Jul 10, 2011

A Magic Flute

Of the historically significant theatrical productions that I wish somehow to have been in a position to see, Peter Brook’s pared-to-its-essence Carmen is near the top of the list. So I approached t...
Jul 5, 2011

Vandaag

Dutch and Scandinavian are perhaps the two most underrepresented European cuisines in NYC restaurants, and also two of my favorites. So needless to say I have been a few times to Vandaag, a cleanly de...
May 31, 2011

Sleep No More

I was one of those lining up on Memorial Day night to see Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE in the Chelsea gallery district. The Scottish play as nightmare is an old trope, well founded in the text. So to ...
Dec 6, 2010

Age of Consent • The Tempest

I came to Norman Lindsay’s witty, wise and wily novel AGE OF CONSENT through the effervescent film of the same name that the great Michael Powell directed in 1969. Some have spotted a connection to ...
Nov 29, 2010

The Marriage of Maria Braun

I saw the last performance of THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN on Sunday afternoon at BAM, with the memory of the Fassbinder film from many years ago still vivid in my mind. Rainer Werner Fassbinder was on...
Nov 10, 2010

Penelope

On one level, Enda Walsh’s PENELOPE is just a modernization of an episode from The Odyssey. Four suitors – living at the bottom of a drained out swimming pool on Odysseus’s Adriatic estate – v...
Nov 6, 2010

Gezeiten

GEZEITEN is directed and choreographed by Sasha Waltz, performed in two parts, and much of it in silence. The style of this dance theater piece is at first abstract, then a sort of deconstructed Natur...
Oct 30, 2010

A Quiet Place

The Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Wadsworth opera A QUIET PLACE was not well received when it premiered in 1985, but after seeing its first New York performance on Wednesday night, by the New York City Op...
Sep 22, 2010

Mesrine

MESRINE Parts 1 & 2 is a strangely compelling cinematic event, which seems the word to describe anything in the theater that requires a double commitment. I saw the parts on subsequent days but ha...