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  • Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher

    Boston Lyric Opera Streaming Philip Glass

    By: Doug Hall - Jan 28th, 2021

    Boston Lyric Opera has boldly re-adapted Poe’s famous gothic horror story “The Fall of the House of Usher” with music of Philip Glass. It streams on operabox.tv for seven days starting on January 29/

  • Visit the Atelier des Lumières, Paris, France.

    A Magical Van Gogh Exhibit

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 28th, 2020

    Missing Paris? Van Gogh? Music? Impresario and superb clarinetist Joseph Rosen points the way to a magical Van Gogh exhibit with "Vincent" sung by Jim van Der Zee. Enjoy!

  • The Orchestra Now at Bard

    Chamber Ensembles Intrigue

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 19th, 2020

    Bard’s The Orchestra Now (TON) gives live performances in the time of Covid. Recently they performed a challenging and revealing program in Annandale, NY. Selections were made with attention to the number of instrumentalists required and ability to social distance on stage.

  • Kev Berry at The Tank

    A Hefty, Engaging Monologue

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 19th, 2020

    Kev Berry is an award-winning playwright and a superb monologist.  In Harsh Cacophonies I and II,, he is directed by his usual collaborator, Alex Tobey. The monologue was created in three separate pieces, which can be performed as stand alones.  The three are joined for this production and work well together.  Two hours fly by, in part because Berry is in a manic state. His speech and stories are always clear, but often rush.  This locates us in the urgent terrain from which his stories grow.

  • Experiments in Opera Delivers A Podcast Series

    Aqua Net and Funyums

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 09th, 2020

    Experiments in Opera (EIO) is the company that gives most hope for the future of the form. They are fleet, inclusive and steeped in the history of the opera. Most importantly, they have extended the camp story-telling which characterizes the form. For all the beauty of classic operas, let’s face it: they are camp. A new podcast series has just been released by the group.

  • PBS Louisa May Alcott

    More Than Little Women

    By: Edward Rubin - Dec 27th, 2020

    Writing to his 'possums" New York critic Fast Eddy was gobsmacked by the PBS documentary of author Louisa May Alcott. "This beautifully acted documentary (Elizabeth Marvel Plays The Mature Louisa) brings back Louisa, her times, her family and her good friends - both gods in my pantheon -  Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) and Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)."

  • Pen/Man/Ship by Christina Anderson

    Moliere in the Park Streams Its First Contemporary Play

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 27th, 2020

    Moliere in the Park, with their streaming team Andy Carluccio and Liminal Entertainment Technologies, LLC are presenting Christina Anderson’s pen/man/ship free through January 4th.  It is a powerful play set on a boat passage that reverses the more familiar journey of black Africans.

  • Prototype Festival Opens OnLine

    Modulation Startles and Stuns

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 09th, 2021

    Undaunted by the constraints of COVID, the Prototype Festival launched its 7th annual event on January 8th. Modulation opened the week of new, streaming works. While the trailer and prologue look like the Hollywood Hills striped with waving geological lines, the three florescent doorways invite entrance to an interior. The inventive work, made up of 13 parts, is divided into three acts, Isolation, Fear and Identity.

  • Network for New Music Presents Extraordinary Measures

    Composer Portrait of Richard Wernick

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 11th, 2021

    Network for New Music gives us a delightful composer portrait of Pulitzer-prize winner Richard Wernick, a native Bostonian. He has studied at Tanglewood, and with Leonard Bernstein. Can you imagine a "Sunken Synagogue" replacing the Ys' cathedral of Debussy?

  • New Federal Theatre Presents Octoberfest

    Five Plays to Insp0ire

    By: Rachel de Aragon - Oct 25th, 2020

    Woody King Jr.'s Federal Theater presents Octoberfest: Five plays that reawaken, inspire, and remind us of the struggle for freedom and dignity of African-Americans. Each piece, with its own history of previous production success, has been re-imagined. Billed as readings, seasoned actors and directors take us to a new form of theatrical communication in the “zoom style” medium.

  • New Federal Theatre Celebrates Women's History Month

    Riverting Production of Pearl Cleag's Hospice

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 13th, 2021

    New Federal Theatre has always promoted the inclusion of women artists as part of its mission. It is no surprise that they are offering works by and with women for Women’s History Month. They appeal to everyone. Petronia Paley and Margaret Odette are featured in the two-hander, Hospice by Pearl Cleage. Billed as a reading, the performances are full characterizations by actors.

  • The Irish Repertory Theatre Presents The Aran Islands

    Synge's Language Captured Brilliantly by Brendon Conroy

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 18th, 2021

    The Irish Repertory Theatre has given ten streamed performances, or arranged for them, during the time of Covid. Each one has added immensely to our pleasure. The latest comes straight from Dublin. It is a one man performance on stage by the actor Brendan Conroy. His lilting voice, describing the bleak Aran Islands and the lives of its inhabitants draws us in. We quickly understand that the man who wrote the words, J. M. Synge, was a musician. As words roll in Conroy's mouth, we hear musical phrases, dips and crescendos, textured takes on vowels and consonants.

  • Hemingway on PBS

    An Enigma Wrapped in Mystery

    By: Jack Lyons - Apr 18th, 2021

    Hemingway was an enigma wrapped in a mystery that could always get away with things that ordinary people could or word never do. He relished his celebrity status to the hilt and he was a party-going   charmer when he needed to be.  He was envied by men, and was desired by women from afar.  In his twenties he had matinee idol looks, and worked them to his advantaged.

