| Sep 7, 2008
WRITING plays is occasionally a profession, arguably an art form, unmistakably a craft (hence the odd spelling of "playwright," distant cousin of the wheelwright).
But might writing plays also be a mode of thinking -- a way to make sense of the world?...
| Sep 5, 2008
| 9:38 AM
You can see a new show in this singularly remarkable theater city pretty much every night between now and Thanksgiving. That's my plan, anyway. But if you prefer to be more selective, or prosaic necessities limit your cultural intake, here are 10 of the...
| Nov 12, 2008
Like everyone else at the Old Dominion Literary Festival, Southern California poet Douglas Kearney had turned his ringer off. So when a stranger called and left an undecipherable message, Kearney, preparing for his reading, didn't think much of it. As a...
| Jul 7, 2008
MUCH AS one would like to join Edith Piaf in a duet of "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien," a critic can't help having occasional regrets after passing instantaneous verdicts on scores of plays and musicals, usually in the space of a few morning hours after a...
| Jan 6, 2009
Superhero films are proving to be more than just popcorn escapism this movie awards season.
"The Dark Knight" earned a nomination Monday for the Producers Guild of America's top prize. And on Tuesday, "Iron Man," 2008's other superhero box office champ,...
| Sep 30, 2009
That roar swelling over Broadway these days is the sound of fans lined up behind police barricades at the stage door for "A Steady Rain." This is the play -- make that event -- that opened Tuesday at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, with Hugh Jackman...
| Nov 8, 2009
| 1:47 PM
Playwright Tony Kushner was presented this morning with a lifetime achievement award as part of the Chicago Tribune 2009 literary awards at the Armour Stage at Chicago's Symphony Center.
When asked what advice he would give to aspiring playwrights,...
| May 4, 2004
So here I am, deep in Oregon's Willamette forest, darkness falling, the rain getting heavier, my unsuitable shoes leaking copiously and the map provided by Cascadia Forest Defenders turning to papier-mache in my hands. I am searching for a group of tree-...