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On Theater: A full-bodied 'Fiddler on the Roof' in Westminster

Who could be ambitious enough — and courageous enough — to mount a full-scale production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in a venue of limited dimension such as the Westminster Community Playhouse? The Millers, that’s who. Director Patricia Miller and her husband, Bradley, who tackles not only the key role of Tevye but the intricate choreography as well, have used the relatively small horseshoe stage to their advantage, bringing an oft-overlooked dimension of intimacy to the 50-year-old musical from Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. The tightly knit Jewish community of Anatevka, an obscure village in Imperial Russia, spills out across the Westminster stage, coming from all four offstage directions in rousing harmony in this impressive and inspiring production. And it’s all there, the only apparent casualties being two of the three bottles in the Russian dance number. Tradition, under which every villager knows his or her place, comes under a frontal assault in “Fiddler” as Tevye strives vainly ..

New Chazen Art Museum director brings industrial Midwest …

Amy Gilman has lived in Madison only a few months — but will likely become one of the more visible faces in the city’s art world. Gilman became the director of the Chazen Art Museum of UW-Madison in September, succeeding longtime director Russell Panczenko, who retired last summer. Formerly deputy director of the Toledo Museum of Art, Gilman now commutes to work by bus from her home in Madison’s Faircrest neighborhood, where she lives with her husband, Doug Patterson, a stay-at-home parent, and 3-year-old son Brice. One of the city’s cultural gems, the Chazen Museum of Art has a bold presence at 750 University Ave. The museum’s collection consists of some 20,000 works of art, from ancient to modern. Admission is free. The Chazen also hosts events such as live music, tours, community events and classic film series. Gilman, 48, spent her initial months in Madison mostly meeting people and getting input on the Chazen and its relationship to the community. Those conversations will help her..

Moscow Theater Rebels, Husband and Wife, Are Dead

Moscow Theater Rebels, Husband and Wife, Are DeadImageMikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina in Tsarskoye Selo, near St. Petersburg, in 2000. Together they founded Teatr.doc, a Moscow theater company that presented shockingly raw accounts of life in post-Soviet Russia.CreditAleksandr GalibinBy Sophia Kishkovsky June 8, 2018MOSCOW — In the early 2000s, Mikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina, playwrights who were husband and wife, were lamenting that Russian theater had grown ossified and distant from society’s problems a decade after the fall of the Soviet empire. Then, sparked by an encounter with the Royal Court Theater of London, they set about trying to change that. As part of a cultural exchange with the Londoners, they learned about documentary theater — the use of interviews, oral history and journalistic sources to create works for the stage. Ms. Gremina and Mr. Ugarov embraced the technique, brought it to Moscow and in 2002 established Teatr.doc, a theater company that presented shockingly..

Krysta Rodriguez to Play Anita in Kennedy Center West Side Story

Krysta Rodriguez will play the role of Anita in the National Symphony Orchestra's West Side Story in Concert at the Kennedy Center this February. (© Tricia Baron)Krysta Rodriguez, last seen on Broadway in Deaf West's 2015 revival of Spring Awakening, joins the cast of the National Symphony Orchestra's West Side Story in Concert. Led by principal pops conductor Steven Reineke, performances will be held February 14, 16, and 17 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Rodriguez replaces previously announced Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet!) as Anita, who has withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts. Rodriguez recently starred off-Broadway in the New York premiere of Theresa Rebeck's What We're Up Against. On Broadway, she originated the role of Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, played Bebe in the revival of A Chorus Line, and starred opposite Zachary Levi in First Date. On television, she played Ana Vargas in NBC's Smash and shared the screen with John Lithgow in NB..

Art Around the County 01.11.18

MONTEREY PENINSULA ART FOUNDATION GALLERY, 425 Cannery Row, Monterey., 655-1267. +2 “Dance of the Flowers,” by Anna Krieger. Creative Horizons is a group exhibit opening Jan. 13. Viewable daily 11am-5pm until April 8. WINFIELD GALLERY, Dolores between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel. 624-3369, +2 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA “M Ms,” by Karen Shapiro. Shapiro’s Oversized Ceramics are still viewable 11am-5pm Mon-Sat and noon-5pm Sun. PACIFIC GROVE ART CENTER, 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 375-2208, +2 “Bridal Veil Falls,” by Bonnie L. Tucker. A gala and reception for the PGAC’s new exhibits happens Jan. 12, from 7-9pm. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Calling All Actors to Theater Masters Take Ten Auditions

