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October 2011

Scene4 - International Magazine of Arts and Media - Landmark Performances-Do You Agree? October 2011
Scene4 Magazine - Commentary and Views on the Arts

Scene4 Magazine - Commentary and Views on the Arts

Michael Bettencourt
Writing Plays In A Time of War
In my recent work I have noticed a level of anger in the words and actions unlike anything I've drafted before.  It is not just anger fed by September 11.  It is also anger fed by the stupidities that have followed — in the bombing of Afghanistan, the multiple political hypocrisies, the pointlessness of a war on terrorism by using the means of terrorism.

Arthur Meiselman
Up The Carriage Trade! - Redux
I'll take the lower class audiences – they make a playwright's writing-agony worth agonizing over – they make an actor's performance worth its salt – and they don't give a damn about directors and dramaturgs and all the other frou-frou functionaries who get in between them and the live bodies on stage. On with the show! And I'll take the upper class audiences too, of course.

 Nathan Thomas
Great Performances

 Landmark Performances that were powerful enough to change the craft of acting. Here's my list.  Essentially five performances that I'd argue had a lasting impact on the last century of acting.
Who did I leave out?
  Who would you add to the list?

Les Marcott
The Dreaded "A" Word

Glen Campbell announced over the summer that he has "it".  Women's basketball coaching legend Pat Summitt announced she has "it".  Most if not all of us have been touched by "it" directly or indirectly.  My dad had "it".  So what is "it"?

Claudine Jones
Wasn't that you?

When I first embarked on a formal music education, I had plenty of performing chops. I could act, I could dance. Stage fright was never my issue.  No, no, no. Not at all. However, my stubbornly vague knowledge of keys & clefs was becoming an impediment. I learned by listening and I got cast.


Scene4 Magazine — reView - review film, theatre, dance, music and other arts
Scene4 Magazine: "The Help", "The Guard" reviewed by Miles David Moore October 2011

FILM (reviews)
The Help, The Guard
The Help feels slightly fake to me. The film lacks the delicate magic of the movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird; it feels cheaper and more obvious, its characters more lacking in nuance and believability.
Miles David Moore

Scene4 Magazine: The Many Gifts of Lissa Resnick | Catherine Conway Honig October 2011

The Many Gifts of Lissa Resnick
When as a teenager Lissa Resnick first met choreographer Alan Scofield he introduced her to the "human side of dance." The ironies in this statement begin with the notion that dance is inseparable from the body.
Catherine Conway Honig

Scene4 Magazine: Four Saints in Three Acts: An Installation  reviewed by Renate Stendhal October 2011

Four Saints in Three Acts: An Installation

Gertrude Stein's opera at San Francisco's Summer of Stein.The San Francisco Chronicle called it "a little silly and naïve," and was it?
Renate Stendhal

Scene4 Magazine: What Poets Can Learn from Songwriters | David Alpaugh October 2011

What Poets Can Learn from Songwriters

At a time when too many poets have so purged their "poetry" of repetition and melody that it reads and sounds like outright prose, songwriters continue to satisfy a human craving that cannot and should not be denied.

David Alpaugh

Navigating the 'Long Book'
 Perhaps, Dear Reader, you have toyed with the idea of reading Gertrude Stein's monumental tome The Making of Americans: Being a History of a Family's Progress?
Karren Alenier

Camelot And The Budding Bully
The gods of terror don't telegraph their punches, and the snakes of prejudice and bigotry, slithering near the waters of civility, can release their venom in a nano-second.
Kathi Wolfe

Scene4 Magazine — inSight - Views and Perspective on the Arts
Scene4 Magazine - Karren Alenier - The Steiny Road To Operadom -
Scene4 Magazine: Lia Beachy - La Femme La Mujer La Donna
Scene4 Magazine: Kathi Wolfe - Life Among The Heffalumps
Scene4 Magazine: Comics - "My Old Man - Last Rites" Elliot Feldman October 2011

A Toast to Fall
My favorite time of year is the transition from summer to fall. August is that deliciously deep yellow warm month of summer, September is the autumnal equinox and home of the giant Harvest Moon, and October is Halloween and the crisp doorway into the holiday season.
Lia Beachy


My Old Man!
Last Rites
An ongoing series by Scene4's resident mad cartoonist
Elliot Feldman

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Karren Alenier
The Dresser addresses what's underneath the art. 

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Miles David Moore
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Arthur Meiselman
Sights and musings of a time traveler

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Que Pasa
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Les Marcott
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