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You Bet Your Life!

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Some people simply can't resist the chance to make a bet or the challenge to meet one. Whether that bet involves traveling around the world in 80 days or transforming a poor Cockney flower girl into a woman of poise who could charm the Queen of England, no prize is as delicious as the satisfaction of planning one's triumph.

Revisiting the Classics

George Heymont | Posted 06.16.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival recently offered audiences a chance to wonder just how well they knew two classic tales which, over the years, have acquired so many cultural imprints and branding opportunities that people assume they know these stories upside down and inside out.

Muti's Otello and War Horse

Howard Kissel | Posted 06.18.2011 | Arts
Howard Kissel

Othello and War Horse are both works on a monumental scale. On these evenings I was reminded of why I chose to spend my life sitting in darkened theaters.

First Nighter: Dmitri Hvorostovsky in Met's Ravishing Simon Boccanegra

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

During the first night of this season's Metropolitan Opera revival of the 1995 Giancarlo del Monaco production, the cast followed some straight-forward advice with prodigious rewards.