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New York City Ballet: 2011 Spring Season
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Author:  Francis Timlin [ Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:09 pm ]
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The 2011 Spring Season opens with "Balanchine Black and White Week," May 3-8, 2011. Here is a link to the programs and casting on the NYCB website.

May 3-8 Casting

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:42 pm ]
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In the Wall Street Journal, Pia Catton previews Lynne Taylor-Corbett's "Seven Deadly Sins," featuring Wendy Whelan and Patti LuPone, at NYCB from May 11-15.

Wall Street Journal

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Sat May 07, 2011 3:31 pm ]
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Pia Catton previews "Black and White" week in the Wall Street Journal.

Wall Street Journal

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Sat May 07, 2011 3:46 pm ]
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David Rooney previews "The Seven Deadly Sins" in Playbill.


Author:  Francis Timlin [ Tue May 10, 2011 9:57 pm ]
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Roslyn Sulcas previews "The Seven Deadly Sins" in the New York Times.

NY Times

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Tue May 10, 2011 11:25 pm ]
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Apollinaire Scherr reviews NYCB's opening night program, with an emphasis on "Square Dance" in the Financial Times.

Financial Times

Leigh Witchel reviews the same program, which also included "Agon" and "Stravinsky Violin Concerto," in the New York Post.

NY Post

Alastair Macaulay in the New York Times.

NY Times

Author:  balletomaniac [ Wed May 11, 2011 11:13 am ]
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New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
May 7, 2011

“Apollo,” “Square Dance,” “Agon”

-- by Jerry Hochman

When I first started attending ballet performances, which was shortly before I became a balletomaniac, I considered George Balanchine’s choreography to be an acquired taste. The only Balanchine pieces I really liked I found out later had been choreographed by Jerome Robbins.

But familiarity breeds greater familiarity, and perhaps a little wisdom (just perhaps), and the more I came to be exposed to Balanchine, the more I appreciated and thought I understood his genius. I may not love all of Balanchine’s creations (audience appreciation is not as irrelevant a concept as purists may think), but many I’ve grown to treasure. “Apollo” is one of them. Classical and modern, intelligent and strikingly beautiful, it is as pure and timeless as a sunrise in a cloudless sky. If Balanchine’s “Serenade” is the ballet equivalent of caviar as comfort food, as I once described, then “Apollo” is the ballet equivalent of eau de vie as chicken soup for the soul (organic, of course) – crystal clear, refined, purified, and intoxicating.

“Apollo” was the beginning of a program of three of Balanchine’s pieces, which were part of a week-long celebration/commemoration of Balanchine’s black-and-white ballets. Aside from being beautifully crafted examples of Balanchine’s neoclassical style, “Apollo,” together with “Square Dance” and “Agon,” illustrate his extraordinary stylistic evolution from choreographing a story distilled to its essence to choreographing a concept distilled to its essence. While his black-and-white ballets do not represent the totality of Balanchine’s output any more than Picasso’s blue period is representative of his (think “Prodigal Son,” “Serenade,” “Jewels,” “Bugaku,” “La Sonnambula,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Ballo della Regina,” “La Valse,” “Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3”/”Theme and Variations,” “Robert Schumann’s Davidsbundlertanze,” among his huge and multi-faceted choreographic oeuvre, the common denominator being that they’re all uniquely extraordinary). But I cannot disagree that, in the overall scheme of things, his black-and -white ballets may be the most important, and “Apollo” perhaps the most important of them all.

Apollo, of course, is the Greek sun god, the god of light. The son of Zeus and Leto (Zeus came to Leto in the guise of a swan – I wonder if he knew Rothbart?), Apollo, like other gods, had many attributes and functions, recognized as a variety of epithets. As sun god, he is Apollo Aegletes. As patron (god) of music and the arts, he is referenced as Apollo Musagetes, which is roughly translated as leader of the muses – who are variously described as goddesses (demi or otherwise) or sylphs, and acknowledged as the embodiment of, or sources of inspiration for, forms of the arts, including literature, drama, poetry, music, and dance (and the root origin for, among others, the words ‘music,’ ‘amuse,’ and ‘museum’). The ballet “Apollo” is a story of the genesis of Apollo Musagetes, but it is also the story of the genesis of Apollo Aegletes. Some sources say that Apollo Aegletes is a role he acquired late in his mythological career – after he became ‘enlightened’ – and it is this aspect of the myth that propels the ballet and forms the climax of Balanchine’s vision.

