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2002 Stories by Michael Feingold

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  • Woolfing It Down

    published May 28, 2002

    It begins before it begins, which is exciting. As you're getting settled in your seats, scrutinizing the program and the set, suddenly there's... More >>

  • A Dull's House

    published May 21, 2002

    I often rag at playwrights for not knowing the tradition they write in, but Alan Ayckbourn's the exception: After spending a day at his two linked... More >>

  • General Enthusiasm

    published May 14, 2002

    You remember the anecdote about Sir Thomas Beecham rehearsing Handel's Messiah. The women's chorus had just started on "For unto us a child... More >>

  • Refracted Fairy Tales

    published May 7, 2002

    Children love fairy tales, but only the most sophisticated and knowledgeable adults really believe in them. Take Stephen Sondheim, master of... More >>

  • Callow, Coward, Cops

    published April 30, 2002

    Among his many other gifts, Charles Dickens was great at giving the minor characters in his novels "telling" names, like Flite and Smallweed. What... More >>

  • Old Things Considered

    published April 23, 2002

    Thoroughly Modern Millie unexpectedly put me into a philosophic mood—not precisely what you want a large, noisy Broadway musical to... More >>

  • Spring Cluttering

    published April 16, 2002

    The 20th century, you might say, was when art learned how not to tell a story. Quibblers may respond that art knew that trick long before—did... More >>

  • The Choler of Money

    published April 9, 2002

    I like going to the theater to see a play, but some days I think I may be the last person in New York who can still say that. What producers offer... More >>

  • A Moveable East

    published April 2, 2002

    36 Views is a frustrating play—frustrating because, though it's chock-full of charm, intelligence, and compassion, it loses its... More >>

  • Oklahoma, Oy Vey!

    published March 26, 2002

    There's a dull, rusty haze on the meadow, and the drabness of the resulting picture, which will probably leave a lot of people unhappy, has only... More >>

  • That's Underattainment

    published March 19, 2002

    Americans claim to be uninterested in the past, but really all they want is to have it marketed in new packaging. That something essential might... More >>

  • Animal Husbandry

    published March 12, 2002

    Tragedy always dares parody. One of the easiest plays in decades to burlesque and ridicule, Edward Albee's The Goat is also the one most... More >>

  • Goat of Hope

    published March 5, 2002

    Uptown, the flood of incoming shows carries ominously familiar names: Those that aren't revivals (The Crucible, Morning's at Seven,... More >>

  • Pairing It Down

    published March 5, 2002

    I would love to pretend that the Roundabout has produced Richard Greenberg's The Dazzle solely as a response to my last review of their... More >>

  • Singing Seniors

    published February 26, 2002

    They worry, on Broadway, when everything's a revival. This year, even the new musicals are mostly old movies or old albums recycled. And the three... More >>

  • What Price Spirituality?

    published February 19, 2002

    Yes, Mr. Congressman, I'm ready to testify. No, honestly, I had no intention of thinking about Enron when I went into the theater that night. My... More >>

  • Dispersoned Places

    published February 12, 2002

    "If one more of these wonderful natives shows up speaking pidgin," the drama critic and humorist Robert Benchley muttered on a celebrated... More >>

  • Creature Comforts

    published January 29, 2002

    Scripts belong to genres—they can't help it—and genres belong to the audience. Willy-nilly, the man or woman who writes a play falls... More >>

  • Dogged and Castled

    published January 22, 2002

    It hasn't been easy, but I think I've finally puzzled out how Ecco Porco came to be. Here's my theory: While we were all distracted over... More >>

  • Hearts and Soles

    published January 15, 2002

    Richard Foreman has brought off another minor miracle: With his new piece, Maria del Bosco, he has, in effect, invented a theater for the... More >>

  • Beauty Is Ruth

    published January 1, 2002

    I've solved my playgoing problem. When the theater leaves me disheartened, I retreat to the invisible theater in my CD player. I slip in a disc,... More >>

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