Ariadne in Naxos at Glimmerglass


It takes a confident and mature company like Glimmerglass to poke fun both at itself and the very form of opera. Ariadne in Naxos was, in many ways, both a celebration and a self-referential spoof of the entire “Glimmerglass family” that had gathered. The production was cast from past and present members of the Young […]

Piece of My Heart


Bert Berns was an American song writer and producer in the 1960s. An original sixties rock ‘n roller and writer of soul, he made a mark in popular music, particularly with “Here Comes The Night”, “Hang on Sloopy”, “Twist and Shout” and the title song of this latest jukebox revuesical.

Feisty Old Jew

Charlie Varon in Feisty Old Jew. Click for tickets

Actor and performer Charlie Varon has a definite propensity when it comes to storytelling: a laidback and welcoming presence, a passionate mind full of churning ideas, and what a voice! Spanning mellow depths to squeaking highs and with diction to put Henry Higgins to shame, his rich range and control are made to bring classical […]

The Adventures of Tapman

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You know Batman and Spiderman and Ironman and Thor. Superman, Wonderwoman, the Hulk and Captain America. But do you recall, the most famous tap dancing superhero of all?


(l-r) Sasha Olinick, Carla Briscoe, Maggie Erwin and Liz Osborn (Photo: Teresa Castracane)

Growing up is painful. The body changes, the mind expands, and the heart, well, the heart tries to keep up with the strange horror show. And the world that looks on as this change occurs can often feel like a dangerous place, mysterious and cunning. Such is the mindset of Helen Pafumi’s Abominable, offering us […]

The Fever

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On days when I’m seeing a Fringe show, I generally put my button on when I get dressed in the morning and leave it on all day. It’s more convenient that way. Yesterday I was riding the Metro and a lady of a mighty age squeezed in next to me. She looked at my button. […]

Dani Girl, an unexpected story, a triumphant production


Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond know their way around a musical. Broadway performers like Patina Miller, Heidi Blickenstaff and Christopher Siebber know that and lined up to sing on their first album, Out of Our Heads. The Fred Ebb and Lorenz Hart/ASCAP Awards judges agree. And those of you who saw Orphie and the Book […]

Madame Butterfly at Glimmerglass


I will wager, folks, that this year’s Glimmerglass production is the most dramatically sound, compellingly truthful, and emotionally wrenching Madame Butterfly that you will ever see. For my own part, by the time the fragile teenage-bride geisha, a girl known as “Butterfly,” was face-to-face alone with her charismatic if careless, naval officer husband, I was […]

Gidion’s Knot


Gidion’s Knot is a story of irredeemable grief. It is a story about the fragility of childhood, and whether it is the duty of parents to protect their children or to let them flower. It is a tale about artistic freedom, and whether it can have limits, and if so, what those limits are. In […]

The Veil


Is The Veil firstly a ghost story? Hard to say, but it is appareled in those trappings, and some fine creepy moments are conjured, too. Is it historical metaphor? One may be led to believe so, when connections seem to be made between the troubled lives of a family of English landowners and their unseen, […]

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