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A focus on ‘Winks of the Critical Eye’

February 1, 2014 Almost every week, we end our column with a series of short announcements which are called “Winks of the Critical Ey. more »»

‘The Dining Room’ holds up a mirror to ourselves

January 25, 2014 It has been said for many centuries that the proper study of mankind is man, yet some people not only resist that suggestion, they positively pride themselves on a lack of self-examination. more »»

The history of Caroling at Christmas

December 21, 2013 Greetings and Merry Christmas to all of our readers. I hope as the end of 2013 approaches that all is happy and bright with you and yours. more »»

‘The Sound of Music’ was not a perfect production

December 14, 2013 The Christmas season is supposed to be one of peace on earth, good will towards mankind. Sadly, it often isn’t s. more »»

Seeing triple: Three gifts for the holiday season

December 7, 2013 BEMUS POINT — Early December is one of the busiest seasons of the year for the artistic community. more »»

A cavalcade of winks

November 23, 2013 Nearly every week, we conclude this column with a number of short pieces, which we call the Winks of the Critical Eye. more »»

Fiction isn't history. History isn't fiction -- at least it shouldn't be.

November 16, 2013 I recently attended a showing at the Reg Lenna Civic Center, of the 2013 film "Lee Daniels' The Butler. more »»

The Hollywood story of ‘Burton and Taylor’

October 19, 2013 Dominic West and Helena Bonham-Carter play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a new film from BBC America titled ‘‘Burton and Taylor. more »»

A great week to explore the take-home arts

October 5, 2013 FALLING FOR HAMLET I receive for review, a great many more books than we're able to write about, and I must be truthful, I often set aside books intended for audiences of which I am not a member. more »»

Willow Bay to host winged ox players production

September 14, 2013 The start-up of this year's artistic season, which often delays for a few weeks after Labor Day, has come upon us bright and early, this year. more »»

Canada’s Stratford festival

August 24, 2013 STRATFORD, ONT. — Few things can be better than to do wonderful things in a wonderful place. Our annual journey to Canada's Stratford Festival is exactly such a circumstance. more »»

New and colorful works

August 17, 2013 CHAUTAUQUA — Programmers of classical music are wise to combine familiar, beloved works which are the heart and soul of our culture, with new and innovative creations which keep the art form alive... more »»

Take-home arts

August 10, 2013 Fate plays a role in the writing of this column, as it does in all aspects of life. more »»

“Falstaff” to close out Chautauqua opera season

July 27, 2013 CHAUTAUQUA — The final opera of the 2013 Chautauqua season — albeit only the third performance and the second production of the sadly truncated season — will be performed Monday evening, at Norton... more »»

Chautauqua arts programs to present combined performance of classic

July 20, 2013 CHAUTAUQUA - Very few places in the world are to be found first-rate actors, singers, dancers, musicians, technical staff, directors, choreographers, and more, all in one single place. more »»

French exhibits and Chautauqua ties to the Big City

July 6, 2013 NEW YORK — Hot Town! Summer in the City. If those words bring you memories from a hit record of 1966, by The Lovin’ Spoonful, it will give you a good idea of how my past week has progressed. more »»

Chautauqua Amphitheater to feature opera ‘Peter Grimes’

June 29, 2013 CHAUTAUQUA — Most of us, at some period in our lives, have felt as though we were completely at the mercy of life -- as though our choices and even our hardest efforts, didn't matter. more »»

Chautauqua to present ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

June 22, 2013 CHAUTAUQUA - Beginning on Friday, with one preview performance, and officially opening a week from today, the Chautauqua Theater Company will present a production of one of our country's best-known... more »»

Chautauqua Institution will open with a boom

June 15, 2013 Only one week from today, the gates of Chautauqua Institution will slam shut, to anyone who doesn’t have either a ticket or a gate pass, and the 2013 summer season will open with a bang. more »»



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