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  • An Unfortunate King and I at Lincoln Center Theatre

    Ken Watanabe, Kingly, Sexy and Touching

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 19th, 2015

    Some moving performances sung beautifully graced the Lincoln Center stage. Standouts were Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Conrad Ricamora as Lun Tha and Jon Viktor Corpuz as Prince Chulalongkorn. Attempting to make the story more ordinary does not help. It is after all about a King and a son who will be King and a woman of aristocratic bearing who teaches both of them. A stylish idea that requires style.

  • What We Do in the Shadows a Dissapointing Film Film

    Expecting More from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement

    By: Christopher Johnson - Apr 22nd, 2015

    It was really easy to expect more from Taika Waititi’s and Jemaine Clement’s “What We Do in the Shadows,” especially with Images’s sign proclaiming The New York Times’s approval: “Hilarious!” It was still a fun film to watch and follow.

  • Röschmann and Uchida Captivate Carnegie Music

    Sleeping Songs Arise

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 22nd, 2015

    The poet who provides the lyrics for Schumann's Liederkreis which opened this extraordinary program at Carnegie Hall speaks of song sleeping in all things. Song came alive in concert with Dorothea Röschmann with the heartbeat of the piano in Uchida's hands.

  • Tenor Joseph Calleja Wows Crowd at Jordan Hall Music

    Maltese Tenor Heralds Return of Romantic Singing

    By: David Bonetti - Apr 23rd, 2015

    Although he stuck primarily to Italian and French arias and songs, Calleja showed his range, singing in Russian, Spanish and English. A true entertainer, he cracked jokes while delivering heart-stirring vocal thrills, despite suffering from a cold.

  • Martha Reeves & the Vandellas Rocks P’Town Music

    Payomet Launches 2015 Season

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2015

    The Payomet Performing Arts Center got a jump on the season with two performances of the vintage Motown group Martha and the Vandellas. In mid April it was still chilly on the lower cape but the group caused a Heat Wave at Town Hall in Provincetown.

  • Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets Theatre

    The Provincetown Theater Launches Season

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2015

    Inspired by the New York City Taxi Strike of 1934 the agit-prop play “Waiting for Lefty” by Clifford Odets was set for its Town Hall premiere that summer in Provincetown. The event was cancelled by the Board of Selectmen stating that “the play is about strikes and things, and gives people the wrong kind of ideas.” Recently the iconic play received its long overdue premiere at the Provincetown Theater.

  • Artist Otto Piene’s Last Environmental Artwork Fine Arts

    A Test Run at a Boston Gallery before Exhibition in Germany

    By: Mark Favermann - Apr 25th, 2015

    With the passing of pioneering art and technology artist Otto Piene last Summer, his creative legacy has continued to be showcased with shows in Berlin, the Guggenheim in New York and the Cyberarts Gallery in Boston. Recently, the prolific Piene's last art installation was "tested" at the Miller Yezersky Gallery in Boston's SOWA District in preparation for an exhibit at at LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Münster, Germany. The master artist's spirit embraced this wonderful environmental art event.

  • Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist Fine Arts

    Traveling Exhibition of Vintage Paintings

    By: Nancy Bishop - Apr 25th, 2015

    Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist is a full-scale exhibit of about 45 of Motley's paintings now on view at the Chicago Cultural Center. Along the corridor leading to the gallery is a display of information about Motley's life and work. Jazz age music plays on the gallery sound system. Prior to Chicago the exhibition was on view at the LA Country Museum of Art. The next stop if the Whitney Museum of American Art

  • 2015 Drama Desk Award Nominations Theatre

    John Douglas Thompson's Special Award

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2015

    During the 2015 Drama Desk Awards a special award will be given to John Douglas Thompson: For invigorating theater in New York through his commanding presence, classical expertise, and vocal prowess. This season he demonstrated exceptional versatility in Tamburlaine the Great and The Iceman Cometh. He is familiar to Berkshire audience for outstanding performances for Shakespeare & Company. The renowned actor will return to Lenox this summer.

  • The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate Architecture

    Less May Just Be Less At Senatorial Memorial

    By: Mark Favermann - Apr 16th, 2015

    To commemorate the life and service of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a new educational and research institute was recently opened adjacent to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Dorchester Bay overlooking Boston Harbor. Though created by a star architect Rafael Viñoly, the structure is spare and initially uninviting. If such a thing can exist, it is minimalism light.

  • Matthew Teitelbaum New Director of the MFA Fine Arts

    Former ICA Curator Returns to Boston

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 10th, 2015

    From 1989 to 1993 Matthew Teitelbaum was an ICA curator under director Milena Kalinovska. On August 2, after some 22 years at the Art Gallery of Ontario, he will take over as the 11th director of the Museum of Fine Arts. It is anticipated that he will bring a more welcoming management style than the autocratic Malcolm Rogers who cleaned house and instilled fear in the staff under the mantra of One Museum.
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  • Biographer Belinda Rathbone at the Clark Fine Arts

    Free Lecture Sunday, April 26 at 3 pm

    By: Clark - Apr 10th, 2015

    Belinda Rathbone, daughter of Perry Rathbone, the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1955 to 1972, discusses her book The Boston Raphael: A Mysterious Painting, an Embattled Museum in an Era of Change, and a Daughter’s Search for the Truth at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 26 at 3 pm.

