Iphigenia Ascends to the Gods in the East Village

(csc.org) As part of their Greek Festival, the Classic Stage Company on East 13th Street mounted a new translation of Euripides’ last play, Iphigenia in Aulis, complete with singing and dancing Greek chorus and it was great. The 2500 year old play, as fresh as yesterday, explored how parents with good intentions inflict pain on…

Three Penny Opera at the Atlantic Theater

Two solid hours of music sung by excellent singer-actors and a terrific seven-piece band playing the original Kurt Weill score and orchestration with book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht. What could be better? Remember “Mack the Knife,” “Pirate Jenny” and, of course, the “Ballad of Sexual Dependency”?–they’re all there. F. Murray Abraham heads the singing…