Violence, Women, and the Stage

Did you read this 2/24 NYT article “Violence that Art Didn’t See Coming”, which was inspired by Alabama Neuroscience Professor Amy Bishop’s recent opening of fire on 6 colleagues that resulted in the death of 3? If you didn’t, you should because it provides a fairley extensive and interesting scan of the way violent/criminal women … Continue reading

From Valley of the Dolls to Valley of the Vino, Ugh

Too many times now I have gone grocery shopping and seen bottles of wine like the ones below, and each time I have felt increasingly irritated by them.  Don’t get me wrong. I like wine.  And I like breaks from my 3 year old.  I also like to think that I have a sense of … Continue reading

Word to Your Drama

Word to Your Drama I’m currently reading New Playwriting Strategies (not quite so ‘new’ now; Routledge, 2001) by Paul C. Castagno, which attempts to flesh out one of the more recent aesthetic trends in American playwriting.  Castagno identifies his case studies as ‘the language playwrights’: Len Jenkin, Eric Overmeyer, and Mac Wellman. More on this … Continue reading


Links Thank you to George Hunka for this post over at Superfluities Redux, which directs our attention to an interview of Sarah Kane by Dan Rebellato (Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London). This 65-minute interview from November 3, 1998 was likely her last interview before her death in February 1999.  Just a reminder to South … Continue reading

Links,etc-Women in the Arts, Sexy Titles, TV’s at the Pump!

***Links*** Women in the Arts This lengthy film article, “Women in the Seat but Not behind the Camera,” by Manohla Dargis in yesterday’s NYT is the film complement to Marsha Norman’s recent piece, “Not There Yet,” in American Theatre magazine.  Both articles convey pretty grim portraits about the so called progress of women in these … Continue reading

A Queer to Cheer or Jeer At; Or, “A Gay” (Mentioned) in Every Play continued

A Queer to Cheer or Jeer At; Or, “A Gay” (Mentioned) in Every Play continued A week ago, I wrote a post in which I suggested that every play I read or see these days contains a gay or lesbian character.  I continue to question whether or not this is a sign of true progress or a new trend in … Continue reading

Redemption for Dowd?

Redemption for Dowd? I’ve read less of Maureen Dowd’s Op-Eds lately because, well, quite frankly, I got bored with them.  Over the summer, I found myself becoming less interested in her own words and, instead, becoming more lost in the dramatic and entertaining comments (always several hundred) that her pieces elicited.  For instance, while a … Continue reading

To Film or Not to Film Live THEE-EH-TAH

To Film or Not to Film Live  THEE – EH – TAH I’ve always paused and reflected, when, at the end of a sitcom, a voiceover remarks, “This episode of Three’s Company [or insert your favorite show] “was taped before a live studio audience.”  The emphasis on the “liveness” of the audience is intriguing.  Would … Continue reading

Gender Equality Today: Dramatically Improved or Just Dramatic?

Gender Equality Today: Dramatically Improved or Just Dramatic? “The Battle of the Sexes” is as vexed a subject today as it was in the early modern period, when women were expected to be chaste, obedient, and silent and were subjected to the common law “rule of thumb.” When in 1660, the Restoration ruler Charles II … Continue reading

Critics, Bloggers, and Critical Mass

Critics, Bloggers, and Critical Mass There is an interesting conversation going on over at the Parabasis blog about what it means to be a “critic” in a new and denser climate of critique, namely, one that now includes the blossoming theatre blogosphere.  After reading Isaac’s posts and the comments they’ve elicited, I’ve come to one … Continue reading

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