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Go Ask Alice, I Think She’ll Know.

Notes on The Gospel According to The Other Mary by John Adams, libretto by Peter Sellars – Having been offered tickets to the World Premiere by a westsider who couldn't make it downtown through rush hour traffic, it was by surprise I found myself last Thursday night in the auditorium of Disney Hall listening to Deborah Borda discuss the future of a Major Work of Art, the new oratorio by John Adams and Peter Sellars, …a radically feminist political take(!) on the traditionally religious theme of the Passion of Christ: here, the Christ of Orozco, who chops down his own cross and crushes his mother with the stone he rolls away from his own tomb, rips her stained scarf from beneath it, ties it round his hip and goes sachaying off toward … [Read more...]