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  • Harold Pinter's Betrayal

    Director Jamie Lloyd's Broadway Revival

    By: Karen Isaacs - Sep 23rd, 2019

    Pinter tells this story with a twist – the play begins two years after the affair has ended, and ends as the affair is beginning.

  • Joseph Keckler to Die for at Opera Philadelphia

    Making the Case for Death

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 24th, 2019

    Joseph Keckler takes on the subject of singing in opera with a unique flare for the dramatic, for humor and deep delve. He is a masterful monologuist. In Let Me Die, he goes to the center of the operatic volcano, the death song. Here divas have been challenged since Monteverdi to blast out their pain in dying with vocal chords wide open and lungs at full mast. Yet they are fading away. Neither singer nor composer has ever been much disturbed by the odd idea that someone is going to a breathless state with lungs belting

  • Man Of La Mancha

    An MNM Theatre Company Production

    By: Aaron Krause - Sep 23rd, 2019

    West Palm Beach-based MNM Theatre Comapny delves deeper into Man of La Mancha. This production isn't just a showcase for great singers singing glorious songs. Director Bruce Linser emphacizes the darkness of the prison scenes. MNM's mounting features strong acting, singing.

  • Opera Philadelphia Presents Denis and Katya

    Philip Venables and Ted Huffman Update Romeo and Juliet

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 23rd, 2019

    Opera Philadelphia presents Denis and Katya, the world premiere of a new opera by Philip Venables and Ted Huffman. Keenia Ravvinia is credited both with creative contributions and translation of the events surrounding the dual death of two fifteen year old Russians. The teens had holed up in a cabin where weapons were stored and used them to attack the police. No one really knows what happened, but it was an event that was covered by the young couple in smart phone videos and periscope posts and widely picked up by the media.

  • This is Why We Live at La Mama

    Open Heart Surgery Theatre Presents Physical Take

    By: Rachel de Aragon - Sep 22nd, 2019

    Coleen MacPherson and her talented company bring 21 poems of the Polish poet Wslsawa Symborska to the stage. Symborska, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1996, provides a 'script' which is both lyrical and amusing. The collaborative vision of Open Heart Surgery was born in Toronto in 2014, but this all female ensemble is international in both personnel and its vision.

  • Skintight at LA's Geffen Playhouse

    Broadway Star Idina Menzel

    By: Jack Lyons - Sep 20th, 2019

    The promise of high energy singer/actor Idina Menzel’s debut on the Geffen’s stage is sure to lure her fans. Playwright Joshua Harmon’s newest and talky comedy play “Skintight” is directed by Daniel Aukin. Geffen’s artistic director, Matt Shakman, may have missed the mark by selecting “Skintight” for the Geffen’s 2019/2020 season opener.

  • Joshua Roman and Conor Hanick at The Crypt

    Arvo Part and Alfred Schnittke Featured

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 19th, 2019

    Joshua Roman on cello and Conor Hanick at the piano performed a wild, raucous Alfred Schnittke Sonata bracketed by two transcendental works by Arvo Pärt. Andrew Ousley speaking at the outset as we waited for the artists to descend into the arched naves, suggested that we refrain from applauding at the end of each work. Instead we might absorb the afterglow of the music and let it seep further in. No one was tempted to break the silence with an inadvertent clap.

  • Sea Wall/A Life at Broadway's Hudson Theatre

    With Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge

    By: Edward Rubin - Sep 19th, 2019

    Sea Wall/A Life, two extraordinarily powerful one act plays, presented in monologue form, are holding court at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway. Fueled by strong reviews, and the star power of film and stage actors, Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Strurridge, it is one of the most deeply moving productions currently gracing the stage here in New York City.

  • Martin Moran's One Man Show, All the Rage

    The Barrow Group Presents the Award-WInning Mono Drama

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 18th, 2019

    Martin Moran performs his one-man show, All The Rage, at the Barrow Group through October 5. Thoroughly entertaining, it tackles one of the deepest of subjects: forgiveness for unforgivable offenses. Seth Barrish directed this award-winning show.

  • Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss

    Produced by Opera San Jose

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 17th, 2019

    The intersection of the world of grand opera and musical confection rarely occurs. An exception to that rule would be Johann Strauss’s operetta Die Fledermaus. Maestro Michael Morgan maintains brisk pace throughout the musical sections, resulting in a spirited rendering of the score.

  • Boston Rocker Ric Ocasek at 75

    With Ben Orr Founded The Cars

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 16th, 2019

    The counterculture in Boston geared up in the summer of 1968. The music scene, WBCN, and alternative media were well established when The Cars emerged with a self titled album in 1978. They went on to record a string of hits breaking up a decade later. After kicking around with a variety of folk/ rock configurations Ric Ocasek and Ben Orr established a mega group that was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year. Orr died in 2000 and Ocasek died yesterday at 75. They were an integral part of a golden age of Boston rock.

