Author: Martin McKerrow

La Traviata

“La Traviata” is back at The Met, and we think that opera lovers and everyone else should go! Now, being fair, I think that “La Traviata” is not only one of Verdi’s greatest achievements, but one of the greatest of …Read More

Sunday in the Park with George

We missed this production of “Sunday in the Park with George” at City Center’s Encores! series and, since it has been a family favorite, we got tickets for its limited run on Broadway. This iconic Sondheim musical dates from 1983 …Read More

Come From Away

We went to see “Come From Away” in previews. It opens mid-month — get tickets now, because we think you will find it difficult after it opens. First let me make it clear, I am leery of new musicals and …Read More

Yen

“Yen,” a British import, opened a couple of weeks ago and, based upon our experience, is doing quite well. It may be that people are attracted to the play by the presence of Lucas Hedges (Oscar Best Supporting Actor nominee …Read More

Escaped Alone

We had the good luck to attend Caryl Churchill’s play, “Escaped Alone” (originally produced at London’s Royal Court Theatre and brought here with the original cast) at BAM this past Saturday. We read Brantley’s review in the Times and reasoned, …Read More

Jitney

Until this week we had never seen an August Wilson play nor really known much about his work, but with subscription seats to “Jitney” coming up on Wednesday, on Tuesday we went to see the film version of “Fences” — …Read More

Heisenberg

On two successive nights we had the enormous pleasure to see two women in roles that dominate the stage, and made for two terrific evenings. On Tuesday we went to “Heisenberg” (MTC Friedman Theater) — a two-person 80-minute play by …Read More

Sweet Charity

On Wednesday we went to see “Sweet Charity” (The New Group – Pershing Square) at the end of its preview run. In this case it is Sutton Foster’s (Charity) show. This was yet another revival of this Neil Simon/Cy Coleman …Read More

Incognito

We double dipped on Wednesday seeing “Incognito” at a matinee and “The Humans” (see Recents Comments, to the right) in the evening. It made for a stimulating day and the chance to see some fine acting in two very different …Read More

The Crucible

On March 30th we attended the final preview performance of this 1953 Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning play (1953 for Best Play). This production is directed by Ivo van Hove, whose earlier production of “A View from the Bridge” was widely …Read More

De Materie

So we went to see the sheep. “De Materie” (Matter in Dutch) is a very contemporary opera written in around 1990 by Heinrich Goebbels. In fact, it is not an opera in our sense of opera – singers interacting on …Read More

Roberto Devereux

We attended the Met Premiere performance of Donizetti’s “Roberto Devereux” – and when we say Premiere, we mean literally the first performance ever of this, the third of Donizetti’s so-called Tudor trilogy. Generally, when operas have never or rarely been …Read More

Dmitri Hvorostovsky at Carnegie Hall

We attended the Hvorostovsky recital at Carnegie Hall this past Wednesday, February 17th. Hvorostovsky is generally considered one of the leading baritones in the world. A native Siberian who now resides, we believe, in London announced last fall that he …Read More

Manon Lescaut

We attended the final dress rehearsal of  “Manon Lescaut,” which proved to be Puccini’s first successful opera. It was to have an all-star cast with soprano Kristine Opolais in the lead and tenor Jonas Kaufmann as her lover. Unfortunately, Kaufmann …Read More

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

The Met is bringing back its new David McVikar production of “Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci,” and we attended the final dress rehearsal. Our candid advice would be to get tickets, skip the “Cav” find out when the “Pag” starts – probably just …Read More

Joy

The main reason to see “Joy” – a sort of romantic comedy (with not a lot of romance) is the cast, but especially the rapidly maturing Jennifer Lawrence. The movie tells an adapted story of how Joy Mangano invented and …Read More

Hand to God

As the ads say, not a British import, no movie stars, pray for us. I can assure them they probably do not need prayers, it is good enough to succeed on its own. I am not sure I am up …Read More

The King and I

We just saw this revival at Lincoln’ Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater in the company of our twin 13-year-old granddaughters. The production starring the inimitable Kelli O’Hara and the surprising (but no Yul Brynner) Ken Watanabe is truly marvelous, close to …Read More

