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  • Response to Trumping the Arts

    Further Reflection on the Relevance of Theodor Adorno

    By: Michael A. King - Mar 23rd, 2017

    In response to concerns that the Republican controlled Congress intends to end federal funding of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities Charles Giuliano posted an article "Trumping the Arts." It included a reference to Theodor Adorno and a parphrase of his statement that “There can be no poetry after Auschwitz.” Michael A. King made an e mail response which is now expanded into a critical comment. Dr. King is Education Coordinator, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.

  • Tech Talk Informs Washburn's 10 out of 12

    Tedium of a Play Within a Play's the Thing

    By: Nancy Bishop - Mar 24th, 2017

    Atr some two hours and forty five minutes Anne Washburn's 10 out of 12 at Chicago's Theatre Wit is a tad too long. But the real time tedium replicates the point of this play which reveals how a play takes its final form through a technical rehearsal. Equity rules limit actors to working for twelve hours with a two hour break for dinner. If you see a lot of theatre this may be a fascinating experience. If not , those looking for an evening of casual entertainment, then caveat emptor.

  • Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress

    The Boston Lyric Opera Production is Stylish and Sexy

    By: David Bonetti - Mar 22nd, 2017

    The morality play, inspired by Hogarth, was turned into an overlong, prolix opera by Stravinsky and his collaborators W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman. An attractive young cast does its best but can barely bring this dud to life. Special shout-outs to set and costume designers who made the production hip and racy.

  • Something Rotten's On the Road

    Parody of Shakespeare at Broward Center for the Performing Arts

    By: Aaron Krause - Mar 23rd, 2017

    "Something Rotten," the Broadway hit, is on tour with a stop at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

  • 946 by Kneehigh at St. Ann's Warehouse

    Emma Rice Directs Michael Morpurgo's Tale

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 22nd, 2017

    The enchantments of a Kneehigh Production directed by Emma Rice are so various, unusual and satisfying that we suggest you high tail it to Dumbo and catch the show.

  • A Rose For All Seasons

    Young French Winemaker Mathilde Chapoutier

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Mar 23rd, 2017

    With thousands of Roses on the market and with spring in the air, isn't it time to find a fitting Rose for summer and year round entertaining? I have.

  • Brecht's Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

    Chicago's Trap Door Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Mar 20th, 2017

    The play, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, is 105 minutes of fast-paced Brechtian dialogue and gangland-style murders. It is a brutal and not always subtle satire laced with literary and dramatic references, and performed in a highly physical way.

  • O'Neill's Ah Wilderness in Pasadena

    At A Noise Within Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Mar 17th, 2017

    “Ah, Wilderness”, O’Neill’s paean to the youth he never experienced, is a sweet, nostalgic, coming of age comedy that had the good fortune to land in the capable and caring hands of director Steven Robman, and a cast of exceptional performers.

  • Robert LePage at BAM's Harvey Theatre

    Portrait of an Artist Building Stories

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 19th, 2017

    What qualities would you guess are incubators of a talent like Robert LePage's? His Dad was a cab driver. He shared a room with two sisters when his grandmother moved into the already crowded apartment to die with Alzheimer's. Memory obsesses LePage. He struggles to memorize "Speak White", a radical poem which details great class divides. Yet this is LePage and you often find yourself smiling and even laughing out loud as his art takes over his pain.

  • Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar

    CV REP Theatre in Rancho Mirage.

    By: Jack Lyons - Mar 18th, 2017

    “Disgraced”, staged and insightfully directed by Joanne Gordon, at CV REP, first premiered in 2011 in Chicago, then transferred to New York’s Lincoln Center, then on to Broadway capturing a Pulitzer Prize for Akhtar. The play was the most produced play in America in 2015.

  • Lauren Yee Wins Francesca Primus Prize

    American Theatre Critics Association Recognizes Emerging Female Playwrights

    By: Aaron Krause - Mar 20th, 2017

    Lauren Yee wins award for Emerging Female Playwrights. ATCA/ Primus Foundation recognizes playwright for her use of language. Yee was selected from 26 applicants by critics.

  • A Special Day In Miami Beach

    Miami New Drama Stages Play for Dark Times

    By: Aaron Krause - Mar 20th, 2017

    Actors triumphantly illustrate and perform in stage version of award-winning Italian film. Chalk up another success to South Florida's Miami New Drama company.

  • Mark Morris: Two Operas

    An Evening of Britten and Purcell

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 16th, 2017

    Mark Morris does not leave not-well-enough alone. He enlivens Benjamin Britten's Curlew River with instruments on stage as they would be in the Noh drama on which this opera is based. He places the singers in the pit for Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. On stage, dancers enact the roles to entrance and also enhance the music. Morris conducts, directs, conceives and pleases along the way.

