The Spinning Wheel Festival, Part I

Dig it, man! On Friday night at BRIC, I was thrilled to attend the opening of both the interactive exhibition and the multimedia performance of The Spinning Wheel, based on the life of steve ben israel and The Living Theater.  The Spinning Wheel Festival was brilliantly conceived by steve’s son, hip hop theater artist Baba Israel….

Savannah Bay

This evening, the BAM Fishman Space was transformed into a white room. In that room, two women struggle to unearth the difficult truth of an event that occurred long ago. Savannah Bay was written by French feminist writer Marguerite Duras. Her works for theater are rarely performed in America, so this was a special treat (it…

The Exalted

I am really sorry to say that I spent an excruciatingly long hour last night at BAM’s Fishman Space where I saw The Exalted (based on the German-Jewish art historian, Carl Einstein.) I really wish I had liked it more than I did, because Carl Hancock Rux (who conceived and wrote the piece) has a reputation for…

texts&beheadings/ElizabethR

Sometimes it pays to take a risk. That’s what I did tonight when I headed to BAM’s Fishman Space to attend the production of texts&beheadings/ElizabethR. This was one of those performance ideas that was either going to succeed or fail embarrassingly. I am happy to report it worked quite well. I am fascinated by the…

Antigone

Tuesday evening at BAM, I attended my first production of Antigone. Because it is by Sophokles and because Juliette Binoche starred as Antigone, I feel pressure to make some profound pronouncement on the whole evening. I will leave that to the scholars in the audience. What I will say is that Ivo van Hove directed…

Broadway Shows, The High Line & Fine Art!

Too much culture, too little time! Sometimes I simply cannot keep up. There is my day job, my community chorus, my art collective, my friends to see, my yoga class, my farm share, my food coop shift, my dishes to wash … you get the picture (and you probably juggle all that and more!) Anyhow,…

A Human Being Died That Night

BAM’s Fishman Space was transformed into a cell in Pretoria Central Prison tonight, and although I willingly bought my ticket to this play, I can’t say I was looking forward to experiencing it. As it turned out, I sat riveted for 80 minutes while I struggled — along with the characters in the play —…

Ghosts

I saw the April 10 staging of this play and I found it to be riveting. Lesley Manville was a huge part of that, as was the compelling story. I sometimes hesitate to see Ibsen plays at BAM because they present them pretty often, and sometimes they seem repetitive. Not so for this one. I…

Kings Theatre Renovation

On a snowy cold afternoon on February 7, my friends and I waited on a line outside of the newly renovated Kings Theatre on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. We were hoping for a peek inside. We were not alone and we were not disappointed. While we were waiting, it was fun to talk to…

The Iceman Cometh

Some things just take the time they take. You can’t rush them. I am thinking of baseball, for instance. Or opera. For an even better example, take Eugene O’Neill’s play, The Iceman Cometh, as performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music on Friday, February 6. Co-presented by BAM and Scott Rudin, the Goodman Theater production of this play…

Shakespeare’s Sonnets

I go to a Robert Wilson performance for all the usual reasons: lighting, costuming, his signature movements and gestures, his signature sounds and vocalizations. Therefore, I was not at all disappointed. I was thrilled to see this production. There were moments that I particularly enjoyed: When it was the aged, vain Queen Elizabeth who recited,…

Alan Smithee Directed This Play: Triple Feature

I am a fan of Big Dance Theater’s work and last night’s performance at BAM was no exception. I am fascinated by the intersection of dance, theater and music. I especially enjoy the repeating gestures and movements of the choreography, and the way the spoken word, song, movement and characterization is completely woven together. The costuming…