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Friday, 04 May 2012 17:41

I’m my own grandpa

Written by Andrea Braun
It occurs to me now and then that creating theatre is a kind of magic trick. The performers are the magicians and the patrons pay to be transported to another world, a different kind of life “for an hour, two…
The Belgian/French film called The Fairy takes its name literally. A magical woman named Fiona enchants night-shift hotel clerk Dom whom she grants three wishes. Not too imaginative, Dom asks for a motor scooter, petrol for a lifetime and—he can’t…
In Metropolitan, Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco, writer/director Whit Stillman illustrated his offbeat approach to familiar topics. True to his fresh, humorous perspective, Stillman’s new film Damsels in Distress follows four young women at fictitious Seven Oaks University…
At a time when far too many Broadway musicals are either theme parks or retreads, "Memphis" stands out by offering an intelligent book with a message of hope and decency amid hate and fear, a solid score, and terrific performances.
The production of Handel’s 1739 pastoral opera “Acis and Galatea” that graced Union Avenue Opera’s stage this past weekend was pretty much a perfect fit for the company and its space.
Sunday, 29 April 2012 22:12

Their cup runneth over

Written by Andrea Braun
If ever a show were more elevated by its direction/choreography and performances, I haven’t seen it.
Time and again the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University mounts productions that are marvels of excellence.
Caryl Churchill has had an amazing career since she graduated from Oxford University’s Lady Margaret Hall women’s college with a degree in English Literature in 1960. Her plays often focus on sexual politics, the abuse of power and a non-traditional…
With their debut feature Delicacy, David and Stéphane Foenkinos illustrate the French knack for dramatizing personal relationships, including tragic events and their aftermath. No one tries to take over the universe and no superhero races to rescue anyone, but earth-shattering…
Saturday, 21 April 2012 23:36

Angel flying too close to the ground

Written by Andrea Braun
Turning and turning in the widening gyre /The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; /Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere /The ceremony of innocence is drowned;…
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