NY Theater, May ’18

2018-06-10T21:21:13+00:00May 7th, 2018|Theater|

Our ambitious program of eight shows in five weeks got off to a disappointing start: both Harry Clarke and Three Tall Women were well reviewed but left us cold. Billy Crudup and Glenda Jackson, the respective stars, gave flawless performances, but neither was a character we wanted to spend time with. They were both self-centered [...]

New York Theater ’17

2017-06-07T01:35:07+00:00May 29th, 2017|Theater|

The month before the Tony Awards we checked into the New York theater scene with a vengeance. I can’t say we’ve been overwhelmed so far - seven down, two shows to go - but we’ve mainly had a good time. I think in the future, though, I will be a little less taken in by [...]

Broadway 2015

2015-06-14T18:38:20+00:00June 14th, 2015|Theater|

We have spent five weeks in New York going more to the theater than movies - especially since we were shut out of the Apu Trilogy on Memorial Day - so I thought I could use this space for a brief recap of what we've seen on the boards in a variety of venues: Broadway, [...]

Hamlet – 4

2010-12-17T17:34:38+00:00December 17th, 2010|Theater|

Britain's National Theatre production starring Rory Kinnear was broadcast in Hahn Hall as part of UCSB's Arts and Lectures series and disappointed for two reasons. One was that I couldn't understand half the dialogue and Hamlet's s's and f's sounded like lisps. One is more forgiving of live theater, but when it is a prerecorded presentation [...]

Theater: A View from the Bridge

2010-07-23T20:07:14+00:00July 23rd, 2010|Theater|

The contrast, on back-to-back nights, between Donald Margulies' new play, Time Stands Still, and a revival of the Arthur Miller chestnut, A View from the Bridge, made me reflect that a golden age of drama, like the Greeks experienced or like the Rodgers and Hammerstein era of the musical, has passed. Margulies' work was facile [...]