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  • North Adams Down Street Art

    Again: August 30 / September 27

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Aug 14th, 2018

    Since 2008 North Adams' DownStreet Art celebrations have become a monthly summer-time destination for Berkshire residents and visitors alike. Serious, fun, cultural activities and art mix and match during this day. The celebrations have always happened on the last Thursday of the month.

  • Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900

    Revisionist Exhibition at Clark Art Institute

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 16th, 2018

    Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900, is an ambitious, scholarly but problematic exhibition at the Clark Art Institute. It has been drawing large crowds and ends on 3 September.

  • West Side Story at Barrington Stage Company

    Smash Hit Celebrates Bernstein's Centennial

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 15th, 2018

    Barrington Stage Company produced West Wide Story eleven years ago and now celebrating the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein. In 2013 Barrington sents its production of Bernstein's On the Town to Broadway. With three productions in such a short span it's clear that artistic director, Julianne Boyd, views Bernstein as a bankable winner. Yet again, audiences agree with a sold out run in Pittsfield.

  • Mark Morris at Mostly Mozart

    Dancing Against the Current

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

    Mostly Mozart presents the Mark Morris Dance Group, accompanied by three excellent chamber and vocal music performances.

  • The Fresh Grass 2018 Festival

    Three Days Of Bluegrass Music

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 17th, 2018

    MASS MoCA, in North Adams, Massachusetts, prepares for its annual bluegrass festival, Fresh Grass. This years, three day event takes place from the 14th to 16th of September, on the grounds where art, music, dance and film thrive. .

  • MASS MoCA Announces The Fall Line-up

    Art, Music and Theater Highlight Fall Season

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 16th, 2018

    Museum Director Joseph Thompson and Director of Performing Arts, Sue Killam, announced the MASS MoCA 2018 fall line-up. The variety of events includes experimental theater, music, word and comedy in North Adams..

  • Dangerous House by Jen Silverman

    Powerful World Premiere at WTF

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 12th, 2018

    Anchoring the season of Nikos Stage at Williamstown Theatre Festival is Dangerous House a riveting social justice drama. It took years and multiple drafts for Jen Silverman to polish a harrowing play set during the World Cup in South Africa. It focuses on the systemic rape and murder of lesbians. There was indiffernce to these crimes in the black community on the part of government and the police.

  • Come To South Florida's Cabaret

    Iconic Musical In Suburban Miami

    By: Aaron Krause - Aug 14th, 2018

    Area Stage Company's Cabaret reminds us of turmoil in today's world. Respected South Florida theater company scores a triumph with a vivacious mounting of Kander and Ebb's classic. ASC's interpretation of the 1998 Broadway revival runs through Aug. 26.

  • Limon Dance Company

    Celebrating Its 70th Year at Jacob's Pillow.

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 13th, 2018

    “A gesture, be it a leap, turn, run, fall, or walk, is only as beautiful, as powerful, as eloquent as its inner source. . . Purify, magnify, and make noble that source. You stand naked and revealed. Who are you? What are you? Who, what do you want to be? What is your spiritual caliber?” José Limón. This past week Jacob's Pillow celebrated the 70th anniversary of the company he founded.

  • Detroit Is Open for Business

    The Once-Bankrupt City Blooms

    By: Anne Siegel - Aug 14th, 2018

    Here is only a small sampling of new places to eat and stay during a Detroit business trip – or any trip, for that matter. The city has dedicated itself to “coming alive” again, and there’s ample evidence that they’ve made a good start.

  • The Originalist at 59E59 Theaters

    Una Lagrima Furtiva Hits Home

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 12th, 2018

    Antonin Scalia is the subject of The Originalist, a powerful play by John Strand and directed by Molly Smith. It is presented by Middle Finger Productions in association with the Arena Stage and running at 59E59 Theaters. Edward Gero brings Scalia to life.

  • Summer Shorts at 59E59 Theaters

    Searching for Love

    By: Rachel de Aragon - Aug 11th, 2018

    Humor and pathos are gracefully layered in three shorts; The Plot by Claire Zajdel, Ibis by Eric Lane and Sparing Partner by Neil Labute. Crisply written and acted, all three plays convey a poignant sense of the parallel truths that inform our desire to love and be loved. Through religion, films, and the ever possible aspirations of our childhood remembrances, we create parallel truths that the characters ask us to indulge.

  • The Member of the Wedding

    Williamstown Revises Carson McCullers Play

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 10th, 2018

    It took five years for Carson McCullers to write the novel The Member of the Wedding published in 1946. She adapted it for stage with a January 5, 1950 Broadway opening and 501 performances. It was produced by Young Vic in London in 2007. It has been revised by Williamstown Theatre Festival.

