Hays Street Bridge, San Antonio, 2006

incident light
re: music, theatre & the built environment

 Mike Greenberg, Diane Windeler
/ San Antonio
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Max &
                            MaggieMy short play ‘Max & Maggie’ had quite a good production as part of the Bexar Naked Playwrights’ ‘Black Box-er Shorts’ festival, Feb. 21-March 2, 2013, in the excellent black-box theater at Northwest Vista College.  Here’s a link to the video on YouTube.  At left, Lisa Valle and Evans Jarnefeldt play the title characters.

Video ‘memento’ of my full-length play, ‘Three Views of a Waterfall,’ in the October, 2011, Bastrop Opera House production.  The planned video shoot of the final performance had to be scrubbed when one of the leads fell ill and was unable to appear"Three Views of a Waterfall,"
                            Act 1. I assembled the ‘memento’ from audio and video clips I recorded during the production process. The clips were intended only for my reference, not for public consumption, and I apologize for the technical quality.  

culture &
                LimitsOriginal city limits? Not so fast  Feb. 2, 2014

The Opera San Antonio: ‘Stepping stones to building a brand’ Oct. 14, 2013
Memo to COK: Thanks July 11, 2013
SA Symphony’s new music director: Sebastian Lang-Lessing seeks a sound,
connects with local tradition
Feb. 22, 2010

Reviews by Diane Windeler

Playhouse Cellar/‘Clybourne Park’: A turnabout, 50 years on March 27, 2014
Classic Theatre/‘Death of a Salesman’:When dreams turn to shreds Feb. 12, 2014
The Vex: ‘When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?’: Terror and truth Feb. 9, 2014
Playhouse Cellar/ ‘Venus in Fur’: Casting couch turned upside down Jan. 30, 2014
Classic Theatre/‘The Taming of the Shrew’: Merry romp, for husbands  Nov. 13, 2013
Playhouse Cellar/‘Wittenberg’: A prince goes to college Nov. 4, 2013
The Vex/‘Dearly Departed’: You can't spell ‘funeral’ without ‘fun’ Oct. 27, 2013
Klose/Seale/‘A Streetcar Named Desire’: Spellbinding descent Sept. 24, 2013
Woodlawn Black Box/‘’night, Mother’/On, and off, the road to nowhere Sept. 19, 2013
Inception Theatre/‘Other Desert Cities’: A nuclear family Sept. 11, 2013
The Vex/‘Lost in Yonkers,’ by Neil Simon: Coping with grown-ups Aug. 22, 2013
Classic Theatre/‘Proof,’ by David Auburn: Overcoming a legacy of fear Aug. 20, 2013
The Playhouse/‘Ragtime’: America, singing July 31, 2013
Classic Theatre/‘Scapin,’ by Moliere: A servant commands laughter May 16, 2013

Vexler Theatre/‘Glengarry Glen Ross’: Life of a salesman Feb. 15, 2013
Classic Theatre/‘Painting Churches’: Portrait of the artist as yearning child Feb. 12, 2013
Playhouse Cellar/‘Red’: Inside Rothko’s studio – and his mind Jan. 30, 2013
Woodlawn Black Box/‘Eurydice’ by Sarah Ruhl: Try to remember Nov. 20, 2012
Proxy Theatre Co./‘End Days’: Jesus is a friend of hers Nov. 6, 2012
The Playhouse Cellar /‘November’: A politician hoist with Mamet’s petard Oct. 29, 2012
Sheldon Vexler Theatre /‘The 39 Steps’: Hitch and high jinks Oct. 29, 2012
Classic Theatre / Max Frisch’s ‘The Firebugs’: A fool and his matches  Oct. 15, 2012


For music reviews from across the US and Canada, and sometimes beyond, visit Classical Voice North America, the web journal of the Music Critics Association of North America. Some reviews on incidentlight.com appear first on CVNA.

Das Rheingold
A miraculous ‘Das Rheingold’ in Houston (at CVNA) April 16,2014

SA Symphony, Bramwell Tovey, Lauren Snouffer: Felicitous moments April 12, 2014
Brentano Quartet; Olmos Ensemble: Chamber music, high-minded and not April 8, 2014
Jerusalem Quartet: Death and life meld in Shostakovich, Rothko (at CVNA) April 1 2014
Camerata SA; clarinetist Kinan Azmeh: Whiplash and fusion April 1, 2014

die tote stadt
Dallas Opera’s ‘Die tote Stadt’: A rare and opulent gem, nicely polished March 25, 2014
Houston: Cryptic Actors Drive Final Nail Into ‘Coffin’ Opera (at CVNA) March 18, 2014
SA Symphony, Kolja Blacher: Cutting out the middleman March 8, 2014
Escher String Quartet: Romanticism, morning to dusk March 4, 2014
Duo Amal: Complementary strengths meet on the bridge Feb. 25, 2014
SA Symphony, Julian Kuerti, Lo-An Lin: Birds of a feather, and a wild beast Feb. 22, 2014
SA Symphony, SLL: From Dvořák, big ideas and little ideas Feb. 8, 2014
SA Symphony, The Opera San Antonio: In ‘Rusalka,’ Love, death and an auspicious start Feb. 1, 2014
Tempest Trio: Dvořák in full flight, Bernstein coasting Jan. 29, 2014
Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson: ‘Path of Miracles’ mapped on human psyche Jan. 26, 2014

