TheaterWorks HartfordBy: - May 12th, 2023
Rembrandt, the play at TheaterWorks Hartford through Sunday, May 14, is part meditation on art and part a very human exploration of love, dying and grieving
William Flynn: 50 Years 50 Drawings
Boston's HallSpaceBy: - May 11th, 2023
Flynn has made hundreds, perhaps thousands of drawings over the last 50 years. Choosing just 50 (really 61) drawings is nearly an impossible task. William Flynn is an artist that spends days drawing. He finds ways to express the beauty in mundane objects; an old baseball mitt, ski boots, a bicycle that was run over and flattened, cars at junkyards, an old arm chair, pop-up books, whirly-gigs.
Boheme La La La at Opera Philadelphia
Helping Opera Live in the 21st CenturyBy: - May 11th, 2023
Opera Philadelphia is ahead of the curve in keeping the operatic form alive and relevant. New operas and altered operas inevitably raise the question: What is opera? Music drives a story or an idea. That is at opera’s heart. La Boheme in Philadelphia meets the standard and then some.
New Play Awards
ATCA Presents Annual HonorsBy: - May 09th, 2023
The 2023 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) New Play Award goes to "the ripple, the wave that carried me home." The 2023 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award goes to Madison Fiedler for her play, "Spay." ATCA also presents citations to Suzan-Lori Parks for her play, "Sally & Tom," and Rebecca Gilman for her piece, "Swing State."
Champion at the Metropoitan Opera
Boxing, Gaydom, Blanchard all in the MixBy: - May 09th, 2023
The Metropolitan Opera’s heavily promoted Champion is concluding its run in New York. The first opera by Terrence Blanchard, which succeeds his Fire in My Bones at the Met, has a weaker score than its successor. One feels that Blanchard as composer of film scores (he is well-known as a colleague of Spike Lee), may have succumbed to the notion that music should lie under the visual track.
Feria de Sevilla (Seville April Fair)
A Most Spectacular Festival You've Never Heard OfBy: - May 07th, 2023
When booking our trip, we didn't know of Feria, a one-week celebration of community and Seville's history with livestock markets and flamenco that began in 1846. But when our new friend Carlos invited us to join him in going to the fair, we jumped on it. Feria takes place one week in April each year on 25 urban blocks that lie mostly barren except for preparation and celebration of Feria. Imagine the value of the property designated for this one event!
One More Yesterday
A World Premiere Production in South FloridaBy: - May 05th, 2023
Versatile theater artist Ronnie Larsen's new musical, "One More Yesterday," is running through May 14 in a fine professional world premiere production. "One More Yesterday" is an upbeat show about an aging live theater performer yearning for the spotlight one more time. "One More Yesterday" is a layered show covering many themes.
The Sneaky Frank Lloyd Wright
From New BalanceBy: - May 01st, 2023
Aside from their earth tones, this footwear has nothing to do with Frank Lloyd Wright. As a branding strategy, it is an extremely strange choice for a contemporary sports shoe design.
Main Street Players in Miami LakesBy: - May 03rd, 2023
Lynn Nottage's drama, "Sweat" serves as a cautionary play about what can happen when unrestrained, explosive emotions flow during especially tense, sensitive times. Main Street Players in Miami Lakes, a professional, nonprofit company, is presenting a stellar production through May 14. "Sweat" takes place during the turbulent 2000s in a blue-collar community in Pennsylvania.
New Federal Theatre Tells Tales
Underbellies of the Harlem Renaissance Directed by Woodie King, Jr.By: - May 04th, 2023
Four women writers of the Harlem Renaissance meet in "Telling Tales Out of School" by Wesley Brown, directed by Woodie King, Jr.
Hoosic River Watershed Association
Invites Poets and MusiciansBy: - May 02nd, 2023
Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) invites poets and musicians in the Hoosic River Watershed to find inspiration and craft a poem, song, or instrumental piece about and for the Hoosic River and/or its tributaries.
The Winter's Tale
At Hartford StageBy: - May 02nd, 2023
The Winter’s Tale can be a confusing play. Written late in Shakespeare’s career, it is usually grouped with The Tempest, Pericles, and Cymbeline, as one of the “romance” plays.
