April 17, 1997 |
It may have taken awhile--say 100 years--but thanks to a "Handsome Prince Escape Clause," "Sleeping Beauty" receives her happily-ever-after ending in Storybook Theatre's comic version of the fairy tale at Theatre West. A revival of one of the company's best efforts, this bubbly musical is notable not for the cast's (modest) singing voices and the (no-frills) staging but for its gentle, kid-friendly silliness and slightly spicy, parent-savvy humor.
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December 26, 1996 |
The crowds murmured and gawked as the entourage passed by, sensing that something was afoot. Who, exactly, was this tall, uniformed man and the glowing young woman walking beside him through the streets of Disneyland on Christmas Day, with television crews in close pursuit? "Who is the prince?" a small boy wondered aloud. No one seemed disappointed to learn that these were neither visiting royalty or Disney characters--but an U.S.
December 15, 1995 |
How would you feel if your favorite movie were shown on PBS with 18 minutes missing--and the only "Edited for Television" warning was buried in technical credits at the very end? That's what happens to the controversial 1994 Royal Ballet staging of "Sleeping Beauty" tonight on PBS' "Great Performances" series. This year-old performance was shown complete in England and since September has been available in the American video market from Home Vision of Chicago.
October 18, 1994 |
Then, she was cherished across Egypt for her beauty and her brains. Now, the queen known to history as Nefertari is reaching across more than 3,000 years to raise some provocative questions about the future. What in the world among the myriad relics of yesterday is worth conserving for coming generations? Save that building? Save this feather? And, since it's impossible to save everything, what should time and old age be allowed to have their way with?
September 5, 1994 |
An outdoor setting doesn't necessarily require simplicity of means or concept. But Naomi Goldberg must have felt it does, because she drastically and disturbingly simplified her usually interesting choreography to the point of its becoming threadbare and insipid when her Los Angeles Modern Dance and Ballet troupe introduced her new "Three Tales" Saturday at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre.
January 7, 1994 |
If the term "bare root" gives you the shivers, you're not alone. It takes guts to shell out for some leafless, lifeless-looking twigs, and a wizard's eye to envision them as the rosebush or peach tree pictured on their tag. For those willing to take the plunge, the most appealing payoff may come in dollars. Bare-root plants--those sold in a dormant state, without benefit of soil or pot and possibly wrapped in a plastic bag--cost one-third to one-half less than they will in spring.
November 14, 1993 |
A case could be made that Susannah Moore is fundamentally a writer about place--about the tug of places and the need to flee them; about how in the end they heal us. She brings her unique vision to her native Hawaii, imbuing it with atavistic powers. In "Sleeping Beauties," Moore's main character, Clio, still has a totemic animal, the lizard, remarkable for its adaptability: "Modest, small, nocturnal. . . . He demands very little. He does great service."
October 18, 1993 |
Another night, another "Beauty." Familiarity may not breed contempt when it comes to Peter Martins' hectic production of Petipa's fairy-tale classic, but it doesn't enhance enchantment either. As staged two years ago by the New York City Ballet, this "Sleeping Beauty" moves brightly and briskly over the stage of the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Yet no matter who plays what, it doesn't seem to move very poignantly.
October 16, 1993 |
Once upon a time, dear children, in the dark and distant age when people weren't in a constant rush, there was a wondrous, slow-moving Russian ballet called "The Sleeping Beauty." Marius Petipa devised choreography that ennobled every lofty quiver and quaver in Tchaikovsky's lush score. This coming-of-age fairy tale on point entailed three acts plus a prologue.