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Vol. LXIII, No. 8
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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A CRAFTY SUITOR: Vertumnus (Ryan Serrano, right) approaches in one of his numerous disguises in an attempt to win the hand of Pomona (Elizabeth Swanson), but it is only when he gives up his foolish costumes that she finally falls in love with him in Theatre Intime’s production of Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses,” at Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton University campus through Saturday, February 28.

Mythic Images Abound — of Water and Sky, of Love and Loss — in “Metamorphoses,” Mary Zimmerman’s Updated Ovid at Intime

Donald Gilpin

“The myth is a public dream,” explains the earnest therapist to the audience and to a bewildered, whining Phaeton, who has just wrecked his father Apollo’s sun chariot. “Unfortunately we give our mythic side scant attention these days.”

The idea of myths as shared dreams permeates Theatre Intime’s current production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses (1998) and is a driving inspiration behind the dazzlingly inventive theatrical creations that have won Ms Zimmerman a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant and a Tony Award, among many other accolades over the past decade. Her myth-based Odyssey (1999) and Argonautika (2008) received much acclaim in recent McCarter Theatre productions, as did her Secret in the Wings (2005), which probed the psychological depths of fairy tales. Theatre Intime staged a successful production of Ms Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights (1992) last season.

Chamber Players Present Delightful Afternoon of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven Trios

Nancy Plum

The Richardson Chamber Players presented its final concert of its Vienna: Baroque series on Sunday afternoon, focusing on music performed at the Imperial Court during the 17th century. This final concert, featuring pianist Jennifer Tao, violinist Sunghae Anna Lim, flutist Judith Pearce, and cellist Alberto Parrini, treated the audience in Richardson Auditorium to a trio each by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Ludwig van Beethoven, all composed within twenty years of one another but very different in style and texture.

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