Theatre

Waiting for Growth

1 May 2012 13:48

With apologies to the Beckett Estate… Two tramps appear on stage. They are dressed in white tie and tails and…

Theatre to mark Western decline

11 January 2011 12:12

USO is not what it once was. The days of Bob Hope’s wisecracking have receded into the past, and ogled…

Oh Caledonia!

26 August 2010 0:56

Paul Higgins as William Paterson in Alistair Beaton’s Caledonia. To Edinburgh yesterday to see the flagship indigenous production at this…

The Gospel at Colonus

24 August 2010 13:15

Taking Sophocles’ least-known play and reinterpreting via the hymns and songs of gospel music is, damn it, just the sort…

Reasons to Like Nick Clegg

1 May 2010 1:45

As a person rather than as a politician, I mean. David has already mentioned Clegg’s taste for Germanic* classical music…

Bush, Cheney, Blair, Brown: Four Characters in Search of a Tragedian?

16 March 2010 1:05

I enjoyed Ross Douthat’s column this week in which he contemplates the inadequacies of Hollywood’s response to the Iraq war.…

Krapp’s Last Sale

5 May 2009 20:05

From John Banville’s TNR review of The Letters of Samuel Beckett, 1929-40: In London, Beckett considered a number of possible…

Death of a Gadfly Playwright

12 February 2009 22:24

Hugh Leonard has died. His Telegraph obituary reeks of boozy afternoons in Dublin’s finest hostelries: Indeed, Leonard relished quarrels. “An…

Lessons on Taking a Compliment

7 January 2009 14:40

Yeah, even by writers’ standards, John O’Hara could be touchy. Here’s Alan Jacobs: Anyway, when Pal Joey was a big…

Department of Calumny

10 December 2008 19:31

Patrick Appel, standing in for Andrew while the Boss Man takes a break, has the audacity to nominate Terry Teachout…

Hamilton vs Jefferson?

2 December 2008 20:54

Is that the future of American foreign policy debate? Noah Millman, super as ever, considers this through a Beckettian lens…

The Verona Daily Mail

9 November 2008 10:20

Condensed Shakespeare: nation’s tabloids report modern repeat of story of Romeo & Juliet under headline: KNIFE CRIME TOFF IN PAEDO…

Hamlet: the Facebook Folio

23 September 2008 19:44

Courtesy of Sarah Schmelling at McSweeney’s: Horatio thinks he saw a ghost. Hamlet thinks it’s annoying when your uncle marries…

Prime Hutton

11 August 2008 14:29

Lovely story told by Simon Hoggart in his Guardian column at the weekend: The death of Simon Gray lets me…

Simon Gray, RIP

7 August 2008 23:15

Sad news. Simon Gray, the playwright and memoirist, has died. Just last month I read the latest, and, I suppose,…

Blogging Beckett

13 July 2008 20:14

Noah Millman, one of my favourite bloggers, on Brian Dennehy appearing in Krapp’s Last Tape: It’s a marvelously devastating bit…

When Charlie Rose Met Sam Beckett

21 April 2008 16:36

Filmmaker Andrew Filippone Jr imagines a pseudo-Beckettian edition of The Charlie Rose Show:

Carmen May Seriously Damage Your Health…

31 March 2008 0:24

Anthony Holden in The Observer: Carmen is back at Covent Garden for the first time since last summer’s Orwellian smoking…

Mamet reads Friedman: Obviously Can’t Write Anymore

14 March 2008 14:16

Marvellous stuff – to the point of self-parody- from the Guardian’s Michael Billington: I am depressed to read that David…

Whither the American dramatist?

24 December 2007 6:39

The New York Times’ Ben Brantley says this was a year in which drama reasserted itself on (and off) Broadway.…