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  • La Cage aux Folles Sizzles at Barrington Stage

    Forty Plus Drag Show Gets Fresh Mascara and Falsies

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 17th, 2024

    For over-the-top camp hilarity and flat out fun nothing tops the outrageous musical, La Cage aux Folles, which is getting a swing for the rafters production at Barrington Stage Company through July 6. This is likely to be a boffo summer smash with a too-brief run.

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    Southeast Florida's New City Players

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 18th, 2024

    Southeast Florida-based New City Players mounted a production of "The Glass Menagerie" in 2016, the company's first year. Today, eight years later, the company will stage a production of another Williams masterwork -- "A Streetcar Named Desire."

  • La Jolla Playhouse Ballad of Johnny and June

    Wonderful Cash Musical in San Diego

    By: Sharon Eubanks - Jun 17th, 2024

    The La Jolla Playhouse presents The Ballad of Johnny and June, a musical about the lives of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.  Narrated by John Carter Cash, played by Von Hughes, the play begins with John trying to decide if he wants to get married.  John Carter Cash was the only child of the union of Johnny and June.  As John contemplates marriage, he tells the love story of his famous parents and their challenges with fame and addiction. 

  • Abe Lincoln in Stockbridge

    Revival of 1938 Pulitzer Prize Winner

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 16th, 2024

    In producing a play that is two years older than I am director, David Auburn, has been faithful to the text but made changes, the de rigeur legerdemain that contemporizes the production. There has been gender and race switching with mixed results. Those role changes range from muddled and gratuitous to truly brilliant and inspired. It’s a long evening in three acts that lags as well as has its brilliant and inspired moments.

  • The Flow

    By: Cheng Tong - Jun 17th, 2024

    Wu Wei is a lifelong journey, not a destination. It’s about cultivating a sense of ease and harmony in the face of life’s complexities. By embracing its principles, we can learn to flow with the current, navigate life’s rapids with greater grace, and find a deeper sense of peace and fulfillment along the way.

  • Astrid Hiemer and Michelle Wiley at Eclipse Gallery

    Homage to the Centennial of Surrealism

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 09th, 2024

    The collaboration between "Astrid Hiemer and Michelle Wiley, Our Surreality" on view at the Eclipse Gallery in North Adams through July 7, is inspired by Dada and Surrealism. In creating this inventive exhibition they have torn up the conventional playbook. Expect the unexpected in this witty and inventive exhibition. The work is engaging, confounding and brimming with life spirit.

  • Toni Stone

    Playhouse on Park

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jun 14th, 2024

    Toni Stone is a woman who loves to play baseball, and she is very good at it. She is recruited to join the barnstorming Indianapolis Clowns, who tour the region playing mainly white teams. They are expected not only to play baseball (and supposedly lose) but also to dance and sing during the fifth-inning break.  It was unclear if they played in what was considered the Major League of the Negro Leagues or were more like a minor league team.

  • Clue LIve in Stage

    Comic Murder Mystery on Tour

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 16th, 2024

    A national equity touring production of "Clue: Live on Stage" delights. The production is just finishing a run at Ft. Lauderdale's Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The production will return to Florida in December at Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

  • Houston Symphony Performs Strauss' Salome

    A Perfect Concert Evening

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 13th, 2024

    The Houston Symphony presented Richard Strauss’ Salome. It was a perfect concert opera production.  All the singers were not only off book, but costumed to perfection (or unveiled when that critical moment arrives).

  • Sarah Ganz Blythe Appointed

    New John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums

    By: Harvard - Jun 12th, 2024

    Sarah Ganz Blythe, a highly respected curator, educator, and scholar with more than 25 years of museum experience, will be the new Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums, interim Provost John Manning announced Wednesday. Ganz Blythe is joining Harvard from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum, where she is currently deputy director, exhibitions, education, and programs.

  • Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve

    Legacy Theatre

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jun 13th, 2024

    How would the first woman and man on earth think about the world around them? Mark Twain, in two short novellas, imagined what Adam and Eve would write in their diaries as they experienced the Garden of Eden.

  • Being Alive - A Sondheim Celebration

    TheatreWorks Bright World Premiere Revue of Sondheim Love Songs

    By: Victor Cordell - Jun 11th, 2024

    Now that Stephen Sondheim has passed, this poignant collection of 36 songs is the first revue to span his whole life of works, from towering anthems to obscure hidden gems. Performed by an ensemble of six as a run through followed by a dress rehearsal with little additional commentary, it lets the songs do the telling.

  • Daniel's Husband

    Co-production in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 11th, 2024

    Plays of Wilton and Ronnie Larsen Presents are staging an impressive co-production of "Daniel's Husband." The play premiered at South Florida's Island City Stage and became a hit Off-Broadway.