  • The Fabulous Lipitones in Pittsfield

    By John Markus and Mark St. Germain

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 11th, 2018

    Whitney Center for the Arts presents the Berkshire Premiere of The Fabulous Lipitones by John Markus and Mark St. Germain, a fully staged Musical, directed by Monica Bliss and Musical Director Jeff Hunt with Choreographer Ruslan Sprague, August 10-19th.

  • Barefoot in the Park

    Neil Simon at San Diego's Old Globe

    By: Jack Lyons - Aug 11th, 2018

    The author of some 60 plays, screenplays, and three novels over the years, Simon, at 91-years of age, still takes pen to paper (probably a yellow-lined legal pad). San Diego’s renowned Old Globe Theatre is currently staging one of Simons’ earlier, highly successful and blisteringly funny romantic comedy plays “Barefoot in the Park”; seamlessly and smartly directed by Jessica Stone.

  • Constellations Collide In South Florida

    New City Players Closes Season with Nick Payne Play

    By: Aaron Krause - Aug 10th, 2018

    Ft. Lauderdale's New City Players concludes season with a mixed-bag production of Constellations.Actors are convincingly sweet, touching and argumentative in play about the multiverse and quantum mechanics. Skillful lighting and sound effects help make New City Players' production riveting.

  • Cabaret Artist Sydney Weisman Back Stage

    Who Put the Chutzpah in Broadway?

    By: Jack Lyons - Aug 11th, 2018

    Cabaret artist Sydney Weisman provides a wonderful musical journey well worth listening to with songs written by the Royalty of Broadway: The Gershwin Brothers, George and Ira, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Irving Berlin, Dorothy Fields, Frank Loesser, Kurt Weill, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and a host of other iconic musical giants of Broadway’s music.

  • Bridget Kibbey at The Angel's Share

    A Unison Green-Wood Concert in Brooklyn

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 09th, 2018

    Andrew Ousley continues to present top musical talent in unusual but intriguing settings in Manhattan and Brooklyn. On a dark and stormy night, an audience of new music appreciators were captivated by the prospect of whiskey in a cemetery followed by a walk through beautiful grounds and an ineffably beautiful concert in the Catacombs of the land marked Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

  • Intimate Musica Marin

    A Conversation With Kahn and Furr

    By: Victor and Karin Cordell - Aug 11th, 2018

    Musica Marin, with four years of producing chamber music for audiences of 60-80 guests in residential settings makes a big leap. September 21-23, 2018, they present the inaugural Musica Marin Festival in beautiful Tiburon and Belvedere. We had a chance to talk with Founder and Artistic Director Ruth Ellen Kahn and Culinary Director Mark Furr about the exciting event.

  • Amarone Loves Corvina

    Dried, Pressed Grapes

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 07th, 2018

    Certain grape varietals dominate the consistency of certain wines. The marriage of the Corvina grape, after drying for four months, then pressed, create a wine that is full of depth, flavor and unlike other wines. That wine is Amarone.The grape, Corvina, is what makes Amarone special. This article deals with that.

  • Hand to God at TheatreWorks

    Rude, Raunchy, and Riotously Funny

    By: Karen Isaacs - Aug 08th, 2018

    The promotional material says that “you’ve been warned – This play is rated R for rude, raunchy, and riotously funny!” Certainly it is both of the first two; how funny you find it will depend on your sense of humor and your view about religious jokes

  • Mata Hari at West Edge Opera

    By Matt Marks and Paul Peers

    By: Victor Cordell - Aug 08th, 2018

    Opera permits some amount of spoken dialogue, often resulting in a reclassification of the piece, as opera buffa or operetta. Here, the title character, Mata Hari, is a spoken role. Unfortunately, supertitles are not provided for the spoken word, and many details of the story are unnecessarily lost to audience members who can’t hear all of the dialogue clearly.

  • Teatro Nuovo's Bel Canto at SUNY Purchase

    Thunderbolts Out of the Blue

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 07th, 2018

    Will Crutchfield’s Bel Canto operas were always a highlight of the Caramoor season. He has now moved to the Performing Arts Center at Purchase, which offers more space, closer to New York. His inaugural program unfolding over 10 days, offered a master class and smaller concerts interspersed with the semi-staged productions of three operas.

  • The Petrified Forest By Robert Sherwood

    !935 Gangster Play Revived by Berkshire Theatre Group

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 05th, 2018

    During the 1930s in media, movies and popular culture gangasters and bank robbers were regarded as Robin Hood folk heroes. That's a theme of this revival of Robert Sherwood's depression era drama The Petrified Forest. It is being given an entertaining production by Berkshire Theatre Group.

  • The Way the Mountain Moved

    By Idris Goodwin at Oregon Shakespeare Festiva

    By: Victor Cordell - Aug 08th, 2018

    he Way the Mountain Moved is situated in Utah, a crossroads of the west and the state in which the eastbound and westbound building of track would meet in 1869. Leland Stanford would drive the golden spike of completion at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory in 1869.

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