(Cambridge, MA) Acoustica Electronica (AE) is Dance Theater that blends music spanning 300 years, wrapped in operatic cellophane and wrapped in a pink party-kid ribbon. AE is realized as a club scene exuding the kind of immature sexual desperation usually found in strip joints. It has many elements that make up an excellent performance but together, these elements fall short of the experience AE hopes to create. Continue reading →
In Three Pianos, Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy, and Dave Malloy look to reconcile the historical Schubertiade with more modern, boozy gatherings of friends.
The production believes there’s little difference between the parties that Schubert threw for his friends, prominent artists during the Romantic movement, and the soirees of contemporary audiences. Particularly entertaining are the actors, in the guise of German guests, deciding who should go on a beer run. Continue reading →
(Cambridge, MA) Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald bring soul to American Repertory Theatre’s production of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The couple struggles to hold onto their love in the midst of danger and strife. Although minor changes have been made to the operetta, the integrity of the original piece remains intact. Continue reading →
R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE. Performed by Thomas Derrah. Photo: Marcus Stern.
Warning: contains profound thoughts
Reviewed by Becca Kidwell
When someone asks me what subjects I liked when I was in school, I always say “all except science, I HATE science.” What I have learned over the past few years is that I have hated science because no one made it interesting for me. R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe reminds me again that love of science and love of learning start with a person who engages, challenges, and pushes you to see the world in new ways.
The one-man show connects theories of science, philosophy, sociology, and sustainability to life. Fuller comes to life in such a way that the audience feels that they are at a “real” lecture. Thomas Derrah presents the same frenetic and contagious energy that was Bucky Fuller’s trademark. He bounces and dances around as he explains his principles for improving “spaceship earth” and also questioning all of the norms that surround us. Like Bucky, he uses any and all forms of media that are available to him to get his point across. Continue reading →
The moment the audience enters the doors (actual scenery), they are invited to join Max Beckmann’s collage of memories. An accordion player crosses the stage and roams the audience prior to the start of the show. The stage is in a state of ordered disorder—the perfect working space for creating art. All of the elements (the music, lighting, acting, scenery, and film) swirl around to form a story of love, loss, sorrow and hope. Continue reading →