Sep
30
2013

Romeo and Juliet

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Young love is so easily dismissed by jaded older lovers with multiple (failed) experiences, but a teenager can be consumed by passion much as molten lava devours all in its path. When Juliet is well cast, and the actress truly lives that passion as well as the anguish of her character’s predicament, she becomes one […]

Sep
29
2013

Cho Cho

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Concourse Theatre, September 25 I know much worse musical theatre exists because I was once subjected to a rare form of torture called Las Vegas (Confidential) – The Musical. Cho Cho, by contrast, has redeeming features. Written by Daniel Keene (what was he thinking?) and with music by Cheng Jin, this is the Madame Butterfly […]

Sep
28
2013

Ute Lemper

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To call Ute Lemper the queen of cabaret is to undersell the way she stretches the idiom towards high art. Try goddess. But she would hardly be the first singer of substance to overestimate her powers as a composer. On previous tours her own songs have often paled beside the genius of Weill, Brel and […]