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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Tempest Songbook by Eric Grunin

This post is by Eric Grunin Gotham Chamber Opera's hour-long program at the Metropolitan Museum, entitled "The Tempest Songbook," took these truisms into account by alternating Shakespeare s…

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Monday, March 23, 2015

John & Jen by Eric Grunin

This post is by Eric Grunin "John & Jen" has very little dialog and almost no action that isn't described in the lyrics, so it's only fair to point out that it probably delivers as much…

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Churchill by Eric Grunin

This post is by Eric Grunin Ronald Keaton gives us an amiable but charmless man. (The latter is arguably authentic.) He replicates faithfully the halting speaking style (young Churchill stam…

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe by Eric Grunin

This post is by Eric Grunin Nevermore, a pop operetta written, composed and directed by Jonathan Christenson, presents us with a biography of Edgar Allen Poe. The mostly sung-through piece i…

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Winners by Eric Grunin

This post is by Eric Grunin Although I was never bored, at 135 minutes (including intermission) the play is quite long for the story it's telling. The animals, as fun as they are, get a cons…

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Rap Guide to Religion by Eric Grunin

This post is by Eric Grunin Performer-scholar Baba Brinkman has done a series of shows which follow the same basic format, essentially a lecture with rap interludes. A recent example seen at…

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Slow Dusk & Markheim by Eric Grunin

This post is by Eric Grunin Two one-act operas by Carlisle Floyd are being presented by The Little Opera Theater of NY, newly arranged for chamber orchestra. One is a very early work, the ot…

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Side Show by Eric Grunin

This post is by Eric Grunin There are a lot of words being wasted on what this show is not. This argument occurs because book writer and lyricist Bill Russell and composer Henry Krieger brou…

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Lift by Eric Grunin

This post is by Eric Grunin Lift is billed as novelist Walter Mosley's first play to reach New York. He is a wonderful novelist but not yet a good playwright, and this is student work unwort…

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Wake and a Wedding by Eric Grunin

This post is by Eric Grunin Encompass New Opera Theatre, under longtime director Nancy Rhodes, is presenting the East Coast premiere of Richard Pearson Thomas's chamber opera A Wake or a Wed…

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Excuse My Dust (A Dorothy Parker Portfolio) by Eric Grunin

This post is by Eric Grunin Most of the pieces will be familiar to the readers of The Portable Dorothy Parker: "The Garter," "A Telephone Call," "The Waltz," "Just a Little One," "The Taxi,"…

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Friday, October 17, 2014

When January Feels Like Summer by Eric Grunin

This post is by Eric Grunin Romantic comedies often collapse under such contrivances, but in practice this play holds up beautifully. Nirmala's struggle to accept that she has a right to ten…

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Written in Sand by Eric Grunin

This post is by Eric Grunin This was my first in-person experience of Finley's work, and unfortunately it was a shambles. What could have been forty intense minutes of poetry and music was p…

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Killing of Sister George by Eric Grunin

This post is by Eric Grunin The writer's narrowness of view is a temporary problem, of course. As the play's historical moment recedes from memory, we will once again read the story for what…

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