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Highs and Lows

When he was asked to write the lyrics for the 1957 musical West Side Story, the young Stephen Sondheim reportedly protested, “I’ve never even known a...

That Which Is Lost

The third act of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale contains what may be the most famous stage direction in English-language drama: “Exit, pursued by...

Tough Talk

These are difficult times for Broadway producers, especially producers of those unpopular experiments known at the discount ticket booths as “nonmusical plays.” The...

Fanfare for an Uncommon Man

St. Thomas More is claimed as a patron by, among others, lawyers, statesmen, widowers, and step-parents—and by people like me who belong to none of those categories...

Bleak House

It seems safe to say that playwright Christopher Durang is no fan of the Catholic Church. But where would his plays be without it? Who but a cradle Catholic...

More Square than Campy

Even the sleaze is wholesome in Cry-Baby, the bobby socks–perky new musical that recently opened on Broadway. The show may be based on the 1990 movie by John Waters...

The Revolution Will Be Amplified

It’s odd to imagine Tom Stoppard as a fan of classic rock. Post-Romantic orchestral works, or maybe Baroque fugues, seem a better match for his plays,...

Literature & Revolution

An ice-colored likeness of St. Basil’s, the famed Russian church, seems to float in the air during part of Voyage, the first installment of Tom Stoppard...

Without Missing a Step

Sometimes existential philosophy circulates in university classrooms and libraries, or hangs out on the foreign-language shelves of used bookstores. And then,...

Now, A Word from Our Sponsors

Few Broadway stars can boast that their own soap-and-perfume line is for sale in the theater lobby. This retail coup has, though, been wrangled by Alan Cumming...

Rabbit Hole | Sweeney Todd

Don’t look for Alice in Wonderland in Rabbit Hole, the profound and heartbreaking new play by David Lindsay-Abaire. The title may hint at Lewis Carroll-...
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