From The Host: Week Ending May 4, 2017


Dear VDP Guest,

We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 9 reviews and 8 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, May 4, 2017.

As KentPresents increasingly demands more of our time and attention, we must announce that in two weeks the VDP will go on festival hiatus until September. So if you have any final reviews you’d like to share, please send them along to us before we close up shop for the summer.

For those of you unfamiliar with KentPresents, here’s a little background:

Where and When In less than three months, KentPresents 2017 will kick off in Kent, Conn., on July 27-29, just an hour and a half north of New York City.

About KentPresents is an ideas festival similar to, but far more intimate and much less expensive than, other ideas festivals such as Aspen, TED and Davos.

Speakers Presenters typically include Nobel Laureates, winners of Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthurs, Tonys, Emmys, Peabodys and National Book Awards; and a host of members of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

Topics KentPresents 2017 will have about 40 sessions of 50 minutes’ length. The topics will include art, economics, education, energy, environment, food, global issues, health care and medicine, literature, national affairs, performing arts, politics, the racial divide, the Supreme Court, science, technology… and many more.

Format The sessions take place over three days. Formats include panel sessions, talks, interviews and debates. Among the KentPresents hallmarks are its small size and venue — a traditional New England boarding school campus where speakers and attendees have the opportunity to meet informally with each other at breaks, receptions, meals and just walking around.

Attendees Each year, three hundred-plus invited guests attend. Most are achievers in their own right.

Charity A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, KentPresents distributes its financial surpluses to about 30 local charities, focusing on those that help people in need.

Local Area Kent is in the heart of northwestern Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills, an area rich in scenic, cultural and physical attractions. Before and after KentPresents, you can explore nearby galleries and museums, fishing and kayaking, covered bridges and waterfalls, golfing and tennis, antiquing and shopping, and farm-to-table restaurants.

Attending If you wish to attend, or just further information, click here.


The Lost City of Z
The Promise

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage
Pacific Overtures

Der Rosenkavalier

Mayerling at The Royal Opera House

Pinch Chinese

The End of the Asian Century


Sweat (3)
Letter From London: Theater
The Door
Groundhog Day
Lost City of Z
Homage to White Asparagus

Please note that the VDP website is updated daily, soon after reviews are submitted to me, so you can check the site during the week for the latest postings.

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Ben Rosen
Host, The Virtual Dinner Party

Julia Benedict
Sous-chef, The Virtual Dinner Party

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