Music With Changing Parts

Philip Glass @ 80ish When “Music With Changing Parts” premiered in New York in1970 it was at once revolutionary, persistent, repetitive, annoying, hypnotic, challenging, and otherworldly. People walked out while others were completely mesmerized. The future had arrived and Philip Glass (then 48) was our cultural time traveler. Tonight’s  ...

Until, Until, Until . . .

"Until, Until, Until . . . is a play accompanied by a multi-media video installation. It's an interrogation of the facts and misinformation surrounding the controversy about the famous 1981 televised performance by Broadway actor and dancer Ben Vereen, that was part of the Ronald Reagan inauguration celebration. Playwright and  ...

Mark Morris Dance Group and MMDG Music Ensemble

Mark Morris's ambitious 'Dances' in Philly Choreographer Mark Morris is the Annenberg's inaugural residence artist and along with a slate of ambitious dance related projects he has initiated this winter, his company The Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble, returned to Philadelphia after a 14-year  ...

Distinctly SF Ballet

All three works on this evening's program are locally sourced archived ballets. Those who have seen them in other seasons can reflect on how they stand the test of time and a new call-up of dancers takes on the tasks levied by each, while first timers can gain a feel  ...

Bright Fast Cool Blue

It is hard to name a work that creates otherworldliness all of one piece as does George Balanchine's sky blue "Serenade." To do justice to the Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky score, dancers must arrive floaty, swift, and punctual, contradictory though those qualities may seem. Assurances that this will happen just keep  ...

South by Southwest 2018 Preview

"Analysis paralysis" is slang for an inability to make a decision. When the condition becomes chronic, it's known as aboulomania. And when it involves 132 feature films screening for a week-plus in March (alongside shorts, TV episodes, virtual reality, musical and comedy performances, gaming and interactive  ...

Water by the Spoonful

Addiction is as hot a topic now as it was in 2012 when Quiara Alegria Hudes won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, "Water by the Spoonful." It may not be your number one topic, but do not turn away too quickly. Ms. Hudes pays as much  ...

Casanova: The Seduction of Europe

Yes, there was an actual person named Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) from whence the epithet originated. The Venetian libertine and adventurer, author of his "Histoire de ma vie," a gaudy and glamorous 12-volume account of his sexual adventures in the mid-18th century, proudly described his amorous pursuits and seductions, as  ...

The Importance of Being Earnest

The trouble with drawing room comedies is that drawing rooms are intrinsically boring. This is part of the problem with the Old Globe's The Importance of Being Earnest - even Oscar Wilde's spirited dialogue can't quite overcome the production's inherent stiffness. Set in a posh London bachelor pad and  ...

Passing Strange

The rock musical Passing Strange was co-composed by Stew and Heidi Rodewald a decade ago and in its short run on Broadway was a sensation, garnering six Tony noms and two wins for Stew. It wasn't your typical jukebox musical or a stylized rock concert. Spike Lee filmed it  ...