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  • Barrington Stage Anounces 2024 Programming

    La Cage aux Folles and Next to Normal

    By: BSC - Nov 29th, 2023

    BSC will produce the Tony Award-winning musical La Cage aux Folles, and the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Next to Normal, which will be directed by Alan Paul, in a co-production with Round House Theatre, Bethesda, MD.

  • The Berlin Diaries

    Rolling World Premiere at South Florida's Theatre Lab

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 29th, 2023

    As part of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere program, The Berlin Diaries is experiencing its stage debut as an impressive fully-staged production at Theatre Lab, the professional resident company of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton. "The Berlin Diaries," by Andrea Stolowitz, is not just another Holocaust play. Instead, it has an unorthodox structure and seems almost like a detective story.

  • Rhiannon Giidens Broadends the Silk Road

    In San Diego The Trancontinental Railroad arrive

    By: Sharon Eubanks - Nov 28th, 2023

    The Transcontinental Railroad connected the Eastern and Western United States the same way that the Silk Road of Asia connected the Orient to Europe. Upon completion of the railroad, goods that would take six months to travel by boat around the Horn from the West to East Coast now were transported across the country in days. Most importantly, ideas and culture were transported. This crisscrossing changed the United States and made it the superpower it is today.

  • I Can Get It for You Wholesale

    Classy Revival by Classic Stage Company.

    By: Karen Isaacs - Nov 27th, 2023

    You can see why this show had a respectable run on Broadway in 1962; you can also understand why it didn’t run longer.

  • Holiday Theatre in Connecticut

    A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas

    By: Karen Isaacs - Nov 26th, 2023

    More versions of A Christmas Carol are throughout the area. The Downtown Cabaret Theater in Bridgeport has a child-oriented, musical version through Sunday, Dec. 30. Remember you sit at tables and can bring or purchase food. Stony Creek’s Legacy Theatre returns with a musical version through Sunday, Dec. 10. Another musical, Christmas Carol is at New Haven’s Shubert Theater on Friday, Dec. 22, and Saturday, Dec. 23.

  • Guys and Dolls

    World of Damon Runyon, Music and Lyrics of Frank Loesser

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 25th, 2023

    The musical gives a peek into the marginalized world of gamblers and performers around Broadway during the Depression. While running floating craps games as a profession, Nathan Detroit has eluded marriage to nightclub singer, Adelaide, for 14 years. Out-of-towner Sky Masterson is an occasional participant in Nathan's games. Needing $1,000, Nathan bets the bet-on-anything Sky that he can't induce a certain woman to go to Havana (Cuba!) with him for dinner. That woman happens to be Sarah, a uniformed member of the Times Square Save-a-Soul Mission, so Nathan feels comfortable with his bet. Well.....

  • Sanctuary on Netflix

    SumoThrows Its Weight Around

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 24th, 2023

    I was seduced into binge watching Sanctuary, an eight episode Japanese series on Netflix. It focuses on sumo wrestling, the national sport that is unique to Japan. Obesity is essential to success in the sport resulting in disease and premature death. While I had no prior knowledge of the sport I am now a fan.

  • Cape Ann Museum Post Hopper

    Above the Fold: The Photographers of the “Gloucester Daily Times,” 1973-2005

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 22nd, 2023

    The Cape Ann Museum presents its next special exhibition, Above the Fold: The Photographers of the “Gloucester Daily Times,” 1973-2005, featuring a selection of works by photographers shooting for the Times for over three decades. The captivating photographs in this exhibition draw on an important archive of an estimated one million photographs which is a recent acquisition donated to CAM by the North of Boston Media Group. 

  • Clark Summer 2024 Exhibitions

    Highlighting French Artist Guillaume Lethière

    By: Clark - Nov 20th, 2023

    The Clark Art Institute announces its summer 2024 schedule, featuring a robust program of exhibitions, events, and activities. Leading its summer program is a major new exhibition of works by French artist Guillaume Lethière featuring some eighty paintings, prints, and drawings. Organized in partnership with the Musée du Louvre (Louvre Museum), the exhibition premieres at the Clark and then travels to Paris for an autumn 2024 exhibition at the Louvre.

  • The Elixir of Love

    Donizetti's Frothy Comedy at San Francisco Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 21st, 2023

    Poor Nemorino is in love with his employer, Adina, but she has other things in mind. Along comes Dr. Dulcamara, an itinerant snake oil salesman, who has just the love potion that will make Nemorino irresistible to Adina. Of course, it's really red wine. Frivolity ensues and all live happily ever after.

  • Musing on Women in Classical Music

    Kim Noltemy CEO of the Dallas Symphony, 21 years at the BSO

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 19th, 2023

    The Women in Classical Music Symposium in Dallas was not acrimonious. No one whined. Instead, the spirit was exploratory. There was some feeling that 'what you heard here should stay here' in Dallas. This was odd because many of the problems that were raised and then discussed were common to men and women across the color and gender spectrum.

  • U.K. Royal Ballet at Jacob's Pillow

    To Highlight 2024 Season

    By: Pillow - Nov 18th, 2023

    The Royal Ballet of the United Kingdom, will appear at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival for the first time, as the company’s sole stop in the United States in 2024. To celebrate this milestone, Jacob’s Pillow will for the first time feature daily back-to-back performances from one company in multiple venues, with one program on the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage, and another distinct program in the historic indoor Ted Shawn Theatre.

