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  • Selling Kabul By Sylvia Khoury

    Co production of Williamstown Theatre Festival and Playwrights Horizon

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 14th, 2019

    With promises of visas and relocation to the United States the mlitary recruited interpreters in Afghanistan. That promise was reneged on when America started to withdraw and wind down in 2011. The world premiere play Selling Jabul by Sylvia Khoury focuses on the fate of one individual and his family who was left high and dry.

  • Verdi’s Requiem Mass at Tanglewood

    Andris Nelsons Conducts Massive Work

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 15th, 2019

    On the specal occasion of its annual Gala there was a special treat for partrons and the general audience. The long awaited and much anticipated Verdi’s Requiem Mass was conducted by Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood.

  • The Newport Jazz Festival 2019

    Talking with Bass Player Ron Carter

    By: Doug Hall - Jul 15th, 2019

    Bass player Ron Carter at 82, still performing around the world – will bring his trio to the Newport Jazz Festival Saturday, August 3rd at Fort Adams. He shared some thoughts about performing, music and musicianship.

  • Toni Stone Story of Vintage Baseball Player

    Home Run Off Broadway

    By: Edward Rubin - Jul 15th, 2019

    April Matthis, as Toni Stone (1921-1996) the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro League, is knocking it out of the ballpark every night at New York's Laura Pels Theatre through August 11.

  • Michael Gordon's Acquanetta at Bard

    Texture and Noir Images Engross in Video Opera

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 14th, 2019

    Acquanetta, the video opera by Michael Gordon, a multi-dimensional composer on the contemporary scene, was premiered as grand opera in Aachen, Germany in 2006. Commissioned in chamber form by Beth Morrison Productions, it now is mounted at Bard SummerScape. Grand or not grand, the sound in this version, with members of the Bang on the Can Ensemble, is big. Loud was the word used in warning. The nature of the production, details of which remain closely held, enables the electronic bass and also the string instruments to resound throughout the hall. The music makes the show, as it should in opera.

  • Dance Theatre of Harlem

    50th Anniversary Performance at Jacob's Pillow

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 12th, 2019

    From the High School of Music and Art the young Arthur MItchell rose to become a principal dancer in George Balanchine's New York City Ballet. Responding to the death of Dr. Martin Luther KIng, Jr., fifty years ago with Karel Shook they founded Dance Theatre of Harlem. The company first appeared at Jacob's Pillow in 1970. This week they returned with a diverse program in tribute to Mitchell who passed away last September.

  • A Mark Morris Concert at Mostly Mozart

    Satie, Ives and Schumann at the Rose Theater

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 13th, 2019

    Mark Morris is as serious about music as anyone. A questioner dared to state that of course music performed for dance was not up to concert expectations. Morris quickly took exception. His standards are the highest. He expects the music to be performed as written by the composer. He decried excessive rubatos. Yet Morris is as impish as Eric Satie. Satie's Sports and divertissements inspired a world premiere commissioned by Mostly Mozart.

  • Time Flies and Other Comedies by David Ives

    Great Escape at Barrington Stage Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 11th, 2019

    For a change of pace Barrington Stage Company has opted not to give us yet another social justice scolding. Summer escapism with a belly full of laughs is provided by David Ives's Time Flies and Other Comedies. An all star cast of Barington actors are off the leash with total gonzo performances. They are anchored by the comedic genius of Debra Jo Rupp. Just wait till you see her paired with Cary Donaldson. With wings and buggy butts as Mayflys they wll be born, meet, mate, hatch and die all on one hilarious day. And that's just the first of six outrageous skits.

  • Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story

    Pittsfield's Colonial Theatre Shakes, Rattles and Rolls

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 10th, 2019

    Berkshire Theatre Group and its Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield is producing the world premiere of Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story. The jukebox musical, rumored to be headed to Broadway, has a book by Gary Kupper, Larry Marshak and Rose Caiola with original music and lyrics by Gary Kupper. A cast of nineteen performs some 47 musical interludes. The music was fun but the long and often slow production needs a lot of work.

  • Compagnie CNDC-Angers/ Robert Swinston

    Celebrating Merce Cunningham Centennial at Jacob's Pillow.

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 08th, 2019

    For his centennial Jacob’s Pillow presented three dances by the avant-garde choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009). The “music” featured his collaborator and life partner John Cage (1912-1992). In July, 2009 we attended the final performance at Jacob’s Pillow by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Several days later, on July 26, he passed away.

  • The Good Person of Szechwan

    Brecht at California Shakespeare Theater

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 09th, 2019

    So, a Bertolt Brecht play can actually be fun! The play’s central theme is about goodness, something that would seem intuitively straight forward, but the playwright examines the concept from many sides, resulting in more questions than answers.

  • Ronald K. Brown's Evidence Troop at Bard

    Classic Grace is Followed by Premiere of Mercy

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 07th, 2019

    Ronald K. Brown’s classic Grace was mounted in the Sosnoff Theater at the Fisher Center of Bard. For the first time, accompanying music was live, an adaptation of the tapes usually run with the dance. Grace was followed by a world premiere of Mercy, a work commissioned by SummerScape at Bard among others.

