• Berkshire Theatre Group 2017

    Million Dollar Quartet and Music Man on Tap

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 16th, 2017

    BTG is expanding its 2017 summer festival offerings, including The Music Man and the Million Dollar Quartet, Arsenic and Old Lace, as well as two productions by playwrights, Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo (Zoo story) and David Auburn's Lost Lake.

  • 2017 Solid Sound Festival Update

    Musical Lineup Set for MASS MoCA June 23-25

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 16th, 2017

    The musical lineup for the 2017 Solid Sound Festival, which takes place June 23-25 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, has been revealed. Let the games begin.

  • August Wilson's Jitney

    Last of Wilson's Century Cycle now on Broadway

    Photo by Bobby Quillard
    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 16th, 2017

    Respected Broadway producer Ron Simons steers 'Jitney' to Broadway. All other August Wilson 'Century Cycle Plays' Have Appeared on the Great White Way.

  • By the Bog of Cats in Chicago

    Marina Carr’s 1998 Play at The Artistic Home

    By: Nancy Bishop - Feb 17th, 2017

    By the Bog of Cats is a bit of Irish Gothic laced with some Greek tragedy and it’s on stage now at The Artistic Home, one of Chicago’s fine storefront theaters, located in the Noble Square neighborhood. Marina Carr’s 1998 play is set in a ghostly bog in the Irish midlands.

  • Straight White Men at Steppenwolf

    Playwright Young Jean Lee Directs in Chicago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Feb 15th, 2017

    Young Jean Lee’s new play, which she directs at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, presents the existential crisis of being a straight white man, but rejecting its rule-the-world requirements. The play is very smart and funny and the audience laughs throughout.

  • The Science of Vaccinations

    Scratch and Sniff

    By: Jimmy Midnight - Feb 15th, 2017

    Polio is widely regarded, along with smallpox, as vaccination’s other “unmistakable success,” and in recent years the World Health Organization has pronounced it confined to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • Expressions by Shawn Abramowitz

    At California's Desert Ensemble Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Feb 15th, 2017

    “Expressions”, marks Shawn Abramowitz’s debut as a playwright, who also directs the powerful drama now performing on the Pearl Mc Manus Stage at the Palm Springs Woman’s Club. He has been singled out for Desert Theatre League honors for Best Actor and Best Supporting actor in “A Number” in 2016, and for “Family Meetings.”

  • Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

    Annenberg Theatre, Palm Springs

    By: Jack Lyons - Feb 15th, 2017

    Insightfully written by Richard Alfieri, and inventively directed by Larry Raben, “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks”, at the Annenberg Theatre, Palm Springs, stars Loretta Swit as Lily and David Engle as Michael.

  • Jordi Savall Plays Venetian Music in Boston

    Influence of Venetian Dance Music on Europe

    By: David Bonetti - Feb 13th, 2017

    With more than 230 CDs and a rigorous touring schedule, Jordi Savall's "Hesperion XXI" is one of early music's most popular groups, sure to fill concert halls all over the world, especially in Boston a hotbed of the broad field of "early" music. In recent years, Savall has been focused on how music is transmitted between cultures over time, and this lively concert surveyed how Venetian dance music influenced music in France, Germany, England and Spain.

  • Carnegie Hall Presents the Tallis Scholars

    St. Ignatius Loyola Offers the Acoustics

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 09th, 2017

    Carnegie Hall is offering a festival of Music from the Venetian Republic. At St. Ignatius Loyola, one of New York City’s acoustic treasures, the Tallis Scholars offered Venetian Voices, singing in split choirs, both to provide more vocal lines and to speak to each other when composers asked.

  • Tchaikovsky Befriended by New York Philharmonic

    Joshua Gersen Conducts with Brilliant Restraint

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 11th, 2017

    The program began with Francesca da Rimini, a symphonic fantasy. The music seemed more likely to have been composed in 1976 than in 1876. The buzzing strings, dissonance and mixed instrumental textures are thoroughly modern. Yet the story is eternal: a woman falls in love with her husband’s brother and descends to hell. Tchaikovsky adopted this as program music from Dante. The whirlwind which sweeps up the musical story prepares us for a similar whirlwind in the fourth movement of the Pathetique.

  • Between Riverside And Crazy in Coral Gables

    Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize Dramedy

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 11th, 2017

    The circumstances in “Between Riverside and Crazy” sound painfully familiar to what’s happening today, but Guirgis didn’t simply base his work on a recent incident. Guirgis has a keen ear for dialogue from the rough and tumble streets. His gritty, even vulgar dialogue sings as a kind of poetry from the hood.

