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Awards

  • 2010 - The Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism/Columbia University

    Theater Reviews

2004 Stories by Michael Feingold

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  • Sightlines

    published April 20, 2004

    Before Tom Stoppard wrote his first play, Arcadia, he had become famous for a series of literary extravaganzas with only factitious... More >>

  • White Clowns, Dark Visions

    published April 13, 2004

    You can understand why clowns identify with Hamlet. Theirs is, after all, an unhappy profession: They're always being menaced or chased by... More >>

  • Sixteen Wounded Deals In Bombs and Other Contrivances

    published April 13, 2004

    Because old-style Broadway plays were built to fit a predictable pattern that was thought to provide maximum "effectiveness," dramatic structure... More >>

  • Theater

    published April 13, 2004

    Biro is a work of undoubted honesty, conveying truths about a range of subjects that most Americans are far too willing to forget: the... More >>

  • Love, Trust, and Measuring Tape

    published April 6, 2004

    Viola Davis is a vortex. Here is an actress, beautiful in a way beyond conventional prettiness, who can draw people in while never seeming to play... More >>

  • White House secrets: 'Ladies' reveal their hidden stresses

    published April 6, 2004

    While U.S. presidents are famous for standing on the Constitution, first ladies—at least in Transport Group's new revival of Michael John... More >>

  • Theater

    published April 6, 2004

    Is George W. Bush a WASP, or merely a crypto-fascist criminal? This isn't the central question of A.R. Gurney's new play, Mrs. Farnsworth,... More >>

  • Family Structuralists

    published March 30, 2004

    One reason not to trust the pedantic jargon of "performance studies" departments: Look hard at the newest theatrical forms and you find,... More >>

  • Kate Fodor's Hannah: Merely Dr. Heidegger's experiment?

    published March 30, 2004

    Martin Heidegger, preeminent philosopher of Weimar Germany, nurtured the mind of the young Hannah Arendt. Though married with children, he also... More >>

  • Sightlines

    published March 30, 2004

    An agronomist could diagram the strata of Sly Fox's comic soil: Over the classical bedrock of Jonson's Volpone, as refracted through... More >>

  • Mild Kingdom

    published March 23, 2004

    These are miserable times. Our political scene is overrun by reactionary savages, our economy is being sucked dry by corporate greed, our... More >>

  • David Auburn Adapts the Diary of One Who Didn't Disappear

    published March 23, 2004

    Josef Hechter, who wrote under the pen name Mihail Sebastian, was one of the educated elite in pre-World War II Bucharest—a small,... More >>

  • Theater

    published March 23, 2004

    Clowns want to play Hamlet, tragedians want to do slapstick, and musical-theater divas want to sing everybody else's songs. Since those are all... More >>

  • The Destiny of Us

    published March 9, 2004

    Every playwright strives to convey more than a single quality, but each, sooner or later, becomes known for a house specialty: Some writers... More >>

  • Lear as Daylight

    published March 2, 2004

    Among the audiences that sit reverentially through Lincoln Center Theater's newly imported Stratford Festival production of King Lear,... More >>

  • Getting Gilbert Unmarried

    published February 24, 2004

    For many, the most anticipated treat on this spring's roster of theater events is a totally homegrown rendering of a foreign import, a play so old... More >>

  • Beyond The Pale

    published February 24, 2004

    It isn't a Jewish problem, actually. What's wrong with the new revival of Fiddler on the Roof is that it feels so un-American. Certainly,... More >>

  • Tranquility à la Korder: Rich, densely plotted, and restless

    published February 24, 2004

    There can be such a thing as too much beauty. Having worked briefly in Santa Fe, I can sense the truth behind Howard Korder's new play, in which a... More >>

  • Sublimating Games

    published February 17, 2004

    You know the old joke: " 'Sex is a matter of taste,' said the farmer, as he kissed his cow." But the more pertinent question remains: Is taste a... More >>

  • Mixed aims sink Drowning Crow: Hip-hop undoes Chekhov

    published February 17, 2004

    This is apparently Rant at Regina Taylor Week—if she's not careful, it could become an annual feature of Black History Month—but before... More >>

  • All Right With Me

    published February 10, 2004

    Even nostalgia, says the old joke, isn't what it used to be. The past is so prepackaged for us—streamlined to save money, updated to be hip,... More >>

  • Aeschylus kills the king; inertia kills Aquila's production

    published February 10, 2004

    The decidedly limited pleasure of writing about the Aquila Theatre Company's Agamemnon has been complicated by the company's not only... More >>

  • Let Rudnick Ring

    published February 3, 2004

    The Norse gods, you recall, traded the Rhinegold for a castle called Valhalla, where they could live in youth and health forever. But since the... More >>

  • In the Re-Beginning

    published January 20, 2004

    A clean start is a beautiful thing, mythically speaking. The universe was without form and void, so God moved in and within seven days did a... More >>

  • The Lucky and the Yucky

    published January 20, 2004

    Like her heroines, Melissa James Gibson is an intelligent woman who's let graduate school take over her life. Jen and Sallie will never finish... More >>

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