Balanchine’s Apollo, to a score created by Igor Stravinsky (apparently in collaboration with Balanchine), emerges from birth as an immature god (in this version, the visualization of Apollo’s actual birth, which was part of the piece when it was created, had been deleted at Balanchine’s direction, and with Stravinsky’s approval) – all strength and beauty and power, but without purpose. The muses give Apollo a purpose, a center of gravity and a sense of mission. Whether Apollo created them, simply encountered them, or they were directed to him by other Olympian forces is unclear. But what is perfectly clear is that Apollo matures as a god through his relationship with the three muses.

That “Apollo” is the oldest surviving Balanchine ballet, that it catapulted Balanchine’s choreographic career, and that it marks a turning point in ballet history, are well-known. But “Apollo” is as much evolutionary as revolutionary. As is well-documented, Balanchine considered himself to be an heir to Petipa. And in a sense, one can see “Apollo” as a distillation of the kind of formulaic story-based ballets that Petipa created. Take out the glitz and the focused (and at times forced) virtuosity, and most (but not all) the emotion, and you have “Apollo.” Sort of. But unlike Fokine’s “Les Sylphides,” which preceded “Apollo” by nearly twenty years and is considered revolutionary in that it is the first recognized ‘plotless’ ballet, “Apollo” is not just revolutionary because it lacks a recognizable plot; it is revolutionary at its core – and although it contains a libretto of sorts and is not without emotion, it is a story, and choreography that conveys that story, each pared to its essence, and must have been a breath of fresh air (as well as a ray of sunshine) to its audience, even with the original costumes and sets. [At last night’s performance, I thought I saw a passing snap-shot reference to “Les Sylphides,” with Apollo as a god-poet and the muses as sylphs. And, as I subsequently rediscovered, Fokine choreographed “Les Sylphides,” for Diaghelev’s Ballet Russes, and a slightly earlier version, perhaps more closely related to “Chopiniana,” was presented in 1907 at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersberg. Of course, it was for the Ballet Russes that Balanchine choreographed “Apollo Musagete” (its original title), and Balanchine was a product of the Mariinsky. Either at the Mariinsky or with the Ballet Russes, Balanchine had to have had knowledge of “Les Sylphides” (as did Stravinsky, who worked on the reorchestration of “Les Sylphides” in connection with its Ballet Russes production in 1909). Perhaps in some way, “Apollo” can be seen as response to “Les Sylphides”? But that’s a thesis for another day.] .

From Apollo’s first sculpture-like appearance on stage, until the final striking emblem of Apollo as the god of light, enhanced and completed by each of his muses, “Apollo” is a choreographed collection of unforgettable images, either moving in space or frozen in a perpetual pose, with not one step or gesture too many or too few. The visualisation of the energy force that flows through his body (the famous opening/closing of Apollo’s hands, to me, is a representation of this energy force), and which also flows from him to them and from them to him (the ‘Michelangelo finger-tip-touch’ pose), is an example of such an indelible image. And although Balanchine choreographs Apollo as seemingly rejecting the muses of poetry (Calliope) and tragedy or pantomime (Polyhymnia) in favor of the muse of music and dance (Terpsichore), this appears to me to be not so much rejection as preference (Apollo was just following his bliss) – and also a convenient and opportunistic way to focus the action and development in the ballet that Balanchine was creating. Indeed, it would be difficult to conclude that Apollo really rejects Polyhymnia and Calliope, because they, together with Terpsichore, meld with Apollo (albeit behind him) into the ballet’s final vision of the completed sun god. [That there were purportedly nine muses, not three, and that their artistic attributes can be seen as overlapping (Polyhymnia is also referenced as the muse of sacred poetry, and of music, song and dance and inventor of the lyre) is immaterial.]