  • Williamstown Theatre Festival 2017

    Broadway in the Berkshires

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 10th, 2017

    The Williamstown Theatre Festival 2017 Summer Season, the 63rd Season for the Tony® Award-winning theatre company, will include four world premieres, a new musical, and the first production of a WTF commissioned artist.

  • Vote for North Adams

    Contest for $500,000 Grant

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 09th, 2017

    North Adams has bsen selected as one of five finalists for Main Street Season Two. Please help by casting a vote once a day from now through February 16. The prize for the Small Business Revolution contest is $500,000.

  • Susanna Phillips More Than a Beautiful Voice

    Demonstrated How to Give a Song Recital

    By: David Bonetti - Feb 08th, 2017

    Young American soprano, Susanna Phillips, has what it takes - a beautiful voice, a charming manner and a fierce intelligence. Her Celebrity Series concert, "Women's Lives and Loves," traced the female condition through song. It could serve as a seminar in how to build a vocal recital.

  • Northern Greece: Part Two

    From the Ionian to the Aegean Sea

    By: Zeren Earls - Feb 08th, 2017

    The highlights of this itinerary range from rock formations with monasteries perched atop the cliffs at Meteora to ancient Macedonian cities of Philippi and Amphipolis, the former distinguished as the first place Apostle Paul visited in Europe. The modern cities of Kavala and Thessaloniki enhance the experience with museums, monuments, and antiquities in addition to a vibrant urban life.

  • Sean Thackrey-Wine Genius

    The Timothy Leary Of Wine

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Feb 08th, 2017

    Sean Thackrey is one of the most influential winemakers in the world. He is self-taught and bottled his first vintage in 1981. Based in Marin County California, Sean has been known as winemaker with a 'cult' following.After tasting his wines, one must agree.

  • Shakesapeare & Company 2017

    First Season for Artistic Director Allyn Burrows

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 07th, 2017

    The 2017 season of Shakespeare & Company will feature three by the Bard Cymbeline, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night's Dream; plus two Edith Wharton comedies, Roman Fever and th The Fullness of Life. Additional title are 4,000 Miles by Amy Herzog, Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, and the widely produced God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza.

  • Miami's Arsht Center 2017-2018 Season

    Opens with Gloria and Emilio Estefan Musical

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 07th, 2017

    Musical based on Cuban immigrants' lives will make its first national touring stop in Miami. The 2017-18 Broadway in Miami season at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will kick off with "On Your Feet!," featuring the true story of Miami legends Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

  • Jennifer Haley’s The Nether

    Chicago's A Red Orchid Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Feb 08th, 2017

    Playwright Jennifer Haley is the author of plays including Froggy, Neighborhood 3 and Breadcrumbs. Her subject matter focuses on ethics in virtual reality and the impact of technology on human relationships. The Nether was developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference in 2011.

  • Northern Greece: Part One

    From the Aegean to the Ionian Sea

    By: Zeren Earls - Feb 07th, 2017

    Traveling through Northern Greece is a wondrous journey across ancient Macedonia. The scenic land between the modern coastal cities of Thessaloniki on the east and Parga and Preveza on the west, is a treasure trove of antiquities from the time of King Philip II and his son Alexander the Great, along with those from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. Biblical treasures along the route enhance the journey.

  • Penny Arcade Takes Show on the Road

    Opens in April at at LA's Freud Playhouse

    By: Edward Rubn - Feb 08th, 2017

    I first saw Longing Lasts Longer by Penny Arcade at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater early last year. As are most of her New York outings the night club was filled to the rafters with loyal followers, each hanging on her every word and expression.

  • Jaap van Zweden Conducts Dallas Orchestra

    Tchaikovsky and Bruckner Revealed

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 04th, 2017

    Japp van Zweden the next music director of the New York Philharmonic, performs wonders in his current home town of Dallas, Texas.

  • Arthur Mooney Art Print Collection

    Iowa's Charles City Public Library

    By: Susan Cohn - Feb 05th, 2017

    Through the generous bequest of Charles Mooney the Chares City Public Library in Iowa houses a super collection of old master prints. The 79-piece collection includes works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Pablo Picasso, Grant Wood, Marc Chagall, Paul Cezanne, James Whistler, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Salvador Dali, Thomas Hart Benton, Jan Van Eyck, Alexander Caulder and Henri Matisse.

  • Collected Stories at Palm Beach Dramaworks

    Compelling Production of Donald Margulies Play

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 05th, 2017

    A quality production of a Don Margulies play Collected Stories presented in West Palm Beach leaves You With 'Theater to Think About.' This is a riveting production of an intense play.

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