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Love it to Death: Virginia Opera stages the romantic Romeo and Juliet

Love it to Death: Virginia Opera stages the romantic Romeo and Juliet

By Montague Gammon III   “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!” is hardly the sort of comment that the French born and accented, multi-lingual, multi-talented stage director-actor-designer-librettist-novelist-online journalist-educator-manager and all around theatre person Bernard Uzan would utter. Yet that familiar pseudo-hick cautionary aphorism might be considered a fair way of summarizing his attitude toward

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PREVIEW: The Hampton Years

By Jerome Langston   I’ve always been deeply passionate about theater,” explains playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton during a recent phone call about her fascinating new play, The Hampton Years, which is being produced and presented by the Virginia Stage Company later this month. Lawton is detailing how she used to write stories to entertain her

KINKY BOOTS NATIONAL TOUR and Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Kinky Boots Kicks Up its Heels at Chrysler Hall

By Jerome Langston Speaking to actor J. Harrison Ghee, a North Carolina native who was in Tampa for a Kinky Boots performance at the Straz Center when I recently interviewed him by phone, reminds me of the famous Oscar Wilde quote about life imitating art. Within just the first few minutes of our conversation, it

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Todd Turns 10

By Jeff Maisey   When Todd Rosenlieb arrived in Hampton Roads, modern dance was a rarity experienced only when the Virginia Arts Festival brought in a nationally touring company such as Mark Morris from April to May. While Michael Curry scheduled an occasional performance between September and April during the American Theatre’s season, contemporary dance

(Cast members (L-R) Teri Adams, Megan Cavanagh, Linda Boston, Judy Blue)

Breast Cancer Spotlighted in Menopause the Musical

By Jeff Maisey   Three of the four cast members of Menopause the Musical are breast cancer survivors.  The disease is duly noted when the popular musical comes to the Sandler Center on November 3 and 5. Terri Adams – a survivor – has played the part of a Baby Boomer housewife from Iowa since

(Elaine Alvarez, soprano as Mimi in Virginia Opera’s La Boheme )

A Fresh Bohème at Virginia Opera

By Montague Gammon III The opera La Bohème is a story of young love and heartbreak, and heartbreakingly young death. It’s back at the Virginia Opera’s Harrison Opera House, in a new production full of youthful energy and total respect for all that has made Puccini’s opera a classic. Young artists, “bohemians,” hard up for

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution shows October 14 at The Naro Expanded Cinema

Legacy of Neocons: A Worldwide Refugee Crisis

By Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema   In the anticipation leading up to the release this fall of Michael Moore’s first new film in six years, Where To Invade Next?, the Naro brings a series of new documentaries that explore the consequences of recent U.S. foreign policy decisions around the world. For the past 50 years

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OPERA IN THE PARK: A Grand Night for Hearing Virginia Opera

By Montague Gammon III   Hell is open for (monkey) business, and even the gods are partying there. (Olympus is just sooo boring!). The Greek gods’ “Grand Galop” at that soirée, from Orpheus in the Underworld, gives Virginia Opera’s big free outdoor Opera in the Park concert in Norfolk’s Town Point Park its rousing finale