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  • ATCA at Sardi’s

    Critics Lunch with Broadway Stars

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 07th, 2018

    The stars came out in droves for the annual luncheon with critics at Sardi's the show bis watering hole. Sixteen individuals representing thirteen current plays broke bread with the scribes.

  • Thousand Pines, at Westport Country Playhouse

    World Premiere by Matthew Greene

    By: Karen Isaacs - Nov 10th, 2018

    I found this moving and fascinating. As the playwright said, “to be honest, I’d love for this play to stop being ‘relevant.’” Yes, it is a difficult subject but it is handled with such care by all involved that it is well worth seeing.

  • Hungarian State Opera Orchestra

    Terrific Performances of UnusualFfare

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

    The Hungarian National Opera's arrival in New York for a two week stay has been among the more interesting events of this fall season. Unfamiliar operas, unique productions and some vocal discoveries have been made at Lincoln Center. On Monday night, the Opera's orchestra, under the leadership of music director Balász Kocsár came to Carnegie Hall for a marathon concert: its one chance to display a wide variety of orchestral wares.

  • Waiting for Godot by the Druid Theatre

    Lincoln Center's White Light Festival

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 07th, 2018

    Waiting for Godot with the Druid Theater Company graces the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center. It is an evening full of laughs in a bunker. Beckett as a member of the French Resistance had escaped Paris when the Gestapo targeted him. This experience led him to create a new theatrical form after the War.

  • Bringing King Kong to Broadway

    Developing the 20' and 2000 Pound Gorilla in the Room

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 06th, 2018

    During a session of the NY Conference of American Theatre Critics Association we met with creators of the soon to be smash hit musical King Kong. The star of the show stands 20' high, weighs 2000 pounds, and roars with a rage that is absolutely terrifying. He is one very pissed off great ape.

  • Ed Sanders Delivers Annual Olson Lecture

    A Letter from Gloucester

    By: Pippy Giuliano - Nov 06th, 2018

    Our correspondent, Piippy Giuliano, has more arts related news and commentary in another lively Letter from Gloucester. She reports that "Ed Sanders delivered the ninth annual Charles Olson Lecture at the Cape Ann Museum this weekend to a packed crowd." She also atteneded the vernissage of Lost in America featuring work by Susan Erony at Trident Gallery. She marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of Virginia Lee Burton’s classic children’s book, The Little House.

  • Robert Schenkkan's All the Way

    Exploring LBJ's Presidency

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 07th, 2018

    Playwright Robert Schenkkan explores the year from LBJ’s tragic ascension to the presidency through his election in the powerful and fast-paced, Tony Award winning All the Way. Michael Monagle tackles the many facets of President Lyndon Johnson with gusto.

  • St. Thomas Church Presents a New Organ

    Parry, Janacek, Poulenc, Bernstein and Barber Featured

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 05th, 2018

    St. Thomas Church in New York is introducing its magnificent new organ with a series of concerts. A recent program of ferociously reverent music displayed the grand instrument in all its glory. The Choir of Men and Boys was joined by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Sara Cutler was featured on the harp, soprano soloist Hyesang Park, and Benjamin Sheen on the brand new organ.

  • Happy Birthday, Wanda June

    Kurt Vonnegut Off Broadway

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 06th, 2018

    If you’re a Kurt Vonnegut reader, Happy Birthday, Wanda June will sound familiar. If you’re in New York, or can get there by November 29, you have the chance to see this wacky dark satire of American culture and America’s propensity for war and death, filtered through Vonnegut’s mad genius lens

  • Hungarian State Opera Arrives in New York

    Superb Company Offers Seldom Heard Masterpieces

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 06th, 2018

    The Hungarian State Opera is a company full of talented artists whose work has not been presented to American audiences, unless they are fortunate enough to have visited Buda and Pest, and cities throughout the country that presents opera all the time, everywhere. The troop is in New York for two weeks, presenting opera, their orchestra and also dance, for which the Hungarians are famous.

  • Satyagarha by Philip Glass at BAM

    Folkoperan / Cirkus Cirkör Add to the Meditation

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 01st, 2018

    The Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music is presenting Philip Glass' Satyagraha at the Harvey Theater in Brooklyn. Not every opera can be mounted by a circus troop, but the forms are complimentary. When they meld, as they do here, it is a thrilling evening of theater. Folkoperan / Cirkus Cirkör from Sweden brings a matching visual rhythm and pace to the classical forms of Glass and extend our sense of this meditation on pacifism

  • Kurt Vonnegut at 59E59 Theaters

    Brian Katz Adapts Mother Night for the Stage

    By: Rachel de Aragon - Oct 30th, 2018

    Brian Katz' adaptation and direction of Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night puts the infernal specters of WWII on the stage at 59E59 Theaters. It is produced by The Custom Made Theatre Company with Executive Producers William & Ruth Isenberg and Leah Abrams, and Producer Jay Yamada. We find ourselves witnesses to the conscience of an American born-German playwright Howard W. Campbell, (Gabriel Grilli), who has spent his youth in Germany writing propaganda for the the Third Reich.

