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  • May Stevens at 95

    Artist Was Born in Quincy Massachusetts

    By: Ryan Lee - Dec 11th, 2019

    The Ryan Lee Gallery in New York City announces the passing of May Stevens. The artist was born in Quincy, Massachusetts and educated at Mass College of Art. Her work was shown and collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

  • Amahl and the Night Visitors

    Gian Carlo Menotti's Christmas Spirit for Today

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 10th, 2019

    On Site Opera revived what one hopes will become an annual production of Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. In choosing settings for familiar and unfamiliar operas, On Site adds an intriguing dimension to the form. With Amahl, the location in the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen returns the opera to its original meaning.

  • Newsies the Musical

    At Hillbarn Theatre

    By: Victor Cordell - Dec 09th, 2019

    What makes Newsies really jump is the dancing with the accompanying choruses like “Carrying the banner” about the independent but challenging life of selling papers on the streets, and “Seize the day” about striking to get their due.

  • Joe Rosen Presents Clarinet Quintets

    New Insights Into the Form

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 07th, 2019

    An active patron of New York music associations, Joe Rosen is a first-rate amateur clarinetist who opens his home to salons. Here young musicians accompany him in chamber music pieces. Recently he changed his method of operation. Instead of transposing one string instrument's part for clarinet, he is performing quintets specifically written for the instrument. The clarinet's mellow, earthy timbre is revealed.

  • Solitude

    To Be Alone Is Not Lonely

    By: Michael McGrath - Dec 06th, 2019

    Particularly during holiday season, we as social beings, crave the company of friends and familty. Between now and New Year there are many gatherings. It is a time of celebration and excess. This season of ritual tends to play out or wind down into winter hibertaion. My neighbor and friend the North Adams monk, Michael McGrath, discusses the alternative approach of embracing solitude.

  • Seance with Benjamin Britten at Crypt

    String Quartets One and Two Spectral

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 05th, 2019

    The Crypt Session as imagined and realized by Death of Classical point the way to music’s lifefulness going forward. New, young audiences wait for months to get a ticket to one of these events. Tickets sell out moments after events like this Salon Séance are announced. Andrew Ousley, whose creation Crypt Sessions and The Catacombs assures us that more events in new locations are coming. A cave is promised in the future.

  • Hyman Bloom Matters of Life and Death

    Putrid Cadavers a Late Bloomer for the MFA

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 28th, 2019

    The Museum of Fine Arts last featured Boston Expressionist Hyman Bloom in a 1959 group show. The current exhibition Hyman Bloom Matters of Life and Death, curated by Erica E. Hirshler, attempts to make up for that lapse. The focus on cadaver paintings and drawings is bold and spectacular. The work is ghastly with haunting beauty. On a national level it is among the year's best museum exhibitions.

  • The Music Man

    Meredith Willson Classic in South Florida.

    By: Aaron Krause - Dec 02nd, 2019

    The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton is mesmerizing folks with its production of The Music Man. This mounting features vivacious dancing, credible, energetic performances and solid design. The show runs through Dec. 28 and features the largest cast in The Wick's history. Broadway actor John Tartaglia stars as "Professor" Harold Hill.

  • Galen Cheney at Real Eyes Gallery

    Neo Platonic Abstraction

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 01st, 2019

    The anchor leg of a stunning season for Real Eyes Gallery in Adams, Massachusetts features “Galen Cheney: Mining Memory” through December 29.

  • The Interitance on Broadway

    Matthew Lopez, Stephen Daldry and Bob Crowley Truple Team for Brilliance

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 28th, 2019

    The moving two-part drama, The Inheritance, began its stage life at the Young Vic in London. The play transferred to the West End and is now on Broadway. For seven hours, divided into two sessions of theater, the history of gays in American unfolds. At its heart, the playwright Matthew Lopez weaves language of great beauty mixed with humor. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout, ay meo (oh God), la fiesta (the party) and maracon (faggot) among them. These are not phrases but rather exclamations. The word 'faggot' is never used in the play.

  • Mother of the Maid by Jane Anderson

    Marin Theatre Company

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 30th, 2019

    The playwright’s contribution to the Joan of Arc literature is that her mother, Isabelle Arc, becomes the voice and the central character. Thus, while Joan’s actions are of historic significance and drive the narrative, Isabelle dominates the stage time. The play centers on family relationships, especially between mother and daughter.

  • A Christmas Carol

    At the Lyceum Theatre

    By: Karen Isaacs - Nov 30th, 2019

    Even if you say bah humbug to holiday shows you might want to check out this one on Broadway.

