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2004 Stories by Michael Feingold

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  • Ivey Triumphs Over Tricks: A Monument to Nixon's Victims

    published October 19, 2004

    The Watergate scandal was both the making of Martha Mitchell and her destruction. Without what her husband called "the White House horrors," she... More >>

  • Rachel in Wonderland

    published October 12, 2004

    In an item on the TV newscast that the heroine and her husband are watching as Reckless opens, a woman has given birth to a two-headed baby... More >>

  • Small in Height, Dinklage's Richard Is Tall in Acting Stature

    published October 12, 2004

    Richard III's popularity, and its difficulty, come from its humor; Bernard Shaw used to say it was Punch and Judy raised to a philosophic... More >>

  • Theater

    published October 12, 2004

    Trying belongs in the category of harmless plays, comforting fun for retirement-age folks, and non-painful for the rest of us. It belongs... More >>

  • New Blood From Noir

    published October 5, 2004

    Leave it to Neal Bell. So many recent plays have made forays into the noir genre—conscious or unconscious, spoofing or surrealist—that I... More >>

  • Couldn't You Just Kill Your Friends Sometimes? Lavery Makes It Look Like Fun.

    published October 5, 2004

    Bryony Lavery's Last Easter is a jolly romp on the subject of assisted suicide; the charm of the concept carries its own fatal flaw. Who... More >>

  • Theater

    published October 5, 2004

    Should Carnegie Hall be producing musical revues? In general, probably not. If it really wants to do something about American musical theater, it... More >>

  • Stringing Us Along

    published September 28, 2004

    The idea of a picaresque narrative that follows the adventures of an object rather than a human being is a cinematic invention. Its first... More >>

  • Grounding Ibsen

    published September 21, 2004

    The best thing, for me, about Ivo van Hove's production of Hedda Gabler is that it reaffirms the depth and truth of Ibsen's great play. It... More >>

  • Old Professionals

    published September 21, 2004

    "Is there anything sadder than a whore?" asked Wedekind's Lulu, who didn't become one till shortly before her death. The five aging ladies of the... More >>

  • Finley Toons Up

    published September 14, 2004

    If some enterprising website would immediately post a downloadable version of Karen Finley's script for George and Martha, I imagine she... More >>

  • Tangling in Tongues

    published September 14, 2004

    Sticks and stones may break our bones, but Eugène Ionesco was the writer who crystallized for all time the lethal power of words. Before... More >>

  • Theater

    published September 14, 2004

    If turning the most quiveringly emotional "program" music of the 19th century into serene abstraction seems like a willful act, then Basil Twist's... More >>

  • Faust Things First

    published September 7, 2004

    Many things, including some audience members' hackles, are bound to rise when John Jesurun's Faust/How I Rose receives its New York... More >>

  • Packing the Flag

    published September 7, 2004

    Trapped in an abusive relationship, Tim Miller's clearing out. A suitcase thrown onstage starts his new solo performance, and the evening contains... More >>

  • American Interrogation

    published August 24, 2004

    A man in Hollywood, Florida, got severely burned last week. Three Marine Corps representatives had driven up to bring him the news that his son... More >>

  • Low Blood Count

    published August 17, 2004

    The Frank Wildhorn Dracula is not the worst musical ever written. But that's only because of its truly remarkable failing: It isn't extreme... More >>

  • Unwarranted Intrusion

    published August 10, 2004

    People old enough to remember the heyday of summer stock may dimly recall a comedy titled Personal Appearance, in which Tallulah Bankhead... More >>

  • Babes in Oldness

    published August 10, 2004

    Mickey Rooney's still short. And so is the odd-lot assemblage of songs and reminiscences that he and his wife, Jan, have put together. At 84,... More >>

  • Horton Hatches A Plot

    published August 3, 2004

    When you get old, you tend to look back. In the last few decades, at an age Americans optimistically call "golden," Horton Foote has been... More >>

  • Bitter Experience

    published July 27, 2004

    I'm afraid now there is no other answer. That plague source, television, must be abolished. Otherwise I see no hope of making the Roundabout... More >>

  • The Illusion Fields

    published July 20, 2004

    The Frogs is an oddity: a "revisal," as they're called nowadays, of a show New York has never really seen. It began in 1941, when... More >>

  • Shrieks or Laughter

    published July 13, 2004

    Anna Russell used to explain that there were two types of Spanish song, which she called Spanish Polite and Spanish Rude. On the same basis, I... More >>

  • Deconstructing Kabuki, Nakamura's Troupe Makes an Ancient Art Seem Postmodern

    published July 13, 2004

    Kabuki, like other Japanese performing arts, began as a speedy, lively, vernacular show and slowed down over the centuries to become the stylized,... More >>

  • Theater

    published July 13, 2004

    During World War I, James M. Barrie, the most tormentedly truthful of escapists, wrote Echoes of the War, a series of one-act trifles that... More >>

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