The wonderfully intimate, 80-seat, Laurie Beecham Theatre, situated
across from Theatre Row, and a few blocks west of Broadway,
presents "BenDeLaCreme," an extravagant show which
celebrates artifice and fantaisie. "BenDeLaCreme"
is a subtle combination between performing and visual arts with
a love of spectacle and glamour. By Edward Rubin.
Lee Sanders is fanciful and moody at Pescatore cabaret"
Cabaret singer/song-writer Bonnie Lee Sanders is fanciful
and moody. She begins rather optimistically at the second-floor
cabaret at Pescatore on Second Avenue singing "Spring is
Here," but then moves into musical angst, of loves that
Second Time Around"
The first time around, Karen Wyman was a 16-year-old Bronx belting
sensational who sparked viewers of TV's "The Dean Martin
Show" to sit up and take notice. This young performer demanded
attention and she got it in on "The Ed Sullivan Show,"
"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," and just
about every other variety show on television and in 1969, variety
shows were the key to success. Nightclubs and recordings followed
and Karen Wyman was looking at stardom.
the Clouds Away"
got rhythm, you got music, you got your men - who could ask
for anything more? it was all there at Lyrics and Lyricists'
second show of the season at the 92nd Street Y. By Elizabeth
in a Barbour Shop
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" -- the
1963 holiday favorite, could not have rung more true. You usually
hear the captivating richness of Broadway baritone, James Barbour,
on the Broadway stage, acclaimed in major musicals like his
portrayal of Sidney Carton in the short-lived, "A Tale
of Two Cities." Catching him upfront and personal in the
intimacy of a cabaret room, however, brings special rewards.
James Barbour deivered them in his "Sixth Annual Holiday
Concert: A Broadway Tradition" at 54 Below, 254 West 54
Street. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Smooth Texas Blend
This eclectic trio never cut a record. They only performed together
for a few years but in those years, they were hot. Sharon Montgomery,
Sally Mayes and Billy Stritch created "Montgomery, Mayes
and Stritch". This was one of those nights to remember.By
Rene Scott and a well-done "Piece of Meat"
Sherie Rene Scott takes us on a journey that I suspect will
never end, her passionate search for understanding, love and
joy in the energy of the universe. In her cabaret show, “Piece
of Meat” at 54 Below, Scott is a sexy and energetic performer
just as she was in her Tony nominated Broadway show, “Everyday
Rapture.” By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
of Broadway comes to the cabaret
winner Faith Prince stars in a rare cabaret show directed by
Dan Foster, proving that a star used to a big stage can still
connect with a more intimate audience. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Party Time at the Carlyle
John Pizzarelli brings his quartet and his father, Bucky Pizzarelli, to the Cafe Carlyle. The two Pizzarelli virtuosos
share the stage and give-and-take with a mutual admiration and
intimacy that envelops the music. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Early Night for 11 O'Clock
a special one-night only performance, producer Scott Siegel
has brought together on stage Carole J. Bufford, Scott Coulter
and Christina Bianco to present "11 O'Clock Numbers at
7 O'Clock" at Birdland. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Patricia Racette is not opera’s first world-class soprano
to share her down-to-earth side in an intimate cabaret. She
is, however, one of the few who is a natural. In her show at
54 Below, “Diva on Detour, ” Racette demonstrated
a sharp acting talent and a flair for comedy. With her well-tempered
chest voice, this star of opera houses like the Metropolitan
Opera and La Scala chose some of the American songbooks’
favorite standards and some of the most heart-wrenching ballads
and embraced them in true cabaret diva passion. By Elizabeth
Get Busy" with Tanya Holt
In the words of a 1918 song, “There are smiles that make
us happy, ” andd now there is Tanya Holt with a smile that
radiates and a voice that shines. Her one-night only show, “Forever
Home, ” at the Iridum, was an offering of romance, sass, jazz, pop delivered with the joyful love of entertaining. With
a smoky voice and a vocal belt that’s a satisfying burst
of clarity, Holt made the evening an appealing commitment between
her eclectic song deliveries and her audience. By Elizabeth
A-Maz-ing Marilyn Maye is Back and 54 Below's Got Her
Conductor Peter Nero stated, "She sets the standard for
the way any pop, jazz or big band singer would like to sound."
That still holds true. At almost 85, the irrepressible Marilyn
Maye remains as good as it gets. As Johnny Carson commented
on The Tonight Show, "And that, young singers - is the
way it’s done." By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Nepotism Needed with Adam Guettel at 54 Below
The son of Mary Rodgers ("Once Upon a Mattress") and
grandson of Richard Rodgers (composing partner to Lorenz Hart
and Oscar Hammerstein II), Adam Guettel has developed a singular
music sound of his own. While handsome enough to star in one
of his own musicals and an expressive singer as well, Guettel
invited Stephen DiPasquale and Whitney Bashore, two exquisite
performers to join him in a 90-minute show at 54 Below. By Elizabeth
with Edward Hibbert
Edward Hibbert, familiar to many as "Gil Chesterton, "
gourmet critic on the TV series, "Frasier, " does not
bound onto the cabaret stage, rarin’ to go. Stylishly, he sails through the audience, head high, back straight, and
slight smile, and places himself before the microphone. Slowly
his smile expands to a mischievous grin and, with utmost Noel
Coward élan, performs "Why Must the Show Go On?"
And so begins his one-man show, "Can’t Something
Be Done?: An Evening with Edward Hibbert!, " the show where, he says, "I popped my cabaret cherry." A program of
clever anecdotes punctuated with songs by Cole Porter, Noel
Coward, Cy Coleman and more, whimsically traces his journey
from theater to television and now intimate cabaret at 54 Below.
By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Lloyd at the Café Carlyle
It was memory
time at the Café Carlyle, remembering as John Lloyd Young’s
confident tenor and strikingly clear falsetto hit the money
notes in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s oldies.
The cabaret show, however, was not about the Four Seasons songbook.
Its focus was to introduce Young’s new CD, "My Turn."
By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Pixie in Gold Lame"
Ya gotta say, Tovah Feldshuh is an entire vaudeville show wrapped
up as one sprightly imp. She makes her “under Broadway
debut” at 54 Below, singing, telling stories, cracking
jokes and sharing memories. She is a zesty, zany powerhouse
who scampers onto the stage and never rests. When she sits, it is to morph into one of her characters, like the old man
in the park trying to stay positive and treasuring his memories, or evoking the image of her Grandma Ada who urged her to persevere
even when young Tovah wanted to be an actor. “Reach for
the stars and you may get to the roof, “ she told Tovah.
“If you reach for the roof you may never get off the ground.”
By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
McBroom's "A Valentine Rose" at the Cafe Carlyle
“A Valentine Rose” is not kid stuff. It’s
“romance, adult style” for singer, songwriter, actor
Amanda McBroom’s debut at the Café Carlyle, bringing
a zesty lineup of music delivered with perception and humor
(“I feel like I’m in Rhonda Fleming’s living
room!”) McBroom, a stylish, outgoing, upbeat performer, chooses some of the best from standard songwriters like Dorothy
Fields, Sammy Cahn and Jacques Brel. She also adds numerous
original songs that reach out and touch love’s various
facets. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
J. Bufford Sings About "Body & Soul"
In her new
show at The Metropolitan Room, “”Body & Soul, ”
Carole J. Bufford walks onto the stage in a slinky, sexy and
sparkling sheath. But that’s not all that sparkles. With
her powerful and at times deeply emotional delivery, Bufford
is like fireworks on the fourth of July. By Paulanne Simmons
hope, the human heart will die, ” Maureen McGovern commented, bringing an evening of hope through her lustrous voice –
a four-octave powerhouse of warmth and clarity – into
a season burdened with difficult and heartbreaking moments.
Animated, she swept onstage and joined her two fine accompanists, Jay Leonhart on bass and musical director, Jeff Harris, with
buoyant jazz flavoring in a songbook of holiday tunes and optimistic
standards. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Claus is Coming
Whether it’s Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanza, just celebrate!
Celebrate something -- life, good health, each other. That’s
the advice from theater and cabaret favorite, Karen Mason. If
this year has dealt you some nasty turns, or if your holidays
are on the blue side or this is a stressful season over-crammed
with gift-giving and must-do’s, here’s a solution.
