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  • 2010 - The Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism/Columbia University

    Theater Reviews

2005 Stories by Michael Feingold

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  • Chita 10, Show 3

    published December 20, 2005

    Easy to love when in the right role, Chita Rivera is equally easy to admire in general. Here, after all, is a lady of 70-plus, with 16 pins in her... More >>

  • New Shocks From Shaw

    published December 13, 2005

    One proof of a play's value is that, a century later, it's still shocking. Written in the 1890s and first presented publicly 100 years ago (in the... More >>

  • Dog Sees God: Just Some Noise From the Peanuts Gallery

    published December 13, 2005

    Dog Sees God distresses me, though probably not for the same reasons it seems to distress a lot of other people. I think there was some... More >>

  • Sideswiped

    published December 13, 2005

    Only two words in the thoroughly inert script of The Other Side have even provisional value, and they must be the ones that convinced the... More >>

  • Poetic Injustice

    published December 6, 2005

    Fakery, in a sense, is what Eugene O'Neill's 1940 play A Touch of the Poet (first produced in 1957) is all about. Its hero is a mellifluous... More >>

  • The Atlantic Theater Company's Special Dessert: Pinter Upside-Down Cake

    published December 6, 2005

    Back when modernism was new, a standard joke used to be that a modern painting looked just as good upside down. Sometimes the painters themselves... More >>

  • Moved to Poetry

    published December 6, 2005

    Federico García Lorca was fascinated by New York, but he didn't like it. Its noise and bustle unnerved him; he kept looking for the soul in... More >>

  • Prosaically 'Purple'

    published November 29, 2005

    Sincerity means a lot, and the people who made a musical of The Color Purple are undoubtedly sincere in their intentions. Overflowing with... More >>

  • Durang's Miss Witherspoon: Reincarnation Condensed Milk, With a Twist.

    published November 29, 2005

    The lady's name is not Miss Witherspoon. That's just what the spirit guides have taken to calling her in the bardo, the Buddhist limbo where souls... More >>

  • Smith at Work

    published November 29, 2005

    Unlike many later Horton Foote plays, his 1953 work The Trip to Bountiful has a propulsively linear narrative. An elderly woman (Lois... More >>

  • Victorian Shrieklets

    published November 22, 2005

    Bernard Shaw, writing in the 1880s, said of a young soprano: "She has two accomplishments: She can sing, or she can shriek like a steam whistle.... More >>

  • Childproof

    published November 22, 2005

    Careful, the things you say," Stephen Sondheim warned us. "Children will listen." They probably won't listen, though, with the smarmy gag writer's... More >>

  • What Cards

    published November 22, 2005

    They give you free popcorn as you go in, free bingo cards and markers when they seat you, and free cake as you leave. If you're lucky, you can win... More >>

  • Theatrical Lizardry

    published November 15, 2005

    Maybe Charlie and Nancy are dead. At least, Charlie thinks so. He blames it on the liver-paste sandwiches from their picnic. Nancy, ever feisty,... More >>

  • Rinne Groff's Ruby Sunrise: Reinventing television for the sake of world peace

    published November 15, 2005

    A teenage Indiana gal in 1927 almost invents television; 25 years later, her daughter tries to get her story told in a live-broadcast TV drama.... More >>

  • Don't Look Bach

    published November 15, 2005

    The great Johann Kuhnau is dead. Who will replace him as organist of Leipzig's Thomaskirche? Even if the title of Itamar Moses's play didn't... More >>

  • Brava, Dementia!

    published November 8, 2005

    The French word souvenir means "memory." The American play Souvenir means Judy Kaye. If this performance isn't a theatrical memory... More >>

  • Michael Cumpsty's 'Hamlet': Proof That the Great Dane Doesn't Have to Be a Dog

    published November 8, 2005

    After everything that directors have done to Hamlet over the decades—and what haven't they?—the key question of any production... More >>

  • When Playwrights Strive to Please

    published November 8, 2005

    "We, who live to please, must please to live" was Dr. Johnson's rule for theater artists, but when playwrights strive to please, watch out. Case... More >>

  • Instruments of Revenge

    published November 1, 2005

    John Doyle's extremely eccentric but never foolish production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd is a ticklish proposition, arousing wild... More >>

  • What's That Noise From Across the River—an Old Movie Soundtrack Remixed?

    published November 1, 2005

    The songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are the songs of my pubescence, but does that make them a musical? Even at 13, I knew that what... More >>

  • Sightlines

    published November 1, 2005

    In Shakespeare's time, women weren't allowed onstage. His troupe used boy apprentices to play young girls, adult actors as the older women.... More >>

  • A Very Odd 'Couple' Indeed, Lane and Broderick Push Simon Back Toward Sitcom

    published October 25, 2005

    Unlike the bulk of Neil Simon's work, The Odd Couple is very nearly a play for about two-thirds of its length. It has characters who are,... More >>

  • To Half and Have Not

    published October 25, 2005

    The British expression "too clever by half" comes to mind when I contemplate the remarkable talents of writer-composer Michael John LaChiusa. Not... More >>

  • Wasserstein's Sourly Wistful, Autumnal Comedy of Academia Sounds a Minor

    published October 25, 2005

    Early in Wendy Wasserstein's playwriting career, some wit dubbed her a "feminist misogynist," an oxymoron that has queasily held true in the... More >>

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