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Jane Eyre redux

Cary Fukunaga and Mia Wasikowska hold forth
Jane Austen has been a movie and television icon for some time now, and yet the Jane that both big and small screens just can't get enough of is the "poor, obscure, plain, little" heroine of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel.  
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 18, 2011


Aspen Santa Fe Ballet blow into Tsai Performance Center

Its own stamp
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet — all of 10 dancers — blew into the Tsai Performance Center last weekend with a Celebrity Series program that included two choreographers — Jirí Kylián and Jorma Elo — who've been Boston Ballet staples of late.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 08, 2011


Il Giardino Armonico

Venice Rising
In their dark suits, they could have been Milanese bankers, except for the brightly colored ties (each different), puddling trousers, and full spectrum of hairstyles.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 25, 2011


The Mariinsky In Stravinsky

Coolidge Corner Theatre | February 20, 2011
Live opera — at least, live opera from the Met — has been a huge success in movie theaters. (In Boston, the Fenway routinely sells out two screens.) What about not-quite-live dance?
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 02, 2011

Mary Poppins at Boston Opera House

Mary Poppins touches down at the Opera House

Mary Poppins touches down at the Opera House
"A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down," Julie Andrews sang in Walt Disney's 1964 movie-musical adaptation of Mary Poppins . The medicine in P.L. Travers's original children's stories — eight volumes spanning the years 1934–1988 — was more like a rum punch.  
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 24, 2011

Bobby Fischer

Review: Frank Brady searches for Bobby Fischer

Dead end?
Bobby Fischer was (a) a former world chess champion; (b) the greatest chess player who ever lived; (c) an idiot savant; (d) a prodigy; (e) a megalomaniac; (f) anti-Semitic; (g) paranoid; (h) the guy Barbra Streisand had a crush on in high school; (i) all of the above. Correct answers? Definitely (a) , (e) , (f) , (g) , and (!) (h) , and quite possibly (b) , but not (c) or (d) .
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 15, 2011


Review: Actors' Shakespeare Project essays Cymbeline

Good Will hunting
If you're thinking that Shakespeare never released a greatest-hits play, you've never seen Cymbeline . Then again, that wouldn't put you in a very elite group, since this late (1610 or 1611) romance is one of the Bard's least-produced works.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 16, 2011

Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus at Paramount Theatre in Boston

Rhyme time at the Paramount Theatre

Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus
Rhyme time at the Paramount Theatre for Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 10, 2011


Oboe? Oh boy!

Symphonie des Dragons, live at First Congregationalist Church Cambridge, January 14, 2011
File this one under "Stuff White People Like": an unheralded early-music ensemble made up of oboes and recorders and bassoons (with theorbo/guitar and percussion) comes to town for its world debut and sells out the house.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 21, 2011


Review: Nenette

This documentary from Nicolas Philibert ( To Be and To Have ) opens in close-up of a pair of orangutan eyes.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 19, 2011


Review: ''American Gothic'' painter Grant Wood gets to leave the closet

American gay
Who was Grant Wood? Millions of Americans know him as the artist who painted American Gothic — and that's about it. But since his death, from pancreatic cancer, in 1942, he's become the poster boy for the right and the whipping boy of the left.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 07, 2011


Review: It's no joke: Grant Wood is truly a great artist

America's best-kept secret?
Even if the name isn't instantly familiar, the painting will be. You've seen it on billboards, on magazine covers from Mad to Time , in Charles Addams cartoons, on Johnny Carson and Saturday Night Live.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 07, 2011


Review: Christmas Revels 2010

Holy ghosts
This Christmas Revels has the real spirit.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 22, 2010


Review: Jonathan McPhee & the Longwood Symphony Orchestra at Jordan Hall

Where's the audience?
Jonathan McPhee is a hard man to keep up with.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 10, 2010


Review: Die Nibelungen

Fritz Lang's other classic
Fritz Lang's other classic
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 08, 2010


Review: Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker (2010)

Old faithful
When E.T.A. Hoffmann wrote Nutcracker and Mouse King back in 1816, he can hardly have imagined the impact it would have on ballet as we know it.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 30, 2010


From Russia with fate

Doctor Zhivago revisited
More than a half-century after its first appearance, Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago is just now getting its second translation into English.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 23, 2010


Review: Cappella Clausura in Ordo Virtutum

Cappella Clausura tames the Devil at the First Lutheran Church on November 12, 2010
Sex and the single (it’s the only one we have) 12th-century opera? That’s what an early-music outfit was promising at the First Lutheran Church of Boston this past Sunday.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 18, 2010


Review: Boston Ballet's La Bayadère

Temple of love
The Ballet's opening-night performance confirmed that La Bayadère should visit the Hub more often.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 12, 2010


Review: Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen

A conventional, bare-bones sister act
A conventional, bare-bones sister act
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 03, 2010


Review: Boston Ballet's fifth 'Night of Stars'

Promise of things to come
Now that Boston Ballet has settled into the Opera House (after nearly 30 years at the Wang Theatre) and its "Night of Stars" gala has turned five — well, the thrill might not be gone, but the novelty has worn off.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 28, 2010

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