Clouds of Sils Maria

Based upon a glowing NYT review of this film and our long-term admiration for Juliette Binoche, we recently took in “Clouds.” Kristin Stewart all but steals the movie from the long-time wonderful Binoche, and that is the good news. The …Read More

Skylight

  We went to see “Skylight” last night at the Golden Theater. This three-person (almost only two) David Hare play features fine performances by Bill Nighy and especially Carey Mulligan. Nighy certainly has the longer and very distinguished career, but …Read More

Wolf Hall Parts One and Two

We went to “Wolf Hall” yesterday, taking in Part One in the afternoon and Part Two in the evening. This Royal Shakespeare production of Hilary Mantel’s two novels about Thomas Cromwell played to sold-out audiences and rapturous reviews in London, …Read More

On the Town

This is a 1944 musical of three sailors on a 24-hour liberty in New York has music by a young Leonard Bernstein and a book by the young duo of Comden and Green. It was a great success when it …Read More

Letter from London

We’ve been in London for almost a week and have attended four exhibits and two theatrical productions well that are worth noting if you are in London anytime in the near future. Royal Academy The Royal Academy has mounted “Rubens …Read More

The Metropolitan Museum

  We went to a preview of the new Met Museum show, The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky, on Tuesday night; it opens on Monday, March 9th. I can claim absolutely no knowledge of American Indian Art and …Read More

Don Giovanni

As a senior in college, I took a music course in which we we were told by the professor that the three greatest pieces of music ever written were the Bach B Minor mass, Beethoven’s 9th and Don Giovanni — …Read More

La Donna del Lago

On Monday we went to the premiere of the first-ever performance of Rossini’s “La Donna Del Lago.” The opera, derived from a Walter Scott poem, tells the story of Elena (Joyce DiDonato) who is betrothed to Rodrigo (tenor John Osborn) …Read More

Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle

We attended the Met Opera’s double bill — that in the eyes of Polish Director Mariusz Trelinski incorporates a common theme of vision and light. Iolanta is blind, but by the grace of love discovers vision, while Judith, in Bartok’s …Read More

Constellations

  We went to one of the final preview performances of this short (80 minutes) two-person play with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. Constellations is a British import with Gyllenhaal the only American in the production. This romantic drama presents …Read More

Les Contes d’Hoffmann

  We went to the final dress rehearsal of Offenbach’s classic “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” today. This is our third or fourth “Hoffmann”, and by far the best we’ve seen, the epilogue this time reducing me to tears. It has a …Read More

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

  In Nantucket your movie options are limited, but as life-long Tolkein fans (Toni and I met while reading “The Fellowship of the Ring”) we took in “The Hobbit” on a quiet holiday weekend. I guess we enjoyed it. We …Read More

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

We just went to see the Met Opera’s HD broadcast of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. This madcap Rossini enjoys a fine cast headed by Christopher Maltman as Figaro, Lawrence Brownlee as Count Almaviva, Isabel Leonard as Rosina and Maurizio Muraro …Read More

Madame Cézanne

  The other night we went to the “small” show — at least for the Met Museum. Cézanne painted portraits of his wife for most of his life — the Met reports 39 times in all. An amazing 34 of …Read More

Interstellar

“Interstellar” is perhaps this year’s “Gravity.” Both feature almost fabulous special effects, compelling performances, edge-of-your-seats plot lines and a somewhat incomprehensible plot. Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway head up a fine cast that features performances from Michael Caine, Ellen Burstyn, …Read More

I Puritani

  A Star is Born? Thursday we went to the opening night at the Met of “I Puritani,” Bellini’s. The opera has wonderful music — if a somewhat improbable plot revolving around the Roundheads and the Cavaliers during Cromwellian England. …Read More

Bill Cunningham: Facades

At the New York Historical Society through June 15. We’ve all seen Bill Cunningham at work, we’ve all probably had him take our picture taken by him and a few of us have been in his NYT spreads. I’d never …Read More