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2002 Stories by Michael Feingold

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  • Tunesmithery

    published December 31, 2002

    Tommy Tune is still tall, which is reassuring in a world that changes as fast as ours. He can still dance pretty well, too, for someone who says... More >>

  • The Art of Dining

    published December 24, 2002

    When the hostess in Dinner at Eight says she's planning to bring her dinner guests to the theater afterward, she isn't talking about a late... More >>

  • A Turkey Season Songbook

    published December 17, 2002

    The Implausible Scheme (Aria for director) Tune: You guess. To build the most grandiose set, To dwarf the most noble... More >>

  • Grave Occasions

    published December 10, 2002

    Like their way of life, the characters in Our Town are all dead. Thornton Wilder probably wasn't thinking of vampire movies—though he... More >>

  • Hats Entertainment

    published December 3, 2002

    Ladies' hats were once a standard subject of Western comedy, from the poems of Robert Burns, who addressed an ode to a mouse seen cowering in one... More >>

  • Vagina Dialogues &C.

    published November 26, 2002

    Boston Marriage takes place in a room where the color of the walls changes dramatically, from a lush red-orange down to a pale... More >>

  • Wall Over

    published November 19, 2002

    The secret, of course, is that it was never really there. I refer to the conventional theater against which all good Downtownites believe... More >>

  • Forward in Reverse

    published November 5, 2002

    On a nearly bare stage backed by a few rows of bleachers, Lanford Wilson's Book of Days begins sweetly and casually, with deceptive... More >>

  • Dictator Tots

    published October 29, 2002

    Tony Randall loves the theater. Having made his career in light comedy, and his money in television, he now wants only to produce, direct, and act... More >>

  • Red, Misread, and Blue

    published October 22, 2002

    Flower Drum Song and Amour both come to us from foreign countries, the latter from France and the former from an incomparably more... More >>

  • To Eire Is Human

    published October 15, 2002

    Two of my favorite anecdotes come from the film critic and essayist Dwight Macdonald, who seems to have had the gift of getting a pithy remark out... More >>

  • Twice-Told Tales

    published October 1, 2002

    Pericles, Prince of—no, sorry, old habits die hard. Let me recommence. Adam, Prince of Gildoray, having been abandoned in infancy on a nearly... More >>

  • Where's the Fire?

    published September 24, 2002

    Since Burn This is a play full of confessions, I may as well get into its spirit by admitting that it's not a play I like very much, even... More >>

  • Past, Present, Suture

    published September 17, 2002

    I am very old now. I started seeing plays in Greece, around 400 years before the man you call Jesus was born, and though I still hobble to my seat... More >>

  • Base Speculations

    published September 10, 2002

    Ticked off by O'Neill's slangy diction in The Iceman Cometh, Mary McCarthy groused, "You cannot write a Platonic dialogue in the style of... More >>

  • An Immodest Proposal

    published September 3, 2002

    The press releases are swimming upstream to spawn again. Some will grow, some will die; some will be caught and feasted on, others will be tossed... More >>

  • Us Against Who?

    published August 20, 2002

    Enormous masks of Tragedy and Comedy enter haughtily. From beneath them, two comedians say, "This is a story of ancient Greece. . . . If it's good... More >>

  • Curtain Calls

    published July 23, 2002

    More than 25 years have passed since Ely Landau, a TV producer then best known for getting O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into permanent... More >>

  • No Great Shakes

    published July 23, 2002

    As usual, Bernard Shaw said it best: Producers and directors believe that "Shakespeare's greatness, being uncommon, ought not to be interpreted... More >>

  • Marian, Music, Morality

    published July 16, 2002

    The world has caught up with Harry Kondoleon in the eight years since his tragically early death. What once looked gnomic, tricky, prickly, now... More >>

  • Disclosing Remarks

    published July 2, 2002

    The engine that keeps a traditional drama running seems to have been removed from Edward Albee's All Over—but, like most of this... More >>

  • Strummer Theater

    published June 25, 2002

    Ladies and gentlemen, will you kindly quiet down so that we can put this matter to a vote? Thank you. I will restate the motion. The Society for... More >>

  • Unseasonable Reflections

    published June 18, 2002

    I shouldn't be tired and irritable. I should be sitting here in exhilaration, gleefully composing my post-season 10-best list, my take on the... More >>

  • Rampant Exhibitionism

    published June 11, 2002

    I've only seen Tina Howe's Museum twice in 25 years, but that's sufficient evidence to justify my claim: This is the most enchantingly... More >>

  • Life Unsurance

    published June 4, 2002

    We're living through one of the great shifts in the world's consciousness. Everything's changing, from climate to cataclysms, and everybody knows... More >>

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