Review: Du Yun’s 'Angel’s Bone' is Writing A New History

Review: Du Yun’s 'Angel’s Bone' is Writing A New History

There’s a fun kind of dark — take your Quentins Tarantino, your Samuels Pekinpah — a gleeful brand of hyperrealistic gore that makes you giggle uncomfortably in your seat, where the director gets lauded for “going there,” where a spray of blood is cool, a severed limb is funny.

Angel’s Bone, the 2017 Pulitzer-winning opera by Du Yun, is not that.

Review: Danny Elfman's 'Rabbit and Rogue' Is Whimsical af

Review: Danny Elfman's 'Rabbit and Rogue' Is Whimsical af

If, like me, you thought that Danny Elfman’s Rabbit & Rogue looked like a fashionable reboot of a Bugs Bunny cartoon, you might be tempted to write off this score as self-indulgent and twee. But hear me out—