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MAY 2015 ARTS RAMBLES
THIS WAS THE MONTH THAT WAS…, PASSING GLANCES AT SHOW SCENES SEEN: At Playwrights Horizons on Theatre Row:Jenny Schwartz & Todd Almond’s iOW@, At The Proshansky Theatre of the CUNY Graduate Center: Paul Krugman & Jeffrey Sachs Discuss Current Social Problems…, At MoMA’s Cullman Education & Research Building in Theatre 3: World Monument Fund & MoMA’s LATIN AMERICAN MODERNISM AT RISK, At Carnegie Hall in The Isaac Stern Auditorium, On The Ronald Perelman Stage: Kurt Weill & Franz Werfel’s THE ROAD OF PROMISE, At The New York Theatre Workshop: Dael Orlandersmith’s FOREVER, At The Public Theatre: Lemon Anderson’s TOAST, Scott Siegel’s BROADWAY BY THE YEAR©: The Broadway Musicals of 1966 1990, At The Caspary Auditorium Rockefeller University:Dr. Andrew Solomon Discusses OUTWARD OPULENCE FOR INNER PEACE: The Restoration of the Emperor’s Private Paradise in the Forbidden City, At The Borden Theatre of the Manhattan School of Music: Steve Sonheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, At The Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row: Dan Lauria’s DINNER WITH THE BOYS, The Godlight Theatre Company at The 59E59 Theatre: Donn Pearce’s Novel--Adapted by Emma Reeves--COOL HAND LUKE, At Studio 54: David Javerbaum’s AN ACT OF GOD, Target Margin At The Connelly Theatre--Between Ave A & Ave B: David Greenspan’s WHEN THIS YOU SEE, REMEMBER ME...

Report for The Humana Festival 2015
CELEBRATING NEW AMERICAN PLAYS IN LOUISVILLE…, PASSING GLANCES AT SHOW SCENES SEEN AT ACTORS THEATRE: Jen Silverman'sTHE ROOMATE, Colman Domingo's DOT, Jeff Augustin, Diana Grisanti, Cory Hinkle, & Charise Castro Smith's THAT HIGH LONESOME SOUND, Pig Iron Theatre & Gregory S. Moss's I PROMISED MYSELF TO LIVE FASTER, Charles Mee's THE GLORY OF THE WORLD, The Famous Ten Minute Plays--Always Longer Than Ten Minutes… Patricia Cotter's RULES OF COMEDY, Gary Winter's SO UNNATURAL A LEVEL, Steve Yockey's JOSHUA CONSUMED AN UNFORTUNATE PEAR...

APRIL & MARCH 2015 ARTS RAMBLES
THESE WERE THE MONTHS THAT WERE…, BIG NEWS FROM THE FRIARS CLUB: Annual OCC Awards Nominees!, PASSING GLANCES AT SHOW SCENES SEEN: At The Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row: Andrew Lippa & Tom Greenwald’s JOHN & JEN, At The Mitzi Newhouse Theatre of the Lincoln Center Theatre Complex: Bathsheba Doran’s MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX, At The American Airlines Theatre--No In Flight Snacks: Cy Coleman, Betty Comden, & Adolph Green’s ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, At BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House: Georg Frideric Händel’s SEMELE, At The Pershing Square Signature Theatre: Naomi Wallace’s THE LIQUID PLAIN, At The Public Theatre: Lin Manuel Miranda’s HAMILTON, At The Atlantic Theatre: Doug Wright’s POSTERITY, At Joe’s Pub in The Public Theatre: Cush Jumbo’s JOSEPHINE & I, At The Music Box Theatre: Wendy Wasserstein’s THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, At The Ades Performance Space of the Manhattan School of Music: Franz Lehár’s DAS LAND DES LÄCHLENS, At The Winter Garden Theatre: Mike Poulton’s Adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s WOLF HALL--PARTS ONE & TWO, At The Neil Simon Theatre: Lerner & Loews’s GIGI, At The Palace Theatre: George Gershwin’s AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, At The Brooks Atkinson Theatre: Barbara Anselmi & Brian Hargrove’s IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, At The [Alfred] Lunt & [Lynn] Fontanne Theatre: James Graham, Gary Barlow, & Eliot Kennedy’s FINDING NEVERLAND, At Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre : Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING & I, At The Longacre Theatre: Joe DePietro’s LIVING ON LOVE, At The St. James Theatre: Wayne & Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell’s SOMETHING ROTTEN, At The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre: Lisa D’Amour’s AIRLINE HIGHWAY, At The Broadway Theatre: Michael Weller, Lucy Simon, Michael Korie, & Amy Powers’ DR. ZHIVAGO, At The Lyceum Theatre: Terrence O’Malley, John Kander, & Fred Ebb’s THE VISIT, At The Anspacher Stage of the Public Theatre: Julie Taymor Stages Anne Hathaway in George Brant’s GROUNDED, At The Peter J. Sharp Theatre of the Juilliard School: Wolf Mozart’s THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, At The Cort Theatre: Larry David’s FISH IN THE DARK, At The Borden Theatre of The Manhattan School of Music: Wolf Mozart’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, At New World Stages: Paul & Michael Hodge’s CLINTON: The Musical..

MARCH 2015 REPORT FROM NEW ORLEANS
THIS WAS THE FRENCH QUARTER AS ATCA DISCOVERED IT…, FROM THE O'NEILL CENTER TO THE THEATRES OF AMERICA, The Astonishing Birth of Regional Theatres & Not For Profits in the 1960s, PASSING GLANCES AT SHOW SCENES SEEN:, At The Rivertown Theatres for the Performing Arts: Ricky Graham's WHEN YA SMILIN' , At The Herman Grima House: Tennessee Williams' HOTEL PLAYS , At Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré: Donald Margulies' DINNER WITH FRIENDS, At The Southern Rep's Ashe Powerhouse Theatre: Tennessee Williams' SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, At The Monteleone Hotel Ballroom Theatre: Tennessee Williams' I NEVER GET DRESSED TILL AFTER DARK ON SUNDAYS, At The Monteleone Hotel Ballroom Theatre: Author/Critic John Lahr's MADMAN'S PILGRIMAGE OF THE FLESH...

REPORT FROM THE DENVER NEW PLAY SUMMIT OF FEBRUARY 2015
DENVER NOW THE MILE HIGH CITY IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE… ,SALUTING DONALD SEWALL AT 102:FOUNDER OF DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS ,CLIMBING THE DENVER NEW PLAY SUMMIT: BLIZZARD WARNINGS! ,NOT FOR REVIEW:PLAY READINGS THAT DO NOT NEED "PRODUCTION VALUES"… ,Jason Gray Platt's THE THERE THERE ,Eric Schmiedl's Adapation of Kent Haruf's Beloved Denver Novel: BENEDICTION ,James Still's APPOGGIATURA Forget about Death in Venice: Gordon Is Already Dead…

JANUARY- FEBRUARY 2015 ARTS RAMBLES
Moira Buffini's Adaptation of Nicolai Erdman's Suicide, now known as DYING FOR IT, Nick Payne's CONSTELLATIONS, Halley Feiffer's I'M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD, Edward Albee's A DELICATE BALANCE, Joe Pintauro's THE SNOW ORCHID, Jonathan Christenson's NEVERMORE: The Imaginary Life & Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, Christoph Willibald Gluck's IPHIGENIE EN AULIDE, Alan Govenar's TEXAS IN PARIS, Ronald Keaton's Adaptation & Performance of CHURCHILL, Andrew Bergman & Jason Robert Brown's HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, Stephen Adly Guirgis' BETWEEN RIVERSIDE & CRAZY, Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine's INTO THE WOODS, Gene O'Neill's THE ICEMAN COMETH, Ferenc/Franz Molnar's FASHIONS FOR MEN, Chris Marlowe or Bill Shakespeare's A WINTER'S TALE, Jennifer Haley's THE NETHER, Joel Drake Johnson's RASHEEDA SPEAKING

JUNE ARTS RAMBLES
Playwright Mario Fratti's Portrait Painted with Wine, But He Isn't Whining about the Fratti Award! , Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey's GREASE, Penelope Skinner's THE VILLAGE BIKE, Joanna Chan's THE STORY OF YU HUAN, Nancy Harris' OUR NEW GIRL, Chris Marlowe or Bill Shakespeare's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Moises Kaufman & the Tectonic Theatre Project's THE LARAMIE PROJECT, Rosenstock, Connolly & Mitnick's FLY BY NIGHT, Sarah Treem's WHEN WE WERE YOUNG & UNAFRAID, Jules Romains' DONOGOO, A Comedy, Andre Aciman's TRAVEL & MIRAGE: The Lure of Place, Scott Siegel's BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: Broadway Musicals of 1990 2014, Opera Feroce's ARMINIO IN ARMENIA, Tupac Shakur's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, Benjamin Scheuer's THE LION, Robert Wilson's Vision of Mikhail Barishnikov & Willem Dafoe in THE OLD WOMAN, Leos Janácek's THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, Mario Fratti & Maury Yeston's NINE, Gerry Alessandrini's FORBIDDEN BROADWAY Comes Out Swinging.

SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS AROUND TOWN IN MAY, 2014
Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe’s HEATHERS: The Musical, Robert L. Freeman & Steven Lutvak’s A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, Robert Sternin & Prudence Fraser’s UNDER MY SKIN, James MacMillan’s "SINCE IT WAS THE DAY OF PREPARATION" Religious Caution Advised, Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s THE RIVALS, Christian Rizzo’s Lyon Opera Ballet in ni fleurs, ni ford mustang Unrate able; Not Unbeat able, Jeff Blumenkrantz’s MOVING RIGHT ALONG: The World of Jeff Blumenkrantz, David Lang’s battle hymns, Anthony Giardina’s THE CITY OF CONVERSATION, Terry Teachout’s SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF, ISH’s Amsterdam Inspired HYPERISH, Anton Dudley & Stephanie DiMaggio’s 17 ORCHARD POINT, Gardner McKay’s SEA MARKS, Carole J. Bruford’s SHADES OF BLUE, Jon Robin Baitz’s THE SUBSTANCE OF FIRE, BAM & Brooklyn’s DANCE AFRICA FESTIVAL, Gene Ionesco’s THE KILLER, A Story of Two Museums: An Ethnographic Exhibition, The Poetry of Parmigianino’s "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 O’Neill Since 1964, CHARLES JAMES: Beyond Fashion, THE PRE RAPHAELITE LEGACY: British Art & Design, LOST KINGDOMS: Hindu Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia…, GATSBY 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.

Report 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 ORLANDO PALADINO.

Humana Festival 2014
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 POOR SHEM.

March 2014 Roundup
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.

February, 2014 Roundup
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…

January, 2014 Roundup
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 DISTANCE RUNNER.

OCTOBER 2015 THEATRE RAMBLES
PASSING GLANCES AT SHOW SCENES SEEN. Alex Roe's Revival of Arthur Richman's THE AWFUL TRUTH. Adam Seidel's CATCH THE BUTCHER. A Bellini & Shakespeare Collaboration Creates ROMEO & JULIET: Palm to Palm. Harold Pinter's OLD TIMES. Caryl Churchill's CLOUD NINE. Giles Havergal's Adaptation of Graham Greene's TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT. Mario Fratti's WIVES & THE ACADEMY [not rated]. Sam Shepards' FOOL FOR LOVE. James Lecesne's THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY. DL Coburn's THE GIN GAME. Joe DiPietro's CLEVER LITTLE LIES. Moshe Yassur's Yiddish Production of Arthur Miller's DEATH OF A SALESMAN. Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, & Sherman Yellen's ROTHSCHILD & SONS. Topher Payne's PERFECT ARRANGEMENT. George Haimsohn, Robin Miller, & Jim Wise's DAMES AT SEA. John S. Anastasi's WOULD YOU STILL LOVE ME IF!

