We’ve got a new Think Again column here called “Conservatives Know the Real Origin of Swine Flu.”
And I did a short 100 Days post for the Daily Beast.
What I’ve been seeing:
Desire Under the Elms, at the St. James Theater. Ben Brantley’sTimes review of Eugene O’Neil’s smoldering, sex-obsessed mini-opera does a pretty good job of communicating the intensity of the performances and the impressive power of the sets and staging. CarlaGugino, who plays the incredibly sexy agent on Entourage, is thesmoldering sex interest who drives everyone nuts, including herself,and with the help of Dylan, treats this as grand opera-meets GreekTragedy. Isherwood notes that the play dates from what might be calledO’Neill’s High Freudian phase, which would also include the trilogyMourning Becomes Electra (a modern-day retelling of Aeschylus’Oresteia) and Strange Interlude, a long evening’s journey into thetortured heart of a neurotic named Nina and is drawn from Euripides‘Hippolytus.
He adds that “Rarely has sexual passion been depicted withsuch tense, animalistic ferocity on a Broadway stage.” I guess we’llhave to defer to him on that. People do by and large keep their clotheson, however. The only (other) problem with it is that it’s totallyunbelievable. But that’s not really the point.
I saw the Dead on Tuesday night. Nate Chinen’s Times review appears here.
I think it’s pretty fair. Some people can’t stand thethought of the Dead without Jerry. That’s a mistake. I do find it oddthat people want to see the Jerry Garcia Band without Jerry but the Deadwere, of course, something else entirely. With Allman Brother Warren Haynes and Ratdog’s Jeff Chimenti, and the night I saw them, Branford Marsalis. I got there latebecause the Port Authority got rid of their bus to the Meadowlands andnobody told me–or would tell me, so I missed what I heard was some goodstuff in the beginning. The good stuff I did see and hear included aterrific “Turn On Your Love Light” that ended the first set, and areally terrific “Franklin’s Tower” which served as the second encore. Ifound their version of “Milestones” pretty interesting too. And WarrenHaynes sounded surprisingly moving on “High Times.” “Dark Star” waspainful though. And Phil convinced me to be an organ donor by pointingout he’d be dead if someone hadn’t been one. So I feel good about that.