At heart, Jacques Brel is a stand-up comedian. Now hear me out a second. True, it’s not exactly the first thing you think of when listening to music from Brel’s catalog. And one could easily argue that generating laughter is a distant secondary pursuit for Brel, after exposing his audience to dark truths of the […]
Archives for October 8, 2014
Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour, ou Les Dieux d’Égypte
If you thought opera was an art form dedicated to the “park and bark” supersized, you would have your assumptions happily blasted away at Opera Lafayette’s celebratory dance mash with slithering aqua body-suited Nile creatures, an Amazon army of gorgeous jingling-footed Indian dancers, and early-form French-court ballet dancers with their graceful port de bras and […]
This Is Our Youth from Steppenwolf Theatre
Playwright Kenneth Lonergan has much to be grateful for, to Scott Rudin and his consortium of partners who brought us Steppenwolf’s revival of This Is Our Youth, which established Lonergan as a writer of great promise in 1982.