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1998 Stories by Robin Dougherty

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  • Mary, Mary, Quite a Parody

    published December 31, 1998

    When a damsel with golden ring-curls finds herself tied to railroad trestles by a mustachioed villain, or, as in Little Mary Sunshine, strapped to... More >>

  • Star-Crossed Druthers

    published December 24, 1998

    In the second half of Steve Dietz's new play Rocket Man, time moves backwards in an enchanting fashion. The elderly are the newest people on... More >>

  • It's a Farcical Life

    published December 17, 1998

    Gavin MacLeod, erstwhile captain of the Love Boat, sails blithely through Moon over Buffalo with an erect rubber nose. He's playing Cyrano de... More >>

  • Christmas Tails

    published December 10, 1998

    After two decades of directing the annual Miami Christmas Pageant, Chuck Bridwell recalls one particular scene that will forever stick in his... More >>

  • A Dickens of a Duo

    published December 10, 1998

    Of all the repertory programs ever devised, the double bill playing this month at the New Theatre has got to be one of the most delightfully odd.... More >>

  • The Lord Should Be So Lucky

    published December 3, 1998

    A tinsel-decked Christmas tree overwhelms the living room of Atlanta's upstanding Freitag family. The ceiling-scraping spruce is about to be... More >>

  • Renaissance Men

    published November 26, 1998

    Given the vroom-vroom of their current go-round on stage, it's possible that, even with the theatrical equivalent of a road map, you might not be... More >>

  • Gray Matters

    published November 19, 1998

    When a play's title is The Adjustment, chances are the playwright will be suggesting a monumental shift in attitude or perspective on the part of... More >>

  • Shtick Shift

    published November 12, 1998

    If you had a conventional grammar school education and you don't watch too much Nick at Nite, chances are you don't think of Sebastian Cabot... More >>

  • The Ghostwritten Henry James

    published November 5, 1998

    From the works of Edgar Allan Poe to Hollywood's The Fly, classic American horror stories indulge our fascination with the decay of the body.... More >>

  • Not So Dynamic Duo

    published October 29, 1998

    Nobody knows if Scott Joplin knew Irving Berlin. In The Tin Pan Alley Rag, Mark Saltzman's well-meaning musical, however, the two composers not... More >>

  • Welcome to Hades

    published October 22, 1998

    Thanks to Robert Pinsky, poet laureate of the United States, thousands of people can experience a fresh taste of Hell. A stage adaptation of the... More >>

  • Love Is a Bumper Car

    published October 22, 1998

    Love may indeed be a fragile thing, but its clumsy male and female protagonists can't help "endlessly crashing into each other like two bumper... More >>

  • Hooray for Hollywood

    published October 15, 1998

    Nobody who has seen the off-Broadway version of The Fantasticks at New York City's Sullivan Street Playhouse will recognize the set of the... More >>

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Theater

    published October 8, 1998

    In 1964, when I was five years old, my father told me that Patty Duke didn't have a twin. Naturally I recognized this information for what it was:... More >>

  • Monologue or Monotony?

    published October 1, 1998

    Twelve years ago Lily Tomlin opened her mouth and launched a thousand monologues. The 1986 Broadway success of The Search for Signs of Intelligent... More >>

  • For the 'Burbs

    published September 24, 1998

    Music, as a theater insider once put it, is the food of love. Opera, on the other hand, is a series of naughty sexual escapades, repeatedly... More >>

  • Strangers When We Meet

    published September 17, 1998

    Of all the things your mother specifically told you not to do -- talk with your mouth full, go out with married men -- chances are she didn't... More >>

  • Multicultural Intersections

    published September 10, 1998

    When you think of Hamlet, Argentina probably doesn't come to mind. That's why the folks who include it as part of Inroads: The Americas believe... More >>

  • There's Something About Jodie

    published September 10, 1998

    Of all the people you might encounter in a solo drama, John Hinckley is not likely to be anyone's first choice. Chances are the would-be Reagan... More >>

  • Bard Stiff

    published September 3, 1998

    Creating theater frequently involves assembling miracles in small spaces. Extremely small spaces, if you happen to be the Florida Playwrights'... More >>

  • That Screwball Family of Yours

    published August 27, 1998

    There's a moose in the guest bedroom in Michael McKeever's new comedy 37 Postcards. The animal never makes an appearance onstage (a taxidermist... More >>

  • Coiled and Ready to Strike Up the Band

    published August 20, 1998

    If you were to turn Jim Tommaney upside down, chances are a play would fall out of his head. The prolific South Beach multihypenate -- who has... More >>

  • You'll Die Laughing

    published August 20, 1998

    Actor Peter Haig embraces his role as Vincent Vincent, the pivotal character in the British farce Natural Causes, as though he were gorging on the... More >>

  • Psycho Analysis

    published August 13, 1998

    Hollywood is openly neurotic about its hatred of psychotherapy. Witness, most recently, Barbra Streisand's ridiculous Dr. Susan Lowenstein in The... More >>

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