Friday, June 25, 2010

Weekend arts picks: June 25-27

Ryan Didato,‭ ‬David Dearstyne and Jackie Rivera in Speech‭ & ‬Debate.
‭ (‬Photo by George Schiavone‭)


Theater:‭ ‬Gable Stage’s Joseph Adler is often eager to showcase new talent,‭ ‬as he does with Stephen Karam’s Speech‭ & ‬Debate,‭ ‬which features three recent graduates of Miami’s New World School of the Arts‭ ‬--‭ ‬Jackie Rivera,‭ ‬Ryan Didato and David Dearstyne‭ ‬--‭ ‬in a quirky,‭ ‬contemporary comedy about geeky high schoolers growing up and fitting in.‭ ‬Karam may still need some seasoning as a writer,‭ ‬but his is an original voice that may actually attract young people to the theater.‭ ‬It is certainly not his fault that he is eclipsed by Rivera,‭ ‬a genuine find,‭ ‬as a misfit with her heart on her sleeve,‭ ‬who belts out some very funny songs from a potential musical version of Arthur Miller’s‭ ‬The Crucible.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬305‭) ‬445-1118‭ ‬for tickets.‭ ‬– H.‭ ‬Erstein

Joan Rivers in A Piece of Work.

Film:‭ ‬As the title of the new documentary about the pioneering female comic Joan Rivers puts it,‭ ‬she is unquestionably A Piece of Work.‭ ‬From the scary opening extreme close-up of her in the makeup chair to her comeback on Celebrity Apprentice,‭ ‬this biographical look at what makes Joan tick covers all the important bases‭ ‬--‭ ‬the suicide of her husband Edgar,‭ ‬her career boost from Johnny Carson and her subsequent hostility towards him,‭ ‬her talent-challenged daughter Melissa and her vast collection of jokes on note cards.‭ ‬The film is a bit long,‭ ‬but those who see it are bound to gain a new admiration for Rivers.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

Duke Ellington‭ (‬1899-1974‭)‬.

Music:‭ ‬In the last decade of his composing life,‭ ‬the great jazz master Duke Ellington turned to music for the church,‭ ‬writing three oratorio-style pieces he called Sacred Concerts.‭ ‬This Sunday,‭ ‬excerpts from the Second Sacred Concert,‭ ‬which premiered at New York‭’‬s Cathedral of St.‭ ‬John the Divine in‭ ‬1968,‭ ‬will be performed at St.‭ ‬Paul‭’‬s Episcopal in Delray on a program with two other jazz works of high ambition:‭ ‬Oscar Peterson‭’‬s‭ ‬Hymn to Freedom and Louis Armstrong‭’‬s version of‭ ‬Go Down,‭ ‬Moses.‭ ‬Four soloists‭ ‬– Sophia Beharrie,‭ ‬Ed Pierson,‭ ‬Anita Smith and Margaret Schmitt‭ ‬– will‭ ‬join the combined choirs of St.‭ ‬Paul‭’‬s and Delray‭’‬s Temple Sinai,‭ ‬and the St.‭ ‬Paul‭’‬s Jazz Ensemble,‭ ‬for‭ ‬the‭ ‬concert,‭ ‬which begins at‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at St.‭ ‬Paul‭’‬s.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$15-$18‭ ‬and can be had by calling‭ ‬278-6003,‭ ‬visiting‭ ‬www.stpaulsdelray.org,‭ ‬or simply showing up on Sunday.‭ -- G. Stepanich

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