Ruth Draper’s Monologues, LA

Ruth Draper is not a household word for you? Well, you are forgiven. She was born in 1884 and performed monologues through the early 1950s. The grayest of the gray-haired in the audience may recall a moment or two of her performances. The rest of us will have to rely  ...

Curtis Symphony, Philadelphia

The musicians of the Curtis Symphony Orchestracapped off their current performance season in Verizon Hall April 13, with a concert dedicated to Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest, whose visionary philanthropy not only extends to the physical resources at the Curtis Institute, but also invests, vitally, in the conservatoire’s student financial needs.  ...

Bodytraffic

    New on the map in Philly is LA dance troupe Bodytraffic, winning over Dance Celebration audiences with a wide sampling of styles. Artistic directors Lillian Rose Barbieto and Tina Frankelman Berkett (who also danced in the program) chose stylistically disparate works by hot-list choreographers Kyle Abraham,  ...

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, San Francisco

          How does one mark a particular passage of time, with some anniversaries being more significant than others? For Margaret Jenkins this meant looking back over 75 productions, early studio performances, site-specific works, and international collaborations. At age 71, she has  ...

A Song at Twilight, LA

The old adage — “never tell your best friend anything you wouldn’t want your worst enemy to know” — is the armature of Noel Coward’s “A Song At Twilight,” one of the last plays he wrote (1966) before his death in 1973. What Sir Hugo Latymer (Bruce Davison), a  ...

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

The Aspen Santa Fe ballet is such a small company, and there has been so much turn-over lately (Craig Black, Sadie Brown, Paul Busch and Peter Franc are all relative newbies, replacing long-time members Sam Chittendon, Katie Dehler and founding member Seth Del Grasso) that part of the interest in  ...

Les Misérables , NYC

Arnold Bennett, no stranger to the quotidian himself, once accused James Joyce of selecting the “dailiest day” as the subject of his novel Ulysses.  Les Misérables, then, could be said to concern itself with the most epical epic: it is the story of a decades long feud between petty thief Jean Valjean (Ramin Karimloo)  ...

Fading Gigolo (2013)

      Would you pay a thousand dollars to have sex with John Turturro? Okay.  That's what I expected. But you're thinking of the geeky Turturro of many Spike Lee and Coen Brothers films, not the sensitive stud muffin of "Fading Gigolo," which Turturro  ...

BODY COUNTS

              Sean Strub’s resume includes being an entrepreneur and failed congressional candidate, but his biggest achievements are as an AIDS activist. A longtime HIV-AIDS survivor, Strub founded the magazine POZ, the first publications of its kind and  ...