Yvonne Korshak reviews Off-Broadway, Broadway, Film and Art

Tag: John Kelly

Review | The Threepenny Opera | Book and Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht | Music by Kurt Weill | English Adaptation by Mark Blitzstein | Directed and Choreographed by Martha Clarke | Atlantic Theater Company

Mack the Soupspoon (… couldn’t resist …)

From the first moments of the overture, discordant and musical, played by superb musicians from the back of the stage, you know you’re experiencing something great.  The Threepenny Opera is one of the greatest pieces of musical theatre of the 20th Century — it’s up there with Porgy and Bess — and happily this production fulfills it.

Review | Orpheus X | Written and Composed by Rinde Eckert | Directed by Robert Woodruff | With Rinde Eckert, Suzan Hanson and John Kelly | Video by Denise Marika | Duke on 42nd Street | Theater for a New Audience

… so that’s what it’s like down in Hades …

I thought Rinde Eckert’s two-person play, And God Created the Great Whales, was one of the greatest pieces of theater I’d ever seen so I was keen to see Orpheus X, a multi-media performance piece with drama, singing, instrumental music, and video, that recounts the ancient myth in contemporary terms.  It has touches of genius, and is also somewhat tiresome, darn it!

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