Posted in drama, forgotten plays, found plays, Irish drama, lost plays, love, love story, old, radio drama, Teresa Deevy, The Mint Theatre

Deevy Project

Generally when I hear a play has not been produced in lo these many years, I think perhaps its absence was a welcome thing.

Not so with the Deevy Project works, or for that matter most of the Mint Theater’s repertory.

The Suitcase Under the Bed, at the Beckett at Theatre Row extended through September 30th 23rd, refers to the place where Mint Artistic Director, Jonathan Bank found the treasures on this bill of four one-act plays. Thanks to his exacting curation, the program has a cohesion of theme and sensibility.

It opens with Strange Birth, a charming love story, with the very charming Ellen Adair playing the housemaid Sara Meade, the object of Bill The Post’s (Aidan Redmond) affection. The other three plays–In The Cellar of My Friend and Holiday House, and finishing with The King of Spain’s Daughter— are all in fact love stories as well. Some are wry, some are winsome, all eccentric to a degree particular in a Teresa Deevy play.

The cast of seven (in addition to Adair and Redmond, Gina Costigan, Sarah Nicole Deaver, Cynthia Mace, Colin Ryan, and A.J. Shively– each in a variety of roles) deliver their diverse characterizations superbly. There are lovely musical interludes as well as Entr’acte poems to mark the transitions from one play to the next. The scenic designs by Vicki R. Davis serve each setting with small but well detailed changes.

Each story is carefully defined and delineated with care under Jonathan Bank’s splendid direction.

For more information, and tickets for this and other Mint productions, please visit
http://minttheater.org/.

 

Posted in balletic, dance, favorites, James F. Ingalls, Offenbach and Bach too, old, Paul Taylor, premieres, Santo Loquasto, The can-can

Paul Taylor Dance Company’s Grand Gala!

The gift that Paul Taylor shares with us is not his longevity –he’s 82, as it happens– but his lifelong creativity!

His latest creation, “Perpetual Dawn,” which enjoyed a world premiere at the Gala on March 5th at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, is a balletic work set in a rustic backdrop. A troupe of eleven dancers, clad as turn of the century peasants under a gorgeous landscape backdrop.The set and costumes are by Santo Loquasto with lighting by James F. Ingalls adding to the blissfully pastoral atmosphere of the piece. “Perpetual Dawn” is excitingly balletic!

“Offenbach Overtures,” Paul Taylor’s 1995 tweak on the composer of the can-can makes for a light-hearted and beautiful romp.  Even for big fans of Moulin Rouge, Toulouse-Lautrec and La Belle Epoque, “Offenbach Overtures,”  is supremely funny.

The Paul Taylor Dance Company’s spring season offers more hi-jinks and high kicks, continuing on through March 24th.

For information and tickets, please visit www.ptdc.org  Tickets may also be purchased at the David H. Koch box office on the Lincoln Center plaza.