A Prince Among Men A Prince Among Men

REDISCOVERING HAMLET When, halfway through Hamlet, the prince proclaims that the purpose of playing is "to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature," the players listen. As ...

Feb 1, 2001 / Books & the Arts / Carol Rocamora

Long Playwright’s Journey Long Playwright’s Journey

You've got to understand what Sam Shepard meant to us. There are those who know Shepard as a movie star and those who discovered him, earlier on, when he won the Pulitzer ...

Dec 7, 2000 / Books & the Arts / Hal Gelb

Decline of the West Decline of the West

"I just wanted to give a taste of what it feels like to be two-sided," said Sam Shepard, explaining his motivation for writing True West. "It's a real thing, double nature.

Apr 5, 2000 / Books & the Arts / David Yaffe

Curtain Call With Terkel Curtain Call With Terkel

Charles Kuralt, who got around a lot himself but wore out faster, once remarked: "When Studs Terkel listens, everybody talks." Not so many years ago, in fact, we asked Kuralt to ...

Nov 25, 1999 / Books & the Arts / John Leonard

Fighting the Art Bullies Fighting the Art Bullies

New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has created enormous consternation and publicity in his attempts to censor an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Nov 11, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Tony Kushner

Doctors’ Brains Doctors’ Brains

It's 9:45 Tuesday night, and the house lights have just come on after the final scene of Wit--the surprise Off Broadway hit about a terminally ill English professor and her exper...

Jul 8, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Suzanne Gordon

Nonsilence = Death, Too? Nonsilence = Death, Too?

In seven novels and a collection of essays published since 1981, Sarah Schulman has methodically chronicled the history of her longtime neighborhood, Manhattan's East Village.

Feb 18, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Mark J. Huisman

The Footlights’ Non-Glare The Footlights’ Non-Glare

At lunch with a colleague who is devoted to the theater, the discussion turned to Broadway and she mentioned she had seen the revival of On the Town, the buoyant 1944 Comd...

Feb 11, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Rachel Shteir