Anya Sebastian

Anya Sebastian is a Santa Fe-based freelance writer, award-winning broadcaster and a Brit who began her career as a BBC reporter in London. A graduate of Oxford University, her work--with a special focus on the arts--has appeared in publications on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as online. An avid theater enthusiast, she has appeared on stage in a number of productions and has also worked with major film and TV projects.
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BWW Reviews: LUMA - Bringing Living Light Into the DarknessBWW Reviews: LUMA - Bringing Living Light Into the Darkness
Posted: Apr. 9, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE LYONS Puts the Fun in DysfunctionalBWW Reviews: THE LYONS Puts the Fun in Dysfunctional
Posted: Apr. 2, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: Kaye Ballard and Liliane Montevecchi - Still Around and Still on Top Form!BWW Reviews: Kaye Ballard and Liliane Montevecchi - Still Around and Still on Top Form!
Posted: Aug. 12, 2013


BWW Reviews: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is a Great Big Hit!BWW Reviews: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is a Great Big Hit!
Posted: Jan. 13, 2014


BWW Reviews: FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS Offers a Different Take on Girl TalkBWW Reviews: FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS Offers a Different Take on Girl Talk
Posted: May. 26, 2013


BWW INTERVIEWS: Kaye Ballard and Liliane MontevecchiBWW INTERVIEWS: Kaye Ballard and Liliane Montevecchi
Posted: Aug. 3, 2013


BWW Reviews: It's Alive! And Still Monstrously Funny! YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Never Grows Old...BWW Reviews: It's Alive! And Still Monstrously Funny! YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Never Grows Old...
Posted: Oct. 15, 2013


BWW Reviews: VANYA AND SONIA - A Wild Romp That Turns Chekhov On His HeadBWW Reviews: VANYA AND SONIA - A Wild Romp That Turns Chekhov On His Head
Posted: Sep. 9, 2013


BWW Reviews: RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN is Not Just for FeministsBWW Reviews: RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN is Not Just for Feminists
Posted: Feb. 27, 2014


BWW Reviews: LUMA - Bringing Living Light Into the DarknessBWW Reviews: LUMA - Bringing Living Light Into the Darkness
April 9, 2014

LUMA, which lit up the Lensic stage on April 6, is a unique theatrical experience. A symphony of light, music, words and movement, is performed against a background of complete darkness. Using the dark as a canvas, the brilliant, colored light displays produce ever-changing kinetic art forms that are completely captivating to behold.
BWW Reviews: THE LYONS Puts the Fun in DysfunctionalBWW Reviews: THE LYONS Puts the Fun in Dysfunctional
April 2, 2014

THE LYONS, which opened at the Santa Fe Playhouse on March 27, is aptly described by director, Janet Davidson, as a 'dramedy.' The subject matter is definitely the stuff of drama, but playwright Nicky Silver delivers it with fast-paced wit and no-holds-barred humor. This is a black comedy that keeps you laughing, in spite of yourself, even as the dramas are unfolding on the stage.
BWW Reviews: RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN is Not Just for FeministsBWW Reviews: RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN is Not Just for Feminists
February 27, 2014

The career versus marriage debate has been going on ever since women's lib first appeared on the scene and made it an issue. And if you think there can be nothing new to be said on the subject, then RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, by Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright, Gina Gionfriddo, is sure to make you think again.
BWW Reviews: Colin Quinn - Fast, Furious and Funny
February 11, 2014

In an age of 30 second sound bites and attention deficit disorder, keeping an audience engaged and entertained for a non-stop 70 minutes is quite an achievement, And when a subject as dry as the US Constitution provokes regular gales of laughter throughout, the performer is clearly not your average, run-of-the-mill comedian.
BWW Reviews: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is a Great Big Hit!BWW Reviews: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is a Great Big Hit!
January 13, 2014

