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  • 3rd Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards

    27 Critics Voted for Prized Berkies

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 13th, 2018

    For the third annual Berkshire Theatre Awards, at the Zion Luteran Church in Pittsfield, it took two hours to present trophies in 21 categories. Some 27 critics voted on awards to companies in the Berkshires extending into New York, Connecticut and Vermont. The top honors went to Barrington Stage Company with nine awards and Williamstown Theatre Festival which took home five.

  • Amigos: Charles Giuliano, Robert Henriquez, David Zaig

    Exhibition Ends Season of Eclipe Mill Gallery in North Adams

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 11th, 2018

    Amigos: Charles Giuliano, Robert Henriquez, David Zaig is the final exhibition of the season of Eclipse Mill Gallery in North Adams. The commonality of these Berkshire based artist friends is the scale and ambition of their work. The exhibition opens on Friday, November 16, 5 to 8 PM.

  • Phantom Limb Company at BAM

    Next Wave Festival Presents A Different Wave

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 10th, 2018

    The Phantom Limb Company presents Falling Out at BAM's Next Wave Festival. A decade after 9/11 in the US, an earthquake in Japan created a tsunami which swept over swept over Otsuchi, Japan. A terrorist attack and nature's own are comparable in the name dates by which they are remembered. The tsunami caused meltdowns at three nuclear reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant. Hundreds of thousand of residents were affected in what came to be called 3/11.

  • Two Broadway Dramas

    The Ferryman and The Waverly Gallery

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 11th, 2018

    In town for the ATCA NY Theatre Conference our Chicago correspondent covered two compelling dramas. Both plays are in long runs. The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth continues through February 17 and Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery runs until January 27

  • The Doctor in Spite of Himself at Odyssey Opera

    Gounod's 200th Birthday Celebrated in Style

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 10th, 2018

    Odyssey Opera mounted a terrific production of Charles' Gounod's A Doctor in Spite of Himself at the Huntington Theater in Boston. Gil Rose, the inspired founder of this company, points out that critics often blame institutions for riding the coattails of a big birthday of an musical original. If this is so, why is Gounod's 200th not being celebrated. It turns out that it is, in Boston.

  • Ivan Fischer at the New York Philharmonic

    The Hall Configured for Mozart

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Nov 10th, 2018

    Wednesday night's concert at the New York Philharmonic felt more like Mostly Mozart. It wasn't just the program: a brief but satisfying blend of Beethoven and Schubert. It was the presence of frequent MM guest Iván Fischer, who, for a number of seasons has enlivened that summer festival by bringing his orchestra charges: the Budapest Festival Orchestra (an ensemble he founded and still currently leads) to play symphonies and operas at Lincoln Center. Here, Fischer found himself at the helm of the New York Philharmonic, but wasted no time in ensuring that this was a very different kind of concert.

  • Broadway Goes Ape For King Kong

    Remake of Classic 1933 Rumble in the Jungle

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 08th, 2018

    During the exposition of this retelling of the classic 1933 film there is an enervating response to a generic musical. It conveys the familiar tale of a pretty farm girl falling on hard luck trying to make it big in show business. Lured into a film shoot on remote and unihabited Skull Island things change big time. From the first thrilling appearance of Kong there is little doubt that he is the new King of Broadway.

  • ATCA at Sardi’s

    Critics Lunch with Broadway Stars

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 07th, 2018

    The stars came out in droves for the annual luncheon with critics at Sardi's the show bis watering hole. Sixteen individuals representing thirteen current plays broke bread with the scribes.

  • Thousand Pines, at Westport Country Playhouse

    World Premiere by Matthew Greene

    By: Karen Isaacs - Nov 10th, 2018

    I found this moving and fascinating. As the playwright said, “to be honest, I’d love for this play to stop being ‘relevant.’” Yes, it is a difficult subject but it is handled with such care by all involved that it is well worth seeing.

  • Hungarian State Opera Orchestra

    Terrific Performances of UnusualFfare

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Nov 07th, 2018

    The Hungarian National Opera's arrival in New York for a two week stay has been among the more interesting events of this fall season. Unfamiliar operas, unique productions and some vocal discoveries have been made at Lincoln Center. On Monday night, the Opera's orchestra, under the leadership of music director Balász Kocsár came to Carnegie Hall for a marathon concert: its one chance to display a wide variety of orchestral wares.

  • Waiting for Godot by the Druid Theatre

    Lincoln Center's White Light Festival

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 07th, 2018

    Waiting for Godot with the Druid Theater Company graces the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center. It is an evening full of laughs in a bunker. Beckett as a member of the French Resistance had escaped Paris when the Gestapo targeted him. This experience led him to create a new theatrical form after the War.

  • Bringing King Kong to Broadway

    Developing the 20' and 2000 Pound Gorilla in the Room

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 06th, 2018

    During a session of the NY Conference of American Theatre Critics Association we met with creators of the soon to be smash hit musical King Kong. The star of the show stands 20' high, weighs 2000 pounds, and roars with a rage that is absolutely terrifying. He is one very pissed off great ape.

  • Ed Sanders Delivers Annual Olson Lecture

    A Letter from Gloucester

    By: Pippy Giuliano - Nov 06th, 2018

    Our correspondent, Piippy Giuliano, has more arts related news and commentary in another lively Letter from Gloucester. She reports that "Ed Sanders delivered the ninth annual Charles Olson Lecture at the Cape Ann Museum this weekend to a packed crowd." She also atteneded the vernissage of Lost in America featuring work by Susan Erony at Trident Gallery. She marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of Virginia Lee Burton’s classic children’s book, The Little House.

