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|Beatrix Simkó and Jenna Jalonen. Photo
by Daniel Dömölky.
“Sujets a Vif”
This dance production takes language as theme, but contradicts its
This dance event of the Avignon Festival featured two productions
about words and language. “A Vif” means bright, or lively,
keen, vivid. Neither production lives up to those words. “Prononcer
Fénanoq”. It had to come that a production called “dance”
had nothing to do with dance, but was about words. Perhaps in the
same way that installations called “art” were really assemblages
of life’s detritus, or sometimes just the takings of a messy
apartment. By Lucy Komisar.
|Pippa Evans, Diana Purdy, Tim Bentincks,
and Hal Cruttenden as British MPs. Photo by Steve Ullathorne.
"Brexit" at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Examining Britain’s relatively recent decision to
leave the European Union, “Brexit” takes a jab at politicians
on both sides of the aisle. Written by Robert Khan and Tom Salinskyis,
and acted by a famous British cast, the play is an excellent commentary
on the current state of British politics. By Lucy Komisar.
|The Firetruck. Photo by Beate Schaaf.
A firetruck circles houses, watching for threats of arson.
Inside one home, a lady serves red wine. Her husband comments, “You
open anewspaper, another house burned down.” They are days of
mistrust. They are imaginative in their use of a toy firetruck and
other staging elements that make a small production achieve what the
author wanted. The firetruck, voiced by Tamara Astor, takes the place
of a Greek chorus of firemen. A famous and iconic political allegory
about Nazism and Fascism, by Swiss playwright Max Frisch, this play
was first staged in Zurich in 1958. This version, directed by Tom
van der Klugt and Felix Schaaf at the Edinburgh Fringe, is done in
English and includes actors from London and Berlin. By Lucy Komisar
|Karen Alvarado as Hero and Sufi Malhotra
as Aqeel argue about the
consequences of collaborating with the British Army
the Gulf" at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
In a thought-provoking and and captivating production, this comedy
provides a view of what the West did to Iraq, through the eyes of
the people who lived there. The period depicted is one of exceptional
violence, following the British withdrawal from Basra, southern Iraq.
Playwright John Meyer had been in Iraq that year as a US Airborne
Ranger. The play was built on a collaboration with artists from Basra.
By Lucy Komisar.
|Hannah McClear as the maid victorious, photo
at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
She is cool outside but furious inside, near hysterical but also calculating.
This is a woman who reads books, goes to the cinema, even pretends
to read the party manifestos at the general election. But this hardworking
maid snaps at the way she is treated by a rich hotel patron. What
results is a bloody scene.Written by Madeline
Gould, directed by Madelaine Moore, set by Baska Wesolowska, "Ladykiller"
is the revenge of the working class and a look at the irony of how
much access and potential power is given to hired help who are most
taken for granted. By Lucy Komisar.
|EAR FOR EYE -- Shaniqua Okwok, Seroca Davis and
Kayla Meikle. Photo by Stephen Cummiskey.
"Ear for Eye" at Royal Court Theatre
Debbie Tucker Green is a poet adept at thinking simultaneously in
words and embodiment. "Ear for Eye," Green's new work at
London's Royal Court Theatre, shares some aesthetic DNA with the late
Ntozake Shange's "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when
the rainbow is enuf." But four-plus decades separate these two
indices of the black side of the racial divide in the United States
(and, in this work, to a smaller extent in Britain). On Green's stage,
the gloves are off. By Dorothy Chansky.
Johannsen as member of U.S. Army's Female Engagement Team. Photo
by Eden Orfanos.
War" at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Rebecca Johannsen's "Women at War" cuts to the
heart of the irony of American military women serving in Afghanistan
to relate to women in one of the most benighted anti-female countries
in the world. The women in the U.S. Army's Female Engagement Team,
deployed to Afghanistan in 2012-2013, were supposed to engage with
local Afghan women to build relationships (hearts and minds) and also
By Lucy Komisar.
ichard Marsh as Todd touchesthe finger
God, according to Michelangelo.
Photo by David Monteith-Hodge
God" at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Todd (Marsh) is a mild-mannered fellow in his 20s, in jeans and black-rimmed
glasses, a copywriter for alumni magazines. He is in a difficult relationship
with Helen (the voice of Marsh), his superior wife, a pediatric surgeon.
Todd and Helen are atheists, though Helen seems more insistent about
it. One day Todd is approached by God (Sara Hirsch), who explains,
"God is a woman. I make life and I take it." As proof of
her power, he demands a bacon sandwich delivered by an owl, and gets
it. (The owl has something to do with Harry Potter.) He is impressed.
God quickly advises him to ditch segueing into such traditional ideas
as heaven and hell: "Actually, they're both made up. Most of
that stuff, and Original Sin was invented by St Augustine. It's basically
Biblical fan fiction."
By Lucy Komisar.
Lawrence, soloist Birmingham Royal Ballet. Photo by Garry
2017" at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Dance Forms has been presenting performances at the Edinburgh Festival
Fringe for 16 years, everything from classical to avant garde, from
major company principals to unknowns. This year’s International
Choreographers’ Showcase had major European and American ballet
soloists and the iconic post-modern choreographer Douglas Dunn, who
danced with Merce Cunningham’s company. As one expects from
Dance Forms, there were some very fine pieces. Of eleven, I selected
these six. By Lucy Komisar.
Three Gods – Patrick Medway, James Charalambous, Simon Hannon,
photo Caitlin Taylor
Fringe: Brecht's "The Good Person of ..."
Bertolt Brecht's "The Good Person of Szechwan" (Der gute
Mensch von Sezuan) is often translated less literally as "The
Good Woman of Setzuan." Here a group of second-year students
at London's Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts gets the right translation,
uses working class Scottish, Brit and Irish accents to establish class,
and does a very good modern interpretation, realism tempered by abstraction.
By Lucy Komisar.
Luck as Josh, Rosa Caines as Chris.
Photo by Molly-Rose Curran
Fringe: "Action at a Distance"
"This play is a satiric modest proposal that appears
inspired by Jonathan Swift's 1729 essay of how one could benefit from
catastrophe. If you recall, Swift wrote "A Modest Proposal for
Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland, from Being a Burden
on their Parents or Country, and for Making them Beneficial to the
Publick." To deal with the great poverty in Ireland, he suggested
that the Irish eat their children. By Lucy Komisar.
Mann as Odysseus, Photo by John Rankin
George Mann’s performance in “Odyssey,” the Homer
classic, is a tour de force. Directed by Nir Paldi, who co-authored
the adaptation with Mann, it is stunning, overwhelming, brilliant.
Mann’s voice takes on the sounds of a musical scale, like a
many-stringed orchestra. His movements are striking physical theater.
He creates time and space peopled by a cast of dozens. He gives a
masterclass in acting. By Lucy Komisar.
O'Mara as Sebastian Nightingale, Avital as Farah.Photo
by Steve Ullathorne
Fringe : "Borders"
Sebastian, an idealistic photojournalist just out of university,
accompanies a reporter who has gotten an interview with a man hiding
in a cave. He takes photos of Osama bin Laden. Sebastian is 21 and
wants to change the world. "Borders" is the fourth in Henry
Naylor's Arabian Nightmares Series inspired by the catastrophes of
the wars in the Middle East. It is the interweaving monologues of
two artists, in which one, a Syrian (a vivid Avital Lvova), identified
as Nameless, uses art to fight for political liberation and the other,
the Brit Sebastian Nightingale (the intense Graham O'Mara), trades
photojournalism to take pictures of celebrities. By Lucy Komisar.
Moore as Edith Rigby. Photo by John Woudberg.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
: "Woman on Fire"
This is a thrilling paen to the bomb-throwing and window-smashing
militant British suffragists. A powerful play written and directed
by John Woudberg and vividly performed by Claire Moore, that will
set every feminist’s blood boiling in anger and pride at what
Edith Rigby, a heroic woman who forswore the advantages of being
a doctor’s wife, suffered and achieved in the British struggle
for the vote. Lucy Komisar reports from the 2017 Edinburgh Festival.
Blair as The Artist, and Ross McKinnon as Jim. Photo by Tim
The 1988 Piper Alpha oil rig disaster off the coast of Aberdeen,
Scotland was the world's deadliest oil rig calamity. Occidental
Petroleum, the American company which ran the North Sea oil platform
with faulty maintenance and safety practices, is happy about that.
