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May 12, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

New Theatre, April 25 5.5/10 Bernard Shaw, often a wanton provocateur in matters of religion, politics and spelling, was certainly a forthright champion of equality, whether of gender, race or class, and his gift for comedy was blessed with a rare timelessness. Pygmalion is now 107 years old, yet the…

May 11, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Concert Hall, April 21 6.5/10 Three hours of Tommy Emmanuel and Jerry Douglas’s virtuosity must add up to about as many notes as there are stars in the sky. But, unlike those stars, these notes didn’t have much in the way of space around them. Close your eyes when either…

May 9, 2019 / Album Reviews

CIRCUITS (Edition/Planet) 8/10 As Chris Potter approaches the 200-album mark, it becomes ever more apparent that the saxophonist’s most profound work occurred in his decade with Paul Motian – but that’s like saying a fine actor’s greatest role was Hamlet. What I like is the range of “roles” Potter is…