Theater Review: A Painfully Good “Europeans”

February 24, 2011
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Director Meg Taintor’s fine staging of Howard Barker’s play focuses on the complex script’s affecting personal through line: the growing love between reluctant war hero and disgraced victim, and their struggle to fashion something real amid the growing artificiality around them. The Europeans by Howard Barker. Directed by Meg Taintor. Staged by Whistler in the…

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Coming Attractions in Theater: February 2011

January 28, 2011
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A hold-onto-your seat month with some intriguing world premieres, including a musical version of a Korean folktale, an attempt to turn Aeschylus’s Prometheus Bound into a rock event, and a cerebral confab featuring Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli. By Bill Marx. King Lear by William Shakespeare. Directed by Michael Grandage. NT Live screens the…

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Theater Review: Barker’s Hard Heart – Riddler Me This

April 22, 2008
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By Bill Marx I narrate disintegration among rulers And the kindness of the enemy I report the speed at which fear grips the innovative And the intolerable loneliness of the habitually free — From Howard Barker’s poem “Gary Upright” A Hard Heart by Howard Barker. Directed by Richard Romagnoli. Presented by Whistler in the Dark…

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Theater Views: Barker’s Back and Other Good News

March 24, 2008
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By Bill Marx “I submit all my plays to the National Theatre for rejection. To assure myself I am seeing clearly.” — Howard Barker Given the New York Times’s unenthusiastic review of an off-Broadway staging of Howard Barker’s A Hard Heart back in December – “Kathleen Chalfant can perform such miracles onstage that she has…

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