Get yourself to 54 Below, order a drink, sit back and listen
to Karen Mason, an unaffected, affable powerhouse actress/singer
with a voice that will shoot up your spirits. She will take
you to a place where effervescence bubbles up like champagne.
Her salute to the season, “Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!”
is the best approach to curing the blues and blahs. By Elizabeth
Time Is Now, with Larry Kerchner
Times change but human sentiments remain. From Cole Porter to
Dolly Parton, the best songwriters are craftsmen who fit expansive
universal feelings to music in a straightforward way. They appeal
to the man in the street. They stamp the zeitgeist of jubilation, fury, romance, heartbreak, humor, depression, treasured memories
and secret dreams of everyday people. Some songs linger on to
become standards that touch audiences for years and even generations.
By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Nice to Come Home To
At the Café Carlyle, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey, the jazz world’s Bogie and Bacall, cool and simmering
at the same time, are examining concepts of home. With an undercurrent
of suffering from Hurricane Sandy’s destruction resonating
even in the posh Café Carlyle, their sophisticated exploration
could not be more timely or universal. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
DeSare with "Making Love Songs"
“This show is all about love, ” declared Tony DeSare, and with his piano pizzazz, velvet vocals and songwriting savvy, he brought a vivacious “Wow!” to his eclectic new
songbook, “Making Love Songs, ” at 54 Below. He turned
the phrase, “All About Love, ” into a jaunty opening
song, a window to an hour of well-crafted standards, show tunes, and sharp originals. Just after his opener, De Sare and his
quartet – Mike Klopp on drums, bassist Steve Doyle and
Edward Decker strumming hard and fast on guitar – raced
into a vigorous, “Somebody Loves Me, ” written by
1924 by George Gershwin. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Andreas is "Bemused, Bothered and Bewildered"
Calling a show “Bemused” (or is it “be-mused”?)
might evoke some bother and bewilderment in Christine Andreas’
54 Below audience. After a rhythmic, jazz-styled opener, “Get
Happy, ” Andreas explained that the reason for the title
was a play on words, reading “bemused, ” as “to
be mused, ” the musical click that happens when just the
right singer and just the right songwriter click. By Elizabeth
with Andrea Marcovicci
After 25 years as the bright star of the Algonquin Hotel’s
Oak Room holiday season, Andrea Marcovicci has moved uptown
to the posh Café Carlyle. Before a sparkling opening
night audience, taut and radiant in a glittering platinum backless
gown, and despite an edgy political atmosphere, this eternal
romantic strolled in strumming a ukulele to, “It’s
Only a Paper Moon” and “Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries.”
Recession or not, she makes us believe in the power of a smile.
By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
AND EXHIBITIONS AROUND TOWN IN MAY, 2014
Kevin Murphy & Laurence OKeefes HEATHERS:
The Musical, Robert L. Freeman & Steven Lutvaks A GENTLEMANS
GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, Robert Sternin & Prudence Frasers
UNDER MY SKIN, James MacMillans "SINCE IT WAS THE DAY
OF PREPARATION" Religious Caution Advised, Richard Brinsley
Sheridans THE RIVALS, Christian Rizzos Lyon Opera
Ballet in ni fleurs, ni ford mustang Unrate able; Not Unbeat able,
Jeff Blumenkrantzs MOVING RIGHT ALONG: The World of Jeff
Blumenkrantz, David Langs battle hymns, Anthony Giardinas
THE CITY OF CONVERSATION, Terry Teachouts SATCHMO AT THE
WALDORF, ISHs Amsterdam Inspired HYPERISH, Anton Dudley
& Stephanie DiMaggios 17 ORCHARD POINT, Gardner McKays
SEA MARKS, Carole J. Brufords SHADES OF BLUE, Jon Robin
Baitzs THE SUBSTANCE OF FIRE, BAM & Brooklyns
DANCE AFRICA FESTIVAL, Gene Ionescos THE KILLER, A Story
of Two Museums: An Ethnographic Exhibition, The Poetry of Parmigianinos
"Schiava Turca", ENGLIGHTENMENT & BEAUTY: Sculptures
by Houdon & Clodion, THE POWER OF WORDS & IMAGES IN A
WORLD AT WAR, URS FISCHER, LAUNCHPAD FOR THE AMERICAN THEATRE:
The ONeill Since 1964, CHARLES JAMES: Beyond Fashion, THE
PRE RAPHAELITE LEGACY: British Art & Design, LOST KINGDOMS:
Hindu Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia
TO GARP: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection,
A DIALOGUE WITH NATURE: Romantic Landscapes from Britain &
Germany, MIRACLES IN MINIATURE: The Art of the Master of Claude
de France, Rembrandt Now On Line at the Morgan: Study His Etchings
in the Privacy of Your Own Home!, MULTIPLE EXPOSURES: Jewelry
& Photography, HOMEFRONT & BATTLEFIELD: Quilts & Context
in the Civil War, SPRING MASTERS NEW YORK.
for The Month of April 2014
Ted Shen's A SECOND CHANCE, Lanie Robertson's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S
BAR & GRILL, Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey's IF/THEN, Woody
Allen's BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, John Steinbeck's OF MICE &
MEN, David Ives' THE HEIR APPARENT, Bert Brecht & Kurt Weill's
THE THREEPENNY OPERA, Scott Z. Burns & Steven Soderburgh's
THE LIBRARY, Will Eno's THE REALISTIC JONESES, Kander, Ebb, &
Masteroff's CABARET, Kander & Ebb's CABARET, Jeanine Tesori
& Brian Crawley's VIOLET, Martin McDonagh's THE CRIPPLE OF
INISHMAAN, John Cameron Mitchcell & Stephen Trask's HEDWIG
& THE ANGRY INCH, Harvey Fierstein's CASA VALENTINA, Eric
Coble's THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN, Stephen Cole's INVENTING MARY
MARTIN: The Revue of a Lifetime, Charles Ludlam's THE MYSTERY
OF IRMA VEP: A Penny Dreadful, Jules Massenet's CENDRILLON, David
Grimm's TALES OF RED VIENNA, DON JUAN, OR, THE WAGES OF DEBAUCHERY,
Robert Sickinger & Alaric Jans' NICHOLAS NICKLEBY: A New Musical,
James Lapine's Adaptation of Moss Hart's ACT ONE, Joseph Haydn's
Report for The Humana Festival of March April 2014, THIS WAS
THE HUMANA THAT WAS, Big Bucks for Playwriting! American Theatre
Loves the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust!, ATCA!
Why Not Honor Designers, as Well as Playwrights? Here's a Modest
Proposal:, Ted Talk Therapy for FACTA Board Members?, Meanwhile,
Back To The Panels: Thinking About Social Media--Learning to
Twitter & to Tweet, A Panel to Remember: The Art of Collective
Invention--Who Needs a Playwright?, Not Inhumane, but also Not
Humana: Darting Across Main Street to the Whiskey Lofts, Welcome
to Baron's Theatre in What Once Was Squirrelly's Magic Tea Room!,
Diana Grisanti & Steve Moulds' THE STRANGER & LUDLOW
QUINN, And Now for Actors Theatre Louisville & The 38th
Humana Festival of New American Plays!, Kimber Lee's brownsville
song (b side for tray), Dorothy Fortenberry's PARTNERS, SITI's
STEEL HAMMER, Lucas Hnath's THE CHRISTIANS, Jordan Harrison's
THE GROWN UP, A Commissioned Committee's REMIX 38, The So Called
TEN MINUTE PLAYS:, Rachel Bonds' WINTER GAMES, Jason Gray Platt's
SOME PREPARED REMARKS (A History in Speech), Gregory Hischak's
The Bard’s ANTONY & CLEOPATRA / Quiara Alegría
Hudes’ THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST / Henrik Ibsen’s
A DOLL’S HOUSE / Marsha Norman & Jason Robert Brown’s
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY / David Henry Hwang’s KUNG
FU / Jean Paul Sartre’s NO EXIT / Sarah Ruhl’s STAGE
KISS / Red China’s THE RED DRESS / Robert Askin’s
HAND TO GOD / Will Eno’s THE OPEN HOUSE / Randy Sharp’s
NOTHING ON EARTH CAN HOLD HOUDINI / Chris Marlowe or Will Shakespeare’s
MEASURE FOR MEASURE / Polly Pen & Victor Lodato’s
ARLINGTON / Disney’s ALADDDIN / Robert Schenkkan’s
ALL THE WAY / LIFE INTERNATIONAL/ 19 FEBRUARY 1968/p. 36: /
GUEST COLUMN by Glenn Loney - Another View of LBJ / Sly Stallone,
Tommy Meehan, Stephen Flaherty, & Lynn Ahrens’ ROCKY
/ Terrence McNalley’s MOTHERS & SONS / Victor Hugo’s
Musicalized LES MISÉRABLES / Casus’ KNEE DEEP /
Chris Marlowe, Ben Jonson, or Will Shakespeare’s KING
LEAR / Branden Jacobs Jenkins’ APPROPRIATE / Brian Richard
Mori’s HELLMAN V. MCCARTHY / Cirque du Soleil’s
AMALUNA / John Van Druten’s I REMEMBER MAMA / Lorraine
Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN / Scott Siegel’s
BROADWAY BY THE YEAR - The Broadway Musicals of 1940-64.
