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2003 Stories by Michael Feingold

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  • Eternally Green: Playwright Dion Boucicault Gets His Irish Up

    published October 21, 2003

    Steeped in Irishness, with a brogue as thick as your great-grandma's corset, The Colleen Bawn is nonetheless an American play, premiered in... More >>

  • Beckettian Bravura

    published October 14, 2003

    Marian Seldes's chin is difficult to conceal. Not that you'd normally want to: This is, after all, one of the distinguished chins of our time,... More >>

  • Henry IV, Square One

    published October 7, 2003

    Richard Maxwell took on William Shakespeare in single combat last week, and retreated battered from the field, a hopeless loser. But don't blame... More >>

  • Nein, 9-11

    published September 30, 2003

    Though my shoulder muscles no longer automatically lock in panic every time I hear an ambulance siren, I'm not over 9-11 yet, and I doubt that... More >>

  • Theater

    published September 30, 2003

    The lingua franca of urban disasters—where were you when it happened, did you know anyone there, how did you cope with it—has already... More >>

  • Irwinning Combination

    published September 23, 2003

    For the 75 minutes of The Harlequin Studies, the first production in Signature Theatre's all-Bill Irwin season, the stage is a place of... More >>

  • Police Procedural

    published September 16, 2003

    You can see why Logan Brown's How to Act Around Cops was one of the hot items in last month's Fringe Festival: Ingeniously and effectively,... More >>

  • It Takes A Villager

    published September 9, 2003

    Berkshire Village Idiot, Michael Isaac Connor's one-man narration-with-characters—you couldn't really call it a play—is the story... More >>

  • Subway Series

    published September 9, 2003

    Everybody knows that Henry IV is the Shakespearean king who comes in two parts, both of which are best known for containing the miracle ingredient... More >>

  • Male Mental Pause

    published September 2, 2003

    Maybe there should be a Hippocratic Oath for musicals. "First do no harm." On those terms, The Thing About Men gets a passing grade that... More >>

  • A-M-O-R Spells Mozart

    published August 19, 2003

    A year before the U.S. was born, a 19-year-old boy wrote an opera about a wise ruler who gives way to the will of the people. You could probably... More >>

  • Away From It All

    published August 19, 2003

    The Berkshires—We finished loading the rental car, and turned onto the West Side Highway, at 2:26 p.m. on Thursday, so I missed the... More >>

  • Noise of the Change

    published August 12, 2003

    "If anyone is going to upstage me," cries David Greenspan, his arm held high and his chin tilted up in Katharine Cornell grandeur, "I'll be the... More >>

  • Noise of the Change

    published August 5, 2003

    "If anyone is going to upstage me," cries David Greenspan, his arm held high and his chin tilted up in Katharine Cornell grandeur, "I'll be the... More >>

  • Off Directing (Part Two)

    published August 5, 2003

    While I was writing, last week, of my problems with directing that ignores all the parameters of the text, this aesthetic issue moved into the... More >>

  • Off Directing (Part I)

    published July 29, 2003

    Because the Voice is changing its format later this month, this will be one of the last few times I'll have the space to discuss several... More >>

  • Family Feud(al) Obligations

    published July 22, 2003

    "An unhappy family," said Tolstoy, "is unhappy after its own fashion." Was he talking about the art of the stage? Two unhappy families couldn't be... More >>

  • Summer Clearance

    published July 1, 2003

    I originally began this review with a long paragraph about the meaning and function of criticism, but I've deleted it; the summer heat is not... More >>

  • Ancient Tragic Events

    published June 24, 2003

    The Persians is probably the oldest surviving dramatic text in the world; the few earlier works we have in dialogue form, like the ancient... More >>

  • Haunted By Bergman

    published June 17, 2003

    Naked we come into this world, and naked Oswald Alving leaves it in Ingmar Bergman's production of Ghosts. That this is Bergman's farewell... More >>

  • Playing Politics

    published June 10, 2003

    Politics is easy, if you're not holding or running for office: You simply say what you believe, and act accordingly. The two hard parts are... More >>

  • Unnerving Berlin

    published June 3, 2003

    If beauty is truth, as Keats and Lorenz Hart used to claim, there must be an extraordinary beauty in the simultaneous assertion of two... More >>

  • Moments of Beeing

    published May 27, 2003

    The drowsy hum of airborne insects signals the arrival of summer, but indoor theaters aren't usually where you hear it. Being tiny, insects make... More >>

  • Mixed Blessings

    published May 20, 2003

    You know the Chekhovian anecdote about the actor who gets his line wrong. "We're traught in a clap!" he exclaims, and then tries to repair the... More >>

  • The Clarifying Fog

    published May 13, 2003

    Before global warming set in, fog used to be more frequent around New London, Connecticut, and anyone who spent time at the O'Neill Center in... More >>

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