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  • Artney Jackson by James Anthony Tyler

    African American Theatre in Williamstown

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 15th, 2018

    For the past decade there has been a tradition of at least one Afircan American themed production each season. This time its a benign and charming comedy Artney Jackson by James Anthony Tyler. Arguably there is progress that the well crafted and superbly acted play is a step back from polemical social and political agendas.

  • Intersectionality of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

    Elevated Threat Level of Fractus V at Jacob’s Pillow

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 15th, 2018

    The week of performances by the Belgian based company Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/ Eastman featured a single work Fractus V (2015). In the spirit of intersectionality which informs the cutting edge of performance art it conflates the dance and musical traditions of its diverse members.

  • Steve Nelson Gettin’ Home

    An Odyssey Through the ‘60s

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 13th, 2018

    Gettin’ Home: An Odyssey Through the ‘60s by Steve Nelson adds to a growing interest and understanding of the couner culture, arts and media of Boston in the 1960s. Rather well along in this memoir he became the manager of the rock club The Boston Tea Party. He promoted a mix of British bands, groups from San Francisco, blues legends and local bands. The saga begins with a summer in Peru with a group from Cornell. He arrived in Cambridge for three years at Harvard Law School and a post grad one. Staying in school had the advantage of staying out of Vietnam. Unlike many Nelson remembers a lot about the 1960s often with stunning detail.

  • Love's Labor's Lost at the Mount

    Enthusiastically Perfomed By a Youthful Cast

    By: Maria Reveley - Jul 13th, 2018

    Shakespeare demonstrates how an earnest effort to self impose structure and separation from the world is counter to our real natures. Fun and folly ensue in this perfect setting as we watch love conquer all. Through August 18 Love's Labor's Lost at the Mount.

  • Macbeth the Scotched Play at S&Co.

    Botched by Misdirection of Melia Bensussen

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 12th, 2018

    It helps if you have read or seen other productions of Macbeth. Without that background the radical deconstruction ot the iconic play directed by Obie winner, Melia Bensussen, won't make sense.

  • Impact of ICA Expansion to East Boston

    Continued Neglect of Community of Artists

    By: Philip Gerstein - Jul 11th, 2018

    The ICA has a major problem not just with East Boston artists, but with most local Boston-area artists, and it's due primarily to 3 factors -- mistaken policies, mistaken attitude, and mistaken curatorial direction. The author is an artist.

  • I Will Speak for Myself

    Evoking Historical Women of Color by Valerie Joyce

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 11th, 2018

    In Professor Valerie Joyce’s visits to schools, she asks students to name African-American women they know of from before 1865. Even among black female students, the responses quickly falter – Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, maybe Sally Hemings. With 250 years of history in the United States before the Civil War, this whole segment of our population is virtually silent, unknown.

  • Casting, Equity and Where to Go from Here

    Responding to “Boo Yellowface!” Protests During St. Louis Conference

    By: Chad Bauman - Jul 09th, 2018

    A couple of weeks ago, theater leaders from across the country authored a statement asking colleagues to reexamine their casting policies in light of recent incidents in which white actors were cast to portray people of color. Since that time, nearly 800 theater artists have signed and there is a working group actively discussing next steps so that we can end this pervasive practice. Because, as managing director of Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Chad Bauman signed the petition, he withdrew from publishing this commentary in American Theatre Magazine. It is reposted from his blog with Bauman's permission.

  • Batsheva — The Young Ensemble at Jacob's Pillow

    Audience Insulted by Naharin’s Virus

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 09th, 2018

    With a combination of theatre of nihilism, taunts and insults the audience at Jacob's Pillow endured a riveting performance by Israel's Batsheva — The Young Ensemble. There was a single, hour long piece “Naharin’s Virus” (2001). It was choreographed by soon to retire artistic director Ohad Naharin. Like an ersatz Stockholm Syndrome experience the audience perhaps too politely thanked their tormentors for the assault on their sense.

  • Hair at Berkshire Theatre Group

    Celebrating 50th Anniversary

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 08th, 2018

    If you plan to see Hair at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, as well you should, a few tokes of medical marijuana will help to set the mood. Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. On opening night we spotted a granny with a crown of woven daisys.

  • Four Quartets Danced at Bard

    Tamowitz, Saariaho and Marden Capture the Still Point

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 09th, 2018

    Bard's Summerscape, ever brave, captures extraordinary moments in poet T.S. Eliot's masterwork, Four Quartets. The words the poet so clearly relishes in his own reading now dance before our eyes like searing moments at the still point. Choreographer Pam Tanowitz, composer Kaija Saariaho and painter Brice Marden join forces at the Fisher Center in Annandale.

  • How NY Times Is Harming Regional Theatre

    Trashing Barrington Stage Production Not an Isolated Incident

    By: Mark St. Germain - Jul 06th, 2018

    We have posted an opinion piece "End of The Royal Family of Broadway: NY Times Review Spikes Barrington Stage Production." That evoked an e mail from playwrite Mark St. Germain which is posted with his permission. In his view the attack on a developing musical is not an isolated incident. Under its current policies the Times is now inflicting more harm than doing good for regional theatre.

