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  • Into the Woods Launches Barrington's 25th Season.

    Sixth Production of a Stephen Sondheim Musical

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 23rd, 2019

    Barrington Stage always front ends an enticing musical. For the sixth time it's Stephen Sondeim. Into the Woods, with James Lapine, launches the 25th season on the Boyd-Quinson Main Stage in Pittsfield.

  • Leo Mazzeo Photographs MASS MoCA

    The Night Watch

    By: Leo Mazzeo - Jun 24th, 2019

    Working the night shift as a security guard at MASS MoCA has inspired Leo Mazzeo to use his cell phone to make images. They are shared with a growing fan base through Instagram. Here is a stunning sample of these night visions.

  • One-Act Plays at Ensemble Studio Theatre

    Series C Superb

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 23rd, 2019

    The five One-Act plays presented by Ensemble Studio Theatre, Series C, are a crowning achievement in this 37th Annual event.

  • Basquiat x Warhol at The School

    Summer Exhibition in Kinderhook New York

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 22nd, 2019

    The Swiss dealer, Bruno Bischofberger commissioned a collaboration between Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol as well as Francesco Clemente. The project with Clemente fizzled by thrived with the other two artists. The dealer would purchase between sixty and eighty of their works together. The project wasn't completed but eight works from the series are on view at The School in Kinderhook New York. There are some hundred works by the artists on view, Saturdays, through early September.

  • Richard Thompson at Tanglewood

    With '60s British Band Fairport Convention

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 22nd, 2019

    Richard Thompson has been in the music limelight for over 50 years. His British background and love of anything Scottish, prose wise, music wise or lyric wise, has helped this former member of the '60s band, Fairport Convention catapult his career to a new generation.

  • America v. 2.1. at Barrington Stage Company

    Award Winning Play by Stacey Rose

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 21st, 2019

    The award winning play, America v. 2.1. The Sad Demise and Eventual Extinction of the American Negro, by Stacey Rose is a tough evening of theatre at Barrington Stage Company. It is the inaugural winner of The Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award, a new national play contest at BSC. The playwright has absorbed the spectrum of avant-garde theatre and deflected it as a timely theatrical screed about racism in America, past, present and future.

  • Rusalka by Antonín Dvorák

    Produced by San Francisco Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Jun 22nd, 2019

    This production shows Rusalka in all its glory. Yet the opera is not often performed in this country, despite the resurgence of Czech opera. The clock time, a little excessive at 3:40 including intermissions, poses many additional costs and burdens.

  • Stonewall the Opera, World Premiere

    Iain Bell and Mark Campbell with NY City Opera

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 22nd, 2019

    Stonewall, an opera by Iain Bell with libretto by Mark Campbell, had its world premiere at the New York City Opera. The work was commissioned as part of a commitment by NYCO to produce an LGBT Opera during Pride Month every year. It is a triumph for the artists and the company.

  • O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars

    At the Irish Repertory Theatre

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 21st, 2019

    A superb production of Sean O’Casey’s play, The Plough and the Stars, concludes the Irish Repertory Theatre’s O’Casey cycle. Charlotte Moore directs this subtly textured staging, deploying all the tools her theatre and actors have honed over the years.

  • Come From Away in Miami

    National Equity Tour Of Popular Musical

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 20th, 2019

    Come From Away renews our faith in the human race. The popular Broadway musical demonstrates people's innate capacity for kindness. An invigorating equity national touring production is playing in Miami.

  • Dropping Gumballs, a World Premiere

    Theresa Rebeck Directs Rob Ackerman's Play

    By: Rachel de Aragon - Jun 20th, 2019

    Working Theater Presents the World Premier of Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson by Rob Ackerman , directed by Theresa Rebeck. The Working Theater's Mark Present is the producing artistic director and Laura Carbonell Monarque the managing director bring us a play which is true the the vision and mission of the company. Stories reflect a diverse population of the working majority, acknowledging their complexity by creating theater of interest to working people.

  • Skeleton Crew at Westport

    Dominique Morriseau’s Detroit Trilogy

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jun 19th, 2019

    This was the last of the plays both in time period and when it was written. It seems that Skeleton Crew is less dependent on the influences of August Wilson and Lorraine Hansberry than the other works. Morrisseau seems more sure of herself in this work.

  • Phenomenal Nature at Met Breuer

    Mrinalini Mukherjee, Sculptor

    By: Brigitte Bentele - Jun 17th, 2019

    Phenomenal Nature, the first American retrospective of the remarkable sculptures of Indian artist, Mrinalini Mukherjee, will be on display at the Met Breuer until September 29 and is well worth viewing.

  • Queen of Conspiracy World Premiere

    Josh Hartwell Delivers at Miners Alley Playhouse

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 17th, 2019

    Leo Mateo, the artistic and Executive Director of the Miners Alley Playhouse, is a fan of the podcast form. One day, he heard about Mae Brussell, a prominent conspiracy theorist who lived from 1922-1988. Her radio broadcasts were extremely popular. She dove into JFK’s murder, giving herself as a birthday present 26 volumes of the Warren Commission report. Her life and impact are explored in Josh Hartwell's highly entertaining and provocative new play.

