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  • Die Nase at Komische Oper, Berlin

    The Nose, a Surreal Opera, Delights

    By: Angelika Jansen - Jun 21st, 2018

    This final opening of the 2017/18 season at the Komische Oper, Die Nase/The Nose, in Berlin is a typical Barrie Kosky production - eccentric, colorful, and totally entertaining in its over-the-top action on stage. It will be performed in June and July.

  • Jeff Becker's Sea of Common Catastrophe

    Irondale in Brooklyn Presents

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 21st, 2018

    The Sea of Common Catastrophe by Jeff Becker is playing at Irondale, a dramatic and inviting space on South Oxford Street in Brooklyn. Becker was inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ short story and invites the audience to suspend disbelief and immerse themselves in the beautiful images and dance of the performers. The words of Marquez and poet Jessica Henricksen are spoken in snippets as lights dance and the waters of the ocean swirl around. This is immersion theater at its best.

  • American Weather at HERE

    Chris Green Makes His Way through Climate Change

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 24th, 2018

    American Weather takes the emotional temperature of Americans today. Chris Green, who created this moving and multi-dimensional theatrical piece, speaks of our country losing its narrative. Rather than proposing a new narrative, he suggests a new posture, one of gropipng acceptance, where we come to terms with the shape of our present in order to better prepare for the future.

  • Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival, 2018

    On Bowe Field in Adams, MA

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Jun 19th, 2018

    There is a story to tell and an enchanted slide show to see! The third annual Berkshire Mountains Fearie Festival happened on June 16 in Adams, Massachusetts. Faeries and elves of many realms appeared all day long. Activities, entertainment and festival goods were offered to nearly 1500 celebrants.

  • The Aesthetics of Practical Elegance

    Objects of Use and Beauty in Japanese Culinary Tools

    Fuller Japanese Utensils
    By: Mark Favermann - Jun 20th, 2018

    The Fuller Craft Museum is one the few specifically craft museums in the United States. Ranging from the traditional to the high tech, its appealing and thoughtful current exhibit showcases a wonderful assemblage of diverse Japanese utensils and accessories used in domestic as well as professional kitchens.

  • Gift Theatre’s Hamlet

    Shakespeare in a Chicago Storefront Theater

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 21st, 2018

    Gift’s Hamlet is staged with a predominantly African American cast and yet the play isn’t about racism…. or is it? It’s not explicitly, yet it reminds us that it’s only in recent years that African Americans have routinely been cast in classic roles. (And diversity in casting is still a serious and divisive issue in the theater community.)

  • Church & State By Jason Odell Williams

    Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen to Good People

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 19th, 2018

    There has been yet another school slaughter just days before a close election for the incumbent Senator from North Carolina. He attends a funeral for kids who were classmates of his children. A blog reporter asks if he turned to God and prayer in a time of grief. An honest unfiltered answer threatens to sabotage his campaign. This leads to suprising and provocative results. The brief one act play is followed by a talkback after each performance.

  • The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar

    At TheaterWorks in Hartford

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jun 19th, 2018

    The very talented playwright Ayad Akhtar has combined multiple viewpoints with a political thriller to create the compelling The Invisible Hand now getting an excellent production at TheaterWorks in Hartford through Sunday, June 24.

  • Roger Daltrey Brings Tommy to Tanglewood

    See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 16th, 2018

    After nearly a half century lapse Tanglewood has doubled down on the vintage British rock group The Who. Last summer we heard Pete Townshend leading Quadrophenia with the Pops. Last night lead singer Roger Daltrey performed the entire 75-minute Tommy as well as three encores minus the orchestra.

  • David Crosby Headlines at Tanglewood

    Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chris Hillman and Herb Peterson Also on Bill

    By: Maria Reveley - Jun 18th, 2018

    It was a long but satisfying evening at Tanglewood. Chris Hillman, a founder of The Byrds, and Herb Peterson, one of The Dillards went on at 7 PM. They were followed by Mary Chapin Carpenter. Then David Crosby brought it on home at 10:30 PM. The hits just kept on coming.

  • Judy Collins and Stephen Stills Share Memories

    Lost Love Rekindled at Tanglewood

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 18th, 2018

    Fifty years ago Stephen Stills and Judy Collins met and had a relationship that lasted for two years. That breakup resulted in "Suite Judy Blue Eyes" the hit of the debut album of Crosby Stills and Nash. Not long ago they were booked for an AARP event. That chance encounter resulted in a tour that touched down at Tanglewood. On September 22 they will release a studio album "For What It's Earth" titled for a Leonard Cohen song.

  • Laramie Project

    20th Anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s Death

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 19th, 2018

    AstonRep Theatre Company marks the anniversary with a stirring production of The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. It’s a documentary-style play that gives voice to members of the Laramie community—a roster of more than 60 citizens played by 12 actors.

