Swan Dive

“It might be a good idea to call all ballets Swan Lake. That way, people will come!” - George Balanchine For a good portion of the mid to late 20th century, the neoclassical and plotless ballets, typified by the works of George Balanchine, were the favor of choreographers. Music and technique-driven ballets such as Serenade... Continue Reading →

Breaking Good

We expect to see gymnasts, divers, volleyball players and runners in the summer Olympics. But B-boys and B-girls? For the first time, in the 2024 Olympics to be held in Paris, breakers will be competing for gold, silver and bronze medals. Says Tatiana Sophia Eriksen, who teaches breaking and other forms of hip-hop dance for... Continue Reading →

Why don’t oysters give to charity?

Because they're shellfish. It's no coincidence that National Humor Month begins with April Fool's Day, a day which has sanctioned frivolity and amusement for hundreds of years. "National Humor Month was conceived as a means to heighten public awareness of the therapeutic value of humor. Laughter and joy - the benchmarks of humor - lead... Continue Reading →

Artists We Love: August Wilson

For many, the only relationship they have with August Wilson is through movies based on his plays: The Piano Lesson, Oscar®-winning Fences and most recently Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, both nominated for Academy Awards® in their roles. Those movies are just a slice of the breadth of... Continue Reading →

World Storytelling Day

By Walt Belcher Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, I was not aware that oral storytelling was a performance art form that I could do. I had heard of The Moth, that monthly story slam out of New York, and I knew that some authors, such as humorist David Sedaris, can... Continue Reading →

Straz @ Home – Our Seventh Stage

Seven Wonders of the WorldSeven DwarfsSeven Deadly SinsSeven ContinentsSeven Days of CreationSeven Brides for Seven BrothersSeven SeasSeven Days a WeekSeven SistersSeven Swans a SwimmingSeven Hills of RomeSeven Words You Can’t Say on TelevisionSeven Colors of the Rainbow All sorts of things come in sevens – the good, the bad and the dwarfs. At The Straz,... Continue Reading →

Puppets Take Centerstage With Some Strings Attached

With its roots in ancient culture, including ivory and clay figures found in Egyptian tombs, puppetry has long been employed in storytelling including the theater. Terracotta Ancient Greek dolls. Exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Room 56. Picture by Giovanni Dall'Orto, November 11 2009. Both Aristotle and Plato in ancient Greece, referenced puppets in their... Continue Reading →

Just Be Kind – Feb. 17 and Every Day

If someone does something especially nice for you on Feb. 17, it may be because that date has been designated Random Acts of Kindness Day. Much has changed since this day a year ago, just prior to organizations like The Straz slowing down in the wake of the coronavirus. Closed doors hasn’t meant inactivity, however.... Continue Reading →

Radio Drama Making a Comeback

At first thought, it might seem that theater performed on the radio could be a lost art. Nowadays, we have the means to see and experience wonderful arts performances -- with our eyes as well as our ears -- in so many ways, on countless devices, that merely listening to theater on the radio could... Continue Reading →

Anti-Valentine’s Day Songs

Guest Blogger Deborah Kobritz, assistant to the VP of marketing and programming, dives into an emotional battlefield of love songs, revealing a vulnerable sweet center before emerging a Valentine's warrior. Anti-Valentine’s Day - sad love songs. That was the assignment. The opposite of love. The anti-love.   I like music. I grew up in a home... Continue Reading →

Oh, Say Can You Sing

Dear “The Star-Spangled Banner,” why are you so hard to sing? WHY. Back in July of 2019, Caught in the Act posted a slightly different version of this in-depth story delving into the technical aspects of performing our national anthem. In the wake of last week’s presidential inauguration – which included a dynamite version of... Continue Reading →

Presidents on Broadway

As if the job they have didn’t draw enough attention, presidents of the United States have been in the spotlight on Broadway in both plays and musicals. And yes, more than a few of the actors-in-chief have broken into song or tripped the light fantastic on Broadway boards. There have been a few fictional presidents... Continue Reading →

ARTISTS WE LOVE: DOLLY PARTON

The Recording Industry Association of America has certified 21 of her single and album releases as Gold or Platinum. She has had 25 songs reach number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. She has 42 career Top 10 country albums and 110 career-charted singles. Sales of her music have topped 100 million records around the world. She’s been... Continue Reading →

We Need A LOT of Christmas, Right Now!

Somewhere between Mariah Carey and Wham! on your holiday playlist are likely a few tunes that have their roots in Broadway.   Whether it’s shows devoted to celebrating the season, such as A Christmas Story, or others where Christmas is just part of the story as in Meet Me in St. Louis, we’ve got a rundown of some of the shows that featured favorite holiday... Continue Reading →

A Few of Our Favorite Things!

The Dog has Bitten. The Bee has Stung.   As 2020 finally comes to a close, Caught in the Act offers up Holiday gift ideas inspired by the Broadway showtune and unconventional Christmas classic  Here’s a query: Why is the song “My Favorite Things” -- from the Broadway show The Sound of Music and its subsequent movie adaptation – so closely associated with Christmas? ... Continue Reading →

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