Girl of the Golden West; Flood of Beauty review

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Susan Bullock as Minnie ‘radiates naturalness and humanity’ in The Girl of the Golden West. Photograph: Tristram Kenton If Puccini was good at endings, he was even better at beginnings.... Read More

Daniil Trifonov review a hugely imaginative musical mind

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Ease and poise … Daniil Trifonov. Photograph: Roger Mastroianni We have heard enough of Daniil Trifonov in London over the past couple of years in recitals and concertos to know... Read More

Kanda Bongo Man review keeping the party going

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Relaxed but insistent … Kanda Bongo Man. Photograph: Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images Kanda Bongo Man has always been a stylish figure, and tonight, with his trademark hat and matching... Read More

‘The Happiest Song Plays Last’: Theater review

‘The Happiest Song Plays Last’: Theater review

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Three isn’t always a charm. The third play in Quiara Alegria Hudes’ trilogy, “The Happiest Song Plays Last,” is a sincere but shapeless story of Puerto Rican-American cousins looking for... Read More

‘Stage Kiss’: Theater review

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The very title of “Stage Kiss” suggests a clash between what is real and phony. Unfortunately, so little in Sarah Ruhl’s romantic comedy feels genuine. Or funny for that matter.... Read More

‘A Dolls’ House’: Theater review

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A new take on “A Doll’s House” makes your head spin like a top. And that’s a good thing. Credit a vivid star turn and canny staging of Ibsen’s much-done... Read More

Jhené Aiko, “Sail Out”: Album review

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Jhené Aiko has sung with a long list of hip-hop stars. Jhené Aiko drifts in and out of a dream when she sings. With her feathery tone, sky-high pitch and... Read More

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’: Theater review

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From left, David Harewood as Oberon, Tina Benko as Titania, Max Casella as Bottom and Kathryn Hunter as Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” It’s not totally a dream. Theatre... Read More

‘Days Are Gone,’ music review

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Tom Beard The L.A.-based Haim sisters’ music is an outgrowth of sounds from the ’80s and ’90s. Sounds of the old West Coast echo through the songs of Haim. On... Read More