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  • A Soldier's Play

    Murder, Mystery, and Racism on the Home Front During World War II

    By: Victor Cordell - Jun 05th, 2023

    In 1944, African-American military units were always commanded by white officers, with black non-coms, and enlisted men, reflecting the plantation structure that preceded it by a century and more.  This organization represents the natural order to Captain Charles Taylor, a West Point grad, who happily manages and cajoles a platoon comprised of talented black baseball players who will get to play the Yankees if they continue to win all of their games.  To this day, a common condition persists, that racists like Taylor often carve out exceptions to allow minority peoples to reflect glory on their white overlords.

  • American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light

    Harvard Art Museums

    By: Harvard - Jun 05th, 2023

    This summer, the Harvard Art Museums present over 100 years of dazzling and imaginative artistry through the medium of watercolor. American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light showcases more than 100 watercolors by over 50 well-known and historically underrepresented artists selected from the museums’ deep and diverse holdings—a rare opportunity because of the light-sensitive nature of these works.

  • Rare Loan from Acropolis of Athens

    Kore on View at Museum of Fine Arts

    By: MFA - Jun 05th, 2023

    About 2,500 years ago, the Acropolis of Athens was filled with statues of young women, called korai. Raised on high bases, these dedicated offerings created a forest of shimmering marble women honoring the goddess Athena. One of the finest examples of these objects, known as Kore 670, which rarely leaves the Acropolis Museum, has traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), where it is on view through January 8, 2024.

  • Curtis Stewart Erupts at Merkin Hall

    Kaufman Music Center Produces Ecstatic Music

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 04th, 2023

    Curtis Stewart is a man for all seasons.  He took over Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Center this week. When you hear him, you know that Nietzsche was right: without music, life would be a mistake.

  • The Shining - an Opera

    Horror is Added to the Traditional Operatic Themes of Love, Conflict, and Death

    By: Victor Cordell - Jun 03rd, 2023

    Jack Torrance, an unstable recovering alcoholic and unsuccessful writer, hires on as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies during its off-season. He hopes that the seclusion will not only give him undistracted time for writing but also allow him to rebuild his relationships with his wife, Wendy, and son, Danny. What the parents don’t realize is that Danny possesses “the shining,” which is the psychic ability of clairvoyance. This attribute will allow the boy to see the hotel’s sordid past and set the stage for the horrors to come.

  • Mark Morris Launches Pillow Season

    The Look of Love to Music of Burt Bacharach

    By: Pillow - May 31st, 2023

    A longtime Pillow favorite, Mark Morris Dance Group will bring audiences The Look of Love, an homage to the music of the late Burt Bacharach, which had its world premiere in 2022 and which Fjord Review called “a breath of fresh, brilliant, joyous—and much needed—air.” A towering figure of popular music, Bacharach is known for his soaring melodies and unique orchestrations influenced by jazz, rock, and Brazilian music.

  • Flying Dutchman Transports at the Met Opera

    Francois Girard in Top Form as Producer

    By: Susan Hall - May 31st, 2023

    The new Flying Dutchman at the Metropolitan Opera transports.  Grounded shortly after its debut as the pandemic erupted in March of 2020, the cast has changed. Like many of the Met's new productions, singing is excellent across the board and gives great pleasure.

  • The Secret Garden by Marsha Norman

    At ACT-CT in Ridgefield

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 31st, 2023

    The show is based on the novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which was turned into a fine film in 1993 and a more recent film in 2020. The young adult book, as it would now be described, was written in 1911.

  • The Happiest Man on Earth by Mark St. Germain

    World Premiere for Barrington Stage Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 29th, 2023

    Barrington Stage Company presents another world premiere by Mark St Germain on the stage that bears his name. The Happiest Man on Earth is a one-man show based on the holocaust memoir The Happiest Man on Earth published by Eddie Jaku when he was one hundred years old. It is profoundly performed by Kenneth Tigar.

  • Department of Play

    New Urban Planning Paradigm

    By: Mark Faveremann - May 27th, 2023

    An example of Department of Play’s approach was recently on display at Northeastern University’s Gallery 360’s exhibition At Play. The collective views its mission as fostering group discovery and involvement in the thoughtful (playful?) envisioning of an evolving urban environment.

  • What she learned from plants at Gloucester Writers Center

    By Peter Littlefield Directed by Roy Rallo

    By: Peter Littlefield - May 31st, 2023

    Lately I've been writing little metaphysical screenplays for dolls, dogs and humans. My friend Roy Rallo - with whom I work in opera - has been shooting them with my help.

  • Frankie’s in Lenox

    Superb Osso Bucco

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 30th, 2023

    Whenever it's on the menu I generally order osso bucco. I have enjoyed it from Palm Beach to Bologna. Even made it from time to time at home. The version at Frankie's in Lenox was among the best ever

  • Playwright Mark St Germain

    Anthony Hopkins to Star in Freud's Last Session

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 29th, 2023

    Many of Mark St Germain's plays have premiered at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield. One of his most successful was Freud's Last Session with some 200 global productions. Recently he discussed how the play is being filmed in Ireland starring Sir Anthony Hopkins. He also spoke about his new play The Happiest Man on Earth which is having its world premiere at BSC.

