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BECKETT AND SCHUBERT

Samuel Beckett
Image: Midnight East

An evening which alternates the work of Samuel Beckett and the music of his favorite composer Franz Schubert sounds interesting enough. The news that the words of the avant-garde playwright would be performed by two of his greatest interpreters—Alan Mandell and Barry McGovern—suggests that attendance is mandatory. Schubert’s music will be performed by Julia Bullock […]

CELEBRATING TONY CONRAD

Image credit: Press notes, tonyconradmovie.com

A key figure of Manhattan’s avant-garde, Tony Conrad was “an integral part of the ‘secret history’ of the ’60s….from camp cinema to structural film to minimal music to experimental rock ’n’ roll to video art and more.” — Branden W. Joseph, the author of Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts After Cage (2008).* Tony Conrad (1940–2016) […]

HORACE TAPSCOTT AT MOCA

The Call (1978 ) is the second LP by Horace Tapscott's Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra.
Image: Coverjazz Canalblog

“The [Lionel Hampton] band came to Los Angeles for a gig out on Sunset Boulevard. I’ll never forget. After the last performance, we were getting ready to head back to New York. At four o’clock that morning, I got off the bus….I wanted to do something else. I wanted my own thing; I wanted to […]

FUN HOME

Karen Eilbacher as Joan (left) and Abby Corrigan as Medium Alison in Fun Home.
Photograph by Joan Marcus.
Copyright © 2016 by Joan Marcus

Near the beginning of the fascinating musical-comedy-tragedy FUN HOME, the lead character Alison tells the audience that in the show, the father and daughter (Alison) are both gay, and, while she’s away at college, her father will kill himself.  When he isn’t running a funeral home, teaching high school English, and hunting for antiques, Dad’s having […]

SALOME

“What Camp taste responds to is instant character…. [which] is understood as a state of continual incandescence—a person being one, very intense thing.” — Susan Sontag, “Notes on ‘Camp’ “* SALOME is an opera of instant character, and its exaltation of lust is undiluted. Bodies and things are transposed, and the protagonists begin and end […]

THE BOOK OF CLARENCE AT MOMA

Clarence Fountain.
Image credit: Discogs

When writer-director-lyricist Lee Breuer and composer Bob Telson fused Sophocles to the African-American church experience in The Gospel at Colonus, Clarence Fountain and the Blind Boys of Alabama were cast to collectively portray Oedipus—an event that vaulted Clarence and his group into mainstream recognition.  Thirty-five years later, the Museum of Modern Art will present the world premiere […]

KNEEHIGH AT THE WALLIS

Katy Owen as Lily in 946. Photograph by Steve Tanner

On the coast of Cornwall—far from the ears and eyes of London’s West End—the Kneehigh theater company channels anarchy inside a group of barns, where actors, dancers, singers, acrobats, puppeteers, designers, and carpenters eat, sleep, play, and learn. For Kneehigh, the creation of magic is a collective enterprise. “Think deeply and profoundly [about your source material], […]