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First Nighter: Amusing "Billy & Ray," Affecting "brownsville song (b-side for tray)"

David Finkle | Posted 12.20.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The Billy & Ray of the vague title Mike Bencivenga gives his play at the Vineyard are Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler.

First Nighter: Harvey Fierstein's Highly Accomplished 'Casa Valentina'

David Finkle | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Yes, Fierstein fans, there are plenty of belly laughs as the two-acts unfold on Scott Pask's lean version of a mountain getaway that's seen better days. But the playwright has much more on his mind and up his chiffon sleeve.

First Nighter: "The Designated Mourner" Still Wallace Shawn's Masterpiece, Only More So

David Finkle | Posted 10.08.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Wallace Shawn's darkly sublime three-hour play--and worth every devastating minute of it--The Designated Mourner was done initially in a 1996 staged r...

The Designated Mourner

Francis Levy | Posted 09.15.2013 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

In Wally Shawn's The Designated Mourner currently revived at the Public Theater, under the direction of Andre Gregory, neither Jack (Wally Shawn), sel...

Dramatizing Walt Disney: An Interview With Playwright Lucas Hnath

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

Walt Disney is making his off-Broadway debut. He's a character in Lucas Hnath's intriguing new play, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney, currently in previews at Soho Rep.

Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers is Important Stage Documentary

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The intent behind these stage documentaries is to inform. Although billed as plays, these theatrical entries aren't that. They're news reports outfitted with theatrical accoutrements.