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  • Frankie’s in Lenox

    Superb Osso Bucco

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 30th, 2023

    Whenever it's on the menu I generally order osso bucco. I have enjoyed it from Palm Beach to Bologna. Even made it from time to time at home. The version at Frankie's in Lenox was among the best ever

  • The Happiest Man on Earth by Mark St. Germain

    World Premiere for Barrington Stage Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 29th, 2023

    Barrington Stage Company presents another world premiere by Mark St Germain on the stage that bears his name. The Happiest Man on Earth is a one-man show based on the holocaust memoir The Happiest Man on Earth published by Eddie Jaku when he was one hundred years old. It is profoundly performed by Kenneth Tigar.

  • Playwright Mark St Germain

    Anthony Hopkins to Star in Freud's Last Session

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 29th, 2023

    Many of Mark St Germain's plays have premiered at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield. One of his most successful was Freud's Last Session with some 200 global productions. Recently he discussed how the play is being filmed in Ireland starring Sir Anthony Hopkins. He also spoke about his new play The Happiest Man on Earth which is having its world premiere at BSC.

  • Topdog/Underdog

    Pulitzer Prize-winning Play at Palm Beach Dramaworks

    By: Aaron Krause - May 30th, 2023

    Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the failure of the Amrerican Dream. A top-notch production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play runs through June 11 at South Florida's Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach. .

  • Rhiannon Giddens Directs at Ojai

    Giddens Tells The Whole Story

    By: Susan Hall - May 29th, 2023

    Each year at the Ojai Festival in California a different Music Director is given the freedom and the resources to imagine four days of musical brainstorming. Ojai’s signature blend of an enchanted setting and an audience voracious in its appetite for challenge and discovery has inspired a distinguished series of musical innovators—from Pierre Boulez, Aaron Copland, and Igor Stravinsky and Jeremy Denk, Dawn Upshaw and Barbara Hannigan.  John Adams has directed twice. 

  • Der fliegende Holländer

    Robert Balonek's Vocal Power As The Dutchman Astounds.

    By: Victor Cordell - May 28th, 2023

    Blessed with soaring romance-style music and a dramatic source from Heinrich Heine’s take on Celtic mythology (influenced in turn by stories of the Wandering Jew), Wagner produced his first operatic masterpiece.  However, he shifted the venue to a Nordic locale more compatible with his desired social iconography.  The composer was particularly empathetic toward the title character as he identified with the isolation and persecution suffered, creating a highly engaging opera centered on this desolate soul.

  • Tracy Jones

    National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

    By: Aaron Krause - May 27th, 2023

    The new comedy "Tracy Jones" is running at the Ft. Lauderdale-area's Island City Stage as the last leg of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. "Tracy Jones," by Stephen Kaplan, is about a lonely woman who throws a party for every other woman in her state also named Tracy Jones. The play highlights loneliness and the human need for connection. .

  • Let The Right One In

    Intelligent Vampire Story With Interesting Twists But Inconsistent Tone.

    By: Victor Cordell - May 26th, 2023

    Rather than a simple blood-sucking horror, the play focuses largely on the relationship between Oskar, a bullied teenage boy from a broken home with a drunken mother and a largely neglectful father, and Eli, a new neighbor - who possesses an androgynous look; acts mostly like a girl; but insists that she’s not a girl, with no further explanation.

  • (Not Entirely) Black and White, by Nelson and Fried

    Show at the Eclipse Mill Gallery, North Adams, MA

    By: Astrid Hiemer - May 20th, 2023

    This exhibition in North Adams ends on May 29 and so we also introduce the Old Stone Mill Center in Adams, MA, on Rt. 8, outside of downtown, direction to S. Adams. Both are worth a visit!

  • Gypsy at Goodspeed

    Solid But Not Outstanding Production

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 26th, 2023

    This classic musical was originally written specifically for Ethel Merman, a huge Broadway star, by Jule Styne (music), Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and Arthur Laurents (book). It was loosely based on the autobiography of Gypsy Rose Lee, the stripper/actress/writer.

  •  Barrington Stage Company Gala 2023

    Taylor Mac Hosts Night at the Kit Kat Club

    By: BSC - May 25th, 2023

     Hosted by MacArthur Genius-Award-winning playwright, director, and performance artist Taylor Mac, BSC’s Gala will transport attendees to the pre-war Berlin Kit Kat Club for an evening of pleasure featuring a cabaret lineup that will include burlesque artist Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co.

  • Williamstown Theatre Festival Off Limits for Critics

    No Coverage Allowed This Summer

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 24th, 2023

    The once fabled Williamstown Theatre Festival, under interim artistic director Jenny Gersten, has cut back this season.

  • Nor’easter: Paintings by Terry Ekasala, Rick Harlow, and Craig Stockwell

    At The Bundy Modern, Waitsfield VT

    By: Bundy - May 24th, 2023

    Most years, we in New England experience massive storms called Nor’easter’s. In the winter months these epic events usually stop everything for a few days while we dig our way out of snow drifts and wait for electricity to resume. As artists, we relish any reason to stop in our tracks, slow time, and experience stillness.

