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Culture, Stage Curse of the Cultured Class

Curse of the Cultured Class

The trouble with Wallace Shawn is that he was born to write prose. The actor and playwright son of the legendary New Yorker editor William Shawn has good prose in his system, and he never hesitates to use it in…
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Culture, Stage Extinguishing a Firebrand

Extinguishing a Firebrand

The name "Brand," like most of Henrik Ibsen's names, has poetic resonance in Norwegian -- the stern and determined Pastor Brand has been touched by fire (or brann). Brand is a fierce zealot who strives toward God with a devotion…
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The Dying Gaul

Seemingly haunted by the success of his two earlier plays, Longtime Companion and Prelude to a Kiss, Craig Lucas wrote The Dying Gaul in 12 days in 1996. The play, in a modest presentation by Last Planet Theater under the…
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