SEPTEMBER 2015 THEATRE RAMBLES
Robert Askins’ HAND TO GOD , Annie Baker’s JOHN , Christopher Smith & Arthur Giron’s AMAZING GRACE , AR Gurney’s LOVE & MONEY , Nicholas Korn’s DELIRIUM’S DAUGHTERS , Deborah Zoe Laufer’s INFORMED CONSENT , Joan Beber’s IN BED WITH ROY COHN , Matthew Lopez’s THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE , Harold Chapin’s THE NEW MORALITY , Steven Sater & Duncan Sheik’s SPRING AWAKENING , Chris Marlowe or Bill Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM , Lucas Hnath’s THE CHRISTIANS , Paul Gordon & John Caird’s DADDY LONGLEGS , John McManus’s THE QUARE LAND , Anne Carson’s Version of Sophokles’ ANTIGONE

Report from Euroland in Summer 2015
Think Twice About Spending Three Weeks in a Tourist Infested Firenze!. Richard Strauss's ARABELLA. Gaetano Donizetti's ROBERTO DEVEREUX. Giacomo Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Oskar Schlemmer's DAS TRIADISCHE BALLETT. Igor Stravinsky's LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS. Thomas Hermanns' BUSSI - DAS MUNICAL: Those Crazy Munich Eighties. DEGENERATE ART ON VIEW IN PINAKOTHEK DER MODERNE KUNSTAREAL MÜNCHEN. Wagner in Bayreuth, but Still in Bavaria. Giacomo Puccini's TURANDOT. Stefan Herheim's TALES OF HOFFMANN. Es Ist der Coolste Arbeitplatz der Welt!

Report for The Summer Months of 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. Robert Askins' HAND TO GOD , Robert Askins' PERMISSION, Simon Stephens' HEISENBERG , The Living Newspaper's INJUNCTION GRANTED , Rajiv Joseph's GUARDS AT THE TAJ , Chris Marlowe or Bill Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST, Chris Marlowe's DOCTOR FAUSTUS, Joshua Harmon's SIGNIFICANT OTHE.

MAY 2015 ARTS RAMBLES
THIS WAS THE MONTH THAT WAS…, PASSING GLANCES AT SHOW SCENES SEEN: At Playwrights Horizons on Theatre Row:Jenny Schwartz & Todd Almond’s iOW@, At The Proshansky Theatre of the CUNY Graduate Center: Paul Krugman & Jeffrey Sachs Discuss Current Social Problems…, At MoMA’s Cullman Education & Research Building in Theatre 3: World Monument Fund & MoMA’s LATIN AMERICAN MODERNISM AT RISK, At Carnegie Hall in The Isaac Stern Auditorium, On The Ronald Perelman Stage: Kurt Weill & Franz Werfel’s THE ROAD OF PROMISE, At The New York Theatre Workshop: Dael Orlandersmith’s FOREVER, At The Public Theatre: Lemon Anderson’s TOAST, Scott Siegel’s BROADWAY BY THE YEAR©: The Broadway Musicals of 1966 1990, At The Caspary Auditorium Rockefeller University:Dr. Andrew Solomon Discusses OUTWARD OPULENCE FOR INNER PEACE: The Restoration of the Emperor’s Private Paradise in the Forbidden City, At The Borden Theatre of the Manhattan School of Music: Steve Sonheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, At The Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row: Dan Lauria’s DINNER WITH THE BOYS, The Godlight Theatre Company at The 59E59 Theatre: Donn Pearce’s Novel--Adapted by Emma Reeves--COOL HAND LUKE, At Studio 54: David Javerbaum’s AN ACT OF GOD, Target Margin At The Connelly Theatre--Between Ave A & Ave B: David Greenspan’s WHEN THIS YOU SEE, REMEMBER ME...

Report for The Humana Festival 2015
CELEBRATING NEW AMERICAN PLAYS IN LOUISVILLE…, PASSING GLANCES AT SHOW SCENES SEEN AT ACTORS THEATRE: Jen Silverman'sTHE ROOMATE, Colman Domingo's DOT, Jeff Augustin, Diana Grisanti, Cory Hinkle, & Charise Castro Smith's THAT HIGH LONESOME SOUND, Pig Iron Theatre & Gregory S. Moss's I PROMISED MYSELF TO LIVE FASTER, Charles Mee's THE GLORY OF THE WORLD, The Famous Ten Minute Plays--Always Longer Than Ten Minutes… Patricia Cotter's RULES OF COMEDY, Gary Winter's SO UNNATURAL A LEVEL, Steve Yockey's JOSHUA CONSUMED AN UNFORTUNATE PEAR...

APRIL & MARCH 2015 ARTS RAMBLES
THESE WERE THE MONTHS THAT WERE…, BIG NEWS FROM THE FRIARS CLUB: Annual OCC Awards Nominees!, PASSING GLANCES AT SHOW SCENES SEEN: At The Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row: Andrew Lippa & Tom Greenwald’s JOHN & JEN, At The Mitzi Newhouse Theatre of the Lincoln Center Theatre Complex: Bathsheba Doran’s MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX, At The American Airlines Theatre--No In Flight Snacks: Cy Coleman, Betty Comden, & Adolph Green’s ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, At BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House: Georg Frideric Händel’s SEMELE, At The Pershing Square Signature Theatre: Naomi Wallace’s THE LIQUID PLAIN, At The Public Theatre: Lin Manuel Miranda’s HAMILTON, At The Atlantic Theatre: Doug Wright’s POSTERITY, At Joe’s Pub in The Public Theatre: Cush Jumbo’s JOSEPHINE & I, At The Music Box Theatre: Wendy Wasserstein’s THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, At The Ades Performance Space of the Manhattan School of Music: Franz Lehár’s DAS LAND DES LÄCHLENS, At The Winter Garden Theatre: Mike Poulton’s Adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s WOLF HALL--PARTS ONE & TWO, At The Neil Simon Theatre: Lerner & Loews’s GIGI, At The Palace Theatre: George Gershwin’s AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, At The Brooks Atkinson Theatre: Barbara Anselmi & Brian Hargrove’s IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, At The [Alfred] Lunt & [Lynn] Fontanne Theatre: James Graham, Gary Barlow, & Eliot Kennedy’s FINDING NEVERLAND, At Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre : Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING & I, At The Longacre Theatre: Joe DePietro’s LIVING ON LOVE, At The St. James Theatre: Wayne & Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell’s SOMETHING ROTTEN, At The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre: Lisa D’Amour’s AIRLINE HIGHWAY, At The Broadway Theatre: Michael Weller, Lucy Simon, Michael Korie, & Amy Powers’ DR. ZHIVAGO, At The Lyceum Theatre: Terrence O’Malley, John Kander, & Fred Ebb’s THE VISIT, At The Anspacher Stage of the Public Theatre: Julie Taymor Stages Anne Hathaway in George Brant’s GROUNDED, At The Peter J. Sharp Theatre of the Juilliard School: Wolf Mozart’s THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, At The Cort Theatre: Larry David’s FISH IN THE DARK, At The Borden Theatre of The Manhattan School of Music: Wolf Mozart’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, At New World Stages: Paul & Michael Hodge’s CLINTON: The Musical..

MARCH 2015 REPORT FROM NEW ORLEANS
THIS WAS THE FRENCH QUARTER AS ATCA DISCOVERED IT…, FROM THE O'NEILL CENTER TO THE THEATRES OF AMERICA, The Astonishing Birth of Regional Theatres & Not For Profits in the 1960s, PASSING GLANCES AT SHOW SCENES SEEN:, At The Rivertown Theatres for the Performing Arts: Ricky Graham's WHEN YA SMILIN' , At The Herman Grima House: Tennessee Williams' HOTEL PLAYS , At Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré: Donald Margulies' DINNER WITH FRIENDS, At The Southern Rep's Ashe Powerhouse Theatre: Tennessee Williams' SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, At The Monteleone Hotel Ballroom Theatre: Tennessee Williams' I NEVER GET DRESSED TILL AFTER DARK ON SUNDAYS, At The Monteleone Hotel Ballroom Theatre: Author/Critic John Lahr's MADMAN'S PILGRIMAGE OF THE FLESH...

REPORT FROM THE DENVER NEW PLAY SUMMIT OF FEBRUARY 2015
DENVER NOW THE MILE HIGH CITY IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE… ,SALUTING DONALD SEWALL AT 102:FOUNDER OF DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS ,CLIMBING THE DENVER NEW PLAY SUMMIT: BLIZZARD WARNINGS! ,NOT FOR REVIEW:PLAY READINGS THAT DO NOT NEED "PRODUCTION VALUES"… ,Jason Gray Platt's THE THERE THERE ,Eric Schmiedl's Adapation of Kent Haruf's Beloved Denver Novel: BENEDICTION ,James Still's APPOGGIATURA Forget about Death in Venice: Gordon Is Already Dead…

JANUARY & FEBRUARY, 2015
Moira Buffini's Adaptation of Nicolai Erdman's Suicide, now known as DYING FOR IT, Nick Payne's CONSTELLATIONS, Halley Feiffer's I'M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD, Edward Albee's A DELICATE BALANCE, Joe Pintauro's THE SNOW ORCHID, Jonathan Christenson's NEVERMORE: The Imaginary Life & Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, Christoph Willibald Gluck's IPHIGENIE EN AULIDE, Alan Govenar's TEXAS IN PARIS, Ronald Keaton's Adaptation & Performance of CHURCHILL, Andrew Bergman & Jason Robert Brown's HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, Stephen Adly Guirgis' BETWEEN RIVERSIDE & CRAZY, Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine's INTO THE WOODS, Gene O'Neill's THE ICEMAN COMETH, Ferenc/Franz Molnar's FASHIONS FOR MEN, Chris Marlowe or Bill Shakespeare's A WINTER'S TALE, Jennifer Haley's THE NETHER, Joel Drake Johnson's RASHEEDA SPEAKING.

JUNE ARTS RAMBLES
Playwright Mario Fratti's Portrait Painted with Wine, But He Isn't Whining about the Fratti Award! , Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey's GREASE, Penelope Skinner's THE VILLAGE BIKE, Joanna Chan's THE STORY OF YU HUAN, Nancy Harris' OUR NEW GIRL, Chris Marlowe or Bill Shakespeare's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Moises Kaufman & the Tectonic Theatre Project's THE LARAMIE PROJECT, Rosenstock, Connolly & Mitnick's FLY BY NIGHT, Sarah Treem's WHEN WE WERE YOUNG & UNAFRAID, Jules Romains' DONOGOO, A Comedy, Andre Aciman's TRAVEL & MIRAGE: The Lure of Place, Scott Siegel's BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: Broadway Musicals of 1990 2014, Opera Feroce's ARMINIO IN ARMENIA, Tupac Shakur's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, Benjamin Scheuer's THE LION, Robert Wilson's Vision of Mikhail Barishnikov & Willem Dafoe in THE OLD WOMAN, Leos Janácek's THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, Mario Fratti & Maury Yeston's NINE, Gerry Alessandrini's FORBIDDEN BROADWAY Comes Out Swinging.

SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS AROUND TOWN IN MAY, 2014
Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe’s HEATHERS: The Musical, Robert L. Freeman & Steven Lutvak’s A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, Robert Sternin & Prudence Fraser’s UNDER MY SKIN, James MacMillan’s "SINCE IT WAS THE DAY OF PREPARATION" Religious Caution Advised, Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s THE RIVALS, Christian Rizzo’s Lyon Opera Ballet in ni fleurs, ni ford mustang Unrate able; Not Unbeat able, Jeff Blumenkrantz’s MOVING RIGHT ALONG: The World of Jeff Blumenkrantz, David Lang’s battle hymns, Anthony Giardina’s THE CITY OF CONVERSATION, Terry Teachout’s SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF, ISH’s Amsterdam Inspired HYPERISH, Anton Dudley & Stephanie DiMaggio’s 17 ORCHARD POINT, Gardner McKay’s SEA MARKS, Carole J. Bruford’s SHADES OF BLUE, Jon Robin Baitz’s THE SUBSTANCE OF FIRE, BAM & Brooklyn’s DANCE AFRICA FESTIVAL, Gene Ionesco’s THE KILLER, A Story of Two Museums: An Ethnographic Exhibition, The Poetry of Parmigianino’s "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 O’Neill Since 1964, CHARLES JAMES: Beyond Fashion, THE PRE RAPHAELITE LEGACY: British Art & Design, LOST KINGDOMS: Hindu Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia…, GATSBY 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.

Report 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 ORLANDO PALADINO.

Humana Festival 2014
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 POOR SHEM.

March 2014 Roundup
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.

February, 2014 Roundup
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…

January, 2014 Roundup
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 DISTANCE RUNNER.

December, 2013 Roundup
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.

November, 2013 Roundup
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.

October, 2013 Roundup
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 October.

September, 2013 Roundup
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.

The 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 FLIGENDE HOLLÄNDER,
Richard Wagner's DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN, WAGNER FOR KIDS & KINDER: ON BOARD WITH TRISTAN & THAT IRISCHE KIND.

