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  • International Contemporary Ensemble

    The 12th Annual Journey of Sonic Landscapes

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 06th, 2019

    You can count on every International Contemporary Ensemble concert to deliver surprise, shock and awe. Performers are always in tip-top shape. You might hear an instrument you’ve never heard before, like the Cimbalon or the Kamanchah at a Mostly Mozart concert at Merkin Hall. ICE is superb and daring.

  • Orfeo & Euridice

    At The Bridge Yard

    By: Victor Cordell - Aug 07th, 2019

    The spare nature of Orfeo & Euridice is well suited to a smaller opera company. Requiring only three principals, casting is simplified. This small entourage and extensive use of dance by nymphs also make it conducive to the barest of staging. Mikiko Uesugi’s set design of gauzy hanging sheets certainly qualifies.

  • Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and Leonidas Kavados

    Perform at Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 08th, 2019

    Three great musicians, one small music hall and an overflow lawn crowd made this special concert, a night to remember. Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavados and Yo-Yo Ma turned this marvelous summer night into magical music. It was an all Beethoven programp of three Piano trios.

  • If I Were You.

    Composed by Jake Heggie with Libretto by Gene Scheer

    By: Victor Cordell - Aug 07th, 2019

    If I Were You possesses a compelling score with drama to match. Full of symbols of soul transporters and apples and grieving elephants as well as contrasting venues from offices to bars, it stimulates the ears and eyes and holds the attention throughout

  • Blck, Whyte, Gray at Mostly Mozart Festival

    British Hip Hop Takes Us Deep into Dance

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 03rd, 2019

    Blck, Whyte, Gray is performed at the Mostly Mozart Festival, a clear invitation for a wide swathe of ethnic groups to join the Festival audience, and also a pleasure and a revelation for regulars. Advance notice was served at the White Light Festival last fall, when Blck, Whyte, Gray was a smash hit of the Festival.

  • Working: A Musical in Stockbridge

    Great Enertainment at Berkshire Theatre Group

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 28th, 2019

    For a deliciously entertaining evening of theater it is hard to top Working: A Musical at Berkshire Theatre Group. Last night the intimate Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge was filled to capacity by a thoroughly delighted audience.

  • Escaped Alone and Here We Go by Caryl Churchill

    Anton’s Well Theater Company

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 28th, 2019

    Anton’s Well’s Artistic Director Robert Estes scored a coup by securing the Bay Area premieres of two one-act plays – Escaped Alone and Here We Go – by Caryl Churchill, who some consider Britain’s finest living playwright.

  • Chrissie Hynde at MASS MoCA

    Pretenders the Real Deal

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 27th, 2019

    It was standing room only last night for the packed performance of Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders. On a perfect summer night, with just a touch of heat relief, they performed on stage in a large courtyard of MASS MoCA.

  • Murder For Two

    Popular Comic Murder Mystery

    By: Aaron Krause - Jul 27th, 2019

    Murder for Two is a zany treat at Suburban Miami's Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. Martin Landry gives a tour-de-force performance, playing more than a dozen murder suspects in hit musical comedy mystery. The two cast members prove multi-threats, as they not only act but play the piano like pros.

  • International Contemporary Ensemble

    12th Annual Appearance at Mostly Mozart

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 27th, 2019

    The International Contemporary Ensemble started off its 12th annual Mostly Mozart season at the David Rubenstein Atrium in Lincoln Center. The first concert was free and attracted an overflow crowd. Bringing the audience up to date and beyond, Mostly Mozart has offered free concerts of contemporary music in an act of generosity. People appreciate the chance to listen to a new landscape of composers.

  • The Children By Lucy Kirkwood

    Nuclear Meltdown at Shakespere & Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 26th, 2019

    The approach of the Lucy Kirkwood play, The Children at Shakespere & Company, is conceptual. It’s rather like a BBC detective series where there is investigation of a murder that we don’t witness. There is crime but the audience is spared the horrific details. Characters are involved with cleaning up the meltdown of a nuclear power plant which entailed their flawed design.

  • Renoir: the Body, the Senses

    Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 23rd, 2019

    On the occasion of the 100th anniversary since his death the Clark Art Institute has organized a scholarly exhibition Renoir: the Body, the Senses. At his best few 19th century masters can match his charm and popular appeal. His greatest works were included in the 1985-1986 blockbuster exhibition Renoir, which was shown in London and Paris before it came to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It broke MFA records with 500,000 plus visitors. The Clark show by comparison is small and uneven.

  • Kian Soltani and Julio Elizalde at Mostly Mozart

    A Little Night Music at the Kaplan Penthouse

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 24th, 2019

    Cellist Kian Soltani partnered with pianist Julio Elizalde in a late evening concert in Lincoln Center's nightclub in the sky, the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse. Mostly Mozart presented Soltani, who like Mozart, was born in Austria.

  • Davone Tines in The Black Clown

    Langston Hughes Inspires the Journey to Manhood

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 25th, 2019

    Davone Tines was looking for a project to touch him deeply. His college classmate Michael Schacter suggested reading Langston Hughes' poems. The Black Clown hit him in the gut. Years ago Hughes had felt just as he did. Schachter and Tines collaborated on a moving and energetic musical monologue prompted by the poem. It is a wild theatrical success in its New York premiere.

