Author: Kathleen Ogrady

The Nance

If you love Nathan Lane, as I do, you must see the show.  Yes, Douglas Carter Bean is a great writer and there is lots of subtext within the story.  But without the amazing Mr. Lane, it is nothing.  For …Read More

INHOTIM

I just returned from this Brazilian museum and botanical garden located in Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais. It is the creation of a $$$$ Brazilian named Bernado Paz, and opened in 2005. It is about one and …Read More

The Wild Bride

  Many of you may have seen this at St. Anne’s Warehouse this past February/March. If not, too bad for you.  It was created and performed by the incredibly innovative theatre company from Cornwall, UK, called the Kneehigh Theatre Company. …Read More

Extreme Drawing

A trip you might want to make is even further than Brooklyn, but I encourage you to do so.  The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, has just opened this new exhibition with works by Robert Longo and Jane …Read More

NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star

At the New Museum. I was there opening night and feel I did not have the right environment to see it so it will be another trip back.  But highlights for me were the 12 televisions on the fifth floor …Read More

Walt Kuhn: American Modern

At DC Moore. An amazing number of portraits by this early 20th-century painter and major force behind th 1913 Armory Show.  They look as fresh today as they did years ago.  Nice to see so many works together.  Also a …Read More

Ragnar Kjartansson

At Luhring Augustine.  I first saw Ragnar’s work at the Venice Biennale in 2009 where he painted a portrait of his friend every day of the Biennale and worked to music — every conceivable kind of music.  Ragnar told me …Read More

Rigoletto

Directed by another exciting director, Michael Mayer.  Hoever, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought.   Zeljko Lucic as Rigoletto, and Piotr Beczala as the Duke, and Diana Damrau as Gilda were all terrific, but I did have …Read More

L’Elisir d’Amore

At the Met.  Awonderful production.  Anna Netrebko is fabulous!  How does she manage to eat a chicken leg and then sing a great aria???  It was a wonderful new production and I hope to see it again.  Peter Gelb’s decisions …Read More

The Good Person of Szechuan

At La MaMa, written by Bertolt Brecht  Okay, so you didn’t think Brecht was amusing and that you could laugh out loud at any of his plays.  Well, this Foundry Theatre production is fresh and funny.  Taylor Mac is amazing …Read More

The Suit

At BAM (now closed) by South African writer Can Themba and directed by Peter Brooks.  One of the most riveting productions of anything I’ve seen for a long time.  Beautifully acted and directed.  My only problem was that some of …Read More

The Laramie Project

At BAM, by Moisés Kaufmann. As amazing this time around as it was ten years ago — has that much time actually passed?  It was well acted and told a moving story.  I did, however, feel that the second evening …Read More

Letter from England

In London I saw “People” by Alan Bennett.  It was an enjoyable evening — not nearly as great as Bennett’s “The Habit of Art,” but an entertaining play about the National Trust — how they’ve “Disneyfied” historic houses and what …Read More

American Legends from Calder to O’Keeffe

At the Whitney Museum.  How wonderful to see so many old friends again!  A terrific show curated by Barbara Haskell.  There were some old-favorite works that are iconic American art and then there were some wonderful pieces that I assume …Read More

The Great God Pan

By Amy Herzog at Playwrights Horizons. It’s an oblique, tightly constructed, well-acted play.  The plot focuses on two 30-something men who meet after many years to discuss the problem of child molestation by one of the fathers.  The essences are …Read More

Inviting Abstraction

At MoMA. An incredible survey of abstract.  The curatorial decisions were for the most part brilliant. Seeing so many artists from all over the world in all different media — drawing, painting, film, textile, stained glass, music – was a …Read More

Ann Hamilton: The Event of a Thread

At the Park Avenue Armory. I’m not sure I understand it, but it was so beautiful and lyrical.  The space lends itself to these monumental projects.  The swings act as pulleys to the silk curtain and the joy that is …Read More

Art Basel — Miami

Well, ten years into Art Basel for me, I think it’s run its course.  So many fairs on both sides of the causeway and yet so little to see that was new and exciting.  A great deal of the main …Read More

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH MAN

At the Public Theater. An incredible cast and a very interesting story.  The story is of Stalin’s massacre of the Yiddish writers living in Russia.  All are arrested on treason charges, even Korinsky, who has written positively about Stalin. The conversations …Read More

MIES JULIE

At the St. Ann’s Warehouse. After a night of “Trojan Women,” it was an interesting juxtaposition to see this South African State Theatre adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie.  This particular presentation was the hit of the past year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival …Read More

TROJAN WOMEN (AFTER EURIPIDES)

I had the opportunity to see this Ann Bogart interpretation of the play this past week at BAM.  I’ve seen Ann and her SITI company for over 20 years — which makes me wonder about “Next Wave” at BAM. In 2005, …Read More

AFTERMATH

I, like many of you, were very fortunate over this past month.  I was out of the country when Sandy stopped by for a visit.  I live on the UES, so my apartment turned into a B&B for friends who …Read More

Mogao Caves

Dunhuang, China. Sometime within the last eight years, National Geographic magazine told an amazing story in words and pictures, entitled Caves of Faith — 492 caves containing over 450,000 square feet of murals dating from the 4th to the 14th …Read More