Photographs by Renee Rosensteel.

Continuing Recital’s sponsored partnership with the New Hazlett Theater, we are presenting a series of editorially-independent previews and reviews of the 2021 Community Supported Art (CSA) Performance Series. Below is our review of The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Tlaloc Rivas, a collaborative response from Recital editor David Bernabo and guest panelists Jason Baldinger, Ariel Xiu, and Vanessa Reseland. Read their bios at the end of the review.

By David Bernabo

Energizing, vibrant, and potent, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano closes out the eighth season of the New Hazlett Theater’s CSA performance series in grand fashion. Presented as a workshop…


Jon (Jon Quest) and Amber (Dr. HollyHood). Photos by Renee Rosensteel.

Continuing Recital’s sponsored partnership with the New Hazlett Theater, we are presenting a series of editorially-independent previews and reviews of the 2021 Community Supported Art (CSA) Performance Series. Below is our review of Quest and the Girl with the Yellow Jacket by Dr. HollyHood and Jon Quest, a collaborative response from Recital editor David Bernabo and guest panelists Jason Baldinger, Ariel Xiu, and Vanessa Reseland. Read their bios at the end of the review.

By David Bernabo

In Quest and the Girl with the Yellow Jacket, hip hop artists Dr. HollyHood and Jon Quest boldly stitch together each of their…


To close the eighth season of the New Hazlett Theater’s CSA series, Tlaloc Rivas will present a workshop version of his play The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, based on Sonia Manzano’s 2012 novel of the same name.

There are three performances on June 10 and 11. Get your tickets here.

In The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, young Evelyn is keeping two secrets from her family — her true feelings about growing up in Spanish Harlem, and her attitude about Abuela, her larger-than-life grandmother who’s come from Puerto Rico to live with them. Then as sudden as an earthquake, events erupt…


Recital continues our partnership with the New Hazlett Theater by publishing a preview and an editorially-independent review for the five performances in the 2021 CSA Performance Series season.

Throughout the season, Recital is meeting with each of the artists to bring you a brief profile of them and their work in the days before their opening performance. We will publish a considered review for each performance, developed from post-show discussions with a consistent panel of local experts in related disciplines.

By David Bernabo

When we think of two albums existing in the same space, the brain immediately goes to the…


‘Sunsum is Spirit’ is a potent, kaleidoscopic ride through sound, movement, and image

Photographs by Renee Rosensteel.

Continuing Recital’s sponsored partnership with the New Hazlett Theater, we are presenting a series of editorially-independent previews and reviews of the 2021 Community Supported Art (CSA) Performance Series. Below is our review of Sunsum is Spirit by Samuel Boateng, a collaborative response from Recital editor David Bernabo and guest panelists Jason Baldinger and Vanessa Reseland. Read their bios at the end of the review.

By David Bernabo

With Sunsum is Spirit, Samuel Boateng crafts a kaleidoscopic interdisciplinary work that is in constant movement. The eye follows colorful visual patterns from the painted floor to the beautifully-patterned costumes to the tightly-mapped…


Photographs by Renee Rosensteel.

Continuing Recital’s sponsored partnership with the New Hazlett Theater, we are presenting a series of editorially-independent previews and reviews of the 2021 Community Supported Art (CSA) Performance Series. Below is our review of Milton by Kaylin Horgan, a collaborative response from Recital editor David Bernabo and guest panelists Jason Baldinger and Gigi Gatewood. Read their bios at the end of the review, and read our preview of the performance here.

By David Bernabo

The task of encapsulating someone’s life is a daunting one, especially when you have about an hour to present it. Which moments from their life do you…


by David Bernabo

Recital continues our partnership with the New Hazlett Theater by publishing a preview and an editorially-independent review for the five performances in the 2021 CSA Performance Series season.

Throughout the season, Recital is meeting with each of the artists to bring you a brief profile of them and their work in the days before their opening performance. We will publish a considered review for each performance, developed from post-show discussions with a consistent panel of local experts in related disciplines.

Samuel Boateng wants to re-imagine how stories about Africa are told, not only the content, but also…


Photographs by Renee Rosensteel.

Continuing Recital’s sponsored partnership with the New Hazlett Theater, we are presenting a series of editorially-independent previews and reviews of the 2021 Community Supported Art (CSA) Performance Series. Below is our review of Local Singles by Nick Navari, a collaborative response from Recital editor David Bernabo and guest panelists Jason Baldinger and Ariel Xiu. Read their bios at the end of the review, and read our preview of the performance here.

By David Bernabo

In Nick Navari’s debut musical Local Singles, a support group for the lonely acts as the catalyst and the witness to a series of major and…


Discussing “The Reduction (music for dance),” creativity, and overworking

Darin Gray performing The Reduction

Darin Gray is known as a solo artist, tireless collaborator, session bassist, improviser, composer, educator, Jim O’Rourke’s go-to bassist for over 25 years, as half of the long standing duo On Fillmore (with Glenn Kotche of Wilco), as the touring bassist for TWEEDY (2014–2019), as a member of Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi, and as the bassist for Grand Ulena, Dazzling Killmen, Yona-Kit, You Fantastic!, and Brise-Glace.

I first met Darin at the Empty Bottle in Chicago in 2003. I was playing keyboards in Boxstep, then signed to Overcoat Recordings. We opened up for On Fillmore (Darin’s band with Glenn Kotche)…


Kaylin Horgan sets attorney Milton Raiford’s life to movement

by David Bernabo

Recital continues our partnership with the New Hazlett Theater by publishing a preview and an editorially-independent review for the five performances in the 2021 CSA Performance Series season.

Throughout the season, Recital is meeting with each of the artists to bring you a brief profile of them and their work in the days before their opening performance. We will publish a considered review for each performance, developed from post-show discussions with a consistent panel of local experts in related disciplines.

In 2011, Pittsburgh attorney Milton Raiford took to the stage to venture into the world of improvised…

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