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First Nighter: William Inge's Loss of Roses Somewhat Wilted

David Finkle | Posted 07.12.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

It seems to me there's more than one reason for staging a revival. The first one that springs to mind, because it's the most obvious, is that a well-written and successful play is always a strong contender for old and new audiences.

First Nighter: James McManus's "Cherry Smoke," Oni Faida Lampley's "Tough Titty"

David Finkle | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

It's not too often that great passion doomed--make that Great Passion Doomed--hits the boards. There's Romeo and Juliet and Antony and Cleopatra and Cyrano de Bergerac and West Side Story with its Romeo and Juliet bow. Add to the list, though maybe not quite on that lofty level but nothing to turn a nose up at, either--James McManus's Cherry Smoke.

First Nighter: Tennessee Williams's Memorable Glass Menagerie, William Inge's Forgettable Natural Affection

David Finkle | Posted 11.26.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

It was when Tennessee Williams took him to see The Glass Menagerie that William Inge decided to become a playwright -- very much influenced, as it turned out, by his pal.

First Nighter: London Consumer Report on "Sweet Bird," "Merrily," Worthwhile Others

David Finkle | Posted 08.15.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

By 1959 when Tennessee Williams got around to presenting Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway, as directed by Elia Kazan and starring Geraldine Page and Pa...