Nov 17, 2012

The Roman Tragedies

I would say that last night I sat through six hours of Shakespeare’s three historically-based Roman tragedies – in Dutch, but in fact I did what I was invited to do and milled about. I lounged cen...
Nov 15, 2012

Donka

DONKA: A LETTER TO CHEKHOV is penned and posted in the language of circus. Jugglers, clowns, aerialists, and acrobats are its author. In their writing of it, the director Daniele Finzi Pasca tells us ...
Oct 21, 2012

Elsewhere

My first foray at BAM’s new Fishman Space was ELSEWHERE. Described as an opera for cello, it was the sort of living artwork that washes over you, its individual elements inseparable from general sen...
Oct 14, 2012

The Heiress

What Jessica Chastain conveys with great success in THE HEIRESS is a young woman on the cusp of a change in manners. She is ill-at-ease in the 19th century of calling cards and formal visits, with its...
Oct 13, 2012

4 Prepared Dreams

Hypnotism and the theater have a long and well-known relationship, beginning with the public demonstrations by the imitators of Dr. Mesmer in the 19th century and proceeding to the present. I still re...
Oct 7, 2012

Rhinoceros

What makes me the most glad to have seen the Théâtre de la Ville revival of Ionesco’s RHINOCEROS were the faces of the rhinoceri hovering in the air, with their beautiful sad eyes, sweet and bruti...
Sep 28, 2012

Habit

Think of those situations when you find yourself looking through windows at the private lives of other people. Walks through small towns or suburban neighborhoods at night or in the evenings, when the...
Aug 15, 2012

Heartless

In the mid-’80s I ventured to say in a published review of Sam Shepard’s True West  that we were in a presence of a new dramatic genre, which I dubbed “the situation tragedy.” This notion...
Apr 22, 2012

The Three Sisters

There were numerous Russian speakers in the audience for THE THREE SISTERS on Friday night at BAM, and a comment I heard on the way out was that people were laughing in the wrong places because the su...
Apr 14, 2012

Tango Connection: Love Stories

Act I of TANGO CONNECTION: LOVE STORIES by Mariela Franganillo , currently playing at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, exposes the private relationships of several couples through theatrical...