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2002 Stories by Charles McNulty

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  • Homeland Insecurity

    published December 24, 2002

    As every adult boy and girl knows, the holidays mean domestic drama. Returning home for even the briefest of visits plunges you automatically into... More >>

  • Mind Out of Time

    published December 3, 2002

    More than signifying a historical personage, the name Benedict Arnold has become an insulting epithet. The definition of traitor is accepted... More >>

  • All's Rewrite With the World

    published November 12, 2002

    On the totem pole of creative achievement, dramatic adaptations wouldn't seem to fall that high. Yet the long and distinguished pedigree of... More >>

  • The James Gang vs. Sophocles

    published November 5, 2002

    The lights are out, not down. Has P.S.122 forgotten to pay its Con Ed bill? Before the question can be considered, a handsome bachelor climbs... More >>

  • The Purloined Dead Nun

    published October 8, 2002

    Decibel levels run high in Stephen Adly Guirgis's harangue-filled Our Lady of 121st Street. His characters are angry and cannot be... More >>

  • The Scottish Playground

    published September 10, 2002

    EDINBURGH—"A smorgasbord of tarts," shouts a breasty young woman in a fake fur and negligee. Standing beside her, a drag queen in... More >>

  • Environmental Hazards

    published August 6, 2002

    "Location, location, location" may be the shibboleth of real estate mavens, but for theater it usually comes down to two choices: Broadway or... More >>

  • Iran to You

    published July 23, 2002

    For those seeking insight into the fraught subject of American-Iranian relations, the Lincoln Center Festival was bound to end in frustration.... More >>

  • Festing on Forty Deuce

    published July 16, 2002

    The Midtown International Theatre Festival might want to change its name to just the Midtown Theatre Festival. Though there's a diverse group of... More >>

  • The New World Border

    published July 9, 2002

    International theater festivals have become a staple of summer, yet foreign artists wishing to perform in the U.S. have never had a tougher time... More >>

  • Theater's Queer Fate

    published June 25, 2002

    Queer theater has lost its radical juice. No surprise, given that the queer movement, which began in the '80s as a politically confrontational... More >>

  • Love's Laborers Lost

    published June 4, 2002

    How many good ideas does it take to make a play? The theatrical cookbooks suggest it's not their quantity but the way their combination enhances... More >>

  • Edward Albee's Domestic Animals

    published May 21, 2002

    Edward Albee has made a career of getting people's goats. This season he notoriously took the task more literally than usual. Not content to... More >>

  • The Beauty Myth

    published April 9, 2002

    Greek tragedy hasn't been exactly kind to Helen of Troy. Accused of igniting the Trojan War, the Spartan queen is as renowned for her beauty as... More >>

  • Brit Wit's Hit Bit

    published March 26, 2002

    Stand-up comedy is the art of wearing your fears on your sleeve. Even those of the assault-and-battery school have a glaring vulnerable... More >>

  • Shuttlecock Tragedy in Brooklyn

    published February 26, 2002

    Racine's Phèdre is traditionally played one of two ways: as a furious earthquake of passion or a slow boil of suffering. In one of the most... More >>

  • Raise The Titanic

    published February 5, 2002

    Richard Wagner's dream of Total Theater—a sweeping synthesis of dance, music, spectacle, and poetry—didn't come cheap. Bayreuth, the... More >>

  • Tom Murphy’s Eire Force

    published January 22, 2002

    DUBLIN—"I know what I'd be writing about today if I were a young Irish writer—money and the consequences of money." Sitting... More >>

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