doaskdotell REVIEWS OF PLAYS, DRAMAS AND SHOWS

 

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Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto: The Velvet Sky (2005)  

 

Boulbil, Alain:     Martin Guerre (1999); Les Miserables (2006 performance)

 

Brittain, Victoria and Slovo, Gilliam: Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom (2005)

 

Britten, Benjamin with E. M. Forster and Eroc Crozier (after a novella by Herman Melville): Billy Budd (1951)

 

Cassler, Robert:  Second in the Realm (1996)

 

Chaucer, Geoffrey (adapted: Mike Poulton) Canterbury Tales, Part II (1390);  Christopher Marlowe: Edward II (1592)

 

Cheatham, Richard A:.  President John Tyler (2001)

 

Corbett, Bill:   Heckler  (2000)

 

Donnelly, Paul:  Whole Against the Sky (2006)

 

Everett, Jemal:   Keep on Dancing (2001)

 

Kahm, Harold.  The Crowded Bed (1968)

 

Kaling, Mindy and Walters, Brenda: Matt & Ben (2004) and Bartlett, Bob: Xphiles Unrequited; Howard Walper, Steven Gottlieb, and Andrew Lloyd Baughman: Renaissance; (2005)  Thomas Keneally: Either Or. (2007); Kyle Jarrow: A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant (2007)

 

Kaufman, Moises: Gross Indecency, the Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (1998) and The Laramie Project (2000) (including HBO film); 33 Variations (2007)

 

Logan, John:   Never the Sinner (2000)

 

McNally, Terrence.  Corpus Christi (1998)   (various other authors: The Rocky Picture Horror Show; Beautiful Thing; If Angels Were Mortal; Looking Around the Stable); with John Kander, Fred Ebb: Kiss of the Spider Woman (1992).

 

Nsync:   Popoddysey Concert (2001)

 

O’Neill, Eugene:  The Iceman Cometh (1939, perf. 1946); also a note about Lanford Wilson, The Fifth of July (1977) (Blogger); A Moon for the Misbegotten (1943, perf. 1973)

 

Rice, Tom and Andrew Lloyd Webber: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Raincoat (1967; 1996/1999) (Blogger)

 

Scime, Don. The David Dance (2003)

 

Sondheim, Stephen and Lapine, James. Sunday in the Park with George (1984); Adam Guettel: The Light in the Piazza (1962)

 

Toscano, Peterson. Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House: How I Survived the Ex-Gay Movement (2000)

 

Wallace, Naomi. In the Heart of America (1994)  (note on new play The Eyes of Babylon, author Key???, review forthcoming)

 

Wells, Chris:  Liberty!  (1998); Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein! (1976)

 

Wilder, Thornton. Our Town (1938) (blogger)

 

Wilson, Jonathan: Kilt (1995)

 

Wolf, Marc  Another American: Asking and Telling (1999)

 

Colonial Williamsburg: Revolutionary City (2006); Ginsberg, Howard: Jefferson & Adams (1989, 2004); Schumann, Abigail: Our Common Passage (2002); Wildhorn: The Civil War (2008); Geld: Shenandoah (1975)

 

(Cappies: Various): Senioritis (2007) (blogger) along with Morgan and Johnson: The Sunbonnet Girl (1930)

 

Here! Comedy Presents: Kate Clinton (2006); Eddie Izzard: Dressed to Kill (1999) (blogger)

 

Apex Follies: The Ultimate Halloween Bash (2006) (direct blogspot link)

 

National Constitution Center: Freedom Rising (2006) (direct blogspot link)

 

Videos of rather literal adaptations of Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie (1945) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955)

 

Concert notes: Ad hoc notes on musical performances (2006 --); and operas: discussion of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes (1951), The Turn of the Screw (1954), Death in Venice (1973); Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele (1868); Alan Berg’s Wozzeck (1914) and Lulu (1935); Giacomo Pucini’s Turandot (1926); Richard Strauss Salome (1905); Elektra (1909); Peter Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin (1877); Jason & DeMarco (2002-2006 à); Gilbert and Sullivan: The Mikado (1987); Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme (1896); Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel (1891)’ Giuseppe Verdi / Shakespeare: Macbeth (1847, 1606); (with Alexander Dumas fils) La Traviata (1853); John Adams / Peter Sellars Doctor Atomic (2005); Horman: The Song of Ruth (1996); Saint-Saens: Samson and Delilah (1877). .

 

Tan Dun: The First Emperor (blogspot) (opera)

 

External link to review by Philip Low of Ivana Sajko, performed by Pamela Rabe, of  Womb with a View” (external review)

 

 

 

 

There is an upcoming musical comedy “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by Jaz Dorsey, which is calling for stories by military veterans. A more complete description of the plans and storyboard is provided by F. Daniel Kent in Out and About Nashville, June 2003: The web reference is www.outandaboutnashville.com/PDFs/June2003.pdf. Apparently the play has been produced, although I have not seen it. Here is a more recent reference: http://www.buddybuddy.com/pc-play.html

 

I don’t think I’ll get to see the play “Terrorism” by the Presnyakov Brothers (Russian) now in its run at the Studio Theater in Washington (2005), but here is another commentary:

http://9mmfilm.com/articles/terrorism.htm  or from Playbill:  http://www.playbill.com/news/article/92508.html  or http://www.curtainup.com/terrorism.html

This play was written before 9/11.

 

I saw a performance of Larry Kramer’s  play about dealing with AIDS, The Normal Heart, in the early 90s. I am hoping that in due course there will be a film of this play (just as there is now a film of Jonathan Larson’s musical Rent). There is a comment about Kramer’s play at http://www.doaskdotell.com/content/wchap3.htm at note 53a.

 

Blogger review of “The Normal Heart” and “The Destiny of Me” is here.

 

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Here is a news item, 1/11/2006, about Sony’s intention to help form a new gay record label:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SONY_GAY_LABEL?SITE=ORBAK&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

 

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