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  • The Best of The Second City

    Residency at Berkeley Rep for Storied Improv Troupe

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 19th, 2024

    The vaunted Chicago-based troupe performs sketches, quick-hitters, and enough improvisation to display their fast reaction chops. Old skits are updated, and enough local references are integrated for the production to feel home grown. The cast of six operates black-box fashion, effectively and entertainingly employing mime to represent invisible props.

  • Flamenco at Jacob's Pillow

    Week Eight August 14 Through 18

    By: Pillow - Jul 19th, 2024

    Week 8 of this summer’s Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival will feature beloved New York-based flamenco artists Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, who will perform at the Festival for the first time since 2002. Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca will appear for five days in the historic Ted Shawn Theatre, from Wednesday, August 14 through Sunday, August 18. The program is a showcase for the work of Martín Santangelo and Bessie-award winning dancer and choreographer Soledad Barrio, and will feature their newest work, Searching for Goya (2023).

  • Bert Stern Family Collection “Marylin Uncovered"

    Exhibition at Sohn Fine Art in Lenox

    By: Sohn - Jul 16th, 2024

    Bert Stern’s children, Trista and Bret, comment on the exhibition, “We are thrilled to bring our father’s iconic 1962 shoot with Marilyn Monroe back to vivid life at the beautiful Sohn Fine Art Gallery. Marilyn was our dad’s dream girl, a unique mix of actress, model and ‘American goddess’ (as he called her) that he never encountered before or after. He told us, ‘Stars die, but light goes on forever.’ Through the magic of photography, Marilyn Monroe is still reaching us with her light today.”

  • An Adventure Story About My Temple Life

    Memoir of a North Adams Based Daoist Monk

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 16th, 2024

    At the age of 65,MIchael McGrath ascended a mountain China with a request to study Daoism at an ancient temple. The Abbott accepted him with skepticism predicting that he wold wash out in a month. He stuck it out for a year and after holidays with his family on Cape Cod, returned to the mountain several times. He has published 'An Adventure Story About My Temple Life What I learned, and What I Now Live.' It's a life affirming page turner.

  • Accused!

    The Victorian Ladies Detective Collective Trilogy is Complete With a Case Involving Terrorism

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 15th, 2024

    London is under threat. One woman has been murdered and another killed in a bombing, with anarchists being implicated. Three intrepid female sleuths find evidence that suggests otherwise. Patricia Milton's script is literate and replete with revelations about social and political issues of the day.

  • Grand Théâtre de Genève at Jacob's Pillow

    Improvising Plan B

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 15th, 2024

    Grand Théâtre de Genève arrived for the scheduled third week of the Jacob’s Pillow season. Sets for Noetic, which was to have its North American premiere, however, did not. With just two days to adjust the company pursued Plan B,

  • Elevator Repair Service Creates a New Ulysses

    Summerscape at Bard Presents Staged Novel

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 15th, 2024

    Elevator Repair Service, an innovative theater producing group, presented a staged version of James Joyce’s Ulysses in the Luma Theater at the Fisher Center as part of Bard’s Summerscape 2024 whuich commissioned the work.

  • La Voix Humaine and Dido & Aeneas

    Festival Opera Fine Production of Divergent Works

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 14th, 2024

    Carrie Hennessey gives a sterling performance in the Francis Poulenc work, "La Voix Humaine," as a woman who talks to her lover on the phone while learning that she is losing him. Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" is given a fine treatment as well, led by the chorus and orchestra.

  • Video Master Bill Viola at 73

    Early Work in Boston

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 14th, 2024

    Bill Viola is remembered by Bostonians for his early installation "Room for Saint John of the Cross" at the Institute of Contemporary Art. He also created a video triptych for the Fulller Museum of Art. A champion was David Ross who hired him as an assistant at the Everson Museum in 1971. Ross later showed him at the ICA and Whitney Museum.

  • Death, Let Me Do My Show

    Rachel Bloom at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 12th, 2024

    Standup comedian, Rachel Bloom, is a really big deal. Her rom-com “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” ran for four seasons on The CW with poor ratings but a solid fan base. She brought a standup piece “Death, Let Me Do My Show” to Williamstown Theatre Festival. The routine was filmed for future release on Netflix.

  • Parsons Dance at Jacob's Pillow

    Returns 25 Years Later

    By: Pillow - Jul 12th, 2024

    Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival welcomes the internationally- touring modern dance company Parsons Dance back to the Ted Shawn Theatre, 25 years after their last engagement with the festival in 1999.

  • Jaune Quick To See Smith on Katherine Porter

    An Appreciation from a Renowned Artist to Another

    By: Jaune Quick To See Smith - Jul 11th, 2024

    Jaune Quick to See Smith responded to my posthumous interview with Katherine Porter. It was too long and detailed to post as a comment. It's a remarkable tribute from a renowned woman artist to another. Recently Jaune was given a retrospective by the Whitney Museum. I have had a long involvement with both of these artists.

