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Awards

  • 2010 - The Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism/Columbia University

    Theater Reviews

2000 Stories by Michael Feingold

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  • The Moment's Musicals (II)

    published December 26, 2000

    A Child's Garden, mentioned briefly last week, is a musical about—well, it isn't about anything. It shows us Robert Louis Stevenson,... More >>

  • The Moment’s Musicals

    published December 19, 2000

    The millennium is finally dragging to its strict calendrical end, taking with it the century in which America altered the world's musical taste... More >>

  • More Stagely Mansions

    published December 12, 2000

    In the theater, the "house" is the audience, the reference point to which the stage, however representational, always has to return. Realism... More >>

  • The Installation of Dreams

    published December 5, 2000

    Do your dreams trouble you? Do you wake up shaken and unnerved by feelings you can't quite explain? Do images of your past and your loved ones... More >>

  • Road Worriers

    published November 28, 2000

    Originality isn't everything in art. Weighed down by 2500 years' worth of predecessors, modern artists have spent countless hours hunting for... More >>

  • In the Limeylight

    published November 21, 2000

    Before orange juice grew in waxed cardboard cartons, British sailors avoided scurvy by sucking on limes; hence the term limeys. This... More >>

  • Sick of Fancy

    published November 14, 2000

    Who was it that called the theater "the fabulous invalid"? In this millennial year, the invalid doesn't seem so fabulous anymore. Its invalidism... More >>

  • A Busch Victory

    published November 7, 2000

    Linda Lavin. I had to start this review with her name because she makes me laugh so much, and—not irrelevantly—moves me so deeply at the... More >>

  • Lyn Austin (1922–2000)

    published November 7, 2000

    Like countless New York theater artists, I spent much of the last three decades being alternately infuriated and enchanted by Lyn Austin. There... More >>

  • The People Choice

    published October 31, 2000

    In the New York theater, between the crud-mongers who talk down to it, and the culture snobs who yap over its heads, the audience is the one party... More >>

  • Thinner at Eight

    published October 24, 2000

    I'm sorry, but I have to insist: To save my sanity, you must all vote Democratic on November 7. Unless we get a Congress that will bring back a... More >>

  • Gwen Verdon (1925-2000)

    published October 24, 2000

    What does news of a great dancer's death bring to mind? In Gwen Verdon's case, her voice and her eyes, proving that hers was a greatness of... More >>

  • As the Word Turns

    published October 17, 2000

    They used to say Americans were nonverbal. But lately, there's no escaping the floods of words. Certainly not by going to the theater, where New... More >>

  • Welles of Loneliness

    published October 10, 2000

    War of the Worlds is Anne Bogart's attempt to capture and define the essence of Orson Welles, an enormous presence—at the end... More >>

  • Uncollected Stories

    published October 3, 2000

    Theresa Rebeck's The Butterfly Collection is a declaration of serious intent. Where Rebeck's earlier plays irritated by trashing their... More >>

  • Grand Illusion

    published October 3, 2000

    When I was a theater-struck kid in Chicago, the only important local honor for actors was the Sarah Siddons Award. I learned decades later that it... More >>

  • Conventional Behavior

    published September 26, 2000

    Gore Vidal's 1960 comedy The Best Man was worth reviving for two reasons: First, it's so completely out of date that its difference from... More >>

  • Archival and Departure

    published September 5, 2000

    I was opening a week's mail—a grim task for a theater critic in August. The current openings, aside from that overstuffed surprise box called... More >>

  • First-String Players

    published September 5, 2000

    They used to be a subspecies, a hobby, a curiosity, a harmless diversion for kids and a charming sidetrack for ethnologists. Not anymore.... More >>

  • Local Heroes

    published August 29, 2000

    Hard to guess which is more significant, the lineage or the ironies. But let's do the lineage first—the ironies will tumble out anyway. In... More >>

  • Screams and Visions

    published August 22, 2000

    The North Pole is melting, and the Times says this proves that global warming "may be real"—just as my review proves that I may have... More >>

  • Orderly Anarchisms

    published August 15, 2000

    Playwriting is the theater's engine room, its operations of real interest only to those who understand how the elaborate, unpredictable machinery... More >>

  • Looking on the Whiteside

    published August 1, 2000

    Sealed tight against reality, The Man Who Came to Dinner is an immaculately structured anarchy. Everything in it is perfectly,... More >>

  • Scenes Like Old Times

    published July 25, 2000

    The Russian playwright Alexander Ostrovsky (1823-1886) loved actors, who figure as characters in any number of his plays. A sort of businessman... More >>

  • What Bears Pursuing

    published July 11, 2000

    "Wagner's music," Mark Twain reassured Americans, "is not as bad as it sounds." And if you enjoy playing the clown, as Twain did, you might say... More >>

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