Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of The 39 Steps, at the Tricycle and then the Criterion, was one of the most welcome box-office hits of the past 10 years. The pocket-sized show was both trad and surprisingly innovative, a homage and a spoof.
The latest choreographer to interrogate the work is Joseph Mercier, with Swan Lake II: Dark Waters. But of all the great ballets, Swan Lake is the most frequently revisited, perhaps because at heart it remains essentially mysterious.
The sensations of suspense, apprehension and relief you go through are close to what you feel watching a French farce. This is why Georges Feydeau (1862-1921) made his actors perform his most convoluted plots with maximum seriousness.
It begins as an entertainment about a theatrical reunion in the Talk House, a genteel American cafe serving “charming and unexpected snacks”. The content is agreeable, eccentric, more or less familiar.
South African artist William Kentridge returns to Perth festival, following his 2014 installation of The Refusal of Time. The theatrical companion piece, Refuse the Hour interweaves dance, live music, projections, drama and dramatic scenic design.
Residents and authorities in a rural upstate New York community were taking precautions after an Arizona man posted a video online showing himself with a gun and saying he was traveling to the town for a possible confrontation, according to media...
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