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  • SUMMER LOVIN’

    published July 9, 2008

    It’s been a while since the moon was in the seventh house and Jupiter aligned with Mars—or that anyone’s confused the present... More >>

  • Palace of the End: Leash Fatigue

    published July 2, 2008

    The current Iraq War has produced obvious casualties—some 29,000 U.S. soldiers injured and 4,100 killed, to say nothing of civilian deaths.... More >>

  • Stitching: Mission Abort

    published July 2, 2008

    Sew what? asks this drama by Anthony Neilson. The playwright is a proponent of Britain's in-yer-face theater, a naughtily assaultive... More >>

  • ON THE MOVE

    published July 2, 2008

    Opera is often a moving experience, but rarely so literally as in Lincoln Center’s production of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s atonal,... More >>

  • A Perfect Couple

    published July 2, 2008

    Brooke Berman’s last play, Hunting and Gathering, concerned finding an apartment. Her new one,  A Perfect Couple, examines the... More >>

  • MISERY LOVES COMPANY

    published July 2, 2008

    For fans of Samuel Beckett, the Lincoln Center Festival is offering more kicks than pricks, importing this trilogy of solo plays conceived by... More >>

  • SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK

    published July 2, 2008

    Ophelia, we have it on good authority, drowned in a weeping brook, not in a public swimming pool in Brooklyn. (Had she even attempted it,... More >>

  • True East: Sam Shepard Returns to New York

    published June 24, 2008

    In 1974, Sam Shepard directed the debut of his play Geography of a Horse Dreamer at London's Royal Court Theater. Irish actor... More >>

  • Chatting With John Tiffany

    published June 24, 2008

    In the opening moments of the National Theatre of Scotland's production of The Bacchae, Alan Cumming, playing the god Dionysus, descends... More >>

  • Into Temptation

    published June 24, 2008

    Euripides’ The Bacchae—that hymn to faith, filicide, and the dangers of drink—enjoyed its first performance some 2,400 years ago.... More >>

  • Elyse Singer and Neil LaBute Take On Prettiness

    published June 17, 2008

    Ever since that evening in 1660 when Margaret Hughes mounted the Vere Street stage in London as that "fresh and delicate creature" Desdemona,... More >>

  • Horsin’ Around

    published June 17, 2008

    During the Kentucky Derby, many of us observed the unpleasant spectacle of a dead horse, though happily no one put a boot to dear, departed Eight... More >>

  • Feeling Naughty?

    published June 17, 2008

    If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the Dixon—;Hot!, Dixon Place's annual festival of queer culture, seems especially scorching... More >>

  • Jollyship the Whiz-Bang: Born to Rum

    published June 10, 2008

    Climbing aboard Ars Nova's Jollyship the Whiz-Bang, a "pirate-puppet-rock odyssey," is initially worrisome. One fears that after three... More >>

  • Annie Baker's Photo Realism

    published June 10, 2008

    Annie Baker's Body Awareness, a rueful domestic comedy, includes mention of a debate among lexicographers: prescriptivism versus... More >>

  • Here Arts Center: Happy to Be Here

    published June 3, 2008

    On a recent weekday afternoon, 40-odd people bustled in and around the Here Arts Center. Interns scraped away at the building's façade... More >>

  • Mike Bartlett's Artefacts: A Rare Find

    published June 3, 2008

    Since 2003, more than 170,000 pieces have disappeared from the National Museum of Antiquities in Baghdad. The items—including such... More >>

  • Hot, Hot Heat

    published June 3, 2008

    Solar power! Clubbed Thumb gets the sunny season off to a weird and wonderful start with the 13th annual edition of their Summerworks, a... More >>

  • Two New Productions Rant and Roll

    published May 27, 2008

    In Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, the beleaguered ruler tells a supplicant: "I have known the story before you told it." Mike Daisey makes a very... More >>

  • Some Singular Sensations: Talking with Six of Off-Broadway's Best

    published May 20, 2008

    What makes a great actor? Shakespeare advocated temperance, Rousseau tact. Antonin Artaud looked to the sinuousness of the Balinese dancer;... More >>

  • Marathon 2008: Short-Order Theater

    published May 20, 2008

    Game, set, and playwriting match to David Auburn. In Series A of "Marathon 2008," Ensemble Studio Theatre's 30th annual festival of one-acts,... More >>

  • Biblical Road Work at 59E59

    published May 20, 2008

    Toward the close of David Greig's Damascus, a play in 59E59's Brits Off-Broadway series, the dean of a Syrian university inveighs... More >>

  • A Public Meeting on the Future of the Provincetown Playhouse

    published May 20, 2008

    The Provincetown Playhouse has witnessed quite a lot of controversy. The storied MacDougal Street theater has shocked and delighted audiences... More >>

  • Ayub Khan-Din's Comedy Emigrates to New York

    published May 13, 2008

    In Bollywood cinema, censors have decreed that even kisses are too racy for the screen. Lovers must demonstrate their passion by way of torrid... More >>

  • Director and Playwright Elyse Singer Discovers Two Unusual Inventors

    published May 13, 2008

    Computer creator Ada Lovelace possessed a pair of smiling blue eyes; Marie Curie could claim a distinguished profile; and Rosalind Franklin,... More >>

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