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  • 2010 - The Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism/Columbia University

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1999 Stories by Michael Feingold

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  • Playing It Again

    published May 18, 1999

    This year, there are no new Broadway musicals. The only thing on the 1999 Tony ballot that could arguably count as a new musical is Parade,... More >>

  • Novel Approach

    published May 11, 1999

    Wilbur Larch, a compassionate doctor, head of a combination orphanage and obstetrics clinic near a remote town in Maine in the early 20th... More >>

  • French Twists

    published May 4, 1999

    I didn't realize how trapped Broadway had been making me feel all year until the curtain went up on Jean Anouilh's Ring Round the Moon and... More >>

  • Musical Health Plan

    published April 27, 1999

    The show doctor is in, and will take your cases one at a time, in order of urgency. I'm sure you've all filled out your insurance forms with the... More >>

  • Literary Illusions

    published April 20, 1999

    We've conquered the federal budget deficit, at least temporarily, but no one's doing anything to stop the vast aesthetic shortfall accruing in our... More >>

  • Dearth of a Salesman

    published April 13, 1999

    I should, I suppose, be grateful for small favors. The Broadway system that can make the tourists line up for a four-and-a-half-hour play, at $100... More >>

  • Talking Points

    published April 6, 1999

    The world's as dramatic as ever— if anything, more so these last few weeks— but the theater's mired, inexplicably, in an age of... More >>

  • A Spectre Calls

    published March 30, 1999

    Der må leve gjengangere hele lande utover. . . . Og såer vi så gudsjammerlig lysredde alle sammen.... More >>

  • Aimless in Gaza

    published March 23, 1999

    The theater has always been a place where political matters can be debated. And the notion of a playwright as performer isn't new either. But with... More >>

  • Heady Amusements

    published March 16, 1999

    Playwrights worry about pleasing audiences, but probably no playwright has ever worried about it as openly as Christopher Durang does in... More >>

  • Diversion 2.0

    published March 9, 1999

    No one ever went broke, they say, underestimating the intelligence of the American public. But even underestimating is more complicated now than... More >>

  • Private Prisons

    published March 2, 1999

    Thomas Lanier Williams had not yet become Tennessee Williams when he wrote Not About Nightingales in 1937­38, though he used the name... More >>

  • Double Takes

    published February 23, 1999

    Plautus, Shakespeare, Goldoni, Anouilh: Everyone loves the confusion and the occult aura generated by identical twins. It took Paula Vogel,... More >>

  • Durable Goods

    published February 16, 1999

    You can quibble and you can mock—I often do—but after half a century, Death of a Salesman is still viable merchandise. It's as if... More >>

  • Unsound Bites

    published February 9, 1999

    Is it the end of the century, or is it just me? I keep thinking the theater's meant to be a great unifying place that sweeps its vast vision... More >>

  • Current Affairs

    published February 2, 1999

    "A landscape," wrote Gertrude Stein, "is such a natural setting for a battlefield or a play that one must write plays." If she had known the... More >>

  • Iffy Situations

    published January 26, 1999

    If I could write these columns in differing shapes, this one would look like a medal for bravery, to be awarded to JoAnne Akalaitis. Not that... More >>

  • Sex Marks the Spot

    published January 19, 1999

    "No two people understand each other," wrote Joseph Conrad. "They can but hear each other's voices." Writing for a prudish Victorian public as he... More >>

  • Noh Business

    published January 12, 1999

    Everybody," according to the old joke, "has 20/20 hindsight." A.R. Gurney does, anyway. Set on a U.S. Navy base near Tokyo in 1955, Far... More >>

  • Divine Comedy

    published January 5, 1999

    Professor Paul Rudnick's course in Theology 101—Essentials of Human Mythmaking—is by far the most entertaining in our divinity school's... More >>

  • Stage Presents

    published January 5, 1999

    Yeah, I know, I should have filed this column before Christmas. Tell it to the producers who spent November and December opening plays I could... More >>

  • An Honest Buck

    published January 5, 1999

    You probably never wanted to know all that much about Pearl S. Buck, whose billion-seller The Good Earth, followed by a dozen other... More >>

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