Will Shakespeare or Chris Marlowe’s KING LEAR, Clare Coss’
DR. DuBOIS & MISS OVINGTON, John Patrick Shanley’s
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, Barry & Liz Peak’s PHILOSOPHY FOR
GANGSTERS, Donald Margulies’ DINNER WITH FRIENDS, Greg
Edwards & Andy Sandberg’s CRAVING FOR TRAVEL, Juilliard
& the Met Opera Present A CONCERT OF COMIC OPERAS, Eric
Simonson’s BRONX BOMBERS, Benjamin Britten’s BILLY
BUDD [High Winds/Deep Snow], Bob Marley’s THREE LITTLE
BIRDS, Nilo Cruz’s SOTTO VOCE, Caryl Churchill’s
LOVE & INFORMATION, Carole King & Friends’ BEAUTIFUL:
The Carole King Musical, John Van Druten’s LONDON WALL,
Thomas Keneally & Larry Kirwan’s TRANSPORT, Charles
Busch’s THE TRIBUTE ARTIST, Douglas Lackey’s DAYLIGHT
PRECISION: An American Tragedy,
David Rossmer & Steve Rosen’s THE OTHER JOSH COHEN,
Scott Siegel’s BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: Broadway Musicals
of 1915 1939, Paddy Chayefsky’s MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, At
the Juilliard School: JUILLIARD ORCHESTRA Conducted by Hans
Graf [Austrian] &BEYOND CARMINA BURANA: Carl Orff Commentaries
Creating Prometheus & Ein sommernachtstraum…
An Expeditious Expedition to Holy Places in Portugal & España,
Sophie Treadwell's MACHINAL,Scott Siegel's 12th ANNUAL NIGHTLIFE
AWARDS 2014, Bert Brecht's A MAN'S A MAN, Miral Kotb & Crew's
iLUMINATE, Joe Orton's LOOT & THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG
Lionel Bart's OLIVER!, Juilliard Songfest's CELEBRATING BENJAMIN
BRITTEN, August Wilson's HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED, Richard
Nelson's REGULAR SINGING, Wm. Shakespeare or Chris Marlowe's
THE SCOTTISH PLAY, Circus der Sinne's MOTHER AFRICA, Meghan
Kennedy's TOO MUCH, TOO MUCH, TOO MANY, Conor McPherson's THE
NIGHT ALIVE, James Lapine & William Finn's LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE,
Gertie Stein & Virgil Thomson's THE MOTHER OF US ALL, Lillian
Hellman's THE CHILDREN'S HOUR, Robert Wilson's THE LIFE &
DEATH OF MARINA ABRAMOVIC, Phoebe Legere's SHAKESPEARE &
ELIZABETH I: The Reality Show, The Czech American Marionette's
THE REPUBLIC, OR, MY DINNER WITH SOCRATES, Riabko & Seltzer's
WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT:Bacharach Reimagined, Opera Feroce's MAGDALENE'S
DILEMMA & CEREMONY OF CAROLS [Not Rated], Madeleine George's
THE [CURIOUS CASE OF THE] WATSON INTELLIGENCE, Samuel Taylor
Coleridge's THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, Sean O'Casey's
JUNO & THE PAYCOCK, George Bernard Shaw's SAINT JOAN, Mark
Rubinstein, Brett Haylock & et al's LA SOIRÉE, Martha
Clarke's CHERI, Amanda Peet's THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA, Stevie
Holland Sings Cole Porter's Songs in LOVE, LINDA: The Life of
Mrs. Cole Porter & Chris Marlowe or Will Shakespeare's HAMLET.
Carlo Colla & Sons Marionette Company's SLEEPING BEAUTY,
Guimarães & Delgaudio's NOTHING TO HIDE, Shakespeare,
Marlowe, Bacon, or Queen Elizabeth I's RICHARD III, Bill Shakespeare,
Chris Marlowe, or Frank Bacon's TWELFE NIGHT, At the CUNY Grad
Center: Celebrating BAM & Beyond…, The Collegiate
Chorale Concert at Carnegie: Arrigo Boito's MEFISTOFELE, Rupert
Holmes' Adaptation of the Best Selling Novel by John Grisham:
A TIME TO KILL, Wallace Shawn's GRASSES OF A THOUSAND COLORS
[OXOXO], Un Authorized New German Version of Prof. Dr. Ibsen's
AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, Bruce Norris' DOMESTICATED, August &
Lippa's BIG FISH, Merle Good's THE PREACHER & THE SHRINK,
At Alice Tullly Hall: THE JUILLIARD ORCHESTRA, Rhythmic Circus'
FEET DON'T FAIL ME NOW, Marlane Meyer's THE PATRON SAINT OF
SEA MONSTERS, Julie Taymor's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Harold
Pinter's NO MAN'S LAND, Samuel Beckett's WAITING FOR GODOT,
Georg Frideric Händel's RADAMISTO, Lemieux Pilon 4D's LA
BELLE ET LA BÊTE, World Premiere of Terrence McNally's
AND AWAY WE GO, MSM's Opera Scenes: LOVE & OTHER MISTAKES,
Dennis Kelley's TAKING CARE OF BABY, Vladimir Jurowsky Conducts
Juilliard Orchestra in EARLY SHOSTAKOVICH, Mark St. Germain's
BECOMING DR. RUTH, Jack Viertel's Concept, with Wynton Marsalis'
Cotton Club Collaging: AFTER MIDNIGHT &Freedman & Lutvak's
A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER.
Chiori Miyagawa's I CAME TO LOOK FOR YOU ON TUESDAY,Randy Johnson's
A NIGHT WITH JANICE JOPLIN, Belvoir & JM Barrie's PETER
PAN, Stephen Stahl's LADY DAY, Will Power's FETCH CLAY, MAKE
MAN, Thomas Lanier Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE, The Bard of
Avon's ROMEO & JULIET [Not Seen In Full, Owing to MTA Delays],
Mario Fratti's THE VATICAN KNOWS, Terence Rattigan's THE WINSLOW
BOY, Jon Robin Baitz's THE FILM SOCIETY, David Dorfman's COME,
AND BACK AGAIN, Sharr White's SNOW GEESE, Kron & Tesori's
FUN HOME, Mike Daisey's THE SECRET WAR, Harold Pinter's BETRAYAL,
Zimmerman & de Perrot's HANS WAS HEIRI, Donald Margulies'
THE MODEL APARTMENT, The Foundry Theatre's GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN,
TR Warszawa & Teatr Narodny's NOSFERATU, Kinosian &
Blair's MURDER FOR TWO, Making Music at the Manhattan School
of Music in October, The MSM Chamber Sinfonia on 16 October,
The American String Quartet on 20 October, The MSM Celebrates
Verdi & Wagner on 24 October &The MSM Symphony on 25
Shlomo Carlebach & Nina Simone's SOUL DOCTOR, Luis Bravo's
FOREVER TANGO, Lauren Yee's THE HATMAKER'S WIFE, Winsberg, Zachary,
& Weiner's FIRST DATE, Lee Blessing's A USER'S GUIDE TO
HELL, FEATURING BERNARD MADOFF, Ralph Lee's Mettawee River Theatre's
TALIESIN, Matt Charman's THE MACHINE, Bill Shakespeare &
Public Works' THE TEMPEST,
Janet Behan's BRENDAN AT THE CHELSEA, Regina Taylor's stop.
reset., Mike Daisey's ALL THE FACES OF THE MOON [Not Rated,
as Only Two Faces were seen…], George Kelly's PHILIP GOES
FORTH, Ethan Coen's WOMEN OR NOTHING, Sam Beckett's WAITING
FOR GODOT--In Yiddish, Yet Already, William Inge's NATURAL AFFECTION,
Elevator Repair Service's ARGUENDO, Lucy Thurber's SCARCITY,
Tennesse Williams' THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY, Turnage & Thomas'
ANNA NICOLE, Bill Shakespeare's ROMEO & JULIET, GB Shaw's
YOU NEVER CAN TELL, Anne Washburn's MR. BURNS, A Post Electric
Play, Horton Foote's THE OLD FRIENDS, Robert del Naja &
Adam Curtis' MASSIVE ATTACK VS ADAM CURTIS &Scott Siegel's
BROADWAY UNPLUGGED 2013.
