Wow! Three remarkable one-man shows in the German-speaking theater world—based on the career of conductor Karl Böhm, and also the novels Submission (Houellebecq) and The Tin Drum (Grass).  (The New York Times, 2/22/19)

“The game of presenting a new production of ‘Die Zauberflöte’ is deadly serious, indeed — especially in Germany…”  (The New York Times, 2/15/19)

In memoriam: Bruno Ganz (1941-2019): Beloved and gifted actor, best known for playing the angel Damiel in Wings of Desire (1987) and a raging Hitler in Downfall (2004). He held the prestigious Iffland Ring. (The Guardian, 2/16/19; The New York Times, 2/16/19)

A new staging of The Sound of Music (in Salzburg!) is blessedly free of the schlock that has accumulated on the musical like edelweiss over the past 60 years.”  (The New York Times, 1/10/19)

From the Thirty Years’ War to recent efforts to promote interreligious understanding—the Oberammergau Passion Play continues to reinvent itself.  (Standpoint, 12/18 and 1/19)

Berlin Regietheater goes to the movies—and Visconti, Bergman, and Polanski are what’s showing.  (The New York Times, 12/14/18)