  • Oslo on HBO a Riveting Drama

    Secret Israeli and Palestinian Negotiations

    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 07th, 2021

    Savvy heavyweight Hollywood movers and shakers like Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger, producer Mark Taylor, and director Bartlett Sher lend their considerable talents and heft into a timely remake of the 2017 Tony-winning stage production “Oslo”.  The Oslo movie version of 2021 is also written by J.T. Rogers from his eponymous stage play, along with new inputs as a way of sharpening and updating the dialogue by Rogers and others.  

  • Hit and Run Sequel to Fauda on Netflix

    Binged but Fauda-geddahboutit

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 08th, 2021

    The two season Israeli series "Fauda" was a boffo smash on Netflix. Accordingly I binged on its more or less sequel "Hit and Run." The creative team jumped the pond to create an Israeli/ American production in English and Hebrew. In seeking a wider and American audience the team lost its Sabra base and churned out yet another mediocre action thriller. If you are a 'Fauda" fan this will be a major disappointment.

  • Sandra Oh is The Chair on Netflix

    Cancel Culture on Campus

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 27th, 2021

    Sandra Oh stars as The Chair in a six episode comedy on Netflix. Set on small college Pembroke it is a broad and hilarious satire of cancel culture on campus. While played for laughs the hit comedy has evoked a dialogue about its uncanny, over the top, accuracy. It's the truth that makes this hilarious series sad and all too compelling.

  • Scenes from a Marriage on HBO

    Remake of Ingmar Bergman Film

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 06th, 2021

    Israeli filmmaker Hagai Levi decided he wanted to do a more modern updated version of Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 seminal film “Scenes from a Marriage” that originally starred Liv Ullman, Erland Joseph, Bibi Andersson, Jan Malmsjo, and Gunnel Lindblom.  However, writer/adaptor/director Levi trimmed several characters for his 2021 version.

  • The Comey Rule on Showtime

    Jeff Daniels as Former FBI Director James Comey

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 05th, 2020

    The skinny is that former FBI director, James Comey, adhered so closely to his moral convictions that he impacted Hillary Clinton losing the election. She won the popular vote but lost the Electoral Collage by a razor thin margin. A last minute decision to reopen investigation of her e-mails, later rescinded, made the crucial difference. One would think that President Trump would owe one to Comey. See this compelling Showtime drama with Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleesen to see how things fell apart. Trump insisted that Comey behave as His FBI Director.

  • Hamilton on PBS

    Making of a Musical Masterpiece

    By: PBS - Jan 18th, 2016

    HAMILTON’S AMERICA is produced by Academy Award® and Emmy®-Winning producers RadicalMedia (What Happened Miss Simone?, Keith Richards: Under The Influence, In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams for PBS). The documentary combines interviews with experts and prominent personalities, new footage of the production in New York, and cast-led expeditions to DC, Philadelphia and New York.

  • PBS Announces Programming

    Maintaining Quality Television

    By: PBS - Jan 18th, 2016

    PBS announces new programs and initiatives launching in 2016.

  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon

    Won Two Golden Globe Awards

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jan 10th, 2018

    “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” an Amazon Studios series, won two Golden Globes Sunday night—one for best TV comedy series and one for best actress in a comedy series for Brosnahan, who grew up in Highland Park. It’s a hilarious look at a life among the wealthy and the lovably wacky flavor of Greenwich Village before Bob Dylan arrived.

  • Mozart in the Jungle Cancelled

    Amazon Bows Out of the Classical Music Series

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Apr 07th, 2018

    The popular and award-winning series Mozart in the Jungle has played its last concert. Today, Amazon.com announced that the series, a dramatic sitcom set in New York City that chronicled the backbiting, infighting and backstabbing of the classical music business, will not be renewed for a fifth season.

  • Herrens vije (Ride the Storm)

    A Masterful Danish Television Series

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 05th, 2019

    For 250 years the Danish Krogh family has been in the God business. Brilliant, fanatical and tyrranical the elder Johannes dominates his parish as well as immediate family. The role earned Lars Millelsen an Emmy for the the 20 episode, 2017-2018 Danis television series. You will want to binge/view this best ever family drama on Netflix.

  • Showtimes Streams Mary Magdalene

    Biblical Tale with Feminist Twist

    By: Jack Lyons - May 01st, 2020

    Showtime recently screened the intriguing 2018 movie “Mary Magdalene”, written by Helen Edmundson and Phillipa Goslett, directed by Garth Davis. This provocative, revisionist, version (with undertones of the current worldwide feminism movement) gives one the opportunity to think outside the accepted “biblical box” concerning the role of women in history both religiously and socially.

  • Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

    1930s Showtime Series

    By: Jack Lyons - Jul 08th, 2020

    “City of Angels”, the Showtime TV movie series, is a powerfully relevant TV series and a sharp reminder not only of why the painful American Civil War of 1861 was fought, only later to introduce new Jim Crow laws in the South. The tensions between LA’s Chicano community and the corrupt white power structure within the city government of 80 years ago centers around the more militant factions of young Mexican-Americans known as ‘Pachucos.

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