It tried to bribe a painter who had been on the rig documenting
the workers and their conditions. Coming on the 30th anniversary
of the tragedy that killed 167 workers, that is the story of this
play, written and directed by Tom Cooper based on interviews conducted
by the Glasgow Bletherbox theater company. The music is a good collection
of late 70s pop, Scottish music, and work songs. Lucy Komisar reports
from the 2017 Edinburgh Festival.
Photo by Lucy Komisar.
Ramy Essam: "They can't
kill my music. "
Ramy Essam became an iconic figure of the 2011 Egyptian
mass protest that toppled dictator Mubarak but lost to military
power. This autobiographical show is his powerful and moving story.
And it's very good theater. Lucy Komisar reports from the 2017 Edinburgh
-- Audience examining lock box. Photo by Cande Andrade.
Radical" asks the audience to profile themselves
In “Foreign Radical,” set in the age of surveillance aimed
at catching terrorists, border controls become an immersive game show.
The first dark space you enter has an Arab naked, leaning over a table.
There is Arabic writing on a wall; the emoji is a skull. In 2014,
the US changed its requirements for putting individuals on a terrorism
watch list. They no longer need “concrete facts” or “irrefutable
evidence,” just suspicion. Get on the list, and you get enhanced
surveillance and screenings at airports. In 2015 U.S. security added
half a million people to the watch list. You will learn why this matters
when the host, snazzy and slick in a white tux, orders the audience/participants
into quadrants of a set where they will be interrogated and self-profiled.
They will be moved to use the same vague standards to decide whether
a suspected terrorist, ie. a Muslim, should be subject to enhanced
interrogation. Lucy Komisar reports from the 2017 Edinburgh Festival
|Éowyn Emerald and Josh Murry. Photo by
Fringe: dance is classical, jazzy, sometimes almost like sculpture
I spent six days in August, 2016 at the Edinburgh Festival
Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. The Fringe is not
only about theater. There is also dance. Here are performances I found
important.. By Lucy Komisar
| Pip Utton as Margaret Thatcher.Photo by Andy
Fringe: The struggle for justice
Of the plays I saw during six days in August, 2016at the
Edinburgh Festival Fringe, these plays about justice stood out: “A
Common Man: The Bridge that Tom Built,” “The Red Shed,”
“Playing Maggie,” and “Undermined.” By Lucy
|Lois Chimimba as Mel McCloud and Louise McMenemy
as Mel Sheeran. Photo by Oona Firouzabadi.
Fringe:the people the system chews up
I spent six days in August, 2016 at the Edinburgh Festival
Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. Out of the hundreds
of plays presented, I sought out those about politics. I’ve
divided the best by their themes. Here are three about the people
the system chews up: “Diary of a Madman,” “Trainspotting”
and “A Streetcar Named Desire.” By Lucy Komisar
|Amy Gavin as Elsa and William J. Holstead as
Josef K. Photo by Shay Rowan.
Fringe: plays on the system’s corruption
I spent six days in August, 2016at the Edinburgh Festival
Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. Out of the hundreds
of plays presented, I sought out those about politics. I’ve
divided the best by their themes. Here are two about the system’s
corruption: “The Trial” and “Enron..” By Lucy
|Glasgow Girls in school ties with sign ‘save
Fringe: plays about war and its fallout
I spent six days in August, 2016 at the Edinburgh Festival
Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. Out of the hundreds
of plays presented, I sought out those about politics. I’ve
divided the best by their themes. Here are several about war and its
fallout: “Angel,” “Glasgow Girls” and “Hess.”
By Lucy Komisar
Glenn Loney in Munich and Bregenz, 2015
Glenn Loney's annual summer theatre pilgrimage has - since
1956 - involved week-long visits to such famous festivals as those
of Bayreuth, Salzburg, Munich, Bregenz, Holland, & Edinburgh.
He's been winding down and his 2015 report only takes us to Munich
and Bregenz, with reflections on Florence.
Hayman as Bob Cunningham in "The Pitiless Storm."
Edinburgh Fringe political plays:
The third and last group of this festival. "The parties ought
to be the solution to the first two. But maybe not so much,"
says Lucy Komisar. The plays are "The Pitiless Storm," "Spoiling"
Andy Daniel as "Private Peaceful." Photo by Jonathan
Edinburgh Fringe political plays:
Here's the second group, about war. “The Bunker Trilogy"
and "Private Peaceful" about World War I and "The Collector"
about more organized cruelty in Abu Graib. By Lucy Komisar.
Bryce as the Old Charlie and Christopher Page as Young Charlie
Edinburgh Fringe political plays:
The Edinburgh Fringe in August is the largest theater festival in
the world, with hundreds of plays as well as musicals, dance, comedy,
cabaret and spoken word performances. "I chose political plays,
and nine out of ten I saw were excellent," says Lucy Komisar.
The Bayreuth Wagner Festival
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 FLIGENDE HOLLÄNDER,
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.
The 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 ON SKIN. By Glenn Loney.
Soongs: by Dreams Betrayed" by Joanna Chan at Hong Kong Rep.
Photo: Cheung Chi Wai Keith Sin@Hiro Graphics.
Aeschylus had the house of Atreus. Shakespeare had the house of Lancaster.
Playwright Joanna Chan's terrain is the house of Soong in her historical
drama, "The Soongs: By Dreams Betrayed." Hong Kong Rep presented
the piece in January, 2014. By Dorothy Chansky.
Valle on piano, photo by Lucy Komisar.
at Berlin’s A-Trane: “The Other Face of Cuban Jazz”
Jazz Pianist Ramón Valle and his trio performed "The Other
Face of Cuban Jazz" at the A-Trane in Berlin. He and the members
of his trio are Cubans, but they don’t play with the Latin rhythm
we might expect. This “Cuban jazz” is modern jazz played
by Cubans. By Lucy Komisar.
NIGHT -- Lars Grünewoldt. Photo Lucy Komisar
is Berlin’s best music party of the year
On a Saturday night in mid-July, Berlin’s Botanical Gardens
hosts the Botanische Nacht (Botanical Night), the city’s biggest
party of the year. With pianos in the bushes, baritones in row boats
and patrons enjoying the music by the water's edge or at picnic tables,
the event was truly delightful. By Lucy Komisar.
AVIGNON THEATER FESTIVAL -- dancers on perpendicular wall with
projection of factory, video by Bernard Gilhodes.
avant garde and traditional dance-theater pieces tell haunting stories
of life and politics.
Avignon Theatre Festival is 65 years old. This time it brought up
a series of plays in which the political mood was echoed. The three-week
Festival, supported by the national culture ministry and other French
government agencies, gets as many as 40,000 paying customers and thousands
more to free events.
Opera Festival 2012
LA CENERENTOLA, LA BOHÈME, TOSCA, MITRIDATE, RÉ DI PONTO,
ANTONIUS UND CLEOPATRA.
The Arrival of Austria's President, Dr. Heinz Fischer, To Open
The Bregenz Festival! / Festrede for the 2011 Festival: Changes To
Be Made--New Horizons! / Inside Jean Paul Marat's Head: Umberto Giordano's
André Chénier Loses His Own Head! / Schöpfung with
England's Judith Wier… / On an English Achterbahn or Roller
Coaster: Burning the Kebabs Wagon! / Lake Stage André Chénier
Will Survive the Alpine Winter To Live Again Next July! / A Potent
Plea from Kunsthaus Bregenz: Free Ai Wei Wei! By Glenn Loney.
Look Where It Comes Again! Munich's Annual Opera Festival--In Various
Venues… / Don't Kill Bambi's Mother! Dead Deer Violated in "Director's
Theatre" Rusalka! / Da Ponte's Don Giovanni Staged in Perambulating
Cargo Containers! / Brilliant Post Modernist Minimalist Ariadne auf
Naxos: Truths Revealed… / In Ferrara, Don't Drink the Wine when
Lucrezia Borgia Is Pouring! / Tired of Romeo & Juliet? How About
Focusing on Capulets & Montagues Instead? / Outside the Official
Festival--But Still a State Theatre: The Gärtnerplatztheater!
/ Very Early German Opera: Georg Philpp Telemann's Der geduldige Socrates…
/ Madame Butterfly in the Middle of Munich: Modernist Japonoiserie
auf Deutsch! / Wright & Forrest's Grand Hotel Still Open for Business
& Monkey Business Also. / Getting Ready for Oktoberfest in July:
Looking Forward To More Beer Busts! By Glenn Loney.
on Charleston's Spoleto Festival USA: May 27 to June 12, 2011
Channeling Gian Carlo Menotti in a New Medium…, Elizabeth Futral
Channels Émilie du Chatelet: Fearing Death & Translating
Newton!, More Genius from Cornwall & Emma Rice: Not The Red Shoes
You Thought You Knew., Brilliant Dancing & Choreography from the
Corella Ballet: Come Back to Manhattan Next Time!, Mozart's Magic
Flute Gets the French Treatment: Falling Through the Floor a Lot…,
No Khmer Rouge Makeup for Cambodian Khmeropédies: Ritualized
Court & Temple Dancing., Anne Marie McDermott Brings Louie Gottschalck
Back To Vibrant Life: The Union. By Glenn Loney.
