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  • Come Back, Little Sheba At Huntington's Calderwood Theatre

    A Poignant Story of the American Dream Unmet

    By: Mark Favermann - Apr 16th, 2015

    A play about dreams and desires unmet, it is the story of Doc and Lola Delaney's rather somber middle class life. To make ends meet, they rent a room in their cluttered Midwestern home to Marie, an unapologetic young college student. Her youthful vitality stirs up forgotten dreams and missed opportunities. Directed by David Cromer, this is an intimate and heartrending portrait of a marriage and painful life partnership fading from youthful exuberance to middle age stasis. The acting is superb and the stagecraft is appealing.

  • Cleveland Museum of Art Fine Arts

    Completing a $350 Million Expansion by Rafael Viñoly

    By: Susan Cohn - Apr 16th, 2015

    May 2014 marked the official opening of th Cleveland Museum's new atrium, part of a $350 million dollar expansion designed by award-winning Uruguyan architect, Rafael Viñoly. It is one of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation, with 45,000 objects spanning 6,000 years.

  • Biennale di Venezia 2015 Fine Arts

    Organized by by Okwui Enwezor

    By: Roger D’Hondt - Apr 16th, 2015

    The 56th Biennale of Venice opens on May 9. The Belgian critic Roger D’Hondt offers a preview.

  • Laura Eason at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre

    Right Now Has an Undeniable Sound

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 18th, 2015

    Rattlesnake Plawrights and Womens Project Theater collaborate to present the world premier of Laura Eason's new play. Twenty years ago Eason was a singer, song writer and bass player in a pop band in Chicago. Her band Tart played in venues like Hank's bar the setting of this play. Eason has a deep feeling for the pwoer of music to exist in the right now.

  • Raul Castillo's Chicago World Premiere Theatre

    Between You, Me and the Lampshade at Teatro Vista

    By: Nancy Bishop - Apr 20th, 2015

    Family secrets and dreams are explored in Raul Castillo's Between You, Me and the Lampshade in a world premiere being staged by Teatro Vista. Set in a barren area of Rio Grande County in south Texas, the play addresses immigration issues as well as family tensions.

  • An Unfortunate King and I at Lincoln Center Theatre

    Ken Watanabe, Kingly, Sexy and Touching

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 19th, 2015

    Some moving performances sung beauitfully graced the Lincoln Center stage. Standouts were Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Conrad Ricamora as Lun Tha and Jon Viktor Corpuz as Prince Chulalongkorn. Attempting to make the story more ordinary does not help. It is after all about a King and a son who will be King and a woman of aristocratic bearing who teaches both of them. A stylish idea that requires style.

  • Tony Simotes Part Two Fine Arts

    One Foot Out the Door then Kate Called

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 16th, 2015

    The contract with Milliken University was due to arrive when Kate Maguire called and asked Tony Simotes to meet for breakfast. Racing against the clock and making phone calls she offered him a job as second in commend at Berkshire Theatre Group. Then Tony and Lucy faced the tough decision of turning down tenure, benefits and security to take another challenging but risky job in theatre.

  • The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate Architecture

    Less May Just Be Less At Senatorial Memorial

    By: Mark Favermann - Apr 16th, 2015

    To commemorate the life and service of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a new educational and research institute was recently opened adjacent to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Dorchester Bay overlooking Boston Harbor. Though created by a star architect Rafael Viñoly, the structure is spare and initially uninviting. If such a thing can exist, it is minimalism light.

  • Pygmalion at Pasadena Playhouse Theatre

    Witty Shaw Comedy Skewers Pretentions

    By: Jack Lyons - Apr 08th, 2015

    “Pygmalion”, Shaw’s best known work on this side of the Atlantic shouldn’t be confused with the love child of Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Lowe – “My Fair Lady”.

  • End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer Theatre

    Chicago's New Windy City Playhouse

    By: Nancy S. Bishop - Apr 08th, 2015

    End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer is the first production in the sparkling new Windy City Playhouse in the Irving Park neighborhood. It's a worthy outing for this new Equity theater company.

  • Ogle Winston Link Photographed Steam Locomotives Fine Arts

    Visiting His Roanoke Virginia Museum

    By: Susan Cohn - Apr 08th, 2015

    By 1960, when the transition from steam to diesel was complete, Ogle Winston Link had captured 2400 images. Today, 250 of these dramatic photographs are displayed at the O. Winston Link Museum in the former passenger station of the Norfolk and Western Railway in downtown Roanoke.

  • The Amazing Max Darwin, Magician Theatre

    Conjuring Truth

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 08th, 2015

    No wonder Max packs ‘em in. With an unerring eye for talent and courage, his audience assistants fall into their new role with ease. They all caught the wand tossed to them with the cavalier ease of Yogi Berra.

  • Matthew Teitelbaum New Director of the MFA Fine Arts

    Former ICA Curator Returns to Boston

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 10th, 2015

    From 1989 to 1993 Matthew Teitelbaum was an ICA curator under director Milena Kalinovska. On August 2, after some 22 years at the Art Gallery of Ontario, he will take over as the 11th director of the Museum of Fine Arts. It is anticipated that he will bring a more welcoming management style than the autocratic Malcolm Rogers who cleaned house and instilled fear in the staff under the mantra of One Museum.
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  • Biographer Belinda Rathbone at the Clark Fine Arts

    Free Lecture Sunday, April 26 at 3 pm

    By: Clark - Apr 10th, 2015

    Belinda Rathbone, daughter of Perry Rathbone, the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1955 to 1972, discusses her book The Boston Raphael: A Mysterious Painting, an Embattled Museum in an Era of Change, and a Daughter’s Search for the Truth at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 26 at 3 pm.