  • Omar

    Giddens and Abels' Pulitzer Prize Winning Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 17th, 2023

    In this fact-based story, a Muslim scholar is captured and enslaved in South Carolina. After various travails, he is purchased by a relatively humane master who encourages his writing and religious thinking, even while arguing that he prays to a false God, believing the Muslim Allah to be different from the Christian God.

  • Babbitt at La Jolla

    Matthew Broderick in a Star Turn

    By: Sharon Eubanks - Nov 18th, 2023

    The La Jolla Playhouse adaptation of Sinclair Lewis's classic novel Babbitt tells the story of George F. Babbitt, played by Matthew Broderick.  Set in a sleek modern library, the ensemble cast, scattered around the library reading the novel, tells Babbitt’s story. It is. a smash hit.

  • Four Plays From Broadway And Beyond

    Premieres and Revivals

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 15th, 2023

    These were seen by the reviewer on a trip to NYC for the American Theatre Critics Association conference. Each of the four is worth seeing with history and music being common threads. Supported by excerpts of period music, "Spies" tells the true story of a 17th century friar who was charged with preventing what would become the 30 Years War. The dark "Watch" uses operatic form and modern dance to tell a story related to the real-life mass murders in a Charleston church with a black congregation and a Pittsburgh synagogue. "Wholesale" is a heavily adapted revival of the 1962 musical that launched Barbra Streisand's career. "Love" tells the story of former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos in sung-through immersive disco fashion!

  • Waiting for Godot at Theatre for a New Audience

    Arin Arbus Directs Brilliantly

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 15th, 2023

    Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) and Park Avenue Armory are the two New York venues you can count on to deliver. Arin Arbus’ new take on Waiting for Godot is no exception.

  • Berkies 2023

    Theatre Awards in the Berkshires

    By: Charles Giliano - Nov 15th, 2023

    Several categories saw ties this year, including the top honors for Outstanding Musical Production and . Barrington Stage Company’s production of Cabaret and the Sharon Playhouse production of Something Rotten shared the musical award. Shakespeare & Company’s production of August Wilson’s Fences shared the top play production honors with Bridge Street Theatre’s East of Berlin.

  • Private Jones Needs Work

    At Goodspeed's in Ct

    By: Karen Isaacs - Nov 14th, 2023

    Private Jones is based on the true story of a young man from a small Welsh town who manages to enlist in the British army during WWI despite a hearing loss.  He may not be able to hear, but he can shoot, becoming a sniper taking out German soldiers from across the trenches.

  • Boston Bel Canto Opera

    Interview With Bradley Pennington

    By: Frank Conte - Nov 13th, 2023

    In 1993, Bradley Pennington, already an accomplished musician and teacher, formed the Boston Bel Canto Opera making it a much-welcomed addition to Greater Boston’s cultural arts community. Its aim — then and now -- is to bring the absolute finest in operatic performances to its audiences.

  • Dallas Presents Women in Classical Music Symposium

    Kim Noltemy CEO of the Dallas Symphony

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 10th, 2023

    Kim Noltemy, the Ross Perot President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, joined the Dallas Symphony Association (DSA) in January 2018. (She had worked for the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 21 years). One of her first initiatives was a symposium for Women in Classical Music. Noltemy moved fast and the first conference was held in 2019

  • Clark Art Institute Exhibition

    50 Years and Forward: Works on Paper Acquisitions 

    By: Clark - Nov 08th, 2023

    Marking the fiftieth anniversary of its Manton Research Center, the Clark Art Institute presents the opportunity to see a selection of prints, drawings, and photographs acquired between 1973 and 2023. 50 Years and Forward: Works on Paper Acquisitions opens on December 16, 2023 and is on view through March 10, 2024 in the Clark Center. The exhibition features several recent acquisitions as well as other works never previously shown at the Clark.

  • Kronos Quartet Turns Fifty at Carnegie Hall

    Celebration is a Cause for Joy

    By: Viktor Raykin - Nov 07th, 2023

    The Kronos String Quartet and their collaborators, among them Carnegie Hall which presented this evening, celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of this radical and exciting group.  

  • Bulrusher

    Relationships and Mysticism in the California Redwoods

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 03rd, 2023

    A black foundling with a gift for reading the future is raised in a seemingly color-blind community. The people relationships that surround her are sometimes complicated and opaque. And when the niece of the only black man in town arrives, the horizons of the now 18-year old, Bulrusher, expand.

  • Museum of Art and Design Burke Prize

    Selva Aparicio 2023 Winner

    By: MAD - Nov 02nd, 2023

    The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) announces Selva Aparicio as the winner of the 2023 Burke Prize. Established in 2018, the Museum’s biennial prize honoring excellence in contemporary craft is named for craft collectors Marian and Russell Burke. It awards an unrestricted $50,000 to an artist aged 45 or under working in the United States.

  • New Federal Theater Telling Tales

    Woodie King Jr. Directs Wesley Brown's PLay

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 02nd, 2023

    The New Federal Theater is producing a brilliant production of Wesley Brown’s play, Telling Tales Out of School.  A quartet of famous and not-so-famous writers from the Harlem Renaissance, all women, three Black and one white, attend the funeral of Alain Locke. 

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