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  • Lang Lang Soars at Tanglewood

    Triumphant Return for Injured Pianist

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 07th, 2018

    Since April, 2017 the superstar pianist, Lang Lang, has been recovering from an injury to his left arm. In a scheduling coup he returned to performing last night during Opening Night of the BSO's 2018 season at Tanglewood., He was adored by the audience which was rewarded by sublime encore of Copin. Andris Nelsons conducted an evening of Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

  • Van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic

    A Beethoven Prelude to Action

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Jul 05th, 2018

    With all the secrecy that surrounds the arrival of a new music director for America's oldest orchestra, one must rely on live performances and recorded documentation to assess such a relationship. Happily, such documentation arrived earlier this year in the form of a DeccaGold recording of Beethoven's Fifth and Seventh Symphonies, made by the New York Philharmonic under the aegis of its new boss, Jaap van Zweden.

  • Universal Robots by Mac Rogers

    Based on Karel Cepek's1921 Sci Fi Play

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 07th, 2018

    In 1921, Czech playwright Karel Capek wrote a seminal science fiction work set in contemporary time entitled Rossum’s Universal Robots. It introduced chilling possibilities of an out-of-control future. In it was coined the very word robot (robota in Czech). Mac Rogers’s revision updates that work by a generation to include the rise of Hitler and World War II.

  • End of The Royal Family of Broadway

    NY Times Review Spikes Barrington Stage Production

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 06th, 2018

    The Barrington Stage world premiere of the musical Royal Family of Broadway has earned mostly positive reviews. It has been treated as a work in progress potentially bound for Broadway. The team assembled for this production have been there before. Because of a devastating review by Jesse Green in the New York Times that may not happen. While Green is an established, and well qualified critic, is it the role of the Times to nip in the bud regional productions being developed for a run in New York?

  • $400,000 Raised At S & Co. Gala

    50,000 School Children and Actors Benefit

    By: Philip S. Kampe & Maria Reveley - Jul 06th, 2018

    For Forty years, Shakespeare & Company have proved to the locals what theater is about. Benefactors, galore, turned out in droves to help the theater company that gives back to the community. An achievement focus about Michael A. Miller was the highlight of the evening that benefited from music from some of the members of the Silkroad Ensemble. A sit-down dinner followed by a local DJ followed.

  • James Taylor Is Alive And Kicking

    Another July 4th At Tanglewood

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 05th, 2018

    The traditional James Taylor July 4th Concert was like a high school reunion. Fans returned to see JT and his All-Star Band at Tanglewood. Yet again he was knee high on the Fourth of July and as corny as Kansas in August.

  • Coming Back Like a Song at Berkshire Theatre Group

    World Premiere of Juke Box Musical

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 04th, 2018

    It's Christmas Eve at the NY apartment of Irving Berlin. He is joined by fellow masters of the Great American Songbook Jimmy Van Heusen and Harold Arlen. With just a piano we get 35 of their songs in Berkshire Theatre Group''s world premiere of Coming Back Like a Song by Lee Kalcheim,

  • Support Group for Men at Goodman Theatre,

    By Melancholic Ellen Fairey

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 05th, 2018

    For 95 minutes, Ellen Fairey explores current social issues and angst from gender identity to aging and loneliness, cultural appropriation, men in crisis and the #metoo movement. This takes place in mid-2017 in a second-floor Wrigleyville apartment above an alley where all sorts of shit happens.

  • The Big D in South Florida

    World Premiere of Comic-Drama near Ft. Lauderdale

    By: Aaron Krause - Jul 03rd, 2018

    The Big D has a dual personality as a play, with some of the material risque and lively, while other moments are tender and tragic. Michael Mizerany's new work is having its world premiere at Wilton Manor's Abyss Theater. Prolific theater artist Ronnie Larsen is directing the play, featuring some strong acting.

  • Knot an Opera by Constantin Basica

    Freshly Squeezed Opera Provokes

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 03rd, 2018

    Knot an Opera is an amusing and provocative presentation by Freshly Squeezed Opera. The company is committed to genre pushing new works of the highest caliber that explore the depths of the opera form.

  • Objects of Desire at Eclipse Mill Gallery

    Larry Alice and Joan Kiley Paired In Evocative Exhibition

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 03rd, 2018

    The special exhibition Objects of Desire pairs whimsical narrative paintings by Joan Kiley with relief sculpture and polychromed assemblages by Larry Alice. There is a confluence and empathy of fantasy and the surreal in work that will be on view in the Eclipse Mill, 243 Union Street, from Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 29. A receptiom will be held on Friday, July 6.

  • The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp

    Williamstown Theatre Festival PremieresTwo Plays

    By: Astrid A. Hiemer - Jul 01st, 2018

    The Williamstown Theatre Festival started its 2018 season with two new plays on June 26/27, both billed as World Premieres. 'The Closet,' a comedy or farce, is presented on the main stage and 'The Sound Inside,' a two person drama, fills Nikos Stage. Mary-Louise Parker plays the protagonist, Bella Baird, and Will Hochman is Christopher Dunn, her 'curious' student.

  • The Closet By Douglas Carter Beane

    PC Gay Themed Satire at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 01st, 2018

    PC or not to be was the question in a world premiere comedy The Closet by Douglas Carter Beane at Williamstrown Theatre Festival. It stars Broadway's Matthew Broderick in his first WTF appearance. He is backed by renowned WTF veterans Jessica Hecht and Brooks Ashmanskas. There was also a breakout performance by Ann Harada.

