Fearless Predictions

La Fille Mal Gardée (May 16, 2:30 pm, BAM Rose Cinemas): From the Ballet in Cinema series, a live transmission from London’s Royal Opera House of the Royal Ballet in a performance of Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet, based on an original that’s practically ancient. In terms of its origins, this may be the oldest ballet you’ll ever see. Its first performance took place only two weeks before the French Revolution. The Guardian called Ashton’s version “a comedy in the Shakespearean manner.” BAMtickets  
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The Beaux’ Stratagem (May 14, 7:30 pm, Red Bull): An adaptation by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig of George Farquhar’s Restoration comedy. This is another reading, this time co-produced by The Acting Company, from Red Bull Theater, which has been presenting well-prepared readings of seldom-seen Jacobean and Restoration works for some years now with excellent casts. Red Bull tickets  —JEB

Ragtime (Manhattan School of Music, May 8, 9, 10 at 7:30) Based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel, Ragtime has a compelling story and score (see post of Dec. 22, 2009), and is likely to be the same high-energy emotional roller-coaster as the school’s recent Godspell (see post of May 19, 2010, and scroll down). If you haven’t seen the show, this is your chance! ragtime tickets                                                            —AG

Ensemble ACJW at Trinity Church (May 10 at 1 pm): This evolving group (a collaborative of top-notch students from four top-notch programs) will perform  George Perle’s bracing Critical Moments II, then encourage listeners to sink deep into the romantic soul of Brahm‘s luscious Clarinet Quintet in B minor. It’s not likely to get any better than this…especially at lunchtime. trinity church      —AG


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