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Review: Star Trek
Going boldly and well
The original Star Trek , after all, didn't even complete its five-year mission. Four spinoff TV series, 10 theatrical releases, and millions of dollars of merchandise later, the Enterprise goes back into space with the original cast, if not the original actors. Live long and prosper indeed.
| May 11, 2009
Play by Play, May 8, 2009
Plays from A to Z
Theater around town
| May 07, 2009
Alvin Ailey at the Opera House
The last thing I had in mind when I went to the Opera House Tuesday was raining on Alvin Ailey's parade — particularly since the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which he founded in 1959, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year while making its 41st annual Celebrity Series appearance in Boston.
| May 06, 2009
A baby-steps ballet documentary
The subject of Bertrand Normand's 2006 French-television documentary is actually five ballerinas from the Mariinsky Ballet of St. Petersburg
| April 28, 2009
Boston Ballet opens The Sleeping Beauty
The end of an era loomed last night as Boston Ballet opened The Sleeping Beauty — what's likely to be the last story ballet ever to be staged at the Wang Theatre.
| April 29, 2009
The National Philharmonic of Russia at Symphony Hall
If the name "National Philharmonic of Russia" puts you in mind of some provincial Slavic ensemble making the American rounds, you're not alone.
| April 23, 2009
Review: Zidane: A Twenty-First-Century Portrait
Almost as boring as Major League Soccer
It's an intriguing concept, but they wind up diminishing the French superstar midfielder.
| April 01, 2009
Interview: Ulrich Boser
Going after the Gardner thieves
As we reach the 19th anniversary of the theft of 13 priceless art objects from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, there's been a renewed effort to identify the thieves and retrieve the Gardner treasures.
| March 24, 2009
Ulrich Boser takes on the Gardner heist
In the wee hours of March 18, 1990, two men posing as police officers gained entrance to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, tied up the two security guards, and stole 13 pieces of art.
| March 18, 2009
Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese rule at the MFA
The show's American curator, Frederick Ilchman, has snagged an improbable number of pairs and trios from the world's famous (and not so famous) museums.
| March 11, 2009
Boston Ballet's Jewels at the Wang Theatre.
In 1967, George Balanchine created Jewels for New York City Ballet, and in short order this evening-length triptych — Emeralds , Rubies , and Diamonds — became the crown jewel of 20th-century dance.
| March 04, 2009
Pop goes Wittgenstein
Jean-Luc Godard at the Museum of Fine Arts
"We were indeed in a political film — that is to say, Walt Disney plus blood." You might have read that bit of '60s film voiceover in a book, but it's unlikely you've ever heard Anna Karina speak it.
| February 18, 2009
Review: Jiří Kylián's Black and White at Boston Ballet
The Czech choreographer/Nederlands Dans Theater director made an evening out of five pieces — No More Play, Petite Mort, Sarabande, Falling Angels, and Sechs Tänze — he'd created between 1986 and 1991.
| February 19, 2009
Adam and Eve
It's boy-meets-girl at New York City Ballet
A day at New York City Ballet that starts with a matinee of Coppélia and ends with a Balanchine evening might seem to offer merely the contrast between classic and modern, old and new.
| January 13, 2009
Hardy, for once, gets his due
Any film/TV adaptation of Hardy is in fact rare.
| December 29, 2008
Arise and hail
Revels goes to Thomas Hardy's Wessex
"At first blush, Thomas Hardy seems an unlikely figure to associate with Revels." With due respect to Revels artistic director Patrick Swanson's program statement, this Hardy fanatic of almost 50 years begs to differ.
| December 16, 2008
Not so great
San Francisco's Nutcracker on PBS
Way back in 1977, PBS gave us a Nutcracker with a difference: Mikhail Baryshnikov as an electrifying Nutcracker/Cavalier and willowy Gelsey Kirkland as an older-than-usual Clara, as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
| December 02, 2008
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Scores in nearly every department
Kevin Rafferty's 40th-anniversary documentary about the fabled Game of 1968 — when both teams were unbeaten and Harvard, after being completely outplayed by the 16th-ranked Elis, scored 16 points in the final 42 seconds to "win" — has no designs on being innovative: contemporary interviews with the players are intercut with slightly fuzzy but quite acceptable footage of the game.
| November 24, 2008
Irina Muresanu gave an emotionally compelling performance, even if her view of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto didn’t always jibe with conductor Jonathan McPhee’s.
The word “concerto” comes from the Italian for “to bring into agreement,” and it’s not always as easy as soloists and symphony orchestras make it seem.
| November 14, 2008
No chopped liver
Wait Wait in Boston
NPR's weekly quiz show, Wait Wait....Don't Tell Me , visits the Wang Theatre with some recognizable panelists.
| November 14, 2008
James Kudelka’s Cinderella at Boston Ballet
Sergei Prokofiev’s two classical ballets invariably find Boston Ballet playing the dating game.
| October 22, 2008
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