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  • To Fall in Love

    A Southeastern Premiere at FAU's Theatre Lab

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 29th, 2021

    Theatre Lab, the professional resident company at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, is giving Jennifer Lane's two-hander, "To Fall in Love" its Southeastern premiere production. In the play, an estranged couple turns to a study that scientists claim can help people fall in love in order to save their marriage. The study features 36 questions that each individual asks the other.

  • Arts Fuse Reviews Giuliano's MFA Book

    Mark Favermann on Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 1870 to 2020: An Oral History

    By: Mark Favermann - Nov 27th, 2021

    America's only two encyclopedic museums, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art were both founded in 1870. The Met is larger with an endowment of $3 billion compared to $608 million for the MFA. In aspects of the collection- Asiatic, classical Greek and Roman, Old Kingdom Egypt and Nubia, American art to 1900, prints, drawings and photography, it is second to none. In the area of European painting and French impressionism and post impressionism it ranks with other American museums. Other than the Lane Collection of American modernism the MFA is weak in 20th and 21st century art. It ceased to collect Boston artists when they were dominantly Jewish by the 1930s.

  • Vasily Kandinsky at the Guggenheim

    Amidst Circles

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 27th, 2021

    The painter Vasily Kandinsky belongs in the Guggenheim Museum. The new show titled "Around the Circle" spirals up to the top of Frank Lloyd Wright's monument.

  • Fittness Tips for Seniors

    Be the Envy of All

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 28th, 2021

    It's time for sweating to the oldies. Or is it time for oldies to be sweating. Ok gang, all together now. Get off the couch, Start with a five pound potato sack in each hand.

  • Così Fan Tutte

    At San Francisco Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 26th, 2021

    “Così Fan Tutte” was the last of three collaborations by perhaps the strongest composition team in opera history.  Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte had previously written “Le Nozze di Figaro” and “Don Giovanni.”  Acknowledging the significance of this unplanned trilogy, San Francisco Opera is presenting them all over a three-season period. 

  • The People Downstairs

    A World Premiere at Palm Beach Dramaworks

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 24th, 2021

    Palm Beach Dramaworks in South Florida will present the world premiere production of Michael McKeever's new historical drama, The People Downstairs. The play explores the challenges faced by the folks who hid Anne Frank's family during World War II as the Nazis attempted to round up European Jews.The People Downstairs runs from Dec. 3 to Dec. 19 at Palm Beach Dramaworks' playing space in West Palm Beach.  

  • Al Perry Was a Cool Head at WBCN

    As Station Manager He Kept the Lid On

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 23rd, 2021

    During the wild and crazy days of WBCN, which is now celebrated with a movie and book, Al Perry functioned as the adult in the room. As station manager he kept the lid on. Respected and loved by those who knew and worked with him Al passed on November 6.

  • Cullud Wattah at the Public Theater

    Powerful Public Issue Dramatized

    By: Rachel de Aragon - Nov 22nd, 2021

    The Public Theater presents Cullud Wattah, a timely social protest drama written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and directed by Candis C. Jones Profound contradictions are dramatized and shown throughout the drama. Adam Rigg (scenic design) creates a cozy furnished home of a working class African-American family surrounded by a macabre curtain of plastic bottles of dirty water.

  • Thoughts of a Colored Man On Broadway

    Twenty-nine Producers Express Faith in a Terrific New Play

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 21st, 2021

    Keenan Scott, playwright, objected to the widespread notion that black men don’t express themselves. In his play, Thoughts of a Colored Man, they do. Our conventional notions of black silence are shattered by a rich rhetorical tradition of the group that Eldridge Cleaver called the most challenged in American society. In some ways not much has changed since Cleaver made that statement over a half century ago. Black men have an expiration date that expires before everyone elses'.

  • Cullud Wattah at the Public Theater

    Powerful Public Issue Dramatized

    By: Rachel de Aragon - Nov 21st, 2021

    The Public Theater Presents Cullud Wattah, a timely social protest drama written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and directed by Candis C. Jones Adam Rigg (scenic design) creates a set full of profound contradictions. They weave through the drama on every level. A cozy furnished home of a working class African-American family is surrounded by a macabre curtain of plastic bottles of dirty water.

  • Duncan Macmillan's Lungs

    A New City Players Production

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 21st, 2021

    Ft. Lauderdale-based New City Players presents Duncan Macmillan's drama, Lungs, in an uneven production running through Nov. 28. In Macmillan's play, a couple are trying to decide whether to have a baby in a world plagued by many problems. Lungs, which runs less than two hours with no intermission, speaks to a new generation of folks for whom uncertainty has become the norm.

  • Father/Daughter by Kait Kerrigan,

    Produced by Aurora Theatre

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 21st, 2021

    The Bay Area is blessed with many great performing artists, and Sam Jackson (for the sake of clarity – she!) and William Thomas Hodgson (he) are among the finest.  Jackson portrays both females, and Hodgson both males.  And both actors are scintillating.

  • Middletown: The Ride of Your Life!

    A Co-production of Actors' Playhouse, Miracle Theatre and GFour Productions.

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 22nd, 2021

    Middletown: The Ride of Your Life! is a touching and humorous tale of friendship, life's joys, and difficulties. Actors' Playhouse and GFour Productions is presenting the comedy-drama through Dec. 12. The play reminds us how we missed in-person human interaction and connection during the pandemic.

