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  • 2010 - The Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism/Columbia University

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2004 Stories by Michael Feingold

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  • Why the Caged Bird Sings

    published December 21, 2004

    La Cage aux Folles began life as an adorable anachronism, out of date even in its own time. All the spangled wigs in the world couldn't... More >>

  • This show should slay you—if Broadway doesn't get you first

    published December 21, 2004

    This is it, folks. We know we've come to the crunch, artistically speaking, when ecoterrorism and cabaret satire shake hands. The new edition of... More >>

  • Theater

    published December 21, 2004

    Time makes a mess of things," Noël Coward once wrote. But time can't be blamed for After the Ball: Coward's 1954 musical of Wilde's... More >>

  • Polished Jokes

    published December 14, 2004

    The Rivals is one of the best comedies ever written for absolutely no purpose, one of the rare instances of pure high spirits expressed in... More >>

  • Unquiet Spirits

    published December 7, 2004

    The opening work of August Wilson's 10-play cycle dealing with African American life in Pittsburgh's Hill District, Gem of the Ocean is one... More >>

  • Playing Close to the Vest, Churchill's Number Clones Dramaturgic Perplexities

    published December 7, 2004

    The father's name is Salter, and he has indeed been salting the earth: When Caryl Churchill's taut, snakily written, 65-minute puzzle play A... More >>

  • Under Eastern Eyes

    published November 30, 2004

    A Western show with Eastern manners, Pacific Overtures has always been a paradox, another in the long list of post-Follies Sondheim... More >>

  • Waltzing on the Bright Side, Brokaw's Baltimore Dodges the Darkness

    published November 30, 2004

    A curtain-warmer—the light cue projected onstage while the audience comes in—can tell you a lot. As people take their seats for Mark... More >>

  • In More Than One Sense, a Star Is Reborn

    published November 30, 2004

    The career of Florence Foster Jenkins (1868–1944), classical music's most appallingly devoted servant, is a stern reminder that faith can... More >>

  • The Adults' Hour

    published November 23, 2004

    Nail-biting, my lapsed-Catholic friends tell me, is prohibited and strictly punished in Catholic schools. This will make a problem for... More >>

  • In Woody Allen's Second Hand Shop, Some Durable Goods

    published November 23, 2004

    The largely somber tone of A Second Hand Memory suggests that Woody Allen was trying to write an Arthur Miller– or Odets-style family... More >>

  • The People'S Will(y)

    published November 16, 2004

    Michael Frayn's Democracy is three plays rolled into one. The first two, a spy thriller and a quasi-docudrama about West German politics in... More >>

  • A new Faust's verbal splendors: Ironically lost in non-translation

    published November 16, 2004

    English today is the globe's lingua franca, but that doesn't mean we all speak it the same way. The faith of foreign nationals in their ability to... More >>

  • Theater

    published November 16, 2004

    The radioactive element plutonium is named for Pluto, Rome's god of the underworld. But he probably isn't the bushy target evoked by the title of... More >>

  • Nora Gets Her Gun

    published November 9, 2004

    In 125 years of audiences, undoubtedly many women have wanted to shoot Torvald Helmer, but most directors, male or female, would hesitate to louse... More >>

  • Theater

    published November 9, 2004

    Some plays move you no matter who performs them, and it's just as well that Marsha Norman's 1984 spine-chiller 'Night, Mother is one of... More >>

  • Five Bits of Williams Make an Evening That's Both Too Much and Not Enough

    published November 9, 2004

    For Tennessee Williams, playwriting was a process; he never stopped writing, and never stopped revising. Inevitably, he left behind a vast pile of... More >>

  • Language of Comedy

    published November 2, 2004

    I have, I confess, a fondness for The Foreigner. If the play hadn't stood the test of time and I felt myself apologizing for its flaws,... More >>

  • Whose Rock Is This Anyway? Urban Chic vs. Upstate Weird.

    published November 2, 2004

    People Are Wrong is a sort of low-profile Proteus among musicals, constantly changing its shape. You would expect its story, about... More >>

  • Theater

    published November 2, 2004

    Forget about East and West—you could hardly expect them to meet when even Uptown and Downtown can't get their methodologies to merge. This... More >>

  • Our Vanished Values

    published November 2, 2004

    The election's over. The Dow's up 300 points. Obviously somebody's happy. Just as obviously, it isn't me. I turn 60 next May, and am... More >>

  • Justice Song at Twilight

    published October 26, 2004

    Twelve Angry Men is a serious, non-harmful play in a far better than non-harmful production. If this seems like faint praise, bear in mind... More >>

  • Synge's Play Once Caused Riots; This Time It's Mostly Yawns

    published October 26, 2004

    "Beware of poetry," said the Belgian playwright Ghelderode, "that announces itself with placards." Nowhere could that be truer than in putting... More >>

  • Theater

    published October 26, 2004

    Pity, rather than criticism, should be offered to Brooklyn: The Musical. Here, after all, is a work into which people have put enough love... More >>

  • Power of Abuse

    published October 19, 2004

    Over the last two decades, the gulf between Christianity the faith and Christianity the system has widened to the point where they're nearly... More >>

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