by Otto Coelho I have to make a confession.. When I started writing theatre reviews, one of the promises I made to myself was that I would not give standing ovations. I thought it seemed excessive. I was to offer an unbiased opinion of what had occurred onstage,…Keep reading
by Otto Coelho In 1984, Leonard Bernstein conducted a concert version of his famed “West Side Story,” starring Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Jose Carreras. I remember watching behind the scenes footage of some of the rehearsals on PBS. Bernstein didn’t know it, but he was furthering a debate…Keep reading
by Charles Kruger Make no mistake, this “modern verse translation” of Richard II by Naomi Iizuka, commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! project, is Shakespearean to the core. Although it is certainly streamlined and rearranged for clarity, Shakespeare’s poetry survives. The sound and fury of the Bard’s…Keep reading
by Charles Kruger Celine Song is a fine playwright and “Endlings” is a fine play. These facts are evident in that the play was developed and premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop before going on to productions at the prestigious American Repertory Theatre in Boston and now in…Keep reading
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