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Play by Play: March 13, 2009

Plays A to Z
A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 10, 2009

Adam and Eve

It's boy-meets-girl at New York City Ballet
A day at New York City Ballet that starts with a matinee of Coppélia and ends with a Balanchine evening might seem to offer merely the contrast between classic and modern, old and new.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 13, 2009

Simple gifts

Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XXI, Sanders Theatre, October 25, 2008
Friday I watched more musicians than even Gustav Mahler used to ask for assemble on stage at Symphony Hall to perform the 10 minutes of Pierre Boulez’s Notations I-IV .
By  |  November 03, 2008

Channeling Shakespeare

Cardenio  at the ART; King John at ASP
Cardenio , an early-17th-century play in which Shakespeare may well have had a hand, has been MIA since its debut and will doubtless remain so.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 19, 2008

The Shakespeare mystery

Everything (almost) you wanted to know about Cardenio but were afraid to ask
What Shakespeare wrote and what he didn’t — even without bringing the Earl of Oxford into it — is one of literature’s most enduring and enjoyable mysteries.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2008


The Kirov's Balanchine at City Center
The end of a three-week, thousands-of-miles-from-home season is never the right time to assess a dance company.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 30, 2009

Big in every way

‘El Greco to Velázquez’ at the MFA
Men in inky darkness. Men without women (save for the Blessed Virgin). Men in splendor, men in ecstasy, men without smiles. Men as saints but not as sinners.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 15, 2008


Festival Ballet’s intimate showcase
Festival Ballet Providence’s “Up CLOSE, on HOPE” program is a stunning selection of short classical and contemporary ballet, performed with polish and passion.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2008

The outsiders

None of Maine’s indy candidates can win a seat in the US Senate, but they will have a say in who does
Just a few months ago, the story-line of Maine’s 2008 US Senate race seemed inevitable.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 05, 2008

History tour

Zeitgeist’s compelling   Kentucky Cycle; Double Edge’s Republic of Dreams
Whitewash has floated like a soap scum on the bloodbath of America’s past as told in the history books.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 09, 2007

Impossible dreamer

The Lyric Stage resurrects Man of La Mancha
If it’s “The Impossible Dream” you’ve come for, you’ll hit paydirt.
By IRIS FANGER  |  September 12, 2007

The last Potter

What does the end mean for Harry’s strange Boston disciples?
The end is never easy, is it?
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 24, 2007

Heat waves

Summer reads to cool off with
“Summer joys are spoilt by use,” wrote John Keats, meaning the less you do between June and August, the better.
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  June 28, 2007

Not quite Nina

Ananiashvili and the State Ballet of Georgia look to find their footing
On hearing the opening notes of the Kronos Quartet composition and seeing the dancers lit in sunny yellow, I feared we were about to be subjected to one of those “up with people” ballets.
By JANINE PARKER  |  June 27, 2007

Dreaming and remembrance

Boston Ballet’s Midsummer, Boston Conservatory’s Dark Elegies
Two momentous revivals in town showed us how big the category of classical ballet really is.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 21, 2007

Round-trip Cruz

Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver
Volver may be a rich and moving film that celebrates the triumph of the feminine spirit, but it’s already best known as the movie in which writer/director Pedro Almodóvar fitted willowy leading lady Penélope Cruz with an ample prosthetic ass. Watch the trailer for Volver (QuickTime)
By GARY SUSMAN  |  February 20, 2007

L’Allegro, fuss and feathers, and the ICA blues

 A year in dance
This year we were looking forward to dance performances at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater in the new ICA.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 20, 2006

Changing lives

 The New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra visits Venezuela and Brazil
People who love the arts are fond of saying that art changes our lives. Slideshow: The New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra visits Venezuela and Brazil
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 15, 2006

Stranger than Fiction

Submits to the temptations of clichés and bathos
What’s stranger than fiction? Some might say meta-fiction, the “avant-garde” genre that’s actually older than Don Quixote, in which a work of fiction self-consciously refers to its own artifice. Watch the trailer for Stranger than Fiction  (QuickTime)
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 10, 2006

Stairway to Paradise?

Boston Ballet's Gala performance
It’s a mark of Mikko Nissinen’s ambitions for Boston Ballet that last night’s benefit Gala Performance at the Wang Theatre ended with such a défilé .
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 26, 2006

Impossible dream?

Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote has yet to earn its knighthood
Don Quixote has been a watershed work for Boston Ballet.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 25, 2006

Crossword: 'Gas station'

Silent but deadly
Silent but deadly
By MATT JONES  |  October 04, 2006

Happy feet

From butoh to Swan Lake and back
The architectural team of Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at the new Institute for Contemporary Art as a 325-seat jewel box, its transparent walls allowing the Boston harbor and skyline to serve as a scenic backdrop or turn opaque as the performance requires.
By DEBRA CASH  |  September 13, 2006

Learning by doing

Karen Schmeer, Sidney Pollack, Frank Gehry
The way kids say, “I wanna be an astronaut, I wanna be a fireman,” Cambridge’s Karen Schmeer insisted, “I can be a film editor.”
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 23, 2006

Opera’s great loss

Sarah Caldwell, 1924–2006
When the curtain went up at Boston’s Back Bay Theatre for the American premiere of Arnold Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron , in November 1966, two figures were standing back to back in a spotlight on a small disc.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 29, 2006

Hit and miss

Visiting and home teams swing for the fences  
Boston Ballet didn’t need Mark Morris’s blessing in 1999, and it doesn’t need it now.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 22, 2006

Ralph Hamilton

My lovable, impossible friend of more than 30 years, the artist Ralph Hamilton, died on February 19, of complications from diabetes. He was only 59. It’s a very sad loss. He was one of Boston’s most original and searching painters and had been doing some of his most ambitious and moving work.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 09, 2006

Fire and air

Jordi Savall ignites the musical elements
“Music,” Jordi Savall writes in the liner note to one of his latest discs, Du temps et de l’instant (“Of Time and the Moment”), is “the true living history of humanity.” One could call Savall the true living history of music.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 02, 2006

Gratis expectations

Free booze! Free books! Free movies! Free iPods! A guide to getting something for nothing
Now is the winter of our discontent. That last heating bill nearly caused a coronary, and this month’s will only be worse.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 18, 2006

Mixed blessings

Ringing in the new year on a mostly high note
The Boston Symphony Orchestra began the new year with one of its most disappointing concerts since music director James Levine took over.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 18, 2006

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