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Calendar, Night&Day Don't Miss the Train

Don't Miss the Train

Famed for setting complex and unlikely texts to music, Pulitzer-winning composer Dominick Argento has plumbed the depths of Virginia Woolf's diary, and combined Chekhov's one act On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco with passages from the Audubon's Birds of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Soliloquies and Sunsets

Soliloquies and Sunsets

The waters of the bay lap the shore beneath mists that lag low on the surface of the ocean. The winter dark with frost presses over the continent. The day's last gleams send long fingers over the crags of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Art and Madness

Art and Madness

An ear here, a life there: Vincent van Gogh, Virginia Woolf, and Sylvia Plath each had their own way of dealing with mood disorders. In her new graphic novel, cartoonist and storyteller Ellen Forney asks an important question: For artists,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don’t Worry, We’ll Never Forget Her

Don’t Worry, We’ll Never Forget Her

You already know so much about Elizabeth Taylor: husbands, jewels, AIDS activism. That’s fine; you should know those things. But at “Remembering Dame Elizabeth Taylor,” you can learn even more about her. Seems like no one ever talks about what…
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Film, "Orlando" Returns: Sally Potter and Tilda Swinton interview

"Orlando" Returns: Sally Potter and Tilda Swinton interview

Almost unthinkable now, 18 years ago, a writer-director and a performer made career breakthroughs with a film based on a 1928 novel by a titan of modernism about a character who changes genders and lives through four centuries. In her…
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Culture, Stage A Stage of One's Own

A Stage of One's Own

As theater productions go, Orson Welles' adaptation of Herman Melville's Moby Dick for the London stage in 1955 was a beached whale. Starring, as well as directed and written by, the auteur (who also took it upon himself to transpose…
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Culture, Stage

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? did for the American theater in 1962 what Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey did for its British equivalent just four years previously. Products of the postwar fracture of traditional family values and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pelton Wuz Here

Pelton Wuz Here

Adolf Hitler and Virginia Woolf, Civil War soldiers and circus freaks have all materialized in the dances of Stephen Pelton, a modernist with a keen appreciation for history and human foibles. In The Hurdy-Gurdy Man (1998), Pelton was Hitler. Dressed…
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Film, Reel World

My Favorite Year

Whether it's the champagne buzz or my natural ebullience I can't say, but I'm always optimistic on Jan. 1. OK, we avid moviegoers are enthusiastic year round, thrilling to trailers, advance photos of actors in costume, and even, on occasion,…
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Film, Sour <i>Hours</i>

Sour Hours

It all begins with the word. "I believe I may have a first sentence," murmurs Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman, yes really) to her husband, Leonard (Stephen Dillane), commencing labor on the author's fourth novel, Mrs. Dalloway. The year is 1921,…
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Culture, Stage Ghost Writer

Ghost Writer

It may seem wrong to quote Philip Roth in a review that deals with Virginia Woolf, but I can't help it. "When he went to see a production of Waiting for Godot," writes Roth about the novelist Nathan Zuckerman, "he…
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Culture, Stage The Big Bad <i>Woolf</i>

The Big Bad Woolf

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? isn't like other great plays; you can't do it half-well and come up with an OK production. Albee taps such a potent, flowing current of anger in his script about two ordinary college-faculty types that…
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Hear This

The Ashley Adams Trio Flowers for Mrs. Dalloway, inspired by Virginia Woolf's novel, marks bassist Ashley Adams' recording debut. Her trio with multi-instrumentalist Phillip Greenlief and drummer Michel Dumonceau weaves a musical narrative as sensuous and free-flowing as the writer's…
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