Performing Arts

Theater Review: ‘Violet’

(L–R) A moment of jubilance for fellow travelers Flick (Joshua Henry), Violet (Sutton Foster), and Monty (Colin Donnell) in “Violet.” (Joan Marcus)
(L–R) A moment of jubilance for fellow travelers Flick (Joshua Henry), Violet (Sutton Foster), and Monty (Colin Donnell) in “Violet.” (Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK—Who we are on the outside is not nearly as important as who we are on the inside, a lesson brilliantly brought across in...

  • Quentin (Bill Champion) is the officer in charge of stopping a terrorist, and Ez (Elizabeth Boag) is an army officer whose career has seen better days in Alan Ayckbourn’s “Arrivals and Departures.” (Andrew Higgens)

    Theater Review: ‘Arrivals and Departures’

    NEW YORK—Life’s often not what it seems at first glance in Alan Ayckbourn’s Arrivals and Departures, which just closed at 59E59 Theaters. Ayckbourn, who also... Read more

  • Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma, executive director of the Children's Orchestra Society, backstage before the society’s 45th Annual Spring Concert in Rockville Centre, N.Y., on June 15. (Laura Cooksey/Epoch Times)

    Yo-Yo Ma’s Sister Raises Generations of Children Through Music Training

    ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y.—Nothing is as adorable as the sight of small children performing pizzicato in unison (or almost in unison).  Family and friends packed into... Read more

  • Patriarch Gerry (Russell Dixon) (L) celebrates the birthday of his wife (Sarah Parks) with some help by a waiter (Ben Porter) (C). Ayckbourn’s play is part of the Brits Off Broadway series. (Andrew Higgens)

    Theater Review: ‘Time of My Life’

    NEW YORK—All too often life’s brightest moments are never appreciated until they’re gone. Such is the message in Alan Ayckbourn’s deeply absorbing Time of My... Read more

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    Profile: African Americans on Broadway

    The Producers David Horace Greer David Horace Greer is a playwright, actor, and Tony-nominated producer. He produced “Porgy and Bess”, “Mountaintop,” and “The Scottsboro Boys”... Read more

  • Actor Andre DeShields dons the original Wiz costume in a performance of “So You Wanted to See The Wizard” at “Black Stars of the Great White Way,” in Carnegie Hall in New York on Monday. (Lisa Pacino/Under the Duvet Productions)

    Black Broadway Stars Honor Trailblazers

    NEW YORK—The stage at Carnegie Hall exploded in a pulsing array of red and white, “So, you wanted to meet the wizard,” Andre De Shields... Read more

  • (L–R) Dave Quay, Brian Thomas Vaughan, Scott Thomas, and Jay Patterson play gold prospectors who invade the possibly imaginary town of Donogoo. (Richard Termine)

    Theater Review: ‘Donogoo: A Comedy’

    NEW YORK—Directed and translated by Gus Kaikkonen from the original French by noted writer Jules Romains, “Donogoo” relates a tale of adventure—and greed. Set in... Read more

  • (L–R) Bridget (Anita Hollander) deals with jealousy as her longtime friend Lonnie (Pamela Sabaugh) meets tremendous success whereas she has failed, in Bekah Brunstetter’s “Murder,” part of Theater Breaking Through Barriers’s “Power Plays.” (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘Power Plays’

    NEW YORK—Power Plays, a collection of five one-act works presented by Theater Breaking Through Barriers, offers a nice variety of possibilities. Sadly, most are done... Read more

  • Paloma Herrera in Swan Lake at the Metropolitan Opera House. (Gene Schiavone)

    Elusive Creatures Soar in American Ballet Theatre Revival of Swan Lake

    NEW YORK—One of the world’s best-loved ballets, “Swan Lake” continued to exert its hold during June 17′s American Ballet Theatre performance, as part of its... Read more

  • Benedick (Hamish Linklater) and Beatrice (Lily Rabe) finally overcome their cleverness and fall in love. (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

    NEW YORK—Sometimes there just is no place like New York. Sitting in Central Park on a beautiful summer night, watching a performance of Shakespeare’s brilliant... Read more

  • A protest in Marsalla concerning the possible cancellation of the Festival of Avignon, and of culture in general, on July 18 2014. (Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images)

    One Week to Save the Summer Festivals of France

    Some reform patterns seem destined to periodically repeat and replay themselves. 11 years ago, a reform that tightened up the access conditions on the status... Read more

  • Osnel Delgado and Dunia Acosta Arias, performing on May 26 at the Joyce Theater.  (Roberto Leon/Joyce Theater)

    Cuba’s MalPaso Dance Company Captivates the Joyce

    A dynamic performance at the Joyce Theatre by Cuban contemporary dance company MalPaso had the New York audience on its feet applauding for more—awarding the... Read more

  • Daniel (Henry Kelemen) is more than a handful for his mother (Mary McCann) in the new play “Our New Girl.” (Kevin Thomas Garcia)

    Theater Review: ‘Our New Girl’

    NEW YORK—In Nancy Harris’s Our New Girl, now at the Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2, one gets the feeling of walking on a razor’s edge... Read more

  • Harpist Caroline Cole has been awarded the Virginia Parker Prize by the Canada Council for the Arts for outstanding talent and musicianship. (Canada Council for the Arts)

    Caroline Cole: First Harpist to Win Virginia Parker Prize

    Gifted harpist Caroline Cole is the recipient of the 2014 Virginia Parker Prize, the Canada Council for the Arts has announced.  Cole is the first... Read more

  • Second soloist Skylar Campbell is making his debut as Mercutio in Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet with the National Ballet of Canada at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (Christopher Wahl, courtesy National Ballet of Canada)

    Skylar Campbell Makes Debut as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet

    TORONTO—Skylar Campbell is looking forward to making his debut as Mercutio in Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet in the National Ballet of Canada production this Sunday. He... Read more

  • Patrick Lavoie (L) and Etienne Lavigne (R) perform with artists of the National Ballet of Canada in Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet, 2013. (Daniel Neuhaus, courtesy National Ballet of Canada)

    Etienne Lavigne Sheds Light on Tybalt

    TORONTO—The National Ballet of Canada’s first soloist Etienne Lavigne has been playing Tybalt for 14 years in Romeo and Juliet, and although he still enjoys the... Read more

  • (L–R) Lottie, disguised as Chloë (Sarah Stanley), is thwarted by her husband’s friend Reggie (Kim Wall) from seducing her husband, Teddy (Bill Champion), who thinks she’s a possible new love interest in a screwy new comedy. (Andrew Higgins)

    Theater Review: ‘Farcicals’

    NEW YORK—Sometimes there’s no deeper message in a play other than to make people laugh, as Alan Ayckbourn demonstrates in his absolutely brilliant Farcicals. The... Read more