Spoleto 2017

Spoleto Chamber Music Sizzles

Sunday, June 11, 2017
by Peter Ingle
Spoleto Chamber Music Sizzles

THE ONE CONSTANT each year at Spoleto USA, and the one show that everyone should try to get to, is the Chamber Music Series at The Dock Street Theatre. The performances are world-class sublime and the Dock Street’s size and setting could not be better for the occasion. When you step inside those walls... Read »

Cinema and Sound — Marriage and Magic

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
by Peter Ingle
Cinema and Sound — Marriage and Magic

IF YOU CAN STILL GET A TICKET, this is a fun show for several reasons. The main reason is pianist Stephen Prutsman of classical, jazz, fusion, and other musical renown who is the emcee, keyboard player, and driving force behind it. Accompanying Mr. Prutsman live on stage are four string players from the Spoleto... Read »

“Emperor’s New Clothes” is a Piccolo Charm

Saturday, June 3, 2017
by Peter Ingle
“Emperor’s New Clothes” is a Piccolo Charm

DON’T BE FOOLED by Sprouts Musical Theatre. Their performances are geared toward children, but the plays are full of serious art, artistry, and fun for all ages. Case in point is “The Emperor’s New Clothes” which will have a final (highly recommended) showing at Footlight Players Theatre on June 10 at 1:00 PM. What seems... Read »

“OCD Love” — Provocative, Evocative, and True

Saturday, June 3, 2017
by Peter Ingle
“OCD Love” — Provocative, Evocative, and True

FIVE DANCERS bring remarkable energy, endurance, and honesty to this compelling 60-minute performance which showcases a range of movements you’ve never seen before, at least not with this frequency and intensity. Set to a Bolero-like theme without the melody—and with the tension ratcheted way up—“OCD Love” unfolds as a long minor chord accompanied by a... Read »

“Ramona” — A Steamy Love Affair

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
by Peter Ingle
“Ramona” — A Steamy Love Affair

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE that a locomotive brute with a big whistle destined for great things could ever fall for an innocent little shunt engine. But that’s exactly what happens in Rezo Gabriadze’s story about “Ramona,” who out of admiration for her beloved Ermon musters the courage to overstep her social rank, literally jump the tracks, and end... Read »

Don’t Wait to See “Godot”

Monday, May 29, 2017
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 for Godot” is long and intense, but that’s because it’s so full of emptiness—which was... Read »

“Monchichi” is a Modern Dance Marvel

Saturday, May 27, 2017
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, agility, grace, and acrobatic ingenuity. At times, they verge on a new language of “movement... Read »

Spoleto’s Eugene Onegin: the Forest and the Trees

Saturday, May 27, 2017
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 set had a warehouse look and industrial feel that modern designers prefer but which leave... Read »

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