Opening Night Reviews are born of a critic and author who inspires and appreciates the arts. Indeed, with a passion for theater, classical music, and jazz, they approach every performance with an open heart and a curious mind. Likewise, their knowledge of these art forms is deep and nuanced, and they unquestionably seek to explore new facets of each one.
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During a performance, the critic is fully engaged, taking notes and observing every minute detail. Secondly, they evaluate thoughtfully and examine technical skill, emotional depth, and the artists’ ability to connect with the audience. Similarly, the critic also considers the setting, acoustics, and audience demographics in their overall assessment of a performance.
After a performance, the critic reflects on their observations, creating a comprehensive and insightful review that educates, informs, and inspires their readers. Therefore, the best critics create a conversation around the performance, honor the artists, and contribute to the broader discourse of the art form itself. Undeniably, this critic’s commitment to the arts is truly inspirational. Finally, Opening Night Reviews readers may be interested in Authors at Opening Night, Welcome to Opening Night, A New Yorker’s Long Weekend in London, and Rhythm in Music. Be sure to visit our friends at The Front Row Center and A Yorker’s Point of View.
Tonight was David Dean Bottrell: The Death of Me Yet at Pangea in New York City’s East Village. The high-energy storyteller slapped himself, immediately capturing the audience’s attention and earning laughs. Bottrell began his one-man show consisting of a series of stories about his life that, while appearing to be individual, were, in the end, connected and universal.
Just north of the Queensborough Bridge in Manhattan I recently discovered the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden while hurrying to an appointment on East 68th Street. Once I saw it, I stopped and could hardly take my eyes off this cozy, charming, well-maintained, 18th-century hotel. Its locked gates and imposing stone wall were mysterious, and I knew I must get inside to see the gardens and building.
Doc Dougherty’s show at Pangea, Godzilla’s Prince, is an epic story of not only survival from an abusive childhood in Irish New York but of perseverance and kindness, of love that transcends the Homeric horrors one child had to endure. He had a boyhood of violence inflicted by both family and school. Sadomasochists can be found everywhere even in the supposed sacred confines of religion.
Aging is Not a Fairy Tale at the Theater for the New City is a delightful, charming, humorous admixture of favorite fairy tales and characters. The repartee was well crafted and sophisticated, and the cast masterfully executed the many subtle and less subtle jabs with splendid, natural timing and assurance.