  • Gertrude and Claudius by Mark St. Germain

    New Play at Barrington Stage Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 22nd, 2019

    Hamlet is tormented to avenge the murder of his father by Gertrude, his mother and her lover Claudius, his uncle. First performed in 1609 they have been scorned by audiences ever since. John Updike's novel Gertrude and Claudius presented their sordid collaboration as a love story. That has been tranformed into a drama directed by Julianne Boyd for Barrington Stage Company. While the production is problematic it is among the best and most intriguing of the many plays of a prolific playwright.

  • Kevin Puts Premiere at Tanglewood

    Andris Nelsons Conducts Renee Fleming and Rod Gilfry

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 21st, 2019

    The Brightness of Light by Kevin Puts had its world premiere at The Shed at Tanglewood. Rod Gilfry, baritone, and Puts' collaborator Renee Fleming, sang the baritone and soprano roles of Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keefe, who were married for twenty-two years. Often living and working in different parts of America, they corresponded. Puts scoured the correspondence to develop an arc for his orchestral song cycle. It is a brilliantly achieved work.

  • The Irish Troubles

    An Overview in the Arts

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 19th, 2019

    A particular period of Irish history has been the focus of several recent remarkable works of art: two books, one an experimental novel, and the other journalistic nonfiction, plus a much-praised Broadway drama. All of them won multiple awards. I’ll also add a 2008 film to this list of artistic works. They all commemorate the years of the Troubles, that period of history of Northern Ireland in which more than 3500 people died or were disappeared.

  • Mark Morris 20 Plus Years at Jacob's Pillow

    A Program of Old and New Work

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 19th, 2019

    With more that 20 bookings no company has logged more appearances at Jacob's Pillow. For the first time in five years Mark Morris Dance Group & Music Ensemble is back this week. In recent years it has been the only dance company to be featured a number of times at Tanglewood. Now sliding past middle age, however, the choreographer is challenged to maintain pole position on the cutting edge. It was heartening to see a new piece in a program of vintage works.

  • A Strange Loop at Playwrights Horizons

    Fasten Your Seatbelt for a Bumpy Evening

    By: Edward Rubin - Jul 19th, 2019

    Not since A Strange Loop, through July 28th at Playwrights Horizons, have we come across a many faceted gay character like Usher (the extremely talented Larry Owens). He spares no detail, however raw, intimate, personal, scatological and sordid – in the telling of his life.

  • The Great Buster at Mostly Mozart

    What Buster Keaton and Mozart Have in Common

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 17th, 2019

    Mostly Mozart programmers ask the most obvious question at the start. Why a film about Buster Keaton in this festival related to Mozart? Seeing the film, an easy comparison can be made with Papagano, the physical actor/singer in The Magic Flute, which will play in a charming version at Lincoln Center. Yet it is the quality of the work that is truly similar.

  • The Skin of Our Teeth

    Last Call for Humanity at Berkshire Theatre Group

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 18th, 2019

    Clocking in at three acts and three hours it's a long, tough slog through Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth at Berkshire Theatre Group. Having endured an epic assault on the senses we much appreciated the experience. There is far too much relevance to this grim, Pulitizer Prize winning 1942 play. Then America was facing fascism abroad and now we are confronted by racism and fascism within.

  • Selling Kabul By Sylvia Khoury

    Co production of Williamstown Theatre Festival and Playwrights Horizon

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 14th, 2019

    With promises of visas and relocation to the United States the mlitary recruited interpreters in Afghanistan. That promise was reneged on when America started to withdraw and wind down in 2011. The world premiere play Selling Jabul by Sylvia Khoury focuses on the fate of one individual and his family who was left high and dry.

  • In The Penal Colony Updated by Miranda Haymon

    Powerful Kafka in the Present

    By: Rachel de Aragon - Jul 18th, 2019

    At Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop The Hodgepodge Group and Lucy Powis presents, In the Penal Colony, a new and dynamic re-creation of Kafka's story by writer/director Miranda Haymon. What are the personal responsibilities of those who bear witness to the abuse of power? What is the relationship of the victim to the support of breaking institutional norms? What of the admiration for power, and the adulation of murderous solution?. At what point can we shed the reverence for brutal traditions?

  • Raphael and the Pope’s Librarian

    Up Close and Personal at the Gardner Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 16th, 2019

    To mark the 500th anniversary of the legendary painter Raphael’s death, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will bring together - for the first time – Raphael’s portrait of papal librarian, Tommaso Inghirami, from its collection and a painting depicting an episode in his life from the Musei Vaticani in Vatican City.

  • She Shorts

    Inaugural Series of Short Plays in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Jul 15th, 2019

    She Shorts is a series of short plays about women, by women.The series was borne out of a collaboration between Miami's City Theatre and Ft. Lauderdale's Thinking Cap Theatre. She Shorts is empowering, funny and thought-provoking. The inaugural series runs through Aug. 4.

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