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‘Unatamed!’ Sings the Praises of Opera’s Wild Side

‘Unatamed!’ Sings the Praises of Opera’s Wild Side

BY TRAV S.D. | No matter what you do in life, you’ve got to start somewhere. If you’re an opera singer, that may not be so easy. The dell’Arte Opera Ensemble hopes to address that. From Aug. 12-27, the company will bring its 15th Annual Summer Festival (this year titled “Untamed!”) to downtown performance behemoth La […]

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Defining Images from Decisive Moments

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Defining Images from Decisive Moments

BY NORMAN BORDEN | Here is India through the eyes of one of the most — maybe the most — influential and revered photographers of the 20th century: Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). The artist himself selected 69 of his favorite images for a 2002 show in Oslo, and now that collection is part of the Rubin […]

Long-Gone Director’s Work Timely Still

Long-Gone Director’s Work Timely Still

BY STEVE ERICKSON | One of the biggest regrets of my life as a cinephile is that I skipped the entirety of MoMA’s 1995 retrospective of British director Alan Clarke, simply because I had no idea who he was or that he was a major filmmaker. But I think I can be forgiven my ignorance. At […]

Extremism’s Violent Allure

Extremism’s Violent Allure

BY STEVE ERICKSON | It’s very hard to capture the zeitgeist when the process of getting a film made takes years. French director Bertrand Bonello’s “Nocturama” manages it, with an up-to-the-minute and startlingly sympathetic depiction of his nation’s terrorists. Music did a better job than cinema of capturing the hopes of the ‘60s left, with the […]

The Entertainment is as Free as the Air

The Entertainment is as Free as the Air

BY TRAV S.D. | A few weeks ago, one might have been forgiven for predicting that free outdoor productions in New York, in particular those of Shakespeare plays, would soon be heading for the hills. The Public Theater’s controversial Trump-themed production of “Julius Caesar” inflamed passions throughout the entire country. Many theaters received angry letters […]

Funny Money

Funny Money

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | The Broadway juggernaut “Hamilton” stunned critics and audiences alike by injecting new life into a musty, iconic American statesman well over 200 years old. So perhaps dramatist Peter Kellogg figured, why not create a musical promoting one of Hamilton’s equally brilliant and colorful contemporaries, Benjamin Franklin? “Money Talks: The Musical,” which […]

EPIC Players Act on Inclusion of the ‘Alter-Abled’

EPIC Players Act on Inclusion of the ‘Alter-Abled’

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Guided by a vision whose ambition handily matches the scale of its name, EPIC Players theatre company is comprised of alter-abled actors, designers, and technicians who study, train, and work alongside their “neurotypical” counterparts. This acronym-friendly troupe is so inclusive, EPIC (“Empower. Perform. Include. Create.”) even found a way to embrace […]

Play’s Vision of Integrated Infantry Casts Women Who Saw Combat

Play’s Vision of Integrated Infantry Casts Women Who Saw Combat

“Bullet Catchers” imagines the US Army’s first mixed gender infantry unit, from training to deployment. | Photo courtesy bulletcatcherstheplay.com. BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | It was less than two years ago — December 2015 — that the last barriers barring women from certain combat positions finally fell. Now, the new play “Bullet Catchers” envisions a […]

Oh, Canada! Soulpepper at the Signature Sure to Send You Swooning

Oh, Canada! Soulpepper at the Signature Sure to Send You Swooning

BY TRAV S. D. | “Canada is looking better and better.” If you’re like this correspondent, you’ve been uttering those words daily for months. Now that I’ve been introduced to the work of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company, I am all the more convinced of the rightness of that sentiment. Founded in 1998, Soulpepper has rapidly […]

Austin, Tennessee: Pouring a Passion Into Williams’ Late-Period ‘Play’

Austin, Tennessee: Pouring a Passion Into Williams’ Late-Period ‘Play’

BY TRAV S.D. | Austin Pendleton is a man of many reputations: renowned actor of stage and screen, theatre director, teacher, and artistic director of the now-defunct Circle Repertory Company. His current project is a revival of Tennessee Williams’ late work “The Two-Character Play,” produced by Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company. The linking may be fortuitous. […]

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