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Sarah Ruhl's For Peter Pan: An Uneven Attempt to Add Adult Concerns to a Youthful Classic

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.31.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Kathleen Chalfant in a dual role, remembering and playing Peter Pan Photos by Kevin Berne Peter Pan is ageless, as anyone who has ever seen or read...

Is This for Real?

George Heymont | Posted 01.24.2017 | Arts
George Heymont

Not only is storytelling a genuine art form, it's a lot harder than one might think. It requires skill with vocabulary, phrasing and a deep appreciation of the musicality of one's language. It requires a sense of drama, of make believe and, above all else, a deeply personal kind of buy-in from one's audience.

Poet Meets Poet: An Interview With the Artistic Team Behind 'Dear Elizabeth'

Bess Rowen | Posted 11.18.2016 | Arts
Bess Rowen

Dear Elizabeth's subtitle is "a play in letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell and back again." It's clear from this phrasing that the epistolary play is about more than a series of letters between two poets.

Journey to the Center of Self Worth

George Heymont | Posted 11.12.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Does dissatisfaction lead to introspection? Does introspection lead to dissatisfaction? Neither one of these issues is guaranteed to trigger the other.

Aspects of Love

George Heymont | Posted 11.01.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Romance is all well and good as a source of artistic fodder. But the love of a father or mother for their children is presumed to be unconditional. What happens when a parent receives a stunning challenge regarding their child or delivers a startling ultimatum to their offspring? Complications quickly ensue.

When Screaming at Your Kids Works

Diana Whitney | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Diana Whitney

Grant me patience, Lord, but hurry. I recited these words like a mantra on our recent snow day, the second school cancellation in a week. Blindsided by the blizzard, everyone trapped at home again, I steeled myself for the hours ahead.

Sarah Ruhl's The Oldest Boy: Letting Go

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.04.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Sarah Ruhl's beautiful new play The Oldest Boy at Lincoln Center is informed by a quiet release into Destiny. A mother faces an unthinkable choice: a ...

The Unbearable Itch of Motherhood: Surviving Cholestasis of Pregnancy

Seleni Institute | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Seleni Institute

"Every three days, we will do an ultrasound to make sure there is still fetal movement," they said. "We cannot promise that in the intervening days the fetuses will not expire." (I believe at this point they changed their language from "babies" to "fetuses.")

'In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play,' Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre

James Scarborough | Posted 07.03.2014 | Arts
James Scarborough

Calling it The Vibrator Play teases you into thinking it's only about sex toys. It's not. Calling it In The Next Room better describes the story's more serious plot line.

On the Culture Front: Kids Entertainment That Doesn't Suck and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 06.03.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

If you have kids, I can't imagine a better place to take them on a Saturday morning.

On Stage Kiss Helmer Rebecca Taichman

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.01.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

A director's work is often tricky to review on the basis of one production -- in the case of a first work, it is often unclear what is a director's idea versus what is a stage direction in the script itself. It is also hard for people to separate actors' choices from a director's touch. But after a period of watching a director's work, you get it.

Stage Door: Stage Kiss

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.03.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

As Stage Kiss makes clear, art imitates life, and life imitates art. It ponders what is real: What happens on or off stage? Romance is wild and intoxicating; marriage, by contrast, is day in, day out, enduring.

Ruhls of Play: An Interview With Sarah Ruhl

Bess Rowen | Posted 04.19.2014 | Arts
Bess Rowen

When I had a chance to sit down and talk with her about her latest New York offering, Stage Kiss, currently playing at Playwrights Horizons, I headed to Brooklyn Heights for the opportunity to pick her brain.

Berkeley Rep's Elizabeth Explores Affection Between Esteemed Poets

Leo Stutzin | Posted 08.03.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Comparisons with the likes of Dear Liar, the sparkling dramatization of epistolary sparring between George Bernard Shaw and the actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell, or Love Letters, A. R. Gurney's amusing and tender fiction, are almost inevitable. As theater, Dear Elizabeth isn't in the same league.

"Sociales: Débora Arango Arrives Today," Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach/"Eurydice," Julianne Argyros Stage, South Coast Rep, Costa Mesa

James Scarborough | Posted 12.02.2012 | Arts
James Scarborough

If you crave art that elicits contemplation and incites a call to arms; art that can articulate the zeitgeist of the period in which it was made and continue its relevance to the present; and art made by a woman, you will gorge yourself on Sociales: Débora Arango Arrives Today at the Museum of Latin American Art.

The Woman Behind The 'Vibrator Play'

The Guardian | Posted 04.04.2012 | Women

The play In the Next Room, also known as the Vibrator Play, was a big hit a couple of years ago in New York, which surprised no one more than Sarah Ru...

Giving Us Back Our Imaginations

Bess Rowen | Posted 12.13.2011 | Arts
Bess Rowen

I rarely go to Broadway these days, mostly because, as a graduate student, I cannot justify spending so much money on one ticket when I could be seeing several shows for the same price.

On the Culture Front: Belle and Sebastian, The Social Network, NY Craft Beer Week, Cocktails at Lani Kai, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Kompanek

There's been a lot of boozing on the culture front with NY Craft Beer Week in full swing. On the theater front, the results have been less successful.

THEATER: Head West Young Man, A 'Cowboy Song' In Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

After seeing LATE: A Cowboy Song, an early Sarah Ruhl piece put up by the Piven Theatre Workshop, I had to clarify the job of a theatre critic for mys...

The Passion of Sarah: Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

In Sarah Ruhl's poetic and sly vision, the Passion is hilarious. It's still the story of Christ, for God's sake, nailed to the cross, but this version asks key questions. It also entertains.

Mary-Louise Parker's Return To Stage

NY Times | Campbell Robertson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Mary-Louise Parker tried to get out of this interview. She said so halfway through. Not in a confrontational way, just matter-of-factly, as if she wer...