Bregenz Festival 2013
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

June, 2013 Roundup
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

May, 2013 Roundup
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.

April, 2013 Roundup
63rd 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 KINKY BOOTS.

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!

Drying 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 Summer!

October Roundup
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!

September Roundup
Back from a summer's round of European festivals, Glenn Loney offers September's Show Notes and brief observations on museum & gallery shows.

February, 2014 Roundup
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…

January, 2014 Roundup
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 DISTANCE RUNNER.

December, 2013 Roundup
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.

November, 2013 Roundup
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.

October, 2013 Roundup
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 October.

September, 2013 Roundup
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.

The 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 FLIGENDE HOLLÄNDER,
Richard Wagner's DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN, WAGNER FOR KIDS & KINDER: ON BOARD WITH TRISTAN & THAT IRISCHE KIND.

Bregenz Festival 2013
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

June, 2013 Roundup
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

May, 2013 Roundup
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.

April, 2013 Roundup
63rd 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 KINKY BOOTS.

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!

Drying 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 Summer!

October Roundup
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!

September Roundup
Back from a summer's round of European festivals, Glenn Loney offers September's Show Notes and brief observations on museum & gallery shows.

 

Theatrical Breezes from The Windy City!
Theatre in Chicago & Milwaukee--American Theatre Critics Conference

June's not bustin' out all over
Simon Gray's THE COMMON PURSUIT, Cirkus Cirkör's WEAR IT LIKE A CROWN, Mayank Keshaviah's RANGOON, Fernanda Coppel's CHIMICHANGAS & ZOLOFT, Will Eno's TITLE & DEED, Mary Chase's HARVEY, Kenneth Lonergan's MEDIEVAL PLAY, Alberto Bassetti's TWO SISTERS--TWO BROTHERS, John Patrick Shanley's STOREFRONT CHURCH, Martha Gellhorn & Virginia Cowles' LOVE GOES TO PRESS, Gina Gionfriddo's RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, Lameece Issaq & Jacob Kader's FOOD & FADWA, Greg Pierce's SLOWGIRL, Chris Marlowe's, or Francis Bacon's, or Will Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT.

Mayday! Mayday!
"Clybourne Park" is Raisin in the Sun territory, with racial problems, Spring Season Double Header at the Jewish Museum and more!

April is the Cruelest Month, Again!
"Newsies" at the Nederlander, Gore Vidal's "The Best Man," Artists from Shanghai at Asia Society, Masterworks at the Frick and more!

The Humana Festival 2012
There are many Sites of Interest in Louisville--Looville, to some Locals--including Churchill Downs, the Speed Art Museum, & the Louisville Slugger Museum, but the Recycled Bank that’s the Architectural Showpiece of Actors Theatre of Louisville is certainly the Center of Interest during the Industry & Critics Weekends of the Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays.

February Arts Rambles
Philippe Entremont Conducts, With Three Outstanding Young Pianists in Mozart Concertos!, Mellon Lecture at the Morgan: Fantastic Photos of Farnese Gallery in French Embassy in Rome, Collegiate Choral Sing Bruckner's Te Deum at Carnegie: Anything But TeDious!, Too Many Unresolved Plot Lines in Instinct on Theatre Row: What's It All About?, Little Known Rossinis at Juilliard: Silken Ladders & Repudiated Marriage Contracts, Renoir's Full Length French Dancers at the Frick!, Charles Ryskamp Lives Again at the Frick!, Demented & Defeated Artist in the Desert at Repertorio…, Take Your Medicine! Primary Stages Prescribes RX at 59E59…, Mile High New Play Interlude in Denver!, Prints, Prints, & More Prints at MoMA: Even Hanging on Wash Lines!, Vistas of Endless Lottery Ticket Mosaic Space: Ghost of a Dream/forever, almost at Davidson!, NY City Opera Lives Again! Jonathan Miller's La Traviata at BAM!, Masterful Kurt Masur Master Class in Conducting at Manhattan School, THE ANNUAL: 2012—At the National Academy! Not To Be Confused with the Whitney Biennial…, Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna Takes a Bow at BAM!, The Steins Collect & Degas Draws at the Met Museum:, What Is It about Those Art Loving Jews? A Genius for Collecting Avant Garde: Cones & Steins!, The Civil War Revisited at the Grolier: Is That the Appomattox Courthouse?, Way Out West on 42nd Street: CQ/CX—The Atlantic at the Peter Norton Space, Crushed Auto Bumpers & Colorful Crumpled Truck Bodies: Chamberlain at the Guggenheim, Learning How To Drive All Over Again: Paula Vogel's Behind the Wheel Play Revived, More Arts Treasures Up for Grabs [or Bids] at Christie's, Freshly Minted Rutherford & Son Revival at the Mint Theatre!, At the New City, "Christopher Marlowe's" Julius Caesar?, The Set Implodes & Explodes—With Some Assistance—in Assistance at Playwrights Horizons, Gingerbread Ahead! Amato Hansel & Gretel at the Manhattan School!

This is the play exposure that was
In his report for The Denver New-Play-Summit of February 2012, Glenn Loney hails Kent Thompson as a genius for his 1950s-vision of "The Taming of the Shrew" and bids the McCarthur Awards folks to take notice.

January 2012 Roundup
Digital & Design Wonders at Newly Recreated New York Historical Society!, Our Own Grandma Moses Foremost among Outstanding Outsider Artists at Galerie St. Etienne, Rosemary Harris Lives On The Road To Mecca, But Watch Out for Sudafrikaanse Dominies!, George Washington Crosses the Delware Once Again in Met's New American Wing!, On Auction at Christie's: Fugitive Treasures from the American Wing?, Free Ai Wei Wei in Bregenz Last Summer, But Now He's On Display Near Frank Ghery…, Shuffling Through The Picture Box Yields Nostalgia, But Not Powerful Plot Inspirations, Sparse Pickings in Contemporary Art at Phillips de Pury: Haring, Rauschenberg, etc, At Stanford, Be Careful With Whom You Room: Outside People May Prove a Problem!, Stage Stars' Fashionable Costumes & Hats Excited the Matinée Ladies: Play Pictorial at Bard, Dropping by Bonhams' To Check on Forthcoming Auction Treasures…, Close Up Space: Literary Editor & English Prof from Hell: Bad Dad's Daughter Speaks Russian…, Rembrandt & Friends at the Morgan: Bold Strokes in Vivid Centuries Old Inks!, Weegee Lenses Murder + Historic Magnum Contact Sheets at International Photography Show, Armory's Winter Antiques Show Echoes Met Museum's American Wing Treasures, Kevin Spacey Astonishes in Richard III at BAM: A Bum Back & a Bum Leg Don't Deter Him…, Master Scroll Painter Fu Baoshi Survives Two Revolutions, Outsider Art & Effortful Amateurs at Metropolitan Pavilion: How About Tramp Art?, Outsider Art & Self Taught Artists at the Outsider Art Fair down on West 34!, Roy Arias Sponsors International Theatre Fest, But Match Doesn't Strike a Light…, In Russian Transport, Lad Drives Under Age "Models" from JFK, Working for Russki Mafia Uncle, Cynthia Nixon Shaves Her Head for Wit, But the Brain Is Still Sharp…, Why Didn't Martin Luther King Create Porgy & Bess: Who's This White Guy, Anyway?, From William Christie & Enchanted Island at the Met to Baroque Opera at Juilliard's Tully Hall, Look Back in Anger Revived, But Young Brits Have More Cause for Anger Now Than Then…, Thundering Thunderbirds Take Over New City: Impressive Amer Ind Dances & Rituals, Cultured Pearl of a Play at the Pearl: GBS's The Philanderer: Lessons To Be Learnt!, Phantom of the Opera breaks records.

December in New York
Let's Beat Those Commie Russkis! The CIA Covertly Arms What Became the Taliban!, Shen Wei Finds Artful Ways To Fill the Park Avenue Armory with Dance Arts, Getting Falling Down Drunk & Trashing a Motel Room on Derby Day…, The Monstrous Golem Comes from Prague to East Fourth Street: Be Clay Once Again!, Rent Began Life at the New York Theatre Workshop: Will Once Move to Broadway?, Antiquities at Christie's: Headless Statues & Bronze Man Without a Leg To Stand on!, James DePriest at Carnegie Hall: Siwoo Kim Is Juilliard Orchestra Violin Soloist!, Stick Fly at the Cort: Family Problems for Prosperous Blacks on Martha's Vineyard!, One of Those Coen Brothers Returns: Happy Hour on West 42nd Not So Much Fun…, All Women Are Not Like That, Amadeus: Così fan tutte at the Manhattan School, Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape at BAM: Not Sam's Last Crap, by Any Means, Ay, Federico! Lorca's Bow Tie at the Duke: Young Artists in New York Tie It On!, Ana Tzarev Explodes Her Paint Tubes To Celebrate Russian Fairytales, For Booklovers & Others at the Grolier: Imperial French Type Dies in Many Languages…, Sex in All Its Possible Forms & Positions: Burning Down on Theatre Row!, No Calorie Counts on the Meat Pies in Titus Andronicus: Don't Eat Your Kids!, Maple & Vine Is Not Hollywood & Vine: It's a Made Up 1950s "Family Values" Town!, The Frick's New Glassed Portico: Looking Out on the Forbidden Garden, Afternoon at the Asia Society: Sarah Sze's Fine Lines, Plus Coins on the Floor…, A Moment at MoMA: Sanja Ivekovic--Women's Issues/Women's Photo Portraits!, Brooklyn Museum Library & Others at Bonham's: Librarians' Night Among Autographs, On a Clear Day, You Can See Harry Connick, Jr!, Potential Brain Damage at the Park Ave Armory: STREB…Falling on Mats from Heights!, Juilliard at Tully: From Mozart's Jupiter To Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet, Shanghai Cirque at New Vic: Everything That Streb Was Not!, Elizabeth Taylor's Jewels Dazzle at Christie's Sale: $156.8 Million, Plus Luggage!, A Bread & Puppet Christmas with Two Quite Different Shows: Attica for Xmas?, Three Met Press Previews: Renaissance Portraits, Duncan Phyfe, Plus Amer Ind Artifacts, Chopping Down The Cherry Orchard Down on East 13th! But No Axe Sounds?, Once, There Was Carmen Jones: Now We Have Lysistrata Jones, Who's No Relation…, Bonnie & Clyde: Where Is Faye Dunaway When We Need Her? Warren Beatty?

Turkey Week and End of November
Juilliard Chamber Symphony at Alice Tully: Standing Violinists, Sitting Cellos!; Peter Brook's Beckettian Fragments at Barishnikov: Gestures & Words…; Weak King Richard II Surrounded by Favorites at Court: Gay Buddies Bad Policy!; Who's Banging on That Door? Who Fucked Up on That Military Mission?; Challenge To Book of Mormon: Musical Version of Silence of the Lambs!; The Horrors & Joys of Gay Marriage! Standing on Ceremony Comes Out of the Closet!; The Great War Re Visited: The Blue Flower Sings of Lives Destroyed & Collaged.; Into the Woods with Wild Animals You Should Know: Watch Out for Feral Teenage Boys!; Japanese Narratives at the Met Museum: Plus Fabergé, Renaissance Venice + More…; Important American Paintings & Sculptures at Christie's: Rich Collectors Need Cash?; Suicide, Incorporated Appropriately Sited in the Black Box at the Pels on 46th & Sixth.; Seminar with Alan Rickman at the Golden: $5,000 Apiece To Learn How To Write Fiction?; Moses Confronts Pharaoh at Carnegie Hall: Not the Aida Legend: Rossini, Not Verdi!; Hanging Boys & Hanging Artworks In Guggenheim Rotunda + Stuffed Dead Horses!

Town Hall to MoMa and More
No Performer Mikes on stage at Town Hall: Scott Siegel's Broadway Unplugged 2011!; Into Space & Beyond Planet Earth at Museum of Natural History: Just Press the Button!; No Cantonese, If You Please: Try To Learn Ch'inglish—But It Loses In Translation…; Why Are There No Skinny Boteros? Acres of Latin American Art at Christie's!; Cowardian Comedy of Manners Elegant But Mannered: Kim Cattrall in Private Lives.; The Usual Suspects in MoMA's Contemporary Galleries: From 1980 to NOW…; New Maxwell Davies Opera: Students Under Oppression: From Hitler to Mao to Ole' Miss.; Gender Bending American Art at Brooklyn Museum: HIDE/SEEK—Who's Gay or Not?; Look Where It Comes Again! Not Hamlet's Ghost, but the Specter of GODSPELL!; Who Would Believe John Malkovich as a Viennese Serial Killer? With an Orchestra?; Lusty Dancing for Lughnasa, But Tragic Lives for Brian Friel's Ballybeg Mundys…; Musical Sunday Downhill From Riverside Church: Opera Scenes & Eschenbach.; Don't Take It Straight! Milk Like Sugar at Playwrights' Horizons!

