review / performance

Pandelirium Pandelirium

We live in a time of open-season for jokes on ancient myths, mixing and matching, sometimes with great success, as The Book of Mormon and Hadestown demonstrate.

on January 19, 2020 at 5:41 PM
Body and soul Body and soul

Ultimately, the unrelenting grimness of the subject matter allied to the sameness of the vocal writing made for a wearying evening.

on January 19, 2020 at 5:27 PM
The ancient mourner The ancient mourner

Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero is a dance-music-theater piece that Prototype Festival presented at the Joyce Theater through Saturday night.

on January 19, 2020 at 5:09 PM
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and Gabrielle Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and Gabrielle

I watched Greta Gerwig’s heartbreaking, gorgeous, joy-filled explosion of an adaptation of Little Women in about the best way one can, sniffling in the dark with my best friend, the closest person I have to a sister.

on January 15, 2020 at 11:10 PM
A radical participatory platform A radical participatory platform

The opera’s radical vision lay in its enormous scale, which encompassed a hundred-strong community chorus taken from the ranks of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Master Voices.

on January 15, 2020 at 10:42 PM
Seductively compelling Seductively compelling

Rosa Feola immediately established with her first group that she’s a serious artist who brought to the concert format both a warmly appealing coppery soprano as well as detailed and savvy dramatic instincts.

on January 15, 2020 at 10:32 PM
Refraction Refraction

I’m only now coming up for air after a night spent wading in the deep, cool, refractory waters of Magdalene, a work of immense, mythic joy and pain wrapped in the details of the ordinary.

on January 15, 2020 at 10:06 PM
Litter box office poison Litter box office poison

Upon its commercial release three weeks ago, Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Cats garnered instant, near-universal scorn from audiences and critics alike.

on January 14, 2020 at 5:03 PM
Flawless! Flawless!

At the Metropolitan Opera on Friday night, an otherwise undistinguished Traviata was salvaged by an astonishing performance from Aleksandra Kurzak, whose Violetta was an incontrovertible triumph.

on January 12, 2020 at 12:49 PM
The moon and I The moon and I

Composer Garrett Fisher and librettist Ellen McLaughlin’s Blood Moon wears its themes on its sleeve to great success in this spellbinding new opera.

on January 12, 2020 at 12:33 PM
Queen of the New Year Queen of the New Year

Although the gold glitter cannons detonated at the end of the act were an ostentatious reminder that this was a celebration of the new year, it seemed that the only words on anyone’s lips as the audience filed out of the theater were “Viva Netrebko!”

on January 02, 2020 at 7:30 PM
The Stuff and Nonsense Dreams Are Made On The Stuff and Nonsense Dreams Are Made On

The New York Gilbert And Sullivan Players is giving its umpteenth production of The Mikado through next Sunday at the Kaye Playhouse, and the show remains frisky and first rate.

on December 31, 2019 at 12:12 PM
Faces in the crowd Faces in the crowd

Saturday night’s Rosenkavalier at the Met was an evening of excess — beautiful singing, sensitive acting, elaborate sets, and an unfortunate business that mars Robert Carsen’s otherwise excellent production.

on December 30, 2019 at 8:34 AM
Every snarl and shimmer Every snarl and shimmer

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra reigned supreme at the opening night of Wozzeck on Friday evening, rendering every snarl and shimmer of Berg’s score with gripping intensity.

on December 28, 2019 at 12:04 AM