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1993 Stories by Roberta Morgan

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  • Bar Me, Kitten

    published December 29, 1993

    Without a doubt, A Criminal Sorority provided me with one of the most entertaining evenings I've spent watching theater since I moved down here.... More >>

  • Vows of Mediocrity

    published December 22, 1993

    Playwrights often complain bitterly about the subjectivity of critics. A.R. Gurney, author of such classics as The Dining Room, has given several... More >>

  • Xmaz Exorcism

    published December 15, 1993

    'Tis the season to be jolly, go shopping, trim the tree, and light the candles. And to be falsely pious. Right this moment it's ultrachic to... More >>

  • Geeks and Greeks

    published December 8, 1993

    While I am genuinely thrilled by the growth in the number of small theater companies and theatrical experiments cropping up in the local scene... More >>

  • Dave's World

    published December 1, 1993

    It may sound surprising to some, but I have long suspected that David Mamet may one day be regarded as highly as Shakespeare is today: as a... More >>

  • Don't Be Absurd

    published November 24, 1993

    There's a certain time in every would-be playwright's life when he or she feels compelled to imitate the so-called "absurdist" authors such as... More >>

  • The Play's Still the Thing

    published November 17, 1993

    When I first learned of David Cronenberg's plans to film the play M. Butterfly, I declared that the project was doomed to disaster. Now that the... More >>

  • Shear Delight

    published November 10, 1993

    Time is alarmingly relative. Anyone who is rapidly aging knows the truth of time's subjective effects. When you're ten or eleven, it seems as... More >>

  • Pinball Lizard

    published November 3, 1993

    As John Lennon and Paul McCartney once wrote: "I should've known better." Rock and roll has always worked best as anthems of youthful power and... More >>

  • The Phantom Strikes Again!

    published October 27, 1993

    On January 26, 1988 at the Majestic Theatre in New York, I was privileged to attend the opening of one of the greatest theatrical spectacles ever... More >>

  • Consider Yourself...Washed Up

    published October 20, 1993

    I recently phoned a publicist friend of mine who moved here from Los Angeles about the same time I moved from New York -- in 1989 -- and told her... More >>

  • When Bad Things Happen to Bad People

    published October 13, 1993

    Without a doubt, fate led me to see in the same week the New Theatre's rendition of Jean Paul Sartre's No Exit and playwright William Inge's... More >>

  • Go South, Young Ham

    published October 6, 1993

    When people in the South Florida theater community protest that the area is mainly interested in developing new plays instead of producing... More >>

  • The Feminine Mistake

    published September 29, 1993

    When the long-awaited revival of Hair, the quintessential Sixties musical, opened in London two weeks ago, the critics unanimously agreed on one... More >>

  • Mr. Ed

    published September 22, 1993

    All plays are not created equal. Apart from the obviously weak entries, there exist some works of "light" dramatic art suitable for a wide... More >>

  • Plucky Guys

    published September 15, 1993

    The great Noel Coward once heard that a particularly dimwitted producer had blown his brains out. "Must have been rather a good shot," Coward... More >>

  • Bad Choices

    published September 8, 1993

    Although Hadleyburg, U.S.A. will have closed by the time you read this, ACME Acting Company's mistakes in choosing this play warrant a postmortem... More >>

  • Sprint Hopes Eternal

    published September 1, 1993

    The saying is well-known: there are three sides to every story. His side, your side, and the truth. In the interest of fairness to the theatrical... More >>

  • Peak Skills

    published August 25, 1993

    In the age of so few statesmen and so little great theater, I feel privileged to recommend New Theatre's production of Mountain, a three-person,... More >>

  • Politics and Pretensions

    published August 18, 1993

    The singer who holds the vibrato on a note a bit too long. The dancer who takes three extra leaps. The piano player who tinkles around on one end... More >>

  • The $170-Million-Dollar Question

    published August 11, 1993

    Over the years, various local theater educators, artists, and yours truly have tried to determine why Miami regards the dramatic arts as a sort of... More >>

  • Progress in Work

    published August 4, 1993

    In an essay called "The Decline of Quality," Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman writes of Michelangelo, who locked all potential... More >>

  • Banal Zone

    published July 28, 1993

    An esteemed acting teacher named Richard Pinter, himself a student of the great coach Sanford Meisner, once succinctly explained to his students... More >>

  • Found Memories

    published July 21, 1993

    When the Actors' Playhouse invited me to review their production of playwright Jane Wagner's dramatic triumph, The Search for Signs of Intelligent... More >>

  • Footlights and Fancy-Free

    published July 14, 1993

    A few empty parking spaces suddenly and miraculously available on Ocean Drive, combined with the paucity of openings around town, tell this... More >>

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