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2000 Stories by Charles McNulty

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  • The Drunken Key West of the Soul

    published December 26, 2000

    Who'd have thought that Mac Wellman, doyen of experimental playwrights, would one day write a feminist rebuttal to Don Juan? His new play,... More >>

  • The Lost Voice of Harry Kondoleon

    published November 21, 2000

    Harry Kondoleon was a playwright constitutionally incapable of playing by the rules. A Dionysian talent dancing in the face of his own extinction,... More >>

  • The Killing Fields

    published November 14, 2000

    The stage is bare except for a pair of metallic staircases, a trio of shiny wheelbarrows, and an array of hanging pipes that become ominous gongs... More >>

  • Sontag in Wonderland

    published October 31, 2000

    Whether deconstructing the language of illness or staging Waiting for Godot in shell-shocked Sarajevo, Susan Sontag has rarely lacked... More >>

  • From Here to Immaturity

    published October 10, 2000

    The initial target of Witold Gombrowicz's 1937 black comedy, Ferdydurke, was the group of Polish critics who panned his earlier Memoirs... More >>

  • Anything in Your Shorts?

    published October 10, 2000

    Why do one-acts attract such generic playwriting imaginations? The problem stems in part from the contrasting notion of the "full-length" play, a... More >>

  • The Power and the Gory

    published September 19, 2000

    The sudden rise in paparazzi in Brooklyn can mean only one thing: The Almeida has landed at BAM. Continuing its highly successful campaign of... More >>

  • Lords of the Ring

    published September 12, 2000

    To the uninitiated, a play by Richard Maxwell must seem like a wry put-on. Take the dialogue, which can sound like a tape-recorded conversation of... More >>

  • Upstarts and Upskirts

    published August 15, 2000

    Hard as it may be to believe, the majority of new directors in the Blueprint Series have little in common with their host, Richard Foreman. Of... More >>

  • Law and Disorder

    published July 25, 2000

    The only thing remotely saintly about Michael and Fernie Santos—partners in the El Paso law firm of Santos and Santos—is their fraternal... More >>

  • Reap It and Weep

    published July 18, 2000

    Unlike Americans, who revel in the myth that only the future matters, Russians can't seem to escape their past. To them, history is not merely a... More >>

  • Paint Misbehavin'

    published June 27, 2000

    Eugene Ionesco, modern drama's joker in the pack, strove throughout his career to re-create the same openmouthed fascination he experienced as a... More >>

  • Sons of Frankenstein

    published June 13, 2000

    Sacrilege though it may be, there are times when one can't help but rue the legacy of Richard Foreman and the Wooster Group. This is not to... More >>

  • Hamlet, Vegas, and a Big Black Box

    published May 16, 2000

    Charles McNulty: There's been an unprecedented amount of theater happening Off- and Off-Off Broadway. Should we be... More >>

  • Welcome to Prime Time

    published May 2, 2000

    Sebastian Barry's abundant literary gifts mark him as a distinguished Irish writer. They don't, however, necessarily make him a particularly... More >>

  • Blues for Mr. Baldwin

    published April 18, 2000

    After a wild night of partying, James Baldwin (Charles Reese) wakes into a morning nightmare. For one thing, the man he brought home from a... More >>

  • French disconnection

    published April 11, 2000

    Après Le Divorce, Le Mariage. Well, at least for Diane Johnson, who's followed up her successful novel about a French husband... More >>

  • Gooney Tunes

    published April 11, 2000

    The delightful oddness of Mabou Mines's theatrical imagination has been one of their greatest assets. Even in the company of other avant-garde... More >>

  • The Ghost Writers

    published March 21, 2000

    Birdseed Bundles, Ain Gordon's new comedy at Dance Theater Workshop, imagines the afterworld as a perpetual reliving of your last hours on... More >>

  • To Hell With Maturity

    published March 14, 2000

    The writing of Witold Gombrowicz, like the work of many of the best Eastern European authors, is too little known in the States. Polish artists in... More >>

  • O! Battling Elizabethans! O!

    published February 22, 2000

    Poor Ben Jonson, sentenced to live for eternity in Shakespeare's shadow, is not without his share of A-list fans. T.S. Eliot, who had rivalry... More >>

  • Downtown Canon Fodder

    published February 1, 2000

    It's no easy task trying to beat Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare at their own game. Though the two Elizabethan rivals took their... More >>

  • The Opposite of Sex

    published January 18, 2000

    "It is my conviction that everyone is profoundly eccentric," observes Claire Pitt, the 29-year-old narrator of Anita Brookner's new novel Undue... More >>

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