Day: February 5, 2018

“Acquanetta” – A New Film Noire Opera at Prototype Festival

Of the two reviewers, Waters saw Captive Wild Woman, the movie the opera is based on, the morning before the performance. LaFever went into the performance without seeing Captive Wild Woman. The result is two profoundly different audience experiences. WATERS: Michael Gordon, the composer, and Deborah Artman, the librettist of Acquanetta, based the opera on a three-minute scene from Captive Wild Woman, a 1940s horror movie. The potential for fun and camp of Captive Wild Woman is ruined due to the shocking way the circus animals on the set are treated. One example of many scenes of animal mistreatment...

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Masked Dancing: Javanese Tales on Stage

As an event it was spectacular; as dance, it swirled past the barriers of culture and language. As theatre it was emotional, and of the highest quality. But few shared the moving experience. The location was the small Panji Museum set among rice paddies in Tumpang village, East Java. There were maybe 150 in the audience. The Panji plays bring to life ancient Javanese tales. The museum aims to build an appreciation of the arts in general and this genre of storytelling in particular. The centerpiece of the museum is a replica of the one-thousand-year-old Candi Jolotundo, the royal...

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Flock Theatre Presents “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” In The Monte Cristo Cottage

On the first night of rehearsal in the Monte Cristo Cottage in New London, CT, Flock Theatre Artistic Director Derron Wood poked me and with a boyish grin whispered, “Hear that?” While Victor Chiburis banged through his Act IV monologue about being lost in the sea and fog, downriver, the New London foghorn moaned in the dark. The coincidence of actual fog arising in concert with its textual reference represented the aesthetic—part naturalism, part realism—that Derron sought in his production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, the first to be performed in full in Eugene O’Neill’s boyhood home. Since...

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