On January 20, 1980 Mary McCarthy, never known to mince words in print or in person, was asked on Dick Cavett's PBS talk show whom she considered overrated writers. After a moment's thought, Lillian Hellman came to her mind.
The featured work is Gabriel Kahane's The Memory Palace which will be sung by baritone Hadleigh Adams. I recently met with Hadleigh to talk about this unusual work which deals with emotional connections to physical space.
Six days in London bring the opportunity to catch up on seven shows that have opened since my last visit. I could have more industriously caught nine by juggling the schedule, but one does have other obligations.
Does the Arts Council "reduce from the bottom," zeroing out grants to the smallest grantees (effectively putting them out of business), or does it make drastic cuts to the largest organizations, which presumably have the easiest time raising private funds?
D'Amour's intentions might be accepted, and even applauded, if she supported her characters with three-dimensional grounding. But here's where she allows herself to believe that presenting a gloomy prediction of national spoilage is all she needs to do. (Or is she just being lazy?)
The 2011 Tony Award nominations were announced early Tuesday morning, which can only mean that the annual press meet-and-greet erupted -- or something like that -- not quite so early Wednesday morning.
John Gabriel Borkman is one of the rarely revived Ibsen works, which may be a reason to see it now. On the other hand, this treatment won't serve as a strong argument for its being brought back more often.