INTERVIEW: Sharpening La Rondine: Boston Opera Collaborative and the Swallow’s Diet

Reworking or remixing opera classics is one of the hot current trends in American opera circles. Skylark Opera Theatre's production of The Tragedy of Carmen certainly caught local opera fans' attention with a heavily streamlined, 90-minute version of the classic opera by Bizet, with packed houses and fans clamoring to see this up-close-and-personal treatment. Transforming

REVIEW: Jiving Sisters of Swing (History Theatre)

Cat Brindisi, Katie Hahn, and Jen Burleigh-Bentz in the History Theatre’s production of Sisters of Swing. The Andrew Sisters were the sweethearts of the World War II generation. When my mother was in nursing school during the war, the students in the girls’ dorm would congregate around the dorm piano and

REVIEW: TU Dance – TU Be…or Not (Ordway)

Saturday night’s performance by TU Dance at the Ordway in St. Paul showcased the company’s classical styling mixed with an edgy modern urban aesthetic. One goal of TU’s choreographers and dancers is to create original dance works that raise audience awareness of significant cultural issues and take on important social

NEWS: Chameleon Theatre Circle Creeps Towards Twin Cities

Julia Ennen as Daisy and Anna Larranaga as Violet in The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 2017 production of Side Show, which opened to packed houses at the Ames Center for the Performing Arts shortly after a future booking controversy became public. Photo by Daniel K. McDermott for Sinséar Video + Photography. The Chameleon Theatre Circle

INTERVIEW: American Prize Winner Geneviève Leclair on Conducting

Conductor Geneviève Leclair at the podium. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor, with permission from Boston Ballet. On Friday, Hat City Music Theater announced the 2016-17 American Prize winners in orchestral conducting. This national award series recognizes distinguished performances by conductors working across the United States. Geneviève Leclair, a professor at Berklee College

REVIEW: Shaky but Interesting Girl Shakes Loose (Penumbra Theatre)

Alexis Sims as Girl in Girl Shakes Loose. Poet Sonia Sanchez was a unique voice in 1965-75 Black Arts Movement with her poetry ranging from Black Nationalism to her later work emphasizing family, relationships and self-empowerment. Her poetry is the center of a promising musical titled Girl Shakes Loose, which premiered last

REVIEW: Allure of the Machine in The Watson Intelligence (Park Square)

Adam Harris and Kathryn Fumie in Park Square Theatre's The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence. Photo by Petronella J. Ytsma. Human preferences for computer relationships over than of human relationships is the main theme underlying the play The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence. But, as with the 2015 movie

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