Charlie Chaplin Still Gets Laughs and Appreciation

By William Furtwangler
Charlie Chaplin Still Gets Laughs and Appreciation

IF THE REACTION of the sold-out audience Monday afternoon at the Sottile Theatre is any guide, then silent films may still hold promise as a viable artistic vehicle. Charles Chaplin’s silent film “City Lights” was originally released in 1930. It is considered by many critics as one of Chaplin’s best achievements. In Spoleto Festival... Read »

Araminta Wraith Shines in “A Streetcar Named Desire”

By Peter Ingle
Araminta Wraith Shines in “A Streetcar Named Desire”

THE SCOTTISH BALLET’S PRODUCTION of A Streetcar Named Desire deserves more than a good review. It needs a bright light shone on what may be one of the most compelling examples of storytelling to appear in the ballet world in a... Read »

Westminster Choir Inspires Wonder

By Carol Furtwangler
Westminster Choir Inspires Wonder

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS of renowned long-time conductor Joseph Flummerfelt, Joe Miller has more than maintained the unparalleled excellence of the Westminster Choir. Just when we thought the choir could not possibly get any better, Miller has brought his sparkling... Read »

Marionettes Delight the Child Within

By Peter Ingle
Marionettes Delight the Child Within

THE MARIONETTE RENDITION of Sleeping Beauty by Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company is ostensibly for children. But don’t tell all the adults in the audience. This production is delightful by virtue of the marionettes, but what makes it... Read »

The Bard Would Be Pleased

By Peter Ingle
The Bard Would Be Pleased

SHAKESPEARE‘S PLAYS ARE PERFECTION, yet they leave room within their generous boundaries for thoughtful interpretation—if you can hold to the playwright’s essence while probing for freshness to emerge. It is with such deftness that co-directors Dominic Dromgoole and Tim Hoare... Read »

“Streetcar” Renders Emotion Through Movement

By Eliza Ingle
“Streetcar” Renders Emotion Through Movement

THE IMAGE OF EVE MUTSO dancing Blanche Duboise begins and ends the Scottish Ballet’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire at Spoleto Festival USA. She moves under a hanging light bulb with moth-like quickness, reaching and fluttering in a fatal... Read »

CAM Hosts Delightful Trio

By ChasToday
CAM Hosts Delightful Trio

By Maud and Bob Cox, special to CharlestonToday THE PROSPECT OF A CONCERT on Friday, April 14 in the beautiful performance room at 14 George Street, home of Spoleto Festival USA, was enticing. But who could have imagined the... Read »

A Magical Evening of Tango

By Peter Ingle
A Magical Evening of Tango

TANGO BUENOS AIRES brought its magic and magnetism to the Sottile Theatre on Monday night in one of the city’s finest displays of artistry this year. It was the fourth out of five events in the Charleston Concert Association’s 2014-2015... Read »

Pianist Eduardo Monteiro Mesmerizes CAM

By Peter Ingle
Pianist Eduardo Monteiro Mesmerizes CAM

SOME MUSICIANS have an obvious love affair with playing music. In the case of CAM’s guest pianist, Eduardo Monteiro, you get the feeling that he does nothing else day and night except play piano, all the while relishing the... Read »

Ballet Evolution Takes On the Creation Story

By Eliza Ingle
Ballet Evolution Takes On the Creation Story

THE COLLABORATIVE LOVECHILD of Charleston Dance Institute, Chamber Music Charleston, and UNED!TED debuted its first production under the collective name “Ballet Evolution” at the Sottile Theatre to an appreciative crowd eager to see beautiful dancing, live music, and original... Read »

Final Production for Sprouts Theatre

By ChasToday
Final Production for Sprouts Theatre

SPROUTS CHILDREN’S THEATRE is losing its home due to the closing of Creative Spark in Mount Pleasant. But don’t let that stop you from seeing this final production of Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved tale, “The Princess and the Pea,” starring Christina Leidel as the... Read »