Feb 292012
Fuse Interview: Viva August Strindberg — The Great Swedish Modernist

August Strindberg’s work unquestionably has not received the degree of popular acclaim in America that it deserves. It’s a bit mysterious, given that major U.S. playwrights — Eugene O’Neill, Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams — have openly acknowledged their debts to Strindberg.

Feb 282012
Fuse Fiction Review: "So There!" — Nicole Louise Reid's Poetic Chick Lit

“So There!” comes off as a poetic species of chick lit, its female characters desperate to break deadly dull routines, longing for more (not even sure what), but generally expecting the doorway to redemption —- a passage figuratively filled with light in their imaginations -— to be a man.

Feb 282012
Fuse Book Review: Annotating Jane — An Illuminating New Edition of Austen’s Persuasion

This invaluable addition to the Austen literature offers two for the price of one: a beautifully designed and printed edition of the novel many consider her best and a parallel critical commentary that deepens our understanding and opens up a rich, textured view of her world and time.

Feb 262012
Fuse Concert Review: Beethoven’s Missa solemnis at Symphony Hall

John Oliver, director of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, deserves the thanks of all involved for his willingness to take on this unenviable assignment, as well as credit for ensuring that the performance didn’t fall off the tracks.

Feb 252012
Fuse Theater Review: "Time Stands Still"  — A Too Distant Echo of the War in Iraq

When young photographers went up to the famous war photographer, Robert Capa, and asked him what they could do to make their pictures more gripping, he said: “Go closer!”

Feb 222012
Arts Fuse Review / Commentary: Chick Corea’s “The Continents” and the Problem of the Jazz Piano Concerto

Chick Corea’s “The Continents: Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Chamber Orchestra” is filled with tuneful melody, shows off some superb playing by the soloists, breaks new ground in a number of ways, and achieves nearly all of its ambitions.