Jean Genet’s “The Maids” at Lincoln Center Festival

I attended the next-to-last showing of Jean Genet’s play “The Maids” at Lincoln Center Festival last night.  This production was brought to New York by the Sydney Theater Company.  To me, the big discovery was the least well-known of the three actresses – Elizabeth Debicki, who played the Mistress.  Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert, both major international film stars, played the two sisters who are the Mistress’s maids.

Of course Genet wrote this in French, … <Read More>

Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s “The Passenger” at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan

Last night I attended a performance by Houston Grand Opera forces of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s “The Passenger,” which was imported north under the auspices of Lincoln Center Festival.  The Armory’s huge space was a perfect setting for the enormous multi-stage set designed by Johan Engels for this production conceived by David Pountney and conducted by Patrick Summers.  This was the second of three presentations of this production at the Armory.

Prior to the opera performance, we … <Read More>

Lincoln Center Festival’s production of Toshio Hosokawa’s “Matsukaze”

Last night I attended the New York premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s one-act opera, “Matsukaze,” presented as part of this summer’s Lincoln Center Festival at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan a few blocks from Lincoln Center.  To the best of my recollection, this is the first time I’ve been in this theater.  It’s a bit out-of-the-way, several long blocks … <Read More>