Local actors have the chance to audition for a part in the annual Take Ten Festival this weekend, Dec. 16-17. The event highlights the work of two exceptional young playwrights from our own valley as well as top-performing graduate students from prestigious programs across the country. The festival is the culmination of the Theater Masters’ Aspiring Playwrights Competition, which spans across high schools in the Roaring Fork Valley from Aspen down to Glenwood Springs. The two lucky winners get to workshop their work on stage with help from esteemed mentors. Theater Masters also invites the chosen MFA students to Aspen and gives them “professional guidance from distinguished theater talent such as John Lithgow, Kathleen Chalfant and our own Abe Koogler,” as well as access to actors in the Roaring Fork Valley. As Maria Aparo, managing director of Theater Masters, puts it, “This first part of our playwrights' journey offers crucial development opportunities to learn how to present ..

City arts grants fund art, music, theater, dance projects

More than $70,000 in city funding has been granted to local arts groups to fund a wide variety of community-based art programs and projects “that foster excellence, diversity and vitality in the arts,” a city news release said. With the Community Arts Grant awards going to dance, visual and performing artists, 2018 tops all previous years, both in the dollar amount and the number of recipients, the city said. The cast of “The Three Musketeers” prepares for their performances last summer as part of the Davis Shakespeare Festival, which has received a city of Davis community arts grant. Courtesy photo Eligible applicants included Davis art groups, organizations and galleries, members of the university community who extend on-campus activities into the city, nonprofit organizations that want to sponsor an art-related program in Davis, and individual artists and arts educators who live in Davis or the surrounding unincorporated area, or whose primary artistic activity is in Davis. All proj..

Dick Van Dyke Star Rose Marie Dies at 94

Rose Marie, best known for playing Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show, died on Thursday at the age of 94. (© CBS Television / Wikimedia Commons)Rose Marie, television star known for her roles in The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Doris Day Show, died on December 28 at the age of 94 in Van Nuys, California. To Broadway audiences, she is remembered for appearances in Top Banana and Fun City. Born in New York City, Rose Marie began her entertainment career at the age of three when she started performing under the name Baby Rose Marie. She quickly became a popular radio personality for NBC and had the distinction of performing for presidents Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. As a young actress, she starred in some of the earliest talkies, including the 1929 short Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder, which played in theaters before feature films like The Jazz Singer. She made her Broadway debut in 1951 in Top Banana, a musical comedy featuring a score by Johnny Merce..

Shelter dog steals spotlight in 'Of Mice and Men'

KOCAELİA shelter dog, adopted by the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality City Theaters, has become a theater artist in ‘of Mice and Men.’ She will also play in the theater’s future projects. A dog, which had been found sick on the street by the Kocaeli Municipality animal shelter teams and adopted by the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality City Theaters after a treatment process, has become a theater artist. The dog, named Boncuk, has started a new life in theater and has recently been given a role in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” as Dolares. Speaking to the state-run Anadolu Agency, Kocaeli City Theaters’ general art director Fatih Sevdi said the former dog in the play had to be replaced for particular reasons. They then decided to adopt a dog from the shelter, he said. “It will be good for both of us. Boncuk has created a warm atmosphere in the theater from the beginning. She was a bit weak when she came. Stray dogs and shelter dogs have suffered trauma. This is why everyone has wel..

Ann McDonough Replaces Dana Ivey in Joshua Harmon's Admissions

Josh Harmon is the author of Admissions. (© David Gordon)Ann McDonough (Dinner at Eight) has replaced the previously announced Dana Ivey in Joshua Harmon's Admissions, which is set to begin previews February 15 and open on March 12 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. The new play is directed by Daniel Aukin. In addition to McDonough, the cast will feature Ben Edelman (Significant Other), Andrew Garman (Salome), Jessica Hecht (The Price), and Sally Murphy (August: Osage County). In Admissions, Sherri Rosen-Mason (Hecht) is head of the admissions department at the Hillcrest School, fighting to diversify the student body. And alongside her husband (Garman), the school's headmaster, they've largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the 21st century. But when their only son (Edelman) sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values. The show will have sets by Riccardo Hernandez, costumes by Toni-Leslie James, lightin..

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