It's bittersweet to see Carly Mensch debut her finest play so far just as she heads to Los Angeles to write for "Weeds." "Now Circa Then," Mensch's sweet-spirited two-hander, stars Stephen Plunkett and Maureen Sebastian as historical re-enactors at a venue a lot like the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, realized by designer Lauren Helpern in a great-looking period set that allows the actors plenty of space to play in (it also barely fits into tiny venue Ars Nova
, to the dismay of aud members seated to the set's extreme left).
(ISSN 0379-6485), published semiannually from volume 1 (1969) to volume 35 (2003) by the University of South Africa, has ceased and been replaced by Muziki: Journal of Music Research in Africa (see entry in this column).
Agostino Ziino (Lucca: Libreria Musicale Italiana Editrice, 1994) = Ars Nova
This year's playwrights are Rachel Bonds at Ars Nova
; Paola Lazaro-Munoz at Atlantic Theater Company; Jaclyn Backhaus at Clubbed Thumb; Jenny Rachel Weiner at Roundabout Theatre Company; Caroline V.
A Sony Worldwide release of an Ars Nova
production, in association with Harbor Entertainment.
, see Sabinet Online announcement in this section.
The disc Portuguese polyphony (Naxos 8.553310, rec 1992), performed by Ars Nova
under the direction of Bo Holten, is a mixture of the already well known--in particular, Duarte Lobo's Audivi vocem de caelo and Magalhaes's Commissa mea pavesco--and the unfamiliar.
KNOWN FOR: Associate artistic director of New York new-works incubator Ars Nova
since 2007, where she's run a playwrights' group and helped develop Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's boom, Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet oj 1812, and Bess Wohl's Small Month Sounds.
A slapdash pirate-puppet rock musical, the show got so much attention it turned into one of Ars Nova
's biggest sellers, repping a good start for a fledgling nonprofit theater that only began producing a full season this year.
It concentrates on more varied aspects of Portuguese music than does the Ars Nova
recording; first, the majority of the works included, whether sacred or secular, have vernacular texts (Spanish and Portuguese); second, the composers mostly represent the diaspora of Portuguese musicians within Spain, other parts of Europe, and the New World.
In spite of these oversights, Ars Nova
has improved many of the traditional functions of this software in its version 3, and has included some surprising innovations.
A similar anachronistic formula propelled Chavkin and Malloy's previous collaboration, the War and Peace-inspired epic Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (which ran at Ars Nova
in late 2012 before having two Off-Broadway commercial runs in 2013).