But if “Apollo” were only grist for intellectual analysis, it would be less than it is. The movement quality is alternatively light and airy and vital and noble, and it is as fresh and modern today as it must have been when it premiered in 1928 – indeed, although generally accepted as an example of Balanchine’s neoclassical style, it includes hand gestures, contractions, slides, and other movements that break classical ballet parameters and seem to anticipate, among others, Martha Graham.

Apollo is usually portrayed as a clean-shaven, athletic, typically blond, boy-god. In Chase Finlay, NYCB has found a dancer who not only looks like a young Apollo should look, but dances the role with a level of technical competence and character comprehension that would be remarkable in a more mature dancer. He does not have the nobility that Peter Martins brought to the role, or quite the youthful seriousness that I recall seeing in Mikhail Baryshnikov, but in a sense he is more “Apollo-like” than either of them. His performance, his second (he debuted in the role a couple of nights earlier) was not what I would call perfect, which is easier to say than to describe, but the fact that I mention Mr. Finlay, a member of the NYCB corps, in the same sentence as Mr. Martins and Mr. Baryshnikov speaks volumes as to the quality of his performance as Apollo.

The piece received equally memorable performances from the three muses: Ana Sophia Scheller’s Calliope, Tiler Peck’s Polyhymnia, and particularly Sterling Hyltin’s Terpsichore. As Apollo’s chosen muse (perhaps somewhat akin to Paris’s selection of Aphrodite; these myths do tend to run together, don’t they?), Ms. Hyltin delivered the seductive vulnerability and knowing innocence that makes for a wonderfully nuanced performance that takes an audience (or, at least, this member of the audience) beyond just seeing beautifully executed steps; and just like Apollo, the audience (or, at least this member of the audience) was buying whatever she was selling.

“Square Dance,” which premiered in 1957, represents an extension of the distillation Balanchine first created in “Apollo.” Not nearly as significant a work, “Square Dance” is Balanchine’s balletic translation of American folk-dance, pared to its essence. Indeed, at times, the outlines of stereotypical four-cornered square dance patterning are evident. Like “Apollo,” Balanchine tinkered with “Square Dance” after its premiere, deleting the square dance caller who called out the steps and removing the on-stage musicians. So cleansed, “Square Dance” seems now to have only a tangential connection to a square dance, and, to this viewer, something was lost in the transition. Ashley Bouder and Taylor Stanley anchored the exuberant presentation.

“Agon,” which also debuted in 1957 (roughly a month after “Square Dance” in its original form), is another Balanchine masterwork. But where “Apollo” feels Athenian, “Agon” feels Spartan.

Although ‘Agon’ is the Greek word for “contest,” it has no plotline or hint of a subject, no sense of a contest or even of simple competition. But it is more than bodies moving through space. It is simply a collection of choreographed re-interpretations of French dances of the mid-17th Century, which Balanchine molds into a rich, balanced, and coherent vision, albeit a plotless one. The performance was ably led by Wendy Whelan, Teresa Reichlen, Sebastien Marcovici, and Andrew Veyette.

In this final collaboration with Stravinsky, Balanchine’s genius (at least as communicated in his black-and-white ballets), can be seen to have journeyed from distillation of a story to distillation of a concept. But the absence of a subject, other than the subject being dance itself, does not make “Agon” any less of a brilliant piece of work – just a little more difficult to love.

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Wed May 11, 2011 12:17 pm ]
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Marina Harss reviews the May 3 opening night program ("Square Dance," "Agon" and "Stravinsky Violin Concerto") in The Faster Times.

The Faster Times

Author:  balletomaniac [ Sat May 14, 2011 2:52 pm ]
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New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
New York, New York

May 11, 2011
“The Seven Deadly Sins” (world premiere); “Vienna Waltzes”

by Jerry Hochman

For its Spring Gala performance on May 11, 2011, the New York City Ballet presented the world premiere of a new version of the Brecht/Weill ballet chante “The Seven Deadly Sins,” choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, on a program together with George Balanchine’s venerable “Vienna Waltzes.”

First the good news: Wendy Whelan and “Vienna Waltzes” both look as good as ever.