  • Huck Finn Stage Adaptation in Ft. Lauderdale

    Slow Burn Theatre Company Sets Mark Twain to Music

    By: Aaron Krause - Mar 17th, 2017

    Cast Shines in Electric Production of "Big River." Ft. Lauderdale Theater Company is Performing "Huck Finn" Stage Adaptation Through April 2. This South Florida production of "Big River" is a winning combination of strong singing and acting

  • James Cohn All American Composer

    Rich Brew of National, Folk, and Classical

    By: Djurdjija Vucinic - Mar 17th, 2017

    Joe Rosen, n crucial patron of the arts in New York City, often introduces the work of a composer who should be better known, James Cohn. Like Bartok and Dvorak, Cohn has plucked melodies from America’s folk music, adding distinctly modern disharmony, and yet capturing the rhythms, for instance, of the West.

  • Trumping the Arts

    Budget Wipeout of Government Funding

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 16th, 2017

    It is time for dissent and action. The federal budget proposes massive increases for national defense balanced by the elimination of $300 million currently supporting the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) which, if approved by a Republican dominated Congress, will be eliminated.

  • Fiddler on the Roof Lyricist Sheldon Harnick

    West Palm Beach Dramaworks Speakers Series

    By: Aaron Krause - Mar 11th, 2017

    West Palm Beach Dramaworks Speakers Series featured the 92-year-old lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof, Sheldon Harnick.

  • Artists As Pinball Wizards

    Exhibition at the Elmhurst Museum

    By: Nancy Bishop - Mar 11th, 2017

    Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago sets 16 working vintage pinball machines in several galleries with about 30 pieces of art by the pioneers of 1960s and ‘70s Chicago Imagists: Ed Paschke, Karl Wirsum, Suellen Rocca, Ed Flood, Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, Christine Ramberg, Roger Brown and Ray Yoshida. The connection, of course, is that the artists were influenced in childhood and adolescence by the art of pinball machines and comic books.

  • Concert Artists Guild Encores

    Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 15th, 2017

    On a dark and stormy night when many shows were cancelled in New York, young artists who had been prize winners in competitions held by the almost seventy-year-old Concert Artists Guild, performed in the jewel like concert hall, Weill Recital Hall. Their performances radiated warmth and style.

  • Ensemble Connect at Weill Recital Hall

    Venice of the 17th Century Played and Sung

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 21st, 2017

    Carnegie Hall includes in their celebration of Venetian music a group of young artists, Ensemble Y. Instrumentalists and singers gave great pleasure in baroque music.

  • Geoff Sobelle's The Object Lesson

    Lots of Stuff at New York Theater Workshop

    By: Edward Rubin - Mar 15th, 2017

    The one-man-play by and starring Geoff Sobelle is about demented hoarding. Not surptrisinglty it appealed to Ed Rubin, a known packrat, who writes that "I also thought about my 82 boxes in storage and all of the hundreds of objects that inhabit every shelf, table top, and drawer in my apartment, each one harboring past memories that I have collected over the years."

  • Williamstown Theatre Festival Upgrades

    Jayne Atkinson Cast and Heather Raffo Gets Weissberger New Play Award

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 15th, 2017

    Two-time Tony Award-nominee Jayne Atkinson and Cote de Pablo will appear in Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House; Tony Award-nominee Micah Stock will appear in Jason Kim’s The Model American and Halley Feiffer’s Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow; Christopher Livingston, LeRoy McClain and Joniece Abbott-Pratt will perform in Harrison David Rivers’ Where Storms are Born; and Rebecca Henderson will perform in Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow.

  • Corneille’s L’IIlusion Comique

    Adapted by Tony Kushner for North Coast Rep

    By: Jack Lyons - Mar 13th, 2017

    In the current North Coast Repertory Theatre production Tony Kushner translates and adapts 17th century French playwright Pierre Corneille’s “L’IIlusion Comique” into a delicious and superbly acted French soufflé of a comedy/farce called “The Illusion”.

  • New York Philharmonic Performs John Adams

    Happy Birthday to Tunes of Absolute Jest

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 12th, 2017

    John Adams has close ties to the New York Philharmonic. He was in David Gefffen Hall to hear two works performed. In Absolute Jest a quartet formed by the principal performers of the Philharmonic was embedded, an alien force in their own home.

  • Emperor Jones at Irish Repertory Theatre

    Obi Abili Takes the Crown

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 12th, 2017

    The Irish Repertory Theatre knows how to produce terrific plays with stunning actors and telling sets, costumes and lights. The Emperor Jones returns with a new Brutus Jones, Obi Abili. It is a smashing success.

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