Bayreuth Wagner Festival 2013
THIS WAS THE BAYREUTH WAGNER FESTIVAL THAT WAS..., Closed for
Restorations: Haus Wahnfried & Margravine Wilhelmine's Baroque
Opera House, Richard Wagner's LOHENGRIN, Richard Wagner's DER
Richard Wagner's DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN, WAGNER FOR KIDS &
KINDER: ON BOARD WITH TRISTAN & THAT IRISCHE KIND.
Report for The Bregenz Festival of July/August 2013, Austria's
President Dr. Heinz Fischer Invokes the Festival Theme: Toward
the Light, WA Mozart's DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, André Tchaikowsky's
DER KAUFMANN VON VENEDIG , Speaking & Singing Shakespeare's
Less Loved Sonnets.
Munich Festival of June/July 2013
THIS WAS THE MUNICH FESTIVAL THAT WAS…, Kander & Ebb's CABARET,
Giuseppe Verdi's SIMON BOCCANEGRA, Giuseppe Verdi's RIGOLETTO,
Richard Wagner's TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Richard Wagner's SIEGFRIED,
Get a Lump of Rheingold…, Now for The Valkyries: DIE WALKÜRE,
Modest Mussorgsky's BORIS GODUNOV, George Benjamin's WRITTEN
Are You Ready for the End of Times? The Man of Steel Certainly
Is!, A Regional Theatre TONY for Boston's Huntington Theatre
& a Brilliant Play Production., Gina Gionfriddo's RAPTURE,
BLISTER, BURN, NC Hunter's A PICTURE OF AUTUMN, Rod McLachlan's
GOOD TELEVISION, Rosen, Saxe, & Moore's VENICE, Moe Angelos'
SONTAG: REBORN, Early Music in Boston: Baroque Opera & Other
Treats for The Music Critics of North America., Georg Frideric
Händel's ALMIRA, Charpentier's LA DESCENT D'ORPHÉE
AUX ENFERS & LA COURONNE DE FLEURS, Jenny Schwartz' SOMEWHERE
FUN, Steven Levenson's THE UNAVOIDABLE DISAPPEARANCE OF TOM
DURNIN , Richard Greenberg's FAR FROM HEAVEN, Neil Benjamin's
THE EXPLORER'S CLUB, Bronson Howard's THE HENRIETTA, John Guare's
THREE KINDS OF EXILE Not Seen, So No Rating, James Joyce's adapted
GIBRALTAR, Neil LaBute's REASONS TO BE HAPPY, Thomas Lanier
Williams' THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY Performances Cancelled, Chris
Marlowe or Bill Shakespeare's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, MORE PASSING
GLANCES AT THE MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, & SPECIAL EVENTS, More
Broken Records at Christie's Auction House: $21 Million Plus
for Latin American Art!, Sensation on Sunset! Mrs. Sidney Sheldon's
Doll Collection Up for Auction at Bonhams LA!, Bulletin Just
In from the LA Sale!, Israeli Pride Day Parade on Fifth Avenue
Blocks the M1, M2, M3, M4 & M72 at 72nd Street, Le Corbusier
at MoMA: An Architectural Life's Work on Parade--with Models
Galore!, At Christie's, Two Million Dollars for an Egyptian
Bronze Cat--But No Kitty Litter, Ship Ahoy! Set Sail for Bonhams
Fine Maritime Paintings & Full Speed Ahead!, Even in Death,
Richard Artschwager Is Still with The Whitney Museum of American
Art!, Amazements at the Park Avenue Armory: Do Your Really Want
To See Snow White Get Raped?, Triple Play at the Met: Bronze
Boxer, Sculptor Ken Price, & Five Centuries of Decorative
Arts!, Let's Hear It for Ken Price, Maker of Colorful Blobs!,
Down into the Met Vaults for Some Centuries Old Furniture Designs
& Room Interiors, Celebrating Children's Books at the NYPL's
Steven Schwarzman Marble Palace, Federico Garcia Lorca: Back
Tomorrow, Poet in New York, Let's Try Another Alteration on
that Print Plate: Mary Cassatt at Work in Paris, William Shakespeare:
From Stratford Upon Avon to the NYPL--But Only for a Day, Edward
Armitage, RA, at Hirschl & Adler: Where Are My Ancestor's
Crimean War Corpses?, The Oldest Library in New York City Shows
Its Rarities in Extraordinary Gifts., Bulletin from Ben Katchor!
When You Are on Ben's E Mail List, You Never Know What's Next,
Let's Hear It for Contemporary Canopic Jars! Forget about the
Pharaohs, Laying Down the Law: Alma Law's Amazing Archive of
Russian Theatre Incunabula at Bonhams!, More Broken Records
at Christie's! Tiffany Lamp Shades Always Popular!, At the Met
Museum: Run of the Mill Photographs from 1969 to Now: Everyday
Epiphanies, Ancient Persian Epiphanies: The Cyrus Cylinder &
the Rise & Fall of Dynasties
Mark Nadler's I'M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF, Leos Janácek's
THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, JM Barrie's THIS SIDE OF NEVERLAND,
Richard Foreman's OLD FASHIONED PROSTITUTES (A True Romance),
David Bruce & Glyn Maxwell's THE FIREWORK MAKER'S DAUGHTER,
Stephen Sondheim's SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM: A Musical Entertainment,
Jason Robert Brown's THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Julia Jordan &
Juliana Nash's MURDER HEART BALLAD, David Willinger's Version
of Saroyan's Rock Wagram, Now Known as THE UPPER LIP, Richard
Nelson's NIKOLAI & THE OTHERS, Ernest Abuba's DOJOJI: The
Man Inside the Bell, Conor McPherson's THE WIER, Henrik Ibsen's
THE MASTER BUILDER, Bertolt Brecht's Der Caucasischen Kreiderkreis,
Tom Attea's BENEDICTUS, Mark Brown's Version of Jules Verne's
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, Does Matthew Barney need a Restraining
Order? Morgan Library Offers Subliming Vessel, Press Preview
at Christie's: When Did Picasso Find Time for Love & So
Many Ceramic Plates?, At the Whitney: I, YOU, WE…, New
Sales Records at Bonhams & Christies, At the Jewish Museum:
Long Dead Appropriation Artist Jack Goldstein Has Vinyl Disks
On View!, At Grand Central Terminal: The Grand Centennial Parade
of Trains!, More Millions Paid at Manhattan Auctions: Christie's
& Bonhams Keep Setting Records!, Meanwhile, Over at Christie's:
Impressionist & Modern Art Win Totals of $158 Million!,
Saving Wildlife & The Environment with Leonardo DiCaprio's
11th Hour Auction, At the Met Museum: Land Marks on the Wall--Blood
on the Roof!, Nothing of Jeff Koons, of Bamboo, or Simply Monumental
on the Met's Roof: Blood Patterns, Not Pin the Tail on the Donkey,
But Search for the Unicorn at the Met's Cloisters!, The Last
Supper at the Morgan: Celebration of the Holy Eucharist in Medieval
Manuscripts, At the Met Museum: More About the War Beween the
States--American Art & The Civil War: Including Generous
Lendings from the Museum of The Confederacy, Located in Virginia!,
Paul Krugman at the CUNY Graduate Center, That Place with the
Upside Down Flags, Tribal Arts Week at Bonhams: Not the Whole
Canoe, Only the Prow!, All Time World Record for Art Auction
Sales Set at Christie's: $638.6 Million!, At the Whitney: Hopper
Drawings & David Hockney: The Jugglers, David Hockney Shows
his Jugglers Video on Floor Two of the Whitney!, New Ways of
Thinking about Contemporary Portraiture on the Whitney's First
Floor!, More World Records Shattered at Christie's: $828.8 Million
Finds Safe Haven in Artworks!, Tour the Morgan Library/Museum
on Your Cell Phone, Thanks to Google's Art Project!, Monster
Show at Met Museum of Old Masters: From 1300 AD To 1800 CE--Out
of the Vaults!, Kolo Moser at the Neue Galerie: Die Wiener Werkstätte
Lives Again!, Theatre Folk at Sardi's OCC Get Together: Cicely
Tyson, Nathan Lane, Andrea Martin, & Others!, NY Philharmonic
at St. John the Divine: Not as Tough as Being a Canterbury Pilgrim,
At the Morgan Library/Museum: Old Masters, Newly Acquired, More
Museum Notes: American Folk Art's Innovative Former Home Facing
Destruction, While Its Palazzo del Mondo Is Off To the Venice
Biennale!, End of Month Auction House Sales Results: Bonhams
& Christie's Break Records Again.
