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  • Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata

    Stunning Solo Show by Joel de la Fuente

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 29th, 2019

    The one person, one act play "Hold These Truths" by Jeanne Sakata focuses on the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi. After Pearl Harbor he was among 120,000 Japanese Americans who were relocated to prison camps in the South West. He was charged with the crimes of violating curfew and refusing to report to a detention center. He fought the charges to the Supreme Court. He and two other dissenters lost their cases. Invoking war powers as supreme commander Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9006 was upheld as constitutional. Decades later Hirabayashi, by then a professor of sociology, was cleared of all charges. In 2012 Persident Barach Obama awarded him The Presidential Medal of Honor.

  • TON Performs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Top Young Musicians under Leon Botstein Reveal Webern and Feldman

    By: Susan Hall - May 28th, 2019

    The Orchestra Now (TON) is brave. In taking on two of the seminal composers of modern music, they tackled the presentation of developing ideas about sound as music, to which the 20th century composers have added new dimensions. Some composers took the sounds out of time. Anton Webern often composed suggesting different tempi measure to measure. While Morton Feldman did not go as far as John Cage, inviting musical artists to perform whatever, whenever, he often suspended his work out of time.

  • Hamilton by Ishmael Reed

    Full Production to Tag National Tour of Miranda's Version

    By: Rachel de Aragon - May 29th, 2019

    Nuyorican Poets Cafe and writer Ishmael Reed present The Haunting Of Lin Manuel Miranda through June 17th. Amid the flurry of enthusiasm for the Broadway show, Hamilton, Reed lays waste to the show's premises and assumptions, without deriding the talent or intentions of the remarkably gifted Miranda or his cast.

  • A Cultural Trip Through Canada

    Encountering First Nations Artworks

    By: Astrid A. Hiemer - May 23rd, 2019

    On the spot, fully packed and ready to travel, we decided on a car trip to Canadian locations: Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara Falls, after we were denied boarding an airplane to Chicago. Our final destination was (not) to be Edinburgh, Scotland and London, England. Here's a cultural overview of our ersatz-trip, which turned out to be just great!

  • The Waverly Gallery by Kenneth Lonergan

    Harrowing Launch of Shakespeare & Company Season

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 27th, 2019

    The Waverly Gallery by Kenneth Lonergan conveys how families are torn apart coping with and caring for elders with dementia. In a downward spiral Gladys Green, in another stunning performance by Annette Miller, is struggling to hold on. A small Greenwich Village vanity gallery gives her something to do. In a bold move Shakespeare & Company has launched its season with a slow and demanding drama.

  • Ink by James Graham

    Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 28th, 2019

    Ink is not just about Rupert Murdoch; it is actually more about Larry Lamb, the man he brought in from a northern England city where he had been editing a paper, to edit The Sun and overtake its rival.

  • Mad Beat Hip & Gone by Steven Dietz

    At Promethean Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - May 28th, 2019

    The spirit and poetry of Jack Kerouac and his pal, Neal Cassady, permeate the Steven Dietz play, Mad Beat Hip & Gone, now being staged by Promethean Theatre at the Edge Off Broadway. There’s even a hint of the presence of a poet named Allen.

  • Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi

    By West Bay Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - May 28th, 2019

    Verdi was no doubt drawn to the bigger-than-life character of Falstaff. Lecherous and self-indulgent, he is one of the great comic characters from literature. The success of the production rides first on the able shoulders of Richard Zeller, a classic Falstaff. With the aid of costumery, makeup, and wig, he looks the part of the corpulent rogue.

  • The Lion King

    National Touring Production of Megahit Musical

    By: Aaron Krause - May 27th, 2019

    Almost 22 years after it bowed on Broadway, The Lion King still astounds with its astonishing artistry and stunning visuals. A National Equity touring production is making stops throughout the country. A South Florida crowd roared with applause during a recent performance in Miami.

  • Kings written by Sarah Burgess

    Produced by Shotgun Players

    By: Victor Cordell - May 27th, 2019

    The central character of Kings is Sydney Millsap, the newly elected U.S. Representative from the 24th district of Texas, modeled after the new wave of congresswomen like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

  • MASS MoCA Launches Summer Season

    Annie Lennox Life of the Party

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 26th, 2019

    For the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend general admission to MASS MoCA was free. For the launch of it's 20th summer season the museum was mobbed. There were food and drink stands as well as many family oriented activities. For tickets ranging from $100 to $1000 there was a performance by British rock star Annie Lennox. There was also an installation of her memorabelia and legacy which will be on view for the coming months. The museum launched many new temporary exhibitions. There are also long term displays of contemporary masters.

  • Theatre Festival, Berlin

    May 5 - May 20, Berliner Festspiele

    By: Angelika Jansen - May 25th, 2019

    Two weeks of theatre mania, the Theatre Festival, came to an end on May 20. Selected productions from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland could be experienced on several Berlin stages. Serious and timeless human struggles and subjects took center stage.

  • Tootsie the Musical

    On Broadway at Marquis Theatre

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 25th, 2019

    Tootsie may not be the perfect adaptation of a hit movie, but it is very good and very enjoyable

  • Doubt: A Parable

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Drama In South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - May 24th, 2019

    Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in suburban Miami is mounting a riveting production of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer- and Tony-Award-Winning, scorching drama Doubt: A Parable. The play feels relevant in our divisive world and because the priest abuse scandal still remains fresh in our minds. Four of South Florida's finest stage actors fully inhabit the roles. It never feels like they are "performing." The production runs through June 9.

