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1999 Stories by Michael Feingold

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  • Our Theatrical Century

    published December 28, 1999

    "Oh, what a century it's been!" —Noel Coward, After the Ball (1954) The hectic, mostly forgettable, parade of openings... More >>

  • The Soldier's Music

    published December 21, 1999

    Gay is okay, officially, with the Swedish, Belgian, and even Israeli armies, but the American military has this little problem. It won't register... More >>

  • Some Assembly Required

    published December 14, 1999

    The trick, as anyone who's staged a play knows, is in the transitions; it's how you get from here to there that keeps the audience watching.... More >>

  • Women's Stresses

    published December 7, 1999

    What do women want, at the end of the millennium? In Michael John LaChiusa's Marie Christine, the apparent answer is that they want today's... More >>

  • Tipping the Porter

    published November 30, 1999

    A few days after the first press performance of Kiss Me, Kate, a Voice colleague stopped me in the hall and said, almost furtively,... More >>

  • Hesterectomy

    published November 23, 1999

    Do we want the theater to deal with social conditions, issues, ideas? Yes, always, constantly, and from every point of view. Do we want it to... More >>

  • Fable Settings

    published November 16, 1999

    Subtle Donald Margulies: Even when he tackles an old familiar tale, you can count on him to tell it differently. Dinner With Friends is the... More >>

  • Momentary Musicals

    published November 9, 1999

    Musical theater's always been the most elastic of stage forms. Mozart had no qualms about bolstering Don Giovanni, staged at an opera house... More >>

  • Missing in Action

    published November 2, 1999

    "It isn't drama they play," Duse groused about actors 90 years ago, "but pieces for the theater." Today her complaint would be aimed at... More >>

  • History's Mysteries

    published October 26, 1999

    I love the past; the movies are always better there. When it comes to plays, though, I get more selective. Americans in general tend to take the... More >>

  • Urban Hip Movements

    published October 19, 1999

    The word contact can mean either physical touch or communication; the choreographer Susan Stroman, who's the moving force (pun intended)... More >>

  • Weakened in the Country

    published October 12, 1999

    Both Douglas Carter Beane's The Country Club and Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! are more about a place than an event; in... More >>

  • Entertainment Centering

    published October 5, 1999

    Something is disquietingly wrong with David Esbjornson's production of Maria Irene Fornes's Mud. It doesn't perturb me much because I'm... More >>

  • The Vice Man Cometh

    published October 5, 1999

    Here's a scene to gladden Rudy Giuliani's heart: As the curtain rises on an Off-Broadway show, the NYPD swoops down, arresting the cast, producer,... More >>

  • Songs Without Words

    published September 21, 1999

    "Music," Virgil Thomson wrote, "has more to say to the body than to the mind." So it's inevitable that, when Martha Clarke puts Chekhov and... More >>

  • Heir Transplant

    published August 24, 1999

    "Sir," Dr. Johnson said to Boswell, "there is no trusting to that crazy piety." And Johnson, bear in mind, was a devout man and a staunchly... More >>

  • A Knack For Anagnorisis

    published August 17, 1999

    Family reunions are so handy for dramatic construction that I suspect they were invented, somewhere back in the mists of antiquity, by a... More >>

  • Shaw Thing

    published July 27, 1999

    When George Bernard Shaw first wrote to Beatrice Stella Campbell, to announce that he had written a new play— Pygmalion— with a... More >>

  • The Bride Wore Red

    published July 6, 1999

    The shrew is a small, nasty animal of the rodent family, once common in some rural areas of England and New England; extending your hand toward it... More >>

  • Tea in Our Harbor

    published June 29, 1999

    Costumed as a Mohawk brave, my face painted with the traditional battle markings, I crept over to Times Square late one night with a party of... More >>

  • Sign Language

    published June 22, 1999

    The hero of Gemini, a Harvard undergrad in the early 1970s, is a Gemini— the second act takes place on his birthday, June 2— who... More >>

  • Paris Styles

    published June 15, 1999

    I like to look at it." That was Gertrude Stein's reply, when asked what was so important about modern painting, and it's my first response to... More >>

  • Screen Testiness

    published June 8, 1999

    An artist is a parasite," says one of S.J. Perelman's characters, "scratch any one of 'em, and what you'll find underneath is money from home."... More >>

  • North of Tennessee

    published June 1, 1999

    The Arclight Theater is located in what appears to be the crypt— it's certainly the basement— of a gray-stone, quasi-Gothic church,... More >>

  • Short Notice

    published May 25, 1999

    Thornton Wilder left behind at his death two unfinished cycles, meant to contain a total of 14 plays, representing the Seven Ages of Man and the... More >>

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