Fucking A – Suzan-Lori Parks

In the fall of 1988, as part of what was called a "fringe series" dedicated to providing "an innovative alternative to mainstream theater,"a play opened in a tiny theater in downtown Brooklyn with an evocative and ambiguous title, Imperceptible  ...

Dinner at Eight – George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber

The extraordinary success of their dramatic collaborations in the 1930s has inextricably linked Kaufman and Hart as a classic tandem, like Gilbert and Sullivan or Rodgers and Hammerstein. But just as there was a Rodgers and Hart before Oklahoma!,  ...

Boston Marriage – David Mamet

As his fondness for magician Ricky Jay (among other things) reveals, David Mamet loves tricks and puzzles. Consider the mysterious titles of some of his best known plays: Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, The Cryptogram. So it isn't surprising that his latest  ...

Ghosts – Henrik Ibsen

In 1991, Dramaten, the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden, brought to the Brooklyn Academy of Music a version of Ibsen's A Doll's House, directed by Ingmar Bergman that was revelatory. It was as though a giant theatrical handduster had  ...

Book of Days – Lanford Wilson

"In my end," wrote T.S. Eliot in Four Quartets, "is my beginning." Lanford Wilson's latest play, Book of Days, receiving its New York premiere as part of the Signature Theatre's season devoted to his plays, confirms this aphorism by  ...

Happy Days – Samuel Beckett

Happy Days: The Production Notebook of Samuel Beckett The Cherry Lane Theatre, an intimate little playhouse located at the elbow of an eccentric street in Greenwich Village, has for three-quarters of a century since its founding by Edna St.  ...

Burn This – Lanford Wilson

It's Lanford Wilson's turn to be rediscovered. Like his great precursors, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, his dramatic reputation rests on a substantial body of early work followed by a long period of diminished and unheralded productivity. Wilson was  ...