Reviews

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…

Film Review: “I Am”

I Am Directed by Tom Shadyac Review by Seth Rogovoy Only the most closed-minded and hard-hearted viewers will fail to be moved by the amazing exploration of what it means to be human in director Tom Shadyac’s documentary, I Am. Triggered by a near-death experience, Shadyac – previously known for and ridiculously enriched by such…

(Concert Review) Montreal International Jazz Festival 2010 – Zornfest

Laurie Anderson, John Zorn and Lou Reed

Review by Seth Rogovoy Photos by Denis Alix, Courtesy FIJM (Montreal, Quebec, July 2, 2010) – There was a moment early into Friday night’s concert at the Montreal International Jazz Festival by Lou Reed, John Zorn, and Laurie Anderson, that felt perhaps like the legendary world premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Apparently a small…

(Theater Review) ‘Paris 1890s: Unlaced!’ at Ventfort Hall

Ventfort Hall Lenox, Mass. Paris 1890: Unlaced! Written by Juliane Hiam Directed by Sarah Taylor Starring Anne Undeland Runs Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:30, Saturdays at 4, Sundays at 10 am (no performance Saturday, Aug. 29) through September 6, 2009 All tickets are $22; discounts available for groups of ten or more. For further…

(MUSIC REVIEW) Richard Thompson’s single-malt folk-rock triumphs at Mahaiwe

Richard Thompson

MAHAIWE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. RICHARD THOMPSON Sunday, October 25, 2008 Review by Seth Rogovoy (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) — If singer-songwriters were scotch whisky, Richard Thompson would be one of those rare, expensive single-malts, appreciated only by true connoisseurs. (John Mayer, on the other hand, would be Dewar’s.) In his solo performance at…