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Some recent productions I’ve seen of “Nixon” have borrowed Peter’s overall design and action, but they make cartoons out of Nixon, Kissinger and Mao and miss completely not only the subtlety of the characterization implicit in Alice Goodman’s libretto, but also fail to find the delicate balance between the work’s humor and its historical and philosophical sweep. And now we’ve done “The Gospel According to the Other Mary” (which opened last month in Los Angeles) black ballet shoes near me uk online. It’s my seventh collaboration with Peter, after 30 years. And all of them get (performed). “The Death of Klinghoffer” had two different productions this year. “A Flowering Tree” is getting done in Atlanta, and even “I Was Looking at the Ceiling,” which was sort of moribund for a while, is starting to get performed..
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