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"Act One

Aisle View: Backstage Coming of Age

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Shows for Days is closer, in style and genre, to Joseph Stein's 1963 adaptation of Carl Reiner's Enter Laughing. But that play--which launched the acting career of Alan Arkin and the directing career of Gene Saks--offered what the New York Times critic of the day described as continuous "side-splitting laughs."

You Can't Take It With You: A Child's View

Barry Singer | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
Barry Singer

As a kid, I used to bring home the plays of Kaufman and Hart from the local library and read them aloud with my little sister and my little brother, Elisa and Mark, on long Saturday afternoons.

Act One, Two Memories

Jeanine Tesori | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Jeanine Tesori

He could no longer hold a pencil, and he had stopped listening to music. A surprise, as he always was listening to music. My mentor. We had been together for 28 years. Years of concerts and life, a few triumphs amidst the failures.

Jed Harris's Act Two

Alice Carey | Posted 08.03.2014 | Entertainment
Alice Carey

When I was a child my mother was Jed's maid. After I grew up, he tracked me down to work as his personal assistant as he attempted to produce one last play called Great Day For the Race.

For the Love of Theater

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.21.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

A few weeks ago, I wasn't feeling so great. My allergies were bothering me and I was tired, as I often am this time of year. Then I went to the theater. Miraculously I felt better during Act One.

On the Culture Front: Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, The Few and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 07.19.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Broadway is having a banner year, and for the first time in a while, new American plays are a significant part of the lineup. If you let it wash through you, this surreal and satisfying one act has more to say about modern existence than could ever be conveyed simply with plot.

In Support of New Plays... on Broadway

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.21.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

My friends are never very excited about new plays. What is The Realistic Joneses and why did celebrities want to be in it? Is Casa Valentina an atmospheric production where they treat us like we're in a resort?

Once Again, Moss Hart's Name Shines on Broadway

Keith Runyon | Posted 06.18.2014 | Arts
Keith Runyon

An evening of Kaufman and Hart was the brightest the Broadway theater had to offer and their impact has been felt ever since -- in television, the movies and on stage. But based on the reviews, James Lapine's adaptation of Act One is in the best Moss Hart tradition.

First Nighter: Moss Hart's "Act One" in Two Great, Big Acts

David Finkle | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When theater veteran Moss Hart published his bestselling Act One in 1959, he packed a lot into it about his impoverished childhood and neophyte playwr...