John Beer

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  • 7 years ago

    Woyzeck, Georg Büchner's dissection of a soldier who murders his unfaithful lover—a play at once expressionistic and icily realist—was left in a fragmentary state when its author died, from typhus, at the age of 23. While the piec...

  • 7 years ago

    Atomic City features a veteran of Cirque du Soleil and Fuerzabruta as co-creator, and its development process included a residency at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, so it's no huge surprise that the piece is at once visually breathtaking and, f...

  • 8 years ago

    The British performance group the Theatre of Mistakes pioneered structure-based performance in the 1970s, creating work that incorporated chance elements, the mirroring of one performer’s actions by another, and language and gestures drawn fr...

  • 8 years ago

    Like the rock opera or the dystopian visions of Philip K. Dick, Joseph Campbell functions as a kind of Sargasso Sea for emerging artists, luring them into an eerily becalmed miasma of pseudo- profundity laced with “Haven’t we been here b...

  • 8 years ago

    After a string of performances channeling various contemporary and retro hitmakers—Lionel Richie, R. Kelly, Phil Collins—Neal Medlyn takes on a bona fide genius in Unpronounceable Symbol. In the piece, his name is Jerry, and he's not e...

  • 8 years ago

    A fusillade of iconography, mesmerizing and mystifying by turns, Split Britches’ Miss America evokes the hungover mood of the late Bush era, even as the cultural ghosts it tries to exorcise never come entirely into focus. Elegy remains the do...


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