Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Inquirer Daily News
Richard Greenberg's 1997 Three Days of Rain poses challenges for any company, and Quince Productions illustrates these difficulties in its unbalanced staging at Walnut Street Theatre's Studio 5.
One significant voice will be absent Friday at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra's Minimalist Jukebox festival: Jeffrey Dinsmore, 42, a tenor with the Philadelphia choir the Crossing. He died Monday, April 14, of an apparent heart attack at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, just before a rehearsal for the prestigious engagement he had helped arrange.
Metal furniture is an acquired taste. Unlike wood, metal can seem cold, austere and industrial, the antithesis of domestic coziness.
It was a year for beauty. The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes in the arts, announced Monday, included awards for a colossal musical response to nature, a blockbuster novel about art, exquisite poetic architecture, and beautifully told true stories of slaves in the early colonies, Margaret Fuller, and toxic pollution.
There's not much to Montgomery Theater's production of The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), and yet there's so much to like about this silly spoof that takes one familiar story line and stretches it across the latter two-thirds of the 20th-century musical stage. It doesn't hurt that director/choreographer Stephen Casey assembled a top-notch quartet of performers and one seriously indefatigable pianist to carry the show-folk in-jokes all the way to curtain.
If you want to appreciate a work of art, your attitude matters. Personally, I dislike romantic comedies, unless tempered with a darker subplot or an element of fantasy, or when carried off with panache.
Nearly six hours of 18th-century French comedy - The Figaro Plays, currently at the McCarter Theater in Princeton - could feel epic. But no.