7 days ago | Theater
American playwrights have always written about family. Our national theatrical identity is inescapably linked to the pressurized generational clashes and tense tribal triangles of O'Neill, Miller, and Williams. Even as legions of later playwrights...
14 days ago | Theater
Writing is rarely easy. But it's hard to imagine a more nightmarish creative process than that depicted in Stephen King's psycho-thriller Misery, now playing on Broadway in an adaption by William Goldman. In King's saga a famous novelist is trappe...
28 days ago | Theater
"The drama will either die or become modern and realistic," announced Émile Zola in a preface to Thérèse Raquin, his play based on his novel of the same name. This declaration was part of the nineteenth-century writer's bold political vision: Meti...
1 month ago | Theater
Aging might well be the least dramatic of actions. We all do it, but imperceptibly. We can't speed it up, nor (Botox aside) can we slow it down. Like it or not, we're all aging at the rate of 24 hours per day. Which is why it's so striking to...
2 months ago | Theater
Sexual assault on college campuses: We all probably agree that it's...bad. But addressing the problem is thornier than it sounds. Should campuses adjudicate cases, or only police ? What if the victim wants privacy or nobody's really sure what happ...
Revelation Redux: Caryl Churchill’s Darkly Comic 'Cloud Nine' Soars in an Atlantic Theater Company Revival2 months ago | Theater
Sometimes plays that speak strongly of their own moment can't withstand the test of time. Other times, though, a decades-old drama speaks so lucidly today that it reminds us afresh how vast theater's possibilities really are. This is the case with...