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  • Martin Moran's One Man Show, All the Rage

    The Barrow Group Presents the Award-WInning Mono Drama

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 18th, 2019

    Martin Moran performs his one-man show, All The Rage, at the Barrow Group through October 5. Thoroughly entertaining, it tackles one of the deepest of subjects: forgiveness for unforgivable offenses. Seth Barrish directed this award-winning show.

  • Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss

    Produced by Opera San Jose

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 17th, 2019

    The intersection of the world of grand opera and musical confection rarely occurs. An exception to that rule would be Johann Strauss’s operetta Die Fledermaus. Maestro Michael Morgan maintains brisk pace throughout the musical sections, resulting in a spirited rendering of the score.

  • Boston Rocker Ric Ocasek at 75

    With Ben Orr Founded The Cars

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 16th, 2019

    The counterculture in Boston geared up in the summer of 1968. The music scene, WBCN, and alternative media were well established when The Cars emerged with a self titled album in 1978. They went on to record a string of hits breaking up a decade later. After kicking around with a variety of folk/ rock configurations Ric Ocasek and Ben Orr established a mega group that was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year. Orr died in 2000 and Ocasek died yesterday at 75. They were an integral part of a golden age of Boston rock.

  • Time Stands Still By Donald Marguiles

    Ends Season for Shakespeare & Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 16th, 2019

    Instead of a brief essay from the director the Shakespeare & Company playbill uses that space to list journalists killed "on assignment in 2019." Ten years ago Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies earned two Tony nominations. Four fine performances, and superb direction, were squandered on a play that is not aging well. Taking on an important subject, the bravery and sacrifice of journalists covering war zones, the play is contrived and reaches for cheap tricks entailing reversal and deception.

  • Romeo and Juliet by Charles Gounod

    Produced by San Francisco Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 17th, 2019

    Charles Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet faithfully follows Shakespeare’s dramatic narrative and adds a score of great beauty that has graced the repertory since its spectacular debut in 1867. San Francisco Opera’s faithful production possesses sterling artistry and striking staging that honor this compelling opera.

  • Hitchcock's Psycho Score at NY Philharmonic

    Orchestra Performs Bernard Hermann's Classic

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 15th, 2019

    The New York Philharmonic performed the New York premiere of Bernard Hermann’s Psycho score, accompanying a huge projection of the film. Richard Kaufman, a veteran conductor of film and television productions, conducted. David Geffen Hall was filled with a hip audience of film buffs, who cheered when the classic image of the Bates Motel first appeared on the screen.

  • Hairspray in Indianapolis

    A Beef & Boards Dinner Theater production

    By: Aaron Krause - Sep 13th, 2019

    Hairspray is receiving an exuberant production by Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis.The musical, based on John Waters' film, reminds us that we can each do our part to right wrongs. This production runs through Oct. 6.

  • Amadeus at North Coast Repertory Theatre

    Sir Peter Schaffer’s Musical Still Rocks Mozart

    By: Jack Lyons - Sep 15th, 2019

    Director Baird’s bold vision required him to strip-down the script to 10 performing characters without sacrificing any of the drama and/or light comedy moments that run throughout Shaffer’s illuminating, potent, tragic story concerning the early death, at 35 years of age, of musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (an astonishing Rafael Goldstein).

  • Don’t Give a Crap

    Solid Gold Commode Gone Missing

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 14th, 2019

    The rich are different from us. As a symbol of ultimate decadence Maurizio Cattelan created "America" a sold gold toilet. I lined up to take a pee in it at the Guggenheim Museum. Now it has gone missing.

  • Reggae Band Steel Pulse

    The Cabot Theater, Beverly, Mass.

    By: Doug Hall - Sep 14th, 2019

    Performing at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, to a packed and “on your feet” audience, David Hinds (vocals, guitarist) and longtime bandmate Selwyn Brown (keyboardist) kept an edge to their message of social and political outrage. The evening featured the first release by Steel Pulse in over a decade "Mass Manipulation" (2019, Rootfire Cooperative / Wiseman Doctrine).

  • Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater

    Interviews by Mark Larson

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 14th, 2019

    Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater is a book you can enjoy in two ways. You can read it from beginning to end, as you would any narrative of fiction or nonfiction. Or you can dip in and out and read Mark Larson’s marvelous interviews with Chicago theater people in any order—and to any stage of completion—that you like.

  • When She Had Wings

    Family-Oriented Play In South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Sep 11th, 2019

    When She Had Wings brings history to life in a fun way. This play about a young girl who wishes to regain her ability to fly should appeal to all ages. Boca Raton-based Theatre Lab is mounting a charming, magical production.

  • John Zorn World Premiere at Columbia University

    Pianist Stephen Gosling Paints in Notes

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 12th, 2019

    The first of a series of monthly pop up concerts at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University presented the world premiere of John Zorn’s 18 Studies from the Later Sketchbooks of JMW Turner. This expansive work embraces a variety of styles and forms, all inspired by the watercolors of 19th-century English painter Joseph Mallord William Turner. Pianist Stephen Gosling, a masterful interpreter of contemporary music and particularly Zorn's, performed.

