The Nunes memo, election tampering by Russia, the refugee crisis, mass shootings, harassment and molestation, Olympic doping, North Korean nukes, climate change, fascism, nationalism, racism, terrorism… We interrupt our regularly scheduled dread for Alexei Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream, a ballet about pastries.
“I hear you’re a son of a bitch,” said Jerome Kern, introducing himself to a producer. “So am I.” But he was one productive son of a bitch, composing more than 700 songs in collaboration with an all-star rotation of lyricists, among them Oscar Hammerstein II, P.G. Wodehouse, Ira Gershwin, Dorothy Fields, and Johnny Mercer.
“Life is not like your American movies,” says Lise, a ballerina who has captured the hearts of three men. “Why not?” asks one of those men, Jerry, an American soldier turned painter in Paris at war’s end in 1945. That question is the emotional core of the utterly charming, Tony winning musical An American in […]
Parting really is sweet sorrow as The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, after 17 years, offers its final performances this week. Its budget and company size have been unsteady, but you’d never know it from Thursday evening’s stirring, polished swansong performances of Balanchine classics.
There is finally something happening on Pennsylvania Avenue to bring Washington some bipartisan joy. No, not there. A couple blocks away, at the Warner Theatre, where Clara and her prince vanquish an army of rats and celebrate with plum fairies.
Peter Pan and Captain Hook should see a therapist together. How can they not realize by now that their commonalities are greater than their differences? Both are childish, boastful, and untrustworthy. They distance those close to them. They substitute violence for introspection and romance. They generate chaos in a narcissistic bid to be the center […]
Love is tragic and sumptuous in the Mariinsky Ballet’s La Bayadère. At the Kennedy Center this week, under director Valery Gergiev and acting ballet director Yuri Fateev, the production – its sets (by Mikhail Shishliannikov) vast, its costumes (by Yevgeny Ponomarev) sensual and splendid – has a remarkable grandeur. The very size of the company […]
America may be in a new cold war with Putin, but the Washington Ballet this week takes Russia into a white-hot embrace.
Your mission: Venture to the land of Adams Morgan until you see a temple at 16th and Fuller. From Fuller turn right at Mozart Place, past the construction, into the auto-gated parking lot. Then look for the signs. Not enigmatic Dan Brown-ish signs, but actual printer paper taped here and there, with arrows, saying “Magic […]
The Kennedy Center Thursday night featured Teutonic offerings across a wide spectrum. In the Concert Hall, the National Symphony Orchestra was performing Beethoven’s Ninth. Next door at the Opera House, an audience was Von Trapped in The Sound of Music. And at the far end, in the Eisenhower Theater, an East Berlin-born transsexual was squatting […]