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‘The Deep Blue Sea’: A Forgettable Affair

It may be that, as Americans, we are the victims of a cultural disconnect. At the height of Terence Rattigan’s fame, the Brits invested a good deal of admiration in his attempts to extend the reign of the carefully constructed prewar “problem” play into the postwar era.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 READ MORE



Iraq and Afghanistan on Stage

“Acts of War: Iraq and Afghanistan in Seven Plays,” edited by Karen Malpede, Michael Messina and Bob Shuman, steps into the moral vacuum left by politicians, corporations and religious leaders.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 READ MORE



Theater of Combat

The recently published “Acts of War: Iraq and Afghanistan in Seven Plays” collects seven works for the stage, all of them about war. Here are excerpts from two of those plays, “9 Circles” by Bill Cain and “American Tet” by Lydia Stryk. A review of the book will be published in this column Friday.

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE



Robin Williams as Atheist Tiger in Baghdad

The comedian and actor best known for his manic motormouth is starring on Broadway in “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.” Williams plays the tiger and, according to The New York Times, he plays it well.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



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A ‘Prophecy’ Worth Watching

Theater, which at its best makes us more human and humane, has become increasingly mediocre, produced as spectacle or driven by the presence of Hollywood celebrities.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE


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RFK and the Civil Rights Movement

In this interview with Truthdig’s Associate Editor Kasia Anderson, “RFK: The Journey to Justice” playwrights Murray Horwitz and Jonathan Estrin talk about Robert F. Kennedy’s evolution from political animal to true believer in his transformative relationship with the civil rights revolution.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


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RFK and the Civil Rights Movement

In this podcast, Truthdig’s Associate Editor Kasia Anderson talks with Murray Horwitz and Jonathan Estrin, the playwrights of “RFK: The Journey to Justice,” about Bobby Kennedy’s evolution from political animal to true believer in his transformative relationship with the civil rights revolution.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


The Man Who Put the Rainbow in ‘The Wizard of Oz’

The 70-year-old film classic bears close watching this year, perhaps more than in any other, for the message woven into the lyrics, written during the Great Depression by Oscar-winning lyricist E.Y. “Yip” Harburg.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE



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Small-Town Homophobia, On and Off the Stage

While trying to teach her students about homophobia, Debra Taylor could have done without what appeared to be an illustrative demonstration: The Oklahoma high school teacher was forced to resign in a controversy that grew out of a gay-related project undertaken by her class. Taylor and her students had been working on their own production of “The Laramie Project,” a play and film based on the murder of Matthew Shepard.

Posted on Mar 16, 2009 READ MORE


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Bush Staffer on Terror Plots: ‘This Is Going to Play Big’

In the wake of the foiled terrorist plots to explode passenger jets in midair, a White House official told an AFP reporter on Thursday, “Weeks before September 11th, this is going to play big” as a political opportunity for the GOP. The AFP reporter was merciless in his reporting, noting that Bush & Co. have been tarring Democrats as soft on terrorism the past few days—knowing full well that news of the terror plot could break at any moment.

Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


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