Blue Surge – Rebecca Gilman

Of the new young playwrights who have emerged in the past decade, Rebecca Gilman is unique in that she has embraced a kind of drama that most of her contemporaries have rejected: the social problem play. Her plays are  ...

Davis Gaines

Davis Gaines is a Broadway musical star, widely know for his portrayal of the title role in the wildly successful musical, The Phantom of the Opera. He played the role of Anthony in last year's concert version of Sondheim's  ...

Attempts on Her Life – Martin Crimp

Martin Crimp's Attempts on Her Life is a courageous and fascinating experiment in the creation of a new kind of play. There is no plot in the traditional sense, there is no central character who actually appears on stage,  ...

The Elephant Man – Bernard Pomerance

The current production of The Elephant Man is curiously out of balance. It strains to soar into the realm of mesmerizing theatrical magic with brilliant acting by Billy Crudup in the title role, but it is tethered by several  ...

Glamour – John O’Keefe

Somewhere in the true story of poet-scholar-novelist Robert Graves and his lover Laura Riding, also a respected poet, there may indeed be buried a dramatic and compelling play, but Glamour by John O'Keefe does not unearth it. Many of  ...

The Carpetbagger’s Children – Horton Foote

Three old ladies, sisters who have lived all their lives in a small Texas town, tell interminable tales about characters the audience never sees, and about incidents from their pasts that have minimal intrinsic interest. The characters they talk  ...

Fortune’s Fool – Ivan Turgenev

In Act II of Chekhov's The Sea Gull, the infatuated young Nina gushes to the attractive visiting writer, Trigorin, about how exalting it must be to be a great artist. He bemusedly replies that yes, he knows that his  ...

The Circle – Suzanne Bachner

Suzanne Bachner's hilarious and moving play, Circle, is about that most noisily merry and profoundly distressing of subjects, sex. It is hard to imagine an audience member so straitlaced, so together, so "normal" that he or she would not  ...

The Crucible – Arthur Miller

Online references on Arthur Miller "It's hard to hold a pen with a clenched fist," said Ralph Ellison, and works of art inspired by contemporary political grievance do not do well in the survivability  ...