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By Sue Gyford THEY raised eyebrows when they opened up the doors of their church to take confessions from non-Catholic festival revellers.
By Howard Shapiro, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 22--The only thing more outstanding than the ungainly nose on the title character in Cyrano de Bergerac is the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's impressive production itself.
By RHODA KOENIG Theatre STREET SCENE Young Vic LONDON **** Kurt Weill called Street Scene "a Broadway opera", but there aren't too many operas with a wild jitterbug that segues into a slutty blues or a children's chorus who chant, "My father's name is Rockefeller./He shovels diamonds in the cellar." Into his 1947 musical version of Elmer Rice's 1929 play, Weill emptied a cornucopia of influences - Wagner, Puccini, folk song, jazz, operetta, and his predecessors on the Great White Way...
By Charles Ward, Houston Chronicle Jul. 20--The Yeomen of the Guard, this summer's production of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston, is not marquee-quality G&S, but Friday's performance lovingly caressed every moment of beauty in the score.
By Colin Dabkowski, The Buffalo News, N.Y. Jul. 19--What do Jackie Gleason, Chris Farley, John Goodman and Homer Simpson have in common? If you guessed fat and funny, you're on the right track.
By Doug Haberman, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif. Jul. 17--RIVERSIDE -- These young campers were singing, but it wasn't 'round a crackling fire. Three boys and 19 girls sat in chairs in a semicircle, the boys off to one side.
By Sue Gilmore, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jul. 16--It would seem obvious from the get-go that an opera called "Il Trovatore" (The Troubador) would have to have a really talented singer in the title role to lay claim to any success at all.
By Lisa Millegan, The Modesto Bee, Calif. Jul. 16--MURPHYS -- Shakespeare gets a 1980s makeover in Murphys Creek Theatre's "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Cast members wear rock 'n' roll T-shirts, tight jeans and heavy-metal hair and play out their scenes in a trailer park.
By D.S. Crafts For the Journal Once again we are at sea with the Santa Fe Opera. Several years ago the company successfully staged Benjamin Britten's opera about the mad fisherman Peter Grimes.
By David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 15--PRINCETON -- For all of this community's affluence, superb venues, and ample IQ points, opera hasn't been the most dependable presence here, though this fifth season of Opera New Jersey may be a positive turning point.
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