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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Jonny Donahoe in a scene from 'Every Brilliant Thing' at the Barrow Street Theatre. Jonny Donahoe in a scene from 'Every Brilliant Thing' at the Barrow Street Theatre. (Matthew Murphy)

Every Brilliant Thing is a one-man show that features a large supporting cast. The show's other big self-contradictory element is its exploration of the impenetrable sadness of depression through things that uplift us, specifically, a list of things that make life worth living. This mildly immersive show is written by Duncan Macmillan, directed by George Perrin and features a sole performer, Jonny Donahoe. But Donahoe conscripts numerous members of the audience to play minor or sometimes major roles in the play.

Every Brilliant Thing was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival and now North American audiences are getting their first chance to see it in an Off-Broadway production at the Barrow Street Theater. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood looks for the brilliance in Every Brilliant Thing and shares what he finds.

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner MusaicvDraman Institute, Boonton, NJ

MARC BLITZDSTEIN wrote an opera "Thew Cradle Will Rock" which incorporated audienvce members as well as members of the cast set in among the audience to give a spontaneous essence to the political opera dealing with labor conditions. Rock productions have also incorporated this stratagem. One of our current very active bloggers has a deep diisaffection with the heldentenor voice. To set the record straight, I have been singing and studying the entire Wagner heldentenor oeuvre with the leading Wagner conductors and singers, besides singing those roles and recordings unretouched testify to my singing voice's Wagnerian timbre, power, distance projection and stamina. Of my 4 three hour long solo concerts in the main hall of Carnegie Hall, two were ALL-WAGNER concerts. On my websites: www.WagnerOpera.com, www.ShakespeareOpera.com and www.RichardWagnerMusicDramaInstitute.com 15 selections of the Wagner heldentenor roles from Rienzi to Parsifal, jncluding Lohengrin, Siegmund, Siegfried, Gotterdammerung Siegfried, Tristan and Walther von Stolzing may be downloaded along with music critics of major newspaper and music magazines, free, at Recorded Selections. My favorite selections are Amfortas ! die Wunde !, Siegmund heiss' ich and Schmiede mein Hammer. The recordings live, unretouched may be downloaded, free, at Recorded Selections on my websites. You be the judge. I also am an opera composer with two operas, each around three hours long, written for a single protagonist heldentenor representing the title role of Shakespeare, "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare." They are expected to be obtainable in 2 years on my 6 websites in cart arrangements for paying for the showings' downloads. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE !!

Jan. 07 2015 09:01 AM

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