  • The Scottsboro Boys

    Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jul 08th, 2019

    The Scottsboro Boys is getting a terrific production at Playhouse on Park through Aug. 4. Previously the show won acclaim, nominations and awards off-Broadway, on Broadway, in London and other places.

  • Twelfth Night at Shakespeare & Company

    Fun, Fun, Fun in Lenox

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 07th, 2019

    You may have seen Twelfth Night, perhaps a dozen times. But don't miss one more sharply directed by Allyn Burrows at Shakespere & Company in Lenox. What a hoot yet again to see the absurd Malvolio, a love sotted fool, decked out in yellow stockings with crossed garters. Expect a raucous night of fun, fun, fun.

  • Marjorie Minkin: The Shape of Light

    Museum Quality Work at Real Eyes Gallery in the Berkshires

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 05th, 2019

    In a relatively short time Real Eyes Gallery. located in the heart of Adams in the Berkshires. is notable for programming museum level exhibtions. Marjorie Minkin: The Shape of Light sets the bar high. Gallerist Bill Reilly has been able to work with artists from an expanding and ever more remarkable community of artists. How long can MASS MoCA ignore phenomenal work being created in its own back yard?

  • Josh Groban Delights at Tanglewood

    Songs and Patter

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 03rd, 2019

    Starting late last night at Tanglwood the quirky man/ child, Josh Groban, delivered a chatty 90 minute set with ten minutes of encores. In tribute to James Taylor, who performs tonight, in a total gonzo move, Groban fell to his knees and "kissed the hallowed ground" of Tanglewood. All kidding aside he has truly awesome pipes.

  • Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

    Broadway Revival of Terrence McNally Play

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jul 04th, 2019

    Johnny is sure that he and Frankie should be a couple – after all their names reflect the hold song. So he is going to convince Frankie of that fact, no matter how she tries to resist.

  • Herrens vije (Ride the Storm)

    A Masterful Danish Television Series

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 05th, 2019

    For 250 years the Danish Krogh family has been in the God business. Brilliant, fanatical and tyrranical the elder Johannes dominates his parish as well as immediate family. The role earned Lars Millelsen an Emmy for the the 20 episode, 2017-2018 Danis television series. You will want to binge/view this best ever family drama on Netflix.

  • A Human Being, of a Sort

    WTF World Premiere by Jonathan Payne

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 02nd, 2019

    A new play by Jonathan Payne, A Human Being, of a Sort, at Williamstown Theatre Festival is based on an historical event. In 1906 a Congolese Pigmy native, Ota Benga, was brought to New York City, placed in a cage along with monkeys, orangutans and other primates for display in the Bronx Zoo. From this Payne has created a social justice drama that explores racism at the turn of the 20th century.

  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    Joan Didion Produced by Aurora Theatre

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 02nd, 2019

    Joan Didion has crafted an engaging peek into her soul at a time of great tribulation, though there are numerous flashbacks to earlier times which flesh out her personal attributes and relationships and offer colorful vignettes from her past. She is unembarrassed to discuss some of her own foibles, including her frequent arguments with her beloved husband.

  • Compania Irene Rodriguez

    Post Modern Flamenco at Jacob's Pillow

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 01st, 2019

    In 2017 Compania Irene Rodriguez sold out its first booking in the smaller Doris Duke Theatre. They have now completed a sensational engagement on the Ted Shawn main stage. The Cuban company was formed in 2012 with a mandate to create a fusion of traditional flamenco with other forms of Afro Cuban music and dance. This is a company destined to make many visits to Jacob's Pillow.

  • A Raisin in the Sun at Williamstown

    Gilding the Lily of Lorraine Hansberry's Masterpiece

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 30th, 2019

    Six decades later Williamstown Theatre Festival is presenting the Lorraine Hansberry masterpiece Raisin in the Sun. A superb cast is anchored by S. Epatha Merkerson (Lena Younger [Marner]), Francois Battiste (Walter Lee Younger), and Mandi Masden (Ruth Younger). The director Robert O'Hara has stated that he avoided presenting the classic drama as a "museum piece." His improvements and updates, however, are less than judicious

  • Ruthless at Desert Rose Playhouse

    By Joel Paley, with music by Marvin Laird

    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 29th, 2019

    “Ruthless” is blessed with a cast of experienced farceurs and comedy actors who can sing, and singers who act and dance. What more does one need from a musical comedy in order to enjoy a hilarious evening in the theatre?

  • Passion by Sondheim and Lapine

    Custom Made Theatre in San Francisco

    By: Victor Cordell - Jun 29th, 2019

    Passion is a distinctive and less performed work from one of the greatest creators of musical theater, and this production captures its essence. Sondheim enthusiasts will definitely want to see it, and it is well worth experiencing for the broader public as well

  • Mysterious Circumstances at the Geffen Playhouse

    Elementary Dear Watson

    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 29th, 2019

    So convincing was Conan Doyle’s creation at the turn of the 20th century both Holmes and Watson were believed to be real people. So much so that the city of London actually turned Holmes’ fictional living quarters at 221- B Baker Street into a physical replica in a building located at 221-B Baker Street; due to the demand of tourists wanting to visit the famous detective’s home.

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