Annual Awards: Outer Critics Circle Announce 2012 13 Season
Nominees / THE 37th HUMANA FESTIVAL: Showcasing New Plays on
Main Street in Louisville / Theatre Journalism & Drama Criticism
Re Invent Themselves in the Digital Age! / THE PANEL: Charting
the Course: New Play Directors in Conversation / A Big Kentucky
Welcome To the Humana Festival: Greetings! / Branden Jacobs
Jenkins’ APPROPRIATE / Mallery Avidon’s O GURU GURU
GURU, or why I don’t want to go to Yoga Class with you
/ Jeff Augustin’s CRY OLD KINGDOM / Sam Marks’ THE
DELLING SHORE / Will Eno’s GNIT Minus Stars / Rinnie Grof,
Lucas Hnath & Anne Washburne’s SLEEP ROCK THY BRAIN
/ THE FAMOUS HUMANA TEN MINUTE PLAYS / Sarah Ruhl’s TWO
CONVERSATIONS OVERHEARD ON AIRPLANES / Emily Schwend’s
HALFWAY / Jonathan Josephson’s 27 WAYS I DIDN’T
SAY "HI" TO LAURENCE FISHBURNE / Re-fighting the Civil
War at the Met Museum: But in Vintage Photos / Not with Pot
Shots / Islamic Art: Making the Invisible Visible-- / SALVAGING
THE PAST: Georges Hoentschel & French Decorative Arts from
the Met Museum / CONFLUENCES: An American Expedition to Northern
Burma, 1935 / At the Leslie & Lohman Museum: Paul Thek &
His Circle in the 1950s / At the Met Museum: Diego Velázquez’
Portrait of Duke Francesco I d’Este / At MoMA: CLAES OLDENBURG--Seminal
Works: The Street, The Store & the Mouse Museum! / At the
Galerie St. Etienne: FACE TIME: Self & Identity in Expressionist
Portraiture / Sam Maloof at Bonham’s: Iconic Rocking Chair
Sells for $43, 750! / Meanwhile, Over at Christie’s in
Rock Center: the delighted eye Sets Man Ray Record! / The Show
of Shows over at the Park Avenue Armory: The Annual NY Antiquarian
Book Fair / Bill Irwin & David Shiner’s OLD HATS /
Mark Janas & DISCOVER OPERA!’s MUSILDA / Roald Dahl’s
MATILDA / THE MUSICAL / Tanya Barfield’s THE CALL / CRUNCH
WEEK FOR THE OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE / Berry Gordy’s MOTOWN
/ Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE / Richard Greenberg’s
THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES / David Byrne & Fatboy Slim’s
HERE LIES LOVE / Frank Wildhorn & Leslie Bricusse’s
JEKYLL & HYDE / Alan Cumming’s MACBETH / Lyle Kessler’s
ORPHANS / Clifford Odets’ THE BIG KNIFE / Colm Toibin’s
THE TESTAMENT OF MARY / Horton Foote’s THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
/ John Logan’s I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A Chat with Sue
Mengers / Stephen Schwartz’s PIPPIN / At Christie’s:
The Power of Pink: The Princie Diamond Sells for $39, 323, 750
/ Speaking of Christie’s: How About $5 Million+ for Russian
Works of Art? / Building the Blue Box--with White Ribbon--over
the Rock Center Skating Rink! / Silent Stone Sentinels Stand
Tall Behind Rock Center’s Blue Box / August Strindberg’s
THE DANCE OF DEATH / Jacques Offenbach’s LA PÉRICHOLE
/ Five Major New Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum / Bright
Orange Walls for the Delicate Watercolors of John Singer Sargent!
/ What To Do with Old Tin Can Lids! Monumental Works by El Anatsui!
/ Considering Life, Death & Transformation in the Americas
/ Braddock, PA in Decline, Documented by LaToya Ruby Frazier
in A Haunted Capital / From the Archives: Fine Lines: American
Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum. / Not To Worry: There Are
Even More Brooklyn Museum Special Exhibitions On Offer! / Bonhams
& Christie’s Stage Unusual Auctions: / The Treasures
of the Late Larry Hagman, Better Known as JR Ewing, On Sale!
/ How About A Palladian Villa by Michael J. Smith at Christie’s?
/ Bert Brecht & Kurt Weill’s MAHAGONNY / Jonathan
Tolins’ BUYER & CELLAR / Wright & Forrest’s
SONG OF NORWAY
March, 2013 Roundup
Johnny Burke & Robert McEnroe's DONNYBROOK / Liz Flahive's
THE MADRID / Amy Herzog's BELLEVILLE / At the Met Museum, A
Video of NYC Street Scenes, Including the Central Park Wall
on 5th Ave / Let There Be Light at MoMA: Shadow & Light
+ Structure Brought to Light: Photos & Architecture. / Light
Streams into Labrouste's Bibliothèque St Geneviève:
Soaring Cast Iron & Epic Windows! / Lanford Wilson's TALLEY'S
FOLLY / Paul Down Colaizzo's REALLY REALLY / Guillermo Calderón's
NEVA / THE ART SHOW Is 25 Years Old & Going Strong at the
Armory--for the Henry Street Settlement. / Anna Khaja's SHAHEED:
THE DREAM & DEATH OF BENAZIR BHUTTO / Brooklyn Museum Art
Works Win $830, 625 in Christie's First Open Sale! / Andy Warhol
Online Only Sale Achieves Only $2.3 Million / At the Frick:
The Impressionist Line from Degas to Toulouse Lautrec--Art from
the Clark / Go MAD & You Get THE MUSEUM OF THE FUTURE /
Rodgers & Hammerstein & Douglas Carter Beane's CINDERELLA
/ Holland Taylor's ANN / Bill Shakespeare or Chris Marlowe's
HENRY IV, PART I / Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM / David Henry Hwang's
THE DANCE & THE RAILROAD / Craig Lucas' THE LYING LESSON
/ Handsome Thomas Hampson's Masterful Master Class at MSM: Breathe, Don't Belt / A Whale of a Show at the American Museum: Not Barnum's
Version, but Real Natural History! / Annie Baker's THE FLICK
/ Evenings at the Opera: Although Banned at the Met, a Blessed
Reprieve from Belgium! / Charles Gounod's FAUST / Riccardo Zandonai's
FRANCESCA DA RIMINI / Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA / Giuseppe
Verdi's OTELLO / Vit Horejs' KING EXECUTIONER / Karlheinz Stockhausen's
OKTOPHONIE / Wright, Greene, & Anastasio's HANDS ON HARDBODY
/ Lanford Wilson's THE MOUND BUILDERS / More Millions Earned
at Christie's: Asian Art Week Sales Total $80.4 Million! / Futures
at Christie's: Imperial Russian Fabergé & The Collection
of the Duchess of Alba! / Jacques Offenbach's ORPHÉE
AUX ENFERS not rated / Nora Ephron's LUCKY GUY / Richard Greenberg's
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S / Cyndi Lauper & Harvey Fierstein's
February, 2013 Roundup
Now Legal, but You can get High on Theater as well! / Shakespeare
in the Shadow of the Rockies / Don't Mess with My Head! Re Programming
Ed's Memories / THE OUTSIDER ART FAIR 2013: Outlandish/Inlandish
& Almost at The Chelsea Piers / Polish Priest Learns Spanish, While His Orphan Charge Becomes Roller Derby Charger. / At the
Met Museum: A Trio of Mini Exhibitions & a Website Enrichment
/ Blues Lovers & Video Addicts Should Flock To the Whitney
To See & Hear BLUES FOR SMOKE! / It's All About Inheritance:
Who Will Get Big Daddy's Rich Plantation--No Neck Monsters?
