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Getting Operatic

This weekend brings us interesting programs from two local operatic troupes, Buffalo Opera Unlimited and Opera-Lytes.

Cock

And so the question of the week seems to be, “What is COCK all about?” Mike Bartlett’s provocatively titled play was a big hit in both London and New York. It’s an elegantly written and intensely sexual play that has been praised for its evocative flow of language and for Bartlett’s skillful examination of sexual ambiguities and the intensity of desire. The dilemma of its young protagonist, John, is very contemporary and yet it is ageless. Is the man gay or not? And should it matter?

Adrift in Macao

It isn’t necessary to be familiar with American film noir to enjoy Adrift in Macao, Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick’s irresistibly delightful musical spoof of the style, but it could help.

Body Awareness

The current Jewish Repertory Theatre production of Annie Baker’s Body Awareness is particularly worthy of mention as this 2008 play represents the first success by the winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for drama. She won the prize for Flick, which follows ushers in a movie theater. While Body Awareness is clearly an early work by a promising playwright only recently sprung from an academic world, the signs of greatness yet to come are apparent in Baker’s portrayal of an unconventional family whose problems are purged in unexpected and unconventional ways.



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