  • Topdog/Underdog

    Pulitzer Prize-winning Play at Palm Beach Dramaworks

    By: Aaron Krause - May 30th, 2023

    Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the failure of the Amrerican Dream. A top-notch production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play runs through June 11 at South Florida's Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach. .

  • Rhiannon Giddens Directs at Ojai

    Giddens Tells The Whole Story

    By: Susan Hall - May 29th, 2023

    Each year at the Ojai Festival in California a different Music Director is given the freedom and the resources to imagine four days of musical brainstorming. Ojai’s signature blend of an enchanted setting and an audience voracious in its appetite for challenge and discovery has inspired a distinguished series of musical innovators—from Pierre Boulez, Aaron Copland, and Igor Stravinsky and Jeremy Denk, Dawn Upshaw and Barbara Hannigan.  John Adams has directed twice. 

  • Der fliegende Holländer

    Robert Balonek's Vocal Power As The Dutchman Astounds.

    By: Victor Cordell - May 28th, 2023

    Blessed with soaring romance-style music and a dramatic source from Heinrich Heine’s take on Celtic mythology (influenced in turn by stories of the Wandering Jew), Wagner produced his first operatic masterpiece.  However, he shifted the venue to a Nordic locale more compatible with his desired social iconography.  The composer was particularly empathetic toward the title character as he identified with the isolation and persecution suffered, creating a highly engaging opera centered on this desolate soul.

  • Tracy Jones

    National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

    By: Aaron Krause - May 27th, 2023

    The new comedy "Tracy Jones" is running at the Ft. Lauderdale-area's Island City Stage as the last leg of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. "Tracy Jones," by Stephen Kaplan, is about a lonely woman who throws a party for every other woman in her state also named Tracy Jones. The play highlights loneliness and the human need for connection. .

  • Let The Right One In

    Intelligent Vampire Story With Interesting Twists But Inconsistent Tone.

    By: Victor Cordell - May 26th, 2023

    Rather than a simple blood-sucking horror, the play focuses largely on the relationship between Oskar, a bullied teenage boy from a broken home with a drunken mother and a largely neglectful father, and Eli, a new neighbor - who possesses an androgynous look; acts mostly like a girl; but insists that she’s not a girl, with no further explanation.

  • (Not Entirely) Black and White, by Nelson and Fried

    Show at the Eclipse Mill Gallery, North Adams, MA

    By: Astrid Hiemer - May 20th, 2023

    This exhibition in North Adams ends on May 29 and so we also introduce the Old Stone Mill Center in Adams, MA, on Rt. 8, outside of downtown, direction to S. Adams. Both are worth a visit!

  • Gypsy at Goodspeed

    Solid But Not Outstanding Production

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 26th, 2023

    This classic musical was originally written specifically for Ethel Merman, a huge Broadway star, by Jule Styne (music), Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and Arthur Laurents (book). It was loosely based on the autobiography of Gypsy Rose Lee, the stripper/actress/writer.

  •  Barrington Stage Company Gala 2023

    Taylor Mac Hosts Night at the Kit Kat Club

    By: BSC - May 25th, 2023

     Hosted by MacArthur Genius-Award-winning playwright, director, and performance artist Taylor Mac, BSC’s Gala will transport attendees to the pre-war Berlin Kit Kat Club for an evening of pleasure featuring a cabaret lineup that will include burlesque artist Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co.

  • Williamstown Theatre Festival Off Limits for Critics

    No Coverage Allowed This Summer

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 24th, 2023

    The once fabled Williamstown Theatre Festival, under interim artistic director Jenny Gersten, has cut back this season.

  • Nor’easter: Paintings by Terry Ekasala, Rick Harlow, and Craig Stockwell

    At The Bundy Modern, Waitsfield VT

    By: Bundy - May 24th, 2023

    Most years, we in New England experience massive storms called Nor’easter’s. In the winter months these epic events usually stop everything for a few days while we dig our way out of snow drifts and wait for electricity to resume. As artists, we relish any reason to stop in our tracks, slow time, and experience stillness.

  • Tan Dun Conducts TON

    Rose Theater in New York Becomes an Aviary

    By: Susan Hall - May 24th, 2023

    Tan Dun became famous for his Academy Award-winning track for Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger.  A crossover classical composer who grew up in the country in China, and had not heard Beethoven until he was eighteen, he has made a career, merging East and West, using the conventions and tonalities of each culture.  This merger is most effective in his operas, symphonies and concertos.

  • David Auburn's Summer, 1976 on Broadway

    Laura Linney and Jessica Hecht

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 23rd, 2023

    Diana (Laura Linney) and Alice (Jessica Hecht) are mothers of 5-year-old daughters; it is summer in Columbus, Ohio and both are connected to The Ohio State University.

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