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Review: Mountain Stage dishes up sentimentality

Sunday night’s Mountain Stage show at the Cultural Center offered a sentimental evening with congruent themes of love, loss, family and irreparable heartbreak. Early in the evening the audience found their collective hearts clutched in their...

Movie review: ‘Insurgent’ one-ups ‘Divergent,’ and suggests better films to come
Movie review: ‘Insurgent’ one-ups ‘Divergent,’ and suggests better films to come

“Insurgent” doesn’t seriously diverge from the “Divergent/Hunger Games/Maze Runner” formula until its final act.

Up until then, this “Divergent” sequel is Young Adults Save the World...

Celtic Tenors bring breezy fare to W.Va. Symphony

Friday night at the Clay Center, the Celtic Tenors — Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson — set the tone of its concert with the West Virginia Symphony, light-hearted and breezy, when it opened with a jaunty performance of...

Mountain Stage an eclectic musical grab bag

Sunday’s 840th episode of Mountain Stage was taped before a sold-out crowd as music lovers packed the auditorium at the Culture Center, filling the balcony, leaning in the doorways and sitting on stairs. It was obvious from the huge crowd that...

Va.-based quartet plays part of an American work and a big Brahms one

The only problem Saturday in the Garth Newell Piano Quartet’s concert for the Charleston Chamber Music Society at Christ Church United Methodist was that it played just the first, fourth and final movements of Stephen Hartke’s...

‘The Lion in Winter’ prowls across the local stage

There was no physical fighting Friday night, but there was no lack of sparring on the Capitol Centre Theater stage at the Limelight Theater Company’s premier of “The Lion in Winter.” The characters used their rapier sharp wit to...

Review: Symphony gives a memorable Mahler performance

Whenever the West Virginia Symphony and conductor Grant Cooper have turned to Mahler’s symphonies, the performances have been memorable. Friday night’s concert at the Clay Center featuring the composer’s Sixth Symphony in A Minor...

N’Awlins invades Clay Center

The first few pages of online audience reviews of Harry Connick Jr.’s concerts are almost invariably negative, talking about phoned-in performances, not enough singing, late starts and short shows.

Apparently, those folks are clueless...

Bibb shines at Mountain Stage

The melting snow and slush that covered area streets and sidewalks may have kept some people home from the Culture Center theater Sunday night. The crowd at Mountain Stage was a little thin. The bottom of the auditorium was nearly full but the balcony ...

Film music played in an intimate setting

Composers of film music do not always write just for films. Many, like John Williams and Bruce Broughton, have maintained vibrant careers as composers of art music, when not spending 80 hours a week working on a film.

The earliest film composers ...

Divinely uproarious, “Sister Act” wows the crowd

Midweek musicals are not always an easy sell, but fans who flocked to the Clay Center Wednesday evening were not disappointed as the slightly sacrilegious, but wildly entertaining “Sister Act” graced the Charleston stage. This hysterical ...

Brilliance lost on “Brilliant Traces”

By Autumn D. F. Hopkins

For the Gazette

Community theater is a tricky thing; participants must walk the tightrope of offering something generically appealing enough to please the masses yet still edgy enough to sate the artistic vision of ...

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