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  • Adriana G. Prat: Topographical Visions

    Hall Space

    By: Hall Space - Feb 10th, 2023

    HallSpace presents paintings by Adriana G. Prat, an academically-trained scientist with a Ph.D. in Biophysics. Adriana’s curiosity for the natural world stemmed in her country of birth, Argentina. In Topographical Visions, Prat shares her awareness of the environmental crisis.

  • Berkshire Opera Announces Season

    Exciting Prospects

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 07th, 2023

    The "innovative, clever and thoroughly professional" BERKSHIRE OPERA FESTIVAL (BOF) announces its 2023 season in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, MA, and for the first time in New York City. The only company of its kind in the Berkshire region, BOF produces opera at the highest level under the vision of esteemed co-founders Brian Garman (Artistic Director) and Jonathon Loy (Director of Production). The festival has "destination" status. Others write: "No longer need we confine our opera-going to HD films—now we have the highest quality productions and performers in our own backyard." 

  • Everest: An Immersive Experience (Opera)

    Innovative Format for a Compelling Work from Opera Parallèle

    By: Victor Cordell - Feb 07th, 2023

    For all of human history and eons before, Mount Everest has stood as steady as a rock – literally. In its eight years, the opera “Everest: An Immersive Experience” has had three very different realizations, even though under the baton of Nicole Paiement for each version. The genesis of the opera’s narrative is a real-life tragedy about three members on an Everest expedition in 1996, two of whom never came back.

  • Opera Philadelphia Mounts Credos

    Margaret Bonds and Carl Orff in One Performane

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 06th, 2023

    In one smashing performance, Opera Philadelphia presented two Credos, statements of belief by composers who lived and worked at about the same time, in strikingly different circumstances. Carl Orff survived the Nazi regime in Germany by not protesting. Margaret Bonds grew up in a thriving Chicago art community.

  • Amore, at Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin

    Lighter Fare for Valentine's Day

    By: Angelika Jansen - Feb 06th, 2023

    Valentines Day is drawing near and the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, Germany, seems to bow to this occasion with its new production 'Amore' under the direction of Aram Tafreshian.

  • Indecent by Paula Vogel

    West Hartford’s Playhouse on Park

    By: Karen Isaacs - Feb 06th, 2023

    The play interweaves three elements – the life and works of the Yiddish author Sholem Asch, the history of productions of his play The God of Vengeance, and the stories of the people involved in a Broadway production of the show in the 1920s. It may sound confusing, but it isn’t.

  • Christine Quintana's Espejos:Clean

    Hartford Stage Company

    By: Karen Isaacs - Feb 04th, 2023

    The playwright Christine Quintana makes an interesting point about communication in the program of Hartford Stage’s production of Espejos:Clean. She says, “Every interaction we have with one another is an act of translation.”

  • Irish Repertory Theatre Mounts The Smuggler

    One Man in a Smashing Play

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 04th, 2023

    No small theatrical space is better used than the Irish Repertory Theatre's W. Scott Lucas Studio. The stage fills the room, inviting the audience in. Selections are always apt. Ronan Noone’s  The Smuggler is no exception.

  • Paradise Blue

    Urban Renewal and Human Destruction in 1950s Detroit.

    By: Victor Cordell - Feb 04th, 2023

    Dominique Morisseau has written a sometimes funny but always tense noirish drama which Director Dawn Monique Williams plumbs for all its nuance. The actors find the essence of each character and deliver a gripping entertainment.

  • Cashed Out

    World Premiere About Life on the Reservation and Addiction

    By: Victor Cordell - Feb 03rd, 2023

    “Cashed Out” takes place on the Gila River Reservation in southern Arizona, home to the Pima tribe, traditionally noted for their finely woven baskets – tightly twined bowls with crisp angular patterns.  While the compelling narrative gives interesting insights into the culture of the native people, universal themes abound – the power of love in family and friendship; internal struggle and external conflict; forgiveness and redemption.  The production is striking and highly appealing.

  • Rotterdam

    At Island City Stage Near Ft. Lauderdale

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 04th, 2023

    "Rotterdam" is an emotionally-rich play receiving a strong production at Island City Stage. The production runs through Feb. 19 at the company in Wilton Manors, near Ft. Lauderdale. "Rotterdam" opens Island City Stage's 2022-23 season.

  • Last Night in Inwood

    A World Premiere Production by Theatre Lab

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 03rd, 2023

    Theatre Lab in Boca Raton is producing a fine world premiere of "Last Night in Inwood" byu Alix Sobler. The production runs through Feb. 12. Theatre Lab, Florida Atlantic University's resident professional theater company, is dedicated solely to new work.

  • Barrington Stage Company 2023 Season

    Two Musical Revivals, Two World Premieres, and Two Modern Classics

    By: BSC - Jan 31st, 2023

    Barrington Stage Company (BSC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Alan Paul, will produce a 2023 season that will feature two major musical revivals, two world premiere plays, and two modern classic play revivals.

