| May 4, 2010
If the dysfunctional, self-medicating characters that populate so much 20th-century drama were to check into rehab or get therapy, would they still be stage-worthy? Eugene O'Neill didn't write "Long Day's Journey Into Recovery" or Tennessee Williams "A...
| Nov 29, 2009
While assembling my notes for a review of the Library of America anthology "American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny" (Library of America, two volumes, edited by Peter Straub: "From Poe to the Pulps," 746 pp., $35; "From the 1940s to Now," 714 pp....
| Jan 10, 2009
When times are good, artists and writers get the support they need, enriching city life in unquantifiable ways. But when the economy heads south or the rich lose interest, artists are among the first to suffer. Today we're hearing predictions of fewer...
| Mar 26, 2009
Theatre Asylum is putting on "Tennessee Williams Unscripted".
Improv actors retaliate against Mark Kriski's assertion that they should use a script.
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| Nov 5, 2006
IN an era when droves of American writers have deserted the novel for the cozier pleasures of the confessional -- and when pouring your heart out, preferably on television, has become a national sport -- Gore Vidal remains an unlikely memoirist. Long ago,...
| Nov 13, 2008
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"I guess there is something wrong with me, Mr. Beckman, because I can't for the life of me see what business it is of anyone else what I do." So says the protagonist of "The Zenner Trophy" -- an exceptionally bright young man about to be expelled from a...
| Feb 24, 2008
Two South Africans, desperate to escape the impoverished futility of their lives, break into the home of an aging academic who walks in on them as they're ransacking the place for money. A pair of wealthy scions with off-the-charts IQs and a perverse...
| Sep 28, 2008
Paul Newman was a stage actor who became a movie star. A sex symbol who celebrated 50 years of marriage with his second wife. A grieving father who turned to philanthropy after the death of his only son. A citizen activist who campaigned for liberal...
| Sep 27, 2008
Paul Newman may be a beloved movie icon to those of us older than, say, 40. But many of the nation's younger moviegoers may have seen only one Newman movie in their lives: "Cars," in which he provides the voice to the old racer Doc Hudson.
| Apr 6, 2008
"MAYBE I shouldn't say this, but so often during the last 30 years, you're trying to make something better than it is," actress Mare Winningham confides. "You're trying to find richness where there isn't any. You're trying to find complexity where there...
| May 14, 2008
"In the Heights," a bold new musical about Latinos in upper Manhattan, captured an eye-popping 13 Tony nominations, and the critically praised revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" won 12 as the 62nd annual Tony Awards nominees were...
| Jul 6, 2008
THESE days, the actress formerly known as Rhoda sports personas vastly different from the straight-talking New Yorker she created for television's classic sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its spinoff, "Rhoda." Three decades later, Valerie Harper...