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  • Season Closer at Yale Rep Disappoints

    the ripple, the wave that carried me home by Christina Anderson

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 18th, 2023

    Yes, there are some funny moments and some touching ones, but overall, it is hard to become engaged with the characters. Except for Janice, they appear only in short scenes that allow for little depth of character.

  • Blockbuster Planned for Cape Ann Museum

    Edward Hopper & Cape Ann: Illuminating an American Landscape

    By: CAM - May 16th, 2023

    Edward Hopper (1882-1967) visited Cape Ann initially at the invitation of his friend and fellow painter, Leon Kroll (1884-1974), and produced his first oil painting outdoors in the United States during that trip. The Whitney Museum is lending Hopper’s five oils painted in Gloucester in 1912, including Briar (sic) Neck, Gloucester (1912); Tall Masts (1912); Italian Quarter (1912); and Gloucester Harbor (1912). The exhibition will mark the first time these works have ever been shown together on Cape Ann.

  • Chad Smith Appointed President and CEO of BSO

    Good News for Boston

    By: Susan Hall - May 16th, 2023

    Chad Smith is a visionary credited with advancing the orchestral music tradition through cutting-edge programming and cultivating industry-defining partnerships. Smith brings strategic expertise, commitment to musical excellence, and a tested ability to expand audiences and generate revenue.

  • Fat Ham by Pulitzer Winner James IJames

    American Airlines Theatre on Broadway

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 13th, 2023

    Fat Ham turns Shakespeare’s Hamlet upside down without minimizing the issues the original raises or the brilliance. The play by James IJames won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and it is easy to see why.

  • Art Bath's De Gustation

    Making Multi Media Art for the Masses

    By: Susan Hall - May 15th, 2023

    Elizabeth Yilmaz and Mara Driscoll, two dancers from the Metropolitan Opera troupe, have created a performance series that’s as wonderful as it is unique.  The final performance of the spring season, and the 9th produced by this team with associate Cesar Abreu, was in the spirit of a happening.

  • Young Picasso in Paris

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    By: Guggenheim - May 12th, 2023

    Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of Picasso’s death, Young Picasso in Paris highlights a significant work, Le Moulin de la Galette (ca. November 1900), from the Guggenheim collection. The famous dance hall—formerly a mill engaged in the production of a brown bread, or galette—had also been depicted by such avant-gardists as Ramón Casas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Vincent van Gogh.

  • Live from the Edge

    At Long Wharf

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 12th, 2023

    Live from the Edge by Universes has moments that will reach you emotionally. But the question remains, “What is it?” – Theater? A performance piece? A poetry slam?  They describe themselves as a theater company, but I would describe it as being closer to a performance piece/poetry slam than theater.

  • The Rembrandt

    TheaterWorks Hartford

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 12th, 2023

    Rembrandt, the play at TheaterWorks Hartford through Sunday, May 14, is part meditation on art and part a very human exploration of love, dying and grieving

  • William Flynn: 50 Years 50 Drawings

    Boston's HallSpace

    By: HallSpace - May 11th, 2023

    Flynn has made hundreds, perhaps thousands of drawings over the last 50 years. Choosing just 50 (really 61) drawings is nearly an impossible task. William Flynn is an artist that spends days drawing. He finds ways to express the beauty in mundane objects; an old baseball mitt, ski boots, a bicycle that was run over and flattened, cars at junkyards, an old arm chair, pop-up books, whirly-gigs.

  • Boheme La La La at Opera Philadelphia

    Helping Opera Live in the 21st Century

    By: Susan Hall - May 11th, 2023

    Opera Philadelphia is ahead of the curve in keeping the operatic form alive and relevant. New operas and altered operas inevitably raise the question: What is opera?  Music drives a story or an idea. That is at opera’s heart.  La Boheme in Philadelphia meets the standard and then some.

  • New Play Awards

    ATCA Presents Annual Honors

    By: Aaron Krause - May 09th, 2023

    The 2023 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) New Play Award goes to "the ripple, the wave that carried me home." The 2023 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award goes to Madison Fiedler for her play, "Spay." ATCA also presents citations to Suzan-Lori Parks for her play, "Sally & Tom," and Rebecca Gilman for her piece, "Swing State."

  • Champion at the Metropoitan Opera

    Boxing, Gaydom, Blanchard all in the Mix

    By: Susan Hall - May 09th, 2023

    The Metropolitan Opera’s heavily promoted Champion is concluding its run in New York. The first opera by Terrence Blanchard, which succeeds his Fire in My Bones at the Met, has a weaker score than its successor.  One feels that Blanchard as composer of film scores (he is well-known as a colleague of Spike Lee), may have succumbed to the notion that music should lie under the visual track.  

