| Mar 22, 2009
In "Impressionism," the new play by Michael Jacobs, art gallery owner Katharine Keenan (Joan Allen) playfully teases shy colleague Thomas Buckle about "a hideous sexual problem."
That figures. After all, Thomas is played by Jeremy Irons, who has never...
| Dec 20, 2009
Millennial anxieties ushered in the new decade with Y2K panic, 9/11 made it seem as if the paranoid were on to something, two quagmire wars were launched and the Great Recession left everyone wondering about the prognosis of the American economy as it...
| May 14, 2008
NEW YORK -- "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...
| May 17, 2009
W.W. Norton: 232 pp., $24.95
There was once a time when celebration of black achievement in the humanities, arts and sciences was limited to Black History Month and recitations at black churches. But given the widely...
| Jul 13, 2008
REWRITING a famous story from a different character's point of view has become common enough that the results constitute a genre of their own. John Gardner saw "Beowulf" through the monster's eyes in "Grendel"; Jean Rhys' "Wide Sargasso Sea" excavated the...
| May 30, 2009
His public schedule listed no official events, so President Barack Obama had plenty of time to devote to being a weekend dad and spouse.
The president and first lady Michelle Obama watched daughter Malia's soccer game for an hour Saturday morning in...
| 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?...
| May 3, 2008
Against the backdrop of the recent resignation of one of the seven journalists on the nominating committee, (CLICK HERE) arrived the announcement of those in contention for the 53rd annual Drama Desk Awards earlier this week.
Seemingly in answer to the...
| 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...
| May 29, 2008
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An 800-word Harry Potter prequel is one of 13 card-sized works to be sold at a charity auction in the British capital.
Waterstone's Booksellers Ltd. says the cream-colored A5 papers -- each slightly bigger than a postcard -- were distributed to 13...
| Mar 2, 2008
It could all have been scripted by Mel Brooks.
An ambitious but relentlessly arty and intellectual little theater company from Evanston comes up with the notion of turning Elmer Rice's 1923 thudding expressionistic drama "The Adding Machine" into (wait...