Susan Saccocia is an independent writer whose essays, features, profiles and reviews explore theater, visual arts, jazz and dance in the U.S. and overseas. A regular contributor to the Bay State Banner, Susan has also been published in Art New England ,The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine and other regional and nationwide media. An award-winning arts writer, Susan is also the recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in arts journalism among other honors.
Artist Arlene Shechet orchestrated the entire ICA exhibition piece by piece and room by room, a form of installation art that invites visitors to share her discoveries as she turns her materials—plaster, glass, porcelain, paper pulp and clay—into solid objects.
Circus troupe performed six shows at Agganis Arena
The Cirque du Soleil troupe restaged a 15-year-old production entitled “Varekai, Tales of the Forest” that is engineered to suit such a space, where seating for 7,200 accommodates a crowd almost threefold larger than an audience for big top shows. But bigger, as they say, is not always better.
An artist of his time, painter Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) chronicled what it meant to be an American in the 20th century, when the nation was a democracy on the rise. Artists of all kinds were exploring the American character, not only in visual arts, but in novels, music, plays, photography and the century’s new medium — movies.
Bringing together the dual powers of the African-American gospel music tradition and a full symphony orchestra, the annual Gospel Night at the Boston Pops injected Symphony Hall with jubilation and devotion.
Matthew Aucoin’s opera Crossing, about poet Walt Whitman, had its world premiere this weekend at Boston’s Citi Shubert Theatre, where it is on stage through June 6.
When the Stars Begin to Fall on view through May 10 at Institute of Contemporary Art Boston
When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South,” on view through May 10 at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, presents a sampling of works by 35 African-American artists inspired by a real or imagined American South.
Kirven Douthit-Boyd leaving Alvin Ailey
When the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs from March 26-29 at Citi Wang Theatre, its 45th visit with the Celebrity Series of Boston, Kirven Douthit-Boyd’s performances will mark his farewell hometown engagement with the company. He will perform in all five shows from Thursday through Sunday.
Delirious and at moments, devastating, the Huntington Theatre Company’s revival of “The Colored Museum,” by two-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, would be worth seeing for the verve and finesse of the cast alone. But the production, on stage through April 5 at the Avenue of the Arts/BU Theatre, renders the wit, style and satire of this 1986 show with an up-to-the-minute edge.
‘Father Comes Home’ is first in three-play series
With her latest play, “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” playwright Suzan-Lori Parks presents the first segment of a three-part epic based on the Civil War and the fortunes of a slave who comes to claim his freedom.
Last week, the Mark Morris Dance Group performed five nights in the intimate setting of the Institute of Contemporary Art’s 325-seat theater.