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Remembering Terrence McNally

The great playwright Terrence McNally died today. Sun News remembers him from our meeting in Austin last year on his 8oth birthday. Two articles I wrote about him can...

Desire Under the Elms

The 1924 romantic tragedy Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O'Neill had its roots in ancient Greece when Euripides launched his trilogy of plays on Hippolytus. Euripdes related the tale...

Carousel

The old chestnut Carousel, one of the most famous musicals of the 20th century, is being performed by Arts-Express at the Berger Theatre in Tucson. This production features a...

The Stanislavski System

Philip G. Bennett operates a Theatre Lab here in Tucson, where he trains people in the acting technique developed in Russia by Konstantin Stanislavski in the early 20th century....

A Very Irish Play

What would life be like in a European land untouched by the glories of Roman civilisation? One only has to visit Ireland to find out, a place where even...

Agatha Christie Murder Mystery in Oro Valley

There is nothing more delicious than an Agatha Christie murder mystery. I first attended The Mousetrap in 1978. It began a run in the West End of London in...

Angels Fall

What better place to see fallen angels than a chapel? The Saint Francis Chapel in Tucson is now hosting its first play, Angels Fall, which actually takes place in...

Dr. Ruth: Love Your Penis

At age 91 Dr. Ruth is still feisty. When I met her in 2014, she was appearing at a special performance of a play written about her life, Becoming...

The Lightness of Being

Unlike a famous novel of 1984, the lightness of being is not unbearable. Not, that is, for The Light Princess, who is sublimely uncaring about her inability to have...

A Parable on Apartheid?

Audience reaction to the play Master Harold and the Boys is more divergent than almost any play I have reviewed. This is a three-person play, ostensibly about apartheid in...
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