“The Seven Deadly Sins,” however, is a different matter. Perhaps the poor sound quality had something to do with it (from where I was seated, it was extremely difficult to decipher the lyrics being sung by Guest Artist Patti Lupone), or perhaps it was the sense that the company just wanted to get it over with (there were no welcoming introductions or cinematic rehearsal highlights or historical contextual analysis or congratulatory remarks; the lights dimmed and the ballet began; that was it). Regardless, this viewer found little to like in this production, the best parts of which were the prologue and the epilogue, and that it didn’t last too long.

“The Seven Deadly Sins” is the final collaboration between Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, composed after the Nazis had seized power and after both Weill and Brecht had fled Germany. Its initial performance, choreographed, produced and directed by George Balanchine, was in Paris in 1933. The NYCB revived it in 1958.

Brecht was a Marxist, and the libretto for “The Seven Deadly Sins” reflects his anti-capitalist passion. The intention to convey a particular point of view in an artistic creation is nothing extraordinary – it’s probably been the impetus for most works of art as long as there have been works of art . So having an anti-capitalist theme as the sole raison d’etre of a ballet shouldn’t be problematic, and should not necessarily be difficult to appreciate on a dance level as long is it’s interesting to watch. It’s been done. For example, no matter what one thinks of the one-note ideology behind two of Kurt Jooss’s ballets that were created around the same time, “The Green Table” and “The Big City,” both are well-crafted and dynamic dance theater pieces, which, though somewhat dated when the Joffrey Ballet remounted them in the 1970s, are still interesting and exciting to watch. “The Seven Deadly Sins,” whose cabaret-like style appears similarly dated, is neither.

“The Seven Deadly Sins” tells the story of one young girl’s efforts to survive in a capitalist society. The capitalist society is the United States, which at the time of its writing neither Weill nor Brecht had ever visited. [Weill would later emigrate to the United States, and eventually died in New York; Brecht settled in the people’s paradise of East Germany.] The reasons for setting the production in various locations in the U.S. is unclear – perhaps doing so was safer than directly attacking European society in general or German decadence in particular, or perhaps they considered the U.S. to be a Germanic-like society, or perhaps it was simply an effort to add a touch of foreign exoticism to the piece. In any event, the protagonist, Anna (a surrogate for ‘everyperson’ in a capitalist society), is split into two characters, called Anna I and Anna II. Anna I personifies that part of Anna that needs money to survive and to help the Family, and will do what it takes in a capitalist society to accomplish that; Anna II represents that side of the same person that is idealistic, innocent, and moral – in other words, she’s the sympathetic character, the ‘nice’ girl who succumbs to the need to do whatever it takes to make money and satisfy the needs of the money-hungry side of her personality. One sings, the other dances. Also central to the ballet are singing characters collectively known as “The Family,” a sort of Greek chorus cum barbershop quartet comprised of Mother (in drag), Father, Older Brother and Younger Brother, who represent both Anna’s family and the capitalist society that Anna’s efforts reflect and support.

The story has the Annas, accompanied by The Family (in a metaphysical rather than corporeal sense) traveling from their home somewhere in Louisiana, through seven different U.S. cities, and then back home to Louisiana. The specific locations have little to do with anything – the cities are simply where the action takes place, and which, in some of the scenes, can be seen as the inspiration for the stage set (e.g., in the scene located in San Francisco, a San Francisco ‘hill’ is pictured in the background). If these specific locations have any significance at all, I suspect it’s to emphasize that the heartless, amoral capitalist society portrayed in the ballet is systemic.

The Annas leave their Louisiana home to support themselves and the Family. At each of the scenic ‘locations,’ the Annas' effort to make money is portrayed in the context of one of the seven deadly sins: sloth, pride, anger, gluttony, lust, greed, and envy. The ballet’s conceit is that the seven deadly sins are not necessarily bad – rather, what is ‘bad’ or a ‘sin’ is the inability of Anna II to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of any of the seven deadly sins in order to earn the money that Anna I requires and covets. For example, in the first scene, Anna II is anything but lazy – she’s seen as working her tail off cleaning the floors, Cinderella-like, while others (described as The Shadows), ignore her or consider her pathetic for working so hard. And Anna I collects Anna II’s earnings. In the second scene, Anna II overcomes her pride and self-respect in order to work as a stripper/courtesan in a gentleman’s club/cabaret – the message being that Anna II has to degrade herself in order to make money, and would have been better off maintaining her pride. And Anna I again collects Anna II’s earnings. And so it goes.