GLENN LONEY 2010:
BACK ON THE GRAND TOUR
Festival at the Bavarian State Opera, Plus Powerful Productions at
the Second Tier Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz
Figaro in a White Box!, Tosca, Fresh from the Metropolitan!, Colorful
Watering Cans for L'Elisir d'Amore!, Meanwhile, Across Town at the
Gärtnerplatz Theater, Bert Brecht & Kurt Weill's Aufstieg
und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny.
Two Wolfgang Wagner
Sisters--Eva & Katharina--Give the Bayreuth Festival a New Look
& New Directions…
HUGE LAB RATS ENGULF ELSA & LOHENGRIN IN NEW BAYREUTH STAGING!
Genetic Engineering Gone Wrong & Plucked Swans? / GERMAN HISTORY:
1870 TO POST WORLD WAR II SOCIO POLITICALLY REPRISED IN BAYREUTH PARSIFAL!
Or an Opera about a Big Bed in the Middle of Haus Wahnfried? / A SECOND
LOOK AT KATHARINA WAGNER'S DIE MEISTERSINGER From the Show Notes Archives:
/ What Really Happened in Nuremberg? / Hans Sachs: Painter & Poet
Versus Sixtus Beckmesser: Avant garde Artist! / Katharina Wagner's
Bayreuth Beckmesser Bombshell! / Theoretic Bases for This Wagner Innovation?
/ What Looked Different in Meistersinger 2010? / Two Wagner Song Contests--Quasi
Comic vs. Religio Tragic: Basic Prize Concept: The Winner Is Supposed
To Get the Girl! / Wagnerian Opera for Kids: Find the Pink Flamingo!
/ WHAT TIME'S THE NEXT SWAN? / AGAIN, ECHOES FROM THE LONEY BAYREUTH
ARCHIVES: / BACKGROUND: / The Great Opera Debate: Who Will Be the
Artistic Director of the Bayreuth Festival? / Is There a Katharina
Campaign? / The Other Wagner Candidates: / Should the Bayreuth Season
Be Longer? / Could Bayreuth Become an International Opera Festival
City? / The Wagner Family Inheritance & The Gremium: / Is the
Bayreuth Festival Sexist? Only Two Women Have Staged Wagner in His
Festspielhaus / Is Katharina Wagner's Meistersinger Her Meisterstück?
/ What's Blowing in the Bayreuth Festival Winds: Is the Wind Vane
Beginning To Turn?
Fragments of the
Shattered Statue of Liberty Rise Up Out of Lake Constance for Bregenz
Festive Opening of the Bregenz Festival 2010 / DIE PASSAGIERIN: Honeymoon
on an Ocean-Liner Becomes a Horror-Story! / Mieczyslaw Weinberg [1919-1996]:
A Great Modern Composer, Virtually Unknown in the West! / STATUE OF
LIBERTY SMASHED INTO FRAGMENTS--POSSIBLY BY TERRORISTS--FOR BREGENZ-FESTIVAL
AIDA PRODUCTION! / Not Only Performing-Arts in Bregenz: Also Art in
Kunsthaus-Bregenz & Antony Gormley's Iron-Men in the Alps! / French-Revolution
To Take Center-Stage on Lake-Constance: Giordano's André Chénier
To Rise Out of Bodensee-Waves in Festival 2011!
Passion Play 2010
Jesus' Last Week on Earth--the Passion of the Christ--Is Recreated
in the Bavarian Alps Every Ten Years! / A New Look for Oberammergau:
Passion-Play 2000 With New Sets & Costumes / Robert Wilson's Oberammergau
Installation: A New Vision of The Stations of the Cross.
Dorothy Chansky in Paris
embraced by the Chorus leader and surrounded by the Chorus in
Choephores, part 2 of "l'Orestie." Photo by Alain Fonteray.
To have vengeance or to have justice, that's the question. At least
since the premier of Aeschylus' Oresteia in 458 BCE, the answer has
been to have justice. The problem, which this trilogy of plays continues
to make abundantly clear, is that ideas of justice are human-made.
Laws give us rules to play by, but that doesn't mean they satisfy
everyone. In fact, if they don't leave you with a feeling that you
got revenge, then they may feel distinctly less than just.
Glenn Loney in Jordan
|Portals of Petra:
Eroded entrance-cleft to Long-Lost Hidden-City of Petra. Photo:
© Glenn Loney INFOTOGRAPHY 2008. See" Return to Petra."
Return To Petra After Half-a-Century!/Why Is There No Jordanian
National Theatre?/Where Is Moses Buried?/At Lot’s Cave: What
Became of the Pillar of Salt?/Sighting the Golden-Calf at Mount Sinai!/Saint
Catherine of Alexandria’s Holy-Relics Now in Sinai Monastery!/Baptismal-Site
of Jesus in Muddy River Jordan!/Elijah’s Launching-Pad for the
Chariot of Fire!/No Road-Signs for Israel Borders!
Glenn Loney at the 2007
Edinburgh Festival Celebrates
Monteverdi’s 400th Birthday: Tiger Lillies Do Their Stuff!/Wooster-Group
Combines Cavalli’s Didone & SciFi-Italian-Vampires/Mabou
Mine’s DollHouse Staged with Mini-Men in Reality-Doll-House!/Beowulf
Grabs Grendel’s Claw at the Hub/Orpheus & Oedipus Legends
at Usher Hall, Plus Rinde Eckert’s Orpheus X at the Lyceum/New-Broom
Aussie-Fest-Director Sweeps-Clean!/Remembering Festival-Directors-Past:
From Bing to Bryan/Festival-Visual-Arts Set in Edinburgh-Venues.
2007: Jürgen Flimm & The Night-Side of Reason!
At the Salzburg Festival, After Mozart 2006 & The Enlightenment
Comes the Nocturnal-Side of Reason 2007 Under New Intendant Jürgen
Flimm/Hector Berlioz Influenced by Batman: Benvenuto Cellini in the
Batmobile?/Carl Maria Weber’s Twin Peaks-Der Freischütz—Not
an Opera for the National-Rifle-Association!/Haydn’s Armida:
No Sex But Lots of Violence!/A Marriage of Figaro without Anna Netrebko—But
Lots of Feathers!/Bunraku-Puppet-Puck: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
in a New-Dimension/Dread Outbreak of Cancellitis in Salzburg!/Herbert
Von Karajan Centenary Coming-Up!/How about Christmas-In-Salzburg?
The Bayreuth Festival
Katharina Wagner: First Woman To Stage a Richard Wagner Opera in Bayreuth
Festspielhaus Since Her Great-Grandmother, Cosima Liszt-Von Buelow-Wagner;
Is Die Meistersinger Katharina Wagner's Meisterstueck? Will Katharina
Wagner Be the Next Intendant of the Famed Bayreuther Festspiele? Why
Is the Bayreuth Festival So Special for Opera-Lovers? Two Wagnerian
Song-Contests: Die Meistersinger & Tannhauser, Philippe Arlaud's
Tannhäuser Triumphantly Returns: From Storage & From Rome! Second-Time-Round
for Tankred Dorst & Ursula Ehler's Ring, Tradition vs. Experimentation
or Archiving vs. Renewing: Are Wagner's Operas In Danger? Are They
Really Old, Tired, Boring, & Too Long? Bayreuth Fest Facts &
Britain and Britten
in Bregenz Festival 2007
Festival-Time in Austrian-Vorarlberg, Britten & Britain Onstage
in Bregenz, Haunting DEATH IN VENICE, All-Seeing Eyes in Bodensee
TOSCA, Innovative Bregenz-Festival Technology, AIDA Waiting in the
Wings, Other Unusual Austrian Festivals, Celebrating the Genius of
Angelika Kauffmann, Joseph Beuys Inspires Cy Twombly & Matthew
Barney & Douglas Gordon To Make MYTHOS.
in Munich 2007
World-Premiere for Alice in Wonderland! Enchanting Alcina, Resplendent
Rosenkavalier, Enormously-Moving Norma, Leaping Le Corsaire, Messy
Merry Wives of Windsor, Bernstein's Candide in Concert-Illustrated
by Loriot, Cinderella for School-kids!
