Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — The Little Thrush and the Dahoon Holly

by Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — The Little Thrush and the Dahoon Holly

ONE OF THE FINEST PAIRS worth examining in this exhibition is the watercolor sketch and later etching of “The Little Thrush and the Dahoon Holly.” Together they demonstrate how Catesby observed, what his intentions seem to have been, and how he adjusted his art and science to complement each other. Sometimes an artist’s initial sketch captures... Read »

Spoleto Chamber Music Sizzles

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

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

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

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

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”

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 »

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 »

“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, 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

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 »

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 spinning around trying to decide where to start. This watercolor also hangs next to its... 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 leaning down, pressing forward, and screeching, with its furry crown tossed back, its tongue extended, and... 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. As I prowled the paintings, I could feel my reluctance to give it much time.... Read »

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