  • The Bennington Mural Project

    Union Street Mural Unveiled

    By: Chris Buchanan - Jul 03rd, 2018

    In downtown Bennington, a new mural lets local artists shine and brings the community together.

  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night

    O'Neill at Stratford Shakespeare Festival

    By: Herbert Simpson - Jun 29th, 2018

    I’m not sure that Canadian audiences share the idolatry that Americans have for O’Neill. Several Canadian critics gave this performance muted approval and a suggestion that O’Neill is a trifle unconvincing and overdone in this play’s insistent hopelessness.

  • Pilobolus at Jacob’s Pillow

    Taking Nature Back Inside

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 29th, 2018

    Recalling seeing Pilobolus over the years one readily recognized its DNA but with the realization of how it has evolved and remained fresh. Just when you think that you know what Pilobolus is about, with a tool kit and vetted skill set, they do something different. You are challenged to revise and update assumptions as an audience or critic.

  • Tempest at San Diego's Old Gold Theater

    Summer Shakespeare Festival

    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 30th, 2018

    The Old Globe’s prescient Erna Finci Artiti Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, himself a Shakespeare scholar, understands how the hidden magic in Shakespeare’s plays can still inspire and entertain. His tapping of Irish director Joe Dowling to helm the technically challenging Old Globe production of “The Tempest,” is both a stroke of genius and of timing. Dowling ran the famous Guthrie Theatre of Minneapolis for 20 years. Kate Burton leads as Prospera.

  • Everyone's Fine with Viriginia Woolf

    Kate Scelsa Re-constructs Martha at Elevator Repair Service

    By: Rachel de Aragon - Jun 30th, 2018

    Elevator Repair Service is presenting Kate Scelsa's Everyone's Fine with Virginia Woolf. This production at the Abrons Art Center is a re-construction of Martha in Edward Albee's play. Director and company founder John Collins takes us seamlessly back into the world of Albee, Tennessee Williams and Samuel Beckett to deliver an hilarious and scathing 21st century production.

  • World Premiere of Tilikum by Kristiana Rae Colón

    Whale of a Tale at Sideshow Theatre Company

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 02nd, 2018

    “Tilikum, the infamous SeaWorld killer whale, has died.” That was the headline in the Orlando Sentinel on January 6, 2017. Sideshow Theatre’s world premiere production of Tilikum takes the story of that sea creature and creates a poetic, percussive fantasy that demands that we pay attention to a range of social justice issues.

  • Two Mile Hollow's Rolling World Premiere

    At Potrero Stage in San Francisco

    By: Victor Cordell - Jun 30th, 2018

    The producing theater company Ferocious Lotus and playwright Leah Nanako Winkler are on the same wavelength in promoting Asian inclusion in theater. Although the narrative of Two Mile Hollow is about a white family, the pivotal character is Asian played by an Asian, and actors with Asian or Pacific Islanders blood play all of the white roles as well. So add one more brick to the building of ethnic inclusion in the arts.

  • Van, Van the Used Up Man

    Berkshire Museum Director Shields Retires

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 28th, 2018

    In a tersely worded press release, offering no explanation, the Berkshire Museum announces parting ways with its controversial director, Van Shields. He was hired in 2011 and presided over the decline and potential extincton of the museum. His strategy to sell key works from the permanent collection and launch his New Vision was met with protest and global media attention. Some will praise him for "saving" the museum and endowing its future. For others he leaves behind a pariah shunned by other museums. His departure and potenial board restructuring are essential as the museum mends fences and fine tunes drastic plans for renovations and gimmicky reinstallatons.

  • Now + There — Reinterpreting Public Art

    Making the city of Boston An Art City

    Now+There
    By: Mark Favermann - Jun 27th, 2018

    Now+There is the lineal descendant of the Urban Arts Institute. Its mission has expanded to reinforce social justice and environmental concerns with community-involved public art projects. Led by the creative and energetic Kate Gilbert, it works on a variety projects throughout the City of Boston.

  • ICA Launches Watershed in East Boston

    Expansion Shuttles Across the Harbor

    By: Frank Conte - Jun 25th, 2018

    When the ICA opened its new home on the edge of Boston Harbor its fatal flaw was immediately obvious. While praised for dramatic design with development of surrounding towers it was soon hemmed in with no space for expansion. In a bold move it has now reached across the harbor to fast changing East Boston. A former factory has been reconfigured as Watershed. It combines generous exhibiton space with opportunities for meetings, education, and community programming. A long time community activist Frank Conte covers the launch which opens with free admission on July 4.

  • Denver's Museo de las Americas

    Celebrating Era of Pachucos y Sirenas

    By: Susan Cohn - Jun 26th, 2018

    Museo de las Americas, begun in 1992 as one room in a cabinet shop, now occupies a 12,000 sq. ft. building in the heart of Denver's Santa Fe Art District.

  • The Finger Lakes, Gateway To American Wines

    Riesling Rules

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 26th, 2018

    Only hours away from millions of people, the Finger Lakes, located in central New York state, is home to a large wine making population. With over one hundred twenty vineyards, located on or near one of the eleven lakes, the Finger Lakes 'cold climate' wine culture thrives year round, focusing on the Riesling varietal.

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