Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Don't Miss "Just Ancient Loops"

At the Bang on a Can Marathon in 2012, Jim and I watched riveted as cellist Maya Beiser played Michael Harrison's haunting and hypnotic Just Ancient Loops,  accompanying overlapping loops of herself playing the same music--which comprised the score of Bill Morrison's film of the same title,  being projected beside her.

It was fabulous and unforgettable, one of the most extraordinary performances I've seen in recent years, and I was thrilled to learn that tomorrow,  Thursday, October 23,  8:00 p.m., at the Museum of Modern Art, Beiser will be doing the same thing in a program that includes two other  films as well. 

On Saturday, November 8, 8:00 pm, in Washington, DC, Beiser will be performing a program that includes  Just Ancient Loops  at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

Composer Michael Harrison will likely be in attendance at both events.

Not to be missed if you have any interest in new music (or experimental film or the cello). Moses Fiction Prize

Friday, October 10, 2014

Don't miss: Daughters of the Sexual Revolution

Here's how the WorkShop Theater describes its latest mainstage production, Daughters of the Sexual Revolution by Dana Leslie Goldstein:

"As the country commemorates its revolution, three women engage in their own revolutionary activities.  Against the backdrop of post-Nixon America, they face ethical dilemmas, and question what it means to be faithful—to one’s values, one’s partner . . . and one's self."

Given the subject  and the general high quality of the WorkShop's offerings, of course I had to see the play,  but I kept putting off doing so--perhaps expecting an overly earnest and formulaic feminist tale, a didactic time capsule.

I needn't have feared.  Beautifully written and performed, Daughters of the Sexual Revolution is moving, funny, and thought provoking, with richly conceived stories and characters brought vividly--and memorably-- to life.

See it before it closes--the last performance is Sunday, October 11.

Workshop Theater Company
312 W. 36 St.

Tickets are only $18 ($15 for students and seniors)--a bargain in NYC for theater of this quality.