  • Art in South Florida

    Tony Award Winning Comedy by Yasmina Reza

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 16th, 2018

    New City Players is offering an explosive, comic production of Yasmina Reza's provocative Art. This comedy focuses on how perception can impact relationships. Actors excel in roles that require seamless shifts between subtlety and big acting choices.

  • Good, Better, Best, Bested

    Play a Panoply of Vegas Types.

    By: Victor Cordell - Jun 19th, 2018

    Jonathan Spector’s world premiere Good, Better, Best, Bested depicts one night in the lives of a cluster of people in Las Vegas. With a serio-comic look at situations profound and mundane, the play is provocative, engaging, and well produced.

  • Mr. Parker Plays South Florida

    World Premiere By Prolific Playwright Michael McKeever

    By: By Aaron Krause - Jun 18th, 2018

    Mr. Parker is a touching comedy-drama by versatile theater artist Michael McKeever. The piece, a three-hander, is receiving an impressive world premiere at Island City Stage near Ft. Lauderdale. A trio of actors sparkle in an all-around strong production.

  • The Royal Family of Broadway at Barrington Stage

    Is This All Star Production Headed for Broadway

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 14th, 2018

    Barrington Stage Company has assembled a dream team for the world premiere of The Royal Family of Broadway. It is a musical makeover of the 1927 play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. When word gets out about the first smash hit of the Berkshire season tickets may be hard to come by between now and July 7. This production was home grown by Barrington's Musical Theatre Lab.

  • Tony Winner Glenda Jackson

    Edward Albee's Three Tall Women

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jun 15th, 2018

    As with any Albee play, one can spend hours dissecting the lines and the characters. Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf won Tony's for their preformances.

  • Woman and Scarecrow at the Irish Repertory Theater

    Marina Carr, an Important Irish Playwright

    By: Rachel de Aragon - Jun 14th, 2018

    It is now in the Midlands of Ireland. A bitter middle aged woman drifts in and out of the multi-layered consciousnesses. She is dying. Ireland's emerging premier female playwright Marina Carr invites us into attend her last moments.

  • Secret Life of Humans at 59E59 Theaters

    David Byrne is Entertaining and Provocative

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 13th, 2018

    Secret Life of Humans at 59E59 Theaters is a thoroughly engaging, funny and thoughtful evening of theater. David Byrne and Kate Stanley have asked in a fresh style: Can we humans survive?

  • FINKS by Joe Gilford

    Better Dead Than Red

    By: Victor Cordell - Jun 15th, 2018

    Under the guise of the Red Scare, Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), abrogated the rights of thousands of people. Their practice of denouncing their political opposites is little different from the same strategy used by the current presidency.

  • Director Laurie Norton Moffatt of Rockwell Museum

    What His Legacy Means to the Berkshires

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 12th, 2018

    The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge has just launched “Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition.” During a recent press preview we enjoyed an unencumbered view of the scholarly and superbly installed exhibition. Founding director, Laurie Norton Moffatt, discussed what the Rockwell legacy means in light of the controversy of the sale of two of his works by the Berkshire Museum. One of those works "Shuffleton's Barber Shop" was acquired by George Lucas who is loaning it to the Norman Rockwell Museum for the next 18 months.

  • Mt. Greylock’s Bascom Lodge

    I Could See for Miles and Miles and Miles

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 13th, 2018

    It was a picture perfect Sunday afternoon when we took a long and winding drive to the 3,491 foot summit of Mt. Greylock. It's rustic Bascom Lodge was constructed as a WPA project in the 1930s. It fell into neglect but was renovated and the road repaired in 2009. There are dorm and private rooms for hikers. In season three meals a day are served and dinner on weekends is generally sold out. There are free events on the porch and we attended a mashup organized by Berkshire Playwrights Lab. At 7 PM we joined the family style dinner. For spectacuar views and a sense of adventure it's a summe treat that's hard to beat.

  • Peace for Mary Frances by Lily Thorne

    The New Group Tackles Hospice

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 11th, 2018

    Peace for Mary Frances by Lily Thorne is produced by The New Group. It is in many ways a tough play, a domestic drama set during the final weeks of hospice at home. The cast featuring Lois Smith and J. Smith-Cameron is terrific.

  • Recalling Sighting John Updike

    The A&P of the Mind

    By: Martin Mugar - Jun 09th, 2018

    Summering in Annisquam Martin Mugar, like the Ipswich based author, John Updike, became aware of distinct difference of class and culture. Thre were the easy, self confident debutantes who shopped at the A&P in their bathing suits. And the townies, like Sam, who unnoticed lusted for them. Recently, Mugar was reminded and inspired by watching the author crossing a street ages ago. Here he spins the yarn of old.

  • Highlights of Connecticut Theatre Season

    Overview of Seventy Plus Productions

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jun 11th, 2018

    I didn’t think there were really any outstanding musical productions this season. By that I mean productions where the work itself and all elements of the production hit the mark. Most had flaws of some kind.

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