Category Archives: Rants

THE KING AND I: An Addendum both Personal and Historical

Readers looking for specific responses to the recent Lincoln Center production of The King and I would do well to read my August 29 posting below.  But I guess I’m not through with this play yet.  And clearly, I’m  not … Continue reading

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The 2016 Tony Awards: An Affair to Remember

Customarily, I’m not one to be caught up in the competitive suspense generated by the Tony Awards, or for that matter in the many competitions between artists that excite most of us. How can you choose between a great orange … Continue reading

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CATF: Chisa Hutchinson’s DEAD AND BREATHING

I had been especially eager to see Dead and Breathing, mostly because it purportedly tackled the important theme of “right to die,” and it sounded like a light-hearted approach to a controversial subject. Light-hearted it certainly was, if not all that … Continue reading

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CATF: Christina Anderson’s THE ASHES UNDER GAIT CITY

Christina Anderson was inspired to write her play based on the circumstances of black people in Seattle in the 1800’s, then as segregated an American city as you could find.  Free blacks were actually prohibited from entering the state of Oregon … Continue reading

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Arena Stage’s CAMP DAVID

Compromise!  That’s a big word these days.  President Obama came into office on the promise of compromise, which I always thought was a good word, until the opposing party transformed it into something akin to appeasement, as “nefariously practiced by … Continue reading

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MARK TWAIN TONIGHT

  The first time I ever saw Hal Holbrook do his impersonation of Mark Twain, I think I was still in college.  He first conceived of the idea and performed it in 1954, when he was 29.  He’s now been … Continue reading

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LONDON 1: Welcome Back

Many years ago, Joan and I were living in northern Vermont, and I was in the early stages of my theatre binge trips to New York.   Friends and early pre-internet research persuaded me there might actually be a cheaper way … Continue reading

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