Jun
23
2018

ASSASSINS

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Playhouse, June 12, until July 1 8/10 Assassins may be that rarity, a musical that’s still daring, edgy and innovative 28 years on, but it was instantly obvious that Bobby Fox’s fall when his character, Charles Guiteau, is hanged, was not scripted. David Campbell (playing the lead role of John Wilkes Booth) announced an unscheduled […]

Jun
19
2018

GRETCHEN PARALTO FLOR

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Verbrugghen Hall, June 3 Whether in politics, broadcasting, plays, films or music, we live in an era where bluster, gaucheness and antagonism trump subtlety, nuance and simple beauty. But Gretchen Parlato is fighting back. Well, not exactly fighting. She’s showing that there’s another way. Rather than trying to make herself and her work larger than […]

Jun
17
2018

Simon Barker

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URGENCY! (Kimnara) 8/10 Most people use language lazily, in pre-fabricated modules, whether speaking or writing. Musicians can also be snared, regurgitating pre-digested patterns, whether composing or improvising. Rare ones devise the actual language: its syntax, vocabulary and potential for expressing the new. This is what drummer Simon Barker does on the first two volumes of […]

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