  • Chris Thile At Tanglewood

    A Musical, Comedic Extravaganza

    By: Philip S. Kampe and Maria Reveley - Jun 16th, 2019

    Garrison Keillor and 'A Prairie Home Companion' are out to pasture. Chris Thile, successor and host of 'Live From Here' made their second appearance at Koussevitzky Music Shed in Lenox, Massachusetts. The musical, comedic, live radio show on American Public Media radio stations featured Thile and his back-up band of musicians, a female trio, a comedian and a pianist-composer-singer from Hudson, New York.

  • Paul Pelkonen of Superconductor

    Recalling a Brilliant Music Critic

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 17th, 2019

    Paul Pelkonen, a brilliant critic, died suddenly of heart failure at the age of 46. Paul was one of the great pleasures of reporting on music. He loved it as much as anyone could, and knew more about it than most people. His taste was impeccable.

  • Fourth Annual Faerie Festival

    Best So Far for North Adams Event

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 16th, 2019

    The fourth annual Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival, Saturday, June 15 in North Adams, was the best so far. It takes time to develop an event and get the word out. For the first time there was a full parking lot and long line when the fanciful gate opened at 10 AM. There was a full schedule of family activites for the next twelve hours.

  • Reading by Berkshire Author Steve Nelson

    Get Lit Wine Bar @ The Bookstore, Lenox, MA

    By: Steve Nelson - Jun 16th, 2019

    In 1967-68 Steve Nelson was the manager of the legendary rock and blues club The Boston Tea Party, and later ran The Woodrose Ballroom in western Mass. In his memoir Gettin’ Home: An Odyssey Through the ‘60s, he recalls the long and winding journey which took him from high in the Andes to become the foremost producer/promoter of concerts by The Velvet Underground. He will read from his book and chat about those times on Thursday, June 20 at 5:30.

  • Gabrielle Barzaghi: The Tzar’s Children

    Gloucester’s Trident Gallery

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 14th, 2019

    Trident Gallery in Gloucester is presenting Gabrielle Barzaghi: The Tzar’s Children. There will be a discussion wth the figurative /narrative artist on Sunday, June 16, at 4 PM.

  • Experiencing Barbara Hannigan

    Ojai Music Director 2019

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 13th, 2019

    As a conductor, Barbara Hannigan is full of physical energy and a dynamic beat. Listening to her sing and conduct feels intimate, intuitive, and collaborative. Bowled over by Hannigan’s deep musicality, her sense of the proper degree of vibrato is often overlooked. She has just the right amount of delicate breath in each note, giving the slightest hint of texture to a smooth and pure line. One’s sense of this may be a matter of taste, but the style suits the music she chooses to sing.

  • Sweet Texas Reckoning

    Award Winning Play by Traci Godfrey at Artemisia

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 14th, 2019

    The play won Artemisia’s 2016 Fall Festival of new play readings. Julie Proudfoot has been working with Traci Godfrey since then to refine the play for Artemisia, which is dedicated to new feminist plays that center on women who own their own narratives.

  • A Walk in the Woods

    North Coast Repertory Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 13th, 2019

    Playwright Lee Blessing, back in 1988, debuted his fact-based drama “A Walk in the Woods,” about two arms negotiators; one American John Honeyman (J.Todd Adams) and one Russian Andrey Botvinnik (David Ellenstein), is now wowing audiences at North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach, CA.

  • A Bronx Tale

    Touring Production of Broadway Musical

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 12th, 2019

    A Bronx Tale's heart and humor makes this crowd pleasing musical a worthy afternoon or night at the theater. An equity national touring production is playing in Ft. Lauderdale through later this month. Loyalty, family and trust are some of the themes examined in A Bronx Tale.

  • Ojai Festival Magic Making 2019

    Thomas W. Morris and Barbara Hannigan

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 12th, 2019

    The Ojai Music Festival in California is almost 75 years old. In this magical setting an hour and a half north of Los Angeles, music making is very much here and now. Each year, an artistic director selects a music director and works with her to program four days of performance, talk and film screenings. While coming for one program undoubtedly gives pleasure, the maximum effect of this festival is to be had by immersion. This is not your ordinary concert program. One performance follows another by design and relationships become more clear as the days pass.

  • Kit Steinkellner’s Ladies

    Boston Court Theatre, in Pasadena

    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 12th, 2019

    The story is based on The Blue Stocking Society of 1750 London. It was a society of creative, sophisticated, and educated women; women who came together to discuss literature, philosophy, and art in their London homes. They sought to bring the conversations and opinions of the day that were happening in the men’s private clubs and coffee houses into the parlor room where women could participate as well.

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