Homage to RootsBy: - Dec 14th, 2014
Here are four recent releases that honor the roots of the Blues. Each of them would make a worthy addition to the cd shelves of eclectic listeners of music and most Blues fans.
Biopic of the Amazing Stephen HawkingBy: - Dec 10th, 2014
Screenwriter Anthony McCarten and director James Marsh, of the romantic drama “The Theory of Everything”, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, as Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wlde Hawking, have fashioned, with great skill, a movie about Britain’s famous living physicist.
Playwright/Actor Kuntz Disrupts Narrative ExpectationsBy: - Dec 07th, 2014
Set in a cage and creatively dramatizing different presentations forms, "Necessary Monsters" by John Kuntz is a play that tells a fragmented story. Its title figuring into at least four story lines. “Necessary Monsters” is the name of a romance novel, a horror film, a bit of film noir, and a children’s television show. This is an unusual production that is part dream sequence, part pill-induced hallucination and serial killer nightmare. It is a provocative thinking person's entertainment.
Ginger Costa-Jackson, a Purring, Prescient GatoBy: - Dec 07th, 2014
All eyes are fixed on El Gato, as he virtually vibrates when his slender body is filled with song. Manipulated by three puppeteers, he is a slithering, prancing manipulator himself, entrancing as he bounds across the stage fixing the world to his vision. Puss in Boots is an old tale which holds two morals. One that dress and countenance can carry you far. Puss is a living example. He dons hat and cape and boots and becomes a courtier.
Berkshires on BroadwayBy: - Dec 09th, 2014
In 2013 Shakespeare & Company produced a star studded gala Broadway in the Berkshires. With On the Town from Barrngton Stage and Williamstown Theater Festival's Elephant Man both currently enjoying rave reviews it seems more like The Berkshires on Broadway. Now WTF's Fool For Love is headed for the Great White Way next year.
Fish Story of Ones That Got AwayBy: - Dec 08th, 2014
In the current film Birdman a cartoonish Hollywood star seeks to make his bones on Broadway. While Wolverine star Hugh Jackman is no stranger to Broadway in The River he appears up close and personal in an intimate play staged in the miniscule, by Broadway standards, Circle in the Square. Fans paid top dollar to get close to a beefy but uncannily talented celebrity.
Award Nominations for Best Foreign FilmBy: - Dec 11th, 2014
The upper middle class Swedish couple, Emma and Tomas, have taken their kids Vera and Harry on an expensive, five day ski vacation in the French Alps. The complacency of this seemingly perfect, bourgeois family shatters in a tragic moment when a "controlled" avalanche is anything but. They respond instinctively but differently to that life threatening event. The film by Reuben Ostlund profoundly records the seismic emotional aftershocks of the life threatening incident. The film has been monimated for a Golden Globe award and is a likely candidate for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
Bloch, Full-Blooded and UninhibitedBy: - Dec 11th, 2014
Is opera an intimate art form? Houses in Europe tend to be small or feel intimate. Yet they are just right. Certainly opera has felt right in New York this week with the brilliant, intimate production of El Gato con Botas by the Gotham Chamber Opera and now, as big as Macbeth, in an intimate theatre at the Manhattan School of Music.
Seeking Knowledge or UnderstandingBy: - Dec 11th, 2014
There is no easy short answer: the difference between knowledge and understanding is not so obvious at first, but if you think about it a little, you will find, for instance, that knowing about hieroglyphics does not mean we understand them.
Among 2014 Top Ten Plays for NY TimesBy: - Dec 12th, 2014
In one act and 90 minutes Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar has compressed an explosive take on medieval Islam and its square peg in a round hole of the conundrum of contemporary American society. How does an ambitious individual of Muslim heritage assimilate and succeed in our corporate culture? Not really according to the compelling play Disgraced.