REVIEW: Boston Early Music Festival presents a Kansas City first, a fully authentic Baroque opera
Performances of Baroque operas are rare enough, but rarer still are productions that take into account all aspects of 18th-century performance practice—not just historically informed singing and period instruments but also costumes, décor, gestures and stage direction that reflect what an audience of the period might have experienced.
ICON OF DANCE: KC Ballet and Rainy Day Books cosponsor appearance by Jacques D’Amboise
Legendary and iconic dancer Jacques D’Amboise was in Our Town on April 1st to promote his new memoir, I Was a Dancer (Borzoi Books: Alfred A. Knopf, $35). Born Joseph Aheard in Massachusetts, D’Amboise would become one of George Balanchine’s most indispensable muses: Over the course of 33 years at New York City Ballet, Jacques had more works created for him than any other male dancer.
THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Unicorn presents courageous Pulitzer Prize-winning play
There are extremes of misery in the world that defy comprehension. In the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo, violence and sexual brutality against women and girls have remained at epidemic levels for more a decade. “The sexual violence in Congo is the worst in the world,” United Nations undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs John Holmes told The New York Times in 2007.
‘FIGARO’ BACKSTAGE: Lyric production bids farewell to its home of four decades
The Lyric Opera’s new production of The Marriage of Figaro is well-sung, confidently acted and executed with a deft comic touch.
REVIEW: Pulitzer Prize-winning play receives sensitive rendering in Unicorn production
It takes mettle to write a play about turmoil in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where civil wars have brought years of rampant pillaging, murder and sexual abuse. Ruined is a problematic but gutsy play, and it won Lynn Nottage the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2009. (See the advance story on the play below, which we ran on this blog last week.