REVIEW: The Winterreise Project (Unstuck Opera)

October 26, 2017
[Equipment for Living] An excuse to perform Schubert or an exploration of our Post-Trump age? Unstuck Opera’s newest work, The Winterreise Project, pits the subjects of Franz Schubert’s grim song cycle against the backdrop of the Trump presidency. In searching for connections between the two, director and performer Frances Moore presents the show to us as a form of personal […]

REVIEW: Dido and Aeneas (The Basement)

May 19, 2016
[Oper-attic] Being staged at The Basement we naturally turned up thinking we were going to witness a piss-take of Henry Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas.  However in reality we were pleasantly surprised by the commitment and integrity of the performance on stage.  Both the quality of acting and singing were absolutely flawless.  And it was a treat to behold opera up close […]

REVIEW: Soo-Young: The Musical! (The Basement)

April 2, 2014
Infectious [by James Wenley] The comic creation of Renee Lyons, Soo-Young first appeared in her brilliant show Nick: An Accidental Hero, a hospital orderly who narrated the show. It was an oddball choice about for a solo show about a man with locked-in syndrome, but she was an irrepressible and upbeat antidote in a story of adversity. Following up Nick, which […]

REVIEW: Cloud 9 (Good Company)

April 4, 2013
I’m on it [by Matt Baker] Cross-gender and cross-racial casting, an era-specific time relocation, and characters represented by dolls or never seen at all are three fundamental theatrical constructs employed by Caryl Churchill to present the themes of sexuality, oppression, and identity in her 1979 play, Cloud 9. Such constructs illustrate said themes to the audience in a blatant and […]