Into the Nothingness of Godot

By Peter Ingle
Into the Nothingness of Godot

“WAITING FOR GODOT” has long held fascination and been a challenge for theater goers. Who exactly is Godot? What might Godot represent? Why are two homeless men “waiting” for him? How do the other three characters fit into the picture? These and other questions inevitably arise because nothing happens in the play. It is “much... Read »

Don’t Wait to See “Godot”

By Peter Ingle
Don’t Wait to See “Godot”

METICULOUS STAGE DIRECTION, impeccable timing, and mime-like stillness provide the baseline for this excellent production. On top of that baseline, director Garry Hynes plays Samuel Beckett’s fascinating melody of charged one-liners with a delightful mix of profundity and playfulness. Yes, “Waiting... Read »

“Monchichi” is a Modern Dance Marvel

By Peter Ingle
“Monchichi” is a Modern Dance Marvel

HONJI WANG AND SÉBASTIEN RAMIREZ bring new meaning to the expression, “body language.” In what can only be described as phenomenal, their dancing in “Monchichi” explores the full range and minutest intricacies of physical movement through a combination of strength,... Read »

Spoleto’s Eugene Onegin: the Forest and the Trees

By Peter Ingle
Spoleto’s Eugene Onegin: the Forest and the Trees

THE TREES STOLE THE SHOW. Innovative and stunning in their own right (worthy of a modern art gallery), they dwarfed the singers, restricted the stage to one quarter of its depth, and distracted from the performance. The otherwise stark... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — the Bald Eagle

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — the Bald Eagle

THIS BOLD IMAGE of an eagle is easy to overlook because it’s right at the entrance of the exhibit where there are several other strong pieces nearby. As you first step into the room, you may even find yourself... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — The Blue Jay and the Bay-Leaved Smilax

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — The Blue Jay and the Bay-Leaved Smilax

THE BLUE JAY is a bothersome bird. It’s noisy and aggressive, and even known to rob eggs from other birds’ nests. And once again, Catesby has beautifully captured not just the species but its personality. In this watercolor, he portrays the jay... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — The Porgy

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — The Porgy

I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, but I usually find it hard looking at pictures of fish. The one on top here had also received a lot of press during promotion for the Gibbes exhibit, so I thought I had had enough of it.... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — the Ghost Crab and a Spider

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — the Ghost Crab and a Spider

THIS DOUBLE STUDY of a crab and spider holds more than double fascination. It shows how Catesby observed as a scientist and how he worked as an artist. It also demonstrates two distinct approaches to watercolor design. And it... Read »

Mark Catesby at The Gibbes — The Little Owl

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at The Gibbes — The Little Owl

NO KNOWN PORTRAITS of English naturalist Mark Catesby (1682–1749) exist, but if you look carefully you’ll see him in each of the watercolors and etchings now on exhibit at the Gibbes. If a portrait of Catesby is ever found, I also... Read »

The State of Art Today

By Peter Ingle
The State of Art Today

THE QUESTIONS “what is art, what is art really worth, and what does beauty have to do with art?” are getting renewed attention with the announcement about the sale of this painting by Jean-Michael Basquait. Whether you agree or not with the basis and conclusions of this... Read »

STEM versus the Arts — YES

By Peter Ingle
STEM versus the Arts — YES

As published in The Post & Courier March 28, 2017 MUCH IS MADE ABOUT science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and for good reason. Throughout history their ingenuity has propelled us to continuous new heights. Think nuclear power, computers,... Read »

My Life as a Tennis Ball

By Peter Ingle
My Life as a Tennis Ball

MOST OF US HAVE NO IDEA where we came from. We don’t know when or where we were conceived or what makes us alive in the first place. We can’t even remember being in that cylinder before a blast... Read »

The Kurious Mister Kyrgios

By Peter Ingle
The Kurious Mister Kyrgios

PERHAPS NEVER BEFORE has the game of tennis seen this degree of contradiction between prodigious talent and perplexing behavior. That statement may bring to mind the likes of Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe who displayed their own versions of electrifying play and... Read »

It is with life as it is with art: the deeper one penetrates, the broader the view.                   
~ Johann Goethe


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