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  • 10 years ago

    More than a century before Wall Street's current debacles of greed, the dark canyons of the financial district provided Melville with grist for his moral imagination and produced the immortal Bartleby. This enigmatic law clerk confounds his employ...

  • 11 years ago

    The bizarre, diminutive French playwright Alfred Jarry—the subject of Elizabeth Swados's new musical extravaganza Jabu—lived in a half-story garret with tiny furniture and a huge stone phallus (a miniature, he once quipped, of his own). ...

  • 11 years ago

    Gunshots explode, feet pound, a man bursts into a Belfast shop. Suddenly sweet Sheila, swollen with her fifth child, is anxiously smuggling an IRA bomb in a box of cream buns past a British soldier. The moment is horrific—and hilarious. In sc...

  • 11 years ago

    In the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble's version of The Trial, ghoulish torturers lash their victims, Dietrich-esque babes flash their garters, and court fops nearly break into a soft-shoe. Joseph K wakes daily to the same nightmare, but every day his dr...

  • 11 years ago

    Paul Casper, a marketing manager in Eugene, Oregon, bought his first house at age 29, shortly after his wife, Peggy, gave birth to their baby girl. That daughter is now 30, shouldering a mountain of college debt and working an hourly job in high t...

  • 11 years ago

    Subtitled A Rags to Riches Celebration of the American Dream in Classic Rhythm & Blues, From My Hometown wants to be two shows at once—a story musical and an oldies revue. The book consists of a series of dorky clichés interspersed wit...

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