Charles Giuliano


Publisher & Editor. Charles was the director of exhibitions for the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University where he taught art history and the humanities. He taugh tModern Art and the Avant-garde for Metropolitan College of Boston University. After many years as a contributor, columnist and editor for a range of print publications from Art New England, Art News, the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Herald Traveler and Patriot Ledger, to mention a few, he went on line with Maverick Arts which evolved into a website.

Recent Articles:

  • Into the Woods on Broadway Front Page

    Extended to October 16

    By: Karen Isaacs - Aug 07th, 2022

    By the end of the show, when we hear “No One Is Alone” and then the reprise of “Children Will Listen,” I challenge anyone to not be moved. The day I saw it, the audience was primed to adore it, with wild applause throughout the show. In many ways, this production deserved it.

  • The Lion KIng Front Page

    Broadway San Jose

    By: Victor Cordell - Aug 07th, 2022

    The character Rafiki, a mandrill, sings the goosebump-producing “Circle of Life / Nants Ingonyama” that introduces African voice, thought, music, motion, and rhythm.  Meanwhile, the parade of absolutely stunning human-puppets-as-animals walks the aisles and fills the stage, becoming the most remarkable anthropomorphic array imaginable.  At the opening number’s end, the applause at this performance was deafening.

  • Culture Wars Word

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 06th, 2022


  • We Are Continuous by Harrison David Rivers Front Page

    World Premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 05th, 2022

    We Are Continuous by Harrison David Rivers is a "semi-autobiograhical" play having its world premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival. It conveys the strong relationship between mother and son as he deals with coming out, choosing a life in theatre, marriage, and dealing with HIV. It has been given a stunning production.

  • Sohn Fine Art in Lenox Presents Wonderland Front Page

    Photography of the Natural Landscape

    By: Sohn - Aug 04th, 2022

    Sohn Fine Art presents Wonderland, a small group show featuring ethereal, mystical photography of the natural landscape by five diverse artists. The exhibition is on view July 22 – September 5. The images that make up Wonderland are both based in reality and surrealistic. Focused on experience and presented in an Impressionistic form, these works highlight the wonders of the natural world and the human connection to it.

  • Alan Paul to Lead Barrington Stage Company Front Page

    Succeeds Founder Julianne Boyd

    By: BSC - Aug 03rd, 2022

    “It is my great honor to be the next Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company. I am deeply inspired by the incredible staff and artists who have made BSC such a vibrant hub for both classics and new work,” said Alan Paul. “I am excited to build on BSC’s legacy as an incubator for new plays and musicals from a broad variety of voices. Musicals are my first love, and I plan to make the advancement of musical theater a cornerstone of my vision. The Berkshires are a magical place for theater, and I look forward to becoming an active member of the community.

  • Coraline An Opera Composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage Front Page

    Produced by West Edge Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Aug 01st, 2022

    Based on the award-winning 2002 novella by Neil Gaiman, composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Rory Mullarky have crafted an opera that mirrors the creepiness of the novella and the animated film of the same name.  West Edge Opera offers superb voices and orchestra, fine staging, and clever, fanciful costumes in a scintillating production of this enticing work.

  • Canon Folderol Word

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 29th, 2022


  • Ted Rosenthal’s Jazz Opera, Dear Erich, Front Page

    Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

    By: Jazz - Jul 27th, 2022

    The opera tells a true story of tragedy, love, and redemption in wartime Germany and Chicago, where Erich Rosenthal, Ted’s father, survived the war.

  • Ariane & Bluebeard Composed by Paul Dukas Front Page

    Produced by West Edge Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 27th, 2022

    Frenchman Paul Dukas’ 1907 opera “Ariane & Bluebeard” possesses compelling music and a libretto rich with symbolism and open to varied interpretation.  Although advocates for the opera included many prominent composers of the day, its success was limited from the outset, and it has failed to find a place in the repertory.  Plausible explanations exist. West Edge Oper, however, presents a scintillating interpretation of the highly worthy opera.

  • Giulio Cesare in Egitto Front Page

    The Handel Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 26th, 2022

    Handel’s 1724 opera masterpiece “Julius Caesar,” dealing with Caesar’s victories in Egypt in 48-47 B.C.E. shortly before his return to Rome and death in 44 B.C.E., may be considered a prequel to Shakespeare's theatrical masterpiece. 

  • Hymn By Lolita Chakrabarti Front Page

    Directed by Regge Life for Shakespere & Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 25th, 2022

    Based in London Lolita Chakrabarti is an actress and playwright. An earlier play, Red Velvet, was previously produced by Shakespeare & Company. She returns with a tightly crafted two-hander, Hymn. precisely directed by the masterful Regge Light.