Anna II’s efforts to succeed in her capitalist society eventually doom her to losing her idealism, innocence and sense of morality. Anna I and Anna II eventually return to The Family and their Louisiana home. Anna I is triumphant. Anna II is defeated, and disappears. And Anna is condemned to living life as an amoral, money-grubbing capitalist, neither cognizant of nor concerned about what she’s lost.

Although the piece seems to be an ironic or sarcastic attack on capitalism, it displays neither irony nor sarcasm. Rather, “The Seven Deadly Sins” mocks both the capitalist society itself and the efforts of citizens of that society to survive in it – and successfully communicating mockery seems a tougher theatrical road to hoe.

Although the NYCB program describes this production as being ‘completely reimagined,’ Ms. Taylor-Corbett’s choreography appears to have been bound by the piece’s cabaret style (which she captures) as well as its thematic emphasis. However, using the Berlin cabaret/European theater style (which I’m not suggesting was inappropriate) makes the piece look ‘small,’ and the DHK Theater stage seemed to dominate the field of view and overwhelm the action. Perhaps the production would look more appropriate in a smaller setting (e.g., Studio 54 or the Vivian Beaumont Theater).

But if the production was indeed remade from scratch, some of the choices (both choreographic and stylistic) appear unfortunate. For example, the ‘anger’ scene displays what is supposed to be ‘Latin’ dancing. But the Latin style doesn’t seem to fit Weill’s music, and, worse, is so superficial it makes similar Latin dancing displayed in Dancing with the Stars look polished and authentic. [Perhaps the forced and garish appearance of the dancing in this and other sections of the piece was intentionally choreographed this way to add a sense of artificiality to each of the scenes. If that is the case, the concept succeeded too well.] And the ‘gluttony’ scene should have been reimagined differently. In this scene, Anna II has contracted to be a dancer, and also has agreed as a condition of the contract not to gain any weight. So, although she’s starving, the capitalist society that imposed this contractual condition, and which she feels bound as a good member of society to honor, prevents her from partaking in the lavish (and garish) buffet that’s paraded in front of her. She’d rather starve than violate her contract. It’s supposed to be funny, but it’s not. Worse, regardless of any ideological merit it may have, the point is overshadowed by its having been made in the context of an already thin dancer refusing for whatever reason to eat. In a society in which dancers’ eating disorders are a significant concern, surely a better vehicle to make this point could have been imagined.

The piece was not helped by having many of the scenes bathed in a particular light. The color choices were appropriate for what was being displayed, but instead of illuminating the particular scene, the lighting often smothered it. For example, having the debauchery of the ‘gentleman’s club'/cabaret scene (pride) drenched in red light, with red being the primary color of the costumes worn by the club’s entertainers, was borderline tolerable. Having the ‘envy’ scene smothered in green light, with green the predominant costume color, was akin to being beaten over the head with an anvil.

The best scenes, at least to this viewer, were the Prologue, showing the Annas leaving their home and The Family, which was lovely to watch (blue sky, full moon, house and The Family upstage, the Annas downstage with their luggage), and the Epilogue, which was both funereal and mockingly celebratory, with the prodigal Anna II disappearing from view as if pulled away by some heartless capitalist force. And the “lust” scene, which describes Anna II having to sacrifice her relationship with the man she really loves (‘Fernando,’ danced by Craig Hall) in order to remain with the man she married for money (‘Eduardo'), was choreographed (as well as danced) with straightforward passion and despair.

The production’s focal point is Anna II, and as Anna II, Wendy Whelan was super, as she seemingly always is. Of course she danced what the choreography required, including having her body manipulated and posed in a manner appropriate and necessary to portray the travails of an entertainer/courtesan. But more than that, she convincingly conveyed the innocence and pathos that the piece requires. Patti Lupone’s Anna I suffered from the poor audio quality described, but in other respects was sung and performed with sufficient amoral relish. The piece was conducted with flair by Guest Conductor Paul Gemignani.

