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Writers don’t always know what they mean – that’s why they write. Their work stands in for them. On the page, the reader meets the…
When Elvis made his mass-media debut on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ – his notorious gyrations filmed only from the waist up – I fell off…
We were postwar middle-class white kids living in the slipstream of the greatest per-capita rise in income in the history of Western civilization; we were…
‘The New Yorker’s’ drama critics have always had a comparable authority because, for the most part, the magazine made it a practice to employ critics…
Like the tail fins on fifties American cars or the parabolic shapes of Populuxe furniture, ‘West Side Story’ incarnates the dream of momentum in the…
In Britain, the theatre has traditionally been where the public goes to think about its past and debate its future. The formation of the National…
A prose writer never sees a reader walk out of a book; for a playwright, it’s another matter. An audience is an invaluable education. In…
Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot,’ billed as ‘the laugh sensation of two continents,’ made its American debut at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, in Miami, Florida,…
I was the first critic ever to win a Tony – for co-authoring ‘Elaine Stritch at Liberty.’ Criticism is a life without risk; the critic…
Although the ‘New York Times’ annually declares that Broadway is on its deathbed, news of its demise is greatly exaggerated. There’s a lot of life…
Nobody has ever gone broke selling escape to the American public.
The British playwright Nina Raine is one of her generation’s most promising talents.
I go to the theatre expecting to have a good time. I want each play and performance to take me somewhere. Naturally, this doesn’t always…
His life was one long extravaganza, like living inside a Faberge egg.
Broadway shows in New York draw two times the attendance of all New York sports teams put together.
Dame Edna is that rarest sighting in our time of the absolute comic, an inspired personification of caprice whose comedy answered the primal call to…
‘Death of a Salesman’ is a brilliant taxonomy of the spiritual atrophy of mid-twentieth-century white America.
Theatre is a game of hide-and-seek. For both the hiders and the seekers, the thrill is in the discovery. When the rules of the game…
Of the modern critics, although I disagree with almost everything she says, I admire Mary McCarthy’s eloquence and social observation in ‘Sights and Spectacles’; she…
‘Angels in America’ – which is composed of two three-hour plays, ‘Millennium Approaches’ and ‘Perestroika’ – proved to be a watershed drama, the most lyrical…
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