Apr 24, 2016

Our Last Tango

The Wim Wenders produced OUR LAST TANGO, by German Kral, reconciles art with life and narrative cinema with documentary. The lives are those of María Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, probably the l...
Apr 14, 2016

The Crucible

The director Ivo van Hove has turned his eye on THE CRUCIBLE, Arthur Miller’s treatment, in 1953, of the Salem witch trials as analogous to McCarthyism. Van Hove’s version begins, as did his A Vie...
Jan 9, 2016

King Charles III

Watched without sound, the Broadway production of Mike Bartlett’s KING CHARLES III would suggest a Shakespeare in modern dress, a tragedy or a history, drawing some sort of parallel with the current...
Dec 28, 2015

A View From the Bridge

I took an onstage seat for the Young Vic production at the Lyceum in New York. First row, right, center. I stared at a black scrim, an aisle’s width away. Two hours later, there was a drop of red li...
Nov 8, 2015

Thérèse Raquin

The whites, greys and blacks of the Roundabout’s THÉRÈSE RAQUIN are so muted that, when a brown-hued backdrop appears, it is like a flash of color, and so, later on, is a sparse scattering of autu...
Apr 4, 2015

Skylight

Carey Mulligan is as good onstage at the John Golden Theatre as she is in the movies. As Kyra, the passionate teacher in David Hare‘s SKYLIGHT, she seems, quite simply, settled into the modest f...
Dec 8, 2013

Shakespeare on Broadway

If possible, see the Shakespeare’s Globe productions of TWELFE NIGHT and THE TRAGEDIE OF KING RICHARD THE THIRD back to back, on the same day. Go for drinks or dinner in between, make a day of it. I...
Mar 5, 2013

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The plays and dramatis personae of Tennessee Williams are basically abstractions of emotions and other states of being. Stanley and Blanche are masculinity and femininity abstracted; in a very real se...
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...
Sep 30, 2009

After Miss Julie

It would be nice to see a production of Miss Julie in which Strindberg’s instructions for a naturalistic setting which exists largely in the wings, and that we see only a corner of, were actually fo...