Entertaining Mr. Sloane – Joe Orton

Joe Orton’s 1964 play, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, is a class conscious satire with classic ingredients. It has type characters, no more than an inch thick; gestures bound by social conventions; an intricate plot based in the expression of unacceptable  ...

Bernarda Alba – Michael John LaChiusa

What sells best in commercial theater is song and dance, a popular beat and finger snapping tunes that come together in a form called “musical.” That idea could not be farther from the current production of a musical based  ...

Defiance – John Patrick Shanley

The playwright John Patrick Shanley commenting on his own work says, “Defiance is a necessary step in the life of an individual and in the life of a nation, but it is an intermediate step.” Understanding the  ...

Abigail’s Party – Mike Leigh

Tarted up in a pale-blue clinging wrap trimmed with white fur, the brilliant Beverly (Jennifer Jason Leigh) sashays across her living room holding a “pre-party” drink. It’s to help her loosen up before her guests arrive: “Y’know, to relaaax  ...

Celebration/The Room – Harold Pinter

Let the following remarks serve as an homage to Harold Pinter who has just won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Pinter has been prolific, by common consent a sign of genius. Not including television and film scripts and collaborations,  ...

The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams

The current revival of Tennessee Williams' family drama is luminous--a Glass Menagerie with acting and directing so smooth as to be virtually invisible. Put another way: David Leveaux's masterful direction delivers a newly eloquent version of the play.  ...

Arthur Miller (1915 – 2005)

Arthur Miller was at least the greatest playwright of his generation. His one possible rival, Tennessee Williams, exploited quite different dramatic territory, so their legacies remain distinct. Miller's was the high moral ground, the individual's engagement with his society.  ...

Hedda Gabler – Henrik Ibsen

Our review of a Broadway production of Hedda Gabler The current Hedda Gabler at the New York Theatre Workshop goes for big sound, big gestures, on a big--nay vast--stage, where it takes  ...

After the Fall – Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller is our national treasure. He is always important, tackling big issues that echo in the mind long after the performance. His high moral standards offer a tonic in these times, when morality seems no longer a criterion  ...