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  • March 16, 2006

    Too Hot for New York

    My Name Is Rachel Corrie was a big hit in London, but the New York Theatre Workshop backed off from producing the play. Why is it so hard for Americans to have a healthy debate about Palestinian human rights?

    Philip Weiss

  • February 28, 2006

    Bad Will Hunting

    Two new books on Shakespeare examine his shadowy life, his times and the origins of his imagination. A third explores whether the Bard of Avon was, in fact, Edward de Vere.

    Daniel Swift

  • December 8, 2005

    Harold Pinter: Art, Truth and Politics

    The pursuit of truth in drama is elusive, but in life it is mandatory, wrote Harold Pinter, who died Wednesday at 78. When he won the 2005 Nobel Prize for literature, he condemned the United States for its actions in Iraq and and called on its citizens to reject the manipulation of political language.

    The Nation

  • November 17, 2005

    I Act, Therefore I Am

    Admired from a distance and reviled up close, Laurence Olivier could establish a relation with his audience that was like an infection. His official biography chronicles a personal life of an actor who altered the cultural compass of a nation.

    David Thomson

  • August 5, 2005

    The Most Revolutionary Art Form

    Can a vibrant and cosmopolitan artistic scene heal the wounds of Afghanistan’s traumatic past?

    Ishaan Tharoor


  • May 26, 2005

    Arthur Miller: 1915–2005

    The politics of a progressive playwright.

    Tony Kushner

  • October 14, 2004

    Presumed Innocent

    Unlike news reports, theater isn’t expected to stick to the facts. By nature, the form is duplicitous, built on a sandy foundation of make-believe and pretense.

    Alisa Solomon

  • March 4, 2004

    Advertisements for Myself

    Solo theatrical performances are like ads. Everyone claims to hate them but nevertheless finds the good ones irresistible. A good ad acts like a tonic, making a new idea easy to swallow.

    Jonathan Kalb

  • February 12, 2004

    Company Man

    The name Shakespeare in Britain is rather like the names Ford, Disney and Rockefeller in the United States. He is less an individual than an institution, less an artist than an apparatus.

    Terry Eagleton

  • January 8, 2004

    The Closest of Strangers

    Tony Kushner’s latest play, Caroline, or Change, left me contemplating its curious title, which suggests an indecisive playwright. Why not just Caroline, or simply Change?

    Baz Dreisinger