Shirley MacLaine, Meet Omar Sharif

Aghast: Big Dance Theater in Alan Smithee Directed this Play: Triple Feature. (L to R): Cynthia Hopkins, Elizabeth DeMent, Tymberly Canale, Kourtney Rutheford, Aaron Mattocks, and Chris Giarmo. Photo: Christopher Duggan

Every time I see a work by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar of Big Dance Theater, I wish I could’ve been a fly on the wall while they were dreaming it up (although, since the collaborators are married, brainstorming gusts may happen erratically, at any hour of the day or night). Their constructions are so intricately layered, their often highly dissimilar ingredients stirred together so startlingly … [Read more...]

To Hell and Back

Herakles (Pete Simpson rescuing Alkestis (Tymberly Canale), Photo: Christopher Duggan

To be and not to be.  That is a different question. It hovers above Big Dance Theater’s The Supernatural Wife, Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar’s absorbing re-envisioning of the myth behind Euripedes’ Alkestis. Already seen in Europe and appearing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’ Next Wave Festival in November, the work’s U.S. premiere took place in Jacob’s Pillow’s Doris Duke Studio Theater from … [Read more...]