March Madness

Photo of Tybee Island Pier by Andrew Alexander

Photo of Tybee Island Pier by Andrew Alexander

I’m so glad spring is finally here!

The end of winter kept me busy. I previewed and reviewed the Atlanta Opera’s production of The Pirates of Penzance for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I previewed the Rialto’s Off the Edge dance festival for the AJC and interviewed visiting dance company MADBOOTS for WussyMag. And I reviewed Pinch ‘n’ Ouch’s production of Johnna Adams’ play Gidion’s Knot, the exhibition Make-Believe America at the Museum of Design-Atlanta, Georgia Ensemble’s Peter and the Starcatcher, the Alliance’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the company’s Start Down, and I also had a conversation about the new Cirque du Soleil show with fellow critic Jim Farmer.

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Adornment becomes armor

Adornment is a form of armor.

At least it seems that way for Daniel Lismore. Check out my review of the designer’s first museum exhibition, which is paired with a selection of the images of Vanity Fair photographer Jonathan Becker at Savannah College of Art and Design’s new fashion museum, SCAD-Fash.

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Review of “American Buffalo”

A nickel is worth five cents, except for when it isn’t…

I reviewed True Colors’ production of American Buffalo for ArtsATL.

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Bringing lost 19th-century images back to life

The exhibition Black Chronicles II  currently at the Spelman College Museum of Art seeks to redress the absence of black people from the history of photography and from the history of Victorian Britain by displaying rare, seldom-seen images.

Check out my review in ArtsATL.

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Joel Grey reflects on “Cabaret” and life in new memoir

Performing as the Emcee in the musical Cabaret would seemingly be a dream come true for any performer. It’s interesting then to learn that Joel Grey, who played the role in both the original 1966 Broadway show and in the 1972 film, picking up both a Tony and an Oscar for his performances, actually based his characterization on a personal nightmare.

I interviewed Grey for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in advance of his Atlanta visit promoting his new memoir Master of Ceremonies.

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Debating “Disgraced”

unspecified-15The play Disgraced is bound to get people talking…

My fellow critic Jim Farmer and I had a conversation about the debate-starting, Pulitzer Prize-winning show for ArtsATL.

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René Marie pays tribute to Eartha Kitt

01_highres-1024x682Eartha Kitt was no stranger to controversy… The beloved singer and actress, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 80, remained outspoken and unconventional throughout her career.

It’s somewhat unsurprising, then, to learn that jazz singer René Marie, who will pay tribute to Kitt in her upcoming Spivey Hall show, has also had to deal with her own share of controversy. Read all about it in my ArtsATL preview of the show.

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I and this mystery…

walt-whitmanIn Lauren Gunderson’s new play I and You, the character Anthony enters speaking the words of Walt Whitman: “I and this mystery here we stand.” Check out my review of the show–and its mysterious and surprising ending–on ArtsATL.

I also have new reviews of Actor’s Express’ production of Sweeney Todd and this year’s Oscar-nominated short films. I also previewed dancer Sean Dorsey’s show The Missing Generation at Atlanta’s 7 Stage, and for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, I interviewed filmmaker Katie King, who recently completed a short documentary about Atlanta’s only municipal market, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market.

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Review of “Heart of a Dog”

dog1“This is my dream body, the one I use to walk around in my dreams…”

So opens the new documentary film Heart of a Dog by performance artist Laurie Anderson. I took a look for BurnAway.

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Review of “Mustang”

mustang-cannes-film-festivalI review the new film Mustang, which has been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, 2016. The film opens today, January 15, at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta.

 

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