From Diego Rivera to Orwell and more
Diego Rivera's 1930s MoMA Murals Again at MoMA: But No Frida Kahlo…, Two Nights Downhill from Grant's Tomb: Creationism from Haydn + Opera Arias!, New York City's Oldest Museum Now Its Most Digitally Modern: NY Historical Society, Art Plunderer Sherrie Levine Uses Walker Evans, Plywood, & Four Billiard Tables…, The Tower of Brooklyn Could Be Our Tower of Babble On: BAM's Brooklyn Babylon, On Forty Second Street, Once Again TAPS IS TOPS! Untapped at the New Victory, PETA Alert! Check Out Venus in Fur! Did Any Foxes Die for This S&M Romp?, Park Avenue Armory Transformed with Pavilion of Art & Design New York: Deco & More!, Atmosphere of Memory Not So Spherical--Nor Empirical…, Before 1984: George Orwell on British Imperialism in Burmese Days.

There wasn't any post-Halloween letdown
In the Depths of The Great Depression, Lefty Lenses at Work in the NY Photo League…, Which Is Worse: To Be a Foster Child or To Be Adopted? How About A Charity Case?, Stunning Auction Catalogues at Phillips de Pury: Own Your Own Art Gallery for Only $35!, Giant White Ghosts on Chicken Footed Stilts Save Shackleton Puppets at BAM!, Swedenborgian Angels Dance Once Again: Not at BAM, But at LaMaMa's Ellen Stewart…, Print Fair at Park Ave Armory: Penny Plain/Tuppence Colored Not So Cheap Anymore!, The Good Old Days at Judson Hall Live Again: Queen of the Mist Subtly Sings…, Sam Waterston Bravely Climbs That Final Actors Mountain: KING LEAR, Around the Corner from Ladurée/Paris: Mental Earth Growths & Smears at Knoedler!, Other Desert Cities, Reborn from Lincoln Center, Now in the Tiny Little Booth Theatre!, Brits Off Broadway at 59E59: Hop on Over To See Bunny!

What went on around the October snows?
Last Week, Islamic Art at the Morgan; This Week, More at the Met Museum!, Splintered Souls Over on West 43rd Street: Call Beth Israel!, Ronald Lauder's Treasures at Neue Galerie: All That Money Can Buy…, Sons of the Prophet: Not Sa'udi Arabs, But Lebanese, If You Please!, Nicole Awai's Almost Undone Show Almost Over…, Pete Gurney's 1974 Children Come Home To Roost at Beckett, Flaming Twenties Live Again in Brooklyn: Youth and Beauty!, Ingmar Bergman's Cries & Whispers Drastically Deconstructed at BAM!, Silver Screen/Silver Prints: Hollywood Glamour at the Grolier Society!, Film Noir Fashions on Parade at Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library, Chris Marlowe's Love's Labour's Not at All Lost at Public Theatre…, Master Pianist Alfred Brendel Gives a Master Class at Juilliard!

All around, it was a bad week.
Visible In the Flesh Ghost in the Machine at New City: How Did She Die?, There's the Grand Canal in Venice; Then There's the Root Canal Over on East 40th…, Woody Allen, Ethan Coen, & Elaine May Pen Plays, Relatively Speaking…, Islamic Manuscript Illuminations at the Morgan: But The Prophet Nixed Human Images!, Beijing Dance Theatre Ensemble Moves Through a Haze at BAM!, Young Gay Jewish Playwright Makes a Submission to the Humana Festival, Shtetl Tales: The Learning Play of Rabbi Levi Yitzhok, Son of Sarah, of Berditchev…, Very Athletic [Abridged] Complete World of Sports at the New Vic: Olympics, Anyone?, Meanwhile, in Future Holiday Destination, Libya, They Shot the Bad Guy!

A good "Cymbeline," Steichen's Vintage Photos and more
Broadway's Own Paul Gemignani Gives Our Regards to Broadway from MSM…, Steichen's Vintage Photos & Stieglitz's Artists Emerge from Met Museum Vaults!, Stop! Don't Take That Bus! Watch Out for Born Again Christians & Arson!, Man & Boy on 42nd Street: Father Pimps Son To Save Big Business Deal!, Thursday Gallery Night on 57th Street: So Much Art—So Little Time To See It!, AIDS Support Group Metaphorically on the Raft of the Medusa: Shark Alert!, Marta Eggerth Still Singing at 99: The Queen of Viennese Operetta Returns!, Garment Workers: Awake & Sing! Pins & Needles Revue Makes a Comeback!, Best Cymbeline Staging Ever by Fiasco Theatre Definitely No Fiasco…, Chinese Slave Labor Children Made Your iPad: Mike Daisey's Steve Jobs Takedown

From Picassos to Actress Zoe Kazan
Savoring Early Picassos at the Frick: From Collage to Cubism & Onward!, With Woodie King at the Castillo: New Federal Moves To 42nd Street!, David Smith’s Steel Constructions at the Whitney: Welders of the World Unite!, Martin Luther King’s Last Night at the Lorraine Motel: Early Check Out—, Actress Zoe Kazan Writes a Play: We Live Here at Manhattan Theatre Club, Could Edgar Bergen Have Done This: A Singing Ventriloquist in a Musical?, Nicky Silver Strikes Again: Linda Lavin Is Your Basic Jewish Mother!, Another Kind of Jewish Mother at 59E59: She Deserts Her Husband for a Paramour!

Bregenz Festival 2011
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!

Munich Festival 2011
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!

Report 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.

Look Where it Comes Again! Shakespeare & More in Oregonian Ashland!
Not about Harvey Milk: Ghost Light The Aftermath of the Murder of Mayor Moscone; Four Venues in Two Weeks: Tracy Letts' August, Osage County Finds Its Groove!; Julia Caesar Returns to Haunt Brutus: A Great Woman Has Power Beyond the Grave; All Hands on Deck! Cornish Pirates Board the Good Ship Shakespeare!; Deaf Signing in Henry IV, Part 2: Odd Effect When Only Prince Hal & Poins Do It; Get Well Quick Card for Ashland's Ailing Imaginary Invalid?; American Theatre Critics Do Their Thing: How Do I Get My Reviews on the Internet?

San Francisco and Nevada
Wagner's RING West of the Rockies: Leland Stanford as Wotan?; SF Symphony Almost 100: Tilson Thomas, Yuja Wang, & Swan Lake!; Double Bill at UC/Berkeley's Zellerbach: Afghan Music & Dawsn Upshaw in Crumb's Winds; ACT SF Premieres Musical Version of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City; Piper's Opera House in Virginia City: More Preservation Needed Now!

Time was, when May 31 arrived, The Season was at an end. Not Now.
Reality Challenged Male Has Affair with Fantasy Girl friend in Love Song!, Angry Old Brooklyn Commie Wants Out of Life: Tony Kushner's Latest…, Alzheimers Is No Fun: A Disoriented Julia at 59E59…, Banned Belarus Free Theatre at La MaMa: State Terror & Harold Pinter., Molière's Misanthrope Transmuted into School for Lies, by David Ives…, The Ex First Lady of New York City--Donna Hanover--Is in Picked at the Vineyard!, The Soul Leaves The Body in Tremendous Farts: Hannoch Levin's Winter Wedding!, Lynn Nottage's Newest: Blacks in the Movies--Do Meet Vera Stark., Down at the Public Theatre: Knickerbocker, in Which Bob Dishy Returns!, Target Tempest Not in a Tea pot, but at HERE, in a Candle lit Victorian Theatre!, Derek Jacobi's Lear at BAM: Every Inch a King!, Irish Villains Foiled Again by Irish Heroes: The Shaughraun, at Irish Rep!, George Bernard Shaw Sings Again! Candida Transmuted into A Minister's Wife., Newsical the Musical Brings You Recycled TV Newscasts & More…, Lucky Guy: This Hilarious Show Is The Book of Mormon for Country & Western!, Improve Your Yiddish with Fiddler on the Roof Sound Alike: Hershele Ostropolyer, Rally Round Herne's Oak! Charming Mannes College Falstaff at the Kaye Theatre., Kurt Weill & Lotte Lenya: Together Again on [Upper] Broadway in September Songs., Boys Made of Cheese May Have Some Survival Problems…, Karen Kandel Deserves a Tony©™ for Her Remarkable Role in Peter & Wendy!, Avant Garde Down in the Vaults at 14 Wall Street: Monk Parrots' Gay Rodeo By Laws, First It Was the Jersey Boys, But Now, It's Jersey Girls: Loose Screws…, Tovah Feldshuh, David Dinkins, & Scott Siegel Help Town Hall Celebrate Ninety Years!, Town Hall Celebrates Broadway Musicals of 1982 with the Mark Stuart Dance Theatre!, Linda Eder Almost Back on Broadway--Two Blocks Away, at Town Hall, in Concert!

Troubled Humanity On Stage at the Humana Festival
Adam Rapp Is Inspired by Jean Genet’s The Maids for The Edge of Our Bodies, A Devil at Noon Is Not Quite the Same Thing as The Noonday Witch, Bob Is Destined for FAME: He Sees Himself Right-Up-There on Mount-Rushmore!, Store-bought Bright & New: Living Now in the 1950s—Maple & Vine!, Gun-Control for Edith: Do Not Shoot Your Father’s New Squeeze!, Elemeno Pea Is Really L-M-N-O-P! The Rich Are Not Like Us!, The End, the Interns’-Show, Needs a Stronger-Conclusion…, Three Ten-Minute Plays in More Than Ten-Minutes!

Last Minute Flurry of Openings of New Productions: both of Musicals & so called "Straight" Plays
Descent into Dementia: The Other Place…, Watch Your Language! Motherfucker with Two ** on a Broadway Marquee!, WarHorse: Passion for a Puppet Horse: Bring Joey Back Home!, HIGH: Somewhere Over the Rainbow, High, High in the Sky, Bye & Bye…, Jerusalem Trivia Answer: William Blake Wrote Jerusalem!, David Greenspan Brings Ancient Greece to Montauk: Go Back To Where You Are…, Michael Frayn's Benefactors: Next Door Neighbors Can Devour You!, John Guare's Absurdist Black Comedy House of Blue Leaves: Edie Falco Goes Bananas!, Born Yesterday: Yesterday's Play Still Potent for Today's Electorate!, Still Beats The Normal Heart: 35 Million Deaths from AIDS & Counting…, Another Motion Picture Becomes Another Broadway Musical! Catch Me If You Can!, Grimm Fairytales Made Hilarious by Roald Dahl & Elizabeth Swados: Revolting Rhymes!, We Wistfully Wonder Why Wonderland Got the Green Light?, Disney Gives Broadway Yet Another Musical: Sister Act--with Alan Menken Music!, Warner Brothers Gets into the Act with Baby It's You!, Donna Murphy Escapes the Holocaust! The People in the Picture Make Yiddish Films!, Tomorrow Morning: Young Lovers, Young Marrieds, Older Break Ups, with Healing!, Mary Poppins! Eat Your Heart Out! HARRY POTTER FLIES!, Trees Still Grow in Brooklyn, But Better in Park Slope Than in Williamsburg., Anything Goes: Sutton Foster Brings Back Art Deco America & Atlantic Crossings!, Opera at the Juilliard School: Ravel's Spanish Hour & Puccini's Gianni Schichi!, Opera at the Manhattan School of Music: Manuel de Falla's Amor Brujo & Vida Breve., Opera at the David H. Koch Memorial Theatre: Séance on a Wet Afternoon…, Monodramatics! John Leguizamo Once Again Makes Real Life Funny!, Bad Day in the Classroom! Alcoholic Scots School Teacher Strikes Out!, Holocaust Inspired Czech Puppetry Animates Mr. M, Based on Ladislav Fuchs' Novel., Boom Town: Thar's Gold in Them Thar Hills! Cirque Mechanics Set Off Dynamite!

