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

Tag: Martha Clarke

Review | Angel Reapers | By Martha Clarke and Alfred Uhry | Signature Theatre

Directed and Choreographed by Martha Clarke

Here again Martha Clarke has given us a lovely new creation of her unique vision, a theatrical union of dance, music and narrative.  Although Angel Reapers, about repression and ecstasy among the Shakers, is a smaller, less commanding theater piece than Clarke’s Garden of Earthly Delights and her staging of  Threepenny Opera, it has her mark.

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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.

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Ballet Review | Garden of Earthly Delights by Martha Clarke | Music by Richard Peaslee

If you want to know how many positions at all speeds the young, nude (nearly) human body can take on, including when airborne — think upside-down — see Garden of Earthly Delights.  All this and a story, too.  The ballet recounts humanity’s path from innocence, to guilt and repression including a vivid auto da fe, to a conclusion in hell, with a glimpse of springtime renewal at the end.

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