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Tom Rakewell (Ben Bliss) falls captive to Mother Goose’s ladies (Photography by T Charles Erickson © T Charles Erickson Photography).

Tom Rakewell (Ben Bliss) falls captive to Mother Goose’s ladies (Photography by T Charles Erickson © T Charles Erickson Photography).


Boston Lyric Opera presents The Rake’s Progress

A new production by director Allegra Libonati illuminates the Cutler Majestic’s historic stage and house with a tale at once simple and profound.


Boston Opera House, decked out for The Nutcracker

Boston Opera House, decked out for The Nutcracker


Boston Ballet Presents Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker Boston Opera House, November 25, 2016

The play opens on Christmas Eve in 1820s Germany. The atmosphere on stage is both whimsical and elegant. Large mice in full furry costumes scamper about the stage with an energetic flair. One of the most memorable scenes, for this writer, comes as the clock strikes midnight. The audience looks on in delight as the set background expands to uncover a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, soaring at over 42 feet tall.


Alejandro Simoes & Sarah deLima in Marjorie Prime (Photo: A.R. Sinclair Photography.)

Alejandro Simoes & Sarah deLima in Marjorie Prime (Photo: A.R. Sinclair Photography.)


Marjorie Prime at Central Square Theatre

By James Fortiano Cambridge, MA – Looking at my ticket for an opening week performance by the Nora Theatre Company of Jordan Harrison’s Marjorie Prime, I’m wondering whether I was more entertained or simply mildly intrigued. I’d choose intrigued. I’ll be up front — I’m a good times guy. I like to be entertained, or […]


Montpelier State House

Vermont State House in Montpelier


Vermont’s Capitol District

by Meghan Richter Montpelier, Vermont, is unlike the capital of any other state. The buildings and population are spread out, and the classic brownstone look is offset by their newly born public art initiative. The town is quite walkable, and contains preserved historical buildings. The businesses are all local, and during my visit, I did […]


Seo Hye Han in Karole Armitage’s Bitches Brew by Liza Voll, courtesy of Boston Ballet; Costume by Peter Speliopoulos.

Seo Hye Han in Karole Armitage’s Bitches Brew by Liza Voll, courtesy of Boston Ballet; Costume by Peter Speliopoulos.


The Boston Ballet’s Mirrors at the Boston Opera House

In their final production of the season, “Mirrors,” the Boston Ballet has indeed seasoned its repertory with more than a whiff of modernity, a crackle of contemporary challenge and even a soupcon of angst.


The Merry Widow BLO 4-16 164
THE MERRY WIDOW
Music by Franz Lehár
Libretto by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein
Boston Lyric Opera 4/27/16
Conductor: Alexander Joel
Stage Director: Lillian Groag
Set Designer: John Conklin
Costume Designer: Gail Buckley
Lighting Designer: Robert Wierzel
Choreographer: Kyle Lang
Wig And Makeup Designer: Jason Allen
Surtitle Designer: John Conklin
© T Charles Erickson Photography
tcepix@comcast.net

The Merry Widow BLO 4-16 164 THE MERRY WIDOW Music by Franz Lehár Libretto by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein Boston Lyric Opera 4/27/16 Conductor: Alexander Joel Stage Director: Lillian Groag Set Designer: John Conklin Costume Designer: Gail Buckley Lighting Designer: Robert Wierzel Choreographer: Kyle Lang Wig And Makeup Designer: Jason Allen Surtitle Designer: John Conklin © T Charles Erickson Photography tcepix@comcast.net


Boston Lyric Opera Presents: The Merry Widow

There is an inspired moment, one could hardly call it a scene, in the Boston Lyric Opera’s current production on the Shubert Theater’s Stage, when an official messenger at the Pontevedrian Embassy in Paris describes with his full body, accompanied by lush sound effects, his interpretation of a submarine rising, raising its periscope, launching a torpedo and diving.


Remo Airaldi and Benjamin Evett in Mistero Buffo. Photo by Aria Lynn Sergany.

Remo Airaldi and Benjamin Evett in Mistero Buffo. Photo by Aria Lynn Sergany.


Mistero Buffo at The Modern Theater

Back in that famously conformist era of the 1950s, the infamously nonconformist actor and teen heart-throb James Dean was asked, “What are you rebelling against?” Forever defining what it meant to be cool, the rebel without a cause responded: “What have you got?” solidifying himself and “The Wild Ones” as timeless benchmarks of youth rebellion.


Alex Richardson and Sandra Piques Eddy in Boston Lyric Opera's “Werther.” Photography by T. Charles Erickson.

Alex Richardson and Sandra Piques Eddy in Boston Lyric Opera's “Werther.” Photography by T. Charles Erickson.


Werther at Boston Lyric Opera

I go to opera because I feel that watching and listening from my seat I experience emotions and insights of a strength allied to but unavailable to me in other forms of art. And this indeed was the case in attending the Boston Lyric Opera’s presentation of Jules Massenet’s “Werther.”


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 […]


The cast of The Good
Theater’s production of
“Sheer Madness” — Paul
Drinan, Timothy C Goodwin,
Laura Lewis Houck, Kathleen
Kimball, Conor Riordan
Martin, and Michael Wood.

The cast of The Good Theater’s production of “Sheer Madness” — Paul Drinan, Timothy C Goodwin, Laura Lewis Houck, Kathleen Kimball, Conor Riordan Martin, and Michael Wood.


Fine Drama in Portland?

That’s Good Theater! by Greg Morell As artscope magazine makes its 10th anniversary victory lap, keeping its unique eye on the New England arts scene, I thought it prime time to congratulate and capsule a small arts organization that has made an impressive and substantial impact on the Portland, Maine art scene. My accolades go […]