Friday, January 21, 2011

Weekend arts picks: Jan. 21-23

Sharon Gless in A Round-Heeled Woman.
(Photo by George Schiavone)

‬Although it is a little lighter than the usual fare at Coral Gables‭’ ‬GableStage,‭ ‬the cutting edge company has a crowd-pleasing winner in Jane Prowse’s‭ ‬A Round-Heeled Woman,‭ ‬based on the true story of Jane Juska.‭ ‬In her mid-60s,‭ ‬she places an ad soliciting men to have sex with her,‭ ‬adding‭ “‬If you want to talk first,‭ ‬Trollope works for me.‭” ‬Of course,‭ ‬she attracts a variety of losers on her way to finding her soulmate,‭ ‬or at least her sex mate.‭ ‬Cagney‭ & ‬Lacey’s Sharon Gless has been developing the role for herself and she inhabits the GableStage stage with confidence,‭ ‬even if she is playing a woman of low esteem.‭ ‬Recently extended a week through Feb.‭ ‬6.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬305‭) ‬445-1119‭ ‬for tickets.‭

‭Ben Affleck in The Company Men.

Film:‭ ‬If you go to the movies to escape the problems of the day,‭ ‬you will want to avoid‭ ‬The Company Men,‭ ‬but you will be missing a first-rate drama about white-collar hot shots who get laid off because of the recession and corporate downsizing.‭ ‬Think of it as‭ ‬Up in the Air,‭ ‬but without the comedy.‭ ‬Director John Wells‭ (‬The West Wing,‭ ‬ER‭) ‬makes an impressive feature debut drawing out fine performances from Tommy Lee Jones,‭ ‬Chris Cooper and Kevin Costner.‭ ‬The film centers around a star salesman‭ (‬Ben Affleck‭) ‬who got a little too used to the trappings of success.‭ ‬Between‭ ‬The Company Men and‭ ‬The Town,‭ ‬this has been a terrific year for Affleck,‭ ‬whom we are going to have to learn to take seriously.‭ ‬In area theaters beginning Friday.

Gunther Schuller.

Music:‭ ‬Gunther Schuller has been one of the most important composers and educators in American music for decades,‭ ‬not least because of his advocacy of Third Stream music,‭ ‬a term he coined to suggest the merger of jazz and classical styles.‭ ‬Schuller appears this weekend with the Boca Raton Symphonia,‭ ‬where he’ll lead the band in his own Concerto da Camera,‭ ‬and conduct the Haydn Cello Concerto in D with the young South Korean-born cellist SuJin Lee as the soloist.‭ ‬Prokofiev’s‭ ‬Classical Symphony also is on the program with the‭ ‬Cosi fan Tutte overture of Mozart and the‭ ‬Divertissement‭ ‬of Jacques Ibert.‭ ‬Then Schuller settles in for a week as the special guest of the New Music Festival at Lynn University,‭ ‬culminating with a concert of his works next Thursday and a performance next Saturday with the Lynn Philharmonia,‭ ‬which will play the winning work from Lynn’s international call for scores.‭ ‬It promises to a bracing week and a great chance to see this legendary musician,‭ ‬now‭ ‬85,‭ ‬continue to make an impact.‭ ‬The concert takes place at‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at the Roberts Theater on the campus of St.‭ ‬Andrew’s School in Boca Raton.‭ ‬Tickets range from‭ ‬$28.50‭ ‬to‭ ‬$50.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬376-3848‭ ‬or visit‭

‭Anthony Roth Costanzo.

Opera: Three young singers‭ ‬– countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo,‭ ‬soprano Nadine Sierra,‭ ‬and mezzo Irene Roberts‭ ‬– have all made their mark locally‭ ‬in recent years.‭ ‬Costanzo won‭ ‬a second‭ ‬prize‭ ‬in the advanced division‭ ‬at the Palm Beach Opera Grand Finals in‭ ‬2009‭ ‬with a moving reading of an aria from Handel‭’‬s‭ ‬Tolomeo,‭ ‬and Roberts,‭ ‬a Palm Beach Opera Young Artist,‭ ‬won‭ ‬a‭ ‬second prize in‭ ‬2010‭ ‬with‭ ‬her performance‭ ‬of an aria‭ ‬from‭ ‬Meyerbeer‭’‬s‭ ‬Les Huguenots.‭ ‬Sierra,‭ ‬who hails from Fort Lauderdale,‭ ‬has been a local hero of the operatic arts and might be on the threshold of a major career.‭ ‬All three are starring tonight and Sunday afternoon in the second Palm Beach Opera production of the season,‭ ‬a semi-staged version of Gluck‭’‬s‭ ‬Orfeo ed Euridice.‭ ‬Director Doug Varone,‭ ‬who runs a dance company at New York‭’‬s‭ ‬92nd Street Y,‭ ‬will provide dancers for this performance who will add some visual interest to the concert staging of the rest.‭ ‬It‭’‬s a nice opportunity to hear some young,‭ ‬lovely voices in music of purity and cool beauty.‭ ‬The performances are set for‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬today and‭ ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at the Kravis Center.‭ ‬Tickets start at‭ ‬$23.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬833-7888‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

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