  • Hansel and Gretel

    At Opera San José

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 30th, 2019

    Opera San José’s production is specifically designed to be family friendly. The opera is sung in English and the supertitles are given in pretty basic vocabulary. Yet, only 15% of the audience is children, so adults, do feel welcomed. It is a quality production, beautifully staged and sung, that will satisfy audiences of all ages and levels of opera understanding.

  • Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill

    At Custom Made Theatre

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 30th, 2019

    What makes many of Churchill’s works distinctive and what helps in understanding them is her frequent non-traditional approaches to time representation and to casting.

  • Jack Lyons on Broadway

    California Critic Covers Three One Act Plays

    By: Jack Lyons - Nov 25th, 2019

    It takes stamina and seven league boots to keep up with my running buddy Jack Lyons. He was my plus one for the recent American Theatre Critics Association annual New York Conference. In addition to a day of panel discussions and lunch with the stars at Sardi's he took in the three plays covered here. When out of breath trying to keep with some affection I call him Jack Rabbit.

  • West Side Story

    Classic Musical In South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 23rd, 2019

    Broadway in Broward series kicks off strong with a heartfelt production of West Side Story. Broadway Palm's inaugural series production features talented triple threat performers. The production runs through Dec. 1.

  • Groundhog Day

    Me and My Shadow in San Francisco

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 30th, 2019

    The premise of Groundhog Day is that Pittsburgh TV meteorologist Phil Connors is assigned to cover the annual event against his wishes.

  • Lucy Dhegrae at National Sawdust

    Giving Voice to Rape

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 24th, 2019

    Lucy Dhegrae, a superb mezzo soprano, lost her singing voice after an assault. In finding her singing voice again, she follows the sounds of a human from the first grunts and breaths to the glorious free sounds of song. Dhegrae is National Sawdust's Artist-in-Residence.

  • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

    Classic Sondheim Musical in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 25th, 2019

    A highly physical and playful production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is on stage at MNM Theatre Company. The West Palm Beach-based nonprofit company features equity and non-equity Florida actors. Cast members shine in their roles, but the sound system needs improvement. The production runs through Dec. 8 in a South Florida theater season featuring several Sondheim works.

  • Critic Herbert Simpson 1934-2019

    Covered Theatre Insight Out

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 26th, 2019

    During conferences of American Theatre Critics Association the Rochester based critic, Herbert Simpson, was a raconteur and noble presence. Rooted in the classics he had little patience for current foibles. His opinions were always crusty, witty, scholarly, loquacious and well crafted. As a correspondent we were honored to repost his reviews.

  • Teodor Currentzis Brings Verdi to The Shed

    Dramatic Performance Accompanied by Jonas Mekas Images

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 22nd, 2019

    The Verdi Requiem conducted by Teodor Currentzis with the musicAeterna Orchestra and Chorus is performed at The Shed through November 24. The McCourt is a grand space and can seat 1,250 and hold 2000 standing. Designed to be flexibly conformed, this performance has bleacher seats extending from the floor before the stage up to the rafters, or heavens if you will. This program's music is both other-worldly and very much in the now.

  • Artist Jane Hudson at Tourists

    Birthday Celebration on Becoming Jane

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 21st, 2019

    The upscale Tourists a hip, designer savvy resort in North Adams, has launched a program of evenings with artists. Last night there was a cozy, well attended fireside chat with artist and musician Jane Hudson. She and her husband Jeff operated Hudsons Antiques formerly at MASS MoCA. They also perform music as Jeff and Jane. Both are widely exhibited artists. She discussed phases of her career which I have followed as friend and commentator since the late 1960s. It was also her birthday.

  • Conrad Tao Debuts at Carnegie Hall

    Barefoot and Brazen Tao Makes a Case for the Piano

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 21st, 2019

    The young musical polymath Conrad Tao made his debut at Carnegie Hall. In an ambitious program, designed in part to display the elements of virtuoso performance on the piano, Tao played representative composers from J. S. Bach to David Lang and Julia Wolfe.

  • Tootsie On Broadway

    Musical Adaptation Continues Through Jan. 5.

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 19th, 2019

    Tootsie features a Tony-winning performance by actor Santino Fontana. The musical adaptation of the popular 1982 film continues through Jan. 5. The stage show is a big, splashy and funny musical comedy.

  • Popular Artists at Tanglewood

    From Ringo to Arlo and Judy Collins

    By: BSO - Nov 21st, 2019

    It's time to mark your calendar. Tanglewood has annpunced the Popular Artists for the 2020 season. More to be announced later. By Popular Artist the BSO differentiates them from what we assume to be the unpopular ones. Its notable that so far the uber popular James Taylor is not a part of the lineup. But is likely to slip in late, As of now his usual slot for the July Fourth holiday weekend ia wide open. What's announced so far is the Popular prequel.

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