Review: Blood and Gifts (2010) at the National Theatre | ArtsHub UK

The was originally published on ArtsHub (UK) as “Blood & Gifts” at London’s National Theatre The saying goes that those who ignore history are bound to repeat it. And it would seem that 150 years of failed Western attempts at gaining the upper hand in Afghanistan was not enough to dissuade British, Russian or American and NATO forces from attempting to advance their own political and … Continue reading Review: Blood and Gifts (2010) at the National Theatre | ArtsHub UK

Bird of Night (2006) takes flight | Caribbean Review of Books

Originally written for and published in the Caribbean Review of Books (CRB), November 2006.  There is a sketch next to Trinidadian Dominique Le Gendre’s Bird of Night programme note which captures graphically her own complex identity: individual, peer, family, national, collective, Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe, Martinique, and Trinidad. As is perhaps the case with every Caribbean artist, the negotiation between all these identities finds expression through her creative … Continue reading Bird of Night (2006) takes flight | Caribbean Review of Books

Review: Watching You (2003)

Watching You (2003) is a collection of award-winning international film shorts, varying in length from seven to 32 minutes, each with a distinct voice well worth a listen. The first on the DVD is 4PM, a quirky and funny little U.K. film from director Samantha Backhurst and featuring Emma Kay, Linda McGuire and Barry Lee-Thomas. Belinda takes us with her in her pursuit of dangerous … Continue reading Review: Watching You (2003)

The Final Frontier? (2004)

Originally published on AfterEllen.com, April 17th 2004 Wasn’t it just the other day that I was sitting in front of my television in that semi-vegetative state and across one of those sexy The L Word promos? Since then, the show has drawn legions of fans and detractors within its broad cross-section of straight, gay, male and female viewership. And with the burden of representing a … Continue reading The Final Frontier? (2004)

Review: Carnival Messiah (2004)

I had heard all the buzz, and I’d read the awful deconstructions in the press, and was eager to see how I felt about Carnival Messiah. As I expected, I could see where the strong feelings for and against the production had originated. The programme described it as a ‘two-hour spectacular’, but in reality, it was some three and a half hours later that I made my exit from the … Continue reading Review: Carnival Messiah (2004)

Branford Marsalis in concert (2003)

This was written as an assignment for a jazz music class while studying at Williams College in 2003 The Branford Marsalis concert, which went up in Chapin Hall on Friday November 14th, was one of the most varied concerts I have had the benefit of attending at Williams, bridging the gap between two forms of music I enjoy very much: classical and jazz, while showcasing Marsalis’ own … Continue reading Branford Marsalis in concert (2003)

Strays Meets Svengali: a Concert Review (2003)

This was written as an assignment for a jazz music class while studying at Williams College in 2003 The Williams Jazz Ensemble (under director Andy Jaffe), and their guests, The Northern Berkshire Jazz Ensemble (under director John Menegon), presented a concert entitled Strays Meets Svengali at Williams College’s Chapin Hall on Friday October 24th. The concert primarily featured music composed and/or arranged by Billy Strayhorn (“Strays”, 1915-67) … Continue reading Strays Meets Svengali: a Concert Review (2003)

Review: Iron (2003) at the Royal Court

When going to a play called Iron (presented in early 2003 at the Royal Court, London), one hardly knows what to expect. Iron: it lends itself to phrases like ‘ruling with an iron fist’, iron bars, iron will, even ironing one’s clothes. All of these are useful as one mulls over exactly what takes place within the play. For Iron is, in the end, not … Continue reading Review: Iron (2003) at the Royal Court