  • Artist Katherine Porter Broke Out in Boston

    A Posthumous Interview

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 11th, 2024

    In the late 1960s a new generation of artists revitalized the Boston art world. They created Studio Coalition the nation's first open studios event. Katherine Porter emerged with immediate recognition and success. She was shown twice in Whitney Biennials and exhibited in major galleries. Social concerns informed her work. She moved a number of times seeking a like minded community. We reconnected when for several years she lived in Vermont. In her final recent move she settled in Santa Fe.

  • Dragon Mama at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    Sara Porkalob in Solo Performance

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 10th, 2024

    “Dragon Mama,” a one-woman show by Sara Porkalob, is but one of three staged productions in this season of the venerable Williamstown Theatre Festival. With a brief run it is presented on the black box Center Stage. It has been used only once preciously.

  • South Pacific at Goodspeed Musicals

    An Audience Favorite

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jul 11th, 2024

    South Pacific is a show for romantics. It is one of my favorite shows and the audience’s cheers on opening night showed that they, too, loved it.

  • Royal Ballet at Jacob's Pillow

    First Visit to the Berkshires

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 08th, 2024

    Both the Royal Ballet and Jacob’s Pillow were formed in 1931. There have been many interactions but in the current season the renowned company has visited the Berkshires for the first time. It is their only North American stop. Some five years of planning, fund raising, and logistics were entailed for this historic event.

  • Mongolia Travelog

    Distant, Exotic, and Exciting

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 07th, 2024

    A nine-day tour reveals a complex and contrasting country geographically and politically. Diet, weather, and many cultural norms are extreme. Although on-the-ground costs can be quite reasonable, organized tours which tend to be expensive are highly recommended. It is a rewarding journey for the experienced and inquisitive traveler.

  • Mystic Pizza

    Ivoryton Playhouse

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jul 10th, 2024

    You will recognize the tunes that are well integrated into the plot – “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Addicted to Love,” “I’m the Only One,” “Into the Mystic,” “Lost in Your Eyes,” “Smalltown” and “Never Gonna Give You Up,” among others.

  • The Lifespan of a Fact

    Do Facts Constitute Truth? Is Truth Objective and Unassailable?

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 06th, 2024

    In this account of a true story, essayist John D'Agata wrote a piece about the suicide of Levi Pressley who jumped from the top of Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas. Fact checking showed that D'Agata fabricated numerous but inconsequential details for the sake of style. The philosophical differences between the author and the fact checker provoke a thoughtful consideration of what constitutes truth. It's more complex than you might think.

  • Evita

    Rags to Riches and Glamor Foreshortened

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 04th, 2024

    In this Weber/Rice musical biography, the charismatic and adulated Eva Peron insinuates herself into the highest level of Argentinian politics while in her 20s. Deploying an unusual device, an activist narrator, Che, skulks about and cynically undermines the public face of the title character.

  • Experiments in Opera at HERE

    New York Gets Four Delicious Mini Operas

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 05th, 2024

    The world premiere of “Five Ways to Die” took place at HERE in New York. If the subject is “death,” it must be an opera. Tosa jumps to her death from the walls of  Castel Sant'Angelo. Aida and her lover die in an airless Egyptian tomb. La Traviata coughs herself to death in a Parisian garret.  Defying death, all these women sing marvelously.  We suspend disbelief, carried away by gorgeous tunes. Experiments in Opera, a successful and innovative company, takes a different approach.

  • Guillaume Guillon-Lethière at Clark Art Instiute

    Long Forgotten Academic Artist in Project with the Louvre

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 02nd, 2024

    Though long forgotten, gigantic works by the academic painter Guillaume Guillon-Lethière have been hiding in plain sight at the Louvre. Installed in the 1830s they flank the walls of the museum's gift shop. That will be removed when the first ever major retrospective of the artist moves from Williamstown to Paris. He was born to a plantation owner and slave woman in Guadeloupe. In his day he was respected but less so with time until now. The Clark exhibition makes a less than compelling case for his reevaluation. With more large signature works the Louvre show may better state his case.

  • Centennial of Surrealism

    An Enduring Presence

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 02nd, 2024

    The vibrant anti art movement Dada fizzled in Paris in 1922. A number of its exponents, artists and writers, regrouped with the launch of Surrealism just two years later. It broke out in Paris with competing manifestos published by Andre Breton and Yvan Goll. They each led rival factions but the more aggressive Breton prevailed. It proved to be the ,most popular and sustained movement of modernism. There are numerous current exhibitions celebrating its legacy.

  • Camille A. Brown at Jacob's PIllow

    Received the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award in 2016,

    By: Pillow - Jul 02nd, 2024

    “It is a thrill to welcome Camille A. Brown back to the Pillow, this time for the world premiere of I AM,” said Jacob’s Pillow Executive and Artistic Director Pamela Tatge. “Since she received the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award in 2016, she has seen a meteoric rise as a choreographer and director of opera and Broadway productions, from her stunning work on Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, to her Tony nominated work this year on the Alicia Keys musical Hell’s Kitchen. 

  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: 50th Anniversary

    Gender Bending at Jacob's Pillow

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 01st, 2024

    Jacob's Pillow launched the 2024 season with serious fun. It's been ten years since the all male, gender bending Trocs have visited Pillow. Remarkably the renowned company is celebrating 50 years of artful parody. Raucous laughter and applause filled the Ted Shawn Theatre.

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