Review of Theatrical Outfit’s “Dividing the Estate”

200px-Dividing_the_EstateIt would be easy for a theater company to do Dividing the Estate and August: Osage County in rep. You could practically use the same cast and set for both shows. Audiences could then divide according to which play they thought was better. It might be a slightly heretical opinion, but I’d probably be in the Dividing the Estate camp.

Check out my review of Horton Foote’s sleeper classic on ArtsATL.

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Abelardo Morell at the High Museum

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“It’s that idea of maybe packing up, that next to your mundane life, there’s another universe to go to.”

Check out my piece about the photographer Abelardo Morell’s exhibition The Universe Next Door at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art in this week’s Creative Loafing.

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A conversation with conductor Beatrice Jona Affron about the music of Philip Glass

Photo by Christian Steiner. Courtesy Penssylvania Ballet

Photo by Christian Steiner. Courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet

“As we were leaving every night, he would tell me how long the performance had been. He would whisper ’93 minutes and 45 seconds.’ ’92 minutes and 25 seconds.’ Every night, I would get this little Philip report behind me whispered in my ear. He was just fascinated with time and duration and math and numbers.”

I spoke with Pennsylvania Ballet Conductor Beatrice Jona Affron about working with Philip Glass and guest-conducting his music in this weekend’s performances of the Atlanta Ballet’s Hamlet. Check it out in Creative Loafing.

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Review of “The Best Game”

DublinPatternChessSetDifficult father-daughter relationships appear often enough in plays, but the one in The Best Game, the world-premiere work by Atlanta playwright Paris Crayton III, is especially knotty. Father and daughter Scott and Leann are actually meeting for the very first time. Check out my review on ArtsATL.

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April’s Top Five

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

5. gloATL performs at Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden (Free bus with suggested donation departs from the Goat Farm Arts Center at 3pm), Saturday, April 5
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“Frozen” songwriter brings early children’s work to Atlanta

1001 Nights_puppet build 2When he was in his early 20s, Robert Lopez, songwriter for Frozen, Book of Mormon and Avenue Q, wrote the songs for a children’s puppet show called 1001 Nights. The show is being remounted at the Center for Puppetry Arts from March 25-April 6.

Check out my preview piece in ArtsATL.

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Interview with Sanford Biggers

Sanford (Ghettobird), 2012, digital c-print, photograph by Barron Claiborne.

Sanford (Ghettobird), 2012, digital c-print, photograph by Barron Claiborne.

When Sanford Biggers was at Morehouse, one of his  professors persuaded him to begin working in three dimensions. Biggers is now an artist who, it can be said, works in every dimension.

Check out my interview in Creative Loafing.

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Atlanta Ballet dancer Tara Lee authors new work

Photo of Tara Lee by Joeff Davis, Courtesy of Creative Loafing

Photo of Tara Lee by Joeff Davis, Courtesy of Creative Loafing

Atlanta Ballet Principal Dancer Tara Lee is creating her fourth work for the company as a choreographer. I caught up with Lee to speak about her work “the authors,” which will have its world premiere as part of the ballet’s Modern Choreographic Voices program running at the Cobb Energy Center from March 20-23.

Check it out in Creative Loafing.

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Review of “Elemeno Pea” at Horizon

dionis_pathThe rich are different from you and me, or so F. Scott Fitzgerald famously told us at the opening of his short story “The Rich Boy.” It’s an assessment that could just as easily open the action of the new play Elemeno Pea, currently at Horizon Theatre.

Check out my review on ArtsATL.

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Review of “Generation War”

Generation-War-8702“The war will be over by Christmas,” is a hopeful prediction that should never be trusted, least of all when it’s spoken at the beginning of a five hour German film about World War II.

In Generation War, five young, bright-eyed Berliners find themselves swept up into the enormous conflict with little idea of what’s ahead for them. Check out my review in Creative Loafing.

 

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