Archives for February 8, 2011

Black Tie

A.R. Gurney has written over 40 plays and I’ll wager he’s had more use of perhaps 6 characters than any playwright in history. This prolific playwright is in the Alan Ayckbourn/Neil Simon class of writers who continue to find gold as they probe the same mines, those that exist in their own private worlds. Mr.Ayckbourn […]

Owl Moon

Most artistic directors aren’t running around onstage with an owl puppet minutes after giving the opening curtain speech. But that’s Marcus Kyd for you, an actor-manager whose efforts with the Taffety Punk crowd over on Capitol Hill are increasingly paying dividends — and who, incidentally, makes a really good owl.

Goya … A Life in Song

Of all the rare recordings that the wonderful people at Masterworks Broadway have recently made available, none has drawn me back to listen to again as many times as this concept album of a musical that Maury Yeston wrote for Plácido Domingo.

An Almost Holy Picture

An Almost Holy Picture by Heather McDonald is a spiritual quest by a man seeking solace and meaning when he’s beset with tragedy and misfortune.  The Rep Stage production is a quiet, reflective story featuring Michael Stebbins in a touching solo performance, who does what he can with what he’s got, but in the end, […]

I Left My Heart – a Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett

“I don’t follow the latest fashion,” Tony Bennett said of his artistic instincts in a 2010 interview with the Winston-Salem Journal.  “I never sing a song that’s badly written. Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and others just created the best songs that had ever been written.  These are classics, and finally they’re not being treated as […]

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