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2007 Stories by Michael Feingold

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  • Of Values and Violence

    published August 14, 2007

    News stories about violence—and there seem to be a lot of them lately—jangle my brain. They keep rubbing up against my worries about the... More >>

  • Two Arts, Many Dimensions

    published August 7, 2007

    Theater disappears; film remains behind as evidence. And yet, paradoxically, theater is permanent and film evanescent. Ingmar Bergman, who died on... More >>

  • World's Fare

    published July 31, 2007

    Two major events rounded off my time at the Lincoln Center Festival. Neither was without flaws, but they both offered something that most of the... More >>

  • Relatively Foreign Affairs

    published July 24, 2007

    Heavier on theater events than its predecessors, this year's Lincoln Center Festival (which will have ended before these interim thoughts appear)... More >>

  • Mothers and Other Animals

    published July 17, 2007

    If, as they say, 50 is the new 30, it's no wonder that Gypsy, at age 48, seems the freshest and healthiest young musical in town, a work... More >>

  • Revised Standard Diversion

    published July 10, 2007

    "They say the world is old. I know it; just the same/Like any child it needs to be diverted with a game." La Fontaine's apothegm still holds true.... More >>

  • Then Again

    published June 26, 2007

    Harriet Harris doesn't exactly speak her lines in Old Acquaintance. Instead, they seem to escape from her mouth, skittering or leaping to... More >>

  • Mything Persons

    published June 19, 2007

    Whatever the shortcomings of their civilization, the ancient Athenians obviously did something right. Otherwise, the literary remnants of their... More >>

  • East Meets Best

    published June 19, 2007

    If theater should be a moving experience, OFFstage: The East Village Fragments must certainly be the season's theatrical highlight. Few... More >>

  • Salvation by Vaudeville

    published June 5, 2007

    Arriving, in the usual manner of messiahs, just too late for the salvation of this year's awards, comes what must, improbably, be called the... More >>

  • Doubt on a Limb

    published June 5, 2007

    St. John Hankin (1869–1909), who drowned himself in a Welsh river 98 years ago (the family had a history of suicidal depression), occupied a... More >>

  • The Paradox Man

    published May 29, 2007

    For someone who died 57 years ago, Kurt Weill certainly keeps busy. And although I've had only a marginal amount to do with his remarkable... More >>

  • 1907, 1957, and...Now?

    published May 15, 2007

    The phenomenon took me a while to notice, because for me it's always been an integral part of my work. If somebody dredged up a play from 1955,... More >>

  • Partway to Paradise

    published May 15, 2007

    Looking back on the theatrical year—an almost compulsive habit at this point in May—often reveals a hidden theme, an unspoken... More >>

  • Sports and Past Times

    published May 8, 2007

    The past was beautiful; the past was terrible. The past was a glorious time of opportunity; the past was a bigoted hell with every door closed.... More >>

  • Choral Ambiguities

    published May 1, 2007

    Nothing in the theater is more desolating than the show you feel you ought to enjoy and don't. Coram Boy and Legally Blonde, two... More >>

  • Prisoners of the Past

    published April 24, 2007

    American history, the nightmare from which we never awake, seems to be haunting the theater this year. Or maybe, just maybe, the presence of so... More >>

  • Bio Spheres

    published April 24, 2007

    I've always had a sneaking fondness for S. N. Behrman (1893-–1973), whose mission in life as a playwright seems to have been letting the... More >>

  • Kitty Carlisle Hart

    published April 24, 2007

    There is an aristocracy in the arts, and Kitty Carlisle Hart was of it. It is not an aristocracy of birth, of marriage, of talent, or of wealth,... More >>

  • Entering His Anecdotage

    published April 17, 2007

    I have a friend, a former actor turned computer whiz, whose years of struggle in the theater have left him determined never to say anything... More >>

  • Lie, the Beloved Country

    published April 10, 2007

    Useful oversimplification: French plays are about sexual morality, British plays are about political morality, American plays are about lying. Our... More >>

  • No-Fly Zone

    published April 10, 2007

    David Harrower's Blackbird is what I call a special-problem play. Unlike the 19th- century "problem plays" in which characters embodied... More >>

  • Stairs to Transcendence

    published April 3, 2007

    In Transport Group's stunning new production of William Inge's 1957 work, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, the central image is,... More >>

  • Sink and Swim

    published April 3, 2007

    Don't be surprised if you spot scouts from major drug companies in the audience at Pirate Queen: The sedative powers of this lump of... More >>

  • Time Travelogues

    published March 27, 2007

    Terrence McNally and Adam Rapp, whose new works opened the same week, can conveniently be taken as specimens of older-generation and... More >>

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