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  • Love Never Dies in Florida

    National Tour of Phantom Sequel

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 18th, 2017

    Memorable music seduces in Love Never Dies. A fine cast is up to the task of singing with flair Andrew Lloyd Webber's soaring songs. The book is not a strong point

  • The Band's Visit on Broadway

    Popular Musical at the Ethel Barrymore

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 11th, 2017

    The Band's Visit restores faith in the goodness of humanity. The new musical adaptation features tender, heartfelt songs. Show is well acted and sung by a talented cast

  • Band Visits ATCA

    From Sardi’s to Broadway

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 08th, 2017

    During last year's NY conference of American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) there was a panel on the development of the musical, then in previews, of what went on to be the Tony winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. Predicting that lightning will stike twice the team for The Band's Visit discussed the transitions from film, to Off Broadway, and now a production at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The smart money is on running the table during the awards season.

  • Hannigan and de Leeuw at Park Avenue Armory

    Eric Satie's Death of Socrates Performed

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 19th, 2017

    The lights in the corridor outside the Veterans Room in the Park Avenue Armory, dimmed to black and down the hallway proceeded the featured artist, Barbara Hannigan, bearing a candle.

  • Pianist Daniil Trifonov at Carnegie Hall

    Valery Gergiev Conducts the Marinsky Orchestraa

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Nov 18th, 2017

    At Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night, the Mariinsky Orchestra and pianist Daniil Trifonov offered the New York premiere of the artist's first Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Now 26, Trifonov has made a name for himself as a young and respected virtuoso, the leading example of a new generation of piano-slingers thrilling listeners around the world. This concerto, which received its New York premiere at this concert, is his shot at a whole new kind of legitimacy.

  • National Sawdust 5 Boroughs Music Fest

    New York's Composers a Riot of Song

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 17th, 2017

    In one fell swoop, Jesse Bloomberg, the artistic director for the 5 Boroughs Music Festival, brings together a sampling of composers who are tucked into the nooks and crannies of our city. Assigning them the subject of the city unleashes their spirited take on New York. Songs ranged from poetic evocation to the tiny drama about a struggling barista which was inspired by Monteverdi.

  • Alyson Cambridge Sings at The Crypt

    William Bolcom's Song Cycle on Sally Hemings

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 16th, 2017

    Composer William Bolcom and librettist Sanda Seaton have drawn a complex and moving picture of Sally Heings in an 18 song cycle. Soprano Alyson Cambridge is Sally and her performances evokes the slave/mistress of Thomas Jefferson.

  • Nezet-Seguin Conducts Philadelphia Orchestra

    King of Infinite Space

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Nov 12th, 2017

    The Philadelphia Orchestra's relationship with music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is a model of modern artistic collaboration. The Quebecois conductor has brought a much-needed dose of enthusiasm and artistic integrity to the band on Broad Street, and the orchestra has responded according to its gifts with full, rich performances that remain deeply satisfying.

  • ATCA at Sardi’s

    Lunch with Broadway Stars

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 10th, 2017

    A highlight of the American Theatre Critics Association’s New York conference is a now traditional lunch at Sardi’s with stars of current Broadway shows. Cast members of seven shows were represented.

  • Ersatz Cubist Dana Shutz

    A Metaphysical Pratfall

    By: Martin Mugar - Nov 11th, 2017

    There were protests when Dana Shutz exhibited a painting of the mutilated black youth Emmet Till in his coffin. It was a controversial inclusion in the Whitney Biennial. It is not a part of a large overview of her work at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art. There the curators have over expained the work with excessively detailed wall labels. It conveys the notion that the work in a kitchy, ersatz Cubist manner cannot speak for itself. Activists have petiitioned the ICA to shut down the exhibition.

  • Our Chicago Correspondent Visited New York

    Focusing on Off Broadway

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 09th, 2017

    Our correspondant, Nancy Bishop, in NY for the ATCA conference regrets that " I’m a huge Bruce Springsteen fan—I’ve seen him in concert dozens of times, but I thought the tickets to his Springsteen on Broadway show were too expensive. I was able to buy tickets for these off-Broadway plays and pay for dinner as well for the price of one Springsteen ticket." She offers an overview of affordable shows that will be up through the Holidays.

  • ATCA Sondheim Panel

    Five Actors Discuss Their Iconic Roles

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 07th, 2017

    The New York conference of American Theatre Critics Association ended on Sunday morning with a Stephen Sondheim panel at the nightclub Don't Tell Mama. Moderated by the critic Rick Pender, the actors Len Cariou, Harvey Evans, Pamela Myers, Kurt Peterson and Teri Ralston recalled originating now iconic roles. On every level ATCA saved the best for last,

  • Zeni Winery And The Bardolino Wine Museum

    The Wines Of Lake Garda

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Nov 12th, 2017

    If you visit the Zeni Winery in Bardolino (Veneto) you will have the opportunity to visit a museum dedicated to the winemaking history of the region, plus, if you are adventurous, you can take an aromatic test to identify what you smell. Its all a lot of fun.

