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2006 Stories by Michael Feingold

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  • Where Ire Lands

    published May 9, 2006

    For the first time in my experience of his work, Conor McPherson has actually written a play, and not an excuse for the recitation of past-tense... More >>

  • Disney Against Nature

    published May 9, 2006

    Tarzan, the musical, is living proof of Bill McKibben's theory that nature, as a concept, has disappeared in our time. Tarzan lives in a... More >>

  • Lost in the Funhouse

    published May 2, 2006

    With the quick folding earlier this year of The Woman in White and the justifiably dismal response to Lestat, we can safely say that... More >>

  • Faust and Foremost

    published May 2, 2006

    Let's face facts: The first act of Part I of Goethe's Faust in the Target Margin–CSC co-production —just under 90 minutes... More >>

  • Academia Unstoppered

    published April 25, 2006

    Alan Bennett's The History Boys is a very English play, in a very fine production by Nicholas Hytner from the Royal National Theatre. Even... More >>

  • Schlock and Awe

    published April 25, 2006

    Our government has invaded and destroyed Iraq, and is now casting its hawkish eye on Iran. Before we nuke Tehran, I'd like to propose an... More >>

  • Wilde in Captivity

    published April 25, 2006

    One definition of a masterpiece: a work that can't be killed, one that shines triumphantly through any obstacle the misguided or the malevolent... More >>

  • Still Singing

    published April 18, 2006

    "Beware of poetry," said the Belgian playwright Ghelderode, "that announces itself with placards." And I wish Lincoln Center Theater had heeded... More >>

  • Gentle Rain

    published April 18, 2006

    Not everything Hollywood does to the theater is evil. Clearly, one reason Julia Roberts is a success is that she and the people handling her... More >>

  • Guare's Urban Legend Is Haunted by Its Past

    published April 18, 2006

    John Guare's 1977 Landscape of the Body, now getting its third Off-Broadway production, is a play built to trouble the mind. Like the... More >>

  • Anatomy of a Quagmire

    published April 11, 2006

    There are three kinds of political play, and David Hare's Stuff Happens tries to be all of them. Given its enormous, urgent subject and a... More >>

  • Danes at Sea

    published April 11, 2006

    Never having seen a film by Denmark's Dogme group, I didn't understand, till I saw the stage version of Thomas Vinterberg's film Festen... More >>

  • Without 'Peer'

    published April 11, 2006

    The world's full of surprises: In Robert Wilson's production of Peer Gynt, he actually follows a few of Ibsen's stage directions. Despite... More >>

  • Drama Without Legs

    published April 4, 2006

    I couldn't help it. All through David Marshall Grant's Pen, despite some solid writing and some terrific acting, I kept thinking of the... More >>

  • Theatrical Mysteries

    published April 4, 2006

    Back in the 1950s, Eric Bentley once suggested, only half jokingly, that it would be easier to explain the existence of the universe than some... More >>

  • Getting Better

    published March 28, 2006

    So much theater these days seems intended to make you feel miserable, for no good reason, that to come upon a play from which you emerge with your... More >>

  • Future Bookings

    published March 21, 2006

    Ray Bradbury's 1953 fable, Fahrenheit 451, about a totalitarian world in which all books are burned, hasn't quite come true yet, but the... More >>

  • Got a Taste for Antiques? Modiste Displays Classic 1905 Workmanship

    published March 21, 2006

    It's been a century since composer Victor Herbert (1859–1924) was the king of New York's musical theater, and while his tunes aren't exactly... More >>

  • Unhoused Music

    published March 14, 2006

    Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, his last and probably his most widely known play, is famously different from... More >>

  • Sloane? Square.

    published March 14, 2006

    In a housing development that never got finished, Kath and her father live next door to what has become a garbage dump. This is, or used to be,... More >>

  • Cash Cowed

    published March 14, 2006

    As a piece of theater, Ring of Fire is so ineffectual that even panning it seems unfair, like kicking a dog that doesn't exist. A rambling... More >>

  • Divagations With Music

    published March 7, 2006

    So much about Grey Gardens is first-rate work—a beautiful production, beautifully crafted writing, sumptuously beautiful... More >>

  • A New Grimm's Mock-Antique Fairy Tale Provides a Frilling Experience

    published March 7, 2006

    Like a Restoration lady of quality, David Grimm's Measure for Pleasure delights in being overdressed, which unfortunately means that you,... More >>

  • A Fanny Thing

    published March 7, 2006

    Times change. Half a century ago, Lindsay and Crouse could guarantee themselves a big laugh at a first-act curtain by having their naive hero open... More >>

  • Beyond Doubt

    published February 28, 2006

    John Patrick Shanley's aesthetic U-turn fascinates me. He made his reputation with plays so loosely structured and conversational that they often... More >>

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