The week’s other openings
Our Enemies, The London Cuckolds, and Peter Grimes
ChicagoOur EnemiesSilk Road Theatre Project, (312) 236-4548Yussef El Guindi’s play is “an exceedingly smart, sophisticated, and compelling exploration of Arab-American identity,” said Chris Jones in the Chicago Tribune. While sketching the experiences of an Arab novelist struggling to overcome stereotypes, El Guindi also analyzes how media coverage of Arabs is suffused with “fear, curiosity, guilt, and self-justification.”
Los AngelesThe London CuckoldsArk Theatre, (323) 969-1707“Sex, infidelity, and outrageous calamities are given free rein” in Edward Ravenscroft’s little-known 17th-century comedy, said Lovell Estell III in the LA Weekly. This lively revival, which revels in the romantic adventures of a busy rake carrying on three simultaneous affairs, “runs almost three hours but never wears thin.”
New YorkPeter GrimesMetropolitan Opera, (212) 362-6000“One of the greatest operas of the 20th century” here receives a curiously passionless interpretation, said Anne Midgette in The Washington Post. Director John Doyle’s stark, static production of Benjamin Britten’s tale of a doomed fisherman unfortunately overshadows Anthony Dean Griffey’s strangely subdued Grimes.