Category Archives: Rants

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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On “DETROIT”

Detroit, not the play but the city, has been much on my mind of late.  My Dad first came there in 1910 to go to work, either for Oldsmobile or Studebaker, as a racecar driver and salesman.  Born in St. … Continue reading

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On METAMORPHOSES Revisited

Last week, as we approached the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War, my wife and I drove up to Washington to a noon performance of Metamorphoses, Mary Zimmerman’s watery interpretation of Ovid’s Greek and Roman myths.  Way … Continue reading

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On BAM’s “The Suit” and Peter Brook

Monday, January 21, 2013 Getting out to BAM, the Brooklyn Academy of Music,  always feels like a risky adventure for me, usually a confirmed Manhattanite.  Every time I go to New York, though, I’ll check to see what’s playing, because … Continue reading

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REST IN PEACE, GORE VIDAL. YOU’VE DONE US ALL A GREAT SERVICE!

GORE LOUIS VIDAL October 23, 1925 – July 31, 2012  Time out to add my two cents to the hullabaloo surrounding the life of Gore Vidal, playwright, screenwriter, activist, politician, iconoclast, and generally caring human being.  Many respected and admired … Continue reading

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On “The Normal Heart” (Another Look), Arena Stage, AIDS, and the Quilt

There are very few casual remarks to be heard from audience members emerging from a performance of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart.  Jaws are set.  Eyes are moist.  Nobody wants to talk about it yet.  It takes time to digest … Continue reading

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The Music Man, The Arena Stage, and Musical Theatre

I’m frequently reminded that unless I keep up with posting on a more regular basis, it’s hard to build a following for my “View in the Dark” blog.  On the other hand, my very few and very loyal fans know … Continue reading

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