September 2013

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Dean of the American Theater

Today is the anniversary of the Sept. 30, 1955, death of James Dean. Commentators tend to express amazement at how brief his career was—four credited roles in movies, a few […]

Raisin the Next Generation

Reimagining A Raisin in the Sun Edited by Rebecca Ann Rugg and Harvey Young (Northwestern University Press, 2012) This book appeared last year, in the midst of the Clybourne Park […]

Sherman Others

For theatergoers of a certain age (I’m in my 50s), the Sherman Brothers were the musical theater greats who got away. They wrote cohesive multi-song scores for entertainments based on […]


The brand-new issue of Mad Magazine, #523, offers four full pages of “Sergio Aragones Presents a Mad Look at the Theatre.” The esteemed “Mad Marginal” artist Aragones offers ten separate […]

The Radio Show Promotional Video from Kyle Abraham/ on Vimeo. Because I live in New Haven, I —and thousands of other people—had an early exposure to several artists whom millions […]

Banned Books: Streetcar Edition

Banned Books Week 2013 ends today. This is the time of year when lovers of the First Amendment and literature compile lists to shame small-minded censors who’ve attempted to remove […]

The Dutchman Review

  Dutchman Through September 28 at the Yale Repertory Theatre, 217 Park Street, New Haven. By Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones). Directed by Katherine McGerr. Produced by Caitie Hannon and Charles […]

The A Streetcar Named Desire Review

A Streetcar Named Desire Through October 12. Presented by the Yale Repertory Theatre at the Yale University Theater, 222 York Street, New Haven. (203) 432-1234,   By Tennessee Williams. […]