“The Seven Deadly Sins” was reportedly composed in a week. It was commissioned by one Edward James, a wealthy Englishman who operated the ballet company with which Balanchine was affiliated at the time, and was intended to be an ‘offering’ of sorts for his estranged wife, Tilly Losch. [Ms. Losch in fact initiated the role of Anna II in its initial European production. Anna I was sung by Lotte Lenya, Mr. Weill’s wife, who also performed it at the NYCB production, for which Allegra Kent famously danced Anna II.] By naming the character of the man Anna II married for money ‘Eduardo,’ the creative team was (perhaps jokingly) accused of biting the hand that feeds it. Ironically, NYCB can be accused of the same thing. The audience at this performance consisted largely of people of means who have achieved a measure of financial success in this capitalist society, and who paid handsomely both for their tickets and the opportunity to dine with each other and, presumably, company members in a closed-off area on the theater’s balcony and mezzanine both during the intermission and following the performance.

Perhaps as an absolution offering to the hands that feed it, NYCB paired “The Seven Deadly Sins” with Balanchine’s “Vienna Waltzes.”

“Vienna Waltzes” is comprised of five waltzes lavishly choreographed to familiar compositions by Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehar, and Richard Strauss, and the piece comes across as a sumptuous visual feast of a ballet that appears to have been created from a little schmaltz, a little schnapps, and a little sacher torte with whipped cream and Viennese coffee. The piece is not simply a collection of simple waltzes; it is a complex, inventive, and stunningly romantic work of art that never allows itself to get too sweet or syrupy. Megan Fairchild was delightfully vibrant and effervescent in the fast-paced “Fruhlingsstimmen” section, Jenifer Ringer and Ask La Cour led a classy and sophisticated “God Und Silber Waltzer,” and in “Erste Walzerfolge” from “Der Rosenkavalier,” Maria Kowroski almost made me forget Suzanne Farrell. But highlighting these dancers is not intended to diminish others – the entire cast, led by Rachel Rutherford and Jared Angle, Ms. Fairchild and Joaquin De Luz, Ana Sophia Scheller and Adam Hendrickson, Ms. Ringer and Mr. la Cour, and Ms. Kowroski and Charles Askegard, as well as the corps dancers who filled the stage with elegance, was superb. Clotilde Otranto’s conducting was dynamic and fiery, and in no small way added to the richness of the performance.

“Vienna Waltzes” is not only homage to the waltz; it is a sumptuous celebration of Vienna’s Hapsburg golden age of wealth, as well as a paean to the gilded societies that can afford to nurture the creation of such breathtaking beauty. In other words, although “Vienna Waltzes” is a glorious piece for anyone of any background to watch and get lost in, it might have seemed particularly rewarding for those of means for whom elegance and opulence may not be either alien or unusual, even in this economy. And so it seemed to be to the Gala audience which saluted the dancers at the performances’ conclusion with enthusiasm and apparent relief. And on my way out the door, I overheard one of the glitterati state to several of her friends: “Well, I’m glad they put them in that order.” So was I.

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Mon May 16, 2011 1:07 pm ]
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Alastair Macaulay reviews selected works from the first three nights of "Black and White" week in the New York Times.

NY Times

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Tue May 17, 2011 11:54 am ]
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Marina Harss reviews the May 4 and 5 programs of "Black and White" week in The Faster Times.

The Faster Times

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Tue May 17, 2011 7:05 pm ]
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Hanna Oldman reviews "Black and White" week in the California Literary Review.

California Literary Review

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Tue May 17, 2011 7:56 pm ]
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Robert Gottlieb reviews "Black and White" week in the New York Observer.

NY Observer

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Tue May 17, 2011 9:58 pm ]
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Howard Kissel reviews the opening night performance of "Seven Deadly Sins" and "Vienna Waltzes" in the Huffington Post.

Huffington Post

Alastair Macaulay reviews the same program in the New York Times.

NY Times

Tobi Tobias reviews "The Seven Deadly Sins" in ArtsJournal.


Author:  Francis Timlin [ Tue May 17, 2011 10:14 pm ]
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Apollinaire Scherr reviews "The Seven Deadly Sins" in the Financial Times.

Financial Times

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