  • Bass Player Michael Henderson at 71 Front Page

    Played with Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 25th, 2022

    Michael Henderson was just 20 when I heard him with Miles Davis. "Stolen" from Stevie Wonder the young bass player gave Davis the funk he was seeking during the aftermath of his seminal fusion, double album Bitches Brew. For five years and several albums Henderson was the heart and soul of the band. Cut loose in 1976 Henderson recorded seven album for Buddah Records, His last, for EMI was in 1983 although he continued to perform.

  • Sondheim's Follies Front Page

    At San Francisco PLayhouse

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 22nd, 2022

    The lavish and expensive-to-produce “Follies” earned 11 Tony nominations and won seven, but was a box office disappointment with barely 500 performances on Broadway.  Yet, the show became a classic.  San Francisco Playhouse has taken on the challenge of producing this massive and demanding project.  The result is a worthy rendition of a great American musical.

  • Every Breath You Take Front Page

    I Can See for Miles

    By: Cheng Tong - Jul 22nd, 2022

    Wudang is the center of Daoism in the world, where the early monks went to hide from the Emperor’s soldiers.  The Chinese emperors were fearful that the people would follow the Daoist priests and monks instead of them, and they killed many of them, destroying thousands of temples over the centuries.  

  • Israeli Expressionist Artist Ira Kaufman Front Page

    Was Director of Historic Brata Gallery in New York

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 21st, 2022

    Out of the blue I got a call from Ira Kaufman in Israel. The name was vaguely familiar but didn’t click until he said “It’s me from The Brata Gallery.” Then it all locked in. By phone and e mail we recalled the Downtown scene in New York in the 1960s as well as the Figurative Expressionist and Rhino Horn movements.

  • Anna in the Tropics By Nilo Cruz Front Page

    2003 Pulitzer Winner at Barrington Stage Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 21st, 2022

    Other than an explosive ending the Pulitzer Prize winning Anna In the Tropics proves to be quite tepid as produced by Barrington Stage Company. Set in a Prohibition era cigar factory the lictor is reading Tolstoy to the workers. Themes of infidelity, jealousy and revenge in Anna Karenina weave their way into the plot by playwright Nilo Cruz.

  • Vincent Castagnacci: Notes from a Quarry Front Page

    Summer at Cape Ann Museum

    By: CAM - Jul 20th, 2022

    This summer, the Cape Ann Museum presents a special exhibition of works by contemporary artist Vincent Castagnacci. Notes from a Quarry will focus on Castagnacci’s drawings and paintings from the mid-2000s to the present, pulling in earlier works that reflect the strong influence Cape Ann has had—and continues to have—on the artist.

  • MFA Opens Two Renovated Galleries Front Page

    Italian Renaissance and a French Salon

    By: MFA - Jul 19th, 2022

    In August, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is unveiling two newly renovated galleries for Italian Renaissance art as well as a newly renovated French Salon, an opulent setting for nearly 100 highlights from the MFA's Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. Collection of French silver.

  • Berkshire Artist Stephanie Blumenthal Front Page

    Deconstructing Dutch Still Life

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 19th, 2022

    Catching up recently with Sheffield based artist, Stephanie Blumenthal, she commented on having work in the last two annual juried shows of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield. They are photographs in the manner of 17th century Dutch still life paintings entailing fast food. I asked her to send images which proved to be intriguing.

  • Nan and the Lower Body by Jessica Dickey Front Page

    TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 18th, 2022

    The play opens with Dr. Pap addressing a classroom – the audience.  The content of the lecture is unimportant, yet those brief moments absolutely hook the viewer.  There is no waiting to get involved with the story line. 

  • Athena by Gracie Gardner Front Page

    At Thrown Stone Theater in Ridgefield

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jul 18th, 2022

    Teenage angst is not necessarily the material for meaningful drama. Athena by Gracie Gardner one of two plays at Thrown Stone Theater in Ridgefield reveals the hazards. It, and the other play Hysterical! run in repertory through Sunday, Aug. 6.

  • The Drowsy Chaperone Front Page

    Produced by Sonoma Arts Live

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 17th, 2022

    The opening premise of the fiction is that Janet van de Graaf and Robert Martin, played by the charming and talented pair of Maeve Smith and Stephen Kanaski, are to be married on the day that the musical takes place.  The reality of the show’s evolution is that “The Drowsy Chaperone” began as a spoof of old musicals that was performed at a stag party for a real engaged couple with the same names as the characters in the show.  Got that?

  • Most Happy in Concert at Williamstown Front Page

    Directed by Tony Winner Daniel Fish

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 17th, 2022

    Most Happy in Concert, now at Williamstown Theatre Festival is not a revival of the 1956 musical Most Happy Fella with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. It's a tear down and deconstruction by director Daniel Fish. He similarly ripped apart Oklahoma which won a Tony award. Let's see if he again cruises Broadway with an even more radical production of a vintage musical.

  • Pip and Me Word

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 16th, 2022


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