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 ..
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..
MONTEREY PENINSULA ART FOUNDATION GALLERY, 425 Cannery Row, Monterey. mpaf.org, 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, winfieldgallery.com +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, pgartcenter.org +2 “Bridal Veil Falls,” by Bonnie L. Tucker. A gala and reception for the PGAC’s new exhibits happens Jan. 12, from 7-9pm.
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By Diane Bartz
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. movie theater chains fear that a Justice Department review of little-known mid-century rules may result in studios getting free rein to force them to show unpopular movies in exchange for getting blockbuster releases, threatening their profits.
Before the rules went into effect, studios commonly sold multiple films to theaters as a package. The U.S. Supreme Court in 1948 ruled against the practice, called "blo..
LEHI — When Randy Blackburn approached Mindy Nelsen about working on the Lehi High School theater sets, she brushed off the offer, thinking he was just a well-intentioned parent who would take too much time to train.
But when she got in a pinch working on the school’s 2009 “Children of Eden” production, the drama teacher and director reconsidered.
“I was thinking I could do it all,” Nelsen recalled. “He finally said, ‘Just let me help you.’”
Qiling Wang, Deseret News
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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.
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