Reviews

(Concert Review) Montreal Jazz Festival (II)

MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL June 26, 2011 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (MONTREAL) – Diversity and eclecticism run rampant at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, which takes the term “jazz” in its widest and broadest context, such that in one evening a listener could hear a tribute to a former sideman of Dizzy Gillespie…

(Concert Review) Montreal Jazz Festival (I)

Joy Frempong of Filewile performing at Montreal Jazz (photo by Seth Rogovoy)

MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL Saturday, June 25, 2011 Review by Seth Rogovoy (MONTREAL) – It didn’t take long to be reminded why I keep coming back to the Montreal International Jazz Festival. It’s the element of surprise and discovery, more than anything, that makes a festival appealing. Sure, there’s the opportunity to hear tons of…

(Dance Review) Keigwin + Company at Jacob’s Pillow

Keigwin + Company dancers (photo by Christopher Duggan)

Keigwin + Company dancers (photo by Christopher Duggan) Jacob’s Pillow Dance Keigwin + Company June 22-26, 2011 Review by Anna Rogovoy (BECKET, Mass., June 23, 2011) – It is not uncommon to leave a theater after a contemporary dance performance and overhear one patron say to another, “I didn’t get it.” As dance has become…

(Theater Review) A Streetcar Named Desire at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Ana Reeder

Williamstown Theatre Festival A Streetcar Named Desire Nikos Stage June 22-July 3, 2011 Review by Seth Rogovoy (WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., June 23, 2011) – Every production of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire is haunted by the ghost of Elia Kazan’s film version starring Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden. Wise are those…

Jacob’s Pillow Kicks off 2011 Season with Lively, Diverse Gala

Text and photos by Seth Rogovoy (BECKET, Mass., June 19, 2011) – The Jacob’s Pillow season opening gala is always a high point of the season, both for the programming, which serves as a kind of sampler for the work that goes on at the Pillow, including the educational component as well as a sprinkling…

(FILM REVIEW) ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’ by Werner Herzog

Cave of Forgotten Dreams Written and directed by Werner Herzog Reviewed by Seth Rogovoy What to make of Werner Herzog at this point in his career? It’s hard to know how to take him, even as he continues to make brilliant, inspiring, beautiful films that ask deeply profound questions about what it means to be…

(FILM REVIEW) ‘Midnight in Paris’ by Woody Allen

Midnight in Paris Written and directed by Woody Allen Starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams   Reviewed by Seth Rogovoy After years of being the bard of Manhattan, Woody Allen has spent most of the past decade doing for Europe what he did for New York City earlier in his career. In his latest film,…

Jacob’s Pillow 2011 Season Opening Gala

by Anna Rogovoy, Chief Dance Critic, The Rogovoy Report (BECKET, Mass., June 20, 2011) – The Jacob’s Pillow Season Opening Gala is unique and surprising in the broad scope of work represented in one evening of performances. And yet how could it be otherwise? How else to represent the dynamic range of programming that Executive…

Music Review: Adrienne Cooper performs Yiddish song at Book Center

ADRIENNE COOPER AND FRIENDS YIDDISH BOOK CENTER SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011 Review and Photos by Seth Rogovoy (AMHERST, Mass.) – Vocalist Adrienne Cooper performed an eclectic cabaret of Yiddish and Yiddish-inspired songs on Sunday, drawing from the deep well of Old World and New World influences that keep the music alive and speak deeply to…