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Talking Chekhov with the Goodman Theater’s Neena Arndt
By March 3, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Talking Chekhov with the Goodman Theater’s Neena Arndt

As an associate dramaturg at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Neena Arndt researches the background and text of a play to ensure that the cast and crew understand the historical context of a production and the purpose for why they’re performing it today. Arndt shaped this version of Uncle Vanya, playing now through March 19 (read my review here) […]

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A Different Stage: 13 More Great Plays for Readers

A Different Stage: 13 More Great Plays for Readers

Neil Hollands recently posted an excellent article featuring a baker’s dozen of important plays to get library patrons to the dramatic literature shelf. All are classics. He chose very impressive works of modern theatre. In comparison to Greek, Elizabethan, and Victorian plays, Hollands’ selections are fresh and cutting edge. But that edge gets even sharper! Hundreds […]

Going through a Stage: 13 Great Plays for Readers
By October 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Going through a Stage: 13 Great Plays for Readers

As I noted in the November entry of my column, Every Book Its Reader, the theater section of most libraries is a neglected source of fast-reading, conflict- and character-driven titles. Many readers encountered Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams in school (or through productions, or filmed adaptations), but there’s a world of theater […]

Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker: Looking behind the Script with Goodman Theatre’s Neena Arndt

Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker: Looking behind the Script with Goodman Theatre’s Neena Arndt

Despite the age of his works, Thornton Wilder remains a staple in American theater—Our Town is still a popular production for high schools (there were three different productions of it, that I knew of, in our county during my four years of high school) and other pieces in his oeuvre are done professionally, as is the case with […]

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Rapture, Blister, Burn: A Tour de Feminism
By February 6, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Rapture, Blister, Burn: A Tour de Feminism

It’s a pressing question: with the many freedoms engendered by women’s lib, how should women lead their lives? As homemakers, professionals, or both? As virgins, sluts, or . . .  ? In Rapture, Blister, Burn, now playing at the Goodman Theatre here in Chicago, there is little consensus. Directly discussing feminist theory (and showing an impressive display […]

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Country of Extremes: Books about Modern China
By September 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Country of Extremes: Books about Modern China

Last night, I was fortunate to find myself at the Goodman Theatre for a “friends and family” preview of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s play, The World of Extreme Happiness. It’s a fairly brutal, sometimes funny play about a young woman, Sunny, who has left the countryside for city life and a demeaning job at Jade River, a factory that is […]

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Play’s the Thing to Talk About
By September 20, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Play’s the Thing to Talk About

Discussing plays in a reading group is challenging fun. It’s even more fun when it’s theatre with cultural images and commentary and populated with supernatural creatures. Thursday night I was treated to a full table of informed, articulate and vocal seniors discussing S. Ansky’s masterpiece of Yiddish drama, The Dybbuk. They certainly didn’t need me […]

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