  • Feria de Sevilla (Seville April Fair)

    A Most Spectacular Festival You've Never Heard Of

    By: Victor Cordell - May 07th, 2023

    When booking our trip, we didn't know of Feria, a one-week celebration of community and Seville's history with livestock markets and flamenco that began in 1846. But when our new friend Carlos invited us to join him in going to the fair, we jumped on it. Feria takes place one week in April each year on 25 urban blocks that lie mostly barren except for preparation and celebration of Feria. Imagine the value of the property designated for this one event!

  • One More Yesterday

    A World Premiere Production in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - May 05th, 2023

    Versatile theater artist Ronnie Larsen's new musical, "One More Yesterday," is running through May 14 in a fine professional world premiere production. "One More Yesterday" is an upbeat show about an aging live theater performer yearning for the spotlight one more time. "One More Yesterday" is a layered show covering many themes.

  • The Sneaky Frank Lloyd Wright

    From New Balance

    By: Mark Favermann - May 01st, 2023

    Aside from their earth tones, this footwear has nothing to do with Frank Lloyd Wright. As a branding strategy, it is an extremely strange choice for a contemporary sports shoe design.

  • Sweat

    Main Street Players in Miami Lakes

    By: Aaron Krause - May 03rd, 2023

    Lynn Nottage's drama, "Sweat" serves as a cautionary play about what can happen when unrestrained, explosive emotions flow during especially tense, sensitive times. Main Street Players in Miami Lakes, a professional, nonprofit company, is presenting a stellar production through May 14. "Sweat" takes place during the turbulent 2000s in a blue-collar community in Pennsylvania.

  • New Federal Theatre Tells Tales

    Underbellies of the Harlem Renaissance Directed by Woodie King, Jr.

    By: Susan Hall - May 04th, 2023

    Four women writers of the Harlem Renaissance meet in "Telling Tales Out of School" by Wesley Brown, directed by Woodie King, Jr.

  • Hoosic River Watershed Association

    Invites Poets and Musicians

    By: HooRWA - May 02nd, 2023

    Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) invites poets and musicians in the Hoosic River Watershed to find inspiration and craft a poem, song, or instrumental piece about and for the Hoosic River and/or its tributaries.

  • The Winter's Tale

    At Hartford Stage

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 02nd, 2023

    The Winter’s Tale can be a confusing play. Written late in Shakespeare’s career, it is usually grouped with The Tempest, Pericles, and Cymbeline, as one of the “romance” plays.

  • John E. Lawrence Grooves in Ypsilanti

    Music Goes Local

    By: Susan Hall - May 01st, 2023

    The old Freighthouse has been converted into a nightclub in downtown Ypsilanti. A lifetime resident of Ypsilanti,  guitarist and jazz composer John E. Lawrence has been in residence for a week.  The final evening is a concert, sold out, with hopefuls hovering at the door.

  • Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map

    First Retrospective by Native Artist at Whitney Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 29th, 2023

    Now 82, at long last the Native American artist, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, is the subject of a retrospective at a major New York Museum. Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map will be on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art from April 19 to August 13, 202

  • Sweeney Todd on Broadway

    Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford

    By: Karen Isaacs - Apr 26th, 2023

    Some may quibble, but I would see this production of Sweeney Todd anytime. It is changing my mind about the show.

  • Barrington Stage Company Announces Cast and Crews

    The Happiest Man on Earth and Cabaret

    By: BSC - Apr 27th, 2023

    Barrington Stage Company (BSC) announces full casting for the world premiere of Mark St. Germain’s new play The Happiest Man on Earth (May 24-June 17) and a new production of the legendary Kander & Ebb musical Cabaret (June 14-July 8).

  • Boston Symphony Charms at Carnegie Hall

    Something Old, Something New and Something very Flashy

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 27th, 2023

    A decade ago, Andris Nelsons was conducting Tchaikovsky at the Metropolitan Opera, when the Boston Symphony arrived in town and their conductor, James Levine, fell ill.  Nelsons stepped in and the rest is history.  Shostakovich is the Russian composer Nelsons has adopted as his own.  Rachmaninoff, whose Second Symphony was on the program on Monday night, may not be as close a soulmate for the young Latvian conductor, but new music is. He introduced Thierry Escaich's latest work.

  • Pippin

    Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 26th, 2023

    Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts near Ft. Lauderdale has mounted an entertaining and energetic production of "Pippin." The 1972 musical is timely more than 50 years after it premiered on Broadway. PPTOPA's production takes place during the 1960's. Setting the show during that time period makes sense.

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