Theater: “Beckett Shorts” @ Skidmore’s Tang Museum, 11/11-13/10

November 11th, 2010, 1:40 pm by Greg


The shorts works of playwright Samuel Beckett are jewels – diamond-hard, to be sure, but also brilliant. So it’s stroke of genius to perform a handful of those plays in and around The Jewel Thief exhibition in the Tang Museum’s large gallery and spacious lobby.

Directed by Carolyn Anderson (Skidmore theater faculty member and Capital Rep’s touring program director) with production design by Garett E. Wilson (Lake George Opera Festival, Yale Repertory, Berkshire Theater Festival), “Beckett Shorts” features performances of “Cyclicality: Inspired by Beckett’s Quad,” “Footfalls,” “Come And Go,” “Breath,” “What Where,” “Radio I,” “Catastrophe” and “Quad,” all written between 1961 and 1982.

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LIVE: Joshua Redman-Brad Mehldau Duo @ Zankel Music Center, 4/16/10

April 19th, 2010, 11:55 am by Greg

The last time that I saw saxman Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau play together was a dozen years ago at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Redman and his quartet – bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Brian Blade (and later Greg Hutchinson), as well as Mehldau – were in town for several weeks of open rehearsals, as well as a performance. And it was mindboggling.

Both musicians have grown considerably in the ensuing years, and their duo performance at Skidmore College’s brand new Zankel Music Center was a testament to the fact that they are both now among the most influential jazz musicians of their generation.

And to watch (and hear) them play in a duo setting in the intimate theater was a wonder to behold. Their concentration level was so high, their playing so telepathic that it was almost as though you could see the gears moving in their brains, as each reacted to what the other was playing.

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