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First Nighter: Met's Second Cast Eugene Onegin Has Chekhovian Flair

David Finkle | Posted 01.24.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The new cast of Eugene Onegin, the season opener at the Met, has weighed in. Turns out -- hooray! -- they're a troupe of heavyweights, especially as conducted by debuting Alexander Vedernikov, who appears to have Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky deeply embedded in his DNA.

First Nighter: Fiona Shaw's Miraculous Testament of Mary William Christie's Marvelous David et Jonathas

David Finkle | Posted 06.23.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

What Nikos Kazantzakis did to de-sanctify Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ, Colm Toibin has done for the Madonna in The Testament of Mary -- with, predictably, the some outraged response from various Catholic Church officials.

First Nighter: Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman Unleashes Acting Blizzard

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

John Gabriel Borkman is one of the rarely revived Ibsen works, which may be a reason to see it now. On the other hand, this treatment won't serve as a strong argument for its being brought back more often.