Review: Titusville Playhouse’s ‘Carousel’

Rachel Erickson in 'Carousel' at Titusville Playhousel

Rachel Erickson as Louise in ‘Carousel’ at Titusville Playhouse. Photo by Austin Harris. By PAM HARBAUGH At Titusville Playhouse’s center stage sits a scenic unit representing a carousel. It not only symbolizes dizzying life on the verge of spinning out of control, but as it houses a 22-musician orchestra, it also becomes the heart...

Chita Rivera talks ‘The Visit’

George Hearn and Chita Rivera in a "talk back" after performance of "The Visit" at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. 2008. Photo by Pam Harbaugh.

George Hearn and Chita Rivera in a “talk back” after performance of “The Visit” at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. 2008. Photo by Pam Harbaugh. By PAM HARBAUGH The sensational Chita Rivera and the marvelous George Hearn” starred in the Kander and Ebb musical “The Visit” in 2008 at the Signature Theatre in...

Audience Talk Back — God of Carnage

Henegar's "God of Carnage" photo by Dana Niemeier.

By PAM HARBAUGH It’s been fun hosting these audience talk-backs for area theaters. The most recent one was after the opening of “God of Carnage” at the Henegar Center. Leeanne Saylors recorded most of it and put it in three parts on YouTube videos. You can hear director Anthony Mowad talking about how one...

Review: Riverside Theatre’s ‘West Side Story’

Riverside Theatre's 'West Side Story.'

By PAM HARBAUGH Riverside Theatre’s production of “West Side Story” opens with that Jerome Robbins’ iconic dance move — arms outstretched, body balancing high on one foot. The Jets gang soar over the dingy streets of New York City’s upper west side, falling into graceful step with one another. Their heady sense of power...

Review: Henegar’s ‘God of Carnage’

L - R: Aaron Karnes, Holly McFarland, Mark Blackledge and Lauren Maleski in the Henegar's production of "God of Carnage." Photo by Dana Niemeier

L – R: Aaron Karnes, Holly McFarland, Mark Blackledge and Lauren Maleski in the Henegar’s production of “God of Carnage.” Photo by Dana Niemeier. By PAM HARBAUGH A thin veneer of civility is all that separates two couples from their true blood thirsty selves in the Henegar Center’s emotional thrill ride production of “God...

Uncommon Threads Symposium to explore Japanese design

Tanabe Chikuunsai III, Squares and Circles, 2005. Bamboo (yadake), rattan, lacquer. Photo © Forrest Cavale.

Detail:Tanabe Chikuunsai III, Squares and Circles, 2005. Bamboo (yadake), rattan, lacquer. Photo © Forrest Cavale. By PAM HARBAUGH One of the fascinating offerings connected to the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts is the annual “Uncommon Threads” symposium. It’s stunning to think that the program is 10 years old already. Always related to the...

Review: Orlando Shakespeare Theatre ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Photo by Tony Firriolo features Kennedy Joy Foristall and Warren Kelley.

Photo by Tony Firriolo features Kennedy Joy Foristall and Warren Kelley in Orlando Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ By PAM HARBAUGH ORLANDO — The story may be set in 1935 Alabama, but the themes ring with universality in the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre’s riveting production of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Masterfully directed by Thomas...

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery Celebrates 40

"Nature's Weaving" a watercolor by Nancy Crawford

Detail of “Nature’s Weaving,” a watercolor by Fifth Avenue Art Gallery member and director, Nancy Crawford. By PAM HARBAUGH One of the area’s most venerable and long lasting art institutions — the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery — turns 40 this year. Members will celebrate this milestone this evening (Feb. 6, 2015) with quite the...

‘Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art’ at Ruth Funk Center

Uematsu Chikuyu, "Sound of Wind," 1991. Bamboo (madake), rattan, lacquer. Photo © Susan Einstein.

Detail: Uematsu Chikuyu, “Sound of Wind,” 1991. Bamboo (madake), rattan, lacquer. Photo © Susan Einstein. By PAM HARBAUGH The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts has scored a coup: It is the only Florida stop for the nationally touring exhibition, “Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art.” The exhibit was curated by Andreas Marks of...

Melbourne Chamber Music Society Soiree

By PAM HARBAUGH The Melbourne Chamber Music Society is happy to announce it has SOLD-OUT for its second annual fundraiser/soiree Friday, Feb. 6, at the gracious Melbourne Beach home of Dr. Cliff and Sarah Bragdon. This “salon experience” includes music performed by acclaimed musicians — pianist Paul Tardiff, flutist Tina Burr and cellist Jackie...