PassengerWeinberg’s ‘The Passenger’ at HGO
Houston Grand Opera: Holocaust Specter Haunts Weinberg Opera Passenger Jan. 22, 2014
     (at Classical Voice North America)
Camerata SA, Michel Dalberto, Nancy Zhou: Dvořák bash – Bohemia calling Jan. 22, 2014
SA Symphony, SLL, Michel Dalberto: More Dvořák, and an American pioneer Jan. 18, 2014
SOLI Chamber Ensemble: Dispatches from the present, more or less Jan. 16, 2014
SA Symphony, SLL, Jian Wang: A feast of Dvořák begins Jan. 11, 2014
Christine Lamprea & Daniel Anastasio: A homecoming, with fire and ice Dec. 16, 2013
SA Symphony, Macelaru, Quint: The friendly Second Viennese School Nov. 26, 2013
The weekend – Modigliani Quartet; Austin Baroque: Music rarefied and rare Nov. 19, 2013
Andrew Garland, baritone: Let US sing Nov. 13, 2013
SA Symphony, SLL, Cecile Licad: In Bruckner's Sixth, pleasures of the spirit Nov. 9, 2013
KostovLachezar Kostov
The weekend – Kostov/Valkov Duo; Younggun Kim: An outsized talent on the cello Nov. 5, 2013
Musical Bridges/Mei Rui, Octavio Moreno: In San Fernando, thunder and song Oct. 28, 2013
American Brass Quintet, Olmos Ensemble: A feast of chamber music, new and old Oct. 22, 2013
SA Chamber Choir, Scott MacPherson: Founder takes the first of his final bows Oct. 22, 2013
Opera Piccola/‘The Medium,’ by Menotti: The dead (fake and real) come to visit Oct. 21, 2013
SOLI Chamber Ensemble: The end of time, and fellow travelers Oct. 17, 2013
SA Symphony, SLL, Biss, Martin: The sea parts, in full orchestral color Oct. 12, 2013
SA Symphony, SLL, Karen Gomyo: Hypervivid tour of familiar territory Oct. 5, 2013
Camerata San Antonio: C Major changes its stripes Oct. 2, 2013

Martina Filjak: Making Schumann’s story her own Sept. 12, 2013
Olmos Ensemble, Miguel del Aguila, Christopher Guzman: Music from Latin America Aug. 16, 2013
Cactus Pear Music Festival: Golijov’s dreams and prayers from the depths July 18, 2013
Cactus Pear Music Festival: Messiaen’s Quartet, beyond place and time July 9, 2013
Gustavo Romero: Black and white keys, in full color July 1, 2013
SA Symphony, SLL: Mahler 3, big as life June 1, 2013
SA Symphony, SLL, Michel Dalberto: A fist in the face of stupidity May 18, 2013
Olmos Ensemble: Reach and grasp May 11, 2013
SA Symphony, SLL, Andreas Bach: Beauty and the beast May 4, 2013
Ebène Quartet: Rigor in action, from Mozart to Miles April 16, 2013
SA Symphony, SLL: In Verdi’s Requiem, doom and grace in equal glory April 14, 2013
David Finckel & Wu Han; Olmos Ensemble: Still more Brahms, and more March 20, 2013
SA Symphony, SLL, Alexandre Da Costa: From factory floor to concert hall  March 9, 2013
SA Symphony, Camerata, SLL, Gluzman, Wang: More Brahms, less 'Brahmsian' Feb. 17, 2013
SA Symphony, SLL, Gerstein, Camerata: A feast of Brahms, with plenty of feeling Feb. 10, 2013
Miró Quartet: Vox populi Jan. 31, 2013
SA Symphony, Kamensek, Gomyo: Ives, on the way to becoming Ives  Jan. 26, 2013

Archive: Music reviews from previous years

architecture & urbanism
A solution for Main Avenue? Maybe careful Grand
                    Avenueredesign can serve the needs of H-E-B and its neighbors at the same time. Oct. 30, 2013

                'F.I.S.H.' San Antonio RiverPlacemaking at its best: Latest San Antonio
River Improvements transform wasteland into civic treasure June 21, 2009

Correcting the record on lessons from Santa Barbara: Density is good April 2, 2009

Stieren Center, McNay Art MuseumMcNay Art Museum’s Stieren Center for Exhibitions: Jean Paul Viguier’s pure Modernist addition is all about the light
   June 13, 2008

1221 Broadway Lofts: Making an introvert gregarious
June 2, 2008

Austin’s Long Center for the Performing Arts:
Right space, wrong place April 28, 2008

Configured for concerts, Austin's new Dell Hall still sounds like an opera house  May 24, 2008

Notes from the Congress for the New Urbanism’s conference in Austin April 18, 2008
CNU XVI: New Urbanist guru thrashes Austin six ways from Sunday April 10, 2008
Transportation Choices Forum: Some gaps remain in our ‘Smart Growth’ smarts (March 30, 2008)

Jubilee Outreach/Wigodsky & Assoc.: Designing within the system
Plus: Big Grass Bamboo: Cinderella story (March 2, 2008)

What to expect in performing arts center? The picture is cloudy (Feb. 16, 2008)
Windcrest Village: Duany brings New Urbanism to Old Sprawl (Jan. 30, 2008)

Ten views of the Tower of the Americas

Shadow plays   America America


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