  • Spring Awakening at Hancock Shaker Village

    Borrowed Light Watercolors by Barbara Ernst Prey

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 24th, 2019

    Working "24/7" over several months the renowned, Williamstown-based artist, Barbara Ernst Prey, created Borrowed Light. The suite of watercolor renderings of interiors is on view in a converted chicken coop of Hancock Shaker Village. It is a part of expanded contemporary programming under the director Jennifer Trainer Thompson. She was a founding member of the MASS MoCA team. They have been neighbors and friends for many years. It was intuitive for them to undertake this remarkable project.

  • Young People's Chorus Premieres Ellen Reid

    Joined by Shallaway Choir and Mantra Percussion

    By: Susan Hall - May 23rd, 2019

    The Young People’s Chorus gave their third annual Vocal Resolutions Concert on May 19th at the Gerald Lynch Theater in New York. This group, founded by Francisco Nunez three decades ago, has reached the pinnacle of professional success. They invited an equally celebrated group, the Shalloway Choir from Newfoundland, to join them this year. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2019, Ellen Reid's world premiere composition for YPC was a highlight of the program.

  • Green River Festival

    Good Vibes on Tap for Greenfield Mass

    By: Matt Robinson - May 22nd, 2019

    This year, Green River will host over 30 bands on three stages that will ensure a constant groove and plenty of options for music lovers of every stripe. While many come for a particular artist, many more recall finding new favorites throughout the weekend. So whether you think you are a dyed-in-the-wool Americana, Blues, Cajun, Country, Jazz, or Soul fan, by the end of the weekend, you might just change your (i)tune. Regardless, you are sure to find plenty to like and do.

  • One Act Play Festival at Ensemble Studio Theatre

    Five Plays on New Relationships

    By: Rachel de Aragon - May 22nd, 2019

    Ensemble Studio Theatre and Radio Drama Network Present Five one-act plays in the superb annual festival. Five writers, five directors and 16 actors bring us an amusing and thoughtful collage of 21st century dilemmas.

  • Dominican Heroines at Repertorio Espagnol

    Caridad Svich Tells the Story of Mariposas

    By: Susan Hall - May 21st, 2019

    There had been a surge of interest in the Mariposa sisters since Junio Diaz told their story in his Pulitzer Prize winning, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. In a middle-class family, three out of four sisters formed an underground resistance to the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, each in her own way. Minerva studied law and led her group. She could not sit by and leave her children living in a world created by a tyrant.

  • Sister Act – the Musical

    Produced by Theatre Rhinoceros

    By: Victor Cordell - May 22nd, 2019

    As “the longest running LGBT theatre anywhere,” Theatre Rhinoceros’s mission is to “enlighten, enrich, and explore . . . aspects of our queer community.” So what connection would prompt Rhino to produce this musical? By convincing the license holder to allow a first – gender switching the key roles – Rhino made it fit.

  • Barbara Hannigan at the Ojai Festival

    From The Rake's Progress to a Crazy Girl Suite

    By: Susan Hall - May 21st, 2019

    What makes the Ojai Festival in California unique among festivals? Its Artistic Director continues year after year. Each year a different Music Director is chosen. That person curates the festival as through-performance. You are led by the music on a journey full of surprises and delights.

  • The House Of Blue Leaves

    John Guare's Surrealistic Play In South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - May 20th, 2019

    Palm Beach Dramaworks' production of The House of Blue Leaves is a laugh fest, but lacks enough darkness. A talented cast of well-known South Florida performers excel in their roles. The actors and director convey the play's pathos and nail comic timing .While John Guare's play is a farce, it will surely leave you thinking.

  • Murasaki's Moon at Metropolitan Museum

    Michi Wiancko's Opera Debuts

    By: Susan Hall - May 20th, 2019

    Musical artist Michi Wiancko under the wing of the American Lyric Theater’s development program and backed by Opera America has written a new opera with librettist Deborah Brevoort. The 17th century Astor Chinese Garden Court was the setting of a modern take on the 11th century Tales of Genji. It was written by court lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu who lived between 973-1025 C.E. in Japan. She was the daughter of a petty court noble.

  • Music Man

    Opening Goodspeed's Season

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 21st, 2019

    It’s amazing that this classic musical by Meredith Willson is having its first production at Goodspeed. It seems perfectly suited to the theater.

  • The Power Plant

    Toronto’s Renowned Contemporary Art Kunsthalle

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 16th, 2019

    Occupying a former municipal structure, since 1987, The Power Plant in Toronto has been a renowned presenter of Canadian and global contemporary art. We visited during the final days of three solo exhibitions: “Same Dream” by Omar Ba a Senegalese artist who divides time between Dakar and Geneva, Switzland. Shuvinai Ashoona, a member of a renowned family of Inuit artists, presented “Mapping Worlds.” For twenty years, Alicia Henry, a graduate of Yale, has resided in Nashville, Tennessee where she teaches at Fisk University. Her show was titled "Witnessing."

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