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  ...

Conversations on a Homecoming – Tom Murphy

Sandwiched between The Gigli Concert and Bailegangaire, Tom Murphy’s Conversations on a Homecoming was first produced in 1985. Taking place in the West of Ireland in the early 1970s, it is a reflection on the ideals and idealism of  ...

Closing Time – Owen McCafferty

If the rapid-fire, razor-sharp, razzle-dazzle spectacle of Steppenwolf’s production of Glengarry Glen Ross was the highlight of the Dublin Theatre Festival for some, they might have done well to see the unfolding of the desperate, on-the-edge lives of a  ...

Ariel – Marina Carr

Marina Carr’s Ariel is a play which is clearly grappling with several major issues. In attempting to negotiate a space between an Irish ‘classical’ tradition and an ancient Greek one, and in trying to incorporate the not incompatible concerns  ...

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.  ...