(Jason Zinoman’s article appeared in The New York Times, 12/21; via Pam Green.)

The holidays are over, so it’s time for savvy theatergoers to get busy. That’s because January is when a glut of downtown festivals descend on New York with strange, daring and often thrilling international shows that have runs so short that by the time the buzz gets loud, it’s often too late. The granddaddy of these is the Under the Radar festival, which has a diverse lineup that emphasizes shows with scale, like Taylor Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” a sprawling, multipart offering that features a live band, music scholarship and “dancing beauties,” and Daniel Fish’s multimedia tribute to David Foster Wallace, “A (Radically Condensed and Expanded) Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again,” which uses audio recordings of the writer.


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