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Anish Kapoor @ The Guggenheim 10/21/09

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2009 at 1:26 pm

How can you describe a giant tank that you have to look at from 3 different rooms and the central view is a black void? HMMM I just did! This sounds like a bore ,I know, but once you get there you are drawn in and try to figure out what’s happening here. Everyone has an idea and somehow is not shy to tell you. Maybe that’s what the piece is about?? The first view looks like a wine vat or some storage thing. In the second view there is a black void; the construction allows no light., and it is a little scary to face the black hole. For the third view, next flight up, maybe a bomb or submarine or…. Guessing what Amish Kapoor is doing with Memory is an intriguing experience that is for everyone and not just for the art nerds.This is a site specific work for the Guggenheim so it will have to stay near the museum and I hope they bring it out often,it’s worth the effort.

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Hamlet@ The Broadhust 10/16/09

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Jude Law as Hamlet is intriguing and better yet a great Hamlet on stage. He takes command of the part from the very first and maintains all through the 3 1/2 hours that this production takes till the final end of the Danes. The smoky sets are just right to project a dismal, dank Danish landscape and the creepy turns of events that make for Shakespeare’s great tragedy.The music background adds a somber tone without being intrusive. And the whole cast turns in solid plus performances. The ghost of Hamlets’ father is eerily present and has the best voice in the production. The King and Gertrude are sinister and sucked into their roles in the tragedy. Ophilia builds until her demise will bend her brothers desire for revenge to the quick end to the conspiracy The inexorable finale is a scene from the Orson Wells film from the 40’s.This might be the pivotal Hamlet for the new millennium that future productions are compared to. It keeps a modern tone without losing the classic Shakespeare look and feel. As a contemporary audience we don’t feel the retro or the avant guard of so many productions; bur we are planted firmly in our own time to deal with the timeless tragedy that brings Hamlet from madness to his understanding of the events that lead to his death.