Tag Archives: Edinburgh International Festival 2015

The Magic Flute

Komische Oper Berlin | 1927: The Magic Flute

September 2nd, 2015 by

A chorus line with wolf heads and cartoon gartered legs; a dazzling psychedelic explosion of flowers, fairies, and butterflies; and Terry Gilliam-style cog-filled heads. Chinese dragon-serpents chasing their own tails; spear-carrying monkeys; and an aria-singing spider woman. Welcome to the crazy world of Komische Oper Berlin’s The Magic Flute. Co-directed by Barrie Kosky and 1927 […]

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Robert Lepage / Ex Machina 887

Making Better Memories: Robert Lepage

September 1st, 2015 by

Ex Machina’s 887 at the Edinburgh International Festival sparks fond memories and new resolutions for Michael Begg My good friend Dimitri sent me a line from Moscow two nights ago. It was in response to a letter I had sent to him indicating that I had some difficult decisions to make. Decisions involving employment, and […]

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Citizens Theatre - Lanark - Photo by Eoin Carey

Citizens Theatre: Lanark: A Life in Three Acts

August 28th, 2015 by

I came home from the play and looked out my copy of the novel.  It is hard to believe how yellow the pages have grown – more brown towards the edges. The glue in the spine has become brittle, so the book can only be opened with great care, and probably not with a view […]

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En Avant Marche!

NT Gent / Les Ballets C de la B: En Avant, Marche!

August 26th, 2015 by

En Avant, Marche! had me at ‘Hello’. A portly, grey haired man shuffles onstage holding a portable CD player. He wanders offstage and pulls in an extension cable, plugs in his CD player, skips to the right track, takes a pair of cymbals, and prepares to join in at the right moment. The anticipation is […]

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Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg / The Barbican: Antigone

August 21st, 2015 by

Suited in a contemporary new translation by Anne Carson that is as stark, cutting, and brutal as the modern world this Antigone lives in, Ivo van Hove’s production at the Edinburgh International Festival descends with the full weight of looming darkness of Sophocles’s classic. A bold circle of light that beams through the center of […]

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