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  • John Lahr on 'Tennessee Williams'

    John Lahr on 'Tennessee Williams'
    Thirty-one years after his death and 70 years after his first Broadway hit, "The Glass Menagerie," Tennessee Williams remains something of a mystery. Although his major plays — "Menagerie," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "The Night of the Iguana," "Sweet Bird of Youth" — are as popular as ever, their thematic connections to Williams' troubled youth and early adult life are poorly understood. The later plays, written in a fog of drugs and alcohol that enveloped his last decades, were dismissed by most critics in their original productions, a state of neglect that largely persists to this day.
  • REVIEW: 'Tennessee Williams' by John Lahr

    REVIEW: 'Tennessee Williams' by John Lahr
    Any biographer entering a crowded field — and the life and work of the great playwright Tennessee Williams is hardly virgin territory, given the confessional diaries, the innumerable extant letters, the documentary films, the previous analyses of...

    The shame and glory of Tennessee Williams in John Lahr's new book

    The shame and glory of Tennessee Williams in John Lahr's new book
    One day a comprehensive literary biography of Tennessee Williams will be written that won't resemble a psychiatric case study. Until then let's savor John Lahr's "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh," a work that is scintillating on the...

    Performance Workshop gets new home, Artists' Initiative debuts

    Performance Workshop gets new home, Artists' Initiative debuts
    It's a big weekend for two organizations devoted to bringing more people into the local theater community. Performance Workshop Theatre, a nonprofit company and theater arts training school, just moved from its Federal Hill location to new digs in...

    Movie review: 'Making the Boys'

    Movie review: 'Making the Boys'
    It may be hard for those who grew up watching "Will & Grace" to imagine the shock and excitement when Mart Crowley's "The Boys in the Band" caught fire off-Broadway in 1968, becoming one of the most discussed, derided and defended dramas of its era. A...