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Opera Review (NYC): Handel’s ‘Semele’ Directed by Zhang Huan at BAM

Jane Archibald Canadian Opera Company Semele Handel BAM

Some critics disdained this production when it settled in Canada in 2012. But while in some respects it may confound, it feels honest, both musically and theatrically. Plus: Sumo wrestlers! Read More »

The Mint Theater’s Revival of ‘Fashion’s For Men’ by Ferenc Molnár, Review

Molnar, comedy, revival

With the setting as a clothing shop, a haberdashery, what intricate and complicated events could happen there? How could that be a focal point for moral outrage and moral uplift, especially when the protagonist and proprietor mismanages his finances by giving product and money away? The production is an ironic social satire about cultural values, the need for greed and getting over in this revival throwback which takes place in Budapest before the 20th century. It is a time where fashions are beautifully different from our, but the mores and values of "getting ahead despite harming others" are very much like today. Read More »

SXSW Preview: Film, Tech, and Kittens (also, Al Pacino, Ryan Gosling, Guillermo Del Toro, Molly Ringwald, and Robots)

Al Pacino

Attending SXSW (pronounced South by Southwest), the annual Austin, Texas, technology, film and music festival should be on everyone’s bucket list. Read More »

Interview: Greenhouse Director Marc Hachadourian on the 2015 Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden

orchid show nybg

The curator of NYBG's famous orchid show talks about the incredible diversity of orchids and his 15 years working with them. Read More »

The 13th Annual Orchid Show – A Magnificent Herald of Spring at the NYBG

Pansy Orchid. The 13th Annual Orchid Show: Living Chandeliers at the NYGB. Photo by Carole Di Tosti

The orchid chandeliers are a vibrant multi-layered overflow of pinks, violets, whites, tawny oranges, yellows, purples, reds. It is enough to mesmerize and gladden the most sorrowful and dour of hearts. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Fashions for Men’ by Ferenc Molnár at the Mint Theater

'Fashions for Men' by Ferenc Molnar at the Mint Theater. Photo by Richard Termine

In cinematically convincing atmosphere, the great Hungarian playwright's century-old tale of artfully exaggerated personalities, screwy events, and the heights and depths of human nature takes on a timeless quality. Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘Carousel’ at the 5th Avenue Theatre

Julie Jordan (Laura Griffith) and Billy Bigelow (Brandon O'Neill) in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel at The 5th Avenue Theatre.  
Photo by Tracy Martin.

How do you solve a problem like the discomfiting domestic abuse apologetics in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel? Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Churchill’ Adapted and Performed by Ronald Keaton

Ronald Keaton in 'Churchill,' photo by Jason Epperson

The noted Chicago actor evokes the great leader with a Churchillian display of sheer thespian bravado. Read More »

Theater Review (San Antonio): ‘The Addams Family’ at the Woodlawn

addams family musical

The Woodlawn's staging is first-rate, but the show could stand to be a lot creepier and kookier. Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Degas in New Orleans,’ A New York Musical Premiere

Degas in New Orleans

Before he was a renowned French Impressionist painter, Edgar Degas visits his family in New Orleans to help restore their fortunes. What he finds is his beloved cousin Estelle and his family are decline and the city of New Orleans is in chaos. Read More »