Hamburg Ballet Festival!
From Bayreuth to Hamburg: Thanks to John Neumeier, The 33rd
Annual Hamburger Ballet-Days! A New Vision of the Old Cinderella Fable,
The Last Days of Nijinsky, Balanchine's Jewels Sparkle in Hafenstadt-Hamburg,
The Festival de théâtre des Amériques no longer
exists, but the new Festival TransAmériques is very much in
place. Directed by Marie-Hélène Falcon, founder and
director of the Festival des Amériques, this new festival took
place in Montreal from May 23 to June 7. As with the Festival des
Amériques, the Festival Transamériques promotes the
work of cutting edge contemporary artists, but it now features both
dance as well as theater and it will be an annual rather than a biennial
event. This inaugural festival presented more than twenty dance and
theater works, a total of 105 performances over a period of 16 days.
Constant Wife at the Spoleto Festival. Photo by Shane McCarthy,
Glenn Loney in Greece
Theatre Prize XI Awarded to Quebec's Robert Lapage and Germany's Peter
European Theatre Prize XI Awarded to Quebec's Robert Lapage
and Germany's Peter Zadek / In Historic Macedonian Thessaloniki /
Growing Old-Being Old / No-Show Prize-Winner Prof. Dr. Peter Zadek!
/ A Problematic Peer-Production / The Berliner Ensemble's Peer Gynt-in
2004 / Paging Robert Lepage! / Latvian Innovations-Alvis Hermanis
Revolutionizes Riga Theatre / Belgrade’s Biljana Srbljanovic
Explores the Uneasy Recent History of Fellow-Serbians / European Culture-Cities
Should Take Turns Hosting the Premio Europa per il Teatro! / Europe-Prize
Colloquium 2007: Prizes-Who Needs Them? / Culture-Venues in Thessaloniki
/ Health Advisory for Visitors to Thessaloniki: / And now for the
Back-story on Thessaloniki & Central Macedonia & Thrace /
The Jewish Presence in Thessaloniki / Is a Pilgrimage to Mount Athos
in the Future?
Jack Anderson in Denmark
August Bournonville: Napoli Act III in Coprnhagen.
''There come times when people staging classic works of
theater or dance feel an urge to update them, perhaps because they
fear those pieces are now so familiar that they should be seen afresh.
So drastic changes may be made in period and locale. The results are
sometimes stimulating, sometimes merely peculiar.'' Jack Anderson
went to Copenhagen and came back with some thoughs on new stagings.
Glenn Loney in Korea
Anniversary of IATC Celebrated with "Extraordinary Congress" in Seoul
What Exactly Is the "New Theatricality"?--Eric Bentley Wins
First Thalia-Award at 90!--Leading Theatre-Critics from Asia, Europe,
& the Americas Share Visions of New Work--Old Critics Fund Young
Critics' Seminars: Jobs in Jeopardy?--Israeli Arabs & Jews Explore
the Horror in Plonter--From Russia with Love: Between Dog & Wolf--Korean
Saga: Fairy in the Closet--Shamans on the Mountainside--Touring Changdoek
Palace & Gardens--45 Years of Waiting for Godot
Dorothy Chansky in Turkey
Zingaro's newest show, "Battuta, " features the company's
signature mix of equine and human athlete, artists, with members of
both species cast for their combined physical skills, personalities,
Glenn Loney at the Festivals
Don Quixote. Photo by Paul Kolnik.
Edinburgh Festival 2006
Sixty Years for the Fest--Fifty for GML! Productions
of New & Old Works-- Peter Stein's TROILUS & CRESSIDA-- Missed
Opportunities-- Dance Entertainments-- Brazil's Grupo de Rua
de Niterói-- Suzanne Farrell's Balanchine's DON QUIXOTE-- Stolen
from The Golden Bough: THE ASSASSIN TREE-- Festival Centerpiece: The
Edinburgh Military Tattoo-- Skirting the Edinburgh Fringe-- Henry
Adam's PETROL JESUS NIGHTMARE #5-- At Other Important Venues--
Festspiele 2006--Parsifal. Actors: Robert Holl, EvelynHerlitzius.
Photo by Jochen Quast.
The Bayreuth Festival
Ring in the New Bayreuth Ring, Playwright-Poet Tankred. Dorst takes
on Valhalla & the Norse Gods, American Helden-tenor Stephen Gould
Stretches His Vocal-folds as Siegfried, Tristan Still Acting as Cruise-Director
on the Titanic, Richard Wagner's Historic Bayreuth Festspielhaus as
Safe Harbor for both Flying Dutchman & Tristan und Isolde Ships!,
Fest-Director Wolfgang Wagner Turns 87 on 31 August, But Ring-Director
Dorst Is Only 80.
of Hagenauer--see Fifty Years at The Salzburg Fesrtival.
Fifty Years At
The Salzburg Festival
All Mozart's 22 Operas on View:
Was This a Good Idea?, 50 Years at the Salzburg Festival!, Remembering
Max Reinhardt, Sitting in The New Haus für Mozart, Tartuffe: Almost
in the Salt-Mines!, Ascanio, Where Are You & Why: Where Is Alba
Anyway?, Anna Netrebko: New Austrian Citizen & Star of Salzburg
Festival, Figaro Is a Thing with Feathers, Così fan tutte: All
About an Egg?, Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio--or Seven Brides
for Seven Brothers?, Jürgen Flimm Takes Over Festival Intendancy:
No More Mozart Next Year?, Can Carl Orff Live Again at the Salzburg
Festival?, The Hagenauer Family's Artist-Architects in the Barock-Museum,
Kunst auf der Bühne: Adolf Appia & Others--Innovative 20th
Century Stage-Design at Museum der Modern, Salzburg's MoMa, Mozart's
Balls at MdM: Bürgerschreck Christoph Schlingensief Strikes Again.
Vienna Mozart Jahr
MozartHausWien: See How & Where Mozart Lived, Virtual & Historic
Mozart All Over Vienna, Mozart Tours: Re-Mapping Mozart, Lorenzo Da
Ponte Escapes the Venetian Ghetto, Lorenzo Da Ponte Becomes a Priest,
Lorenzo Da Ponte Makes His Mark in Vienna, Lorenzo Da Ponte Writes Figaro
& Don Giovanni Libretti, Lorenzo Da Ponte Moves to New York City!,
Mozart & Strauss--Strauss & Mozart in Palais & Hof, Julian
Rachlin Masterful in Mozart Violin Concertos at Theater-an-der-Wien,
Chick Corea & Peter Sellars Celebrate Mozart in Their Own Ways,
Give Mozart a Phone-call at 50 Vienna Sites!, Play Mozart’s Music
Backward on Digital-Screen!, Don Giovanni as Hotel-keeper--Leporello
as Concierge, New Chamber-Opera: Don Juan Comes Back from War, Kammeroper
Re-Mixes Mozart: Sarastro’s Dream of the Magic-Flute, Of Birds
& Birdmen: Papageno at the Folk-Museum, Shock-headed Peter’s
Tiger-Lilies Now Take on Mozart’s Weber-Women, Mozart the Free-Mason
& The Magic-Flute, Mozart Enlightened, Albertina Hosts Mozart Magic,
An Enlightenment Scientific Wunderkammer, Magical Multi-Media MusikHaus,
Be Your Own Virtual-Conductor, Mix & Make Your Own Mozart CD, Become
Part of the Brain-Opera, Hear Pre-Natal Sound, Relive Mozart’s
Coach-rides at ZOOM, Royal & Imperial Stables Now Multi-Museum-Quarter,
World’s Largest Egon Schiele Collection, Also Lots of Klimt in
-- Trovatore 2006. From left: 'Ines' Deanne Meek, 'Leonora' Iano
Tamar. Photo by Dietmar Mathis.
Flaming Trovatore Returns to Lake Constance See-Bühne!Unimaginable
Orchestral-Sounds in Friedrich Cerha's Musical-Mirror: Spiegel, Vienna
Symphony Stars in Bregenz Operas & Concerts: Under Fabio Luisi's
Baton!, Acoustic-Engineers Create Ideal Music-Milieu in Festival Theatres,
Bregenz Festival's Lake-Stage & Opera-house Reborn, Western Austria's
Premiere Festival-Complex Now Also A Major Convention-Center!, Michael
Craig-Martin Lights the Bulbs at KUB.
