Author Archives: GWL Theater

This Philly composer is in the New York spotlight for an edgy opera, with inspiration from Laurie Anderson

Philadelphia composer Andrea Clearfield knows to warn her downstairs neighbors when her opera is scheduled to erupt. “I’m writing a destruction scene. Beware!” Or, “I’m singing through the entire opera for the cast.” What’s coming out of her Sydenham Street studio can be a surprise even to her. The commotion-causing opera is Mila, Great Sorcerer: It will […]

CUNY Dance Initiative And John Jay College Present The World Premiere Of HALF-HEARD

The CUNY Dance Initiative and John Jay College, in collaboration with Rocha Dance Theater, present the World Premiere of Half-Heard at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W. 59th Street, NYC on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8pm. Tickets are $25 and are available at Brown Paper Tickets. Integrating dance, theatrical […]

Review Roundup: PIGMALIONE/PIGMALION at City Opera (Broadway World Opera)

New York City Opera continued its 2017-18 Chamber Opera Series with a unique double bill of Donizetti’s Il Pigmalione and Rameau’s Pigmalion, the first time these one-act gems will be presented on the same program. The production also marks the New York premiere of Donizetti’s first opera. This double was directed and choreographed by Richard […]

You & Me and Mummenschanz: Troupe’s Vignettes Captivate, Amaze (Chelsea Now)

If you’re like many people in my social media feeds, you periodically retreat from the sturm und drang of world affairs in these troubled times to seek solace in the refuge of GIFs and videos capturing cute baby animals and the like. Right on schedule, a certain beloved mime troupe has returned to New York […]

Review: ‘Borderline’ Is Rigged, to Fantastic Effect (New York Times)

Fred Astaire merely danced up the walls and across the ceiling. Sébastien Ramirez acts more like a superhero. Slowly pedaling his legs in the air, the French hip-hop choreographer could be an astronaut walking in outer space. A dancer of uncommon finesse and control, he requires no external assistance to convey the illusion of operating […]

Review: A ‘Waiting for Godot’ as Comically Futile as a Looney Tune (New York Times)

Have you ever paused to consider the spiritual and physical affinities between the desolate universe of Samuel Beckett and the wacky world of vintage Warner Brothers cartoons? Me neither. Or at least not until I saw the Druid Theater’s production of Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” part of the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center. Watching Garry […]

REVIEW: ‘Waiting for Godot’ at White Light Festival (Hollywood SOAPBOX)

NEW YORK — Samuel Beckett’s absurdist classic, Waiting for Godot, continues to confound and excite audiences decades after its premiere in France. For evidence of this, check out the Druid Theater Company production at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival in New York City. Directed by the Tony-winning Garry Hynes, this Godot feels both authentic to Beckett’s vision and never […]