John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

June 29, 2022 / Theatre Reviews

Hayes Theatre, June 21 7.5/10 Were Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow alive today they’d just be two more narcissists taking selfies. Even Clyde’s obsession with high-powered firearms wouldn’t delineate him, especially in his home state of Texas. The conundrum that faced the creators of this 2009 musical (as it did…

June 23, 2022 / Theatre Reviews

Ensemble Theatre, June 15 7/10 Edvard Munch’s most famous painting, The Scream, could be a depiction of Nora. She never actually emits that scream in fellow Norwegian Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (dating from 1879, 14 years earlier), but she’s screaming inside for most of its duration, and finally gives…

June 13, 2022 / Concert Reviews

Verbrugghen Hall, June 5 8/10 It’s a quicksilver quality, like light playing on water, or water dashing between rocks: the sound of motion and constant flux. Where most music and even most jazz settles into moods or patterns, this defied predictability because the drummer kept reinventing his statement of the…