  • Ghosts by Ibsen Physicalized by Richard Eyre Theatre

    Leslie Manville, Tender and Tough

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 12th, 2015

    Richard Eyre’s fresh and visceral take on Ghosts brings powerfully to the stage not a play set in the end of the 19th century, but a play which resonates in any time present. The cast matches each other beat for beat.

  • Wedgewood Ceramics at Birmingham Museum Fine Arts

    Unique Collection in Alabama

    By: Susan Cohn - Apr 14th, 2015

    Within the Birmingham Museum of Art, a charming parquet-floored, yellow-walled gallery contains the largest collection of Wedgwood ceramics in the United States. It consists of some 10,000 pieces thousands of which are displayed.

  • Lisa D’Amour's Airline Highway Theatre

    Chicago's Steppenwolf Production Transfers to Broadway

    By: Nancy Bishop - Apr 14th, 2015

    Lisa D’Amour's Airline Highway begins performances at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on April 1. Directed by Joe Mantello, Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s ensemble production will officially open on April 23. This is Nancy Bishop's Chicago review.

  • Rebecca Gilman Wins Steinberg New Play Award Theatre

    Tom Coash of Atlanta Wins Osborn Award

    By: ATCA - Apr 15th, 2015

    During the recent Humana Festival in Louisville American Theatre Critics Association presented the Steinberg and Osborn awards. Rebecca Gilman won for Luna Gale as the recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2014. The M. Elizabeth Osborn Award, which recognizes emerging playwrights, went to Tom Coash of Atlanta for his play Veils.

  • Tony Simotes Conflates Classical and Contemporary Theatre

    Move from S&Co. to Berkshire Theatre Group

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 15th, 2015

    Tony Simotes was summarily ousted from Shakespeare & Company when he got on the wrong side with a micro managing now former board president Sarah Hancock. Significantly, she is a close friend of founding artistic director, Tina Packer, whose vision of the company was very different from Simotes who replaced her. Rick Dildine who was brought in with a mandate for change soon realized the chain of command and hastily departed. In a matter of months the company went from plan B to plan C. When we met with Simotes for a long lunch he was not inclined to sort out those loose ends. He is upbeat about new possibilities as second in command to Kate Maguire and the richly enhanced Berkshire Theatre Group.

  • Come Back, Little Sheba At Huntington's Calderwood Theatre

    A Poignant Story of the American Dream Unmet

    By: Mark Favermann - Apr 16th, 2015

    A play about dreams and desires unmet, it is the story of Doc and Lola Delaney's rather somber middle class life. To make ends meet, they rent a room in their cluttered Midwestern home to Marie, an unapologetic young college student. Her youthful vitality stirs up forgotten dreams and missed opportunities. Directed by David Cromer, this is an intimate and heartrending portrait of a marriage and painful life partnership fading from youthful exuberance to middle age stasis. The acting is superb and the stagecraft is appealing.

  • Raul Castillo's Chicago World Premiere Theatre

    Between You, Me and the Lampshade at Teatro Vista

    By: Nancy Bishop - Apr 20th, 2015

    Family secrets and dreams are explored in Raul Castillo's Between You, Me and the Lampshade in a world premiere being staged by Teatro Vista. Set in a barren area of Rio Grande County in south Texas, the play addresses immigration issues as well as family tensions.

  • Fear Eats Itself Word

    Gnawing at Memory

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2015

    Trapped in the wild an animal will gnaw at and amputate it leg in order to regain its freedom. Is it any different from the artist struggling for liberation from restive memory?

  • Birthday Word

    Twilight of the Don

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2015

    Under my roof he would proclaim laying down the law. Losing power over a family in conflict during the last days of the Don.

  • Lotus Word

    Benignly Resisting Authority

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2015

    Breaking away from repression she spent several years in the Orient. Returning home there was a harrowing conflict during a holiday dinner.

  • Summer of Love Word

    Rescue of a Runaway

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2015

    During the Summer of Love Scott McKenzie sang "If you're going to San Francisco wear some flowers in your hair." In the Lower East Side we rescued a Flower Child from the reality of an escape from suburbia.

  • Fence Word

    Back Yard Barbecue

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2015

    The landlord Mr. Padziba provided a delivery of old doors. With my pal Gerry we created a fence enclosing the patio behind my storefront in the Lower East Side.

  • Harry Bikes Word

    Slandered by Rolling Stone

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2015

    It was a setup. Bill Cardoso sent his roommate David Felton to interview me about Mel Lyman and his Fort Hill gang of zealots. In the Rolling Stone cover story Felton wrote about me as an ersatz political thug and Lyman foe dubbed Harry Bikes.

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