It should be pointed out that there were forensic investigations that determined that (not "only," but,) under 200 died--and were buried--as a result of this atrocity. That aside, this is the perfect play. It is provocative, brilliantly directed, with a cast that moves, speaks, and sings in amazing and perfect synchrony. If that werent enough, add creative projections, wonderfully conceived music, a great and evocative set and costumes, and that indeed adds up to perfection. If you dont believe me, you should have been there (last night) on April 17 when the playwright came in from Poland and said that he liked what the director did with his play. Furthermore there are ten actors who carry their individual stories with competence, realism poignancy, and even, sometimes, believe it or not, humor.
I dont know who first introduced food preparation into on stage theatre, but once seen, it should not be repeated. Add to that the constant fiddling with clothing, books, papers and props and it all adds up to distraction rather than elucidation and exposition.
Itz as if an wonderful and admired author, or is it the director, decided that not enough happens over 2.5 hours so there has to be inappropriate distractions from the text. My only problem with this review is that I dont think there is one hour of terrific drama, rather, about 25 minutes.
Great book, well written and provocative.
This is the oddest, albeit enjoyable "review" Ive ever seen. Itz 1600 words with a color photo, no less, devoted to a documentary rated "worthless?" What did I miss? How can it be worthless yet garner such a review and treatment. There must have been something worthwhile, no? It all reminds me of the marvelous book about Kennewick Man.
Itz September 3; how do I find Part 2?
Peter, Peter, Peter!! I dont know to whom you refer in your comment, but how do you know "they" are white people? And when you say "White people" arent you being over inclusive and presumptive? Take another look at your comment and do a little soul searching about profiling and presumption. Finally, read John Updike's primer on criticism.
This is a tough one. Mr Khoury seems a nice man, and I like the work being done by Silk Road--although Im not so thrilled about the quality of all the acting. But it is disturbing that that he seems to have a habit of crying racism. Ms Weiss's review would have been better if she had spelled out what it was she wasn't buying. And Mr Khoury's complaint would have been more convincing with facts rather than charges. Problem is that the objects of his charges happen to be the same gender, and possibly another similarity.
"Admission: One Shilling...[T]he event is free, but tickets must be bought in advance; see website for details."
Ok, I'll go 25 cents per; but then 65 cents for mailing the request--unless I can find one of those any price stamps. Life has suddenly become terribly complex. Hopefully, my cousin dropped a shilling in the couch over the holidays. Is there a charge for currency conversion?
To asdf: unfortunately that does not do the trick. Why would you want an inferior player in any position in the orchestra? The CSO is what it is because of excellence in every chair. Moreover, the chairs always circulate. Chen often lays out for his associate (example: last weekz Bach, et al concerts).
I would be a shame, but CSO could continue to pay him but not play him.
Excellent article of reportage with no pretense of being a musical expert. Thanks to Miner.
Comment by Twain is irrelevant to this article and otherwise disgusting and possibly actionable.
Dale Clevenger had been a super star within a great orchestra that was/is loaded with great musicians. During the Reiner and Solti era, with heavy emphasis on Strauss, he provided some of the most exciting performances one could ever wish for. I feel great sadness in the fall of Mr Clevengerz star. I was there for the Mahler and for last weekz performance (Dvorak/Berlioz/Shostakovitch). They were terrifying experiences, and I can only hope that this does not continue.
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