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Raised On Radio: An Underrated Gem

Although it has not always been cool to say so, I have long been a fan of Journey, and the last album in their run of success through the late 1970’s and 1980’s is “Raised On Radio.” When looked in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Moment Work

Moment Work:  Tectonic Theater Project’s Process Of Devising Theater, by Moises Kaufman and Barbara Pitts McAdams with a lot of others I can only think of one reason why someone who is a remotely decent or morally upright person would … Continue reading

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Bok Review: Building Your Play

Building Your Play:  Theory And Practice For The Beginning Playwright, by David Rush Plays can be a hard genre to pull off, in large part because of the stark limitations that exist when one is trying to stage material.  Many … Continue reading

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Book Review: Contested Will

Contested Will:  Who Wrote Shakespeare?, by James Shapiro As someone who reads a lot about Shakespeare, I am pleased that this book deals thoughtfully with many of the problems that I have with books about Shakespeare.  By and large this … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shakespeare: The Biography

Shakespeare:  The Biography, by Peter Ackroyd William Shakespeare is one of the greatest writers in the history of the English language, and certainly the most compelling English playwright ever.  Now, the fundamental problem with William Shakespeare, native of Stratford-upon-Avon, is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mother Courage And Her Children

Mother Courage And Her Children, by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Tony Kushner If this play is the best known of Brecht’s works at present, there is a good reason for that.  This play is a deeply tragic one that depends … Continue reading

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Book Review: Two Plays By Bertolt Brecht

Two Plays by Bertolt Brecht, revised English versions and introdution by Eric Bentley In reading these books I must admit I was a bit puzzled to read of them described elsewhere as among the playwright’s most important literary plays.  To … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui

The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui:  A Gangster Spectacle, by Bertolt Brecht, adapted by George Tabori, music by Hans-Dieter Hosalla I must admit to having strongly mixed feelings about this particular play.  In general, I have not been impressed by … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera, by Bertolt Brecht, English book by Desmond Vesey, English lyrics by Eric Bentley Although I have long been familiar with Brecht as a writer, most notably because he shows up as a lamentable example of a socialist … Continue reading

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Book Review: King Hedley II

King Hedley II (The Century Cycle #9), by August Wilson King Hedley II is a poignant and tragic play, one of a series of poignant and tragic plays by the author, in which a black man ends up being both … Continue reading

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