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  • Verdi's Simon Boccanegra at Opera Philadelphia

    Stellar Cast, Moving Production

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 02nd, 2023

    Opera Philadelphia knows how to produce opera. They recognize its multiple forms and multiple historic periods. No company in this country has spearheaded the development of new opera with such an effective program. Yet Philadelphia also continues to produce the tried and true with great style.

  • La Jolla Playhouse Goes Gonzo

    Hunter Thompson Musical Premieres

    By: Sharon Eubanks - Sep 27th, 2023

    The world premiere of The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Musical, is presented by the La Jolla Playhouse.  Fifteen years in the making, the musical envisions Hunter’s life from childhood to his tragic death. The book is by Joe Iconis and Gregory S. Moss, music and lyrics by Iconis, and choreography by Jon Rua.

  • Dopplegangers at the Park Avenue Armory

    Jonas Kaufman and Helmut Deutsch Double Our Pleasure

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 28th, 2023

    I like to attend an event without reading the build-up. This gives me a chance to respond viscerally. Every event at the Park Avenue Armory is tasteful. Pierre Audi, the artistic director, provides this. He is unique in New York.

  • Fall for Jazz in the Berkshires

    Grace Kelly at Stationary Factory

    By: Jazz - Sep 26th, 2023

    If you’re a follower of the regional jazz scene (and, the fact that you are on our mailing list suggests that you are), you may have already noticed that it is shaping up to be a busy autumn in the Berkshires. Starting with saxophone titan Grace Kelly this Friday at the Stationery Factory, something is going on every week…and often weekdays. Here’s a look at the first half of the season.  

  • The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

    Technology Scores Big in the Storyline and the Score

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 26th, 2023

    Composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell strike gold with this focused bio that should find a place on the opera circuit. San Francisco Opera's stunning production along with superb performances make it even better. The title character is portrayed with all of his positive and negative complexity, and even operagoers who learn nothing new about Jobs will find the opera highly involving and entertaining.

  • Free Admission at Smith College Museum of Art

    Advances Access, Accessibility and Inclusion

    By: Smith - Sep 26th, 2023

    Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) is now free to all visitors starting immediately. By ending paid admission, the museum advances access, accessibility and inclusion for our neighbors and surrounding communities.

  • Opera Philadelphia Presents 10 Days in a Madhouse

    World Premiere by Rene Orth

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 24th, 2023

    Rene Orth’s opera 10 Days in a Madhouse enjoyed a World Premiere at the Opera Philadelphia Festival. A tip off to where the weight lies in the opera was the stage set, immediately apparent when we enter the Wilma Theatre. The set is dominated by a Richard Serra-like sculpture. Our eyes and then our ears are fixed up where the orchestra tops the sculpture.

  • Jersey Boys

    MTC in Norwalk

    By: Karen Isaacs - Sep 26th, 2023

    Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, from struggling to find their “voice” and getting started in 1950s New Jersey to the 21st century.

  • Blue: The Celebration of a Color

    Berkshire Artist Sarah Sutro Pariticapates at Somerville Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 25th, 2023

    Berkshire artist, Sarah Sutro, is participating in Blue: The Celebration of a Color at the Somerville Museum. In Sutro's case the blue is from the saturated sky of her watercolor, "Blue Landscape. The group show has been curated by Martha Friend.

  • Jane Hudson’s Tarot

    Vernissage and Reading

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 23rd, 2023

    Last night I sat for my first ever Tarot reading. Well, Kindah. Not a full reading but just one card and a brief analysis. The format was devised to accommodate many visitors. Jane Hudson became energized explaining the significance of The Tower.  

  • POTUS: Or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

    A President's Improprieties Trigger a Zany Cavalcade of Events

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 22nd, 2023

    The subtitle of the play suggests where it’s going.  But if you think that it may simply be misandristic, that wouldn’t be correct.  Given the crazy antics of these females who are close to the president, you could just as easily add the word dumbass in front of the word women.  In any case, the result is “POTUS,” a farce that had Berkeley Rep’s opening night audience laughing with glee from start to finish. But it's not for everyone.

  • John Zorn Celebrates 70

    Who Knew Classical Music Could be So Much Fun

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 22nd, 2023

    One of the reasons John Zorn’s music attracts is that it’s so damn much fun. Leaping on and off the stage to introduce the numbers in his first of many 70th birthday celebrations at the Miller Theatre at Columbia, Zorn looked like he was going to last forever. And let’s hope he does. 

