'I know you want everything to be clear and simple' is the last chorus of the fabulous chamber opera, 'Acquanetta', about the voluptuous, B-movie actress who had a sunstorm of celebrity in the 1940s. Indeed, the narrative structure 'Acquanetta' is rather uncomplicated based on a single scene in the cult classic 'Captive Wild Women' where Acquanetta played a wild, ravishing creature transmuted from an ape in experiments by a mad doctor. But 'Acquanetta''s effect is anything but simple. By fusing the essentials of cinema, opera and drama to stunning effect, 'Acquanetta' renders a mesmerizing, multi-layered contemplation of illusion and identity. Directed by Daniel Fish, who re-interpreted 'Oklahoma' (which started at Bard), 'Acquanetta' is both an amazing, technical tour-de-force and thrilling, theatrical experience.BWW Review: CYRANO at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival July 6, 2019
Stew and Heidi Rodewald of the band The Negro Problem and the songwriter team who created the Tony, Drama Desk and Obie-winning musical Passing Strange are hitting the road with a new act called Staged Dives, which they're previewing at the Ancram Opera House in Columbia County, New York June 28 and 29 before bringing it to Joe's Pub in August. They talked with Dan Dwyer of Off Script about the new show and their twenty-year collaboration.