Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

On the same stage earlier in the evening came the high-energy “Class, Grass & Ass,” a Las Vegas-style extravaganza of often naughty song and dance starring Deb Mullins. The show’s star has a long performing history in the area, and the loyal,...
Beyond Ballet

Beyond Ballet

Opportunities for going contrary to expectation on the one hand, reinforcing what you’re known for on the other, and surprising and mystifying an audience on the third (an impossibility suggested by the show I’m thinking of) abound at the 12th annual...
Silken Veils

Silken Veils

Finally, the intense, and borderline too long, “Silken Veils” tells through puppetry, music, and well-designed projections the story of an Iranian-American woman’s hysterical balking at marriage to a man she clearly loves. The imploring groom spends...
Elsie and Frances and the Fairies

Elsie and Frances and the Fairies

I must pass quickly over the remaining four pieces with brief mentions, and not because I didn’t like them. Zach Young uses Annie Lennox’s “Missionary Man” to get the ball rolling with bounce and swagger. In “Fragmented Dreams,”...
Divas Workshop

Divas Workshop

Something peculiar to the aura that pop divas gather around themselves engenders optimism, even when they move into torch songs and other expressions of doubt and pain. That probably accounts for the upbeat feeling pervading the nine pieces assembled for Dance...