  • Dial M for Murder at the Alley Theatre

    A Witty Thriller

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 11th, 2024

    Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, in association with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, is presenting Dial M for Murder as a warmup to their annual Summer Chills programming.  Based on the original play by Frederick Knott that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder, the current version has been updated by Jeffrey Hatcher.

  • Innocence

    San Francisco Opera's Chilling Modern Masterpiece

    By: Victor Cordell - Jun 09th, 2024

    Kaija Saariaho's last opera leaves a lasting impression. An ominous score supports a nerve-wracking story told in two time frames. A teenage shooter in Finland murders a number of his schoolmates. Ten years on, the perpetrator's brother is marrying a bride from Romania who does not know the connection. However, the waitress at the wedding reception dinner, whose daughter was a victim, recognizes the groom.

  • Marjorie Kaye at Future Labs

    Starburts in North Adams

    By: Marjorie Kaye - Jun 10th, 2024

    In Marjorie Kaye's recent body of work, isolating shapes are inherent in her paintings, examining and delving further into their nature. She finds limitless potential in particular intuitive algorithms, with an infinite number of patterns that can be determined from the visual arrangement of mathematical suggestions. In this new series, space is broken down as it emerges from the center.

  • Forum '49 in Provinctown Revisited

    Summmer Long Exhibitions and Events Spawned the Irascibles

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 05th, 2024

    Seventy five years ago the artists Weldon Kees and Fritz Bultman organized the summer long event Forum '49. In weekly lectures and panels the issues of the day were debated from the fine arts and architectures to jazz, literature, psychoanalysis the face off of Paris vs New York and the threat of Stalinism. The exhibits were staged in a popup space in protest over the conservative programming of the Provincetown Art Association. The dissent moved to New York and a petition against the Met signed by the Irascibles including P'town artists.

  • American Repertory Theatre

    Season Begins with Romeo and Juliet

    By: A.R.T. - Jun 06th, 2024

    The A. R.T. season will begin in September with a production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus and choreographed by two-time Olivier Award winner Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Jagged Little Pill; Beyoncé at the 2017 Grammy Awards and APESHIT; Madonna’s Celebration tour). This powerhouse duo reunites for the first time since their Tony Award-winning collaboration Jagged Little Pill, staging a bold new production of Shakespeare’s iconic love story.

  • Skintight

    Island City Stage near Ft. Lauderdale

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 06th, 2024

    A winning production of "Skintight" is onstage at Island City Stage in South Florida. The play is a mind exercising meditation on family, history, beauty, the nature of love, the power of attraction, our society’s obsession with youth, and how we teach our young that exterior appearances matter the most.

  • Joseph Beuys and the Cayote

    Iconic Installation That Too Few Saw

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 09th, 2024

    It is ironic — but understandable — that 50 years ago only a handful of people experienced what has become one of the iconic happenings of 20th century art.

  • Berkshire Museum to Undergo Renovation

    Commences in October 2024

    By: Berkshire Museum - Jun 03rd, 2024

    “This major initiative will strengthen our community bonds and rekindle a deep appreciation for the heritage that defines Pittsfield and the Berkshires. Through these enhancements, we aim to create a dynamic cultural hub that celebrates our past and inspires future generations.” said Kimberley Bush Tomio, Berkshire Museum’s Executive Director.

  • The Unclouded Mirror

    Reflecting The Wu Wei in Daoism

    By: Cheng Tong - Jun 03rd, 2024

    In the vast tapestry of Daoist thought, the mirror emerges as a potent symbol, not for vanity, but for cultivating a state of unclouded perception. Unlike a typical mirror, the ideal Daoist mirror reflects only what is truly present – the here and now, unfiltered by desires or judgments.

  • Trying in South Florida

    Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 03rd, 2024

    "Trying" is a historical drama covering the last year in the life of Judge Francis Biddle, former U.S. Attorney General under FDR. The play recounts the sometimes-testy relationship between Biddle and his secretary. Palm Beach Dramaworks' production closes out the professional, nonprofit company's 2023-24 season.

  • Jeremy Couillard

    MIT List Visual Arts Center

    By: LIST - Jun 04th, 2024

    This summer, the MIT List Visual Arts Center will present Jeremy Couillard’s first solo museum exhibition. Trained as a painter, Couillard is self-taught as a coder and digital artist. His projects exist as playable games, web projects, and video installations—often spanning multiple forms simultaneously.

  • Jane Hudson: New Paintings

    Spring Street Market Café in Williamstown

    By: Jane Hudson - Jun 02nd, 2024

    Jane Hudson is one of the most prolific and widely exhibited artists in the Berkshires. What makes it engaging is that the work is always evolving. The latest iteration is serene, reductive, geometric and abstract. The simplicity is ever more compelling. She seems to be making her way through modernism at warp speed.

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