Reviews

(Theater Review) ‘The Merchant of Venice,’ Shakespeare & Co., 7.31.16

The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare & Company Lenox, Mass. July 1 – August 21, 2016 Review by Seth Rogovoy (LENOX, Mass., July 31, 2016) – This summer’s production of “The Merchant of Venice,” directed by Tina Packer and starring Jonathan Epstein as Shylock, is Shakespeare & Company at its best, combining a skillful presentation of…

Howard Fishman’s Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

by Seth Rogovoy (October 1, 2010) – For a guy who has won the praise of critics from the New York Times to the New Yorker, the Village Voice, and NPR’s Terry Gross, Howard Fishman has done a pretty good job of not becoming a household name. With a half-dozen albums to his credit, and…

(Concert Review) Behind Every Beautiful Thing There’s Some Kind of Pain: Bob Dylan, Tanglewood, 7.2.16

Bob Dylan Tanglewood Stockbridge, Mass. July 2, 2016 Review by Seth Rogovoy Photography by Lee Everett / finelinelenox.com   (STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – While it undoubtedly mystified many who had come to hear the legendary Bob Dylan sing his greatest hits – not a necessarily unfair, if uninformed, expectation – Dylan’s concert at Tanglewood on Saturday night…

(Concert Review) Brian Wilson, Tanglewood, 6.19.16

Brian Wilson Tanglewood Sunday, June 19, 2016 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (LENOX, Mass., June 19, 2016) – Brian Wilson didn’t make it easy for himself when he set out on a tour whose primary purpose was to play the entire paradigm-shifting “Pet Sounds” album on its 50th anniversary this year. Among the albums…

(Concert Review) Earth, Wind & Fire @ Tanglewood, 6.18.16

Earth, Wind & Fire Tanglewood June 18, 2016 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (LENOX, Mass., June 18, 2016) – Earth, Wind & Fire displayed why they are one of the most beloved and enduring pop-R&B bands in the world at Tanglewood on Saturday night, with its contagious rhythmic pulse, hook-laden melodies, horn-fueled, jazzy arrangements,…

(Concert Review) Dolly Parton, Tanglewood, 6.17.16

Dolly Parton Tanglewood Lenox, Mass. June 17, 2016 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (LENOX, Mass., June 18, 2016) – Dolly Parton called her concert at Tanglewood on Friday night “Pure and Simple,” but of course it was anything but. Sure, it was a stripped-down affair instrumentally, with only three musicians accompanying her onstage. But…

(Concert Review) The National, MASS MoCA, 6.11.16

The National MASS MoCA North Adams, Mass. June 11, 2016 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – If there’s one criticism often lodged at indie-rock avatars The National, it’s that, at least on record, their music tends to be homogenous – moody, dark, soundalike mid-tempo rockers, claustrophobic to the point of depressive.…

(Concert Review) Allison Miller & Boom Tic Boom!, MASS MoCA, 5.7.16

Allison Miller & Boom Tic Boom! MASS MoCA Club B-10 Saturday, May 7, 2016   Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Successfully straddling the fine line where the avant-garde meets the accessible is nothing short of a magic trick, unless your name is Allison Miller and your band is her all-star…