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First Lady Michelle Obama made a suprise visit to the Saturday evening performance of the A.R.T.'s production of 'The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess' now running on Broadway.
...the American Repertory Theater is presenting a spirited, affectionate, and nearly irresistible sendup of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance’’ by the Hypocrites, a Chicago-based troupe.
Wall Street Journal - Arts & Entertainment Feature: Diane Paulus on How Theaters Should Engage Audiences (June 6, 2012)
Diane Paulus, the artistic director of the A.R.T. at Harvard University and the director of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” says for theater to thrive, a company has to work to engage the audience.
ART’s ‘Woody Sez’ a tribute on his centennial that captures his spirit and shows its relevance
ART’s ‘Woody Sez’ a tribute on his centennial that captures his spirit and shows its relevance.
The design concept for "Futurity" – a show you could describe as a Civil War sci-fi musical, if you wanted to both inform and confuse readers – was picked up, piece by piece, at junk yards, yard sales and antiques shows. That’s where Eric Farber, drummer for the Lisps (the folk-roots-rock group that conceived and performs this strange new musical that’s making its world premiere at Oberon in Cambridge), started assembling his trash menagerie of Industrial Age mechanical devices that are both archaic and futuristic.
In a time of widespread affluence, I doubt a show about the life and work of American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie would strike much of a chord, unless hillbilly folk and blues were your bag. But, my, how the world has changed. I defy anyone to go and see Woody Sez at the Arts Theatre and not come away feeling that this modest yet delectable offering is a pretty snug fit for these cash-strapped, anxious times.
It isn't easy to put together a 90-minute musical that includes the Civil War, the birth of computer programming, indie rock, the internal dynamics of Lord Byron's family, mathematical formulas, and writing letters back and forth about an invention that will either save the world or be a precursor to the atom bomb.
Futurity: A Musical by The Lisps began as a concept album about an imaginative Civil War soldier who dreams of building a machine that creates peace and evolved into a staged musical that combines history, science fiction, technology, and imagination. Upon entering Oberon for the world premiere of Futurity, leave your presumptions about musical theater at the door. Born of the art world and the indie rock scene, the show is part performance art, part rock concert, and totally defies conventional labels.