Author: Brian Parks

  • High Art in a Low Land

    AMSTERDAM — He ain’t in the Rijksmuseum, but Ivo van Hove is still something of a Dutch master. The ambitious artistic director of the Holland Festival, his goal is to showcase the current Golden Age of avant-garde theater directing. Strained metaphors aside, a sampling of the Holland Festival proved invigorating after a season of reduced […]

  • Statue of Limitations

    It ain’t the greatest Shakespeare play, but The Winter’s Tale, Mr. Bill’s 1609 story of jealousy, banishment, and forgiveness, definitely has its moments. In the Rude Mechanicals’ production at Walker Space, perhaps the nicest is at play’s close, when Hermione “resurrects” herself from statue form. Just before her long-ago death is revealed as a ruse, […]

  • There Is Nothing Like a Dane

    Copenagen— Director Kirsten Dehlholm is not happy. Her Chinese Compass has been striking: 40 children identically dressed in business suits and yellow wigs, moving en masse through an elaborate theater-of-images meditation on China. In the middle of the show, a huge, sunlike sphere begins slowly descending from the rafters, seven feet in diameter and glowing […]

  • Naked Boys Singing!

    Ibsen may be the father of modern drama, but I don’t recall him writing any play with eight nude men dancing in a line, their genitalia swinging in unison. That aesthetic revolution has been left to impresario Robert Schrock and his Naked Boys Singing!, an evening of song and dance from the unclothed. The musical’s […]

  • 3 Virgins

    Once home to erotic dancers, Times Square’s Show World is now pretty stripped itself. A wounded holdout, the onetime sex emporium has rented space to two theater companies in an effort to stay legal. The not-so-great Persecution of Arnold Petch just finished a run at the Pantheon Theater there, and now the Collapsable Giraffe has […]

  • Queen of Hearts

    Perhaps the most appalling moment in the recent history of Western democracy was watching the British mourn Princess Diana. The spectacle of millions of people weeping for their historical oppressors— the monarchy and the aristocracy— got pretty damn depressing. Class politics don’t bother Stephen Stahl and Claudia Perry, though, judging by their Princess Di musical, […]