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Knock on wood

Cellist Leah Coloff’s one-woman cabaret act ThisTree, which premiered Sunday on the HERE main stage, finds its place among a lineup of Prototype Festival miniatures this week that seem to plumb the depths of womanly distress.  Read more »


As opera festivals go, the PROTOTYPE Festival, with its goal of bringing cutting-edge opera to New York audiences, is more in tune than most with the current political climate. PROTOTYPE has earned a reputation for its diverse programming, for attempting to recast opera as a decidedly urgent artform, at pace with the most pressing issues of our zeitgeist.  Read more »

Trauma queens

Though barely a week old, 2019 has already provided New Yorkers with an essential, breathtaking music drama focusing on two women struggling for their very survival. The Met’s Adriana? No, that’s so last year!  Read more »

Take this ‘Job’ and stage it

There is some difficulty in describing just what IYOV the musical occasion is—and I’ll take refuge in calling it a musical work in the current PROTOTYPE Festival.

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Purple hearts

Composer Gregory Spears is a unique example of this maxim that one must be “deeply rooted in tradition in order to innovate with integrity.”

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The aesthetic vision of M. Lamar’s Funeral Doom Spiritual was undeniable.

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Women beware women

Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now presented new works in which women were variously gang-raped, eviscerated and executed by firing squad.

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That is the explanation of the crime

anatomy theater, receiving its New York premiere Saturday night at this year’s Prototype Festival, is a conceptual exercise in which nothing, absolutely nothing is left to the imagination.

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