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Ode to Joy

Thinking About Theater and Ode to Joy

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

For a change of pace, today I'm offering you a series of random theater-related thoughts. None of which could take up a post on its own, but together they seem worthy.

Memorial Day 2014

Jan Phillips | Posted 07.27.2014 | Arts
Jan Phillips

As a pacifist, I never choose violence as a solution to a problem. As an artist, I put my hope in music. If we had conductors at the borders instead of commanders, we might stand a chance at a world that works.

On the Culture Front: Kids Entertainment That Doesn't Suck and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 06.03.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

If you have kids, I can't imagine a better place to take them on a Saturday morning.

A Search For Truth In The Bottom Of A Bottle

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 02.28.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

"Truth is hard," Adele exclaims to a woman who came to buy one of her paintings and ends up her lover in Craig Lucas's powerful new play Ode to Joy. I...

Stage Door: Ode To Joy

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.30.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Craig Lucas' Ode to Joy is strangely named. It's more of a meditation on the nature of addiction -- and the disturbing codependency it produces. Now at the Cherry Lane Theater, the three-person drama addresses the nature of art, truth and relationships.

Aisle View: A Muddled New Play and an Engaging Forgotten One

Steven Suskin | Posted 04.29.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Early on, we are told that Ode to Joy is "the story of how the pain goes away." At the end they say "forgiving is giving up the option for revenge" and "true joy is acceptance." In between there is talk of Jesus, Hitler, Elvis, the torturous breaking wheel of the Middle Age, and Auschwitz.

'Killer on the Keys'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 11.05.2012 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

When it comes to pianists, only one -- goodness gracious! -- is a great ball of fire. I refer, of course, to Jerry Lee Zezima.