April is the cruelest month; March is cruel too.
Rick Elice's PETER & THE STARCATCHER, Caridad Svich's EN ELTIEMPO DE LAS MARIPOSAS, David Lindsay Abaire's GOOD PEOPLE, Thomas Kilroy's MY SCANDALOUS LIFE, Clifford Chase's WINKIE, Robin Rice Lichtig's PLAY NICE!, Bathsheba Doran's KIN, Rajiv Joseph's BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, David West Read's THE DREAM OF THE BURNING BOY, Old Plays in Revival:, Jason Miller's THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON, Tom Stoppard's ARCADIA, Abe Burrows' CACTUS FLOWER, Wm. Shakespeare's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, Lewis Theobald's Adaptation of Cardenio--DOUBLE FALSEHOOD, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE BOOK OF MORMON, SPIDER MAN, TURN OFF THE DARK, Scott Siegel's Broadway by the Year Series, THE MUSICALS OF 1932, , At The Metropolitan Opera, Pete Tchaikovsky's THE QUEEN OF SPADES, Gaetano Donizetti's THE ELIXIR OF LOVE, Zorn, Schoenberg, & Feldman's MONODRAMAS, David Almond's SKELLIG, Theatre Rites & Arthur Pita's MISCHIEF, Tom Judson's CANNED HAM, Disney Takes a New Look at the Peter Pan Legend--With a Starcatcher!

Denver: The Colorado New Play Summit
Flying out of Snow in Manhattan to Snow in Mile High Denver might seem an exercise in Futility. From Bad Weather to more Bad Weather? Why not do what some well heeled New Yorkers & Oldsters do? Fly off to Sunny Florida! But then you’d miss the Sixth Annual Colorado New Play Summit.

February, 2011 Roundup
No More Uncle Wiggley in Connecticut: Blood from a Stone…, "Pete" Gurney Recycles Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, with The Last Wasp in Black Tie!, African Americans Celebrate Passover in Virginia Plantation Ruins: Shalom!, Shalom! South Bronx 1940s Teens Don’t Understand Mr. Hirsch, Who Died Yesterday., Rooting Through Rubbish To Find Key To Dead Father: Disposable Cameras—In Your Image., Don’t Vote for Either of These Presidential Candidates: The Body Politic., Beheading for a Billionaire Brunch: Food Prepping for the Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller!, Madmen on the Loose: Compulsion & Diary of a Madman: Mandy Patinkin & Geoffrey Rush!, At the New City: More Than You Need To Know About Sex Among the Younger Generation., Which Is Which: The Wicked Witch or The Witch of Edmonton?, Single Ladies Join Forces in David Mamet’s Boston Marriage at Juilliard Drama., Molly Sweeney: There Are None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See…, Timon! Do Not Waste Your Wealth: No Bail Outs for Dishonest Athenian Movers & Shakers!, All Singing, All Dancing New American Musical in Dubai Reprised: The Road to Qatar!, Bartered Bride Not Battered! James Levine on Juilliard Podium!, John Adams on Carnegie Podium, Conducting Juilliard Orchestra!, Good Advice from a Burning Bush: Free My People & Make a VideOpera: Mosheh!, Spalding Gray Recycled: Zach Helm Is Now Interviewing the Audience!, Around the World in 80 Days Reduced to 60 Minutes: Colin Quinn’s Long Short Story.

January, 2011 Roundup
What To Do About Gruesome Playground Injuries? Close Down the Playground?; Look! Up in the Sky! It’s The Starry Messenger! Galileo Galilei Revisited; Other Desert Cities: Ronald Reagan Is Alive But Unwell in Palm Springs!; You Conned Me Out of My ScreenPlay, But You Didn’t Win the Oscar, Did You?; Ellen Stewart Honored: Ma Yi Theatre’s Flipzoids on an Anaheim Beach…; A Small Fire: Who Will Help You When You Lose Almost All Your Senses, One by One?; The Archduke of Austria Was Assassinated in Sarajevo: Now, Trouble in Two Kitchens!; All Fall Down Dead in David Belasco’s Haunted Apartment Above His Namesake Theatre!; Despising Polite Social Lies & Artifice, Truth Telling Misanthrope Ends with No Friends!; Battle Snow Drifts to BAM in Brooklyn: See Alan Rickman as Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman!; The Three Sisters Dream of Moscow: But Not of Moscow, Idaho!; Fly Off to the American Airlines Theatre: See Brian Bedford as the Imperious Lady Bracknell!; The New York Idea: What’s The Big Idea, New Yorkers? Why All These Divorces?; Venal Publisher Wants Only To Make Money from His Newspapers: Facts & Truth Be Damned!; Olympia Dukakis Larger Than Life Where the Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Anymore!; Menotti, Ward, & Floyd Show Their Operatic Powers in Mannes’ Sinners & Saints.; As a Stand Up Comic, Rigoletto Wouldn’t Make It in Prime Time: Too Bitter, Too Negative…; Watch Out! Give a Shout! There Are MIMES in Room 17B!

December, 2010 Roundup
Edna O'Brien's HAUNTED, Inspector Sands' IF THAT'S ALL THERE IS, Isabel Allende's LA CASA DE LOS ESPIRITUS, Will Eno's MIDDLETOWN, Craig Wright's MISTAKES WERE MADE, Making Music at New York Theatre Workshop: Burkhardt, Duffy, & Malloy's THREE PIANOS, Giacomo Puccini's LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, Claude Debussy's PELLEAS ET MELISANDE, Lee Hoiby's SUMMER & SMOKE, Claudio Monteverdi's RITORNO DI ULISSE IN PATRIA, Avant Garde Theatre Lives Again at Ellen Stewart's LaMaMa E.T.C. John Kelly's PASS THE BLUTWURST, BITTE, Ildiko Nemeth's MAPPING MOBIUS, At the Park Avenue Armory: Peter Greenaway's THE LAST SUPPER, Across the River & into BAM: Gardarsson, Farr, & Kafka's METAMORPHOSIS, Victorious at the New Victory: Mayumana's MOMENTUM.

November, 2010 Roundup
THE RIDE Will Take You for a Ride Around Midtown You Won't Soon Forget!, Vince Lombardi Wants Winners! Big City Reporters, Beware!, John Guare Strikes Again! A Free Man of Color Is a Louisiana Hayride Through Drama Lit!, The Last Castrato Sings Again! Why Aren't the Monks Still Castrating for the Vatican Choir?, G-d Speaks To Those Who Will Listen--But Neil LaBute Warns Us of the Consequences…, Charles Busch Takes the Veil: A Superior Mother Superior at St. Veronica's Convent!, Pee Wee Herman Lives Again--But Only for a Limited Run at the Steve Sondheim Theatre., In The Wake--Not of the Red Witch--But of Recent Political Disasters: Unearned Empathy?, What Do You Mean: Grand dad was a Commie Spy? After the Revolution & Then Some…, What Can Be More Boring Than a Family Reunion Dinner? A Dysfunctional Family Buffet…, Orphaned Welsh Demon Twins Drive Godmother to Distraction & Death: Don't Drink the Punch!, Lingua Franca: Teaching British--not American--English To Italians in Firenze…, Al in a Tallis: But Don't Forget That He's the Money Lender, Not the Merchant of Venice!, Watch Out for That White Horse! Trouble Down at the Mill Race for Rosmer in Rosmersholm., That Wasn't Vanessa Redgrave We Saw? Maureen Anderman Played Miss Daisy?, Three Weeks of ReHab in Mt. Siniai's Klingenstein Pavilion: Déjá Vu with Wings., Tony Kushner's "Gay Fantasia" Is Nothing Like Walt Disney's Fantasia…, Get the DVD of Pedro Almodóvar's Women Fully To Appreciate the New Musical Version!, Sing Along with Genocidal Andrew Jackson: Free Up the Frontier for Real Americans!, ELF--Will Ferrell, Where Are You, Now That We Need You?, You Threw the Wrong Baby in the Fire, Azucena! How Could a Mother Make Such a Mistake?, Open Casket for Bernstein's Quiet Place: Sex Angst of Dysfunctional Suburban Family., You Idiot! Why Dress Like Drusilla? Nero's Men Will Kill You: Heroes Never Wear Heels…, That Guy Who Looked Like Charlie Chaplin--Was He Twins or Something? No: He's Raoul!, BAM Books a Show from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Ping Chong's Throne of Blood!, Do Not Squirm at the Squirm Burpee Circus: Do Have a Great Time!, Scott Siegel's Broadway Unplugged: Vintage Songs Uncorked by Experts!

Annual Munich 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 Aida!
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!

The Obergammau 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.

Denver, the Mile High Culture City!
Two World-Premieres for Colorado New Play Summit!, Show Tickets Start at $18, Amazing Versatile Ensemble at Denver Theatre Center, Artistic-Director Kent Thompson Innovates, Young American Playwrights in the Spotlight, Laika & Yuri Gargarin adrift in Outer-Space!, Will Prayer Save a Marriage & a Family When Dad Is a NASA Astronaut?, Can Tang Make a Difference even in a Pie?, Why Did Those Two Old Bachelor Rancher-Brothers Never Marry?, Should Small-Children Be Taken-Away from Dim-Witted Parents?, Do Incompetents Deserve Food-Stamps: Won’t they Squander the Tax-Payers’ Subsidies?, Free-Rides on 16th Street Mall Buses, Denver’s Post-Post-Modernist Art-Museum: the Daniel Libeskind Addition, Allen True’s Art-Deco Murals, Frank Ghery’s Stunning Denver Public-Library, Get High a Mile High: Denver Medical Marijuana!

December, 2010 Roundup
Edna O'Brien's HAUNTED, Inspector Sands' IF THAT'S ALL THERE IS, Isabel Allende's LA CASA DE LOS ESPIRITUS, Will Eno's MIDDLETOWN, Craig Wright's MISTAKES WERE MADE, Making Music at New York Theatre Workshop: Burkhardt, Duffy, & Malloy's THREE PIANOS, Giacomo Puccini's LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, Claude Debussy's PELLEAS ET MELISANDE, Lee Hoiby's SUMMER & SMOKE, Claudio Monteverdi's RITORNO DI ULISSE IN PATRIA; Avant Garde Theatre Lives Again at Ellen Stewart's LaMaMa E.T.C.: John Kelly's PASS THE BLUTWURST, BITTE, Ildiko Nemeth's MAPPING MOBIUS; At the Park Avenue Armory: Peter Greenaway's THE LAST SUPPER, Across the River & into BAM: Gardarsson, Farr, & Kafka's METAMORPHOSIS, Victorious at the New Victory: Mayumana's MOMENTUM.

November, 2010 Roundup
THE RIDE Will Take You for a Ride Around Midtown You Won't Soon Forget!, Vince Lombardi Wants Winners! Big City Reporters, Beware!, John Guare Strikes Again! A Free Man of Color Is a Louisiana Hayride Through Drama Lit!, The Last Castrato Sings Again! Why Aren't the Monks Still Castrating for the Vatican Choir?, G-d Speaks To Those Who Will Listen--But Neil LaBute Warns Us of the Consequences…, Charles Busch Takes the Veil: A Superior Mother Superior at St. Veronica's Convent!, Pee Wee Herman Lives Again--But Only for a Limited Run at the Steve Sondheim Theatre., In The Wake--Not of the Red Witch--But of Recent Political Disasters: Unearned Empathy?, What Do You Mean: Grand dad was a Commie Spy? After the Revolution & Then Some…, What Can Be More Boring Than a Family Reunion Dinner? A Dysfunctional Family Buffet…, Orphaned Welsh Demon Twins Drive Godmother to Distraction & Death: Don't Drink the Punch!, Lingua Franca: Teaching British--not American--English To Italians in Firenze…, Al in a Tallis: But Don't Forget That He's the Money Lender, Not the Merchant of Venice!, Watch Out for That White Horse! Trouble Down at the Mill Race for Rosmer in Rosmersholm., That Wasn't Vanessa Redgrave We Saw? Maureen Anderman Played Miss Daisy?, Three Weeks of ReHab in Mt. Siniai's Klingenstein Pavilion: Déjá Vu with Wings., Tony Kushner's "Gay Fantasia" Is Nothing Like Walt Disney's Fantasia…, Get the DVD of Pedro Almodóvar's Women Fully To Appreciate the New Musical Version!, Sing Along with Genocidal Andrew Jackson: Free Up the Frontier for Real Americans!, ELF--Will Ferrell, Where Are You, Now That We Need You?, You Threw the Wrong Baby in the Fire, Azucena! How Could a Mother Make Such a Mistake?, Open Casket for Bernstein's Quiet Place: Sex Angst of Dysfunctional Suburban Family., You Idiot! Why Dress Like Drusilla? Nero's Men Will Kill You: Heroes Never Wear Heels…, That Guy Who Looked Like Charlie Chaplin--Was He Twins or Something? No: He's Raoul!, BAM Books a Show from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Ping Chong's Throne of Blood!, Do Not Squirm at the Squirm Burpee Circus: Do Have a Great Time!, Scott Siegel's Broadway Unplugged: Vintage Songs Uncorked by Experts!