/ CAN VENICE BE SAVED? / New MoMA Show: Dieter Roth's Wait, Later This Will Be Nothing / Remarkable Baronial Hall Dominates
Juilliard Production of Marital Misfires Somewhere in Italy.
/ MISS LA LA ALOFT: Edgar Degas' Painting of Black Prussian
Aerialist at Cirque Fernando / GOD HATES FAGS! Did Organized
Religion Help Kill Matthew Shepard? Talking To Locals / Who
Was That Masked Man with That Flowing Black Cape? ZORRO, of
course, But from the UK / For a "Good Time, " Call
The New York City Opera: Oral Sex Onstage / at BAM, Plus 24
Naked Men! / Impressionism & Fashion at the Met! Manet &
Monet were not only into Bustles & Corsets / Marilyn "Jackie"
Horne Conducts a Masterful Master Class at Manhattan School
of Music! / At the Guggenheim: Lots of Food & Lots of Talk
& Talkers about "Art Mapping" in SE Asia / Seven
Ages of Man in Shakespeare, but Five Stages of Women Characters!
/ ANDY WARHOL Art Artifacts Up for On Line Bidding at Christie's!
/ At the Grolier: A Plenitude of Handsome "Little Magazines, "
with Beardsley & Elbert Hubbard / Clockwork Precision Marks
the Cast Work in the Hilarious Revival of Ives' Six Timed Parodies
/ A Largely Overlooked & Forgotten Irish Playwright Gets
a Second / Chance at Mint Theatre. / There's Evil Onstage at
BAM: Governess Battles Ghosts for Possession of Orphan Children
/ Piero Della Francesca in America? When Did He Arrive? How
Did He Get Through Customs? / Trio of New Shows at the Met:
Cambodian Rattan, Plain or Fancy, & Southern Poverty Photos.
/ Muni Art Society Faces New Challenges: After Hurricane Sandy, Sustainability & Livability. / My Old UC/Berkeley Artist/Designer/Friend, Jay DeFeo, Back at the Whitney! / Old Testament Sings Aloud:
Mendelssohn's Elijah Electrifies at the Manhattan School / Ronald
Lauder's "Magnificent Obsession" with German/Austrian
Expressionism at Neue Galerie! / Elite Private School Then &
Now: Making Boys into Men Doesn't Always Work .
January, 2013 Roundup
Peter Brook's THE SUIT, Martin Moran's ALL THE RAGE, DRAWING
SURREALISM: The Art of Drawing as Manifest in the Creation of
Surrealist Ikons, ALBRECHT DÜRER VERY BIG AT CHRISTIE'S: World
Record for His Rhinoceros Woodcut!, Americana Week at Christie's
Totals $15 Million: Edward Hicks' Wm. Penn Fetches $2.5 Million!, RENAISSANCE: Old Masters Week at Christie's, with the Walls
Crowded with Masterpieces!, CHRISTIE'S OLD MASTERS WEEK EARNS
TOTAL OF $88.4 MILLION, William Inge's PICNIC, Ettore Scola, Ruggero Maccari & Gigliola Fantoni's WORKING ON A SPECIAL
DAY, Aaron Posner's Adaptation of Chaim Potok's MY NAME IS ASHER
LEV, FORTUNY Y MADRAZO: An Artistic Legacy, Own a Piece of Tatzu
Nishi? Discovering Columbus Amethyst Velvet, Couch & LED
TV For Sale!
Out with the Arts after Hurricane Sandy
What--in God’s Name--Are We To Do about Acts of God? Will NYC
Survive Another Hurricane?, Tuesday, 6 November 2012, Was Election
Day: If You Think Hurricane Sandy was Traumatic, Whatever Became
of Armistice Day? Veterans’ Day Suggests Our Wars Will Never
Stop, Already, Another Thanksgiving Day--But Still an Unlucky
Day for Big Breasted Turkeys, Nationwide, Ayad Akhtar’s DISGRACED, Neither Snow nor Sleet nor Hurricane Sandy Kept Fine Print Dealers
from the Armory Show!, Charlie Strouse, Tommy Meehan, &
Marty Charnin’s ANNIE, Tony Chekhov’s IVANOV, James McManus’
BLOOD BROTHERS, Three Chaffers & a Cragin’s SON OF A GUN, Beatrix Potter at the Morgan: How About Getting a Letter with
Peter Rabbit Looking Out at You!, August Strindberg’s THE STRONGER
& CASPER’S FAT TUESDAY, Richard Nelson’s SORRY, Aurelian
Bory’s SANS OBJET, The French Take Over the Park Avenue Armory
for The Salon: Art & Design!, Andy Warhol Artifacts Cram
Christie’s Galleries, Plus Big Bucks for Impressionism &
Modernism., Talk About Tax Cuts for The Rich! Sales Totals at
Christies for the Warhol Week: $525 Million, Michael John LaChiusa’s
GIANT, Kev & Wil B’s BLACK VIOLIN, Forget Pearl Harbor!
Celebrate the Post War Transformation of Tokyo as an Avant Garde
Nexus!, Out of the Ashcan & Onto Museum Walls: George Bellows, Graduate of the Ashcan School, Concealed Compartments? Roentgen
Desks & Cabinets Are Crammed With Trick Drawers, Tommy Meehan
& Chris Curtis’ CHAPLIN, Eve Ensler’s EMOTIONAL CREATURE, Daniele Finzi Pasca’s DONKA: A LETTER TO CHEKHOV, Joshua Elias
Harmon’s BAD JEWS, Ivo van Hove’s Modernised Shakespeare/Marlowe
ROMAN TRAGEDIES, Bruce Graham’s THE OUTGOING TIDE, Celebrating
Aromas at MAD: The Art of Scent--1889 2012, Charles Morey’s
FIGARO, Christopher Durang’s VANYA & SONIA & MASHA &
SPIKE, August Wilson’s THE PIANO LESSON, Linda Christian Sells
for Half a Million Dollars: Formerly "Lost" Diego
Rivera Portrait at Christie’s!, Kathie Lee Gifford & Friends’
SCANDALOUS: The Life & Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, Colorful Canvasses Now On View at the Met Museum: MATISSE: In
Search of True Painting, African Masks Again! Modernists &
Primitives: AFRICAN ART: New York & The Avant Garde., Theresa
Rebeck’s DEAD ACCOUNTS, Joseph Robinette & Jean Shepherd’s
A CHRISTMAS STORY, Ruth & Augustus Goetz’s Adaptation of
Henry James’s Washington Square: THE HEIRESS, American Masterworks
in the Bohemian National Home, Near the New Second Ave Subway, More Records Broken at Christie’s Auction House: Edward Hopper
Sold for $9.5 Million On Line!, Food Over the Ages & Around
the World: But No Ethnic Eats Mornings: Global Kitchen at AMNH., Bogart & Clarke’s THE TROJAN WOMEN (After Euripides), David
Henry Huang’s GOLDEN CHILD, "Mad" King Ludwig II of
Bavaria Will Be Back in Richard Wagner’s Wahnfried Villa This
At the Frick: Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from the
Courtauld in London, BASHFORD DEAN & THE CREATION OF THE
ARMS & ARMOUR DEPARTMENT!, Also At the Met Museum: Bernini
in the Basement!, At MoMA: ALINA SZAPOCZNIKOW: Sculpture Undone, 1955 1972, Birdhead, Zoe Crosher, Shirana Shahbazi & Michele
Abeles, Amazement at the Whitney: WADE GUYTON OS, Craig Wright's
GRACE, Ed Rostand's CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Gene Ionesco's RHINOCEROS, Mario Fratti's SUICIDE CLUB & THREE SISTERS & A PRIEST, Steven Cosson & Michael Friedman's PARIS COMMUNE, From Salvation
Army Soup Kitchen to Performing Arts Powerhouse: Thank you, Hugh Hardy!, Dark Doings in the Dark Room: FAKING IT: Manipulated
Photography before Photoshop, ROBERT WILSON/PHILIP GLASS: Einstein
on the Beach, DÜRER TO DE KOONING: 100 Master Drawings from
Munich, JOSEF ALBERS IN AMERICA: Painting on Paper, Stephen
Belber's DON'T GO GENTLE, At the Asia Society: CHINA CLOSE UP
All Year Long!, BOUND UNBOUND: Lin Tianmiao--The Obsessive Thread
Binder, Simon Stephens' HARPER REGAN, Circolombia's URBAN, Deanna
Jent's FALLING, WW II & NYC: How New York City Helped Defeat
the Japs & the Nazis!, The Hudson River School returns to
Central Park West!, A Brief Brush with Daniel Brush at MAD:
Gold/Silver/Diamonds--Blue Steel/Gold Light, Sitting in Chris
Columbus' Sitting Room on Columbus Circle!, Pigpen Theatre's
THE OLD MAN & THE OLD MOON, Brian Friel's LOVERS, Colman
Domingo's WILD WITH HAPPY, Joe Papp Would Have Been Proud!, Ernie Lubitsch'sTHE LOVES OF PHARAOH, Daisy Foote's HIM, Teddy
Roosevelt Rides Again! $40 Million Restoration of Memorial &
North American Mammals!, Edvard Munch Screams Again at MoMA:
Only On Loan for Six Months! Otherwise, Oslo!, The Art of Richard
Artschwager Pre empts an Entire Floor at Whitney Museum!, At
the Guggenheim: Picasso's Black & White Artworks, Plus:
Looking Ahead at Guggenheim Museums Worldwide, The Builders
Association's HOUSE/DIVIDED, Millionaires Buy Treasures of Other
Millionaires at Christie's: Artworks & Furniture Recycled!, Not Porn! Anxiety Rather Than Arousal: Egon Schiele's Women
at Galerie St. Etienne, Edward Albee's Steppenwolf WHO'S AFRAID
OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, Theatre Rites' MOJO, Brian Freel's THE FREEDOM
OF THE CITY, Hurricane Watch: Vintage Vincent Van Gogh Portrait
On Loan at the Frick Collection!
