17 Border Crossings Score 70%

17 Border Crossings

The evening tumbles into a blur of borders because there is no connective tissue.  There is no chronological order, no itinerary, and no reason given for why Mr. Phillips has been bouncing around the world for the past 18 or so years.  The insert in the program is the only guide to the time and location of each crossing.  I started counting are #6, just to steady myself.

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Burn This Score 92%

Burn This

Adam Driver displays extraordinary range in a powerful performance that in itself is the reason to see this show. The other actors, while accomplished, find themselves perennially in ‘catch-up’ mode. When Driver is onstage, everything else fades. You can’t wait to see what he will do next.

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Socrates Score 75%

Socrates

It’s a biological imperative that parents love their children.  Which is why, when a toddler asks a series of unending questions, a parent will roll their eyes, tear out their hair, smile, and answer the question as best they can.  When an “arrogantly rude” dirty, unkempt, unemployed adult goes around and does the same thing, other adults tend to get testy.  The world premiere of Tim Blake Nelson’s “Socrates” explores how and why the father of ethical philosophy, in ancient Athens, the cradle of civilization where democracy was first practiced, was sentenced to death for doing the same  For a full review of “Socrates,” now playing at The Public Theater, go here.

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The Cathedral Choir at St. John the Divine Score 97%

The Cathedral Choir at St. John the Divine

Don’t miss the sublime musical experiences created by the Cathedral Choir at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Conductor, organist, and director Kent Tritle brings to the forefront important music from the world’s greatest composers performed by world class musicians.

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