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2004 Stories by Charles McNulty

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  • One-Handers

    published December 7, 2004

    Broadway stages have never looked so bare. Big stars like Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Mario Cantone, and Dame Edna are currently starring in... More >>

  • Too Close for Comfort

    published November 30, 2004

    Tolstoy's notion that all unhappy families are unhappy in their own way is peculiarly borne out in Richard Nelson's ponderous new drama... More >>

  • Public Approval

    published November 16, 2004

    Last week's announcement that Oskar Eustis will succeed George C. Wolfe as artistic director of the Public Theater gave rise to something seldom... More >>

  • Ethnic Blending

    published November 9, 2004

    A Bronx accent, an Irish name, and a broken heart are standard tools in John Patrick Shanley's playwriting kit. OK, sometimes his characters are... More >>

  • Flashback: A New Vision for America's Flagship Theater

    published November 9, 2004

    In a Voice interview last February, Oskar Eustis, who's just been tapped as the Public Theater's new artistic director, spoke about his... More >>

  • Theater

    published October 26, 2004

    Tiny Ninja Theater has a relatively docile stable of performers, who never clamor for more money, complain about their dressing rooms, or mutiny... More >>

  • Grεεk Lovε

    published October 12, 2004

    To go by the sheer number of Greek characters traipsing across our stages right now, the ancients have become our truest contemporaries. Though... More >>

  • Fools for Love

    published October 5, 2004

    Daring choices have become routine for director Declan Donnellan, whose bold productions have revivified classics both rarefied (Le Cid)... More >>

  • Educating Rita

    published September 21, 2004

    Imagine Harper Valley PTA in a topical mode (and without the catchy theme song) and you pretty much have the dud recipe for People Be... More >>

  • The Little King

    published August 31, 2004

    Sitting in the lobby of the Public Theater during a rehearsal break from Richard III, Peter Dinklage seems far too nice to play one of... More >>

  • Cho Mama!

    published August 24, 2004

    She may have been blackballed from the DNC festivities after the ridiculous backlash over Whoopi Goldberg's Bush baiting, but Margaret Cho found a... More >>

  • Acting Up

    published August 10, 2004

    In an election year marked by fiercely entrenched viewpoints and unbudging polls, does anyone think a few Margaret Cho jokes about Halliburton can... More >>

  • Serial Mom

    published August 3, 2004

    In tumultuous times, artists turn to the Greeks for guidance. The great tragedians knew firsthand the human costs of war—from Aeschylus, who... More >>

  • True Lies

    published July 27, 2004

    While E! may have zero interest in the private lives of writers (imagine the network curtailing an Olsen twins spot for a behind-the-scenes look... More >>

  • Prisoners of Love

    published July 20, 2004

    Bursting with colorful eccentrics and romantic lunacy, Isaac Bashevis Singer's fiction seems destined for the stage. Yet the best dramatization... More >>

  • Fleur du Mal

    published June 29, 2004

    Of all the 19th-century literary masterpieces crying out for contemporary stage adaptations, Alexandre Dumas's The Black Tulip isn't... More >>

  • Servant Problem

    published June 22, 2004

    For all its backward gender politics, Miss Julie stands as a primer in dramatic complexity. A contemporary (and artistic synthesizer) of... More >>

  • Tears of a Clown

    published June 15, 2004

    Drag performer Taylor Mac struts onstage wearing what can only be called Q-tip couture, a short white feathery frock designed to accentuate his... More >>

  • Out on the Town: How Being Queer Influences Artists' Work

    published June 8, 2004

    Actor and event planner Richard Nahem has author Michael Cunningham to thank for the "Art of Creation" series he founded in 2001. Nahem's... More >>

  • Moor, Moor, Moor

    published June 8, 2004

    When it comes to Shakespeare's tragedies, Othello requires little in the way of directorial interference. The story simply revs with... More >>

  • A Fan Who Wasn't There Remembers Broadway's Good Old Days

    published June 1, 2004

    Growing up in Indiana, filmmaker Rick McKay didn't get to see the heralded Broadway performances he kept reading about in his local library. But... More >>

  • Stage Left

    published June 1, 2004

    Avenue Q fans are wearing their "It Sucks to Be Me" buttons with new flair now that the adult puppet show has won the Tony for Best... More >>

  • Before the Fall

    published May 18, 2004

    The title of Christopher Shinn's impressive new play, Where Do We Live, omits its implicit question mark. Yet audience members attuned to... More >>

  • Theater

    published May 4, 2004

    'AMERICAN LIVING ROOM 2004' HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Avenue,... More >>

  • Pains of Youth

    published April 20, 2004

    A small photograph of a smiling boy in a life preserver sits atop a table on a spare stage, as though waiting for its story to be told. That... More >>

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