-- Gewähltes Profil: lautlos: avant-garde like La MaMa forty
Humperdincks Forgotten Fairytale: Königskinder, LaMaMa Déjà
Vu in Munich: Gewähltes Profil, Prinzregenten-Theater Coronation
for Poppea, Handel Revised: Rousing Film-Noir Rodelinda & Outrageous
Orlando, Gärtnerplatz Operas Avant-garde Earthquake: Beben,
Kammerspiele Shames Neoliberal Biographien--and then some.
de Bergerac. See: Festival Time North & West: Shakespeare and
North & West: Shakespeare & Shaw!
Shakespeare Festivals North by Northwest: Stratford-Canada & Ashland-Oregon,
Bernard Shaw Celebrated in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Toronto Lord of the
Rings Sings!, Arms & the Man: Chocolate-Time!, Colm Feore's Curious
Coriolanus, Nightmare-Gothic Duchess of Malfi, Bryan Bedford's Foppish
London Assurance, Colm Feore's Creepy Fagin in Oliver!, Much Ado Benedick
Old Enough To Be Beatrice's Dad, Marvelous Marco as Oregon Cyrano, OSF's
Bus Stop: Greyhound Doesn't Stop in Ashland Anymore, Merry Wives Reduced
To Broad Buffoonery, Betrayals in Milan: Two-Timer in Two Gentlemen
of Verona, Arthur Miller's Crucible Witch-hunts Still Resonate, High
Society: Cole Porter & Philip Barry No Blend, Magic Fire in Peronista
Argentina, Ashland Earnest Better than BAM Redgrave Import, Anne Frank
in Ashland, Portland: New Theatre, New Season, Back in NYC: LaBute's
Some Girl(s) at the Lortel Is Some Play, Kotis' Pig Farm More Bloody
Fun than Inishmore!, Greenberg's House in Town Set on Millionaire's
Row, Frank Wedekind Sings at the Atlantic, Central Park Woods Come To
Dunsinane in Delacorte Macbeth. By Glenn Loney.
The Bayreuth Festival 2005
courtesy of Jochen Quast.
Cruise-Ship Tristan und Isolde, No Salvation for Parsifal in Sight,
Child-Abuse in Wagner's Flying Dutchman?, Tannhäuser Improves Every
Summer, Last Look at Keith Warner's Lohengrin?, New 2006 RING to Be
Staged by Very Old Playwright, Director. By Glenn Loney.
by Karl Foster.
The Bregenz Festival 2005
Gigantic Oil-Refinery Rises Out of Lake Constance, Verdi's Il Trovatore
Soars Aloft Above the Bodensee, Bregenz Festival Celebrates Its Second
Masked-Ball: Carl Neilsen's Maskerade-A Covent Garden Co-production,
US President In Love With His Doberman in New Austrian Seventh Heaven
Opera, Ambitious Summer Season Developed by New Bregenz Intendant,
The Edinburgh International
Epic Synge Marathon: Irish Accents Galore!, Klinghofer Dies Again-But
Off-Stage, Peter Stein Protracts Blackbird, The Prayer Room: Equal
Time for Major Religions on Campus?, Balanchine Lives Again at Edinburgh's
The Salzburg Festival
Make Way for Mozart: 250th Birthday Looms!, Red-Coats Roister in Mozart's
Mitridate, Monstrous Anti-Mozartian Magic-Flute, Transcendent Traviata
with Netrebko & Villazon, Handsome Post-Modernist Tales from the
Vienna Woods, Horrific Tales from Bohemia: King Ottokar's Fortune &
Fall, Compelling Alceste in Concert, Schreker's Branded Far from Schreklich,
Jedermann Still Seeking Salvation!, Still Stomping Carnations in Nelken
The Munich Festival
Changes in the Bavarian Cultural Winds, Celebration of David Alden Opera
Stagings: Lulu, Forza, Pique Dame, La Calisto, Rolando Villazon's Faust, Mozart's
Flying Sofas, Orpheus in the Frying-Pan, Christoph Loy Reworks Handel's
Alcina & Saul, Baydadère Orientalism, An Old Magic-Flute,
Three Wishes Gone Wrong at SchauBurg, Mayakovski Lives-and Dies-Again
at Gärtnerplatz, Also an Opera-Ball and an Abduction, Carl Orff
Remembered, Oberammergau Passion-Play-Theatre Hosts King David, King
Ludwig II Musical Opens in Munich.
The New-New Bayreuth
Is This Nonsense Really Necessary?, Wolfgang Wagner Takes Over!, Outsiders
Out of Austria!, About The Scourge of AIDS in Africa, not a word, Venusberg
Like an Open Powerbook?, A Production with a Hole in Its Heart, Waiting-Not
for Lefty-But for Parsifal?, A 'Ring' Fit for a Prince-Or Vice Versa?, Moratorium
on Multi-Media Opera-Productions Now!, AIDS in Africa Ignored by New
Parsifal Production!, Do You Know What You Have Just Seen?, Is Death the
Real Redeemer in Parsifal? Is That a Wagnerian Concept?, Sinister Cremaster
Influences, Plus Josef Beuys!, Workshopping Parsifal for 2005?, The Flying
Dutchman Flies Again- With Videos That Work Wonders!, All At Sea in Senta's
Living-Room!, A Last Sad Look at a Remarkable 'Ring, Visualizing a New
'Ring' To Be Different from All Others?, Goodbye, Flimm 'Ring', Goodbye!, Personnen-Regie-and
Then Some!, Credits To the Cast!, What's Hagen Doing in Siegfried's Opera?, Götterdämmerung
Sensations, Who Will Stage the 2006 'Ring'? Who Is Competent To Do It?, Loney
Bayreuth Festival Website Project, Bayreuth Goes To The Dogs!
Froboess in "Eines langen Tages Reise in die Nacht" photo
by Thomas Dashuber. See: Salzburg Festival.
The Salzburg Festival
Finding a New Festival Intendant, A Remarkable Rosenkavalier: On the
Brink of the First World War!, Henry Purcell's King Arthur Lives Again
in Mittel-Europa!, Getting Ready for Mozart Year 2006: A New Vision of
Così fan tutte Takes the Stage! Salzburg Gives Erich Wolfgang
Korngold A Belated Retrospective: Die tote Stadt!, Sebastian Nübling's
Edward II: A Very Long Way Off From Marlowe!, JEDERMANN Again and Again!, Gene
O'Neill auf Deutsch: Eines langen Tages Reise in die Nacht, Now, How
about Heimat, deine Sterne?, MONTBLANC Young Directors Award 2004.
The Munich Festival
Cleaning Out the Bavarian State Opera-Closet: New, New, New Music-Theatre
Stagings in Munich!, David Alden's Lulu Axe-Murder: More Horrors on the, American
Home-Front!, Multi-Media Updated Meistersinger: Smart Women's Shoes by
Hans Sachs!, A New Look for Roberto Devereux: Good Queen Bess as Margaret
Thatcher!, In Class with "Roméo et Juliette": Old School Ties,
Monster Desks, & Giant Pens!, Down into Post-Modernist Hades: "Orphée
et Eurydice" On the Road!, The "Rape of Lucretia" Modernized: Britten
Gets the Stripped-Down Treatment!, Munich's Second Opera Goes Avant-Garde:
The Gärtnerplatz Is in the Grip of Trendiness!, Including Drama
in the Munich Festival: Residenz-Theater, Kammerspiele, and More!, New
Visions of Modern Classics at the Residenz-Theater.
Lake Stage of Bregenz Festival. Photo by Karl Forster.
New Intendant David Pountney: But Lake Constance Remains the Same, Farewell
To West Side Story on the Lake!, A Word or Two from the Wiener Symphoniker!, Rediscovering
Early Kurt Weill: Der Protagonist & Royal Palace, Sir Harrison Birtwistle's
Story of Io: Outstanding Offering of Bregenz 2004, After the Festival:
Stomp and Other Tours.
Edinburgh Festival--With No Fringes
Santos - El Compositor-- Clàudia Scheider as The Singer
(La Cantant). See: Edinburgh Festival--With No Fringes Attached.
Peer Gynt as Brechtian Story-Theatre, Catalan Celestina from Birmingham,
Post-Modernist Pelléas et Mélisande, Luigi Nono's Communist
Manifesto in Music, Carles Santos' Mad Catalan Symbolist Melange, Ballet
West Brings Antony Tudor Back to Britain.
2003Our perennial globetrotter, Glenn Loney, attended the
Bregenz festival in July, where there were many well-deserved tributes
to the departing Director of the Festival, Dr. Alfred Wopmann. But of
course the Lake Constance was also a spectacular stage for some heart-breaking
and monumental productions such as "Das schlau Füchslein"
directed by Leos Janacek and a revival of Leonard Bernstein's world-famous
"West Side Story".
