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2000 Stories by Michael Feingold

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  • Nancy Marchand, 1928–2000

    published July 4, 2000

    The headlines, of course, said that Livia Soprano was dead; the obituaries that ran below spent much of their space pondering how her loss would... More >>

  • Blessings and Curses

    published June 27, 2000

    When network television finally dissolves into the random ocean of video Web browsing, what a lovely day it will be. Because when that happens, TV... More >>

  • Dramaturgy 90210

    published June 20, 2000

    Like any polyglot culture, America's full of stories; the hard part is knowing how to tell them. Try to contrive something neat, and a dozen or... More >>

  • About This Whale . . .

    published June 13, 2000

    "The play is memory." Tennessee Williams said it, but Rinde Eckert's music-theater piece, And God Created Great Whales, lives by the same... More >>

  • Your Future, My Past

    published June 6, 2000

    I've never met John Clancy, artistic director of the Present Company. I was out of town last spring when he turned his theater's real estate... More >>

  • Math About You

    published May 30, 2000

    As the person who caused the only professional New York production of a play by Scribe in the 20th century, I'm entitled to speak: The well-made... More >>

  • American Madness

    published May 23, 2000

    "We lived in a vast landscape. We mistook [its] size for the size of our souls." The line is from John Guare's reworked version of Lydie... More >>

  • Sin to Mentality

    published May 16, 2000

    Though he wrote some of the most powerfully dramatic poems of the last century, T.S. Eliot never succeeded in writing a fully achieved play. His... More >>

  • Opera à la Rudy

    published May 16, 2000

    Long thought lost, Giuseppe Verdi's tragicomic opera I Giuliani (The Happy Few) unexpectedly received its world premiere last week at... More >>

  • Critical Moments

    published May 9, 2000

    MEMO To: BP, Theater Editor From: MF, Chief Theater Critic Sooner or later, I'm going to have to retire, when New York and its theater... More >>

  • Pro & Con Artists

    published May 2, 2000

    Some people never overcome their suspicion of art. To them, all artists are scam artists, trying to put something over on a public that neither... More >>

  • Ways and Meanings

    published April 25, 2000

    How do we get from here to there? That's the question the theater always asks. Following the standard routes may be boring, but if you ignore... More >>

  • Agenda Bending

    published April 18, 2000

    Spring is here, but the shortsighted gang of money-grubbing sadists who pompously call themselves the League of American Theatres and Producers,... More >>

  • Not-Right Triangles

    published April 11, 2000

    At least according to the Tom Lehrer song about him, Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky, inventor of non-Euclidean geometry, sold his theorems to MGM,... More >>

  • Omission Statements

    published April 4, 2000

    "In the future," the Polish avant-garde playwright Witkiewicz once wrote, "everyone will live in contentment on the wonderfully run anthill." Give... More >>

  • Power Steering

    published March 28, 2000

    Maybe theater proliferates here because New York's attention is always so easily diverted: The two most dramatic events of the week were a new... More >>

  • Stepping Lightly

    published March 21, 2000

    Americans shrink from the painful and complex in art, and yet they distrust with equal contempt the light, the straightforward, and the simple. If... More >>

  • Who Died?

    published March 14, 2000

    After many years of pondering, W.H. Auden revised his most famous line from "We must love one another or die" to "We must love one another and... More >>

  • Quiz Shows

    published March 7, 2000

    In high school, I had a teacher who called her quizzes "quizzicals," as in "Now we're going to have a little quizzical." (I know what you're... More >>

  • The Weill Party

    published March 7, 2000

    Fill in the missing term that links each of the following pairs: Ferruccio Busoni and Fred MacMurray; Jean Cocteau and Lee Strasberg; Fritz Lang... More >>

  • Oldies = Goodies

    published February 29, 2000

    The secret's out: This week's confluence of old things (restored or renovated) gave it away. We live in a great theatrical time. Why? Because when... More >>

  • Island Escapes

    published February 22, 2000

    Cuba's an island, Manhattan's an island, and art, they tell us, builds a bridge of understanding between disparate peoples. But that's where the... More >>

  • Old Home Weak

    published February 15, 2000

    "Men die and they are not happy." That's the trouble with the world, as summed up by Camus's Caligula. I think he got the order of events wrong,... More >>

  • Thus Spake Foreman

    published February 8, 2000

    Like all of Richard Foreman's recent pieces, Bad Boy Nietzsche! has an innovative aspect: Unless you count Sophia, goddess of wisdom, no... More >>

  • Monarch Notes

    published February 1, 2000

    King John is almost never staged, and there's a reason: Everything Shakespeare does in it, he did better elsewhere. The materials are those... More >>

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