The Best Play in New York is Free

You just have to get there at 9 am to get tickets. I am talking, of course, about Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater–the joyous Midsummer Night’s Dream. The music is eclectic–from Beale Street blues to rock to tango to gospel, produced by a terrific band, sung by an electrifying singer and danced…

Handel on Wall Street

If you haven’t been downtown recently to see what’s happening, take a ride on the east or west side train to Broadway and Fulton to see the Handel Project–continuing this Wednesday with Act II and the following week with Act III of Handel’s Jephtha at St. Paul’s Chapel. (ny-pictures.com) After that, they will perform all…

Music For All at Alice Tully Hall

Here’s a guest post from my husband Rory. Last Saturday I attended the 2015 Namei International Music Festival Gala concert at Alice Tully Hall (allevents.in) to hear: the Dvorak Carnival Overture, the Grieg Piano Concerto, the Yellow River Piano Concerto, Liszt’s Totentanz, piano music based on Chinese song themes, Beijing Opera music arranged for banhu,…

Mozart (and Bach and Brahms) at Half Price–Who Knew?

If you haven’t visited the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway and 63rd Street,you may missed the signs (hard, but possible). On any day, you will find Lincoln Center offerings inside at half price such as for the Mostly Mozart concerts, which we bought, or  the much-acclaimed Strindberg’s Miss Julie in Russian at City Center. (We…

Waiting for Cymbeline–Shakespeare in the Park

We arrived at 10 am Saturday morning to find a short senior line under shady benches for tickets that would be handed out at 12 noon. After a number of frustrating attempts to obtain tickets for the free Shakespeare in the Park by the online lottery, we decided to try this approach and it worked.…

A Great Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera–Elina Garanca and Yonghoon Lee

Slated to hear Jonas Kaufmann do one of the two performances of Don Jose at the Metropolitan Opera he signed on to, we, like the other 4,000 Met audience members were disappointed to read in the Times that he was ill, but not disappointed enough not to go. And Carmen is a great piece and…

A Major Major Barbara at the Pearl–Shaw’s War on Poverty and Misogyny

I have been a fan of this play ever since I saw the wonderful 1941 film directed by Gabriel Pascal and David Lean and starring Rex Harrison, Wendy Hiller, Robert Morley, Robert Newton and a ton of other great British actors. You couldn’t not like it as the brilliantly satirical lines roared past you combined…