  • Marjorie Kaye Synaptic Tides

    Boston's Galatea Fine Arts

    By: Marjorie Kaye - Sep 10th, 2019

    I have been working on sculptural surfaces for my paintings for 6 months. In addition to the resulting surface tension, the work has become more lyrical, sprinkled with recognizable imagery. Vines, galaxies, probes, suns, microbial animals and plants divide the surface and define the space.

  • Howards End at Remy Bumppo Theatre

    A Stunning New Production

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 10th, 2019

    Howards End, the stunning new production by Remy Bumppo Theatre, weaves together strands of three families. The wealthy and elite Wilcoxes—father, sons and daughter—the Schlegel sisters, who belong to the intellectual gentry, and poverty-stricken Leonard Bast and his wife. The script by Douglas Post, adapted from E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel, is directed by Nick Sandys.

  • Britten's Billy Budd Based on Melville

    At San Francisco Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 09th, 2019

    Michael Grandage’s production has been revived several times since its inauguration almost a decade ago, and it’s easy to see why. The staging is sensational, dominated by the depiction of the innards of the man o’ war. Although Billy Budd underwent revisions after its debut in 1951, it is surprising that the American premiere didn’t occur until 1970.

  • Connecticut Theatre

    Highliighting the Fall Season

    By: Karen Isaacs - Sep 08th, 2019

    Karen Isaacs previews what's on tap for fall theater in Connecticut.

  • Kamala Sankaram's New Opera at HERE

    Kristin Marting, Opera on Tap and Experiments in Opera Join Forces

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 08th, 2019

    HERE and Opera on Tap are presenting Kamala Sankaram's Looking at You, an opera which takes a provocative approach to the end of privacy. We wittingly and unwittingly allow cyber companies to strip us. Rob Handel's brilliant libretto is in the tradition of Experiments in Opera productions. Its narrative arc and apt language combine with thick orchestration using whatever style brings us face to face with issues in a story.

  • Eclipse Mill Artists Annual Exhibition

    North Adams Events in September and October

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 06th, 2019

    The Eclipse Mill Artists Annual Exhibition will be held September 6 to September 29 at 243 Union Street in North Adams, Mass. 01247. This serves as a preview for Open Studios on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20. The complex, which houses forty live/ work lofts, is the epicenter of an ever growing community of artists in Northern Berkshire County.

  • Murder for Two

    Musical on Stage in Walnut Creek, California

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 08th, 2019

    While this is a well-crafted production of a well-designed and recognized work, it is not for everyone. For theater goers seeking fast-paced, forget-your-troubles entertainment, it will probably fill the bill. For those looking for meaning, social commentary, complexity of character, and the like, it may not fill much of anything.

  • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

    Live from Lincoln Center Presents first International Broadcast

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 04th, 2019

    The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is upward bound, on an odyssey filmed by Live From Lincoln Center as they journeyed through Greece. We visit the remote hills of Pelion and churches in Volos and Milies. Unusual and exotic locations are the setting of performances: from a Bach violin solo performed movingly by Aaron Boyd in a magnificent amphitheater to the wonderful Octet for strings that Mendelssohn composed at 16 years of age as he embarked on his classical career.

  • The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance

    Season Announced at Williams College

    By: Randal Fippinger - Sep 05th, 2019

    The visiting artist CenterSeries brings professional artists to campus for residencies at Williams College that culminate in performances at the ’62 Center. The Series kicks off with the return of Dancers from New York City Ballet on Friday, October 18th. Also returning to Williams is the SITI Company. Founded in 1992 by Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki, SITI will perform a “spellbinding modern update” of The Bacchae by Aaron Poochigian, on Saturday, November 2nd. (Los Angeles Times).

  • Clark Will Screen Live at the Met

    Opera Featured at Williamstown Museum

    By: Clark - Sep 05th, 2019

    The Clark Art Institute will air the complete 2019–20 season of ten live performances from The Metropolitan Opera, held on select Saturdays beginning in October 12 and concluding in May 2020, in high definition from the Clark’s state-of-the-art auditorium. A special holiday encore presentation of The Magic Flute will be held on Sunday, December 8.

  • Reba McEntire at Tanglewood

    Packed Shed Ends 2019 Season

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 02nd, 2019

    From 4:20 PM to an exit at 5:45 PM country music star Reba McEntire laid down a vapor trail of a jet charged fifteen tunes. It was the final performance of a record setting 2019 Tanglewood season.

  • Tanz im August 2019, Berlin

    Produced by HAU, 9 - 31 August

    By: Angelika Jansen - Aug 31st, 2019

    Eagerly awaited, but somewhat disappointing, could be the short assessment of the 31st International Dance Festival 'Tanz im August' in Berlin, a performance marathon. The sold out festival drew18,000 visitors. This is a must read for all dance enthusiasts!

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