John E. Lawrence Grooves in Ypsilanti
Music Goes LocalBy: - May 01st, 2023
The old Freighthouse has been converted into a nightclub in downtown Ypsilanti. A lifetime resident of Ypsilanti, guitarist and jazz composer John E. Lawrence has been in residence for a week. The final evening is a concert, sold out, with hopefuls hovering at the door.
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map
First Retrospective by Native Artist at Whitney MuseumBy: - Apr 29th, 2023
Now 82, at long last the Native American artist, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, is the subject of a retrospective at a major New York Museum. Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map will be on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art from April 19 to August 13, 202
Sweeney Todd on Broadway
Josh Groban and Annaleigh AshfordBy: - Apr 26th, 2023
Some may quibble, but I would see this production of Sweeney Todd anytime. It is changing my mind about the show.
Barrington Stage Company Announces Cast and Crews
The Happiest Man on Earth and CabaretBy: - Apr 27th, 2023
Barrington Stage Company (BSC) announces full casting for the world premiere of Mark St. Germain’s new play The Happiest Man on Earth (May 24-June 17) and a new production of the legendary Kander & Ebb musical Cabaret (June 14-July 8).
Boston Symphony Charms at Carnegie Hall
Something Old, Something New and Something very FlashyBy: - Apr 27th, 2023
A decade ago, Andris Nelsons was conducting Tchaikovsky at the Metropolitan Opera, when the Boston Symphony arrived in town and their conductor, James Levine, fell ill. Nelsons stepped in and the rest is history. Shostakovich is the Russian composer Nelsons has adopted as his own. Rachmaninoff, whose Second Symphony was on the program on Monday night, may not be as close a soulmate for the young Latvian conductor, but new music is. He introduced Thierry Escaich's latest work.
Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts in South FloridaBy: - Apr 26th, 2023
Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts near Ft. Lauderdale has mounted an entertaining and energetic production of "Pippin." The 1972 musical is timely more than 50 years after it premiered on Broadway. PPTOPA's production takes place during the 1960's. Setting the show during that time period makes sense.
Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Abbreviated "War and Peace" at a Breakneck Pace with SongBy: - Apr 25th, 2023
The simple storyline centers on Natasha, betrothed to Prince Andrey, who has been sent to fight against Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. But when she visits Moscow, Natasha is taken with womanizer Anatole, and decides to abandon Andrey for the more glamorous option. Things don’t go as planned. The end.
Minimalism at Town Hall
Bryce Dessner Gives the Form Its Full RichnessBy: - Apr 26th, 2023
Death of Classical, the brilliant music series conceived and curated by Andrew Ousley, was embedded in a Town Hall celebration of Minimalism. It was a spiritual lift of a special order, lighting the path to classical music’s future in neon reds and greens. The lush curtains draped at the back of the stage were bathed alternately in greens and blues and purples.
Windhover Center for the Performing Arts and Gloucester 400+
Dogtown Common by Percy MacKaye Adapted and Directed by Peter LittlefieldBy: - Apr 24th, 2023
In the heart of Cape Ann, with its boulders and cellar holes, Dogtown Common stokes the cauldron of witchcraft and early New England mythology. Dogtown Common by Percy MacKaye, adapted and directed by Peter Littlefield will be performed at the Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, Rockport, Ma.
Cry Old Kingdom
New City Players Near Ft. LauderdaleBy: - Apr 22nd, 2023
Ft. Lauderdale-based New City Players presents a production of "Cry Old Kingdom." The piece, set during 1960's Haiti, deals with many themes and topics, including art, revolution, and what hope for a better future can look like.
Parade a Revival on Broadway
By Albert Uhry Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert BrownBy: - Apr 20th, 2023
If Parade doesn’t win the Tony Award for the outstanding revival of a musical, the producers should demand a recount.
Former Met Director Philippe de Montebello Picketed
Striking Staff of the Hispanic Society of AmericaBy: - Apr 19th, 2023
De Montebello, who was formerly Executive Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has repeatedly refused to address staff concerns about health and safety for both staff and the collection itself.
The Legend of Georgia McBride
At Ivoryton PlayhouseBy: - Apr 20th, 2023
It was great to see an audience laughing and enjoying themselves at The Legend of Georgia McBride now at Ivoryton Playhouse through Sunday, April 30.
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