John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

February 8, 2020 / Theatre Reviews

Hayes Theatre, January 22 2.5/10 Why do people sing in musicals? Since the art-form began to achieve some sophistication with Show Boat (1927), the answer, beyond pure entertainment, has lain with plot and, primarily, character. When expressing inner thoughts, for instance, a character can sing lines that would sound lame…

February 5, 2020 / Album Reviews

ACTIVATE INFINITY (Edition/Planet) 8/10 That the Bad Plus could continue without Evan Iverson came as a surprise. That the trio would still sound this much like Bad Plus with a different pianist is mind-boggling, especially as the brilliant Orrin Evans is very much his own man at the keyboard. It’s…

February 3, 2020 / Theatre Reviews

Old Fitz Theatre, January 21 7.5/10 Given that corruption is now a fully legitimate tool in the democratic process (if it wasn’t always), perhaps we should look at legalising other previously reviled behavioural forms. What about such low acts as cutting other people’s kite-strings, or obliging actors to eat broken…