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2007 Stories by Michael Feingold

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  • A Year Is Born

    published December 25, 2007

    January 6 was a chilly night, but as on every Twelfth Night, King Stanislavsky, King Ziegfeld, and King Comrade Brecht had braved the cold winds... More >>

  • Ye Un-Merry Gentlemen

    published December 18, 2007

    Christmas is the dark time of year. Until Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol and its impassioned fan club invented goody-good... More >>

  • This Fun for Hire

    published December 11, 2007

    America's sense of humor, I used to think, was its saving grace. We might throw our weight around recklessly as a nation, but at least we could... More >>

  • Stuffed Happens

    published December 4, 2007

    I know this is a terrible thing to say, but during the 19 days that Broadway was shut down by a labor dispute, I didn't miss it at all. The... More >>

  • Male Deliveries

    published November 27, 2007

    We get so little Restoration comedy in New York that we owe the Pearl Theatre Company a triple vote of thanks: for bringing back a classic... More >>

  • The Tell-Tale Art

    published November 20, 2007

    Julia Cho has followed up last season's touching Durango with The Piano Teacher, a provocative, haunting, and not quite satisfactory... More >>

  • Edward and Will

    published November 13, 2007

    Surprising similarities: Both Edward Albee's The Zoo Story and Shakespeare's Richard III are young men's plays, comic tours de force about... More >>

  • Robert Farquhar's Bad Jazz Hits a Lot of Right Notes

    published November 13, 2007

    Ben (Darren Goldstein) has a problem: His girlfriend Natasha (Marin Ireland) is in rehearsal for a new play that calls for her to perform an act... More >>

  • True Crit

    published November 6, 2007

    Like literature itself, literary criticism may be a thing of the past. Reading for pleasure has almost gone out of existence, replaced by web... More >>

  • Young Frankenstein's Big, The Glorious Ones Tiny. Both Look Recycled

    published November 6, 2007

    Tucked away in one corner of the musical theater's long history is a British subgenre known as the Christmas panto. Born out of 18th-century... More >>

  • Reality Czech

    published November 6, 2007

    Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, as far as I can tell, is mainly a tribute to the ancient Czech folk custom of yelling. With rare exceptions,... More >>

  • The Wooster Group plays someone else's Hamlet

    published October 30, 2007

    O Hamlet, thou turn'st mine eyes unto the VCR, and there I see such black and grainy tape as will not leave its tinct. The Wooster Group has... More >>

  • Talk Shows

    published October 30, 2007

    Cyrano de Bergerac, 109 years old, and Speech and Debate, as fresh and terse as texting, are both romantic comedies about verbal... More >>

  • Today's War Fare

    published October 23, 2007

    If only we'd listened to Senator Robert Byrd. The news report is four and a half years old now, but I keep it on my computer and reread it every... More >>

  • Back to Camp

    published October 23, 2007

    "First you're another sloe-eyed vamp/Then someone's mother/Then you're camp." Thus, in Follies, Stephen Sondheim graphed the career cycle... More >>

  • Pygmalion, Unobstructed, Looks Big

    published October 16, 2007

    "My plays must be acted, and acted hard," Shaw once wrote to his favorite director, Granville Barker. He didn't mean that they should be... More >>

  • Iraq's Magic Bow

    published October 16, 2007

    Take ancient Greek tragedy and the Iraq War, squeeze them together in a Dunkin' Donuts box, and the disconcerting, dangerously volatile object you... More >>

  • Old Stamping Grounds

    published October 9, 2007

    If you ever collected stamps, even unseriously, the name Mauritius means only one thing: a pair of 1847 stamps, a 1-penny orange and a... More >>

  • This week's hot new plays? They're all rediscoveries from yesteryear

    published October 2, 2007

    The library of world drama, where I used to find myself browsing alone, has unexpectedly become a very crowded place. Carl Forsman of Keen Company... More >>

  • Family Devalues

    published September 25, 2007

    The three straight white male playwrights under review this week, of differing generations and from different regions, couldn't approach... More >>

  • Brood Awakenings

    published September 18, 2007

    The bad news, on the young women playwrights' front, is that the trend is toward yet another round of dysfunctional-family plays. That's so, at... More >>

  • Nunn and Nothingness

    published September 11, 2007

    King Lear and The Seagull are both plays about meaninglessness, but that doesn't mean they don't mean anything. Quite the contrary.... More >>

  • Drink It Up

    published August 28, 2007

    "My name is Walt Whitman, and I am an alcoholic." No, not precisely. But a century before AA invented that catchphrase, America had a "temperance"... More >>

  • Tragically Now

    published August 28, 2007

    You can't get away from the Greeks. Aeschylus, Sophocles, and most of all Euripides embody the meaning of the word "classic": At every moment in... More >>

  • Remembrance of Whatevuh

    published August 21, 2007

    Grease, in its present form, is the theatrical equivalent of an asteroid: a chunk of old rock that, when it was young and hot, broke... More >>

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