IN EDINBURGH -- Elizabeth Byrne as Brünnhilde, Graham Sanders
as Siegfried. Photo:Douglas Robertson.
Edinburgh Festival 2003
On the road again with Glenn Loney in Edinburgh, where he reviewed a
Scottish production of Wagner's "Ring", a modern-dress production
of '"Hamlet" directed by the innovative Catalan stage-director
Calixto Bieito, and a return of The San Francisco Ballet with a Christopher
Wheeldon World Premiere. But Glenn Loney also explored the off-stage
festival and attended an Asian-immigrant "West Side Story"
from London: Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith's "Strictly
WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION-- in "Rinaldo, " shown in
Munich Opera Festival. Photo: ©Wilfried Hösl, 2003.
Innovation and Tradition: Opera
at the Munich Festival 2003
FEST--Wagner's famous sunken orchestra-pit, with neo-classic auditorium
seen above it. See: "At the Bayreuth Festival 2003"
by Glenn Loney.
Most of the re-visions of old opera war-horses have proved both memorable
and consonant: "Der Rosenkavalier, " "Entfürhung
aus dem Serail, " "Rinaldo, " "Tannhäuser, "
"La Traviata" and "Das Gesicht im Spiegel."
the Bayreuth Festival 2003
"Lohengrin, " the "Ring, " a new "Flying Dutchman"
and a second "Tannhäuser" were on Bayreuth Festival's
Festival Surprises in Summer 2003
Back in Salzburg's Altstadt, where the new Festival Intendant,
Prof. Dr. Peter Ruzicka, is trying to program operas, dramas, concerts,
and allied events which will appeal to a wider audience, such as a fantastic
"Peer Gynt", Elfriede Jelinek's "Macht Nichts, "
a psychotic "Woyzek", Mozart's "Entführung, "
a return of Wernicke's "Don Carlo, " a wide-stage "Tales
of Hoffmann, " and Henze's last opera, "L'Upupa."
Side-lined in the
Arena di Verona
Viewing "Carmen" from the wings and "Aida" from
beyond the scenes.
Last stop in London. Our indefagitable Loney reviewed a few
West-End productions (the West-End does not seem to be what it used
to be, according to him and attended some at The Donmar Warehouse Theatre,
The Royal National Theatre, and at The Globe Theatre. Read here for
all that is hot in London now.
Perth Festival in
TO THE PERTH FESTIVAL! Photo: ©Glenn Loney, 2003.
Perth Fest, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Wagner by the River, Errol
Flynn Fantasy, Salt Lake Sculptures, Quokkas on Rottnest, Sacred Ayers
Rock, Town Called Alice, Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Nixon in Adelaide, Aussie
Ballet, Sexy "Blue Room" in Melbourne, Lion Witch Wardrobe World
Premiere, Don Giovanni Brings Down the House, Lucia's Sumi Jo Checks Out, Harry
Potter's Witch-Prof Margoyles at Sydney Opera House, Wharf Theatre "Shape
FLYING AUTO AT THE
PALLADIUM--"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" triumphs. See:
Tom Stoppard's New Utopian Trilogy , Festival Hall "Follies", "Golden
Ass" Brays at Globe, Cutting Up Corpses in "Lieutenant of Inishmore", Car
Flies Over Audience: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", Fresh New "Mikado"
at Savoy, Losey's "Servant" Transformed To Dance, Mime Drama, Vince
Van Gogh Rents a Room in Brixton.
cafe tables and chairs sproutyed out of the Bodensee for
the Bohème at Bregenz. See: Loney's Show Notes,
"Bregenz Festival at 56.".
There's a curious connection between Austria's distinguished yet popular
Bregenz Festival and the somewhat off-hand, yet occasionally magnificent, Edinburgh
Fringe Festival. This summer they were both 56 years old. Our own Glenn
Loney's been going to Bregenz since 1956 and Edinburgh since 1958. In
this column, he celebrates the 56th Summer of the Bregenz Festival on
Lake Constance. Hot topics: Desperately Seeking Juliette, Martinu's
Dream Opera Rediscovered, Immense Chairs in Lake Constance, Large-Scale
La Bohème Played on Cafe Tables, Spectacular West Side Story
Next Bodensee Summer, David Pountney New Bregenz Chief.
THE DEATH--The Governess fights with the ghost of a dead man for
her pupil's soul in "Turn of the Screw." See: Edinburgh
also at 56
Fringe Invades Edinburgh Festival, Special Tix for Classical Concerts, Peter
Stein's Parsifal, Luc Bondy's Screw, Scots Opera's Siegfried, Nearly Million
Fringe Tix Sold, Sarandon & Robbins in 9, 11 Drama, Girl on Sofa World
Premiere, Last Show of Variety Artistes, Macbeth Deeply in Dutch, Live
Owl in Swan Lake, Six Genres of Indian Dance, Anthrax Tests for Outlying
Islands, Blue Orphan: The Singing Butterfly, Safety: War-Photographer's
Moment of Truth, Drowned World: Kill All the Radiants, Hilarious Gestures
in Canadian TV Weather Forecast.
New Era for the
Salzburg Festival under Peter Ruzicka
Tom Hampson & Ladies Undies on Parade, Lorenzo Da Ponte Turns Up
in New Mexico, Luciano Berio Finishes the Unfinished, Magnificent Mechanistic
"Turandot", Myth of Gyges' Ring as Opera, Montblanc Pens Sponsor
Young Directors, Mozart's "Magic Flute" as Circus, Oberammergau
Passion-Play Director Overhauls Salzburg "Jedermann", Alberto
Vilar Showers Salzburg with Subsidies, Schloss Arenberg New Home of American-Austrian
Initiatives, Salzburg Festival's American Friends Make a Difference, Genius
Director-Designer Herbert Wernicke Dies in Midst of New RING Staging.
Ann Murray ignores stuffed shark as she impersonates Julius
Caesar in Handelian opera of the same name.
Opera Festival Gives New Look To Music-Theatre Classics
Wild Sex Scene in Munich "Rake", Forester Falls for Fox in
"Clever Little Vixen", Mozart's "Titus" as Video
Show, Miming & Dancing Teenage Problems: "Klasse Klasse", Julius
Caesar Among the Sharks, Recreating the World of Baroque Theatre, Wagner's
RING staged in Bayreuth Festspielhaus Setting, Domingo Sings in Russian.
WOMEN'S WORK IN
SHAKALAND--Zulu beauties balance water-vessels. See: Glenn Loney's
Glenn Loney's Travel Notes
Back to Africa
Bungee-Jumping Bridge Between Zambia & Zimbabwe, Luxury on The Blue
Train, Flying Low Over Victoria Falls, Five-Star Hotels Amid Dire Poverty,
God-Given Zebra Photo-Op, Deserted Downtown Durban, Mugging in Cape
Town, High-Rise Ghost-City Johannesburg, Cape of Good Hope Lighthouse,
Ostrich-Egg Omelets, World's Biggest Hole, Kimberley Diamond Mines,
Zulu's TV Shakaland, Thatched-Hut De Luxe, Brigadoon in Mpumalanga,
Robber's Grave in Pilgrim's Rest, Bartolomeo Dias' Caravel Reconstructed,
Wine-Tasting in Cape Winelands, Fog in God's Window, After Apartheid-South
Africa's Problematic Futur
BIGGEST CAFE TABLE!--Giant Chairs & Parisian Bistro Tables
are stages for new lake-stage Bregenz Festival production of "La
Bohème." Photo: ©Karl Forster, Bregenz Festival,
2001. See: Fantastic Productions at Bregenz Festival.
at Bregenz Festival
Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" as Carlisle Floyd's
Opera at Bregenz Festival, Outsiders Dreaming Impossible Dreams, Spectacular
"La Bohème" on Lake Constance Stage, Austria's President
Warns of Intolerance Against Outsiders & Dissidents
SMILES--Mural detail of celebrated Salinas author. Photo: ©Glenn
Loney, INFOTOGRAPHY, 2001. See: Discovering Steinbeck.
Bregenz Opera Workshop: Of Mice and Men& La Bohème, Proposal
for STEINBECK PhotoBook!, John Steinbeck PhotoPanorama, John Steinbeck:
& IMAX--Giant films on street named for Screen-Giantess. Photo:
©Glenn Loney, INFOTOGRAPHY, 2001.
See: Berlin and Beyond.
