Where Ash Lawn Opera’s summer season showcases imported artists delivering world class opera to Charlottesville, the production of Amahl opens up the magic of opera to a broader base of performers from the surrounding community and to an audience that may be absent over the summer.
Modern dating is full of etiquette land mines, from appropriate texting to when to “friend” request. But here is one I am most curious about since available single people are rare in the “middle” age bracket: What is the etiquette for connecting with someone else when out on a date? The situation: You are at [...]
(To be read with “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by the Clash as proper background music.) One huge problem with coming from a dysfunctional family is lacking a roadmap for having a functional relationship. Certainly, I have functional relationships with friends and even most of my family members (now), but when it comes [...]
A few weeks ago I saw a play at Four County Players called I Love You Because, a cute modern day romantic musical comedy and got a good giggle from a song titled, ”Just Friends.” The song summarizes the rather contemporary notion of having friendships in which you engage in regular sexual activity. Here are a few lyrics: [...]
In the age of instant communication, everyone is busy. I get that. I am busy too. As a single mom who works two jobs, exercises regularly, has an active social life, attends many cultural events, pursues a few hobbies (salsa dancing, hiking, cooking, “Downton Abbey”), is heading up a major fundraising event, and raising a [...]
Gigantic news flash: I have met someone I really like and they like me back! Yep. After three years of agonizing outings and close-but-no-cigar adventures, a man has come along who piques my interest enough to pursue a relationship that is more than just friends. I promise not to make you ill with all the [...]
The universe lacks a person more devoted to their iPhone than I. Ever since my ex-husband insisted we change phone plans (we’re still on the same family phone plan to make it easier for us and the kids) to get iPhones my life has been transformed. That sounds a bit melodramatic and materialistic, but I [...]
When John Whitehead drew the monsters and violent scenes from his imagination as a child, his teachers deemed his demonic drawings as “bad” and would snatch the offending doodles from his notebook, ball them up and toss them in the waste can. “I was always going to the principal’s office because of my drawings,” Whitehead [...]
Heritage Theatre Festival’s 1776 is like a long version "School House Rock" episode on the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
On June 18th, a two person actor/director team from the renowned Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT), will descend on the Paramount Theater with scenery, costumes, props, lights and make-up to train young wanna be Thespians and put on a musical in one week. Yeah, right! Even the most seasoned performer will tell you it is nearly [...]
The growing CLAW league is strong enough for a man, but made for a woman like Sistah Mary Slammer (pictured). (Photo by Billy Hunt) The house is packed with fans fidgeting in anticipation of the arrival of their favorite wrestling personalities. A foul mouthed MC takes center stage, building excitement with the crowd. Fans explode from [...]
In 2010, I was seeing Duane*. My 10-year-old daughter knew I had gone out with him a few times, but she hadn’t met him. He and I had had a late lunch date and were getting into a little afternoon necking at home on my couch when I heard the mailbox open outside the front [...]
For some of us it is the twisted tales that are most meaningful. They prove, by revealing the darker side of humanity to be cautionary, designed to inspire us to be better people.
“Softly, deftly, music shall caress you. Hear it, feel it, Secretly possess you.”
â Andrew Lloyd Webber, Phantom of the Opera
If you attended University of Virginia drama department’s production of Romeo and Juliet you saw something truly beautiful—and I don’t mean a tender rendition of Shakespeare’s most famous tragic love story.
When Tim Cunningham went to UVA’s Rural Area Medical Clinic in Wise, Virginia, he was reminded of visits he had made to medical clinics as a member of Clowns Without Borders. “It blew my mind how this clinic in the richest country in the world was run like clinics in rural Africa and Asia,” he [...]
William Shakespeare’s Richard III is the study of how a politician’s over-developed ego drives the dark deeds he executes towards the attainment of high position. The play itself is a tidy piece of propaganda, according to Ralph Cohen, American Shakespeare Center’s director of mission, who described it as a reinforcement of Queen Elizabeth I’s legitimacy [...]
"I knew I could stay up,” said Denise Stewart, a playwright who’ll be featured in 24/7: The World’s Fastest Theater Festival. “I have insomnia, so I just didn’t take my Ambien.” Blink and you’ll miss it! Live Arts presents 24/7 Saturday, January 28 at 7:30pm and 10pm. (Photo by Martyn Kyle) Stewart has participated in [...]
Watching the audience is one of my favorite parts of the experience at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton.
To paraphrase a line from The Producers, Christmas came early to Live Arts this year, and guess who they stuffed in our stocking? Adolf Hitler! This holiday season, Live Art’s production of the wryly-humored musical by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan gives the gift of gut-splitting laughter. The Producers is deftly directed by Live Arts [...]
When Moscow Ballet brings its sumptuous Great Russian Nutcracker to the States, the company comes bearing gifts of major artistic accomplishment. Each year, two companies of 40 dancers each tour over 60 cities in the United States and Canada, averaging over 100 performances in two months time, offering a unique version of the classic Christmas [...]
Sometimes it’s good to be reminded that the universe is functioning perfectly despite the challenges it presents us with. We need challenges to carve out who we are, and our job is to accept them, allow ourselves to feel the metaphysical love and move on. This is the lesson of Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood [...]
Deathtrap is a theatrical version of an M.C. Escher woodcut, a play within a play with seemingly endless twists and turns that mock the concept of theatrical plot and device. When pulled off, the audience is engaged, if not dizzied, by the wonderment of the tension between the script of the play and its on-stage [...]
If you are feeling a little more naughty than nice this Christmas season, The Santaland Diaries may be the perfect stuff for your stocking. In the show, a holiday tradition at Staunton’s American Shakespeare Center, seasoned Shakespearean actor Rick Blunt relives humorist David Sedaris’ story about his days as a 30-something man employed as one [...]
If you’re wondering why Ash Lawn Opera chose this year to produce Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical The King and I, with its dated themes of conformity and imperialism, look no further than the 20 or so local kids in the cast. Ah, the children, each wrapped in bright silks, collectively looking like a bag [...]