  • Tan Dun Conducts TON

    Rose Theater in New York Becomes an Aviary

    By: Susan Hall - May 24th, 2023

    Tan Dun became famous for his Academy Award-winning track for Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger.  A crossover classical composer who grew up in the country in China, and had not heard Beethoven until he was eighteen, he has made a career, merging East and West, using the conventions and tonalities of each culture.  This merger is most effective in his operas, symphonies and concertos.

  • David Auburn's Summer, 1976 on Broadway

    Laura Linney and Jessica Hecht

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 23rd, 2023

    Diana (Laura Linney) and Alice (Jessica Hecht) are mothers of 5-year-old daughters; it is summer in Columbus, Ohio and both are connected to The Ohio State University.

  • This Unique Place: Paintings and Drawings of Jeff Weaver

    Stunning Exhibition at Cape Ann Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 21st, 2023

    As a painter Jeff Weaver is a man for all seasons. Some of the most engaging works are winter scenes. It’s the Gloucester that tourists never see. He creates meticulous paintings of weathered, storm battered, Gloucester commercial and residential landmarks. The works document vintage images of a working port and fishing community undergoing a change to an economy based on tourism and a glut of generic condos.

  • New Publication from MFA

    America Goes Modern: The Rise of the Industrial Designer by Nonie Gadsden with Kate Lanford Joy

    By: Mark Faveremann - May 19th, 2023

    In a thoughtful introduction, Gadsden makes her case for Modernism, and then hones in on five wonderfully talented but quite different trailblazing industrial designers: Paul T. Frankl (1886-1958), Donald Deskey (1894-1989), Viktor Schreckengost (1906-2008), Harley J. Earl (1893-1969), and Belle Kogan (1902-2000).

  • Casting for William Finn's New Brain

    Barrington Stage Company  in Association with Williamstown Theatre Festival

    By: BSC - May 18th, 2023

    A New Brain features music and lyrics by BSC Associate Artist William Finn (BSC: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Royal Family of Broadway), book by Finn and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner James Lapine (Broadway: Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George), and direction by BSC Associate Artist Joe Calarco (BSC: Waiting for Godot, Into the Woods, Ragtime), with music direction by Vadim Feichtner (BSC: The Royal Family of Broadway; Broadway: Falsettos, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and choreography by Chloe O. Davis (Paradise Square).

  • Cast For Summer Season

    Shakespeare & Company’s 46th Season,

    By: S&Co - May 18th, 2023

    The Season opens May 26 with Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise, with David Gow and Zoya Martin, outdoors in The Roman Garden Theatre.

  • Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend

    Vocalists Roberta Donnay and Alexis Cole

    By: Ed Bride - May 18th, 2023

    The headline concerts include two striking vocalists: Roberta Donnay with the Prohibition Mob Band, and the first pairing of vocalist Alexis Cole with the Amherst Jazz Orchestra. Free “jazz-al-fresco” takes place on Saturday, June 10, and there will be two jazz brunches.

  • Season Closer at Yale Rep Disappoints

    the ripple, the wave that carried me home by Christina Anderson

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 18th, 2023

    Yes, there are some funny moments and some touching ones, but overall, it is hard to become engaged with the characters. Except for Janice, they appear only in short scenes that allow for little depth of character.

  • Blockbuster Planned for Cape Ann Museum

    Edward Hopper & Cape Ann: Illuminating an American Landscape

    By: CAM - May 16th, 2023

    Edward Hopper (1882-1967) visited Cape Ann initially at the invitation of his friend and fellow painter, Leon Kroll (1884-1974), and produced his first oil painting outdoors in the United States during that trip. The Whitney Museum is lending Hopper’s five oils painted in Gloucester in 1912, including Briar (sic) Neck, Gloucester (1912); Tall Masts (1912); Italian Quarter (1912); and Gloucester Harbor (1912). The exhibition will mark the first time these works have ever been shown together on Cape Ann.

  • Chad Smith Appointed President and CEO of BSO

    Good News for Boston

    By: Susan Hall - May 16th, 2023

    Chad Smith is a visionary credited with advancing the orchestral music tradition through cutting-edge programming and cultivating industry-defining partnerships. Smith brings strategic expertise, commitment to musical excellence, and a tested ability to expand audiences and generate revenue.

  • Fat Ham by Pulitzer Winner James IJames

    American Airlines Theatre on Broadway

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 13th, 2023

    Fat Ham turns Shakespeare’s Hamlet upside down without minimizing the issues the original raises or the brilliance. The play by James IJames won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and it is easy to see why.

  • Art Bath's De Gustation

    Making Multi Media Art for the Masses

    By: Susan Hall - May 15th, 2023

    Elizabeth Yilmaz and Mara Driscoll, two dancers from the Metropolitan Opera troupe, have created a performance series that’s as wonderful as it is unique.  The final performance of the spring season, and the 9th produced by this team with associate Cesar Abreu, was in the spirit of a happening.

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