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  • 2010 - The Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism/Columbia University

    Theater Reviews

2006 Stories by Michael Feingold

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  • Show What?

    published February 28, 2006

    The theater has always been a self-referential place. ("Will it be Bach I shall hear," wrote Cole Porter, "or just a Cole Porter song?") But few... More >>

  • Immaterial Girl

    published February 28, 2006

    Is Ibsen's Hedda Gabler a 19th-century neurotic soul in torment? Not according to the Sydney Theatre Company's production, directed by Robyn... More >>

  • Faust Things First

    published February 28, 2006

    It took Johann Wolfgang von Goethe nearly four decades to sort out everything he had to say in his massive epic verse drama Faust, but when... More >>

  • The Trouble, With Harry

    published February 21, 2006

    The trouble with revivals in the musical theater is never that the show's old: If people didn't love the old show, no one would be reviving it.... More >>

  • It's Rose's Turn: Soldier's Wife Shows That Playwright Rose Franken Had the Stuff

    published February 21, 2006

    Aperennial bestseller in her own time, the novelist and playwright Rose Franken (1896–1988) is no longer a high-visibility blip on anyone's... More >>

  • Cold Feet

    published February 21, 2006

    The gloom over the new revival of Barefoot in the Park is no surprise to me: In my book, Neil Simon was never a playwright. Forty years... More >>

  • Hip Hoplites

    published February 14, 2006

    The plays we call "Greek tragedy" all came from Athens, where the annual tragic festival was both a religious and a civic event: Sacred to... More >>

  • Greenlighting 'Winter': Beber's 'Jump/Cut' Re-Edits the Classic Triangle

    published February 14, 2006

    The fashionable shape in new plays this year must be the classic triangle, with a twist. Hard on the heels of Adam Rapp's Red Light Winter... More >>

  • Austen Powered

    published February 14, 2006

    New York has lost much of its charm over the past few decades but, happily, little of its spirit. You know that the latter's still alive from a... More >>

  • Love Pains

    published February 7, 2006

    Despite my admiration for Adam Rapp's writing, I've stayed away from his plays the last few years—no easy task, given his prolific... More >>

  • Grieving for Real

    published January 31, 2006

    A gate is left unlatched. A dog chases a squirrel into the street. A four-year-old child runs after the dog. A teenage driver, maybe going... More >>

  • Hunka Burnin' Closet: A Tell-All Mormon Boy Comes Out Still Preaching

    published January 31, 2006

    You never get away from the religion of your childhood—as I've learned from, among other things, watching the hackles of my ex-Mormon friends... More >>

  • Wendy Wasserstein

    published January 24, 2006

    When I think of Wendy Wasserstein, I hear her giggling. I know I'm not supposed to. I know that we live in a time when individuals are supposed to... More >>

  • Sight Specific

    published January 24, 2006

    Lovers of Richard Foreman's theater, relax. Despite all the new banners and horn tootings, the old firm is still open for business, in the same... More >>

  • When Icons Collide: Johnston's Candy & Dorothy Plays Celebrity Games in the Afterlife

    published January 24, 2006

    "I invent two people who should never meet under any circumstances," said the great farce writer Georges Feydeau, explaining his methods, "and... More >>

  • Melting Pot Luck

    published January 24, 2006

    In the history of parody, some of the greatest achievements come in that showy subgenre, variations on a theme. The bright idea behind Sarah... More >>

  • The Uninflected Life

    published January 17, 2006

    "People believe everything they hear," runs a mordant song lyric by Maria Irene Fornes, "not what they see." By which Fornes didn't mean that... More >>

  • In Ayvazian's Lovely Day, Politics Tiptoes in, and Pacifism Goes Ballistic

    published January 17, 2006

    Home, for Americans, is where most experience lies, which presents problems for anyone wanting American plays to be political. Since virtually all... More >>

  • White Party

    published January 3, 2006

    If excessive laughter is a danger to plays with serious substance, then Julie White is one dangerous woman. The loud, sustained laughs that her... More >>

  • Nilo Cruz's New Play Marred by Gratuitous Ghosts, Accents

    published January 3, 2006

    The ghost of Federico García Lorca hangs heavily over all of today's Spanish-speaking playwrights, which is presumably why Nilo Cruz, in... More >>

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