October 9, 2003
The Mysteries: Director-adapter Brian Kulick's exploration of medieval mystery plays (and their antecedents) is wildly inventive, and Richard Hoover creates a striking setting. Act 1 presents Old Testament sagas drawn from the British York, Wakefield and Chester cycles, closing on the Nativity. Act 2 brings New Testament accounts reenvisioned by 20th century authors Borislav Pekic, Dario Fo and Mikhail Bulgakov, ending with a York Cycle summation.
March 27, 1992
Works by Bizet, Schoenberg, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Monteverdi will be performed both in Center Theater and Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention Center on the 1992-93 Long Beach Opera season. A new production of Bizet's "Carmen," sung in English, opens the season Nov. 1 in Center Theater, staged by Brian Kulick and designed by Mark Wendland, who collaborated on the company's 1991 production of "Pelleas and Melisande."
September 25, 1992 |
In the age of AIDS, in an election year with the arts under assault, how should artists respond? "Love of Three Oranges," a group collaboration at LACE conceived by Brian Kulick, created and performed by a talented young multiethnic ensemble, answers these questions even as it asks them. Form and content merge in a performance work of impressive sophistication.
May 1, 1990 |
By now, 11 years after its inaugural production, Long Beach Opera seems to have carved for itself a place in the national scene. And that place is unique. What, for instance, could be comparable to the oddball triple bill impresario Michael Milenski is presenting this week, in place of the originally promised (now rescheduled) "Pelleas et Melisande"?
July 25, 2003 |
Few things are more exciting in the theater than pure creativity, and so it proves in "The Mysteries" at the Actors' Gang. Director-adapter Brian Kulick's exploration of medieval mystery plays (and their antecedents) is wildly inventive, with one bemusing drawback. The cycle plays of the Middle Ages were religious pageants, acquiring secular tactics upon leaving the church to illuminate the masses.
July 25, 1992 |
We know we can expect good things from the Actors' Gang, but "Woyzeck," at Hollywood's 2nd Stage, may be its best thing yet. Georg Buchner's choppy, expressionistic treatise on social oppression, left in pieces at the time of his death yet far ahead of its time, has been adapted by Han Ong and masterminded by director Brian Kulick.