Annual Munich 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 Aida!
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!

The Obergammau 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.

Denver, the Mile High Culture City!
Two World-Premieres for Colorado New Play Summit!, Show Tickets Start at $18, Amazing Versatile Ensemble at Denver Theatre Center, Artistic-Director Kent Thompson Innovates, Young American Playwrights in the Spotlight, Laika & Yuri Gargarin adrift in Outer-Space!, Will Prayer Save a Marriage & a Family When Dad Is a NASA Astronaut?, Can Tang Make a Difference even in a Pie?, Why Did Those Two Old Bachelor Rancher-Brothers Never Marry?, Should Small-Children Be Taken-Away from Dim-Witted Parents?, Do Incompetents Deserve Food-Stamps: Won’t they Squander the Tax-Payers’ Subsidies?, Free-Rides on 16th Street Mall Buses, Denver’s Post-Post-Modernist Art-Museum: the Daniel Libeskind Addition, Allen True’s Art-Deco Murals, Frank Ghery’s Stunning Denver Public-Library, Get High a Mile High: Denver Medical Marijuana!

February Show Notes
David Mamet's Simplistic Race: Oleanna Recycled?, Laura Linney Is Wounded War Zone Photographer in Time Stands Still, Hot Audition for Ives' Venus in Fur, Audience Enters Martin Luther King jr's Motel Room #306 at 59E59, "Minor" Blow Job & Fan with a Mind of Its Own: Sam Shepard's Two Hander from Dublin's Abbey Theatre, Rough Sketch Needs Firmer Hand, Orphan Boy Marries in Horton Foote's Tri Partite Texas Saga, Sweet Marcus at the Public: Brother, Sister Plays, Very Likable As You Like It at BAM, Fabulous Art Deco Apartment for Dynamic Cast in Present Laughter, Offstage Plane Crash in City Center Basement Pearl: Shaw's Misalliance, Chicago's Maureen Watkins' Other Play Mint Fresh, Liev Schreiber IS Eddie Carbone: Miller on the Bridge, Not Much Nutcracker or Klezmer in Klezmer Nutcracker, Twenty Two Years of Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic!, Replaying A Little Night Music Graced by Angela Lansbury, Oscar Wilde Sings! Ernest in Love at Irish Rep, Charming Finian's Rainbow: Sudden Crock of Death on Broadway, Flahooley aka Jollyanna Rains Dolls at Theatre for the New City, Look Where It Comes Again! NY G&S Players Repeat Mikado Pinafore & Ruddigore, Grand Opera & Grand Spectacle at the Met: Boccanegra Stifellio & Turandot, Odysseus Ulysses Returns to Ithaca & Pénélope at Manhattan School, Rossini's Barber in Bleecker Basement with Amato Survivors, "Porn Flakes" for Accidental Pervert Goffman, Belgian Teens Go Wild at Duke, Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever Set in West Hollywood not in Greenwich Village!, Webmaster of NYTheatre Wire.com Shows Acting Skills in Dual Role at New City!

Shinn sketch of David Belasco

Belasco's Stuyvesant Theatre: From Tiffany treasures to Roman Catholic Confessionals.
The irrepressible Glenn Loney, still recovering from a dangerous fall, scales perilous hights to report on the renovation of Belasco's Stuyvesant Theatre history and the dangers of restoring it.

Back to work in October
James Bond & Wolverine Together on Broadway!/Carrie Fisher Tells All & More!/Jude Is a Law Unto Himself!/Iraqui Aftermath: Damaged People & Ruined Lives!/Impressive Irish Drama Revivals: John Millington Synge's Playboy & Lennox Robinson's Is Life Worth Living?/Broadway's Contemporary Aristocrats Multi Star in The Royal Family/Murder the Protestants! Mexico City Troupe Musically Recreates Religious Horrors in Anjou/Robert Lepage's Ex Machina Marathon: Not Liposuction but Lipsynch.

Brain Hemorrhages and Performing Arts Reportage
Photographing Golden-Gate-Bridge w/Trick-Lens/Disastrous-Fall on Historic-Gun-Emplacement/Subdural-Hematomas: Can you have a History of Brain-Hemorrhages: How many of them before you Definitively-Die?/Wonderful Anne Hathaway in Central-Park Twelfth-Night!/Sir James Galway & Hundreds of Flautists Break Guinness-Book-of-Records Mass-Concert-Record!/Music-Critics of North-America: Last-Conference at the OK-Corral: From Print-Reviews to Internet-Blogs?

"San Francisco, Open Your GoldenGates!,"or: "I lost my Balance in San Francisco!"
A Regretful-Report on the Perils of Photographing The Golden-Gate-Bridge From a Cliff on Land’s-End, When One Is Over Eighty-Years-Old, But Still Feels Seventeen Inside…

 
Poster for Broadway's revival of "Hair"

The Season Ends with a Bang, Revivals hit the Broadway Stage and the Outer Critics Circle's Nominations and Awards for 2008-2009 Season
Season's-End Now New Season's-Beginning, Geyser of Vomit in God of Carnage!, Neil LaBute's Now OK with Women in reasons to be pretty, Torture can be Fun in Chris Durang's New Crazy-Family-Drama: Why Torture Is Wrong, Sigmund Freud & Olympia Dukakis in Craig Lucas' Singing Forest at the Public, Jane Fonda Back on Broadway To Pursue Beethoven-Research in Bonn-Archives: 33 Variations, Tovah [Golda Meier] Feldshuh Plays a Righteous-Gentile in Irena's Vow, Lack of Chemistry onstage in Impressionism, White-Haired Jane Alexander Escapes Old-Folks-Home in Chasing Manet, Born-Again-Christian vs. Catholics in Savannah-Disputations, Only a Shadow of Dr. Martin Luther King in The Good Negro, Inked-Baby Needs Focus, Fired Wall-Streeter Joins The Dishwashers, Wordy Play on Words/John Cullum in Heroes, George Orwell's 1984 a Warning for Our Times!, The Cambria: Fugitive-Slave Frederick Douglass Escapes to Ireland!, Baghdadi-Bath at LaMaMa, Luv's Murray Schisgal Writes New Plays in Yiddish for Folksbiene!, Godot: Don't Wait Too Long To See It!, Mary Stuart Lives Again!, August Wilson Finds His Shining-Man & Song: Joe Turner's Come & Gone, Thornton Wilder's Our Town Revisited way down on Barrow-Street, Lusty Old Norman Delights Three-Times in Norman Conquests, Geoffrey Rush Goes Out with Comedic-Style in Ionesco's Exit the King, Angela Lansbury in Verey-High-Spirits in Blithe-Spirit!, DH Lawrence at the Mint: Widow Holroyd no Lady Chatterley, Desire may be Under the Elms, but there are Tons of Rocks Hanging-Up-Above!, Anti-Semitic French-Police Eager To Help Gestapo Round-Up Jews in Arthur-Miller's Incident at Vichy, Lack of Chemistry onstage in Accent on Youth/ Lack of Chemistry onstage in The Philanthropist, Wild Black Kid on Rampage: Zooman & the Sign, Pearl of a Play at Pearl: Molière's Tartuffe, Mini-Shakespeare-Fest: Hamlet, Henry V, & Merchant of Venice, Movies-into-Musicals: Billy Elliott: The Musical & Shrek: The Musical, Native-American Genocide: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, next to normal a Musical-Revelation, The Subway-Car To Nowhere: Happiness at Lincoln-Center/Manhattan's Toxic-Assets Dumped on New-Jersey: The Toxic Avenger Fights Back!, Rock of Ages Rocks!, Rooms More than Mere-Musical!, Dolly Parton's 9 To 5 Not as much Fun as her Horse-Opera Dinner-Theatres, Only Gisela May Could Be Lola Blau: Maybe She Was!, Hair Revival Lets Sunshine In on Broadway!, ¡Aqui se habla Español! West Side Story Returns!, Lack of Chemistry onstage in Guys & Dolls, Pickle-Family-Circus' Lorenzo Pisoni: A Childhood of Humor Abuse, Frank Blacker Amazing in Southern Gothic Novel: But Only on Wednesdays!, Audience Very Much Awake for Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk with Me!, Urban Indian Uneasy Off the Reservation, Nights at the Opera: Rusalka, Fledermaus, & Falstaff, Passionate St. Matthew at BAM, Cirque du Soleil returns to Randall's-Island with Kooza, New Victory's New-Victories: Black Violin, Rock ‘n Roll Penguin, & Queen of Colors, Wooster Group's La Didone in DUMBO, Peter Harvey, Karinska, & George Balanchine in Dresden at the Semper-Oper, Nominations & Winners: Outer-Critics-Circle Awards at Sardi's!
The Powel Crosley Theatre on Sarasota Bay.

Under the Sun of Sarasota
Great American Newspapers Are Dying: How Can Arts-Journalists & Theatre-Critics Survive?, American Theatre-Critics Confer in Circusy-Sarasota, Keeping Cool with Theatre-Ghosts, Downtown & Strung-Out Sarasota, Prodigious Performing- ts in Sarasota, The Ringling-Complex: Celebrating The Greatest Show on Earth, The John & Mabel Ringling Museum of Art/Howard Tibbals’ Amazing Miniature Howard Bros. Circus!, The Ringling Circus-Museum/Historic Asolo Opera-House & the olo-Rep, Florida-Studio-Theatre in Three Venues, Golden Apple’s Dinners & Musicals, The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Van Wezel Hall: The Color Purple Overwhelms…

Lyn Nottage's ruined, Lisa Loomer's distracted and Broadway's without Mr. Schoenfeld
In Memoriam: Gerald Schoenfeld/Louis de Rougement Is Shipwrecked!/Cynthia Nixon is Distracted/Becky Shaw Not Quite Shavian/Third Story Not about Upper-Floor Burglars/Geo. W. Bush Should Impersonate Will Ferrell!/Candide Revelations about Voltaire’s Sex-Life/New-York-Governor Cornbury Cross-Dresses!/Behind the Wheel To Silver-Lake/Watch-Out for White-People!/Leaves of Glass, Not Grass!/Eight from Edinburgh/Gore Vidal & Tim McVeigh in Terre Haute/Dublin’s Gate-Theatre Gay-Duo/Fresh Kills Both a Dump & a Metaphor!/Mercedes Ruehl Rules in American Plan/Irish Aristocrats Unable To Function on Their Own/Look Where It Comes Again: Hedda Gabler Returns!/Redemption & Renewal: Magical Winter’s Tale at BAM/Chekhov-Revisited: Cherry Orchard also at BAM/Uncle Vanya in a Russki Country-Barn!/Some Target-Margin Blocks on The Camino-Real/Bill Prosser on Tennessee Williams’ Late Plays/Closed by Popular-Demand: Story of My Life/This Beautiful City: Born-Again in Colorado-Springs!/Immense Revolving-Set for Met’s New Trovatore Nothing To Crow About!/Hampson’s Ageing Onegin/Mark Morris Outshines & Overshadows Gluck’s Orfeo/Anna's Lucia at the Movies!/Two-Hander Search for the Golden-Fleece: Jason & the Argonauts/Wales-Week in NYC: Lonesome Valley & Clymau: Prince-of-Wales Executes Adulterous-Wife!/A Play of One’s Own: Virginia Woolf & SITI’s Freshwater/Magic of Shaolin: Kung-Fu & a Lost-Son/Lansky of the Jewish-Mafia/Rosemary Harris as the Pink-Lady/Clytemnestra Cries Out from the Ukraine!

