Jul 28, 2017

The Taming of the Shrew

People forget that Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew starts with an induction, in which a drunken vagabond is to be regaled with a theatrical performance of what is sometimes mistaken for the wh...
Jul 14, 2015

Druid Shakespeare

Death, in DRUID SHAKESPEARE: THE HISTORY PLAYS, is an invading parasite. Crosses accumulate on grave mounds like sprouts from bulbs, lives owed, as someone says, to God, payment, with interest, for bi...
Apr 3, 2015

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I haven’t seen the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet so elegant, in sound or deportment, as they were Monday night at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. The spot has an elegance in its own right,...
Jul 22, 2012

Émilie

Soprano Elizabeth Futral gave conductor John Kennedy a heartfelt embrace at the curtain call for her solo performance in the Lincoln Center Festival premiere run of ÉMILIE, an opera by composer Kaija...
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...
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...
Jul 13, 2009

Lincoln Center Festival

Two from this year’s LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL: I saw Les Éphémères in two parts on Saturday and Sunday at Park Avenue Armory. There’s a lot I could write about it (of the French genius f...