Last week I came to a conclusion: the best way to increase the entertainment value of a mediocre play, like Timon of Athens, is to give it to a repertory theater company. They’ll mix it in with three or four others, including a couple of better ones, and they’ll give the same small group of […]
– in which we suggest a holiday trip to American Shakespeare Center in the lovely town of Staunton, VA nestled in the Shenendoah valley – I don’t much see myself in Ebenezer Scrooge. He’s British, I’m American. He’s stingy, I’m profligate. He cultivates bitterness, and I cultivate mechanisms for keeping bitterness out of my mouth […]
Story-telling conquers in She Stoops I know what I’m supposed to see in She Stoops to Conquer. The man who wrote the play, Oliver Goldsmith, also wrote an essay arguing that if we couldn’t convince playwrights to quit flirting with the virtues of private life and get back to sneering at its vices, we’d lose […]
As a busy man who likes to see a lot of theater, I might ask two questions about the current production of Romeo and Juliet at the American Shakespeare Center: why should I see that play again, and why should I drive all the way to Staunton to see this production?