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11 Literary Biopics We Need Right Now

Off The Shelf | Posted 10.22.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Since the beginnings of film, literature has played a significant role in developing the medium. Adaptations are everywhere, but here are some literary tales that we hope inspire more stories on the silver screen.

First Nighter: Topher Payne's "Perfect Arrangement" Less Than Perfect

David Finkle | Posted 10.15.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Topher Payne sets Perfect Arrangement, directed by Michael Barakiva at the Duke, in 1950 Washington, D. C. when Commie baiting and routing out supposed deviants of any stripe were becoming federal government obsessions.

Theatre Schmeater's Suddenly Last Summer Is An Intimate Thought Provoking Look at a Tennessee Williams' Classic

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 09.25.2015 | Entertainment
L. Steven Sieden

Seattle's Theatre Schmeater recently opened Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer in its small theater. The venue itself creates a show that is both intimate and personal to the audience, none of whom are more than five rows from the actors.

Woman Up, Mississippi Leaders!

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 08.23.2015 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

It's not about "political correctness" (in the context of current Mississippi politics, supporting the inclusion of the Rebel standard on the state flag is the politically "correct" thing to do). It's about moral correctness; it's about historical correctness; it's about common decency.

The Art of the First Draft

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.20.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A few years ago, a film historian unearthed what he claimed was the only existing copy of the first version of John Cassavetes' film, Shadows. He ultimately was told to cease and desist because he had no right to the film.

Scottish Ballet's Erotic Streetcar Named Desire Raises Temperatures in Chicago

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.10.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

They almost had to hose down the audience at intermission of Scottish Ballet's A Streetcar Named Desire at the Harris Theater in Chicago on Thursday night. Erik Cavallari's Stanley had just had make-up sex with Sophie Martin's Stella, and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's imaginative way with the erotic pas de deux had everyone hot and bothered.

All Over Including the Shouting: Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Fest Wraps

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Karen Dalton-Beninato

From panels of people who moved to New Orleans to write about it post-Katrina, to panels on Tennessee Williams moving to New Orleans to write about it post-Midwestern childhood, there was something for everyone.

Usher in Spring in New Orleans With Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.09.2015 | Books
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Broadway veteran Joel Vig will play Truman Capote in his one-man show, Truman Talks Tennessee. Capote often said he was born at the Hotel Monteleone where the literary festival takes place, so there's your full circle.

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace: the 90th Anniversary of Yukio Mishima

Mark Adnum | Posted 03.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark Adnum

Yukio Mishima's suicide in November 1970, with its grim invocation of samurai machismo, is probably the most famous moment of his legend. It overshadows everything else, including Mishima's three nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Elia Kazan

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 02.02.2015 | Books
Savas Abadsidis

Elia Kazan directed virtually back-to-back the greatest American dramas of the twentieth century--by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams--and helped shape their future productions.

Problems in Bed, Booze, and Beyond

George Heymont | Posted 01.02.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

It's hard to believe that five years have passed since Lady Gaga recorded "Bad Romance." But with the fifth anniversary of the release date of Gaga's album, The Fame Monster, on October 26, 2014 it's interesting to note the song's impact on popular culture.

Provincetown in September: Beware Paradise (PHOTOS)

Chef Rossi | Posted 11.22.2014 | Travel
Chef Rossi

There is a long line for everything and anything - fish and chips, ice cream, Portuguese breads and homemade fudge.

The Real Superheroes of P'Town Carnival

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

While inarguably P'Town is known as the best LGBTQ summer resort on the East Coast, and this year marked the 36th anniversary of Carnival, our presence wasn't always as welcoming as it is today.

Life Narratives: Doris's Apartment

A.J. Condeelis | Posted 09.01.2014 | Arts
A.J. Condeelis

Over the weekend, I was helping a friend sort through decades -- actually almost half a century -- belongings of a woman named Doris. I never met Doris. But I learned a lot about her life and personality by spending hours in her $130 a month rent controlled fourth floor walk-up.

The One-Day Guide to New Orleans' Literary Landmarks

WHERE | Posted 05.07.2014 | Travel

Each spring bibliophiles and Brando buffs flock to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival to pay homage to the late great playwright, who penned A Streetcar Named Desire in what he called his "spiritual home."

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Pink Triangles: Vices and Verses From a Gay Lit Crowd

Perry Brass | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Perry Brass

First a little quiz: A) What do Rock Hudson, Alfred Lunt, Lorenz Hart, Rudolph Nureyev, Dana Andrews, Montgomery Clift, Leonard Bernstein, Zachary ...

Aisle View: The 2013 Ten Best List

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

As 2013 dwindles down to a precious few -- a precious few plays and musicals, that is -- it is time to compile our list of the ten best of the year. This year, happily, has no less than fifteen that more than qualify for the ten best; fifteen that I would happily return to for another visit.

Amazing Grace: A Survivor's Story

D. R. Tucker | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
D. R. Tucker

I don't know how Dr. Mann does it. I don't know how someone can survive such brutality and still be such a calm soul, filled with hope that the climate crisis can be resolved.

Stage Door: The Glass Menagerie, Arguendo

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Tennessee Williams turned his life into art. The blueprint for his family travails, The Glass Menagerie, put him on the theatrical map in 1944, creating indelible characters. His "memory play," in its latest Broadway revival at the Booth Theater, is stunning.

Theater: Zachary Quinto In Fragile Glass; Dee Dee Bridgewater In Cloudy Day

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Despite glowing reviews from its out of town tryout, a stellar cast and a great play, I was not transported by the performance I caught of The Glass Menagerie. I blame the New York Yankees and the raves.

The Glass Menagerie: A Spectacularly Broken Family

Danny Groner | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

From the opening minutes of The Glass Menagerie, you must accept that you'll be spending 150 minutes with a difficult family full of sad and disappointed people.

'A Dismal Autopsy Of A Durable Classic'

Rex Reed | Posted 11.28.2013 | Arts
Rex Reed

Is there anyone who pretends to know anything about the theatre who has not seen or read The Glass Menagerie? It's the production that counts, and there have been entirely too many to count.

Shimmering Glass

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 11.27.2013 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

How do you stage a play so that even audiences who have watched numerous versions feel they are seeing it for the first time?

A London Sojourn

Daniel Asia | Posted 11.04.2013 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I lived in London over 25 years ago as a young composer. During my two years there I attended a couple of concerts a week which gave me a good sense of the English musical landscape, attended some theatre, and got to know at least parts of the city well.

Dressed for Distress

George Heymont | Posted 09.28.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Often, when we envision a damsel in distress we imagine characters like the protagonist of the 1914 silent film serial entitled The Perils of Pauline, Lois Lane hoping to be rescued by Superman, or the beefy Belle Rosen demonstrating her swimming technique in 1972's The Poseidon Adventure.