Back from a summer's round of European festivals, Glenn Loney
offers September's Show Notes and brief observations on museum
& gallery shows.
Wagner Festival in Historic Bayreuth in July-August 2012
Wagner für Kinder: Die Meistersinger as a Chalk Talk—with
Outstanding Actor/Singers!, The Dutchman Flies, But Without
Tattoos: Holländer as a Tempest in an Electric Fan Factory!, Don’t Get Bit by the Rats! Running to the Rathaus Won’t
Save Either Elsa or Lohengrin!, Genetic Engineering Gone Wrong
& Plucked Swans?, Human Excrement Powers Big Bio Energie
Machine as Art Installation Setting for Tannhauser!, This Is
a Place Holder for the Exclusive Interview with Festival Intendant
Katharina Wagner!, Look Where It Comes Again! Tristan as Recreation
Director on the Andrea Doria: Isolde On Deck!, Tristan und
Isolde:, For the Very Last Time: Stefan Herheim’s Magical
Fantastical Parsifal…, German History socio-politically
reprised in "Parsifal"…Or an Opera about a Big
Bed in the Middle of Haus Wahnfried?, Coming Soon to the Green
Hill: A New RING by Frank Castorf! But Will 2013 Be Unlucky?
This is the Bodensee Festival that was…, Polish Science
Fiction of the Early 1960s—SOLARIS: From Films To Opera!, Is there intelligent life on other planets?, Look Where It
Comes Again! André Chénier Returns To The Great
Lake Stage on The Bodensee!, Let’s Hear It for Schubert!
Orchestral Concert am Bodensee, David Pountney into the Sunset:
New Bregenz Intendant out of the Rising Sun!, America’s
Ed Ruscha at Kunst Haus Bregenz & Other Optical Treats…, Angelika Kauffmann Lives On in Schloss Schwarzenberg!, In
Luzern, The Dance of Death—or Totentanz—Proves a
Opera Festival 2012
LA CENERENTOLA, LA BOHÈME, TOSCA, MITRIDATE, RÉ
DI PONTO, ANTONIUS UND CLEOPATRA
Farewell to Salzberg, If Not to Arms?
Visual Arts & Museum Shows On View During the Salzburg Festival
2012, The Trapp Family Lives Again at the Panorama: Reality
& The Sound of Music Special Exhibition., At Salzburg’s
MoMA—or Museum der Moderne: John Cage und…, At The
Rupertinum of the Museum der Moderne: Merce Cunningham Dance
Movement Photos!, Celebrating Marcus Sitticus in the Dom Museum, Curtains—on 2 September—for Salzburg’s Barock
Museum in the Mirabel Gardens!, Die Kunst zu Wohnen—Good
Housekeeping in the Late 18th Century…, Sunday, Bloody
Sunday in Salzburg: Not a Creature was Stirring, Only Some Masses
…, See Some of the Austrian Alps!
Dark and Wacky Side of Life
Amoralists proudly present The Gyre, a two play repertory exploring
man's vicious cycles, featuring the World Premiere of Derek
Ahonen's "The Qualification of Douglas Evans", directed
by James Kautz, and the world premiere of Mark Roberts' "Enter
at Forest Lawn", directed by Jay Stull. By Philip Sandstrom.
Sofian Celebrates 35 Years
Anahid Sofian Dance Company celebrated its 35th Anniversary
June 28 and 29, 2014 at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center,
presenting a retrospective of its signature works and works
by guest artists: Nourhan Sharif and Dancers, The Sera Solstice
Ensemble, Souren Baronian Music Ensemble and Carlos Fittante
& Robin Gilbert. By Barney Yates.
Voices: The Art of Supertitles
We are accustomed to speaking about many disciplines of the
performing arts, but the art of supertitles is almost always
overlooked. Althought indispensable to world theater, this art
is under-appreciated. Both mysterious art and art of compromise,
supertitles is, "A way of connecting different cultures,"
according to Mauro Conti of Presscott Studio in Italy. By Claire
and Dancing towards the Heavens.
The newest Wooster Group work directed by: Kate Valk, "Early
Shaker Spirituals" is a performance based on a 1976 LP
of Shaker hymns, marches, anthems, and testimony recorded by
Sister R. Mildred Barker and the sisters of the Shaker community
in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. The show features Cynthia Hedstrom,
Elizabeth LeCompte, Frances McDormand, Suzzy Roche with Matthew
Brown, Modesto Jimenez, Bobby McElver, Bebe Miller, and Andrew
review: Two views of "New Orleans Carnival Krewes: The
History, Spirit & Secrets of Mardi Gras"
Jack Anderson writes: People like to parade. People
like to party. People like to don extravagant or even outlandish
outfits that have nothing to do with the sober stuff they might
choose as workaday attire. People simply like to show off. And
certain communities are celebrated for allowing citizens and
visitors to do just that. One city famous, even notorious, for
revelry is New Orleans, with its balls, parades, and carnivals.
Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday") may literally be only a
single day: the day preceding Ash Wednesday, which opens the
penitential season of Lent. But in New Orleans the Mardi Gras
spirit seizes the city weeks before that and never really leaves
it.Paulanne Simmons adds: Most of all, O'Neill reveals how Mardi
Gras epitomizes the best in New Orleans: the sense of family,
the love of life that comes with food and drink and dress, and
the special magic that are the soul of this great city.
Precision" by Douglas Lackey
Jerry Tallmer, who served in World War
II as a radioman on B-25 bombers, previews "Daylight
Precision" by Douglas Lackey, a play that takes us back
to World War II and into the great controversies involving strategic
bombing. In that war, the U.S. began by avoiding population
centers but ended up destroying them. Lackey shows how the change
came about by tracing the careers of Generals Haywood Hansell
and Curtis ("Bomb them back to the Stone Age") LeMay.
Over 700,000 civilians lost their lives because Hansell lost
his command to LeMay and this play characterizes Hansell as
the unsung tragic hero of World War II. Theater for the New
City presents the provocative history play February 21 to March
16, directed by Alexander Harrington.
in the Body You Have
There are a lot of life's lessons you can learn from productions
of mixed-ability companies, where wheelchairs and crutches are
danced with as partners, props, or conceptual objects d'art.
