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Aida review – dour staging gains colour from the pit

There’s an enduring story that the premiere of Verdi’s Aida featured a dozen elephants in Act 2’s triumphal procession. Disappointingly that’s a myth, but there’s at least one of them still lurking in the room now whenever an opera company takes on the work, one that gets bigger and wrinklier with the years: how to stage today an “exotic” story of Egypt and Ethiopia, seen through 19th-century Italian eyes?
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TheFrontOffice Foundation Announces $25,000 Grant For Mid-Career Female-Identifying Theater Director

EXCLUSIVE: TheFrontOffice Foundation, the charitable arm of director/producer Wendy C. Goldberg’s TheFrontOffice entertainment company, announced today that it will award a $25,000+ mid-career grant to a female identifying theater director, one of the largest financial awards given to an individual director. The grant will be both merit- and need-based, and honor both the recipient as well as shine a spotlight on gender inequities in theater. Applications will be accepted from October 1-31, with the award announcement expected by December. The selection committee will be led by Wendy Goldberg, Patricia McGregor, Robert O’Hara, Lisa Peterson and Chay Yew, and leading funders for the grant include...
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PNB debuts Alexei Ratmansky’s stunning new work, ‘Wartime Elegy’

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 50th anniversary season kicked off last Friday with a celebration of the company’s artistic roots and a stunning new work that points the way to PNB’s next half century. An enthusiastic crowd of more than 1,500 (about half of McCaw Hall’s capacity but exceeding...
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The Rep’s ‘Titanic’ Offers History, Music, Tragedy

The Titanic was technological feat in 1912, carrying 2,240 passengers on its maiden voyage from England to America. But four days into its journey, tragedy struck when the “unsinkable” vessel hit an iceberg. In less than three hours, many of those dreams perished in the frigid Atlantic Ocean, Only 700 people survived.
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Share a common joy for live ballet and music

(The Daily Dish) Nicea and Surae had the pleasure of dishing with Adam Sklute, Ballet West Artistic Director about what shows they have coming up and also invite the entire community to come and see why they should also come out and enjoy a show!. Adam is excited to announce...
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Theatre Review: ‘Nine Night’ at Round House Theatre

When family matriarch Gloria dies, a raucous multi-day wake begins, testing her family’s stamina and composure. Depicting the Caribbean tradition called Nine Nights, Natasha Gordon’s play “Nine Night” brings to life this Jamaican-British family’s mourning. Following its 2018 premiere in the UK’s National Theatre, “Nine Night” became the first play written by a Black British woman to run in London’s West End. An acclaimed comedy in the UK, little humor comes across in Round House Theatre’s production. The decision to subdue the script’s comedic potential dulls some of the show’s appeal.
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Why Theater Is Important

Theater is one of the most influential art forms that has stood the test of time and has become something that has been ingrained into popular culture. However, as popular as musical theater is, it is viewed by many as a frivolous pastime with no real substance. This article is to argue against this sentiment and answer the simple question of why is theater even a thing.
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Eleonora Buratto Headlines Palau de les Arts’ ‘Anna Bolena’

Eleonora Buratto is set to make her role debut as “Anna Bolena” in Donizetti’s masterpiece. The Italian soprano will sing the role at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain. The production, which opens on Oct. 1 will run through Oct. 13, will be conducted by...
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Teatro de la Maestranza Announces Cast Changes for ‘Roberto Devereux’

The Teatro de la Maestranza has announced a cast change for its production of “Roberto Devereux.”. The company said that Yolanda Auyanet will replace Hrachuhí Bassénz in the role of Elisabetta. Auyanet is best known for her interpretations of “La Boheme,” “La Traviata,” “Pagliacci,” “I Capuleti e...
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