| May 3, 2009
Rhyming Life & Death
Amos Oz, translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 118 pp., $23
Through his fiction and nonfiction the Israeli Amos Oz has been the witty and melancholy recorder of his country's...
| Nov 14, 2008
Contemplating the fragility of life at the individual, racial and species levels, EM Lewis' new drama, "Song of Extinction," artfully balances its theme of mortality between the intimate and the macroscopic.
Revolving around the tenuous connection...
| Dec 12, 2008
Richard M. Nixon once said, "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore . . . "
It wasn't true, of course. That was in 1962 when he'd just lost a gubernatorial election. He came back to be elected president twice. And especially since his resignation on...
| Jan 3, 2009
Donald E. Westlake is dead. This simple sentence can't even begin to encapsulate the enormity of this event. Because it also means Richard Stark has passed on too, as has Tucker Coe and Samuel Holt, Timothy J. Culver and J. Morgan Cunningham and a slew of...
| Feb 1, 2009
Yu Hua, translated from the Chinese by Eileen Cheng-yin Chow and Carlos Rojas
Pantheon: 644 pp, $29.95
Yu Hua's "Brothers" begins with two toilets. The novel's first scene transpires atop the gold-plated toilet seat on which Li...
| Aug 22, 2008
Who knew Arthur Miller yearned to be Mickey Spillane? In his 1982 one-act, "Some Kind of Love Story," now at the Hayworth Theatre, the playwright serves up a dime novel plot complete with trench coats, bishop-tempting blonds and cops on the take....
| Oct 3, 2008
A crime thriller heavily laced with violence and cruelty, John Pollono's "Razorback" is a trendy new black comedy for a post-"Sopranos" mind-set. Fine performances in a handsomely staged premiere production from Rogue Machine show much promise in a script...
| Apr 12, 2008
Lee Blessing's "Fortinbras" has really come into its own. Anyone who first saw the play a decade or more ago may have been genuinely amused by Blessing's cheeky, offbeat comedy. However, in its current production, presented by Theatre Neo at the Secret...
| May 16, 2008
If you want to catch two wicked talents get into trouble, head for the Fountain Theatre, where Tony winner Tonya Pinkins and "Cold Case" actress Tracie Thoms are tearing it up in "And Her Hair Went With Her," Zina Camblin's vivid if uneven look at African...
| Jun 6, 2008
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June 8, 2008
Editor's Note: It's a perennial question for the summer months, what to read? Here you'll mind more than 50 titles in fiction andononfiction, organized according to the months when they'll be published. Books are listed in alphabetical...
| Jun 13, 2008
Don't look for deep meaning in "A Very Brady Musical" at Theatre West. A parody wrapped in a spoof surrounded by a lampoon, this world premiere musical satire is a study in concentrated silliness.
That's mostly to the good. The show is based on "The...