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Of Errant Nymphs and Bloody Kings

The Cole Porter musical, “Nymph Errant,” is the story of Evangeline Edwards, a young girl who is freed from finishing school and intends to return to staid, old Albion to settle down with her maiden aunt and marry the man she loves. She gets sidetracked and travels through Europe and the Middle East where she encounters her classmates who are enjoying their newfound freedom and post-baccalaureate sexual awakening. Handed from nightclub producer to nudist to sheik, Evangeline finally arrives home with, for all her efforts otherwise, her virtue intact, but her spirit champing at the bit. Comment

Lovers Divided, United in Song and Dance 

The Paris Opéra Ballet performed “Giselle” on its recently completed US tour, but also presented the late Pina Bausch’s dance-opera staging of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice.” Comment

A Special Friendship

The title characters of “Mosquita Y Mari” are 15 year-old neighbors in the Huntington Park section of Los Angeles. These high school sophomores meet when Mari (Venecia Troncoso), a new girl in school, has to share a geometry book with Yolanda (Fenessa Pineda). Comment

The Blues and Silence! Reign

Lillias White, that powerhouse of Broadway theater, has a thrilling project afoot, “Big Maybelle: Soul of the Blues,” opening at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor on August 2. She plays Maybelle Smith (1924-72), the legendary blues singer who recorded “96 Tears,” “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show,” and the Grammy Hall of Fame inducted “Candy.” White admitted this was a different kind of sound for her. Comment


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