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Caroline Worra (l.) and Amanda Crider (r.) comprise a two-headed Sphinx that torments Eddy (Marcus Farnsworth) who has set out to defeat them and stop their plague on his city in the Boston Lyric Opera production of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek. (Photograph by Liza Voll.)

Caroline Worra (l.) and Amanda Crider (r.) comprise a two-headed Sphinx that torments Eddy (Marcus Farnsworth) who has set out to defeat them and stop their plague on his city in the Boston Lyric Opera production of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek. (Photograph by Liza Voll.)


Boston Lyric Opera Annex presents Greek; Opera 101 at Boston Public Library Dec. 8

Boston Lyric Opera Annex presents Greek; Opera 101 at Boston Public Library Dec. 8 By James Foritano Boston, MA – “Greek,” which was performed as part of the Boston Lyric Opera’s “Opera Annex” series from Nov. 16-20 at Washington Street’s Emerson Paramount Theater, while bold and daring, bit off more than it, and we, can […]


Alexander Platt (Laertes) and Poornima Kirby (Ophelia) by Nile Scott Shott

Alexander Platt (Laertes) and Poornima Kirby (Ophelia) by Nile Scott Shott


Actors’ Shakespeare Project presents Hamlet at Boston’s Historic Church of the Covenant

Over all this brilliantly plotted, brilliantly acted tragic-comedy presides the vaulting majesty of Church of the Covenant. This setting underlines the question posed by the play: Is it God the father whose stern justice we mete out, or, as fallible human beings, should we better keep the son’s promise of justice with an admixture of mercy?


Fixed/Fluxed

Fixed/Fluxed Installation by Thu Kim Vu


Far from Foolish: Family Fun at the Festival of Fools

By Meghan Richter Image: “Festival Host BCA’s Current Exhibition: Thu Kim Vu’s Fixed/Fluxed” Driving through the green mountains of Vermont is always a treat, especially in the summer when the city of Burlington is vibrant with engaging activity. This past weekend’s temperatures were about 75 degrees on average, sunny and breezy — the perfect escape […]


Patrick Yocum (left) with Caralin Curcio in the Boston Ballet’s presentation of John Cranko’s Onegin (Photography by Gene Schiavone).

Patrick Yocum (left) with Caralin Curcio in the Boston Ballet’s presentation of John Cranko’s Onegin (Photography by Gene Schiavone).


Boston Ballet presents Onegin, at the Boston Opera House

by James Foritano “Onegin,” the three-act ballet choreographed by John Cranko, based on the novel by Alexander Puskin and currently at the Boston Opera House, has a simple plot — but one based on the eternal human verities. Onegin, a super-sophisticated aristocrat from cosmopolitan St. Petersburg, visits a country house somewhere in the hinterlands outside […]


Samuel Zaldivar, Isaac Akiba, and Albert Gordon of Boston Ballet in Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker; photo by Rosalie O’Connor.

Samuel Zaldivar, Isaac Akiba, and Albert Gordon of Boston Ballet in Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker; photo by Rosalie O’Connor.


Boston Ballet

The Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House By James Foritano Is an old chestnut a weakness? The Nutcracker is an old chestnut a virtue. Having just come from a screening of the legendary Merce Cunningham’s spare, modern choreography at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston’s landmark“Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957” […]


Boston Lyric Opera's "In The Penal Colony" at the Cyclorama.

Boston Lyric Opera's "In The Penal Colony" at the Cyclorama.


Boston Lyric Opera’s “In The Penal Colony” at the Cyclorama

The most compelling aspect of “In the Penal Colony,” composer Philip Glass’ contemporary opera inspired by the eponymous short story by Franz Kafka, is the haunting consonance between the music, the spare dialogue, and the dance-like motions of the three actor/singers on stage.


Federico Fresi (center) and Boston Ballet in John Neumeier’s “Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler” (photo by Rosalie O’Connor, courtesy of Boston Ballet).

Federico Fresi (center) and Boston Ballet in John Neumeier’s “Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler” (photo by Rosalie O’Connor, courtesy of Boston Ballet).


Boston Ballet presents Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler at the Boston Opera House

The “Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler,” choreographed by the renowned John Neumeier and performed on Thursday, October 22, by the Boston Ballet on the stage of the Boston Opera House, brought the audience repeatedly to their feet with cheering, clapping and foreign-sounding cries of approval.


Finding Fay cover


Finding Fay Festival

The Finding Fay Festival, which takes place September 10 through 15, celebrates the life and spirit of local artist and philanthropist Fay Chandler with a series of events, memorials and concerts.


Henry VI, Part 2

From left to right: King Henry (Jesse Hinson), Queen Margaret (Jennie Israel), Duke of Somerset (Ross MacDonald) and Duke of Gloucester (Allyn Burrows). Photo courtesy of Stratton McCrady Photography 2015.


Shakespeare Actors’ Project presents Henry VI, Part 2 at the Suffolk U. Modern Theatre

By James Foritano Boston – While at first, it sounds like a title giving the audience only half a title to something complex that’s already begun, take heart — “Henry VI, Part 2,” presented by the Actor’s Shakespeare Project in the intimate venue of downtown Boston’s Modern Theatre, and, not least, with Shakespeare’s consummate sense […]


Actors' Shakespeare Project "God's Ear" by Jenny Schwartz  - Pictured: Ted (Gabriel Kuttner) and Mel (Tamara Hickey). Photo by Stratton McCrady Photography

Actors' Shakespeare Project "God's Ear" by Jenny Schwartz - Pictured: Ted (Gabriel Kuttner) and Mel (Tamara Hickey). Photo by Stratton McCrady Photography


Actors’ Shakespeare Project presents God’s Ear

In today’s world, audiences expect to walk into a theater and see the traditional story arch; there are clear marks of an introduction, rising action, climax and conclusion. This is not the case with the new ASP production of God’s Ear; every expectation is torn down from beginning to end as it takes audiences through the thought process of life-changing tragedy.