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  • Mother of the Maid by Jane Anderson

    Compelling Performance by Glenn Close

    By: Edward Rubin - Nov 23rd, 2018

    Mother of the Maid by Jane Anderson had its world premiere at Shakespeare & Company in 2015. Since then there have been revisions . Tina Packer as Mother was recast with the star power of Glenn Close. This transfer of a burn baby burn slice of medieval barbarity continues to be an incongruous tear jerker.

  • Amigos: Charles Giuliano, Robert Henriquez, David Zaig

    Exhibition Ends Season of Eclipse Mill Gallery in North Adams

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 11th, 2018

    Amigos: Charles Giuliano, Robert Henriquez, David Zaig is the final exhibition of the season of Eclipse Mill Gallery in North Adams. The commonality of these Berkshire based artist friends is the scale and ambition of their work. The exhibition opens on Friday, November 16, 5 to 8 PM.

  • It’s a Wonderful Life

    At San Francisco Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 22nd, 2018

    It’s a Wonderful Life is a quintessential American opera in its language, content, and social perspective. Composer Jake Heggie has never been intimidated by cutting-edge contemporary opera standards and has created work that unapologetically draws on past musical forms with warmth, emotion, and melody.

  • Judith Lorick CD Release

    The Regatta Bar, Cambridge

    By: Doug Hall - Nov 22nd, 2018

    For her CD release party at the Regatta Bar in Cambridge, Judith Lorick shared her soul, thoughts and beautiful voice, as she chose top-drawer selections from her 2018 release, The Second Time Around (JLJ, 2018).

  • Rightlynd at Victory Gardens by Ike Holter

    All Politics Are Local

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 21st, 2018

    Rightlynd by Ike Holter begins with Nina’s awakening as a neighborhood activist and concludes two years later, as she learns what it takes to succeed in Chicago. The story line is blended with musical set pieces, dance numbers, Nina and Pac’s first date and its romantic consequences.

  • Once On This Island

    Tony-Winning Revival Of Classic Musical

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 19th, 2018

    Audiences will feel like they're not in a theater, but really an island in the Tony-Award-winning Broadway revival of Once on this Island. A hope-filled message of unity and community pervades this marvelous mounting. Caribbean-flavored music, energetic dancing, singing and authentic acting are hallmarks of this vivid staging.

  • Buyer & Cellar

    Jonathan Tolins' Delightful Comedy in Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 19th, 2018

    Playwright's fertile imagination is on full display with Buyer & Cellar near Ft. Lauderdale. Jonathan Tolins far-fetched comic-fantasy imagines a down-on-his-luck actor running a mega-star's basement shopping mall. Prolific performer Matthew Buffalo shines in several roles in play about fame, fortune, ambition. Buyer & Cellar examines complex relationship between gay men and divas.

  • ATCA Focuses on Diversity

    Panel Discussions for NY Critic’s Conference

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 16th, 2018

    In order to survive and remain vital American Theatre Critics Association must become younger and more diverse. Intersectionality and inclusion is an ever greater driving force for producers, theatre companies and their critics. The dynamics of that synergy were explored through panels and programming of what has evolved as an annual New York conference.

  • Everything is Illuminated Adapted by Simon Block

    Produced by Aurora Theatre

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 18th, 2018

    Everything is Illuminated merits its place on the stage. Not everyone will like it, but it should be respected for its poignant content, interesting structure, well-defined characters, and ability to embrace humor and grief without loss of credibility.

  • Kaija Saariaho Premiere at White Light Festival

    Lincoln Center Produces Only the Sound Remains

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 18th, 2018

    Kaija Saaariaho weaves live music, enhanced voices and electronically generated extensions of the orchestra through the Rose Theater in Only the Sound Remains. Her opera based on two Noh stories is having its US premiere at the White Light Festival of Lincoln Center. This is an intimate work which succeeds mysteriously in filling a large space.

  • Wicked Dark and Brisk in Glostah

    Another Letter on the Arts from Cape Ann

    By: Pippy Giuliano - Nov 17th, 2018

    Saturday, November 10th, Susan Erony set the pace with a 1pm lecture at the Trident Gallery. Seats were improvised as the crowd swelled. They came to hear Erony describe her political, temporal and psychic, journey from concept to execution of paintings and works in her current show, Lost in America, on view at the Trident through November 25.

  • Schoenberg in Hollywood by Boston Lyric Opera

    Emerson Paramount Center

    By: Doug Hall - Nov 17th, 2018

    As the mostly sold-out shows for the Boston Lyric Opera’s premiere of Schoenberg in Hollywood attest, the internationally acclaimed composer Tod Machover’s brilliant operatic treatment and modernist-like musical score shines. A minimal cast is “small but big.”