Who would have thought that a cheap, black and white horror movie, shot in 1960 by Roger Corman in just two days, would resurface some 20 years later, to become an off-Broadway musical comedy smash hit? The show, in its new incarnation (created by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken) ran for over four years, before transferring to Broadway and from there to London's West End.
BWW Reviews: It's Alive! And Still Monstrously Funny! YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Never Grows Old...BWW Reviews: It's Alive! And Still Monstrously Funny! YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Never Grows Old...
October 15, 2013

It was Mel Brooks' runaway success with his musical version of THE PRODUCERS,' that inspired him to do the same thing with YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Fans of the classic, black and white horror spoof, will no doubt recall the story. Frankenstein's grandson, a brain specialist and American college professor, is called back to Transylvania to sort out his infamous grandfather's estate and, in the process, is inspired to 'join the family business.' Since this is Mel Brooks we're talking about, there's also a wacky assortment of love and lust interest, scientific fantasy and delicious nonsense along the way.
BWW Reviews: VANYA AND SONIA - A Wild Romp That Turns Chekhov On His HeadBWW Reviews: VANYA AND SONIA - A Wild Romp That Turns Chekhov On His Head
September 9, 2013

Think Chekhov and the last thing that comes to mind is comedy. So to be inspired by Chekhov to come up with a play that's laugh-out-loud funny is, to say the least, quite an achievement.
BWW Reviews: Monty Python Meets the Bard  -  This Is Not Your Grandmother's Shakespeare!BWW Reviews: Monty Python Meets the Bard - This Is Not Your Grandmother's Shakespeare!
September 2, 2013

The three comics who were inspired to condense all of Shakespeare's 37 plays into 97 minutes - and then went ahead and did it - had no idea where that whacky idea would lead. First performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1987, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, went on to become a runaway success, playing at the Criterion Theatre in London for over ten years. It has since been translated into dozens of different languages and has become a world-wide theatrical phenomenon. Whether you love Shakespeare, hate him or are completely indifferent, do yourself a favor and head over to Albuquerque Little Theatre, for an evening of guaranteed hilarity.
BWW Reviews: Kaye Ballard and Liliane Montevecchi - Still Around and Still on Top Form!BWW Reviews: Kaye Ballard and Liliane Montevecchi - Still Around and Still on Top Form!
August 12, 2013

No single word can adequately sum up Kaye Ballard and Liliane Montevecchi's one night appearance at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on August 8th.Their performance was engaging, entertaining, inspiring and uplifting, with a pace that never faltered and an array of talents guaranteed to keep the audience glued to their seats all the way through. In other words, it was a dose of good, old-fashioned entertainment.
BWW INTERVIEWS: Kaye Ballard and Liliane MontevecchiBWW INTERVIEWS: Kaye Ballard and Liliane Montevecchi
August 3, 2013

There is virtually nothing in the world of show business that Kaye Ballard and Liliane Montevecchi haven't left their mark on - acting, singing, story-telling, comedy, cabaret, dancing. . . in movies, on TV and performing live on stage - they've done it all. These legendary stars have over a century of artistic experience between them and, when I caught up with them between rehearsals for their upcoming show at the Lensic Performing Arts center in Santa Fe, it was abundantly clear that they show no signs of slowing down.
BWW Reviews: Fusion Theatre's THE SEVEN Delivers a Satisfying Theatrical SamplerBWW Reviews: Fusion Theatre's THE SEVEN Delivers a Satisfying Theatrical Sampler
June 10, 2013

Since it began in 2003, Fusion Theatre Company's festival of short works, THE SEVEN, has acquired a reputation as one of the most notable events of its kind in the nation, and even beyond. . .
BWW Reviews: FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS Offers a Different Take on Girl TalkBWW Reviews: FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS Offers a Different Take on Girl Talk
May 26, 2013