"The Women's Stories Project," by Kitty Lunn's Infinity
Dance Theater, is one such experience. By Barney Yates.
W. Sandstrom interviews Tere O'Connor about his new work “BLEED”
that is premiering at BAM Fisher in the Fishman Space.
Ich, Kürbisgeist is set in a harsh, quasi-medieval landscape
facing destruction, populated by a community speaking a rigorous,
specific and completely invented language, where each word is
a somewhat-recognizable amalgam of English, Swedish, German
and Sid Caesar. Partly centered on the annual harvest, the work
includes at least 100 pumpkins, with new ones needed for every
performance. By Philip J. Sandstrom.
presents Angelin Preljocaj’s "And then, one thousand
years of peace"
A work inspired by the apocalypse as conjured by St. John in
the Book of Revelations and created with an international team
of collaborations. Interview with Angelin Preljocaj By Philip
first time at La MaMa
Yara Arts Group's "Fire. Water. Night, " conceived
and directed by Virlana Tkacz, was a sudden immersion experience
for me into the international, interdisciplinary forms of theater
that La MaMa is known for. This combination of dance and theatre
based on Ukrainian myth was incredibly dynamic, featuring audience
participation in every facet of the piece. By William Gutierrez.
Jean Stapleton: The Mingling Miracles of Edith Bunker
goodbye to actress Jean Stapleton, best known for playing loveable
wife and mother Edith Bunker on long-running sitcom "All
in the Family." By Jerry Tallmer.
Theatre Rep brings Jean Genet's "The Balcony" to the
Director and performer Rafael De Mussa sets "The Balcony"
against a contemporary backdrop at Horizon Theatre Rep. The
production parallels themes of Genet's play with the current
state of affairs in a world searching for leadership. By Jarrett
With the theater community--at least those who know--in shock
at the news that Michael Feingold had been let go by the Village
Voice, the paper went ahead on day after his furlough with the
2013 Obie Awards with--guess who?--Michael Feingold as emcee.
the Edge: Performance Design in the Divided States of America"
The exhibition “From the Edge, ”currently on display
at La MaMa La Galleria, compiles pictures and work from 37 American
theatrical productions. Commissioned and sponsored by the USITT
(United States Institute for Theater Technology), this exhibition
represented the United States at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial, a world celebration of performance design and theater architecture.
By Adele Bossard
long journey of Bill Donnelly's "The Tenant" from
Seoul to New York
the New City will stage the world premiere of New York-born
and bred playwright, Bill Donnelly's "The Tenant."
The four actor play introduces the character of Lucky Star after
her migration from Korea to New York City. Lucky Star, in arriving
at the doorstep of married superintendents Babe and Sam, is
the catalyst for the events of the play. Interestingly the development
of the play itself mirrors the characters journey, from Seoul, Korea to Manhattan. By Jarrett Lyons.
Sophia Romma delivers a "dramafantasma" of the emigre
experience through quantum verse in Negro Ensemble Company's
Romma began interviewing 11 emigre's last October. All who were
interviewed came from very different backgrounds but were "performers"
in one way or another. Taking these stories and the performance
aspirations into account, Romma sets these autobiographical
stories to stage in "Cabaret Emigre." By Jarrett Lyons.
Jiler's Confessions On Dealing With Ageing
native John Jiler bares his soul on Theater for the New City's
Cabaret Theater stage this October. He performs his "intense
and wild trip" about his dealing with his father's death
as his child was in infancy, and deals with some of the existential
issues that come with it. By Jarrett Lyons.
Many facets of Jean Genet's "The Balcony"
Horizon Theatre Rep's artistic director, Raphael De Mussa and
Off-off Broadway veteran Frank Licato, working together for
the first time, highlight rebellion, iconography and public
image in Jean Genet's "The Balcony." By Jarrett Lyons.
Spark Notes--take your kids to "A For Adultery"
History buffs unite! "A for Adultery, " an unusual
version of "The Scarlet Letter, " will be presented
at the Little Time Square Theatre of Roy Arias Studios and Theaters
September 14 to 30, 2012. It's unusual in that, in our age of
postmodernism, this is a musical that is actually quite faithful
to the Nathaniel
Hawthorne classic. By Jarrett Lyons.
Joshua White Light Show
Philip Sandstrom delves into lighting's psychedelic past as
he interviews Joshua White of the famed Joshua Light Show, known
for ground breaking expressive light shows that first appeared
in the 1960’s at the Filmore East, a live music venue, on 2nd Avenue in New York’s east village that is long
gone. He made an art of this special type of improvised lighting
manipulation that served as a visualization of live music. Harking
back to his original techniques, White sheds some illumination
onto the workings of his Light Show team and talks about how
this team of improvising lighting manipulators will create designs
of the moment, in a collaboration with the improvisatory musical
artists featured in six unique shows at the Skirball Theater
this September, 2012.
theater to explore victim blame--it's an artistic healing tool
Joe Capozzi, a Ridgefield, New Jersey native who was raised
with a "great, middle-class upbringing, " explores
the sexual abuse he was subjected to by a local pastor in his
adolescence. He writes and stars in "For Pete's Sake, "
"an artistic healing tool" that attempts to educate
those who would wonder why and how survivors of sexual abuse
could let the abuse go on and why it is often so hard to come
forward with the truth. By Jarrett Lyons.
Below: It’s Delightful, It’s Delovely, It’s
Deluxe: It’s Broadway’s New Living Room.
Broadway is the name and cabaret is the game. 54 Below is the
new boîte created literally in the underbelly of the legendary
Studio 54, once the disco club in town and now a Broadway theater
featuring Roundabout Theatre Company productions. With major
theatricality going on upstairs, the cabaret below the sidewalk, not associated with Roundabout, evokes a separate aura and a
definite illusion. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
set in Stalin's era premieres at LaGuardia High School
Two Broadway artists and the real-life high school that inspired
the movie "Fame" have put their heads together to
create an opera about artists trying to make a movie musical
in Stalin's Russia. "Life of the Party, " by the husband
and wife team of Nell Benjamin and Lawrence O'Keefe -- known
for their work on the Broadway show "Legally Blond: The
Musical, " as well as "Cam Jansen" and "Sarah, Plain and Tall" for Theaterworks USA -- was written for
New York City's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music &
Art and Performing Arts. Benjamin and O'Keefe said their work
was inspired by an 1997 documentary, "East Side Story, "
about Soviet movie musicals that tried to be both ideologically
correct and entertaining. By Ellen Freilich.
children's folk song animates a dance made in silence
“Pinguli, Pinguli, ” choreographed by Nelly van Bommel, draws upon multiple cultures and dance forms, the choreography
is a unique blend of theatricality, humor, and raw athleticism.
A work for nine dancers that explores community rituals and
practices, is set to traditional music from Sardinia, Sicily, and Greece, sung by celebrated singer Savina Yannato. By Philip
explores brain mapping.
The Brodmann Areas is a new ballet that delves into the gaps
and synapses that define the 52 areas/regions of the cerebral
cortex of the brain. Vast and complex, these areas form a web
of collaborations among different parts of the brain. At its
basic level, these are the areas responsible for our interpretation
of sight, sound, touch, smell, taste. As science continues to
map the mind and its methods of perception, this ballet ventures
into decoding the impulse to action and the movement of language.
An interview with Julia K. Gleich by Philip W. Sandstrom.
Philip Sandstrom interviews Robert Swinston, Artistic Associate
of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, about the creation of
"4 Walls/Doubletoss Interludes." Esteemed Russian
pianist Alexei Lubimov gave the Moscow premieres of several
works by John Cage in the 1960s. He has since performed an extensive
repertoire on stages throughout the world, ranging from Lincoln
Center to the Salzburg Festival. In this program, Lubimov plays
Cage’s Four Walls  with a new staging of Merce Cunningham’s
Doubletoss , arranged by Robert Swinston. Performed by
former Merce Cunningham dancers, "4 Walls/Doubletoss Interludes"
is a unique merging of the voices of Cage and Cunningham, interpreted
by artists deeply influenced by them.
Bell in " Duel"
interviews Sidra Bell as she prepares her production of "Duel"
at Baruch Performing Arts Center in Manhattan.
Skura's "Two Huts"
Philip Sandstrom interviews Stephanie Skura as she prepares
her production of "Two Huts" at Roulette Space in