| Feb 24, 2008
Deanna Dunagan was Broadway-bound and she was not happy.
It was mid-October and she was due to leave in a week for New York, where she would reprise her acclaimed performance as Violet Weston, the pill-addicted, cancer-stricken monster of a mother at the...
| Dec 26, 2008
Playwright Harold Pinter's dialogue has been compared to everyday prattle that covers a menacing subtext. Truth and falsehoods are subjective, memory can't be relied on, words are negotiating tools or weapons.
Pinter commented on this approach in his...
| Dec 26, 2008
Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize-winning British playwright who addressed the isolation, fear and brutality of life in an original style that changed the face of 20th century theater, has died. He was 78.
Pinter, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for...
| Dec 25, 2008
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| Oct 5, 2009
The director's movies, such as his Oscar-winning 2002 film 'The Piano,' may reflect his world view on morality and the role of the artist in society. |Reed Johnson
Should great artists be treated differently from ordinary mortals? Does a musician,...
| May 24, 2009
Burn This Book
PEN Writers Speak Out
on the Power of the Word
Edited by Toni Morrison
HarperStudio: 120 pp., $16.99
If Nobel laureate Toni Morrison edits a collection of famous writers on the subject of censorship and the power of the written word,...
| Feb 14, 2010
As Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor describe it, there was no need for the cast of Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer" to have long, philosophical discussions about the movie's creepy real-life parallels.
It wasn't necessary, for example, to dissect...
| Jun 27, 2010
If "King Lear" has a moral, it's that if you're lucky enough to have a kingdom, it's probably not a good idea to divide it in two.
The Antaeus Company production that just opened in a 49-seat house in North Hollywood turns that wisdom upside down:...
| Oct 10, 2008
If the selection of French writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio as the 2008 Nobel literature laureate has anything to tell us, it's that Horace Engdahl means what he says.
Last week, Engdahl, the Swedish Academy's permanent secretary, called American...
| Jan 6, 2008
By Richard Rayner
"Summer up here in the north is beautiful," my Finnish father-in-law once said. "Last year it was on a Thursday." The great Icelandic novelist Halldór Laxness develops this idea in his masterwork, "Independent People": "They stood in...
| Oct 6, 2008
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It seems like most of our married life with kids, my husband, Chad, and I reenacted episodes of Prison Break every time we wanted to go on a date. Sometimes we’d wait until our girls were asleep before we left them with the babysitter and scaled the...