  • Tughan Sokhiev at the New York Philharmonic

    Formerly Relatively Unknown

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Oct 30th, 2018

    Prior to this week, the Russian conductor Tughan Sokhiev was an unknown quantity at the New York Philharmonic. Currently music director of the Bolshoi Theater and the Orchestre Nationale du Capitole de Toulouse, he made his debut on the podium at David Geffen Hall, armed with a triptych of works from his native land by Borodin, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.

  • Charles Wuorinen's 80th at the Guggenheim

    Goeyvaerts String Quartet Performs at Works & Process

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 30th, 2018

    In celebration of his 80th birthday, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presented Charles Wuorinen's two String Trios, composed fifty years apart. In conversation before and between the superb performances of the Goeyvaerts String Trio, whose take on his work was praised by the composer, Wuorinen commented on his state of mind and ear at the time of the first composition. The Second String Trio is a world premiere commissioned by Works & Process.

  • Marnie at the Metropolitan Opera

    Nico Muhly's North American Premier

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 26th, 2018

    Nico Muhly’s third opera, his second for the Metropolitan Opera, has its North American premiere this month and next. Muhly states clearly that when he was approached by director Michael Mayer about making the book Marnie into an opera, he was intrigued. At the end of opera, one wonders what happened to the screenplay of Alfred Hitchcock’s film based on the book.

  • Exploring Spectacular Biltmore (Wine Included)

    Vanderbilt's Chateau Near Asheville

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Oct 27th, 2018

    The Biltmore Estate, near Asheville, North Carolina, is a 250 room mansion that opened on Christmas Eve, 1895. The Vanderbilts lived there until 1930, when the property was opened to the public. Presently, it is the state's top tourist attraction and home to a vineyard and winery that produces close to a million bottles a year.

  • Arabella at San Francisco Opera

    By Richard Strauss with Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

    By: Victor Cordell - Oct 26th, 2018

    Arabella does not artistically match the model it targeted, Der Rosenkavalier, nor does it replicate the earlier work’s market success. Despite some issues with this opera, it certainly deserves its place in the repertoire.

  • One Night In Miami

    Kemp Powers Play On South Beach

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 28th, 2018

    Historic Night in Segregated Miami is depicted in One Night in Miami. Miami New Drama opens its season with Kemp Powers poet play featuring familiar real life, historical characters. In Powers' play, Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke, Malcolm X and Jim Brown spend a night at a Miami hotel when the city was segregated.

  • Campania Historical Ties Motivate Villa Raiano

    Irpinia Terroir

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Nov 01st, 2018

    The Basso family from Avellino in Campania is motivated by the area of the world that they live in. The terroir and history of Campania, with its seaside of the Amalfi Coast, its pizza from Naples and the buffalo milk that is responsible for mozzarella di bufala has historical significance. Villa Raiano believes in the past and is now growing in the future with young family members taking over the daily grind at the vineyard.

  • The Drowsy Chaperone at Goodspeed

    Fun on the Run

    By: Karen Isaacs - Oct 25th, 2018

    You may not recognize the title or know much about the show; it arrived quietly on Broadway in April 2006 and immediately captured multiple Tony award nominations. It won for best book and best score but was beat out for Outstanding Musical by Jersey Boys.

  • Dancing Lessons by Mark St. Germain

    Produced by Center Repertory Theatre

    By: Victor Cordell - Oct 27th, 2018

    Despite the limits of 90 minutes, two characters, and mostly one room, Dancing Lessons covers a lot of ground. It’s about relationships and truth. A script full of laughs and things to think about; great direction by Joy Carlin and fine creative elements by her team; plus two terrific performances yield an entertaining evening.

  • Detroit Then and Now

    Soaring Spaces and Gracious Rooms of Motown

    By: Susan Cohn - Oct 27th, 2018

    Downtown Detroit has been the business heart of the city since the 1850s, expressing prosperity in structures like the 40-story Guardian Building, a 1929 Art Deco skyscraper. The soaring structure with its 632-foot high spire earned the nickname Cathedral of Finance, but its purpose was all business, and during World War II it even served as the U.S. Army Command Center for war time production.

  • Bernhardt/Hamlet by Theresa Rebeck

    Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t

    By: Karen Isaacs - Oct 27th, 2018

    Bernhardt/Hamlet is a new play by Theresa Rebeck that tries to capture both Bernhardt and comment on our modern era. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

  • Jeffery Hatcher's Holmes and Watson

    At North Coast Repertory Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 23rd, 2018

    North Coast Rep artistic director David Ellenstein has a penchant for selecting interesting plays for his theatre audiences. With his selection of playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s new drama/mystery “Holmes & Watson”, and as the director of this clever play, Ellenstein subliminally tosses out a gentle unstated challenge to his patrons.

  • Admissions Near Miami

    First Regional Production of Joshua Harmon Play

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 22nd, 2018

    Coral Gables' GableStage is the first regional theater to mount Joshua Harmon's explosive 'Admissions.' A palpable urgency, tension hovers over the stage in this triumphant production. 'Admissions' is a highly complex, yet taut satire covering topics such as affirmative action.

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