"Einstein on the Beach"
Zellerbach Hall, Cal Performances
October 26, 2012
by Rita Felciano
Copyright © Rita Felciano 2012
Watching a legendary work for the first time means committing to a perilous journey, with possible wrong turns, confusion about directions, fears about missing essential landmarks or, in this case, anxiety about submitting oneself to a marathon experience. Four and-a-half hours without a break? Not even Wagner asked that of his audiences. And I like Philip Glass about as much as I appreciate Wagner: digestible in small doses, very small doses. So did joining some 2,500 patrons, many of whom appeared to be on a pilgrimage, mean having to having to join the faithful? I would not have moved from my seat if I had been paid to do so.