| Dec 28, 2008
Lawrence Roman, 86; best known for writing the hit Broadway play "Under the Yum-Yum Tree" and for adapting the farce into the 1963 movie (May 18)
Paul Sills, 80; legendary improvisational director and teacher co-founded the Compass...
| Dec 26, 2008
Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize-winning British playwright who addressed the isolation, fear and brutality of life in an original style that changed the face of 20th century theater, has died. He was 78.
Pinter, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for...
| Dec 26, 2008
Playwright Harold Pinter's dialogue has been compared to everyday prattle that covers a menacing subtext. Truth and falsehoods are subjective, memory can't be relied on, words are negotiating tools or weapons.
Pinter commented on this approach in his...
| Dec 25, 2008
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| Nov 9, 2008
"The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. III" edited by Philip Gourevitch (Picador)
"Have you found any professional criticism of your work illuminating or helpful? Edmund Wilson, for example?" asks Julian Jebb, the guy sent by the Paris Review to interview...
| Oct 10, 2008
If the selection of French writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio as the 2008 Nobel literature laureate has anything to tell us, it's that Horace Engdahl means what he says.
Last week, Engdahl, the Swedish Academy's permanent secretary, called American...
| Oct 6, 2008
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It seems like most of our married life with kids, my husband, Chad, and I reenacted episodes of Prison Break every time we wanted to go on a date. Sometimes wed wait until our girls were asleep before we left them with the babysitter and scaled the...
| Jul 4, 2008
It is the curious power of books that they seem to read us as much as we read them; a single sentence can shift our lives forever. That uncanny connection fuels fascism -- and ultimately liberation -- in "Fahrenheit 451," now staged by author Ray...
| Jun 24, 2008
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June 25, 2008
Emotionally, William Butler Yeats was a 19th century man, and so his famous dictum that the creative soul must seek "perfection in the life or in the work" once seemed not only practical but also wise.
What would the arch-poet have made,...
| Jun 15, 2008
AMERICANS ARE suckers for teams. The prospect of talents blending into a collective heave ho of inspiration turns us into giddy school kids at recess. Sports fans know better than anyone the joy of watching the gifted spur one another to new heights. Want...
| Jun 8, 2008
IN THE "Say what?" department, this statement ranks up there: "If Camoletti had written a tragedy of this quality, he'd be up there with Pinter."
Few people could get away with comparing Marc Camoletti, the French playwright of the creaky '60s sex...