Performing Arts

Theater Review: ‘The Iceman Cometh’

Nathan Lane (C) and the cast of “The Iceman Cometh,” now at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The classic realistic drama tells of lost souls clinging to illusions found in a bottle. (Richard Termine)
Nathan Lane (C) and the cast of “The Iceman Cometh,” now at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The classic realistic drama tells of lost souls clinging to illusions found in a bottle. (Richard Termine)

NEW YORK—A few minutes into Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh,” now at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, it becomes apparent the figures onstage comprise some...

Performing Arts

Review: Racism Provocative ‘Rasheeda Speaking’

NEW YORK—When the subject is racism, many people start to feel uncomfortable. Defensive or outraged; pick your side. It’s not a neutral topic, and “Rasheeda Speaking,”a new play by Joel Drake Johnson, doesn’t sugarcoat. The New Group is presenting the …... Read More

  • Diane Lane  in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Aug. 22, 2014.  Lane returns to the stage in "The Mystery of Love & Sex," a new play at Lincoln Center Theater in New York,  the same place where she got started in 1977.  (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

    Diane Lane Sees Ghosts in Her Return to NYC Stage

    NEW YORK—Diane Lane has returned to a New York stage. It took her long enough. The “Unfaithful” and “Man of Steel” star was still basically... Read more

  • Ryan Jillian Kilpatrick and Michael Alcide play seducer and victim, respectively, in the New Federal Theatre production of “Dutchman.” (Gerry Goodstein)

    Theater Review: ‘Dutchman,’ Clash of Sex and Race

    NEW YORK—This ominous one-act by Amiri Baraka features a mixed couple on a New York subway train. According to the theater’s website, the title “Dutchman”... Read more

  • Mr. Woodnut (Ben Rosenfield) enters the virtual reality world of the Hideaway where Iris (Sophia Anne Caruso) exists, in the new play “The Nether” by Jennifer Haley. It is running at MCC Theatre. (Jenny Anderson)

    Theater Review: ‘The Nether’

    NEW YORK—What exactly constitutes a victimless crime and what happens when people are denied a safe outlet for their otherwise perverted desires? These are some... Read more

  • Christine Goerke, in the part of Florencia, and David Pittsinger, as The Captain, during a performance of 'Florencia in the Amazon,' presented by the Washington National Opera, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, September 17, 2014. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

    Soprano Taking Her Bruennhilde on the Road

    Like a Valkyrie swooping down from her mountaintop, soprano Christine Goerke is poised to descend on America’s opera houses — but instead of wearing a... Read more

  • James and Amy Case enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts at its opening night in Rochester at the Auditorium Theatre on Saturday night, Feb. 21, 2015. “There are no words to describe how wonderful it was,” Mrs. Case said. “It just left you speechless, it left you wanting more, it left you just in awe of the performers and their abilities and athleticism and the talent of it all.” (Allen Zhou/Epoch Times)

    Old Culture, New Audience, Same Love

    ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Shen Yun Performing Arts is a dance company on a mission, and on Saturday night the audience members at Rochester’s Auditorium Theatre became a... Read more

  • Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter. (Smithsonian Channel)

    Americana Legend Lead Belly, A Documentary

    Eventually, Alan Lomax’s defenders and detractors have to deal with Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly. Yes, it was Lomax who plucked Ledbetter from... Read more

  • Helen Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience.” (Johan Persson)

    Forecast: The Upcoming Theater Season

    The following are some highlights of forthcoming Broadway and off-Broadway productions: Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning 1989 drama “The Heidi Chronicles,” originally presented at... Read more

  • Natalya (Taylor Schilling) is bored with her life on the estate, but her many love interests, including Mikhail Rakitin (Peter Dinklage), keep her entertained in Ivan Turgenev’s classic “A Month in the Country.” (Joan Marcus)

    A Penetrating Look at What Passes for Love

    NEW YORK—Love takes many forms in Ivan Turgenev’s 1855 work “A Month in the Country.” A sturdy production of this multilayered tale, ably translated by... Read more

  • Following the idea of “if only things were different,” “Constellations” follows Roland (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Marianne (Ruth Wilson) through a cosmic journey, supported by Tom Scutt’s bare yet fanciful set. (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘Constellations’ Brings Out Stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson

    NEW YORK—There’s a theory that the universe we live in exists side by side with a myriad of other universes, where the people and circumstances... Read more

  • Gabriel Ebert (Robin Hood) challenges Izzie Steele (Marion) in “The Heart of Robin Hood.” (Joan Marcus)

    How Robin Hood Found His Heart

    By Madalina HubertEpoch Times Staff TORONTO—”The Heart of Robin Hood” is jolly good fun. And yes, it has heart, too, and that is what makes... Read more

  • Joseph Fuchs (Courtesy  of Eric Shumsky)

    The Mighty Joseph Fuchs

    Probably no more than 5 foot 3 inches tall, Joseph Fuchs (1899-1997) was a giant among violinists. Few artists leave traces in my memory, yet... Read more

  • Anna Netrebko in the title role of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta.” This moving fairy tale might be better supported with a less gloomy set design. (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

    One Is Blind and the Other Sees Too Much

    NEW YORK—The Metropolitan Opera has a new production, pairing Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” with Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle.” A co-production with the Polish National Opera, directed by Mariusz... Read more

  • Charlie (Ciaran O’Reilly) having a chat with his Da (Paul O’Brien), now a ghostly memory who will not leave him. (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘Da’

    NEW YORK—Coming to terms with the past is not always easy, as playwright Hugh Leonard shows in his stirring, but sometimes unsatisfying play “Da,” presented... Read more

  • Diana Braun, Susan Tenney with Kathleen Jackson on a special ladies night out attending the Shen Yun performance in Raleigh, N.C. (NTD)

    Audience Touched by Shen Yun’s Depth and Transcendence

    RALEIGH, N.C.–Shen Yun Performing Arts opened its first of two shows in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. on January 27, 2015 at Duke Energy Center For The Performing... Read more

  • Acclaimed soprano Heidi Melton will perform the role of Sieglinde in the Canadian Opera Company's production of Wagner's “Die Walküre,” Jan. 31-Feb. 22, 2015 in Toronto. (Simon Pauly)

    Die Walküre: An Epic Journey at the Opera

    TORONTO—Richard Wagner’s commanding operatic masterpiece “Die Walküre” (“The Valkyrie”) takes audiences on an epic journey that is at once meditative and thought-provoking. The second opera... Read more

  • The cover of the recording of “The Jewish Song.” (Caprice Records)

    Pergament’s ‘The Jewish Song': A Holocaust Memorial

    The reissue on CD of Moses Pergament’s “The Jewish Song” (“Den Judiska Sangen”) on Caprice brings to light a work that has musical and historical... Read more