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Culture, Stage Mom's the Word

Mom's the Word

When women behave badly on stage, more often than not, it's because they don't have children. In Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Martha overcompensates for her childlessness by haranguing her husband, flirting with her guests, and drinking herself…
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Culture, Stage Flirting With the Times

Flirting With the Times

"There is a disease to which plays as well as men become liable with advancing years," wrote George Bernard Shaw in the preface to his early comedy The Philanderer (1893). "In men it is called doting, in plays dating. The…
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Culture, Stage

Beautiful Child

The other day I experienced a sensation that I constantly seek, but don't often find, at the theater: the feeling of being picked up, turned upside down, and vigorously shaken by the ankles. Nicky Silver's Beautiful Child is an overwhelming…
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