Category Archives: Rants

On BAM’s “The Suit” and Peter Brook

Monday, January 21, 2013 Getting out to BAM, the Brooklyn Academy of Music,  always feels like a risky adventure for me, usually a confirmed Manhattanite.  Every time I go to New York, though, I’ll check to see what’s playing, because … Continue reading

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GORE LOUIS VIDAL October 23, 1925 – July 31, 2012  Time out to add my two cents to the hullabaloo surrounding the life of Gore Vidal, playwright, screenwriter, activist, politician, iconoclast, and generally caring human being.  Many respected and admired … Continue reading

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On “The Normal Heart” (Another Look), Arena Stage, AIDS, and the Quilt

There are very few casual remarks to be heard from audience members emerging from a performance of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart.  Jaws are set.  Eyes are moist.  Nobody wants to talk about it yet.  It takes time to digest … Continue reading

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The Music Man, The Arena Stage, and Musical Theatre

I’m frequently reminded that unless I keep up with posting on a more regular basis, it’s hard to build a following for my “View in the Dark” blog.  On the other hand, my very few and very loyal fans know … Continue reading

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Side Tracking: Freedom Tower, and the U.S.S. Intrepid

A couple of side trips in the city on Friday added to the soul-cleansing I seek out with my city theatre binges.   The two hikes on the High Line certainly qualify in that area.  Add to them the trek down … Continue reading

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PINA and A SEPARATION in Charlottesville

Can’t resist the news for local followers that Pina has opened in Charlottesville in our trustworthy old standby, the Vinegar Hill Theatre.   It’s there only until next Thursday, when it will be replaced by A Separation.  Both are Academy … Continue reading

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On John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger”

Look Back in Anger is also a Roundabout Theatre production, as is Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca, which has garnered some terrific reviews, but which I was sadly unable to see this trip.  I remember John Osborne’s signature play from … Continue reading

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Upcoming: “Freedom Riders,” on American Experience

Mark the date:  This coming Monday, May 16.  Of course, there will be repeats, you can tape it, and it will be available as of that date on DVD.  But however you do it, here’s a film not to be … Continue reading

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News Flash: “War Horse” on tour

Just announced:  The National Theatre’s production of War Horse (See my May 9 blog entry  below) will go on tour to 20 American cities during 2012.  Remember this, fellow Americans!  If you don’t get to see it in New York … Continue reading

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On “Company Men” one last time

Company Men has finally made it to Charlottesville, in a brief appearance at Vinegar Hill.  It took a while.  I first discussed it in a January 23 blog on this site, when I loved it.  Anyone reading this should probably … Continue reading

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