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  • Barrington Stage Company 2019

    Annuncing Two Musicals and a Drama

    By: Barrington - Oct 19th, 2018

    Barrington Stage Company (BSC) announced today three productions for its upcoming 25th season – Into the Woods, the musical classic by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine; the world premiere new musical Fall Springs, by Niko Tsakalakos and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb; and Gertrude and Claudius, a new play by Mark St. Germain.

  • Joshua Bell and the New York Philharmonic

    John Corigliano's Red Violin Comes to Life

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Oct 18th, 2018

    Is it worth it to create the greatest instrument in the history of Western music, even if it costs you everything? That is the question asked by the 1998 François Girard film The Red Violin, which tracks the creation, birth and long life of its titular object from a workshop in Cremona in the 16th century to an auction house in modern day Montreal.

  • Nancy Bishop is Born to Run

    Chicago Critic Springs for Springsteen on Broadway

    By: Nancy Bishop - Oct 18th, 2018

    Chicago critic, Nancy Bishop, a die hard rock fan dug deep for Bruce. Paying through the nose she scored a ticket for his sold out Broadway show. Springing for a Springsteen binge she added a couple of other compelling plays. She will be back in Manhattan later this month for the annual American Theatre Critics Association conference So this is a teaser with more golden apples to follow.

  • The Resting Place by Ashlin Halfnight

    Produced by Magic Theatre

    By: Victor Cordell - Oct 20th, 2018

    The playwright, Ashlin Halfnight, touches a tender nerve with his exposé. So many bad actions by people in our real world have been telegraphed to others before they occurred. Antisocial attitudes. Deviant behavior. Threats. Fascination with the perverse. Collections of weapons. Memorabilia of cruelty. But how can one know at what point to interfere?

  • Gloria a Life by Emily Mann

    Steinem as Hope-aholic, Directed by Diane Paulus

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 19th, 2018

    Gloria, A Life, by Emily Mann is playing at the Daryl Roth Theater in Manhattan. The theater is configured as a circle of bleachers. Gloria Steinem, whose role as journalist and activist in the women’s movement is the subject of this event, has come to believe that people, women and men, sitting in circles and talking, is the answer to humanly rich and fulfilling lives.

  • The Musical Fun Home

    At TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

    By: Victor Cordell - Oct 19th, 2018

    Fun Home looks at coming-of-age and coming-out through the eyes of Alison Bechdel, whose graphic novel memoir is the source material. TheatreWorks offers a delightful production of the Tony Award winning musical.

  • Aspect Foundation Presents Zemlinsky Quartet

    Unrequited Love Explored

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 17th, 2018

    The Aspect Foundation presented the Zemlinsky Quartet in New York. They performed works by their namesake, Dvo?ák, and Leos Janá?ek , in particular works inspired by their muses, women who left their love unrequited. The music's sadness and disappointment yielded was lovely. The group expressed comraderie and collaboration for a uniquely satisfying effect.

  • Wilco Solid Sound Festival

    Returns June 28-30, 2019

    By: Wilco - Oct 16th, 2018

    Solid Sound, Wilco's Music and Arts Festival, returns to MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts June 28-30, 2019. Three-day tickets go on sale this Thursday at 11:00AM ET through, and the MASS MoCA Box Office (413.662.2111). For a limited time, tickets will be offered at a reduced early-bird rate of $149 (regular price $179). Children’s three-day tickets (ages 6-10) will be available for $55 and children under 6 are free. Thursday also marks the opening of campsite reservations for the official festival campground Solid Ground. Campsite reservations can be made only by calling the MASS MoCA Box Office.

  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood

    Dickens at 3 Below Theaters,

    By: Victor Cordell - Oct 17th, 2018

    Charles Dickens would roll over in his grave. The master of the hard, the twisted, the bleak expectations, who chronicled grime, abuse, and despair. How could his material be used as the basis for a mash up between a raucous “who dunnit?” and a Gay ’90s vaudevillian music hall entertainment? The Mystery of Edwin Drood does just that, earning its spurs on Broadway in 1985 with a long run and a handful of Tonys.

  • Arendt/Heidegger by Douglass Lackey

    A Love Story in Ideas at Theater for the New CIty

    By: Rachel de Aragon - Oct 15th, 2018

    Arendt/Heidegger is a love story which has happened countless times, and yet his betrayal of his beloved mirrors the profundity of the Heidegger's political, spiritual and intellectual betrayals. It is a most extraordinary love story. The realities of the times are ever present in the lives.

  • David Robertson Conducts New York Philharmonic

    Morning Matinees at David Geffen Hall

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Oct 15th, 2018

    NY Phil morning matinees open with conductor David Robertson in a performance of another major work by contemporary composer Louis Andriessen, the Dutch composer whose receipt of the 2016 Kravis Prize for new music has led to an in-depth Philharmonic exploration of his catalogue. Andriessen, in a program note, commented that " I have made no attempt to relate to what is known as "music from the Far East" or, even worse, 'world music.'"

  • Letter from Cape Ann

    Now Through the Holidays

    By: Pippy Giuliano - Oct 15th, 2018

    This launches a new feature for Berkshire Fine Arts. Pippy Giuliano, sister of BFA's Charles, shares deeps roots and family heritage in Cape Ann. She lives in Annisquam not far from the ancestral home, Beaver Dam Farm, in Rockport. Now retired, she is active in the community and a docent for the Cape Ann Museum. We suggested that she contribute a Letter from Cape Ann with tips on events and gatherings.

  • Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

    Third Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards

    By: Gail M. Burns - Oct 15th, 2018

    This week the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association is voting on the final award list in preparation for the Third Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony to be held on Monday, November 12 at 7 pm at the Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First Street (Route 7) in Pittsfield, MA. --

  • The Tell Tale Heart at Angel's Share

    Green-Wood Cemetery Hosts Gregg Kallor

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Oct 12th, 2018

    The Angel's Share at Green-Wood cemetery concluded is season with a double bill of horror operas. In Tell-Tale Heart, Jennifer Johnson Cano charted her devolution into violence and self-incrimination with gusto, her final outcry answered only by that thumping two-note figure from Gregg Kallor's keyboard. Was she mad? Had she committed murder? Was there ever an old man to be killed in the first place? All these questions swirled and squirmed in one's mind, and the only answer follows.

  • Place Premieres at the Harvey Theater

    BAM's Next Wave Festival Featured Ted Hearne

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 13th, 2018

    Place by Ted Hearne has its world premier as part of BAM’s New Wave Festival. Like Giuseppe Verdi whose music became the anthem of Italian unification, Hearne is a voice for the big issues before our country. His new oratorio addresses ‘gentrification.’ It is deeply personal and deeply moving.

  • Eclipse Annual Exhibition and Open Studios

    Work by North Adams Artists

    By: Eclipse - Oct 10th, 2018

    The Eclipse Annual Exhibition features work by residents of the North Adams, studio/loft residence complex. The reception from 6 to 8 PM, Friday, October 12 launches the annual Open Studios that weekend. The popular event provides the opportunity to interact with artists in the setting where their work is created. In addition to studios work by resident artists is displayed in corridors of the four floor complex that houses 40 units.

  • 154 Years of Serendipity at Gallery Kayafas

    Roger Kizik and Clara Wainwright

    By: John Walsh - Oct 12th, 2018

    With 154 Years of Serendipity the artists Roger Kizik and Clara Wainwright celebrate their creaitive friendship with an exhibition at Kayafas Gallery in Boston's SOWA district. John Walsh, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty writes about the pairing of Wainwright & Kizik.

  • Girl of the Golden West at Metropolitan Opera

    Blazing Saddles

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Oct 10th, 2018

    The Girl of the Golden West returned to the Met this month with a good cast. On Monday night, a performance featuring tenor Yusif Eyvazov and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek provided a much needed shot of red blood to an anemic fall season.

  • A Picture of Dorian Gray

    Wilde at A Noise Within Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 10th, 2018

    Wilde’s highly-charged, sexual novella, and the Hollywood production code-driven 1945 movie, intrigued A Noise Within theatre director Michael Michetti, into tackling a stage adaptation in 2006 at Pasadena’s Boston Court Theatre. Mr. Michetti’s 2018 production now on stage at the A Noise Within Theatre, in East Pasadena, closely adheres to Wilde’s original story and most of his dialogue.

  • Final Follies at The Cherry Lane Theater

    A.J. Gurney Lives On

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 09th, 2018

    Final Follies, an evening of one act plays by A.J.Gurney is playing at The Cherry Lane Theater home of Primary Stages, Gurney's primary producers over the past decade. The first play, titled Final Follies was delivered to Gurney's agent a week before he died last year. It is a juicy send off for a haute Wasp author, who sees acting in porn movies as a job solution for waning WASPs looking for a way to earn a living.

  • My Parsifal Conductor by Allan Leicht

    Cosima Wagner Redeemed, A Comedy

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 11th, 2018

    My Parsifal Conductor, Allan Leicht's hilarious and touching comedy on the late domestic life of Richard Wagner, which extends into immortality, is playing at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater through November 3. At the center of the curtainless stage is a big double bed over which a heavenly canopy hangs. We are somewhere between heaven and earth where Cosima Liszt Bulow Wagner is taking her last gasps. She is ninety and married Richard Wagner 60 years ago, after the birth of their three children, Isolde, Eva and Siegfried. Wagner died after 13 years of marriage.

  • Summary of 86th Jacobs Pillow Season

    $2.5 Million in Ticket Sales for 500 Performances and Events

    By: Pillow - Oct 09th, 2018

    One month after the close of its 86th season, Jacob’s Pillow announces record-breaking ticket sales for its acclaimed summer dance festival. The organization reports over $2.5 million in ticket sales, an increase of 13% when compared with 2017; over 40,000 tickets were sold, an increase of 5%, when compared with last year. The season boasts 10,000 unique ticket buyers, an increase of 8% and the largest number since the organization began tracking this particular indicator in 2005.

  • Montserrat Caballé, La Superba

    Star Soprano of the 20th Century

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Oct 07th, 2018

    One would argue that in opera singers of a vanished age, it was the voice and only the voice that mattered. These words would be fitting as a eulogy for Montserrat Caballé. The soprano, who passed away at the age of 85, possessed one of the largest and most flexible instruments of her age, succeeding in everything from Rossini to dramatic operas by Puccini and Strauss.

  • Glass Menagerie at Barrington Stage Company

    Dehorning the Unicorn

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 08th, 2018

    The final fall production of Barrington Stage Company for a number of years had been coordinated with the reginal school curriculum. It has been the norm to explore an agenda with social justice theatre. This time, however, Barrington has opted to focus on ars gratia artis. Teachers as their lesson plan will discuss a harrowing masterpiece of American theatre, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.

  • Tom Stoppard's Rock and Roll

    At Chicago's Artistic Home Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Oct 09th, 2018

    Kathy Scambiatterra directs this complex political/musical story, based on the Czech music fans and political dissidents in the years between the Prague Spring in 1968 and the Velvet Revolution of 1989.

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