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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble Presents ‘The Death of Ivan Ilyich’ by Patricia Contino

  Ivan Ilyich Golovin died a hard death.  Judgement of the Imperial Court official’s soul is left to his creator – Leo Tolstoy – whose edicts are more dogmatic than any Supreme Being…

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. presents ‘a photograph/lovers in motion’ by Ntozake Shange, by Patricia Contino

  Neither Michael (Imana Breaux) nor Sean David (Adrain Washington) would recognize their present-day San Francisco hometown.  The aspiring artists’ relationship, told in Ntozake Shang…

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’ at New York City Center by Patricia Contino

  “DO NOT FEED THE SWANS” reads the sign posted at the edge of the lake The Prince (James Lovell) staggers towards.  Drunk, unhappy and unloved, he’s ready to end it all when The Swa…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

‘The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker’ at La MaMa by Patricia Contino

  Imagine being  a primarily self-taught scientist who wrote several almanacs, built a clock that ran 50 years, corresponded with Thomas Jefferson and was so brilliant performing measureme…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) Presents ‘Timon of Athens’ by Patricia Contino

  The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) approximates that the Bard wrote Timon of Athens and King Lear between 1604-1606.  Lear is a masterpiece about dysfunctional families, abuse of p…

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

New Ohio Theatre for Young Minds presents UP CLOSE FESTIVAL by Patricia Contino

  Being the reviewer is fun stuff but can be awkward – particularly when covering children’s theatre, when the only reactions that matter most are from those wearing glittery unicorn ho…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The New Stage Theatre Company’s ‘Near to the Wild Heart’ by Patricia Contino

    2020 marks the centennial of Clarice Lispector’s birth.  The Ukrainian-Jewish refugee who settled in Brazil has long been acclaimed as a feminist trailblazer in male dominated South…

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Chase Brock Experience’s ‘The Four Seasons’ by Patricia Contino

  The November 26, 2019 publication of The UN environment programme Emissions Gap Report 2019  confirms yet again that Earth is in serious trouble.  Findings directed specifically at th…

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Monday, November 18, 2019

BAM Next Wave 2019: ‘The End of Eddy’ by Patricia Contino

  “From my childhood I have no happy memories. I don’t mean to say that I never, in all those years, felt any happiness or joy. But suffering is all-consuming: it somehow gets rid of an…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

DruidShakespeare: Richard III at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival by Patricia Contino

  DruidShaekespeare’s Richard III  is a bruising experience, which is as it should be.  The Irish troupe’s contribution to the tenth anniversary season of Lincoln Center’s White L…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Ars Nova presents ‘Dr. Ride’s American Beach House’ by Liza Birkenmeier by Patricia Contino

  Historic events impact lives.  There are the famous examples of Walt Whitman’s Civil War poetry, Abraham Zapruder’s home movie of the events in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963 and…

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

‘Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation’ at The Triad by Patricia Contino

Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation is review-proof.  Creator/Writer/Director Gerard Alessandrini started parodying The Great White Way in 1982, and The Triad Theatre (158 West 72nd St…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Next Wave 2019: ‘The Second Woman’ at BAM Fisher by Patricia Contino

The happiest and worst memories are those that last, re-playing over and over in one’s head.  Movies have the same effect, like smiling when thinking about Han Solo winking at Princess Le…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

William Forsythe: A Quiet Evening of Dance at The Shed by Patricia Contino

  Walking to The Shed, NYC’s newest cultural center on West 30th Street and 11th Avenue, is a visual lesson in urban planning.  After exiting the A train on 34th Street at the eyesore …

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Co•Lab Dance at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center by Patricia Contino

“What did you do on your summer vacation?” is a big conversation starter this time of year  Dancers dance, whether on tour, as featured guests at festivals, or for members of American…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Ma-Yi Theater Company Presents the World Premiere of “Felix Starro” at Theatre Row by Patricia Contino

