| Jan 22, 2013
| 5:02 PM
Any writer knows the temptation of using one's family for material. They're immediate and present. Their influence is intense and fundamental. Writers usually justify the act on the grounds of authorial honesty: Since the issues in one's life are forged,...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 8:28 AM
In his younger days, playwright Jon Robin Baitz was known for his angry young characters, usually in conflict with stubborn members of the older generation. Those bristling, indignant, furious youth fill such plays as "A Fair Country" (produced in Chicago...
| May 17, 2013
| 10:51 AM
For set designer Alexander Dodge, it often starts with an image.
In the case of the visual inspiration of Hartford Stage's production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," it was the suggestion of a garden maze by director Darko Tresnjak. The result is...
| Jan 13, 2013
Is it possible to fall in love with all the characters in a play, even those who see themselves as less-than-worthy members of the human race? And then, after more than a year, fall in love with them all over again?
That's what happened to me with...
| Oct 24, 2012
| 12:25 PM
The Goodman Theatre has announced casting for its upcoming production of "Other Desert Cities," directed by Jon Robin Baitz. Tracy Michelle Arnold will play Brooke Wyeth (the role originated on Broadway by Rachel Griffiths); the Tony Award-winning...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 3:19 PM
NEW YORK — What with "Ghost,""Lysistrata Jones" and other wearying disappointments, the 2012-13 Broadway season hardly will go down as a banner year for new American musicals. Indeed, should the best-musical Tony Award go, at Sunday night's...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 12:58 PM
When it comes to the Broadway transfer of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," opening in October, the one missing piece has been filled in: the name of the theater.
Tracy Letts and Amy Morton will go at it on...
| Jun 27, 2012
| 12:33 PM
On very rare occasions, a night at the theater can feel like a red-hot political event. Such was the case last year on Broadway, where the fevered revival of Larry Kramer's seminal AIDS drama "The Normal Heart" burned up the Golden Theatre, even as the...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 2:21 PM
Mad Cow Theatre's next season will combine classic plays such as"Death of a Salesman" with the big-name musical "Dreamgirls" and the just-closed Broadway offering"Other Desert Cities."
It's a season high on name recognition with works by Neil Simon,...
| Nov 14, 2011
| 1:29 PM
In Jon Robin Baitz's compelling new play "Other Desert Cities," a powerful but troubled and secretive West Coast political family named the Wyeths is not much at home in the arid, infertile and generally parched deserts of the American West.
This is not...