  • Robert Schenkkan's All the Way

    Exploring LBJ's Presidency

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 07th, 2018

    Playwright Robert Schenkkan explores the year from LBJ’s tragic ascension to the presidency through his election in the powerful and fast-paced, Tony Award winning All the Way. Michael Monagle tackles the many facets of President Lyndon Johnson with gusto.

  • St. Thomas Church Presents a New Organ

    Parry, Janacek, Poulenc, Bernstein and Barber Featured

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 05th, 2018

    St. Thomas Church in New York is introducing its magnificent new organ with a series of concerts. A recent program of ferociously reverent music displayed the grand instrument in all its glory. The Choir of Men and Boys was joined by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Sara Cutler was featured on the harp, soprano soloist Hyesang Park, and Benjamin Sheen on the brand new organ.

  • Happy Birthday, Wanda June

    Kurt Vonnegut Off Broadway

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 06th, 2018

    If you’re a Kurt Vonnegut reader, Happy Birthday, Wanda June will sound familiar. If you’re in New York, or can get there by November 29, you have the chance to see this wacky dark satire of American culture and America’s propensity for war and death, filtered through Vonnegut’s mad genius lens

  • Hungarian State Opera Arrives in New York

    Superb Company Offers Seldom Heard Masterpieces

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 06th, 2018

    The Hungarian State Opera is a company full of talented artists whose work has not been presented to American audiences, unless they are fortunate enough to have visited Buda and Pest, and cities throughout the country that presents opera all the time, everywhere. The troop is in New York for two weeks, presenting opera, their orchestra and also dance, for which the Hungarians are famous.

  • Satyagarha by Philip Glass at BAM

    Folkoperan / Cirkus Cirkör Add to the Meditation

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 01st, 2018

    The Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music is presenting Philip Glass' Satyagraha at the Harvey Theater in Brooklyn. Not every opera can be mounted by a circus troop, but the forms are complimentary. When they meld, as they do here, it is a thrilling evening of theater. Folkoperan / Cirkus Cirkör from Sweden brings a matching visual rhythm and pace to the classical forms of Glass and extend our sense of this meditation on pacifism

  • Kurt Vonnegut at 59E59 Theaters

    Brian Katz Adapts Mother Night for the Stage

    By: Rachel de Aragon - Oct 30th, 2018

    Brian Katz' adaptation and direction of Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night puts the infernal specters of WWII on the stage at 59E59 Theaters. It is produced by The Custom Made Theatre Company with Executive Producers William & Ruth Isenberg and Leah Abrams, and Producer Jay Yamada. We find ourselves witnesses to the conscience of an American born-German playwright Howard W. Campbell, (Gabriel Grilli), who has spent his youth in Germany writing propaganda for the the Third Reich.

  • Tughan Sokhiev at the New York Philharmonic

    Formerly Relatively Unknown

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Oct 30th, 2018

    Prior to this week, the Russian conductor Tughan Sokhiev was an unknown quantity at the New York Philharmonic. Currently music director of the Bolshoi Theater and the Orchestre Nationale du Capitole de Toulouse, he made his debut on the podium at David Geffen Hall, armed with a triptych of works from his native land by Borodin, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.

  • Charles Wuorinen's 80th at the Guggenheim

    Goeyvaerts String Quartet Performs at Works & Process

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 30th, 2018

    In celebration of his 80th birthday, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presented Charles Wuorinen's two String Trios, composed fifty years apart. In conversation before and between the superb performances of the Goeyvaerts String Trio, whose take on his work was praised by the composer, Wuorinen commented on his state of mind and ear at the time of the first composition. The Second String Trio is a world premiere commissioned by Works & Process.

  • Marnie at the Metropolitan Opera

    Nico Muhly's North American Premier

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 26th, 2018

    Nico Muhly’s third opera, his second for the Metropolitan Opera, has its North American premiere this month and next. Muhly states clearly that when he was approached by director Michael Mayer about making the book Marnie into an opera, he was intrigued. At the end of opera, one wonders what happened to the screenplay of Alfred Hitchcock’s film based on the book.

  • Exploring Spectacular Biltmore (Wine Included)

    Vanderbilt's Chateau Near Asheville

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Oct 27th, 2018

    The Biltmore Estate, near Asheville, North Carolina, is a 250 room mansion that opened on Christmas Eve, 1895. The Vanderbilts lived there until 1930, when the property was opened to the public. Presently, it is the state's top tourist attraction and home to a vineyard and winery that produces close to a million bottles a year.

  • Arabella at San Francisco Opera

    By Richard Strauss with Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

    By: Victor Cordell - Oct 26th, 2018

    Arabella does not artistically match the model it targeted, Der Rosenkavalier, nor does it replicate the earlier work’s market success. Despite some issues with this opera, it certainly deserves its place in the repertoire.

  • One Night In Miami

    Kemp Powers Play On South Beach

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 28th, 2018

    Historic Night in Segregated Miami is depicted in One Night in Miami. Miami New Drama opens its season with Kemp Powers poet play featuring familiar real life, historical characters. In Powers' play, Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke, Malcolm X and Jim Brown spend a night at a Miami hotel when the city was segregated.

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