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Jitney was the first play that August Wilson wrote in his famed “century cycle” of ten plays that detailed the African-American experience in every decade of the twentieth century, yet it is the only one of these Wilson plays that had never been produced on Broadway until now. Wilson dashed off Jitney in ten days in 1979, and its most notable production after its premiere in 1982 was Off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre...
So much theater today amounts to bite-sized snacks that barely whet your appetite, but Krzysztof Warlikowski’s Phaedra(s) is like a feast or ceremony that provides theatrical sustenance for days on end. It is divided into roughly three sections and runs about three and a half hours, and it is presided over by the post-modern queen of perversity herself, Isabelle Huppert. Many writers have told the story of the royal Phaedra, and Warlikowski samples a...
In the aftermath of the Oslo Peace Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, which were signed on September 13, 1993, in the White House Rose Garden, there was hope that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict might finally start moving toward a solution and ceasefire; this was reflected in the famous photograph of President Bill Clinton standing between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and head of the PLO, Yasser Arafat, as they shook hands. The road...
Okay, reach way back. Way, way back to your high school days when you read all the classics. Remember a little play called Our Town by Thorton Wilder? It tells the story of Grover's Corner, New Hampshire and the lives of its residents. Memory jogged? Great!  Today, we've come across the news that the Green-Wood Cemetery (now in its 176th year) will stage an outdoor production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play this summer. The production will begin on...

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