  • Time Stands Still By Donald Marguiles

    Ends Season for Shakespeare & Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 16th, 2019

    Instead of a brief essay from the director the Shakespeare & Company playbill uses that space to list journalists killed "on assignment in 2019." Ten years ago Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies earned two Tony nominations. Four fine performances, and superb direction, were squandered on a play that is not aging well. Taking on an important subject, the bravery and sacrifice of journalists covering war zones, the play is contrived and reaches for cheap tricks entailing reversal and deception.

  • Romeo and Juliet by Charles Gounod

    Produced by San Francisco Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 17th, 2019

    Charles Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet faithfully follows Shakespeare’s dramatic narrative and adds a score of great beauty that has graced the repertory since its spectacular debut in 1867. San Francisco Opera’s faithful production possesses sterling artistry and striking staging that honor this compelling opera.

  • Hitchcock's Psycho Score at NY Philharmonic

    Orchestra Performs Bernard Hermann's Classic

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 15th, 2019

    The New York Philharmonic performed the New York premiere of Bernard Hermann’s Psycho score, accompanying a huge projection of the film. Richard Kaufman, a veteran conductor of film and television productions, conducted. David Geffen Hall was filled with a hip audience of film buffs, who cheered when the classic image of the Bates Motel first appeared on the screen.

  • Hairspray in Indianapolis

    A Beef & Boards Dinner Theater production

    By: Aaron Krause - Sep 13th, 2019

    Hairspray is receiving an exuberant production by Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis.The musical, based on John Waters' film, reminds us that we can each do our part to right wrongs. This production runs through Oct. 6.

  • Amadeus at North Coast Repertory Theatre

    Sir Peter Schaffer’s Musical Still Rocks Mozart

    By: Jack Lyons - Sep 15th, 2019

    Director Baird’s bold vision required him to strip-down the script to 10 performing characters without sacrificing any of the drama and/or light comedy moments that run throughout Shaffer’s illuminating, potent, tragic story concerning the early death, at 35 years of age, of musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (an astonishing Rafael Goldstein).

  • Don’t Give a Crap

    Solid Gold Commode Gone Missing

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 14th, 2019

    The rich are different from us. As a symbol of ultimate decadence Maurizio Cattelan created "America" a sold gold toilet. I lined up to take a pee in it at the Guggenheim Museum. Now it has gone missing.

  • Reggae Band Steel Pulse

    The Cabot Theater, Beverly, Mass.

    By: Doug Hall - Sep 14th, 2019

    Performing at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, to a packed and “on your feet” audience, David Hinds (vocals, guitarist) and longtime bandmate Selwyn Brown (keyboardist) kept an edge to their message of social and political outrage. The evening featured the first release by Steel Pulse in over a decade "Mass Manipulation" (2019, Rootfire Cooperative / Wiseman Doctrine).

  • Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater

    Interviews by Mark Larson

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 14th, 2019

    Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater is a book you can enjoy in two ways. You can read it from beginning to end, as you would any narrative of fiction or nonfiction. Or you can dip in and out and read Mark Larson’s marvelous interviews with Chicago theater people in any order—and to any stage of completion—that you like.

  • When She Had Wings

    Family-Oriented Play In South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Sep 11th, 2019

    When She Had Wings brings history to life in a fun way. This play about a young girl who wishes to regain her ability to fly should appeal to all ages. Boca Raton-based Theatre Lab is mounting a charming, magical production.

  • John Zorn World Premiere at Columbia University

    Pianist Stephen Gosling Paints in Notes

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 12th, 2019

    The first of a series of monthly pop up concerts at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University presented the world premiere of John Zorn’s 18 Studies from the Later Sketchbooks of JMW Turner. This expansive work embraces a variety of styles and forms, all inspired by the watercolors of 19th-century English painter Joseph Mallord William Turner. Pianist Stephen Gosling, a masterful interpreter of contemporary music and particularly Zorn's, performed.

  • Marjorie Kaye Synaptic Tides

    Boston's Galatea Fine Arts

    By: Marjorie Kaye - Sep 10th, 2019

    I have been working on sculptural surfaces for my paintings for 6 months. In addition to the resulting surface tension, the work has become more lyrical, sprinkled with recognizable imagery. Vines, galaxies, probes, suns, microbial animals and plants divide the surface and define the space.

  • Howards End at Remy Bumppo Theatre

    A Stunning New Production

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 10th, 2019

    Howards End, the stunning new production by Remy Bumppo Theatre, weaves together strands of three families. The wealthy and elite Wilcoxes—father, sons and daughter—the Schlegel sisters, who belong to the intellectual gentry, and poverty-stricken Leonard Bast and his wife. The script by Douglas Post, adapted from E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel, is directed by Nick Sandys.

  • Britten's Billy Budd Based on Melville

    At San Francisco Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 09th, 2019

    Michael Grandage’s production has been revived several times since its inauguration almost a decade ago, and it’s easy to see why. The staging is sensational, dominated by the depiction of the innards of the man o’ war. Although Billy Budd underwent revisions after its debut in 1951, it is surprising that the American premiere didn’t occur until 1970.

  • Connecticut Theatre

    Highliighting the Fall Season

    By: Karen Isaacs - Sep 08th, 2019

    Karen Isaacs previews what's on tap for fall theater in Connecticut.

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