Theater

December, 2007

Russian the stage

Theater: Why, at the end of her life, did Russians so sorely neglect the poet Marina Tsvetaeva? That question mary well have sparked the new heart-wrenching work, “The Past is Still Ahead.” Comment.

Virgin or vamp

Theater: Last week at the BAM Harvey Theater, the eponymous heroine of “Lulu” quietly flitted onto the stage, leaving me, I must confess, with raised gooseflesh on my neck. Comment.

Captain Picard does the Bard

Waiting in the Wings: Big news, Shakespeare-loving Trekkies: hairless heartthrob Patrick Stewart (aka Captain Picard from “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) will take the title role in “MacBeth,” which lands at the BAM Harvey Theater on Feb. 12.  Comments (1).

Santa claws

Theater: Much like Santa himself, comic storyteller Mike Daisey is bringing Christmas cheer to Brooklyn for one night only, so you had better not pout and you’d better not cry. Here’s why. Comment.

Dun and done

Theater: Tan Dun will be in China, where he is the official composer of the 2008 Olympics, until the day before ‘The Gate,’ his over-the-top music-theater work, opens at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, but two of Brooklyn’s cultural titans are making sure the show goes off without a hitch. Comment.

Save Ferris!

Waiting in the Wings: GO’s guide to what’s new in Brooklyn theater. Comment.

November, 2007

Prince’s puppets

Theater: To say that the stars of the latest production of “Hamlet” are dummies is not offensive. Comment.

Mercury’s rising

Theater: When actor-writer Michael Buscemi was ready to stage his play “Mercury in Retrograde” for the first time, he could think of no better place than amongst a community of his friends at Park Slope’s Barbes. Comments (1).

Birds of play

Theater: It was with trepidation that I confronted “The Seagull” at Brooklyn College in Midwood. Director Mary Robinson had bravely taken the cavernous space of the Gershwin Theatre and created a theater-within-a-theater on its proscenium stage. Would Chekhov’s gloom survive in such lovable smallness? Comments (1).

Way to go, ‘Willow’

Waiting in the Wings: GO’s guide to what’s new in Brooklyn theater. Comment.

October, 2007

Don’t act, don’t tell

Theater: David and Joseph Zellnik’s new musical, “Yank!,” now at the Gallery Players, is one of the most heartening theatrical experiences in years. This original production boldly highlights what history books have long left out — stories about being gay in the military. Comment.

A show for the bird

Waiting in the Wings: The Seagull’ comes to Brooklyn College, and more Brooklyn theater picks Comment.

Haunted house

Theater: Ride Rep’s ‘Gillian’ is a great ghost story. Comments (1).

Waiting in the wings

Waiting in the Wings: GO’s definitive guide to what’s next in local theater. Comment.

Exit stage left at ‘Osama’ show

Theater: St. Ann’s Warehouse wanted to stage a play with buzz, but at the Oct. 7 premiere of Dutch playwright Adelheid Roosen’s “Is.Man,” the buzz wasn’t about how great the show was when the star abruptly walked off stage. Comment.

A comic’s drama

Theater: A seriously funny play comes to Brooklyn Heights. Comment.

You’ve got ‘Veil’

Theater: Firebrand Dutch playwright says Bush and bin Laden are ‘mirrors.’ Comment.

September, 2007

A man more sinned against than sinning

Theater: Lear-ing at the Harvey Theater. Comment.

Broadway bound

Theater: Behind the scenes at the Gallery Players. Comment.

August, 2007

The phantom of the L train

Theater: A new musical skewers the hipster hordes of Williamsburg. Comments (1).

Triple play

Theater: Baseball and opera together? You betcha. Comment.

Where there’s a Willow

Theater: All the Heights is a stage for playwright Frank Polito. Comment.

May, 2007

These puppets are dirty!

Theater: Foul-mouthed puppets take center stage at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Comment.

It’s no drag

Theater: The Gallery Players are victorious with “Victor.” Comment.

Lost in Brooklyn!

Theater: A Brooklyn Paper article takes on a new life as a musical. Comment.

Moaning and whaling

Theater: Moby-Dick takes new life in a cemetery. Comment.

April, 2007

Making his ‘Mark’

Theater: Morris takes Manhattan, debuts at Metropolitan Opera. Comment.

Home wreck

Theater: A lamentable play lamented. Comment.

Paradise Lost

Theater: GO Brooklyn reviews the Sackett Group's production of Comment.

The joke’s on Walentas

Theater: DUMBO real-estate mogul David Walentas is being spoofed on a neighborhood stage. Comment.

Bring a map

Theater: “Lost in Yonkers” found in Brooklyn. Comment.

March, 2007

Bard Brawl

Theater: GO Brooklyn’s guide to the boro’s bounty of Shakespeare Comment.

Crass menagerie

Theater: At Brick Theater’s new production, these Wingfields are more like wing nuts.  Comment.

February, 2007

High-rise hi-jinx

Theater: ‘Little Building,’ currently up at Galapagos, tells hilarious stories Comment.

On course

Theater: The Sackett Group takes on Sam Shepard’s ‘True West’ Comment.

January, 2007

Brave New World Repetory Salon Series

Theater: Inspired by the parlor culture of the 18th and 19th century, the Brave New World Repetory Salon Series harks back to a sophisticated era where salon gatherings were the choice entertainment for a night out (or a night in, more accurately). Comment.

Brooklyn Burlesque Blitz

Theater: “It’s a tease in the best sense,” says Jonny Porkpie, one of the hosts of the Brooklyn Burlesque Blitz. “It is to me the most exciting type of performance.” Comment.

‘Deluxe’ show

Theater: Cynthia Hopkins (pictured), who garnered widespread acclaim for her amnesia operetta “Accidental Nostalgia,” returns to DUMBO’s St. Ann’s Warehouse on Wednesday with the New York premiere of her “Accidental” prequel, “Must Don’t Whip ’Um.” Comment.

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