RIOULT Dance NY

“Bach Dances” was a package neatly tied together by several factors. First, by the predictability and vibrancy of J.S. Bach, second, by the classic modern dance style of its choreographer and artistic director, Pascal Rioult. This style of modern dance appeared just a barefoot away from ballet slippers, dancing within  ...

Hookman

Playwright Lauren Yee calls her play “Hookman" an “existential slasher comedy.” And Steep Theatre’s new production takes her up on that with creative staging, solid performances, especially by the three female leads—and plenty of blood. “Hookman" is smartly directed by Vanessa Stalling. Kiayla Ryann plays Lexi, our heroine, whose  ...

Swing Time

Although it is commendable that Zadie Smith’s latest novel, "Swing Time," is ambitious and somewhat interesting, it seems to fall short of its lofty goals. That being said, there is still no denying that Smith is an exceptional writer whom it is never a waste of time to invest reading  ...

Just Mercy

There has probably never been a more appropriate title for a book than “Just Mercy,” by Bryan Stevenson. This book is about striving for justice against unsurmountable odds. This book is about sweet mercy that some need and deserve more than others ... and then some. It is a non-fiction/memoire  ...

Exit West

"Exit West," by Mohsin Hamid is a creative, complex, deeply felt saga that reads almost fable-like. Set in an unnamed Middle Eastern City on the brink of civil war, readers are introduced to the main characters of Nadia and Saeed on the brink of falling in love. They  ...

BalletX

BalletX’s Spring Series currently in an extended run at the Wilma Theater, comprised of three distinctly different ballets that are exemplar of the company’s versatility - from the broad dance comedy of choreographer Cayetano Soto to Tommie-Waheed Evans’ meditative dance journey and capped off by an intoxicating dance carnavale by  ...

Battlefield

“Battlefield,” prodigious director Peter Brook’s unusual new offering, presents a small portion of the “Mahabharata," the ancient Sanskrit epic poem about the disastrous war between two branches of a large ruling family. In 1987, Brook famously presented his nine-hour version of the “Mahabharata” to the acclaim  ...

Travels With My Aunt

A retired English banker, who wants nothing more then to tend his dahlia bulbs, has his quiet country life commandeered by an estranged aunt, long past her salad days but not too old to juggle lovers, dodge gangsters and attract the attention of the CIA in "Travels  ...

Cinderella

Christopher Wheeldon’s co-production with Dutch National Ballet of “Cinderella” is dance theater, conceived of in that genre’s finest tradition, but by no means limited by it. A marvelous scenic design team headed by costume and set designer Julian Crouch, yields projections by Daniel Brodie, dancing tree and carriage sequences  ...