Some new reviews

11704948_10204170159246471_1678947950284674842_nI’ve been adjusting back to life in Atlanta after an intense couple weeks at the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut.

I have recent interviews with tap dancer Savion Glover and with High Museum Curator Michael Rooks in Creative Loafing. I reviewed Nelle’s Story, a new one-woman show based on the life of To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee at Synchronicity Theatre for ArtsATL. Lastly, Catherine Rush of Wussy Mag wrote a wonderful review of the show I curated in June. More soon!

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The Met Live in HD Summer Encores begin July 8

HD10VerticalBlackBKDHead to the cinema this summer for the best opera performances!

The Met Live in HD is rebroadcasting the most popular productions from its live broadcasts to cinemas of the past few seasons. You can check out the Encore presentations wherever you normally see the shows (In Atlanta, they’ll be at Perimeter Pointe, Hollywood 24 at I-85 in Chamblee and elsewhere).

The broadcasts take place Wednesday nights in July at 7 p.m.

July 8 at 7 pm– La Traviata

July 15 at 7 pm-- La Fille du Régiment

July 22 at 7 pm-- The Merry Widow

July 29at 7 pm-- Aida

I’ve seen all of these and can pretty much recommend them across the board as worth seeing. For more info about the shows and casts, or to purchase tickets, visit Fathom Events.

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Honey, You Know Where to Find Me

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I’m usually writing arts stories, but this time, for a change, I’m in them. ArtsATL has a story about its critics that includes an update about my participation in the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. And dance writer Kathleen Wessel interviewed Blake Beckham and me for a preview story about my curated dance event Honey, You Know Where to Find Me, which takes place this Friday, June 26 beginning at 8:30 p.m.

For those headed to the performance on Friday, our venue will be as hot as, well, a midsummer night dance show in Georgia. We plan to have ice cold drinks for you. See you soon!

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June’s Top Five

5. A Streetcar Named Desire, June 11-28, Serenbe Playhouse.
Streetcar_1260x380-WebBanner_V3Serenbe Playhouse presents a new production of the Tennessee Williams classic at the property’s new Art Farm Stage, where the set will be housed in recycled shipping containers. The Serenbe season also includes a world premiere adaptation of the children’s classic The Secret Garden (through August 2) and the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical Evita (July 23-August 16).

4. Atlanta Fringe Festival, June 4-7, Various Atlanta venues.
1-Atlanta-Fringe-Festival-Twinhead-Theatre-Diana-BrownTheater, storytelling, dance, circus arts, comedy and improv make up this annual festival of alternative and experimental theater centered at Little Five Points’ 7 Stages Theatre but taking place in venues all around the city.

 

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More May reviews

unnamed-6I’ve recently reviewed The Whale at Actors’ Express and the Tanz Farm presentation of Israeli choreographers Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor’s Ship of Fools.

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Catching up with some recent articles

arts_flicks5-1_03This week, I reviewed the new Albert Maysles documentary Iris, I had a look at the DVD of the Charles Wuorinen opera Brokeback Mountain, I wrote about Atlanta playwright Paris Crayton III’s new comedy Crazyanity and I previewed the dance performance Dust House by the new company Fly on a Wall. Enjoy!

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Reviews of “Die, Mommie, DIe!” and “Blues for an Alabama Sky”

Blues_header_03I have two new reviews of two very different start-of-summer shows. I reviewed Blues for an Alabama Sky, Pearl Cleage’s Harlem Renaissance drama celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new production at the Alliance and the campy drag spoof Die, Mommie, Die! starring Atlanta playwright Topher Payne.

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May’s Top Five

A monthly listing of critic Andrew Alexander’s picks for the top five arts events in Atlanta: 

5. Lucinda’s World, Part III: Weathered Chromes. May 21-June 20. Marcia Wood Gallery.
The renowned Atlanta-based photographer continues with part three of a cycle of four exhibitions, each one at a different venue, this one of recent abstractions at Marcia Wood Gallery’s new midtown space.
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7 Stages breaks out “The Breakers”

007-Breakers-Preview-Highlights-401x250The Breakers is an innovative new show from 7 Stages taking place at the Goat Farm Arts Center that utilizes a specially-built house with transparent walls as its set. Check out my preview in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution (paywall) and my review in ArtsATL.

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Preview of Nick Cave’s “Up Right Atlanta”

nick_cave-soundsuitArtist Nick Cave (not to be confused with the singer of the same name) creates colorful and elaborate soundsuits for his visually stunning and crowd-pleasing performances. Check out my preview of his show Up Right Atlanta in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The free show, April 24-26, will definitely be one of the don’t-miss performances of the year!

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