Provocation & Divulgence

By Kris Eitland | September 14, 2012 |

  You’ve got to hand it to Mickey Mounarath and Spencer John Powell of Visionary Dance Theatre, who lately are the most visible dance producers in town. Their focus is to produce up-and-coming artists in all art forms.  There is great value in providing such a platform, especially when novices have the chance to shadow more experienced artists. But curating a dance concert isn’t an exact science, it’s an art.  There’s inherent risk in mixing extreme styles and abilities. In a recent experiment, one got the feeling that even the pros needed to go back to the laboratory. In Provocation & Diligence,…

Underpants Fall in Fine Production at North Coast Rep

By Bill Eadie | September 9, 2012 |
The Underpants

Think Steve Martin and what comes to mind is likely to be smart, literate comedy that will make you think while you’re having a laugh.  That, and banjos. Banjos do turn up in Mr. Martin’s adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s 1910 sex comedy, The Underpants, but they’re only talked about. Which is what you can say about sex, as well: it’s discussed but it never really appears.  And, when it gets close to appearing, a lot of people become embarrassed. Louise Maske (Holly Rone) has caused something of a scandal in her strait-laced German town when her underpants slipped off her…

Intrepid’s Midsummer Life Could Be a Dream (sha boom)

By Bill Eadie | September 9, 2012 |
A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Musical

If you enjoyed MixTape, which just started its third year of performances downtown, or if you liked Mamma Mia, the ABBA sensation that’s still going strong in New York and on tour, you have a good chance of liking Intrepid Shakespeare Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Some of you are undoubtedly scratching your heads and saying, “Huh?” about now.  After all, we’re talking Shakespeare, not pop music, here. But, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, and it’s particularly amenable to theatrical messing around.  There seems to be no such thing as a “standard”…

Provocative homage to Marvin Gaye highlights choreographer’s showcase

By Kris Eitland | August 27, 2012 |

  His religious father beat him mercilessly when he was a child and finally shot him to death in 1984.  But you didn’t need to know a thing about the soul singer Marvin Gaye to feel the range of emotion in Universal (Marvin’s Remix,) a provocative dance drama choreographed by Lavina Rich. The piece wasn’t all about Marvin. Rather, it exposed the hypocrisy and seedy side of average people. Rich’s distinct style and superb performances made it the highlight of the Choreographer’s Showcase “Archives” at the 10th Avenue Theater last weekend. Over the last decade, Rich has studied, performed and presented work…

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