Monthly Archives: May 2011

Upcoming: “Freedom Riders,” on American Experience

Mark the date:  This coming Monday, May 16.  Of course, there will be repeats, you can tape it, and it will be available as of that date on DVD.  But however you do it, here’s a film not to be … Continue reading

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On “Harvest” and “Potiche”

Now that I’ve gotten the three plays out of the way, I might also mention that my wife and I squeezed in a pair of movies while we were in New York last week.  While I tend to go berserk … Continue reading

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News Flash: “War Horse” on tour

Just announced:  The National Theatre’s production of War Horse (See my May 9 blog entry  below) will go on tour to 20 American cities during 2012.  Remember this, fellow Americans!  If you don’t get to see it in New York … Continue reading

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On “Jerusalem”

5/11/11:   Already back two days from one of my best New York theatre trips ever for sheer stage power.  And I haven’t yet even touched on what was certainly one of the most powerful single performances I’ve ever seen:  Mark … Continue reading

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On “Freud’s Last Session”

5/8/11:  Last night’s (Saturday’s) choice could not have been more of a study in contrasts:  Unlike the huge Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center, Freud’s Last Session was staged down the street in the tiny Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, tucked … Continue reading


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On “War Horse”

5/7/11:   How do I begin to describe my response to a play that friends who’ve seen it and critics alike have already labeled “the most theatrical event of a lifetime”?  Quite simply, it was.  And that’s including the previous title-holder … Continue reading

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Back to New York

May 6, 2011:  Arrived in the city yesterday afternoon to the beat of a drum … well, actually, no drums!  The magnificent rhythmic percussion was coming from an old fry-pan, three used PVC cement-mixing buckets of various sizes, a torn … Continue reading

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On “Win Win,” “The Conspirator,” and “Jane Eyre”

May 5, 2011.  Over a month since I’ve written.  Where does it all go?  (Most often asked and least answered question in the world!)   In this case … to class prep, and grading, and various compulsive preoccupations around the … Continue reading

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