Cultural Omnivore, Arts Critic: The Vanguard of Jose Solis

[article as originally published in The Clyde Fitch Report, June 25, 2017.] Debates about cultural criticism question its relevance, who is and is not a critic, and the audience for critical writing. We believe critics themselves must not be sidelined from these debates. In our occasional series, Critical I, critics tell their own stories and offer their

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Hal David’s Magic Moments in Memory and Song

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, June 22, 2017.] We make our way to the second floor Buttenwieser Hall at the 92nd Street Y on a sultry June evening without benefit of functioning elevators. Our goal: an upper floor concert hall in which we are promised recollections of the life and legacy of lyricist

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Evangeline – Moves Elegantly But Loses the Plot

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, June 14, 2017.] Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic narrative poem Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie from 1847 (yes, I looked it up) muses poetically on the serious topics of separated lovers and the expulsion of the French from the expansive New France colony Acadia that straddled parts of modern

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Mad Dogs and Englishmen at the Metropolitan Room

Moore paints a picture of a time, a community, and show business camaraderie. Sinatra’s pals piled into charter planes for Coward’s Desert Inn opening, including original Rat Pack members Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland, Sid Luft and others. (Sinatra would execute a charter bus version of this kind of group adventure the following month

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NICHOLAS ROHLFING | Entertainment Lawyer and LMDA

[article originally published in LMDA’s monthly newsletter New & Noteworthy Issue 2.8 May 2017.] LMDA recently entered into an agreement with Attorney Nicholas Rohlfing, who represents a range of clients in the entertainment community, changing custom and practice for his clients. And now he’s working with us at LMDA. Tell me a bit about you. How

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Parity, Politics, and Survival: WiTFESTNYC 2017

[article as originally published in  The Brooklyn Rail, June 2017, posted May 28, 2017.] This June, the Women in Theatre Festival (with its creatively capitalized WiTFESTNYC tag) will unfurl its second year of programming, helmed by Project Y Theatre Company artistic director Michole Biancosino. Project Y, which Biancosino co-founded nearly 20 years ago in Washington,

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How Diep Tran Hones Her Theater Criticism — With Anger

[article as originally published in The Clyde Fitch Report, May 25, 2017.] It is fashionable to debate the importance of cultural criticism. The debate questions what criticism is and who is and is not a critic, challenges us to imagine what the audience for criticism should be, and considers proper critical comportment. We believe critics

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Karen Mason and Songs of Love Just in Time

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, May 15, 2017.] I’ve spent the past 12 hours melting into the memory of Karen Mason’s voice. Her current show Mason in May runs for the rest of the month at Don’t Tell Mama, the intimate New York cabaret space that she helped to open in 1982. The

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Jamie deRoy Hosts the Toast of Broadway Old and New

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, May 11, 2017.] Broadway performances past and present were evoked in the newest “Jamie deRoy & Friends” cabaret show on the intimate Birdland stage. This established, curated, and regular series of ensemble shows hosted by the personable deRoy has appeared in a range of venues around town. Sunday’s

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Making More Space for Latinx Artists

[article as originally published in TDF Stages, May 5, 2017.] The Sol Project returns with a new production — A traumatized doctor named Moisés sits in a washtub filled with pineapples that he repeatedly crushes open and bites into. A badly wounded character whimpers in pain, unattended, in an upstage courtyard while paralyzed townspeople listen. A

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