Stagestruck: When Civilization Goes ‘D’oh!’ Homer, Bart, et al. as survivors in a post-electric age
Aug04

Stagestruck: When Civilization Goes ‘D’oh!’ Homer, Bart, et al. as survivors in a post-electric age

The summer season still has a month to go — with new productions still in the wings — but already the hands-down winner for Most Intriguing and Strange can be named. It’s New Century Theatre’s season closer, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, a meditation on human resilience, the seduction and dangers of technology, and our need for storytelling, wrapped up in a cheeky riff on an episode of The Simpsons. The play’s author, Anne...

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Intertwining Roots: Teens explore race relations through music and dance
Jun23

Intertwining Roots: Teens explore race relations through music and dance

Bernice Kwade lives in two worlds at the same time. “When I’m at home, it’s a totally different environment than when I go out,” she said. “My parents are trying to instill traditional African values in me, but we live in America now. I want to have a more liberal view on life.” Bernice, 16, and her twin sister Benedicta left their mother in Ghana and flew to live with their father six years ago on a pair of one-way airplane tickets....

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Nightcrawler: Presto-Chango, magicians come to CT
Jun16

Nightcrawler: Presto-Chango, magicians come to CT

Magician Criss Angel recently appeared at a special press conference at Connecticut’s Foxwoods casino to reveal his latest trick. “My goal is to redefine magic touring like Cirque du Soleil did for the circus,” Angel said of his upcoming Supernaturalist show, an ensemble effort with a cast hand-picked by Angel that will premiere at Foxwoods June 25 and hold residency at the Connecticut casino five times weekly through July 23. “I’ve...

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Summer Arts Preview: The Best Up-coming Concerts, Shows, and Events of the Season
Jun02

Summer Arts Preview: The Best Up-coming Concerts, Shows, and Events of the Season

Summertime, and the livin’ is greatly enhanced by a calendar ripe with performances. In a Valley that comes alive with music, theater, and every other incarnation of the arts, it can be tough to know where to turn. We’ve compiled a short list of highlights from the season to come, but with an overabundance of options from which to choose, these are just starting points. Turn over a rock here, and you’ll find a festival, concert, or...

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Scene Here: Springfield Symphony Hall
May06

Scene Here: Springfield Symphony Hall

It’s the final performance of the 2015 Springfield Symphony Orchestra season and the 71-year-old group has put together a timely show, The Rite of Spring with Spencer Myer on piano. Buses for retired living communities line the street outside. Inside Symphony Hall, the smell is all Jean Nate. The musicians are dressed in finery: the men in tuxes, the women in black dresses and slacks. The audience dressed for the orchestra, too....

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StageStruck: Homer’s Daughter
Apr15

StageStruck: Homer’s Daughter

Jeannine Haas confesses that she “got through 21 years of formal education without ever reading the Iliad,” and that when she was first preparing to perform the one-person play based on that epic, “I thought, ‘Oy, it is gonna be a pain to read.’ But honestly, it was a page-turner.” An Iliad is a loose, mercurial rendering of the Homeric tale of pride and power, conquest and compassion in the Trojan War. In it, an ageless Poet is...

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