  Like many musicals, Felix Starro, opening Ma-Yi Theatre Company’s 30th anniversary season at Theatre Row, is about the tenuous connection between family and faith.  What makes Feli…

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Lara Spencer Won’t Read This and I Don’t Care by Patricia Contino

My first reaction to Good Morning America anchor Lara Spencer’s insensitive remarks about young Prince George taking ballet lessons was primal outrage.  Ballet is one of my “things” …

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Joyce Ballet Festival Program C, or The Art of the Arabesque by Patricia Contino

  Arabesque: “One of the basic poses in ballet, arabesque takes its name from a form of Moorish ornament. In ballet it is a position of the body, in profile, supported on one leg, which c…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Yang Liping Contemporary Dance’s ‘Under Siege’ at Mostly Mozart by Patricia Contino

  Since there is no longer a Lincoln Center Festival (the moral being never hire a former college president who believed locals could summer in Salzburg or other pricey European festivals j…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Midsummer Dance Card: Tradition Defined by Patricia Contino

  A delightful part of ballet history was at the Joyce July 7-14. The Dance is an art because it demands vocation, knowledge, and ability. It is a fine art because it strives for an ideal, …

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Final Performances of Megan Monaghan Rivas’s ‘Three Musketeers: 1941’ This Weekend! by Patricia Contino

    Even if King Arthur didn’t return to the aid of Great Britain during World War II, other heroes like Wonder Woman, Captain America, Sherlock Holmes and The Scarlet Pimpernel aided th…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Celebrations Two Legends Remembered During PRIDE Month by Patricia Contino

It’s been 30 years since photographer  Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) and choreographer Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) died from AIDS.  The June-long celebration of civil rights and respect …

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

NY Philharmonic Ends Its Season with David Lang’s ‘prisoner of the state’ by Patricia Contino

    The New York Philharmonic  began the 2018-2019 season in light and ended in darkness with the world premiere of David Lang’s opera prisoner of the state. The NYP commission, con…

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

A Positive Russian Influence: Ballet by Patricia Contino

As the Romanovs’s bewilderingly indifference to the political and socioeconomic upheavals leading to the Russian Revolution worsened, ballet at home and abroad flourished.  French-born Ma…

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Remembrance: New York City Opera and The Museum of Jewish Heritage by Patricia Contino

Apologies for the delayed review of New York City Opera’s world premiere of Ted Rosenthal’s Dear Erich. The sold-out performances were January 9-13, 2019 at the National Yiddish Theatr…

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Monday, May 13, 2019

New York Opera Fest: LOTNY’s ‘Owen Wingrave’ by Benjamin Britten by Patricia Contino

The Metropolitan Opera season is over and summer festivals featuring opera (Bard, Caramoor, Mostly Mozart, not to mention Saratoga Springs and Tanglewood for long weekends) are months away, …

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

‘Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie’ at Ars Nova Greenwich House by Patricia Contino

  A show that’s sold old since previews is pretty much reviewer-proof, but, if possible, try to catch Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie  at Ars Nova at Greenwich House  (27 Barrow Street, NYC…

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration by Patricia Contino

Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) April 16 marked the centennial of choreographer Merce Cunningham’s birth.  His artistic legacy is that his modern dances, many set to music by his creative a…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

‘The Cradle Will Rock’ at Classic Stage Company by Patricia Contino

And some of the best people in town. Now I know what the dirty foreigners feel like. What is this, Russia? We don’t have to listen to talk like that. You’ve only got to hint whatever’s…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Ballet Hispánico at the Joyce by Patricia Contino

“We did it!” was heard behind the curtain following Ballet Hispánico’s world premiere of Edwaard Liang’s El Viaje (The Journey).  And yes, they sure did in a creatively diverse …

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Monday, March 11, 2019

‘Chimpanzee’ at HERE by Patricia Contino

  Our primate friends and relatives have been taking it on their pronounced chins lately.  The orange orangutan resemblance to the president was raucously noted in Adam McKay’s brillian…

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