| Jul 13, 2008
SHE WAS Martin to his Lewis, a shrug to his stampede. Singers Louis Prima and Keely Smith packed Vegas houses in the 1950s with their droll cabaret show. They were Punch and Judy for the cocktail set, a witty cold war waged between Smith's seeming disdain...
| 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 29, 2008
Even in casual conversation, British author Neil Gaiman sometimes sounds as if he's narrating some dark fairy tale -- his sentences slither across old stone floors or flit on gossamer wings. He also happens to live in a rambling Minnesota manse that...
| Jul 20, 2008
My Name Is Will
A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare
Twelve: 292 pp., $23.99
If all the books ever written about William Shakespeare were strung together, they would ring the Earth. Yet for all these many inspired analyses, ardent...
| Aug 25, 2008
Those familiar with the film version of "Educating Rita" may not be aware that Willy Russell's Oscar-nominated screenplay began as a two-person play, first produced in 1980 by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
How "Rita" evolved is a drama in itself....
| Nov 11, 2008
Few life stories are as densely packed with intrigue as Christopher Marlowe's, the subject of Peter Whelan's 1992 drama, "The School of Night," which had its belated American premiere Sunday at the Mark Taper Forum. In addition to being the second-...
| Feb 27, 2009
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To put it simply, Anthony Neilson's "Stitching" isn't a play for everyone. A grim and emotionally exhausting drama about a troubled young couple, the play sews anxiety in delicate psychological patterns before shredding the narrative fabric with moments...
| Aug 23, 2009
If the Oregon Shakespeare Festival doesn't have the most enthusiastic audience of any regional theater in the country, there must be some performing arts center out there with quite a rabid cult.
Ashland, OSF's quaint home nestled in the foothills of...
| Nov 1, 2009
The Suicide Run
Five Tales of the Marine Corps
Random House: 198 pp., $24
The business -- and I use the word advisedly -- of posthumous publication is a troubling one. We honor our dear dead. Yet there are certain kinds of attention...
| Nov 15, 2009
As he watched the World Trade Center towers implode, Bill Cain, playwright and native New Yorker, felt a surge of fury pass through him. But as an ordained Jesuit priest, he was able to tap into another, equally powerful emotion. "I knew the only way to...
| Nov 17, 2009
Edward Woodward, the British actor who starred in the 1980s detective TV series "The Equalizer" and the movies "Breaker Morant" and "The Wicker Man," has died. He was 79.
Woodward, who had suffered from pneumonia and other illnesses, died Monday in a...