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Brits Make America Great Again

Brits Make America Great Again

BY ANDY HUMM | Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” his posthumously released play on his harrowing family life as a youth, is the great American play. And a stellar company from the Bristol Old Vic theater in England is rubbing their vision of a vanquished American Dream in our faces and eating their way […]

New Starts

New Starts

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | September brought good news to New York’s opera world. The American Opera Projects premiered a fine new work of unusual interest to the LGBT community, Laura Kaminsky’s “As One.” And the Metropolitan, after bruising labor negotiations, opened on time, with an uneven new staging of Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” and a […]

A Touch of the Poet

A Touch of the Poet

BY ELI JACOBSON | Massenet’s “Werther,” an intimate music drama focused on interior emotion rather than overt action, has never been a natural fit for the grandiose Metropolitan Opera House. Audiences haven’t flocked to it despite the presence of many distinguished singers over the decades.  Usually it is mounted as a vehicle for a superstar tenor […]

Irish Eyes are Penetrating in London Theater

Irish Eyes are Penetrating in London Theater

BY ANDY HUMM | Two weeks of theater in London and two of the best plays were by Irishmen –– a new one from Conor McPherson and a revival from Martin McDonagh with Daniel Radcliffe, who continues to evolve from film megastar to one of the shining lights of the stage. Actor Peter McDonald, who has […]