Duke City Rep is celebrating its first appearance at the Cell Theatre with a feisty production of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, a comedy by award- winning playwright, Alan Ball (American Beauty.) Set in Knoxville, Tennessee, the play features five, very different bridesmaids, all reluctant participants in a fancy, over-the-top, Southern wedding. Having survived the ceremony itself, they are now taking refuge in the upstairs bedroom of the bride's rebellious, pot-smoking younger sister, Meredith, as the reception proceeds on the lawn below.
BWW Reviews: Fusion Theatre Co. Presents HUMBLE BOYBWW Reviews: Fusion Theatre Co. Presents HUMBLE BOY
April 29, 2013

I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the Fusion Theatre Company. Their productions are highly professional, well produced and consistently deliver good, solid theatrical entertainment. So it pains me considerably to have to say that HUMBLE BOY, which opened at the Cell Theatre on April 25, falls disappointingly short of the mark.
BWW Reviews: LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE - More Than Just a Theatrical Chick FlickBWW Reviews: LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE - More Than Just a Theatrical Chick Flick
April 15, 2013

LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, now playing at Aux Dog Theatre, deals with far more meaningful topics than the title may suggest. Written by Nora Ephron (WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE) and sister, Delia Ephron, this is definitely a theatrical experience by, for and about, women.
BWW Reviews: CLYBOURNE PARK Launches Fusion Theatre's 2013 Season With a PunchBWW Reviews: CLYBOURNE PARK Launches Fusion Theatre's 2013 Season With a Punch
March 11, 2013

CLYBOURNE PARK is not an easy play on which to slap a label. Part drama, part social history, part cultural commentary, woven together with humor that, in turn, inspires laughter, makes you wince, or leaves you squirming uncomfortably in your seat, this is not your usual theatrical fare. Also well-crafted (it won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama) provocative and thought- provoking, Bruce Norris's play is an experience not to be missed.
BWW Reviews: ALL MY SONS Delivers Classic Arthur MillerBWW Reviews: ALL MY SONS Delivers Classic Arthur Miller
February 25, 2013

ALL MY SONS is a classic Arthur Miller psychological drama about a family torn apart by the unraveling of its own dark secrets. First produced in 1947 and based on a true story, the play (which became Miller's first Broadway success) is a timely reminder of the devastating impact that misguided personal decisions can have on the world at large.
BWW Reviews: DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN takes a lighthearted look at relationships through the ages.BWW Reviews: DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN takes a lighthearted look at relationships through the ages.
February 11, 2013

DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN, comedian Rob Becker's one-man show about the age-old battle of the sexes, first appeared in San Francisco in 1991. It went on to become the longest running solo show on Broadway and, since then, has been translated into 16 different languages and been produced in over 35 different countries. It was presented, last weekend, at the Kimo theater, featuring Cody Lyman as the classic 'every man' figure.
BWW Reviews: Tom Paxton Delivers - As AlwaysBWW Reviews: Tom Paxton Delivers - As Always
January 17, 2013

Tom Paxton is a genuine American icon. The legendary folk singer and songwriter has been performing, singing, writing and recording songs for over 50 years and, judging by his performance to a sold-out house at the Broadway Cultural Center, he shows no signs of slowing down.
BWW Reviews:  FREUD'S LAST SESSION Delivers an Entertaining Dose of Theatrical TherapyBWW Reviews: FREUD'S LAST SESSION Delivers an Entertaining Dose of Theatrical Therapy
November 5, 2012

FREUD'S LAST SESSION, the off-Broadway runaway hit by Mark St. Germain, is now playing at The Cell - home of the Fusion Theatre Company - and I urge you not to miss it!
BWW Reviews: The Acting Company's OF MICE AND MEN Stays True to SteinbeckBWW Reviews: The Acting Company's OF MICE AND MEN Stays True to Steinbeck
October 21, 2012

The Acting Company launched its national tour at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, on October 17, with a solid production of John Steinbeck's OF MICE AND MEN. This grim tale, which follows the fortunes of two, itinerant, California farm workers during the Great Depression, is a timely reminder of issues still painfully relevant in American society today. . .


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