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Teaching Music Online in the Pandemic Has Yielded Creative Surprises, Like Mixing "Blob Opera" and Beatboxing Learning to make music is a full mind-and-body activity. Whether teaching how to play a musical instrument, or how to...
26th January 2022, Robbie MacKay Canada, Education, Theatre and Opera
"Fires" This Time Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven Connecticut stages a revival of Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in the Mirror, following the...
24th January 2022, Donald Brown Review, Theatre and Politics, United States of America
Artist Entrance: Kelly Copper Every month, Etcetera gazes into the soul of a performing artist. We choose artistic interest over human interest. This time,...
21st January 2022, Etcetera Interview, New York, United States of America
"As Soon As Impossible": An Arab-American Comedy of Errors Where and when: Harry J. Elam, Jr. Theater at Stanford University from November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20,...
12th January 2022, Adam Ashraf Elsayigh Review, Theatre and Politics, United States of America
Kennedy Center Dramaturgy Intensive 2021 Retrospective In the face of many challenges in Summer 2021, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts moved forward...
13th January 2022, Suzi Elnaggar Covid-19, Dramaturgy, Mexico, Review, United States of America
Realities Blend Together in Arlekin Players’ “Witness” A daring and nuanced documentary virtual theatre piece about Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany for Cuba by means of the...
3rd January 2022, Alexander Fatouros Boston, Review, Theatre and Art, Transmedia, United States of America
Hollywood Has Got Method Acting All Wrong, Here’s What the Process is Really About So-called method acting seems to be having a moment. Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst apparently didn’t speak to each other on the...
6th January 2022, Eric Hetzler Acting, Essay, United States of America
Here’s to the Ladies who Lunch: One of Sondheim’s Greatest Achievements was Writing Complex Women The most eclectic of music theatre composers was not only a gifted wordsmith and lyricist, but also had a truly...
10th January 2022, Narelle Yeo Essay, Musical Theatre, Theatre and Gender, United States of America

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Midwest Melancholy: “Girl From the North Country” at the Belasco Theatre

The second show after The Times They Are a-Changin’ to use the music of the great midwestern musician, Girl From the North Country proves the greater of the two. It opts for whichever songs convey the tone of the show over which are most well-known. Yes, it’s a musical of sadness and heartbreak, but it digs deeps into the human spirit to provide a powerfully cathartic experience. 

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One Actor, One Audience Member: Innovations in the Time of COVID

‘The pandemic did interesting things for creativity, forcing us to sequester ourselves and finish works that we hadn’t yet finished. It gave us an opportunity to really hanker down. We’re glad that some of the writers we have been working with a gonna present some of their material here, at Theatre For One.’

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The Barber of Seville

Indeed in the Baroque period, before the invention of the conductors, harpsichordists (who were usually also the composer) would lead the orchestra, establishing the harmonic structure and ensuring the rhythmic steadiness by nodding their heads. As music became more harmonically complex, and harpsichordists had to focus exclusively on their playing, the conducting duties fell to the first violinist. This style of orchestral leading, split between the harpsichordists and the violinist, was soon abandoned due to an inherent clash in leadership.

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