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First Nighter: 'Tamburlaine Parts I and II,' 'Tristan & Yseult' Blood Spillage

David Finkle | Posted 01.28.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

The blood in Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult is less than what's in Tamburlaine Parts I and II and is stylized. Emma Rice, the company founder and adapter here of the Cornish myth has something other than seeing red about which she wants to discourse.

First Nighter: Arin Arbus's King Lear, David Herskovitz's Uriel Acosta

David Finkle | Posted 05.28.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Plays are revelations. Good plays, that is, and the better a play, the more revelatory it can be. And let's just say King Lear -- now at Theatre For a New Audience with Arin Arbus directing Michael Pennington in the title role -- easily falls into the better-play category.

First Nighter: Much Ado About Nothing, Parsifal, The Laramie Project, Powder Her Face All on Tap If Not All Tip-Top

David Finkle | Posted 04.20.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

It's hard to think that anyone simply listening to the Metropolitan Opera's new production as conducted by Daniele Gatti wouldn't be transported the instant the composer's moody prelude begins.