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Oil and Water

Nonparticipatory resistance against corporate domination

Theater & Stage Reviews I caused the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is my conclusion after speaking with Argos MacCallum of Teatro Paraguas about the company’s reading of The Way of Water, Caridad Svich’s play a...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Matthew Irwin

Worlds Within Words

Theaterwork realizes the works and lives of four women poets

Theater & Stage Reviews David Olson’s mother and grandmother were poets. At dinner, Olson’s father, a Swedish immigrant, would leave a line of poetry under a dinner plate for Olson or one of his siblings to discover and

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Matthew Irwin

Contemporaneous Celebrations

Wake up and happy birthday, music scene!

Theater & Stage Reviews Santa Fe’s contemporary music scene awakens from semi-hibernation with two important concerts this week. And they’re all about anniversaries.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 John Stege

Through the Lens

Lensic affiliates share their views

Theater & Stage Reviews The Lensic theater space turns 80 this year and simultaneously celebrates 10 years since it became the nonprofit Lensic Performing Arts Center. The Lensic marks this milestone with the same varied arsenal of ev...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Rani Molla

Right on the Money

SFO and SFCMF wrap up their seasons on high notes

Theater & Stage Reviews When audiences hum happily out of The Crosby Theatre after, say, a jolly evening with Albert Herring, or when they linger cheerily outside St. Francis Auditorium after, say, a rousing reading of Mendelssohn&rsq...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 John Stege

Joy Ride

SFCMF’s season departs with finesse and cheer

Theater & Stage Reviews The music stops, the audience jumps up, claps like mad, bravos crazily, whistles (don’t try this in France) and stomps its collective foot. That’s a standing ovation. That’s what met Yuja Wang...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 John Stege

Battle Royal

SFCMF’s season is full of co-commissions and world premieres

Theater & Stage Reviews Cagey, brilliant composer-critic Virgil Thomson commented, “Criticism joins the history of its art only when it joins battle, for or against, with the music of its time.” Well, opportunities galore ...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 John Stege

Any Haydn Sunday

SFCMF has gotten bigger and better-dressed

Theater & Stage Reviews Ever since the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s first season, those Sunday-evening concerts have been special. Back in 1973, six Sunday-evening programs were it, period, for festivalgoers. As time passed...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 John Stege

Das Musik

SFCMF’s exceptions are as good as the rule

Theater & Stage Reviews “Chamber music” can be an evasive term. Definitions tend to be slippery. Strict constructionists exclude the solo piano. Goodbye, too, to many of Mozart’s serenades and divertimenti; they&rsqu...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 John Stege

Well-Fed Herring

Albert Herring is stuffed to the gills with good cheer

Theater & Stage Reviews Comic opera hasn’t thrived over the last several dismal decades. Composers prefer to work the dark side. But fast-backward to July 1947 and the premieres of two comic survivors: Poulenc’s Les Mamell...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 John Stege
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