Monthly Archives: October 2014

Oct. 24 Syracuse Stage: The Piano Lesson

Syracuse Stage’s ‘The Piano Lesson’ plays its doleful tune with virtuosity

Timothy Bond’s beautifully crafted production of the August Wilson play is buoyed by an ensemble of first-rate actors

By Malkiel Choseed

Syracuse Stage’s new production of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson is a beautifully wrought, wonderfully acted rendition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. Every aspect of the dramatic experience comes together to near-perfection — from sets to costumes to lighting…

Oct. 24 Syracuse Opera: Die Fledermaus

Syracuse Opera’s ‘Die Fledermaus’ bubbles over with fun, laughter and irresistible music

The company uncorks its 40th Anniversary season with a visually and musically satisfying production of Johann Strauss Jr.’s farcical operetta

By David Abrams

First, a disclaimer: If you attend Sunday’s final production of Die Fledermaus, don’t come expecting anything even remotely serious. This isn’t Don Giovanni. It’s more like Dom Perignon. But if you’re looking for a good time, you’re headed for the right place…

Oct. 18 Met (Live): Le Nozze di Figaro

The Met’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ a happy marriage of ensemble singing and acting

The cast of supporting roles was especially strong in the company’s new production of Mozart’s matchless masterpiece

By David Rubin

If I could bottle one production of one opera to pour for friends who have never seen an opera before but are curious about the art form, it would be this new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York…

Oct. 22 Famous Artists Broadway: The Book of Mormon

‘The Book of Mormon,’ winner of nine Tony Awards, embodies the soul of American musical theater

What can one say about the show’s long-overdue arrival in Syracuse, except… Hallelujah!

By Laurel Saiz

The Book of Mormon is a hysterically irreverent and an ultimately sweet exultation of the human spirit. Sweet? Exultation of the human spirit?…

Oct. 11 Met simulcast: Macbeth

Anna Netrebko, now a dramatic soprano, shines in the Met’s dark and murky ‘Macbeth’

The former lyric soprano holds up well — and survives the intrusive close-up camerawork of the ‘Live in HD’ transmission

By David Abrams

Ever since the September 24 opening of the Met’s current production of Verdi’s Macbeth, critics have been pretty much unanimous in their acclaim for Anna Netrebko’s portrayal of the iconic Lady Macbeth. The praise is well deserved, all the more so considering the transformation of vocal timbre she had to undergo to prepare for this role. By the time of Saturday’s Live in HD simulcast, about the only question remaining was how the Russian superstar would withstand the intense scrutiny of the close-up camerawork…

Oct. 11 SU Drama: Parade

SU Drama’s ‘Parade’ pleases the ear, challenges the mind

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about intolerance and bigotry in the old South raises issues America has not fully addressed

By Michael O’Connor

Like many Americans, I grew up reading and learning about America’s civil rights movements. Victims of racially motivated violence in this country are burned into my memory — names such as Emmett Till, James Byrd Jr., Mary Turner, Vincent Chin, and Leo Frank.

These names remain symbols of America’s difficulty in coming to grips with its past and present…