Oscar Hammerstein II’s minor accomplishment was that he was the greatest lyricist in the history of Broadway, the principal author of a half-dozen of the most revolutionary and seminal musicals in the canon, and a man who by merely associating himself with a production could assure that it would attract a fortune in investment.
On March 20, 1973, Charles Goodrich, handsome, arrogant and rich, told Katherine Stoddard – who had believed, to that point, that they were man and wife – that their marriage was a fraud, that he was going to marry another woman, and that she needed to leave the premises which she had previously thought was […]
The man in the pig mask looks over the reservations for your name. He is having difficulties, and is not helped by the fact that he is in handcuffs. “Look harder,” says his mistress, who is wearing a lusty bustier. “Harder.” She smacks him with her riding crop: whappo. “Thank you, mistress,” he says.
It is a bold company which reaches back to 1530 to launch its season, and a bolder company still to stage a play about making account to God in this relentlessly secular city and age. But the principal commendation which The Edge of the Universe Players 2 earns for producing The Summoning of Everyman is […]
It is 1962, and we are in some terrible parallel universe. Nuclear destruction has unloosed itself on the world, and as a mother herds her three children into a fallout shelter, we hear the air-raid sirens – and the clarion voice of Jack Kennedy, stilled near these fifty years now, giving us what counsel as […]
A $25,000 donation by Ford’s Theatre Trustee Ronald O. Perelman has assured that the theater building will be open for the remainder of its planned run of The Laramie Project, notwithstanding the shutdown of the Federal government, the company announced yesterday. The Laramie Project begins its run at the Ford’s Theatre building tonight.
Steven Dietz’s Rancho Mirage could also, with justice, be called Dinner with Horrible People, but that title would lack the mytho-poetic cachet of the title actually chosen. So the prolific Dietz’s new story is instead named after the gated community which is its situs, and which suggests the state of his characters’ material and emotional […]
TheatreWashington, the nonprofit entity which conducts the Helen Hayes Awards, Washington’s annual celebration of theater excellence, last night announced that it would henceforth be giving two awards in most categories, based on the number and percentage of Equity actors in each production. The announcement, which theatreWashington made in the Washington Post’s 15th Street Conference Center, […]
Some people long for Hummels – the tiny porcelain figurines of children in lederhosen. Some people long for love. And some people long for love and Hummels, and they’ll be gathered at the North American Convention of the M.I. Hummel Club at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on September 7 to watch I […]