  • New Dutch and Flemish Galleries at the MFA

    A Hundred Works by the Greatest Artists

    By: MFA - Nov 19th, 2021

    The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), opens a suite of seven newly renovated galleries that explore the rich visual culture of the Dutch Republic and Flanders during this time, bringing together nearly 100 paintings by the greatest masters—including Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens, Gerrit Dou, Frans Hals and Anthony van Dyck—in addition to works on paper and decorative arts such as silver and Delft ceramics.

  • The Band's Visit at the Bushnell

    Tony Winner in 2018

    By: Karen Isaacs - Nov 19th, 2021

    The Band’s Visit is almost a chamber musical; limited cast, no big dance numbers, no flashy sets or projections. It tells a simple story, but one that slowly creeps up on you and, if you let it, packs an emotional wallop. It’s based on a 2007 Israeli film that won critical acclaim and success.

  • Giuliano at Williams Faculty Club on November 19

    To Discuss Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 1870 to 2020: An Oral History

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 15th, 2021

    Remarkably, Museum of Fine Arts Boston , 1870 to 2020, by Charles Giuliano is only the second comprehensive history of the MFA. Much has transpired since the centennial publication some fifty years ago. Over those decades the author interviewed directors, curators, trustees and administrators. The museum's great collections as well as issues of elitist exclusion, racism and anti Semitism are conveyed in their own words. The Me Too and Black Lives Matter movements have impacted all of America's cultural institutions. Giuliano will discuss the book at the Williams Faculty Club on Friday, November 19 at 7 PM.

  • Ceramics, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

    In the Expanded Field

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Nov 02nd, 2021

    Ceramic art works and products have increased substantially in size and expression over the last ten or more years. The sky is the limit here at the current MoCA exhibition and the energy was palpable in the galleries during a rainy Saturday.

  • sAiNt jOaN (burn/burn/burn)

    Produced by Oakland Theater Project

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 17th, 2021

    Playwright Lisa Ramirez draws on Jean d’Arc’s motive force as the basis for examining the will of young women to effect change in today’s frightening world.  Her vehicle is a riveting, uber-energetic, often chaotic and confrontational clash of five young people one fateful night.  “sAiNt jOaN” grabs the attention by the throat and throttles it for 60 exciting and exhausting minutes.  

  • Shaw's Mrs. Warren’s Profession

    Ginglold Group at Theatre Row on 42nd Street.

    By: Karen Isaacs - Nov 17th, 2021

    The funniest complication is that Mrs. Warren has steadfastly refused to reveal who is Vivie’s father; so there is the possibility that it could be Sir George or even the Rev. Samuel, who wasn’t always a man of the cloth.

  • The Butterfly Process

    Boston Lyric Opera Fires the Canon

    By: BLO - Nov 17th, 2021

    Madama Butterfly inspires a deep look at its historical context through a contemporary lens. Internal and public discussions are part of the project dubbed The Butterfly Process by Boston Lyric Opera.

  • Bob Dylan Archive

    Opens in Tulsa on May 10, 2022,

    By: Dylan - Nov 16th, 2021

    In revealing the existence of the Bob Dylan Archive to the public in 2016, Ben Sisario wrote in The New York Times, "It is clear that the archives are deeper and more vast than even most Dylan experts could imagine, promising untold insight into the songwriter's work." The three-story façade of the Bob Dylan Center will face downtown Tulsa's hugely popular public gathering space, Guthrie Green, and will depict a rare 1965 image of Dylan, donated to the center by renowned photographer Jerry Schatzberg.  

  • Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

    2021 "Berkie" Award Winners

    By: Berkie - Nov 16th, 2021

    The big winners of the Berkies were A Crossing: A Dance Musical, presented by Barrington Stage Company, which won the Sally and Robert Sugarman Award for a World Premier of a New Work as well as many acting and design awards, and Nina Simone: Four Women, presented by the Berkshire Theatre Group. 

  • Dido and Aeneas Composed by Henry Purcell

    Produced by Opera San José

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 15th, 2021

    Rarely has an esteemed opera endured the ignominy of its birth as “Dido and Aeneas.”  Although its composer, Henry Purcell, would reign as the preeminent producer of serious British music from his death in 1695 until the 20th century, his only pure opera borrowed slavishly from a crypto-opera, John Blow’s “Venus and Adonis,” that has not even remained in the canon.

  • Composer Marcus Shelby's Harriet's Spirit

    Produced by Opera Parallèle and Bayview Opera House

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 15th, 2021

    Commissioned by Opera Parallèle as part of their Hands-On-Opera program, a series of operas for youth, “Harriet’s Spirit,” is performed appropriately at the Bayview Opera House, which operates as the hub of the San Francisco African American Arts and Culture District.  The production energizes and provides a beacon of hope for the communities that its story represents.

  • Arthur Miller's The Price

    At GableStage in Coral Gables, a Miami suburb

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 15th, 2021

    GableStage in Southeast Florida is opening its season with Arthur Miller's "The Price." New Producing Artistic Director Bari Newport is directing it, based on late Producing Artistic Director Joe Adler's notes. This production of "The Price" marked Adler's last directorial effort at GableStage, where he spent 20 years as Producing Artistic Director. GableStage has dedicated this production to Adler.

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