Berlin and Beyond
Berlin Love ParadeChristopher Street Day, Protest "Holocaust Never
Happened" Poster, Handel's "Saul" at Felsenstein's Comic
Opera, Berlin Theatres in Danger?, Music-Theatre Crisis in Weimar, V2 Rockets
in KZ Dora's Tunnels, American POW Slave-bLaborers Dig Tunnels in Berga-am-Elster.
Wagner Rides Again
MASTER-BUILDER--Tinted photo of Richard Wagner circa 1880. See:
Wagner Rides Again in Bayreuth
Bayreuth Festival: At 50 & 125!, Wagner Family Festival
Succession Riddle?, Is Gottfried Wagner an Enchanted Swan; A Prodigal
Son?, Year Two of New Flimm-Wonder RING, Dragon-Giant Fafner as Airbag, Lohengrin-Siegfried
Synergies!;New Bayreuth "Tannhäuser" Promised.
FOR THE MACBETHS--Scots Royalty in Salzburg: "A
little water clears us of this deed." Photo: ©Salzburg
Festival, Sebastian Hoppe, 2001.
See: Festival Futures-Salzburgh and The Ruhr.
Salzburg, and more
The Invisible College-Inheriting Adam's Memory, Jewish Music in
Jesuit Church!, Visconti's "The Damned"Live, Salzburg Mocks
Shakespeare, EuroTrash & EuroGarbage Onstage, Lady Macbeth's Real
Name!, "Don Carlo"-Burn the Heretics!, Batty Fatty "Fledermaus."
WILLIAMS & MEDUSA--Poster for trendy Salzburg production of
"Streetcar Named Desire." Photo: ©Glenn Loney 2000.
See: Festival Futures: Salzburg and The Ruhr..
Salzburg and The Ruhr
Gerard Mortier Out as Salzburg Festival Chief, Modern-Music Composer
Peter Ruzicka New Artistic Director, The Passion for the New in
Theatre, Innovative Ruhr Triennale in Dis-Used Industrial Spaces, Mortier
Moves from Austria to the Ruhr, Classical Record Companies Return to
Salzburg Fest, Salzburg Scourge & Playwright Thomas Bernhard Honored, Herbert
von Karajan Statue Unveiled, New Salzburg Modern Art Museum-But
Not the Guggenheim.
MEDITATION--Mysterious Señora in Carlos Santos' "Ricardo
I Elena" at the Edinburgh Festival. Photo: ©Carlos Santos,
2001. See: Epics in Edinburgh.
Epics in Edinburgh
Crazy Catalan Opera Sung in Latin, Wagner's Hefty Valkyries in the Highlands, Gertrude
Stein's New Opera, Dancing To Digital Architecture, NY City Ballet "Diamonds"
Look Like Rhinestones, 18th Century Scots "Gentle Shepherd", Thomas
Bernhard's "Old Masters", Agota Kristof's Novels as Plays, ThreeGenerations
of Irish Women Hurting in "Midden", First Nation Canadian "FareWel"
Oberammergau: Passion Play 2000
Millennial German Passion Play, New Sets & Costumes for
Jerusalem Jews, Outrageous Hats for Temple Priests, 2010 for Next Oberammergau
Drama, Was Jesus a Jew or a Christian?, Is Oberammergau Passion Play Anti-Semitic?, Robert
Wilson Transforms Stations of the Cross, What Happened To St. Veronica?
MOSES CONFRONTS GOLDEN CALF--Old Testament "Living Picture" in
newly designed Oberammergau Passion Play. Photo: Brigitte Maria
Mayer, ©Oberammergau 2000.
BREGENZ'S BIG SKELETON (Photo: Glenn Loney 2000, The Everett Collection.)
World's Largest Skeleton, Dangerous "Golden Cock", Dance
of Death on Lake Constance, Slashing Arts Subsidies, Singing "Of Mice
& Men", Steinbeck's Social Relevance, Threats from Vienna
The new Ludwig Musical Theatre
Bavaria's Mad King Ludwig Lives Again, New Multi-Million-Dollar
Purpose-Built Musical Theatre, The Real Inspiration for Disney's "Magic
Castle", Neu Schwanstein, Broadway Prices in the Bavarian Alps?, Can
Historical Bio-Musicals Attract International Audience?, Who was Empress
Sissi?, Did King Ludwig Love Richard Wagner, Or Only His Operas?
TWO ROYAL DREAMERS--King Ludwig of Bavaria & Empress Sissi of
Austria in the new Ludwig musical, with Dream Castle Neu
Munich Festival 2000
U. S. Green Cards Lottery, Munich Festival 2000, Haunting
"Cinderella Story", Doom-Laden "Don Carlo", Off the Tracks with "Faust", Jonathan
Miller's Puritanical "Puritani", Giving "Ariodante" an Airing, Reviving
"Rinaldo", Upstairs, Downstairs with "Fidelio", Debbie's "Diary", Ballet
Trio with Updated "Petrouchka", Lively Parisian "Pariser Leben."
THIS KING IS A KILLER!--See: Munich Festival 2000.
SALZBURG PRINCE-ARCHBISHOPS' HORSE-BATH--Cardinals don't like
to ride sweaty horses. Photo: Â©Glenn Loney 2000, The Everett Collection.
Subsidy Slashes for Salzburg Festival, Anti-Arts Austria?, Jörg
Haider Yodels!, Mozart's Three Frogs, Abused Greek Children, Iphigenia
& Orestes, "Trojans" Seen Through a Slit, All Aboard with "Tristan & Isolde", Raping
Gertrude & "Hamlet", "Streetcar" Off the Tracks, Seldom Seen "Saul & David"
Anne Bogart's "War of the Worlds" at Edinburgh Festival
Savage Spanish "Barbaric Comedies", Anne Bogart's
"War of the Worlds", Argentine Bathroom Drama, Scots Opera "Rheingold", Pierre
Boulez 2000, Greco's Soaking Wet "Extra Dry", Bosch Meets Bausch in "Körper", Montpellier's
Mathilde Monnier Ensemble, New Scots Dramas at Traverse, "Further Than
the Furthest Thing" Erupts, East-West Tensions in "Shetland Saga", Soccer
Triumph in Limerick, The Glowing Girl in One Yellow Rabbit's "Thunderstruck", One
Dutchman, Five "Voices"
Which Wagner Will Win Top Post at Bayreuth Festival?, New
Ring's Powerful Human Drama, Designer Erich Wonder's Contemporary Vision
of Ring, Three New Books About Bayreuth Rings
Post-Modernist set for Wagner's Götterdämmerung at Bayreuth.
The London season
New London Season Heats Up, Lucie Arnaz Is a Flying Witch, Visigothic
Musical "La Cava", Ken Campbell's Anal Fixations, Callow Dickens, "World
Upside Down" at the Globe, Fanny's First Play, Irish Film Extras in "Stones", New
Ambassadors' "In Flames", Flowers for Princess Di, Secrets of Millennium
Dome, New Tate Powerhouse
HOW DO I FIND THE VICTORIA PALACE THEATRE?--Aren't three signs
enough for you? See: London Season Begins.
Tchaikovsky's neglected Maid of Orléans at the Wexford
Forgotten Operas in Irish Wexford, Sendak's "Three Oranges"
at City Opera, Counter-tenor David Daniels in Handel's "Rinaldo", Juilliard's
Performance and Design at Expo
EXPO 2000 in Hannover, Peter Stein's "Faust" Epic, "Gilgamesh"
Opera Premiere, Baroque Herrenhausen, Eight Plays in One Hannover Evening, Post-Modernist
Mozart at Frankfurt Opera, Monumental "Trovatore", Rosalie's "Dandelions"
in the Palmengarten, Hundreds of New Shows Set for Edinburgh Fringe
PLANET OF VISIONS--Major Theme Pavilion at EXPO 2000. Photo: Â©Glenn
Loney, 2000, The Everett Collection.
Powerhouse West End Shows, Ayckbourn's Actoids in "Comic
Potential", Maggie Smith Is "The Lady in the Van", Joe Orton's Agent in
"Peggy for You", New Work at Royal National Theatre, "Battle Royal", The
Anger of George IV, "Honk!", Ugly Duckling Musical, Opera Always in Engish
at ENO, World Premiere of "Silver Tassie", Magical "Magic Flute", Covent
Garden's Royal Opera Reborn, Alagna & Gheorghiu in "R&J", Charming Royal
Ballet "Coppélia", The Millennium Wheel, The Millennium Dome, "1900, Art
at the Crossroads"
CAPULET WEDDING--Big scene in Covent Garden Royal Opera's "Romeo
et Juliette." See:"London Assurances."
