Oslo on HBO a Riveting Drama
Secret Israeli and Palestinian NegotiationsBy: - 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.
Experiments in Opera Delivers A Podcast Series
Aqua Net and FunyumsBy: - 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 WomenBy: - 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 PlayBy: - 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 StunsBy: - 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 WernickBy: - 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?
Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher
Boston Lyric Opera Streaming Philip GlassBy: - 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/
New Federal Theatre Celebrates Women's History Month
Riverting Production of Pearl Cleag's HospiceBy: - 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 ConroyBy: - 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 MysteryBy: - 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.
Kev Berry at The Tank
A Hefty, Engaging MonologueBy: - 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.
Hit and Run Sequel to Fauda on Netflix
Binged but Fauda-geddahboutitBy: - 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 CampusBy: - 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 FilmBy: - 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.
What’s on Netflix and Amazon.
Good, Bad and UglyBy: - Dec 28th, 2021
In the dead of winter baby it's cold outside. It's time to curl up on the couch and hunker down with Netflix and Amazon. Here is a cheat sheet of what we've been watching.
Vienna Blood on PBS
Freudian Detective TeamBy: - Jan 24th, 2022
Max Liebermann, rivetingly played by English actor Matthew Beard, is a young brilliant former student of Sigmund Freud, who now helps the Viennese police department and Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt (Jurgen Maurer), investigate a series of gruesome and violent murders that are terrorizing Vienna.
Will the Real Julia Garner Please Stand Up
From Ozark to Inventing AnnaBy: - Feb 13th, 2022
Julia Garner's Ruth in the series Ozark could not be more different that Anna in the Shonda Rhimes series Inventing Anna. At 27, with one Emmy under her belt, she's on the prowl for more. Currently I am bingeing her shows on Netflix.
Garden Fit on PBS
Combines Gardening and Muscle MindfulnessBy: - Feb 15th, 2022
A new public television series premiering March 2022 presents the opportunity for people to take care of their bodies, while taking care of their gardens. ‘GardenFit’ is the first television show to help gardeners lead a healthier lifestyle through mindful movements they can use in the garden—and beyond. An episode was shot in the Berkshires.
Experiments in Opera Celebrates Tenth Anniversary
Everything for Dawn TV Series FormatBy: - Oct 06th, 2022
Experiments in Opera is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The statistics for artistic involvement are impressive. EiO has commissioned 85 new works from 55 composers collaborating with over three hundred performers, designers, and directors from the New York City artists community. Now they present opera in TV series format on All Arts.
Pie in the Sky on Acorn
Must See TVBy: - Nov 04th, 2022
In every sense Richard Thomas Griffiths OBE (31 July 1947 – 28 March 2013) was a larger than life actor. We subscribe to Acorn through Amazon Prime. It offers a menu of British, Australian and New Zeland programs. Lately we have been binge watching Griffiths in five seasons as chef detective Henry Crabbe in "Pie in the Sky." You might also know him from appearances in Harry Potter films. On stage he won numerous awards including a Tony and Laurence Olivier Award.
The Orchestra Now at Bard
Chamber Ensembles IntrigueBy: - 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.
Hamilton on PBS
Making of a Musical MasterpieceBy: - 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 TelevisionBy: - Jan 18th, 2016
PBS announces new programs and initiatives launching in 2016.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon
Won Two Golden Globe AwardsBy: - 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 SeriesBy: - 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.