  • Owens Pottery of North Carolina

    North Carolina's Route 705 Is the Pottery Highway

    By: Susan Cohn - Nov 11th, 2017

    The oldest, continuously operating pottery along the Pottery Highway is Owens Pottery of North Carolina, also known as Original Owens Pottery. The Owens family has been involved in pottery since the early 1800s.

  • Guggenheim Bilbao at Twenty

    An Inspiring Success Story

    By: Zeren Earls - Nov 06th, 2017

    The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao recently concluded a year-long celebration of its 20th anniversary under the concept "Art Changes Everything", inspired by the major changes that the city of Bilbao and its residents have experienced since the Museum's opening on October 19, 1997, while at the same time underscoring the transformational capacity of art. I felt fortunate to be able to visit this cultural treasure during a tour of the Basque region of northern Spain in late September.

  • A Bronx Tale on Broadway

    Musical Adaptation of Gritty Film

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 09th, 2017

    A stylish, relatable musical adaptation of A Bronx Tale is now on Broadway. A tough and tender tale makes us consider our role models

  • Broadway's The Play That Goes Wrong

    Play-within-a-play on The Great White Way

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 09th, 2017

    Prepare for belly laughs during The Play That Goes Wrong, now on Broadway. Impeccable comic timing is key to delivering abundant laughs. The unexpected is common in this play-within-a-murder-mystery-farce

  • Freight with J. Alphonse Nicholson

    New Federal and Castillo Theatres Triumphant Team Up

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 11th, 2017

    Howard L. Craft has crafted a superb play in Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green. What was it like to be a young black man in America throughout the 20th century and on into our own? Minstrel, preacher, panther, sub-prime mortgage salesman, Abel Green has tried them all. J. Alphonse Nicholson makes his efforts palpably moving.

  • The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald

    Tragedies Told with Marionettes

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 09th, 2017

    A human actor shines in a show about Lee Harvey Oswald featuring marionettes.Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre revisits tragedies in The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald The production's rather tedious at times, lacking dramatic punch

  • Berkshire Theatre Awards 2017

    Founded in Memory of the Critic Larry Murray

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 06th, 2017

    In his final months theatre critic, Larry Murray, founded Berkshire Theatre Critics Association. In its first annual presenttation of awards "The Berkies" he rallied to enjoy the occasion and to present the first award in his name, for service to the community. We were packed into Mr. Finn's Cabaret last year but last night the event occured before a capacity, attentive audience in the Mark St. Germain Stage of the Pittsfield company. Many more regional companies were nominated and participated in the awards evening. Next year three more companies will be eligible.

  • Venus in Fur Sizzles

    CV REP Theatre in Rancho Mirage, CA

    By: Jack Lyons - Nov 07th, 2017

    The on-stage chemistry between Angela Sauer and Patrick Zeller is literally palpable. Their performances fully engage the audience who become fascinated by the push and pull of playwrightDavid Ives’ characters. References to the origin of the title “Venus in Fur” also enliven the audiences’ fascination with the story.

  • King of Stage, a Documentary

    Woodie King Jr. Speaks in Juney Smith's Film

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 07th, 2017

    The silhouette profile of Woodie King, Jr. which often shows up in the new documentary in which his life spins out., makes him look like Alfred Hitchcock. In King of Stage by filmmaker Juney Smith, we come to see that he is at least as good a picker of stories as the mystery master.

  • Priscilla Queen of the Desert, (the musical).

    Smashing at Palm Canyon Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Nov 10th, 2017

    Musicals are the specialty of the Palm Canyon Theatre (PCT) where they are sensationally produced and performed. PCT is now in its twenty-first year of providing quality entertainment to the Coachella Valley, presenting thirteen productions a year that include comedies, dramas, and special events as well as their signature musicals.

  • In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play

    By Chicago's Sarah Ruhl

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 08th, 2017

    It’s a woman’s play, about an era when women’s physical and emotional needs and desires were not only misunderstood, but completely ignored. Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play is a charming and titillating look at life in the bad old 19th century. In the playwright's home town it is currently on stage at Chicago's Timeline Theatre.

  • Dominick Argento at Carnegie Hall

    New York City Opera Gives Composer a Birthday Bash

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 10th, 2017

    Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Dominick Argento, celebrated his 90th birthday at Carnegie Hall. New York City Opera in its wonderful new incarnation mounted two of the composer's one act monologues in dramatic productions.

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