Does listener friendliness in music depend on melody? John Adams, on whatever musical journey he takes, is haunted by melody, sometimes explicitly and at others, finds it in minimalist repetition where a base line beats and also sings.
The Huntington announces the return to live, in-person performances following an incomparable year-and-a-half of stages left dark because of the global pandemic. The 7-play season will begin on August 27, 2021 and take place primarily at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA in the South End while The Huntington Theatre undergoes a transformational renovation; one production will take place at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.
Stephanie Alison Walker wins ATCA's Francesca Primus Prize. The honor annually recognizes an emerging female playwright. The award's namesake was a playwright, dramaturg, theater critic and ATCA member.
The tree grows. It does not try to; it just does. This is our life, and the purpose of it is to live. In this moment, and the next. It’s okay once in a while to sit on the Old Bastard’s bench, and catch our breath. But life does not stop, and we must continue to live it.
Following the critical acclaim and record-breaking attendance of Festival 2016, Jacob’s Pillow Dance announces its 85th Anniversary Season of exciting programming featuring world premieres, commissions, site-specific work, international artists, live music, and Pillow-exclusive engagements. Running June 21-August 27, Festival 2017 marks a notable moment in the history of the organization, with the first season programmed by Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge who joined the organization in April of 2016.
What happens when you conflate Old Miss and Brooklyn routed through Boston University? As a playwright Boo Killebrew draws on her childhood and the heritage of gracious Southern women with the here-and-now sexual politics of a single mother and her sister traying to get the shards of her life together. That illusion of a stay at home wife and mother came to a screeching end with the death of her husband. Now just 29 she is picking up the pieces in a misfired drama striving for comedy.
"In our time, theater here began to blossom about 25 years ago," wrote Howard Shapiro, a Philadelphia-based theater critic and ATCA's conference chairman in a welcome note to attendees. "And about 15 years ago the scene exploded. Of the 50-plus stage companies that pay their actors, designers and creative teams, about 35 hold Actors' Equity contracts at any given time. Metropolitan Philadelphia is now home to more than 1,000 Equity members, plus sizable communities of scenery, costume, lighting and sound designers; directors and playwrights. The theater community is a minor Philadelphia industry."
The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) announces that playwright Sharyn Rothstein has been awarded the 2015 Francesca Primus Prize for her play By the Water. Rothstein will receive the $10,000 award check immediately and be officially congratulated at an upcoming ATCA conference. Jointly sponsored by ATCA and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, the Primus Prize is given annually to an emerging woman playwright.
Strauss's early operatic masterpiece follows its Greek model closely to reveal the neurosis at the heart of modern life. Andris Nelsons led a white-hot BSO performance of a lurid, fin-de-siecle masterpiece. The cast, led by Christine Goerke, Jane Henschel and Gun-Brit Barkmin, was stellar.
Though there is no accounting for taste - as they say, that’s what makes horse races - one can conjecture as to why so many of the critics, major and minor, from the New York Times, to the Hollywood Reporter to Time Out, have filed rave reviews. We beg to differ.
In one act and 90 minutes Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar has compressed an explosive take on medieval Islam and its square peg in a round hole of the conundrum of contemporary American society. How does an ambitious individual of Muslim heritage assimilate and succeed in our corporate culture? Not really according to the compelling play Disgraced.
With much fanfare, whistles, hollers, shouts from the audience, and a rousing musical introduction, the larger than life, black-haired and fully made up LaCreme, wearing a glistening blue sequined gown with a sash that read Miss Congeniality, took to the stage.
Painting still privileges the individual and their own notion of time. It is, as well, in an inevitable dialogue with all that painting has ever been, so that intentionally or otherwise the artist is forced to accept the history of painting. Its uniqueness lies in its ability to create time out of its own language, which forces the viewer to linger in front of it.
There isn't a lot of depth and substance to Noel Coward's classic 1930 comedy Private Lives. Under artistic director Tony Simotes the game actors of Shakespeare & Company are striving to create an upbeat hilarious production. Through March 30 theatre is alive and well in Lenox as we wait for signs of Spring.
The lobby of the revival of the 2008 gay themed play The Pride is plastered with pull quotes from five star reviews. The play has also won a ton of awards. On the strength of that lavish praise was saw this London play. It proved to be more disappointing than bad. The audience, however, often responded to humor and poignancy that eluded me.
Page 73 Productions, now in its 16th year premiering the next generation of American playwrights â€“ who have included Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara AlegrÃa Hudes, Drama Desk Award winner Sam Hunter, New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award recipient Dan LeFranc, and more â€“ will present the New York premiere of George Brant’s gripping new play GROUNDED, directed by two-time Obie Award-winning director Ken Rus Schmoll (TELEPHONE, A MAP OF VIRTUE) and starring Hannah Cabell (3C, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS opposite Frank Langella). Previews begin on January 8 at Walkerspace (46 Walker Street) in Manhattan.
New Works at New Engand School of Art & Design Gallery
By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 20th, 2013
During a studio visit in New Mexico Jaune Quick To See Smith agreed to create new works for a special exhibition at the Gallery of New England School of Arts and Design. She presented a lecture to a large audience of students and faculty and also spoke intimately in the gallery. The artist Ric Haynes, who works extensively with the Crow Nation participated in the informal discussion. This is reposted from a 2006 article in Maverick Arts Magazine.
One of the most anticipated Tanglewood concerts this summer was the only scheduled appearance of the newly appointed BSO director Andris Nelsons. Accordingly his conducting Verdi Requiem on July 27 has been cancelled. He was scheduled to meet with the media on Friday. The concert will be presented with a yet to be announced guest conductor.
The world premiere of Myra Slotnick’s new play, The Weight of Water, opened at the Provincetown Theatre on October 6th, 2011. In November of 2012, the entire original cast appeared in a staged reading of the play at The Abingdon Theatre in NY. The upcoming New York production features the original cast and creative team from The Provincetown Theater production.
For the brilliant young comic, Jenn Harris, the indy film, Gayby, which was screened at the recent Williamstown Film Festival may be her breakthrough. We spoke with her about the film and her work with the young company QWAN. She and Randy Harrison appeared for a one nighter with Qwan at the Colonial Theatre this past summer.
Sweet Soubrette, a melodic, ukulele-powered indie rock band based in NYC, will perform an acoustic concert at Dream Away Lodge in Becket on August 18. WBRS (Brandeis University radio) says: â€œSweet Soubrette’s music is modern and sonically diverseâ€¦talented instrumentalists and tightly sung melodies make for a really exciting listen.â€
Barrington Stage Company presents the return of Broadway’s Leslie Kritzer in Hello, Gorgeous! Leslie Kritzer Sings Jule Styne, with music director Vadim Feichtner, on Monday, July 30 at 7pm on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union Street.
QWAN (Quality Without a Name) presents SWAN!!! and NOTES!!!
By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 06th, 2012
QWAN (Quality Without a Name) presents SWAN!!! and NOTES!!! at Berkshire Theatre Group’s The Colonial Theatre on August 20 at 7:30pm featuring Christian Coulson, Jack Ferver, Jenn Harris, Randy Harrison, Phillip Taratula and Matthew Wilkas