| Feb 5, 2012
| 3:54 PM
There's a beautifully disturbing undercurrent of change in Brian Friel's "Dancing at Lughnasa."
It's 1936 in rural Ireland, and 7-year-old Michael goes to school now. Radios are displacing gramophones as a source of entertainment. And the world order...
| Jul 20, 2009
"An autobiographical fact," the Irish playwright Brian Friel once remarked, "may be a lie and no less true for all of that."
Frank McCourt, who died Sunday just a month shy of his 79th birthday, would have appreciated Friel's sentiment, for "Angela's...
| Apr 7, 2011
| 6:17 PM
The most telling moment in "Come to the Edge," Christina Haag's memoir of her love affair with John F. Kennedy Jr., comes after his death in a plane crash off Martha's Vineyard.
There are two memorial services, one for dignitaries and family, the other...
| Nov 12, 2009
Family lore isnât just innocently passed down. Itâs carefully scripted, regularly rehearsed and slyly refurbished when needed. Ever notice how the stories with the slipperiest facts tend to get revived most often as if in fear that their protective...