week in Cuba with a group of about 30 charming and interesting travelers as part of a Smithsonian Journeys tour. The week was fascinating and intellectually invigorating while also being tiring and enervating.

  • Never the Sinner

    Thrill Murder in Chicago at Victory Gardens Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 18th, 2015

    Never the Sinner is the story of Chicago's 1924 "crime of the century," its prelude, publicity and trial aftermath. It's retold in a tightly woven and acted play at Victory Gardens Theater.

  • Westward Ho Ho Ho! Berkshire Museum

    2015 Holiday Theme at the Berkshire Museum

    Berkshire Museum
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Nov 16th, 2015

    Each year, the Berkshire Museum, hosts the Festival of Trees. Both a fundraiser and a social event, this years theme is 'Westward Ho Ho Ho!' The goal is for the eighty participants to decorate their holiday trees in the theme of the event. The theme coincides with the museums 'American West' and 'Go West' exhibition.

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