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    A Teenager's Conundrum

    By: Victor Cordell - Jan 29th, 2023

    Anyone who says they never got caught telling a fib is probably telling a fib.  But what is worse is covering the tracks of the first lie with another, and then another, until the wheels finally come off.  Often, the result is loss of respect from others, compounded by loss of self-respect.  If there is a road back, it is an arduous one.

  • Rhiannon Giddens at Carnegie Hall

    Calling Us Home

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 30th, 2023

    Rhiannon Giddens talks often of being comfortable in the crossroads of her art. The new configuration of Zankel Hall in Carnegie looks like a crossroads. The audience comes from every direction to focus on the world being presented. The stage is a hybrid space where different music from different times can exist side by side.

  • Realist Painter Alfred Leslie at 95

    Boston Connections at the MFA and BU

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 28th, 2023

    The realist painter Alfred Leslie had a major impact on the Boston Art World. In 1976 he had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts. He also commuted to teach at the Boston University School of Fine Arts.

  • Clyde's by Lynn Nottage

    By Berkeley Repertory Theatre

    By: Victor Cordell - Jan 27th, 2023

    In the hands of some, a sandwich may be a most humble joining of Wonder Bread with a plain and prosaic filler of any sort. In another, it can be a sublime assemblage of aspiration and dreams. Such is the aesthetic divide between most of the truckers who patronize Clyde’s Sandwich Shop in Reading, PA, and the unseen kitchen staff who fill their orders. The Berkeley Rep production exceeds every standard the script demands.

  • Lyric Opera of Chicago

    Bizet’s Carmen Starring J’Nai Bridges

    By: Lyric - Jan 26th, 2023

    Opera’s legendary femme fatale returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago with Bizet’s Carmen — March 11 – April 7, 2023 — starring J’Nai Bridges, a leading interpreter of the famous title role and a singer with deep Chicago roots.

  • In Every Generation

    Family dynamics and seder through the years.

    By: Victor Cordell - Jan 24th, 2023

    “Mah nishtanah, ha-laylah ha-zeh,mi-kol ha-leylot” (Why is this night different from all other nights?). This invocation, spoken by the youngest capable person at the dinner table at seder, is perhaps the most famous and evocative sentence in Judaism. Not only does the ritual that follows those words reflect on the traumatic history of the Jewish people, but it speaks to their very existence.

  • Who Holds Up the Sky at the MFA

    Ukranian Photography

    By: MFA - Jan 25th, 2023

    The exhibition highlights Behind Blue Eyes, a project started by Dima Zubkov and Artem Skorohodko, volunteers who distribute food and supplies to residents in liberated Ukrainian villages.

  • Elizabeth Atterbury at the Clark

    Year Long Installation

    By: Clark - Jan 23rd, 2023

    The Clark Art Institute continues its art in public spaces program in 2023 with a year-long installation presenting the work of contemporary artist Elizabeth Atterbury (b. 1982, West Palm Beach, Florida; lives and works in Portland, Maine). Elizabeth Atterbury: Oracle Bones is a free exhibition on view in the Clark Center’s lower level and in the reading room of  the Manton Research Center through January 21, 2024.

  • Kissing a Joyous Collaboration

    Front Porch Arts Collective and The Huntington

    By: Huntington - Jan 23rd, 2023

     Front Porch Arts Collective and The Huntington announce the cast and creative team of K-I-S-S-I-N-G, their co-production of the world premiere play written by Massachusetts playwright and Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lenelle Moïse and directed by The Porch’s Co-Producing Artistic Director Dawn M. Simmons. Front Porch Arts Collective is in residence at The Huntington as part of a multi-year strategic partnership.

  • Slow Food

    Perhaps McDonalds is not such a bad choice after all.

    By: Victor Cordell - Jan 22nd, 2023

    All of us have had that restaurant experience in which we thought the food would never come. In this case, the cause is not a lost order or long prep time or overtaxed restaurant staff. It is willful delay by the server from hell.

  • Pauline Oliveros Celebration at Zankel Hall

    Claire Chase Invites Listening at Carnegie

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 23rd, 2023

    The 90th birthday of composer Pauline Oliveros was celebrated on Saturday at the newly reconfigured Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall.  The steeply raked seating on two sides of the hall, leading to a central stage area embedded in seats on all four sides, felt like an Oliveros’ creation.  We are brought to the hall to listen, deeply.

  • Berkshires Remember David Crosby

    Bad Boy With a Sweet Voice

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 20th, 2023

    Berkshire fans will recall seeing Crosby Stills and Nash at Tanglewood, September 2, 2010. Crosby known for a crash and burn lifestyle, as well as an angelic voice that made gorgeous harmonies, has died at 81. I first heard him with the Byrds at Soundblast '66 at Yankee Stadium.

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