What's on in the cold weather?
Tovah Feldshuh Saves Polish-Jews!/Moses on Steroids!/Craig Lucas Offers Prayer/Chris Noth in Farragut North/Foster-Brother in Dust/Ken Russell’s Mindgame Set Shrinks!/Saturn Returns [Three Times] at Lincoln Center’s Newhouse/Bare Wood-Frame for New House Under Construction/Mamet Returns Twice in Same Season: Buffalo-Speed/Druid Irish Cripple from Galway-Innishmaan!/Rabe’s Streamers Once Again/Dynamic Kevin T. Carroll in Home/Set-Devastation in Sarah Kane’s Blasted/Hallie & Horton Foote Move To Booth/Trio of Outstanding Young Billy Elliots!/Shrek Has Clever Lindsay-Abaire Lyrics/Let’s Get Road-Show Really on the Road!/Irish-Espionage in Improbable Frequency/Hoofer-Letters: Vaudeville-Man/Israel Bashevis Singer Sings: Moshe Yassur’s Gimpel Tam/Doubts about JP Shanley’s Musical, Romantic Poetry/Glittering Mock-Ziegfeld Schlock in Pal Joey/1950s Family-Values Live Again in White Christmas!/Tons of Shredded-Paper in Snowshow/Irish Rep’s Christmas in Wales/Crystal-Meth Perils in New Victory’s Cranked/Brilliant Lepage Faust Staging at Met/Renée Fleming in Christian Lacroix Gowns as Massenet’s Thaïs/Delightful Art-Deco La Rondine/Euro-Trash Don Giovanni/Visual Splendors of Queen of Spades/Abstractly Asian-Influenced Tristan und Isolde with Linda Watson/Met-Opera Ticket-Lottery: $25 for Orchestra-Seats!/Mortier Deserts City Opera/Five Hoppers Inspire Impressive New American Opera: Later the Same Evening/Wal-Mart Walton Patroness of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet/Mike Daisey Worried About Nuclear-Holocaust: If You See Something…/Williamsburgher Danny Hoch Mocks Newly-Arrived Gentrifiers!/Pina Bausch Channels Bollywood in Bamboo Blues at BAM/Liza Survives the Palace/Hieronymus Bosch Soars at Minetta Lane/Subversion & Perversion in Weimar Girls/Snooping in Thornton Wilder’s Correspondence/42nd Street Theatres Revisited by Mary Henderson & Alexis Greene: What Theatre-Goers Have Lost.

If I ever see another vontz, it'll be too soon!
Why The Disconnect & Delay in Show-Notes Reports, STRANGE BED-FELLOWS: Between the Sheets with Gregor Samsa & Franz Kafka, THE ANGEL IN THE ARK, Or A Dream of Hay-Fever Transmuted Into A Revelation…, THE DREAM THAT SAVED MY LIFE, Changing Dream-Channels at Mid-Night From Bad to Worse, DREAMING THE FUTURE OR WISH-FULLTHINKING?, Imperfect Mental-Telepathy From the Sierra Foothills to El Salvador, A NEW WAY TO REPORT ON PRODUCTIONS PAST & PRESENT, Old Musicals in Revival, Other Entertainments/Other Venues, A Very Mixed-Bag, Puppets at La MaMa: "KO'OLAU" & "THE DOLL SISTERS, " Moments-Musicaux, Annual Arts Awards & Prizes, THE THEATRE HALL OF FAME, THE THEATRE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION AWARDS, THE BRENDAN GILL PRIZE. A vonz, by the way, is a bedbug.

 

Off-Season Premieres and Things
The Season Should Have Closed on 31 May, 2008: Why Are They Still Premiering Plays On & Off-Broadway? / The Summer Bookshelf: Vintage Theatre-Images Illuminated with Insightful Texts! / Aside from That, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

End of Season Wrapup
Brilliant Soldaten in Park Avenue Armory Drill-Hall/Will the Season Never End?/Loney Mother-Memoirs in Progress/Paper-Mill Playhouse Saved/Tony-Winning Theatre Forced to Close in Minneapolis, City of Falling-Bridges!/Outstanding New Plays by Neil LaBute, Annie Baker, Edward Albee & Others/John Lithgow, the Loving-Monologist/Brits Off-Broadway Hits at 59E59/End of Season at the New Victory/Jonathan Miller Celebrates Cimarosa at BAM/Fantastic Basil Twist Puppetry: Arias with a Twist/Toy-Theatre Fest in DUMBO/Cirque Dreams on Broadway No Threat to Julie Taymor or Cirque du Soleil.

Roundup of theater in Washington DC and Arlington,VA Area
Metro-DC Now a Theatre-Destination!/Arlington-Incubator Stimulates Creation of New Arts-Groups/American Theatre Critics Explore DC & Suburbs/New Arts-Centers & Theatres for Michael Kahn’s Shakespeare Company, Wooly-Mammoth, & Others/Historic Ford’s Theatre Closed but Lincoln’s Death-House Open/Backstage Tours of the National-Theatre & the JFK Center/Closed Kennedy Memorial-Services for Tim Russert/World-Class.

Reflections as Awards Time, 2008
When You Die, Don’t Forget To Turn Off Your Cell-Phone!, Notes from the Political-Theatre: Could Condi Rice Be Both Our First Woman-President & Our First Black-President?, Dysfunctional Irishmen Way Down in DUMBO, Die Entführung: Middle-East Hostage-Taking in Mozart’s Time!, Caryl Churchill Times-Two: Top Girls & Drunk Enough, Linda Lavin & Jane Houdyshell Riotous in New-Old Paul Rudnick Farce, Ellen Burstyn Dying in Little Flower, Julie White Frantic in Liz Flahive’s From Up Here, LBJ Furious with Martin Luther King in Conscientious-Objector, Lawrence Fishburne IS Thurgood!, Marian Seldes Debuts at the Met-Opera at 79!, Something You Did: Parole for a Former Anti-Vietnam Activist-Terrorist?, Is A Catered Affair Really Necessary for a Happy-Marriage?, Hilarious Mike Daisey Indicts Regional-Theatre & Other Dramatic-Failures!, The Fifth-Column: Papa Writes a Play!, Fargo’s McDormand as Odets’ Country-Girl, Lovely Laura Linney’s Liaisons, Non-Violent MK Ghandi Is Backed by Giant-Puppets!, Some Enchanted-Evenings at Vivian Beaumont’s South Pacific!, Dynamic Patti LuPone in Gypsy!, Mark Rylance Is the Perfect Clown in Boeing Boeing!, Candide Makes a Come-back at Lincoln Center, John Turturro Is Fantastic Hamm in Beckett’s Endgame!, Carmelite-Nuns Break Vow of Silence at Hunter-College!, Alan Cumming & Diane Wiest Challenge Chekhov, Tristan Has a Virus!, Stew Brews-Up a Musical-Stew in Passing Strange!

March comes in like a Lion
Orlando without Disney: Shakespeare Theatre's Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays/Ambulatory Shakespeare in Boston/Down Mamet-Lane in November/Take 39 Hilarious Steps to the American-Airlines Theatre: No In-Flight-Meals/New Jerusalem: Spinoza on Trial/Iraquis Betrayed by US Authorities/Ernest Hemingway Season: Jazz-Age, Maddening-Truth, The Fifth-Column/Almost an Evening Almost an Evening/Secrets of a Soccer-Mom: Whatever Became of the Little-League!/Smashed-Fruitcakes & Broken-Dreams in Paradise-Park/"The Scottish Play" Moves from BAM To Broadway/Fionna Shaw On the Rocks with Happy-Days/All-African-American Cat on a Hot Tin-Roof/Little-Sheba Makes a Come-Back!/Beth Henley's Crimes on Stage Again!/Expressionism-in-Music: Elmer Rice's Adding-Machine Sings!/Depressive-Mom & Dead-Son Sing in Next To Normal/Seafood Sings in Disney's Little Mermaid!/Gene O'Neill Sings Again in Take Me Along/Dynamic-Digital-Designs Upstage Sunday in the Park with George/Grim Peter Grimes at the Met/Food-Fest in Met's New Hansel & Gretel/Live-Horses in Manon Lescaut, But No Horse-Opera!/Marvelous Walküre at Met as Prelude to Complete RING/Raging-Riots In Liberty City/Black-haired Rapunzel at New Victory!/The Creation Premieres on West 57th Street!/Challenging Panels at CUNY's Martin Segal Theatre-Center! By Glenn Loney.

A New Beginning for the Year 2008
Tom Stoppard Rocks Broadway, Met Opera's War and Peace, More Troops Onstage Than Bush Iraq-Surge, August, Osage County Has Three Sisters, No Chekhov, Trumpery, Charles Darwin and the Other Discoverer of Evolution, Philo Farnsworth vs. General David Sarnoff, Yellow Face is Asian-Blackface, Placido Domingo in Good Voice in Gluck's Tauride, Richard Wagner Onstage in Doris To Darlene, Lonely Lessons from Julia Cho's Piano-Teacher, Raymond Chandler Meets Mother-Goose in City That Cried Wolf, Mark Twain's Is He Dead?‚ Norbert Leo Butz in Skirts, Lincoln-Center Cymbeline a Majestic Pageant, Audience-Flags for Richard III, Wooster-Groupies Miming Manipulated-Videos of Burton's Hamlet, Constant-Couple, Gem of Restoration-Comedy at Pearl, Dashing Devilish Dick Dudgeon at Irish Rep, Nature Theatre of Oklahoma Now in Soho, Summer in Salzburg, The Seafarer Invokes Devil, Shite, and Drink, Kathleen Chalfant as Always-Wrong DECIDER in Hard Heart, Mikhail Baryshnikov in Sam Beckett's Shorts, Crime and Punishment with Multi-Doors, Edward Albee Puts a Front-Story on The Zoo Story, Pan-Asian Joy Luck Club Returns, Eve Best Outstanding in Pinter's Homecoming Revival, Chas. Mee and You on Queens Boulevard, Stagehands' Strike Nearly Steals Grinch's Christmas, Lukas Foss and Griffelkin Live at Manhattan School of Music, Charlie Chaplin's Grandson at BAM, Three Legendary Women Go Through Tan Dun's Gate, Puppet-Fest at Theatre for the New City, Peter Schumann's Bread and Puppeteers Imagine Dante's Inferno in Guantanamo, Schnitzler's La Ronde Adapted by Werner Schwab and Re-Adapted for Elegant Clemento Solo Velez Staging, Sarah Jones Wins Brendan Gill Prize for Bridge and Tunnel, Under the Radar Festival at Public-Theatre.

Rebooting & Getting-Started for the NYC Season 2007-2008
Red-Necks & Trailer-Trash on Parade/Sibling-Squabbles in Horton Foote's Dividing the Estate/Three Dramas of Desperate Irish Lives/Cherry-trees in Russia, Coffee-trees in Guatemala/Sir Ian McKellen's Mad Lear at BAM/Cell-Phones & Plasma TV-Panels for Moliere's Misanthrope!/Roller-skates on Broadway: Xanadu!/Sam Walton's Severed-Head: No Wal-Mart Endorsement for Walmartopia!/Toni Morrison's Beloved Becomes an Opera/Remembering Beverly Sills/LaMaMa Celebrates 46 Off-Broadway Seasons/90th Anniversary for Manhattan School of Music.


The Bayreuth Festival 2007
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 Tannheuser 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 & Fictions

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.

Festival Season 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!

John Neumeier's 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, Overseas-Travel-Advisory!
The Constant Wife at the Spoleto Festival. Photo by Shane McCarthy, 2006.

Spoleto/Charleston: Performing-Arts from Both Home & Abroad!
In Memoriam Menotti/Merlin's Magic Island: World-Upside-Down!/Mahagonny: City-of-Nets in Charleston/What Is Hell Like: Faustus, The Last Night/Art-Deco Elegance: Dublin Gate's Constant Wife/Intermezzi & Concerti: From Yiddish Folk-Poetry to Accordion-Minimalism/Will Grey-Panther Audiences Ever Die Out?/Or Are They Infinitely-Renewable?
The Taming of the Shrew at the Oregon Shakespearean Festival. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

A Tale of Two Shakespeare Cities
Tom Stoppard Is On the Razzle in Ashland/Taming the Shrew in the Rogue River Trattoria/Prospero Frees His Slaves in America's First Elizabethan Theatre/Romeo & Juliet in the Generation-Gap!/Saroyan Revisited: Tracy's Tiger/Is This As You Like It?/Thornton Wilder's American-Version of the Original-Version of On the Razzle/Cedar City's Candid Candida/Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor Sings!/Twelfth-Night Gender-Confusions in Ottoman-Illyria/Coriolanus in the Land of Canyons/Neil Simon Has a Festival in Southern Utah!/Shakespeare Festivals Here & There.
Welcome to Las Vegas sign.

