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Monday, September 8, 2014

Fuse Book Review: Joni Mitchell — One Side, Now by Debra Cash

The pleasures of Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words are the pleasures of being a fly on the wall.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Fuse Dance Review: Hat Trick — Doug Elkins at Jacob’s Pillow by Debra Cash

Doug Elkins' take on Othello is entirely of our era, when domestic abuse is finally a public discussion and a complex story of betrayal can be conveyed with pop culture efficiency.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Fuse News: Boston’s New Puppet Map by Debra Cash

There is now an online "sonic census" of puppetry in the greater Boston area.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fuse Remembrance: Celebrating Rebecca Blunk 1953 – 2014 by Debra Cash

Rebecca's spirit will persist in every artist who remembers how much she believed in them, every organization that she urged to greater risk-taking and optimism for the future, and every fri…

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Fuse Dance Feature: Wonder X 2 by Debra Cash

In red gloves and dark glasses, popping and locking, the Wondertwins are both imposing humans and robotic objects, organic and mechanical reproduction.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Fuse Music Review: Rufus Wainwright’s Open Heart by Debra Cash

Rufus Wainwright is like that: unfiltered family love and dysfunction threaded through whammo pop tunes wrapped in the sequins of more than a little clear-to-those-who-know celebrity.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Fuse Dance Review: “Acis and Galatea” — You Go, Girl by Debra Cash

Mark Morris' choreography for his 18-member ensemble alternates between joyful ring-around-the-rosy and contra dance circles.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Fuse News: Artist Responds to Fuse Critic’s Review — With Art by Debra Cash

This is what I call an example of a critic making an impact!

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Fuse Dance Review: Boston Ballet’s “Pricked” — Building Blocks by Debra Cash

Carrying cacti around the stage in boxes and placing them on their heads and in predictably suggestive positions, the Boston Ballet dancers looked like they were having a blast

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Fuse Book Review: “The Democratic Surround” — Exploring the Makings of Mass Experience by Debra Cash

Fred Turner's counterintuitive and subtle argument in The Democratic Surround draws a direct line between the design of museum exhibitions and the Be-Ins of the Summer of Love.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fuse Book Review: “Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers — Portraits of 50 Famous Folks & All Their Weird Stuff” by Debra Cash

Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers: Portraits of 50 Famous Folks & All Their Weird Stuff is a weird cartoon bait-and-switch.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Fuse Theater Review: Hello Muddah? — “My Son The Waiter” by Debra Cash

Comic genres don't die; they just become niche markets.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fuse News: Time Capsules — British Pathe Newsreels Online by Debra Cash

British Pathe's 85,000 (some sites say 90,000, but who's counting?) newsreels are now online.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Fuse Book Review: David Grossman’s “Falling Out of Time” — It Takes A Village by Debra Cash

"Falling Out of Time" is a book that gives all the truth that Israeli writer David Grossman can deliver, and far more intimacy than we strangers who are his readers have earned.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fuse Stage Preview: See Me, Hear Me — Nalaga’at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble by Debra Cash

Israel's Nalaga’at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble, whose name translates to “Do Touch,” is on a U.S. tour that included a side visit to the White House.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fuse Dance News: “Fame” and the Fairytale by Debra Cash

The Fuse doesn't usually publicize auditions, but it's news that Debbie Allen is swinging through Boston this week seeking young dancers between the ages of seven and 22.

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Fuse Music Preview: East Coast Premiere of an Opera about the Fight for Civil Rights –”Dark River” by Debra Cash

Fanny Lou Hamer's life and the political struggle that gave us the Voting Rights Act is the basis of Mary Watkins' two-act opera.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fuse Preview: Rescuing — and Reimagining — the Sarajevo Haggadah by Debra Cash

It was not the first time the Sarajevo Haggadah had benefited from Muslim protection: during the Nazi occupation, another librarian had spirited the Hebrew manuscript out of danger and hidde…

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Dance Review: If the Shoe Fits — Boston Ballet’s “Cinderella” by Debra Cash

Boston Ballet is showcasing a number of its ballerinas in the title role of Cinderella.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Fuse Dance Review: TAO Dance Theater — All Wound Up by Debra Cash

If calculating pi to a far-off-integer isn't for you, TAO Dance Theater's baffling kinetic exploits may seem less like an incredible journey than a trudge to a dead end.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Fuse Dance Review: Compagnie Käfig — Arbitrary Exoticism by Debra Cash

I get why Compagnie Käfig's Correria/Agwa has been booked onto stages in 15 countries and counting. But the troupe's polished athleticism comes at the sacrifice of hip hop dance's precious …

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Fuse Dance News: The “Restless Creature” Takes A Rest by Debra Cash

Dancer Wendy Whelan will not be appearing under the auspices of the Celebrity Series of Boston as planned.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Fuse News: Visionaries in Conversation by Debra Cash

Arts alert for readers in the Pioneer Valley.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Fuse Dance Review: PERFORMANCE — A Parade of Passersby by Debra Cash

No amount of postmodern theory can paper over the fact that a half-baked cake, even one made with tasty ingredients, fails to satisfy.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Fuse Music Review: Emmanuel Music’s “A Little Night Music” — An Uneven Evening by Debra Cash

With a Stephen Sondheim show, it's all in the casting, and Emmanuel Music's casting was a mixed bag.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Fuse Theater Review: The Musical “Once” — Music as Healing and Community by Debra Cash

John Tiffany's Tony-winning direction of "Once," restaged for the current tour, is a miracle of judicious rhythmic choices and deft transitions.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Fuse Film Preview: Sheer Silent Film Magic — “He Who Gets Slapped” and The Alloy Orchestra by Debra Cash

"Lon Chaney is just a master," says Roger Miller of The Alloy Orchestra, "and the film 'He Who Gets Slapped' has everything that he's great at."

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Fuse News Comment: Verdi vs. the Synthesized Xylophones by Debra Cash

All was well -- at moments, thrilling -- until the credits rolled. Then the Regal did what it always did: it launched its terrible muzak.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Fuse News: Art Works — The News from the NEA by Debra Cash

Observers have often commented that NEA money goes disproportionately to large cultural institutions, and that continues to be true, but those investments are dispersed among disciplines and…

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Fuse Dance Remembrance: The Passing of a Denishawn Dancer by Debra Cash

Mona Rice, who performed with Denishawn and who founded the dance department at the Cushing Academy as well as her own studio in Ashburnham, MA, died in Boston on November 26 at the age of 8…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fuse Dance News: Yoko is a Bad Dancer by Debra Cash

This, my friends, is what 80 looks like.

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