  • India Pale Ale at Manhattan Theatre Club

    By Punjabi-American Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus

    By: Anne Siegel - Nov 18th, 2018

    In a New York Times interview, the playwright, Jaclyn Backhaus, admits that the work is essentially an expanded autobiography. As it opens, an almost-30-year-old, single Punjabi-American woman is talking to herself while she’s digging into fistfuls of dirt in the backyard.

  • Tanglewood Program 2019

    Preseason Starts June 15

    By: BSO - Nov 15th, 2018

    The 2019 Tanglewood season will see Boston Symphony Music Director Andris Nelsons in residence throughout the month of July, leading 14 programs, including a first for Tanglewood—a concert performance of Wagner’s complete Die Walküre with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and a star-studded cast, presented in three [Andris Nelsons]concerts over a two-day period, July 27 & 28. Tanglewood will also be the setting for the BSO’s Nelsons-led world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’ The Brightness of Light, a work for voices and orchestra inspired by letters between Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz; it was written especially for Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry, who will be the featured soloists.

  • Severin von Eckardstein Performs at the Park Avenue Armory

    Schumann Featured in The Officer's Room

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 15th, 2018

    Severin von Eckardstein, the young German pianist, trailing multiple awards, arrived in New York for two concerts featuring Robert Schumann, for whom he has a clear affinity. If the composer was with us, he would have reciprocated.

  • King Kong as Spectacle

    But Is the Musical Spectacular Enough for Broadway

    By: Jack Lyons - Nov 15th, 2018

    Yes size is definitely on the theatrical table for purposes of this “review/essay” of King Kong along with other observations. Perhaps, I should label this review with a sub-headline called “In Defense of Spectacle”.

  • The Gershwin's Crazy for You

    At the Alcazar Theatre in San Francisco

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 15th, 2018

    In addition to great music and dance, Crazy for You is full of some of the corniest imaginable humor and inside jokes that are compatible with the tone of the work. And they are delivered well.

  • Church and State

    A Timely Dark Comedy

    By: Jack Lyons - Nov 15th, 2018

    “Church & State”, now on stage at the Pearl McManus theatre, in downtown Palm Springs, explores the hot button topics and issues concerning the role of guns, the Second Amendment, the NRA, and the role that God and religion play in our politics, but not necessarily in that order.

  • 3rd Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards

    27 Critics Voted for Prized Berkies

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 13th, 2018

    For the third annual Berkshire Theatre Awards, at the Zion Luteran Church in Pittsfield, it took two hours to present trophies in 21 categories. Some 27 critics voted on awards to companies in the Berkshires extending into New York, Connecticut and Vermont. The top honors went to Barrington Stage Company with nine awards and Williamstown Theatre Festival which took home five.

  • Joyce di Donato, Mason Bates and Philadelphia Orchestra

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin Leads

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

    Before he took the job as the music director of the Metropolitan Opera, the conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin became leader of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Happily for both ensembles he appears willing and able to balance duties in both cities. On Tuesday night, the maestro and his band came to Carnegie Hall for the first of their scheduled subscription appearances this season. They brought with them an impressive centuries-spanning program that played to the many strengths of this remarkable ensemble.

  • Ring of Love

    Gordon Clapp at Huntington Theatre

    By: Matt Robinson - Nov 14th, 2018

    Emile Griffith grew up in the Virgin Islands but soon was known around the world as a champion boxer in multiple weight classes. While he gave everything he had to boxing , Ring Magazine’s 1963 and 1964 “Fighter of the Year” had to keep much inside as he was bisexual-

  • Mefistofele at the Metropolitan Opera

    Christian Hale is the Devil

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Nov 12th, 2018

    The Devil always gets a bad rap. That's the premise behind Mefistofele, Arrigo Boito's lone completed opera. An ambitious setting of Goethe's Faust that retells the story from the Devil's point of view, Mefistofele used to prance its sulfur strut across the world's opera stages. But Thursday night's revival at the Metropolitan Opera was the first time that the opera had been seen, fully staged, in New York in eighteen years.

  • Love, Linda

    Cole and Linda Porter Bio-Musical Off-Broadway

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 14th, 2018

    Love, Linda is a lavish show illustrating the love Linda Porter had for her husband, the late, great composer lyricist, Cole Porter. A stylish production Off-Broadway recently ended its run. Stevie Holland, a widely-acclaimed performer, shined in the role of Mrs. Porter in the one-woman show.

  • Queens of the Gold Mask by Carole Lockwood

    World Premiere at Ivoryton Playhouse

    By: Karen Isaacs - Nov 14th, 2018

    Playwright Carole Lockwood’s play while set in the past resonates much too much in today’s world.

  • Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra’s CD Release

    At The Lilypad, Cambridge

    By: Doug Hall - Nov 14th, 2018

    Ayn Inserto delivered a tour-de-force performance with her personal journey Down the Rabbit Hole accompanied by an orchestra that was sharp and flexible. She is clearly at home in any environment, executing complicated orchestration of original jazz pieces in a small, tight venue for 17 plus musicians.

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