  • Lang Lang Soars at Tanglewood

    Triumphant Return for Injured Pianist

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 07th, 2018

    Since April, 2017 the superstar pianist, Lang Lang, has been recovering from an injury to his left arm. In a scheduling coup he returned to performing last night during Opening Night of the BSO's 2018 season at Tanglewood., He was adored by the audience which was rewarded by sublime encore of Copin. Andris Nelsons conducted an evening of Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

  • Van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic

    A Beethoven Prelude to Action

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Jul 05th, 2018

    With all the secrecy that surrounds the arrival of a new music director for America's oldest orchestra, one must rely on live performances and recorded documentation to assess such a relationship. Happily, such documentation arrived earlier this year in the form of a DeccaGold recording of Beethoven's Fifth and Seventh Symphonies, made by the New York Philharmonic under the aegis of its new boss, Jaap van Zweden.

  • Universal Robots by Mac Rogers

    Based on Karel Cepek's1921 Sci Fi Play

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 07th, 2018

    In 1921, Czech playwright Karel Capek wrote a seminal science fiction work set in contemporary time entitled Rossum’s Universal Robots. It introduced chilling possibilities of an out-of-control future. In it was coined the very word robot (robota in Czech). Mac Rogers’s revision updates that work by a generation to include the rise of Hitler and World War II.

  • End of The Royal Family of Broadway

    NY Times Review Spikes Barrington Stage Production

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 06th, 2018

    The Barrington Stage world premiere of the musical Royal Family of Broadway has earned mostly positive reviews. It has been treated as a work in progress potentially bound for Broadway. The team assembled for this production have been there before. Because of a devastating review by Jesse Green in the New York Times that may not happen. While Green is an established, and well qualified critic, is it the role of the Times to nip in the bud regional productions being developed for a run in New York?

  • $400,000 Raised At S & Co. Gala

    50,000 School Children and Actors Benefit

    By: Philip S. Kampe & Maria Reveley - Jul 06th, 2018

    For Forty years, Shakespeare & Company have proved to the locals what theater is about. Benefactors, galore, turned out in droves to help the theater company that gives back to the community. An achievement focus about Michael A. Miller was the highlight of the evening that benefited from music from some of the members of the Silkroad Ensemble. A sit-down dinner followed by a local DJ followed.

  • James Taylor Is Alive And Kicking

    Another July 4th At Tanglewood

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 05th, 2018

    The traditional James Taylor July 4th Concert was like a high school reunion. Fans returned to see JT and his All-Star Band at Tanglewood. Yet again he was knee high on the Fourth of July and as corny as Kansas in August.

  • Coming Back Like a Song at Berkshire Theatre Group

    World Premiere of Juke Box Musical

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 04th, 2018

    It's Christmas Eve at the NY apartment of Irving Berlin. He is joined by fellow masters of the Great American Songbook Jimmy Van Heusen and Harold Arlen. With just a piano we get 35 of their songs in Berkshire Theatre Group''s world premiere of Coming Back Like a Song by Lee Kalcheim,

  • Support Group for Men at Goodman Theatre,

    By Melancholic Ellen Fairey

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 05th, 2018

    For 95 minutes, Ellen Fairey explores current social issues and angst from gender identity to aging and loneliness, cultural appropriation, men in crisis and the #metoo movement. This takes place in mid-2017 in a second-floor Wrigleyville apartment above an alley where all sorts of shit happens.

  • The Big D in South Florida

    World Premiere of Comic-Drama near Ft. Lauderdale

    By: Aaron Krause - Jul 03rd, 2018

    The Big D has a dual personality as a play, with some of the material risque and lively, while other moments are tender and tragic. Michael Mizerany's new work is having its world premiere at Wilton Manor's Abyss Theater. Prolific theater artist Ronnie Larsen is directing the play, featuring some strong acting.

  • Knot an Opera by Constantin Basica

    Freshly Squeezed Opera Provokes

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 03rd, 2018

    Knot an Opera is an amusing and provocative presentation by Freshly Squeezed Opera. The company is committed to genre pushing new works of the highest caliber that explore the depths of the opera form.

  • Objects of Desire at Eclipse Mill Gallery

    Larry Alice and Joan Kiley Paired In Evocative Exhibition

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 03rd, 2018

    The special exhibition Objects of Desire pairs whimsical narrative paintings by Joan Kiley with relief sculpture and polychromed assemblages by Larry Alice. There is a confluence and empathy of fantasy and the surreal in work that will be on view in the Eclipse Mill, 243 Union Street, from Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 29. A receptiom will be held on Friday, July 6.

  • The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp

    Williamstown Theatre Festival PremieresTwo Plays

    By: Astrid A. Hiemer - Jul 01st, 2018

    The Williamstown Theatre Festival started its 2018 season with two new plays on June 26/27, both billed as World Premieres. 'The Closet,' a comedy or farce, is presented on the main stage and 'The Sound Inside,' a two person drama, fills Nikos Stage. Mary-Louise Parker plays the protagonist, Bella Baird, and Will Hochman is Christopher Dunn, her 'curious' student.

  • The Closet By Douglas Carter Beane

    PC Gay Themed Satire at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 01st, 2018

    PC or not to be was the question in a world premiere comedy The Closet by Douglas Carter Beane at Williamstrown Theatre Festival. It stars Broadway's Matthew Broderick in his first WTF appearance. He is backed by renowned WTF veterans Jessica Hecht and Brooks Ashmanskas. There was also a breakout performance by Ann Harada.

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