Sin City Revealed
What Stays in Vegas, Cirque du Soleil's KA & O & LOVE, Mel Brooks' THE PRODUCERS, Lloyd Webber's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Monty Python's SPAMALOT, Franco Dragone's LE RÊVE, Clint Holmes' JAM, Liberace's Rhinestone-World, New Plays Sundance-Workshopped, American Theatre Critics on the Move & on the Spot, The Road Not Taken: The Shows Not Seen.

 

''Tune in to Radio Golf!'' to ''L'Italiana in Londra'' and more
Tune-in to Radio Golf!/Frank Langella as Tricky-Dick Nixon/Audra & The Rainmaker at Studio 54/Legal-Blonde in Harvard Law-School/Mark Morris Dancers Illuminate Orfeo/Creationists Inherit the Wind/Abused Children in Coram Boy/Lotte Lenya Lives Again: LoveMusik/When Queens Collide: Elizabeth & Pirate-Queen Grace!/Essential Self-Defense a Knockout!/Harrower's Harrowing Blackbird/Feckin' IRA's: Defender of the Faith/Vanessa & Joan Think Magically!/Jewish Boy Lusts for Orthodox Virgins!/Misbegotten Moon/"The Scottish Play" w/Italian-Puppets/Shock-headed Oliver Twist/Met's Monumental Puccini Triad/Wrong Reasons: Dad a Monk, Mum a Nun!/Pilar Rioja Returns to Repertorio/Mary Poppins Revisited!/Jiulliard, Mannes, & Manhattan School of Music Offer Spring Operas: Figaro, Finta Giardiniera, & L'Italiana in Londra. By Glenn Loney.

 

''Talk Radio'' to "The Barber of Seville" and more
Tom Stoppard: Marathon-Runner!/Exits & Entrances: Athol Fugard Evokes A Forgotten Life in the South-Afrikaans-Theater/New Terrence McNally “Dish'' on NYC Gay Men/Lincoln Assassinated! Acting Careers in Crisis: Our Leading Lady/Forgetting Everything in a Fugue-state/Philip Seymour Hoffman Goes Boating/Liev Schreiber's Bro' Pablo as Twins in Dying City/Pablo Schreiber's Brother Liev as an Anti-Limbaugh in Talk Radio/Mom's Bullet Deposes King Hedley II/Masculinity-Tests in Tea & Sympathy/Barrie's Mary Rose: The Lady Vanishes!/Shaw's Widowers' Houses in Charleston & Harlem/Hall's Ballsy All-Male Shrew & 12th Night at BAM/Kevin Kline Climbs Mount Lear!/Can You Believe This: Jewish Allegorical-Satire Concealed in Shakespeare's Dream: All Bard's Plays & Sonnets Conceived by Black Marrano Jewess!/CURTAINS: Stage-Murders in Beantown to Make a Killing on Broadway/Musik-Theater at the Met: Sher's Barber, Schenck's Meistersinger, & Voigt's Helena/Swimming to Minetta Lane with Spalding Gray/Lifeboat: Nazis Blitz London & Torpedo Kiddie-Ship!/Dynamic BE at Union Square No Snow-show/Vincent Sardi Remembered at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. By Glenn Loney.

From Patrick Marber's "Howard Katz" to the Met and more
Chris Durang Seriously Adrift/Middle-Eastern Hustler at NY Theatre Workshop/Howard Katz Self-Destructs!/Bad-Dad Frank Lloyd Wright/Williamsburg Hustler at the Cort/Spanish Play No Play/Marcel Proust Re-cycled!/6969 at 59E59/Trio of Female-Abuse Dramas: Do Women Search for Losers & Abusers?/Malta & Venice: Two Jews by Murray Abraham/Art-Nouveau Fashion-Show at Madras House!/All Fall Dead in Journey's End/Tennessee Williams' Bird Sings Again/Friel's Gaelic-as-English Translations/Exchanging Souls wih a Kiss!/Rent in Washington Heights!/Gutenberg--From Wine-press To Printing-press!/Audience Blood-bath in Evil Dead!/John Neumeier's Death in Venice at BAM/New Regime at Met Opera/Peter Gelb Wants Opera-as-Theatre/Heartbreaking Eugene Onegin/Dynamic Simon Boccanegra/Magical Anna Netrebko in Puritani/Julie Taymor's Met Flute: Mozart Meets The Lion King!/Marta Eggert & Two New Performance-spaces at Manhattan School/Gerard Mortier to City Opera--Salzburg & Paris Come to Lincoln Center?/Billy Forsythe at BAM: Iraq War Is Bad/Alice Aloft at New Victory/Falun Gong Saluted at Radio City Music Hall/Richard Foreman's New Ontological-Hysteric Cult-Work at St. Mark's/Jeff Denman's Cabaret Showcase: Jazz Turns. By Glenn Loney.

End of 2006: A Look Ahead--A Look Behind
Chimney-Sweep Season: Check out Chenoweth's Ella in Apple Tree & Bert in Mary Poppins!/Julie Taymor's Magical Zauberflöte!/Dr. Charcot & Female-Hysteria: Marat/Sade Revisited!/Russian Intellectuals Foment Utopian Revolution at Lincoln Center!/New York Gays Vanish at City Center: Regrets Only!/Stand-Up for The Vertical Hour?/Closeted-Gay Korean Dad in Durango/American Pilot Crashes in Muslim-Territory!/No Dust in Clean House!/Blowing Your Own Horn in Company!/Voysey Patriarch an Enron-Crook!/Post-Modernist Hedda Smashes Løvborg's Laptop!/O'Neill's Ape in Close-Quarters!/Suddenly, Blythe Danner as Mrs. Venables!/Brodie & Nixon Both in Their Primes?/Is Lane Right for Butley?/Standing Still in the Station: Two Trains Running/Magical Russki Twelfth Night!/Stop The Grinch!/Christine Ebersole Outstanding as Double-Beales!/Frank Wedekind Sings Again—Post-Lulu!/Dylan & Tharp Don't Click!/Tower Records Closes: Also High Fidelity!/Woody Allen Strikes-Out at 59E59!/Judy Garland Lives Again in Irish Rep's St. Louis World's Fair Musical!/Les Mis Revival Miserable/Ed Harris Salvages Wrecks/Martha Clarke Creates Kaos Down on East Fourth.
Cyrano de Bergerac. See: Festival Time North & West: Shakespeare and Shaw.

2006 Festival-Time 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.

 
Theresa Rebeck's "The Scene."

Humana Festival at 30
Humana Festival's 30th Birthday!, Lee Blessing Wins Big: Steinberg, ACTA Award & $25,000!, Jane Martin Takes On Bushie-Spying, Small-town Men in Fine 18th Century French Finery: Fund-raising Is a Drag!, Outside the Box with Joseph Cornell, Natural Selection: Theme-Park Ethnics, Rebeck's Scene: Self-destructive Loser, Actor Implodes, WW II Vet Finally Returns'in 1949!, Three Mailboxes in Suburbia: Sovereignty, Low: Rha Goddess in Psychotic Rapper Monodrama, New Museum-Hotel Crammed with Contemporary Artworks!, Louisville Slugger Mini-Bats Seized at Airport! By Glenn Loney.
Poster for Mozart Year at La Scala

IATC to Torino
As a member of the European Theatre Union--composed of city, state, and federally-subsidized theatres from all over the European Union--the Teatro Stabile and the City of Turin invited theatre notables and delegates from many lands. They also generously extended this hospitality to IATC: the International Association of Theatre Critics. This made it possible for several Americans--including Glenn Loney and his professorial colleague, the playwright Mario Fratti--to share in the productions, Pinter-papers, and general festivities. By Glenn Loney.

Peer Gynt to Joe Orton and More
Robert Wilson's Fantastic Peer Gynt, Hitler in New York, God Committee: Have a Heart, 18th Century Comedy Marries Oscar Wilde at Public Theatre, Stephen Lang as Gung-ho Marine Officer, Julia Roberts Shines in Three Days of Rain, Condi Rice Look-Alike in Stuff Happens, Awake & Sing, Ye Who Dwell in the Bronx, Carl Orff in Alice Tully, Get Well with Lisa Kron, Mr. Sloane Not So Entertaining, Casting-Call for Show-People, Blood & Gore in Inishmore, Blanchett's Glacial, Regal Hedda, Dreadful Dad in Festen, Why Not Publish Joe Orton's Letters?, Amy Irving & Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil, Assembly-Line Trio-logue at Cherry Lane, Threepenny Opera: Shock & Awful, Fragments of Sophocles at CSC, Ring of Fire: Johnny Cash on the Line, Sandra Bernhard Sings Again, Sidd: Buddha Sings, Lifelong Learning with Marta Eggerth at 93, Flamenco in Bernarda Alba's Casa, George M. Cohan, Not Cohen, Landscape of the Guare, Jackie Bouvier [Kennedy-Onassis] on Stage in Grey Gardens, 60 Years of Tonys. By Glenn Loney.

From Pajama Games to Heddatrons
Garcia Lorca Returns from the Dead/Co-op Board Overthrown/Ibsen Deconstructed/Almost Maine Almost Made It/Apartment 3A Is Haunted!/Handel's Hercules in San Quentin Prison/Down the Rabbit Hole/Elective Affinities in Red Light Winter/Buried Alive in Fake Scots Gothic Drama/Dark at the Top of the Stairs in Barefoot in the Park/Rose Franken Recalls WW II GI Homecomings: Soldier's Wife/Mrs. Warren Returns/Brilliant Quijote Stage-Spectacle at Repertorio Español/Harry Connick, Jr. Takes Off Pajama-Top/Seven Hip-Hoppers Against Thebes: Aeschylus Made Relevant To Semi-Illiterates/Richard Foreman Bonds Boring Videos with Ontological Fantasies/Not Easy Being Gay in LDS Utah: Mormon Boy's Confessions/Foul-mouthed Lenny Bruce Lives Again/Susan Sontag's Modern Parsifal/All's VERY Well That Ends Well.

Odd Couples, Seascapes, Women in White and more
Clyde Griffiths Sings /Bill Dudley's Revolving Concave Projection-Shells Make Magic for Woman in White/Little Dog Laughed: Can Hollywood Make an Honest Film About Gays? Don't Ask!/Chris Durang Reincarnates Miss Witherspoon/Dog Sees G-d: Is Charlie Brown Gay? Brokeback Mountain at Columbine High?/Chita Rivera a Dynamic Dancing Dervish/Rosemary Harris in The Other Side, Laying Out Corpses: Why?/Lane & Broderick OK as Odd Couple/Albee's Seascape: Odd Couple of Giant Talking-Lizards Refute Intelligent Design!/Bus-Ticket to Bountiful for Lois Smith, and Perhaps a Tony as well?/Nighthawks & Big-Band Sound at 59E59!/Bravura Gabriel Byrne in O'Neill's Poet/Didi & Gogo: You're wasting your time Waiting for Godot: He's not coming!/Celebrating Harold Pinter at the Atlantic/Judy Kaye Punishes Vocal-Folds as Florence Foster Jenkins/Oprah's Color of Purple Is Riot of Colors, But Short on White/Aussie Duo Terrific in Overpass-Dropped Stones/Synge Sings in Riders to the Sea at Manhattan School of Music. By Glenn Loney.

Ellen Karas as "Hilda"

Jersey Boys to Hilda and More
Johann Sebastian Bach Wins Leipzig Organ-Audition!, Brilliant Patti Lupone Makes Both Vocal & Instrumental Sondheim Music, Soldier's Play Even Better Second Time Around!, Frankie Valli Sings Again!, Tourette's Syndrome as Musical Inspiration!, Dawn Powell's Posthumous World Premiere!, Magical Ping Chong Cathay!, Meryl Streep's Daughter Mamie as Precocious 4-Year-Old!, No Zagat-Rating for 5-Course Love, Miracle in Central Park: Not at Public Theatre, Beowulf Sings & Sings, Wendy Wasserstein on Third!, Blood-soaked Labyrinthine Massacre, Very French Servant-Problems: Hilda & Trapped, Flee from Manic Flight Reaction, Other Ayckbourns Better Than Absurd Person Singular, Look-Alike Bobby in RFK, Hispanic Stereotypes in Latinologues, Celebrating Goldfadden & Yiddish Theatre, Charlie Chaplin's Grandson Outstanding Mime in Bright Abyss!, Lavish Maoist Ballet: Raise the Red Lantern, Isabelle Huppert in Two-Hour Stupor of Depression: 4.48 Psychose, Boisterous All-Male Winter's Tale, Mouse Queen Meets Lion King, Give Me Shelter, Little Prince Flies into Lincoln Center. By Glenn Loney.

 

 

 


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