Eiffel Tower Countdown, Opéra Bastille Sold Out, Ballet
Murder at Palais Garnier, "Drummers on the Dike" at Théâtre
du Soleil, Sex & Violence at Comédie-Française, Offenbach
"Shoot 'em up", Masks & Faces at Comédie Italienne, English-Language
Theatre in Paris, "Godot" at Petit Hébertot, Beethoven in Notre
Dame, Millennium Manifestations, Noël in Paris, Protests in the Streets, Shooting
Famous Dead Frenchmen
FREEZE THE ACCOUNTS!--Unwilling to let drama remain entirely in
the theaters for Glenn Loney's visit, bank-workers from all over
France staged a protest march up Boulevard Lafayette. Photo: Copyright
©, Glenn Loney 1999, The Everett Collection.
Family Drama at the Dublin Theatre Festival, The Abbey, Ireland's
National Theatre, World War II in "Dolly West's Kitchen", Violence and
Suicide in "The Map Maker's Sorrow", Farce and Fear in "The Spirit of
Annie Ross", Dublin as Celtic Tiger "Boomtown", Jane Eyre's Libido Unleashed, "Cloudstreet"
5-Hour Marathon, Gersher Theatre's Pre-Israel "Village", 60 Shows on the
Fringe, Picasso's Cubism in 3-D
for an Irish Opera!
Irish Opera Oxymoronic?, Rescuing Forgotten Operas, Karl
Goldmark's "Queen of Sheba", Umberto Giordano's "Siberia", Stanislaw Moniuszko's
"Haunted Manor", Condensed Operas
in the Summer
London Bank Holiday Shows, Long-Running West End Musicals, Lloyd
Webber's "Whistle Down the Wind", The Play's No Longer "The Thing, Atomic
Physics in Frayn's "Copenhagen", Bankside Globe Theatre Sam Wanamaker's
Memorial, Elizabethan Rose Theatre Ruins Open, Interactive "Comedy of
Errors", Mark Rylance Globe Cleopatra.
Four Edinburgh Festivals, New HUB Club, "Speculators": John
Law in France, 1720, Barcelona's "The Meeting", Gloom & Doom in Dramas, Marathon
Krakow "Sleepwalkers", "The Wake" from Dublin's Abbey, Bunkamura "Turandot", Mod
Mad "Giselle", ENNIO and His Cut-Out Costumes, "Eleanor of Acquitaine", 1000
Years in 100 Minutes, "Complete Millennium Musical", Young Vic's "Arabian
Nights", Adolf Hitler Speaks, The God That Failed, "Juju Girl", Gogomagogs'
Gobbledygook, Anal Male Rape on Stage in "Drummers", Richard Brinsley
Sheridan's Mom's Comedy, "Whisperers", Baltic "Werewolves" with Scots
Baden-Baden Fest Survives, Kurhaus Casino, New Kirov
and Bayreuth Lohengrins, Nuremberg's 950th Birthday, Millennium RING, Wagnerian
Succession, Berlin's New Musical Theatre, Disney Premieres in Berlin, Hunchback-Glockner
von Notre Dame, Weimar Europe's Culture City 1999.
Bregenz, Festival with a Theme, Unmasking A Masked Ball, Second
World Premier of Greek Passion, New Bregenz Fringe Festival, Rimsky-Korsakov's
Golden Cockerel Next Summer.
Innovative Munich Festival, Orfeo in a Taverna, Lohengrin
Swan-Song, Jonathan Miller's Anna Bolena, , Dockside Otello, Gun-Control
for Freischütz, Bottom in a Ballet, Bohème in a Loft, Urfaust
Rituals, Bavarian Amphitryon, Redneck Trailer-Court Streetcar, Zorba
Salzburg Splendors, Innovative Salzburg Festival, Startling
Artistic Squabbles, Gerard Mortier Departs 2001, Short-List for New Festival
Director, Updating Rameau's Boréades, Circus Version of Magic-Flute, Busoni's
Doktor Faust, Marathon Shakespeare Schlachten, Italian Fascist
Don Giovanni, Zeitfluss New Music, Norrington & Schumann
at Mozarteum, Salzburg Marionettes Coming To New York, New Classical CDs.
London Reviews by Lucy Komisar
The Royal National Theatre, in its South Bank complex
an easy walk from Theatreland across the Thames at Waterloo Bridge,
has two stunning productions, a naturalistic staging of Maxim Gorky's
"Summerfolk" and a stylized vision of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's 1840 morality
It's the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Noel Coward
and going on the hundredth anniversary of the death of Oscar Wilde.
Coward's "Hay Fever" got a devilishly delightful staging by Declan Donnellan,
while "The Importance of Being Earnest" finds a more traditional treatment
at the hands of Christopher Morahan.
New, Witty and Gritty
London in recent years has been awash with challenges
to social mores and comfortable morality. "50 Revolutions" -- witty,
and "Drummers, " -- gritty, were staged in theaters akin to New York's
At the reconstructed outdoor Globe Theatre at Bankside,
opened in 1997, Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" and "A Comedy of Errors"
are played to the pit in stagings that seek to capture the spirit of
productions 400 years ago.
to stay in London
If you're doing a London theater trip, there are several
main areas best to say in. Most convenient is the West End -- what the
Brits call "Theatreland." You can move further west and live near one
of the big parks or squares -- Green Park, Grosvenor Square, Hyde Park
or Kensington Gardens. Or you can choose to be in Knightsbridge, Chelsea
or Kensington, the trendy areas that are minutes from theaters by tube
and have the flavor of an upscale Greenwich Village and Upper West Side.
Lucy Komisar checked out hotels in each of those neighborhoods.
's travel notes
Memorial Hall in Kensington, London. Photo by Lucy Komisar.
The art of sex and
politics in Paris
Paris has always been stimulating to the artistic soul and also a little
outrageous. Now there are two new, edgy museums with art that pushes
the most controversial boundaries - sex and politics. These exciting
additions to the Paris itinerary are the Museum of Erotic Art in Montmartre,
and the Palais de Tokyo near the Arc de Triomphe.
a chic residential corner of London
Where would you want to live if you lived in London? Lucy Komisar's
choice would be Kensington, an upscale neighborhood in West London,
just south of Hyde Park, close enough infact to walk to the park, as
well as to Royal Albert Hall, the Royal College of Music, the Albert
and Victoria Museum and especially to Kensington Palace, which was the
home of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Scandinavia On Stage in NY
In the past decade there has been an unprecedented explosion
of new plays produced on numerous stages across Scandinavia. This new
wave of Nordic theater was introduced to American theater professionals
for the first time in a professional conference, "Scandinavia on
Stage, " at the newly opened Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue,
April 19-20, 2001. The New York Theatre Wire is pleased to offer in-depth
coverage of the event, featuring "insider" perspectives on this vital
movement, which has to-date been been a well-kept secret among Europeans.
Danish dramaturg Jesper Bergmann (L) and Danish playwright Line
Knutzon (R) at "Scandinavia On Stage" conference in NY. (Photo
by Jonathan Slaff.)
Overview of the
One cannot capture the full nature of this unprecendented
explosion of new Scanadinavian theater in one or even two days, but
the participants in "Scandinavia on Stage" could not help but marvel
at the vitality of New Nordic Theater, a "well-kept secret" until now.
By Philippa Wehle.
Spotlight on Swedish
Theatre and Drama
Our inveterate traveler, Glenn Loney, uses his own overview
of Swedish theater history and reflections from his travels to Sweden
to offer a context for Americans now discovering the Nordic New Wave.
New Nordic Drama
- On its Way out of the Drawing Room?
Monna Dithmer, a theater critic from Denmark, offers a
professional's guide to the contemporary Nordic play and how it is finally
breaking with the traditions of Ibsen and Strindberg.
By the count of Danish dramaturg Jesper Bergmann, there
has been a tripling in the number of significant Danish playwrights
in the last 15 years. How did writing plays become the equivalent of
Denmark's new national sport? Plus: portraits of four leading dramatists
of the Danish New Wave.
Theatre: a Mouse that Roars
Theater in this tiny nation has an almost unimaginable
vitality. The capital, with a population of 150, 000, supports 25 to
30 professional productions per weekend. The entire country of 285,
000 has a theater attendance of 400, 000 seats per annum. The ferment
of urban versus rural values, tradition versus modernity and introversion
versus extroversion sets the creative tone. By journalist Havar Sigurjnsson.
Sake: The States of American Playwriting
Unlike our Scandinavian counterparts, the American mainstream
is unaware of the writers shaping its theatrical culture from the trenches.
By Todd London, Executive Director, American New Dramatists.
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