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The Controversy of Valladolid | The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Utter the words “theatrical” and “trial” these days, and four-fifths of the populace will think of Michael Jackson. But a world away...

Democracy

If you could set a play inside George Stephanopoulos’s mind, and send in a German John Le Carre to do a little reupholstering, you might end up with a...

Hooray for Bollywood?

Sometimes too much just isn’t enough. That was the only conclusion to draw from some of the wild flights of fancy that skidded to a landing on Broadway...

The Mysteries

January brings the doldrums to the New York theater world. The glitzy Broadway openings of the autumn are over; the spring’s pre-Tony-deadline frenzy has...

Little Shop of Horrors | Wicked

Let’s face it-evil is much more interesting than good. Dante’s Inferno seduces us like a terza rima thriller; the Paradisio, by contrast, is a...

All in the family

Written in tears and blood”-such were the words Eugene O’Neill used to describe Long Day’s Journey into Night, a monumental autobiographical...

Woza Afrika

What happens when you run out of enemies? This plaintive question, uttered by one of the protean figures in the recent South African one-act White Men with...

The Godfather

A few drops of water sprinkled on a child’s feverish forehead and the words of baptism secretly muttered by a servant girl unsure of the rite. What...

Toward a 'Catholic' Theater

Once upon a recent time, there was a man with four hungers who befriended and benefited a multitude while appeasing those hungers. Gilbert Hartke (1907-86)...

Blasphemy on Stage?

Last May, William Donohue, the ever-vigilant president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, raised quite a ruckus about the fact that Corpus...

Springtime for Broadway

Like Genghis Khan across the Asian steppes, like the tulip in seventeenth-century Holland, like J.K. Rowling on the shelves of juvenilia, Mel Brooks’s...
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