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David Fox

Star-crossed

For more than 40 years, the magnificent opening image from Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites seen above has served as an icon for the Met—and not only to advertise this opera.  Read more »

Nothing’s gonna charm you

Third time’s the charm, they say—and I’ll give Encores!’ final production of the season, High Button Shoes, that it had some of that precious, often elusive quality.  Read more »

Riding on empty

Tiffany Townsend and Sophia Hunt in Empty the House

It rained nonstop in Philadelphia the evening I saw Riders to the Sea and Empty the House. But it was nothing compared to what happened on stage in two works awash with water as metaphor.  Read more »

All she has to do is dream

In the most hectic and sometimes marvelous year of theater I’ve had in memory, Lady in the Dark at MasterVoices this weekend thrilled me most.

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Pigment of the imagination

It’s a wonderful idea to cast Bohème with young singers, and these delivered astonishingly assured, confident, mature performances.

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Sophisticated Hades

The sexiest moment on Broadway this season features a 73-year-old man and a single button.

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Everybody loves to break a bough

We owe director John Doyle and Classic Stage Company a debt of gratitude for bringing Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock—warts and all—to the stage.

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Winged defeat

Frankly, I can’t imagine there’s a future for I Married an Angel.

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