Presented by Cambridge Chamber Ensemble Music by John Blow Libretto by Anne Kingsmill Finch or Aphra Behn From Ovid’s Metamorphosis Stage direction by David R. Gammons Music direction by Stephanie Beatrice Choreography by Alissa Cardone Supratitles by Danielle Shevchenko Concert-master, Ming-hang Tam
Apologies to the cast, orchestra, and crew of Venus & Adonis.Family issues (including a COVID scare) prevented me from publishing this review on time. Mea culpa.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Cambridge Chamber Ensemble’s production of John Blow’s Venus & Adonis was delightful. It was under an hour and packed in more action in 60-minutes than other Baroque operas do in 150 minutes. If you missed it, that’s a damn shame. Donate here and catch the next one.
Adonis & Venus is a romantic opera. Cambridge Chamber Ensemble’s production was sexy. It needed an intimacy director.Continue reading →
(Chelsea, MA) I sometimes think going to a play is a bit like going to a party where you know nobody at all, save for the person you bring with you. Sometimes, the party can leave you feeling adrift and awkward in your own skin. Other times, you meet some funny, clever people you never expected to meet. They are delighted to include you, for an hour or so (or an eighty minute run time without intermission), in the intimate secrets of their lives and draw you close with the honesty only complete strangers would dare to share with you. The sweet, hilarious, and deliciously bawdy “Or,” is such a party. I recommend attending as soon as possible in order to enjoy the yarn spun between Kaylyn Bancroft (Nell Gwynne/Lady Davenant/Maria/A Jailer), Michael Poignand (as slimily charming King Charles II and charmingly slimy William Scott, divided by a common language with different annunciation) and Anna Waldron (Aphra Behn). Continue reading →
(Boston, MA) A new age is dawning in the 1660’s. Women are allowed to act. Strict Puritan regulations have been lifted. What’s a girl to do? Aphra Behn, one of the first professional playwrights that was female, has some answers with the help of modern day playwright Liz Duffy Adams. Lyric Stage brings a delightful evening of ‘girl power’ to the stage in this play of Restoration, modern, and post-modern ideals. Continue reading →