  • The Many Wondrous Realities of Jasmine Starr-Kidd

    Theatre Lab in Boca Raton

    By: Aaron Krause - Sep 21st, 2023

    The Many Wondrous Realities of Jasmine Starr-Kidd is about a 12-year-old computer genius who convinces her uncle to travel back in time to repair her parents' relationship. A strong Florida Premiere production is running through Oct. 8 at Theatre Lab on Florida Atlantic University's campus in Boca Raton. The play won the 2022 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwrighting Competition at Alliance Theatre, where the world premiere production took place.

  • Il Trovatore

    One of Verdi's Most Challenging and Emotional Operas

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 19th, 2023

    The title character is Manrico, a troubadour and leader of a Roma troupe.  Unbeknownst to anyone but his adoptive mother, he is of noble blood and the brother of his arch enemy, Count di Luna.  They contest not only in the communal and political world but for the love of a woman, Leonora.

  • American Tenor Stephen Gould Dies at 61

    His Performances Were Always A Treat

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 20th, 2023

    Berkshire Fine Arts was fortunate to hear Stephen Gould sing Parsifal in Bayreuth two years ago. He retired from Bayreuth this summer when he was diagnosed with incurable cancer.

  • Lunar Eclipse By Donald Marguiles

    World Premiere at Shakespeare & Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 18th, 2023

    Lunar Eclipse, by Pulitzer prize winner, Donald Marguiles is having its world premiere at Shakespeare & Company. Directed by James Warwick it stars Karen Allen and Reed Birney. The playwright digs deep into the long marriage of the farmer and his wife. The drama of loss, legacy and end of life play out in the phases of an eclipse. The taut one act play is emotionally invasive.

  • Bald Sisters

    A Clash of Cultural and Family Values.

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 19th, 2023

    One Cambodian-American sister has married a Christian pastor and has remained in Dallas, where the mother had resettled the family. The younger sister had moved to New York City, rejecting some of the family's values, but reconnecting with Buddhism. When their mother dies, the sisters face conflicts that extend well beyond dealing with death rites.

  • The Addams Family

    A Fun Look At The Ghoulish Family

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 16th, 2023

    Horrors! Guess who's coming to dinner. Gomez and Morticia's daughter Wednesday has fallen in love and wants to marry a "normal" young man. She has even invited him and his family over for a meal. What can be done to stop such a fearsome turn of events?

  • The Happiest Man on Earth by Mark St. Germain Returns

    Back by Popular Demand at Barrington Stage Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 16th, 2023

    By popular demand Barrington Stage Company brings back a world premiere by Mark St Germain on the stage that bears his name. The Happiest Man on Earth is a one-man show based on the holocaust memoir The Happiest Man on Earth published by Eddie Jaku when he was one hundred years old. It is profoundly performed by Kenneth Tigar.

  • Williams '62 Center Season

    Performances Open to the Public

    By: Williams - Sep 15th, 2023

    The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance unveiled its nineteenth season of extraordinary theatre, music, and dance programming for the Williams College community and beyond.  

  • Ellen Shattuck Pierce Taking Place

    Boston's Hall Space

    By: Hall Space - Sep 15th, 2023

    Hall Space presents Ellen Shattuck PIerce "Taking Place." It's a lively exhibition of relief and hand colored laser prints.

  • Crowns

    An Uplifting Celebration of African-American Women and Hats They Wear To Church

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 14th, 2023

    Hats are an integral part of the African-American woman's church attendance. Playwright Regina Taylor celebrates not only hats but the women that wear them - their fortitude, their triumphs, and their tragedies. Animated vignettes and a gospel dominated song book provide for a rousing entertainment.

  • Five Guys Named Moe

    MNM Theatre Company in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Sep 12th, 2023

    MNM Theatre Company in West Palm Beach is presenting a vibrant production of the acclaimed musical revue, "Five Guys Named Moe." The production runs through Sept. 24 at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. In the show, through music, the titular characters hope to change the life of a drunken man whose wife has left him.

  • Romeo and Juliet - Gounod's Opera

    Fine Voices and Acting of Young Opera San Jose Cast Carry Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 11th, 2023

    "Romeo and Juliet" reigns as the touchstone of love stories centuries after its creation. But the play offers depth of meaning and cautions in many other social realms which contribute to its greatness. Adapted in many genres, Gounod's opera remains perhaps the most compelling and enduring realization. Its lush music and tight adherence to the Bard's work yield a timeless masterpiece.

  • Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical

    Dominique Morisseau's Second Musical About Black Song In The Late 20th Century at San Francisco's ACT

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 08th, 2023

    After her Broadway success with "Ain't Too Proud," which also premiered in the Bay Area, Morisseau pays homage to "Soul Train," the syndicated TV show that became the Black community's "American Bandstand." The playwright also successfully integrates a warts-and-all biography of creator and longtime host, Don Cornelius.

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