Category Archives: Live Performances

Dancing the Gods: Nrityagram’s Odissi dance recital

I was lucky enough to attend an Odissi dance recital by the members of the Nrityagram dance company recently, and it was just as exhilarating as the first performance I saw last year. Unlike last year’s show, which included several … Continue reading

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The Testament of Mary: Fiona Shaw takes on an angry, grieving Mary

It felt fitting to watch the new Broadway production of Colm Tóibín’s Testament of Mary during Holy Week recently. Unfortunately I was rather disappointed in the show. I’m also a bit conflicted about this review since it was a preview … Continue reading

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Post-Oscar Smorgasbord

Good post-Oscar morning, folks! Here’s my rundown of last night’s festivities: Odd camera work and Seth MacFarlane: There was something off about the camera work and production value in general. To me the show looked sort of tacky and cheap. … Continue reading

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Pre-Oscar Smorgasbord

Okay, so this is thoroughly subjective and non-comprehensive, because I haven’t seen all the nominated films/performances and I’m not covering all the categories. But here are some of the races I have the strongest feelings about: Best Picture: I think … Continue reading

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The Testament of Mary, by Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín’s spare, unsentimental novella The Testament of Mary presents Jesus’ mother’s perspective on the events described in the gospels. Mary’s account de-mythologizes her son’s story, yet somehow renders it all the more powerful for being completely human. Tóibín strips … Continue reading

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Clybourne Park: A Dream Still Deferred

If I’d known that the goal of Clybourne Park is to shock us with the politically incorrect statements spewing from its characters’ mouths, I would’ve skipped it. I hoped for more than just shock value from the play, a sort … Continue reading

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Nrityagram: The Graceful Grandeur of Odissi Dance

I recently attended an Odissi dance performance by members of the group Nrityagram.  Although I don’t know much about the technical aspects of traditional Indian dance, I want to share my impressions of this entrancing performance. First of all, I’m … Continue reading

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My Oscar Hangover

This is not a recap or criticism of anyone in particular (except maybe for Angelina), just my lingering impressions of the Oscar ceremony: Some Like it Wilder! The peerless filmmaker Billy Wilder (Some Like it Hot, Sunset Boulevard, and many … Continue reading

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