  • Ghosts by Ibsen Physicalized by Richard Eyre Theatre

    Leslie Manville, Tender and Tough

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 12th, 2015

    Richard Eyre’s fresh and visceral take on Ghosts brings powerfully to the stage not a play set in the end of the 19th century, but a play which resonates in any time present. The cast matches each other beat for beat.

  • Rebel Winemaker Roberto Anselmi Wine

    Jumps Ship..

    By: Philip Kampe - Apr 13th, 2015

    The story of Winemaker Roberto Anselmi is quite unusual..

  • Wedgewood Ceramics at Birmingham Museum Fine Arts

    Unique Collection in Alabama

    By: Susan Cohn - Apr 14th, 2015

    Within the Birmingham Museum of Art, a charming parquet-floored, yellow-walled gallery contains the largest collection of Wedgwood ceramics in the United States. It consists of some 10,000 pieces thousands of which are displayed.

  • Lisa D’Amour's Airline Highway Theatre

    Chicago's Steppenwolf Production Transfers to Broadway

    By: Nancy Bishop - Apr 14th, 2015

    Lisa D’Amour's Airline Highway begins performances at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on April 1. Directed by Joe Mantello, Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s ensemble production will officially open on April 23. This is Nancy Bishop's Chicago review.

  • Rebecca Gilman Wins Steinberg New Play Award Theatre

    Tom Coash of Atlanta Wins Osborn Award

    By: ATCA - Apr 15th, 2015

    During the recent Humana Festival in Louisville American Theatre Critics Association presented the Steinberg and Osborn awards. Rebecca Gilman won for Luna Gale as the recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2014. The M. Elizabeth Osborn Award, which recognizes emerging playwrights, went to Tom Coash of Atlanta for his play Veils.

  • The Grown-Up at Shattered Globe Theatre. Theatre

    Chicago Production of Jordan Harrison's Play

    By: Nancy S. Bishop - Apr 15th, 2015

    The Grown-Up, Jordan Harrison's 12th play, premiered in 2014 at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre in Louisville. This is its second production.

  • Tony Simotes Conflates Classical and Contemporary Theatre

    Move from S&Co. to Berkshire Theatre Group

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 15th, 2015

    Tony Simotes was summarily ousted from Shakespeare & Company when he got on the wrong side with a micro managing now former board president Sarah Hancock. Significantly, she is a close friend of founding artistic director, Tina Packer, whose vision of the company was very different from Simotes who replaced her. Rick Dildine who was brought in with a mandate for change soon realized the chain of command and hastily departed. In a matter of months the company went from plan B to plan C. When we met with Simotes for a long lunch he was not inclined to sort out those loose ends. He is upbeat about new possibilities as second in command to Kate Maguire and the richly enhanced Berkshire Theatre Group.

  • Machine Age Modernism at the Clark Fine Arts

    Prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection

    By: Clark - Feb 06th, 2015

    The Clark Art Institute will consider the history and politics that inspired many artists working during and between World Wars I and II in the exhibition Machine Age Modernism: Prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection. Inspired by such prewar movements as Futurism and Cubism, and using innovative techniques developed by artists associated with London’s Grosvenor School of Modern Art in the 1930s and 1940s, artists of the Machine Age defied aesthetic and technical conventions in order to convey the vitality of industrial society and changed printmaking in the process. Machine Age Modernism will be on view in the Clark Center February 28–May 17, 2015.
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  • From Port of Los Angeles, CA to Hamburg Harbor, Germany Photography

    From Harbor to Hafen

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Feb 06th, 2015

    The Ports of Los Angeles and Hamburg are two of the busiest and most important harbors around the world. One in the USA, the other one in Europe where I lived nearby for the first 20 years of my life. The word and photo essay allows for a glimpse at both ports. One series of photographs were taken in a matter of minutes, the other one during a visit of Hamburg Harbor in 2011 along memory lane.

  • Lighting Out for Territory Fine Arts

    Group Exhibition at Kimball Jenkins School of Art

    By: Martin Mugar - Mar 01st, 2015

    I have curated a show of painting at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art 266 Main St in Concord,NH(right off I 93). It includes Susan Carr, Martin Mugar, Addison Parks, Paul Pollaro and Jason Travers. It will be up for the Months of March and April.The opening reception is 5-7 on Friday March 14th.

  • Jay Critchley, Incorporated Fine Arts

    Provincetown Art Association and Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 06th, 2015

    Conceptual artist and merry prankster, Jay Critcholey, will have his first museum retrospective at the Provincetown Art Associatrion and Museum from May 1 through June 21. it will present an ove view of three decades of work and residence as a humorous activist in the renowned artists colony. Through his inventive annual events such as Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life Critchley has been instrumental in raising some $4 million for a variety of charities that benefit the community.

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