(Story by Stephanie Hainsfurther, February 2018)
David Mamet’s The Water Engine was staged as a radio play when it first was produced in 1977, and Mamet later adapted it as a 1992 TV movie starring William H. Macy. Oasis Theatre Company Inc. out of Abiquiu is bringing their version to Teatro Paraguas this month. “I am doing a combination of a staged radio play and live scenes,” says Artistic Director Brenda Lynn Bynum. “When the emotion runs high or there is a deepening tension with the characters, the scenes break out of the ‘radio play.’” Wear your thermal lululemons; this tale of an inventor whose brainchild is quashed by corporate Powers That Be is bound to chill.
Feb. 8-25, teatroparaguas.org, 505.424.1601
Among many treats at the Lensic this month, I am most excited about Ailey II, the younger troupe of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Burning with passion and on fire for modern dance, this company brings the work of new choreographers on tour and into communities with their outreach programs. There is no better way to warm up your pre-Valentine festivities than to be energized and inspired by the gifts that these beautiful, talented people bestow upon (lucky) us.
Feb. 13, ticketssantafe.org, 505.988.1234
Speaking of young, beautiful and at the Lensic, the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra brings internationally renowned cellist Joshua Roman here for a concert led by Maestro Guillermo Figueroa. The works of Glinka, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky are on offer. A few days later, Roman will play in his own concert recital. As a composer himself and artistic director of TownMusic in Seattle, Roman premiered his own work “we do it to one another” in the 2015-16 season, based on the poems of Tracy K. Smith from her book Life on Mars, with soprano Jessica Rivera. He also covered Radiohead’s “Everything in Its Right Place,” on cello with DJ Spooky on iPad, for The Voice Project. According to writers on classical music, Roman is single-handedly saving the world from stuffiness. Take a breath of fresh air.
Couples who work together will appreciate the musical relationship of husband and wife Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe. Lera Auerbach’s 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano was composed for them, and they premiered it together in a recording. How romantic it would be to hear them together at St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art in a sparkling program that includes Richard Strauss’ Sonata for Violin and Piano, which Strauss wrote for his future wife.
Leave your electronic leashes in the car for Mummenschanz’s new show You + Me at Popejoy. It’s all about relating to one another, and you just can’t do that while waiting for your iPhone to vibrate. These “musicians of silence” will teach your tech-addicted children new tricks, so bring the whole family. If your fam is fidgety, bring them back to experience STOMP, those Brits from Brighton whose percussive shows are anything but quiet. STOMP is the flip side of Mummenschanz, low-tech but noisy, and absolutely mischief minded. Don’t be surprised to find your brooms, buckets and trashcan lids missing in action once you get home.
Feb. 17, Mummenschanz; Feb. 20-21, STOMP, unmtickets.com, 505.925.5858
Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill is betting that Matthew Yde’s original play, Mrs. Warren’s Profession 2.0, will intrigue and entice audiences to see this reboot of the 1894 G.B. Shaw play and the 1960 film starring Lilli Palmer. Mrs. Warren’s Profession told the story of a brothel madam explaining herself to her university-educated daughter, and had a rather feminist take on the very few “career choices” of Victorian women. Security is tight around how this new play contrasts with the old, and I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you in any case, but I must say, I am itching to see it. Bridget Kelly stars as Mrs. W. so, if you missed her as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate, get your naughty self down here. Playwright Yde is the theater critic for the Albuquerque Journal.
Feb. 2-24, auxdogtheatre.org, 505.596.0607
The National Hispanic Cultural Center and Opera Southwest have commissioned the opera Bless Me, Ultima based on Rudolfo Anaya’s classic novel. My story on page 28 of this issue goes backstage to look at preparations for the world premiere of this quintessentially New Mexico production.
If like me you only watch the Winter Olympics for the ice-skating events, get your frozen toes over to Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho for “Crystal: A Breakthrough Ice Experience.” We are promised extreme skating, synchronized skating, and freestyle, not to mention Cirque de Soleil’s signature acrobatics. The Ice Capades on steroids, mixed with hot chocolate and a young woman’s coming-of-age story, will propel you off that couch.
Feb. 7-11, cirquedesoleil.com/crystal
And you’re going to think I’ve lost my mind, but I’ve seen The Amazing Acro-cats twice in person and once on The Stephen Colbert Show. If you love and “get” kitties, please don’t miss this tourbus full of them at Studio Center of Santa Fe (formerly Warehouse 21). Yes, Ringmaster Samantha Martin trains cats to do circus tricks and it’s just as laugh-out-loud unpredictable as you are picturing right now. Samantha has all the patience in the world, and will tell you a lot about her pet rescue efforts and a little about what dating is like when your apartment is overrun with furry critters.