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Mamma Mia at the Ogunquit Playhouse

Mamma Mia at the Ogunquit Playhouse


Mamma Mia at the Ogunquit Playhouse

For those of us that have loved and lost and reflect back nostalgically on the possibilities of what could have been, Mamma Mia has a special relevance. The rest of us can just sit back and revel in the color and exuberance of musical pop puffery.
Mamma Mia is the ideal beach musical, a fact well played by the Ogunquit Playhouse in the kick-off of their 85th season, which opened on May 19th and continues through the first of July. Though the setting is a remote Greek Isle on the Aegean coast, the steamy swim suited cast could easily be imagined on the scenic sands of Ogunquit beach.


A Midsummer Night's Dream by Actors' Shakespeare Project.

A Midsummer Night's Dream by Actors' Shakespeare Project.


Actors’ Shakespeare Project presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Multicultural Arts Center

Actors’ Shakespeare Project is presenting Shakespeare’s masterpiece through early June in a production directed by Patrick Swanson. In this classic favorite of the season, Theseus, the duke of Athens, in Shakespeare’s parable of his own life and times, is also in a hurry to wed his intended, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Recent antagonists on the battlefield though they’ve been, Theseus is impatient to leave all that behind them by tying the cord of amity in a royal marriage.


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).


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.


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 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.