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  • The best production that I've seen in recent years was the small-scale staging directed by Charles Newell at Chicago's Court Theatre last spring, a passionate two-act chamber opera performed on a dirt-plain unit set reminiscent of a backwoods church.

    A 'Porgy' For Prigs

  • As he did with Bizet's "Carmen" nearly 30 years ago, Brook has radically altered Mozart's work, turning it from a full-length two-act opera into one that lasts 90 minutes without intermission.

    Howard Kissel: Peter Brook's "A Magic Flute"

  • Helpfully, movie audiences spurred to see the actual ballet at the center of Mr. Aronofsky's overwrought film could have more than a few "Swan Lake" misconceptions corrected by attending American Ballet Theatre's two-act reworking of the onetime four-act work, which began a weeklong run on Monday.

    These Ladies of the Lake Sprout No Feathers

  • As audiences entered the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the U.S. premiere of Pina Bausch's "Vollmond (Full Moon)," a two-act production from 2006 with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, it found, projected on a lobby wall, Twitter comments sent to BAM regarding the choreographer, who died in 2009 at age 68.

    Tides of Memory

  • Compared with the 1980 filmed recording of Ms. Plisetskaya's ballet, Mr. Ratmansky's two-act staging of the three-act score is graceful and good-looking, if ultimately weighed down by the music's churning but undistinguished emotionalism.

    Forgoing the Classics, but Still Nothing New

  • The now two-act tale, with fanciful twists and turns of plot and magic, got its Shchedrin music in 1960 along with a kiddie-cartoonish staging from Alexander Radunsky for Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet.

    Forgoing the Classics, but Still Nothing New

  • Having recently enjoyed the world premiere of Hermes his dazzling two-act play about dysfunctional behavior let loose on the world's global financial markets, Bennett Fisher's contribution to the tenth annual Bay One Acts Festival proved to be equally controversial.

    George Heymont: The Best of BOA: Bay One Acts Festival Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

  • We know we are in for a broad view of flamenco traditions from the star t: The two-hour, two-act show's opening number, "Seguirya: The Call of the Earth," includes flute accompaniment.

    A Broad View of Flamenco

  • That's what Charles Newell has done in his soul-stirring revival, a radical rethinking of George Gershwin's rambling masterpiece that transforms it into a concise two-act chamber opera for 15 singers and six instrumentalists.

    The Church on Catfish Row

  • The two-act entertainment is so good -- so smoothly staged by Zippel, choreographed oh-so-casually by Lorin Lattaro under Michael Gilliam's lights and with Jonathan Burke's sound -- that once it ends its run in this swanky East Side space, it deserves a berth in an off-Broadway house or maybe even in a Broadway house where that many more lovers of unforgettable songs will get a chance to dip happily into it.

    David Finkle: First Nighter: Cy Coleman's Best is Yet to Come is Here Now at 59E59 Theaters


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