Friday, December 20, 2013


I can't believe it took eight years for Cirque Eloize to return to NY. It was well worth the wait though. Click here for my review of Cirkopolis.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic

Maybe it was the right collaboration for Robert Wilson, who delivers his best show in years with The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic. Click here for my review.

Why isn't The Voice creating music stars?

The Voice is fun as a TV show but is it really fulfilling its mission to find new music stars? I ponder this deep, deep question here.

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Night Alive

At long last, I've enjoyed a Conor McPherson play! Thataway for my take on The Night Alive, at the Atlantic.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

If someone can hold my attention declaiming a 1798 poem, it's Fiona Shaw. And so it was with her performance of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner at BAM -- directed by Phyllida Lloyd, delivering a nice one-two punch after her Julius Caesar at St Ann's. Click here for my review.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Which musicals should be live-televised next

The Sound of Music got big ratings so NBC has announced it's game to do more live telecasts. But which musicals should be next? I picked 5 I'd like to see, and 5 I'd rather they avoid. Click here for the lists.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence

I thought this type of title was reserved to semiotic textbooks and country songs, but I guess I was wrong. My review of this Playwrights Horizons bust is here.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Hit List

It lives! Well, sort of. Even hate-watchers -- especially hate-watchers -- are aware of Hit List, the musical that displaced Bombshell as the prime attraction in season 2 of Smash. Last night it came alive at 54 Below, and I'm glad I was there. Click here for my review.


Having enjoyed Martha Clarke's work over the years, I was disappointed to be disappointed by Chéri. Oh well, next time. Click here for my review.

Friday, December 06, 2013

What's It All About?

Unfortunately the new Burt Bacharach revue, What's It All About?, doesn't include a medley from Lost Horizon. Click here for my review.

The Sound of Music

Full disclosure: I'm not a big fan of Rodgers and Hammerstein's churchy-Alpine-Nazi combo (though bonus points for having nuns), but last night's live telecast was pretty good overall. Click here for my review.

Thursday, December 05, 2013


Artist lectures don't get more entertaining than Bodycast at BAM, even if hearing Suzanne Bocanegra feed lines to Frances McDormand through an earpiece was a little odd. But hey, I'm sure there was a point. Click here for my review.


Maybe I would have enjoyed Daniel Kitson's Analog.Ue more if I was the kind of person who loves The Moth or This American Life -- in other words, storytelling. As it is, I stayed outside of Kitson's show, looking in. My review's here.