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1999 Stories by Robin Dougherty

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  • Vital Forces

    published December 30, 1999

    By sheer coincidence, A Bicycle Country, Nilo Cruz's bewitching play about the fate of three balseros, is premiering against the... More >>

  • It's Too Easy

    published December 23, 1999

    The single poignant moment in Buddy -- The Buddy Holly Story depicts an imperiously fragile moment of rock and roll history, the one in... More >>

  • Wrong Way to Remember

    published December 16, 1999

    Like most people at a recent performance of Arje Shaw's powerful work The Gathering, I had tears in my eyes by the end of the two-hour... More >>

  • Ich Bin Ein Camera

    published December 9, 1999

    The seedy Berlin of Kander and Ebb's Cabaret is so familiar to us that to encounter the sedate world of John Van Druten's I Am a... More >>

  • Guerrilla War Between the Sexes

    published December 2, 1999

    I dare anyone who thinks movies and television come near to providing the thrill of top-drawer live theater to go see Closer, and not just... More >>

  • Dusty Chalk

    published November 25, 1999

    Tim Bennett's set -- a sitting room in an English manor, dappled with gorgeous pink light and a dozen vases of cut flowers, opening out on to a... More >>

  • Strong Star, Tired Message

    published November 18, 1999

    Karen Stephens is such an appealing performer that I wish her one-person show were as compelling as she is. Called Out of the Box, the show... More >>

  • Two Colors of the Rainbow

    published November 11, 1999

    In these post-Sondheim, pro-revival days, it's sometimes difficult to find the why and wherefore of the Broadway musical. On the one hand, Times... More >>

  • Scientists Overboard

    published November 4, 1999

    Glen Berger's new play, Great Men of Science, Nos. 21 & 22, is a disaster of such epic proportions it practically begs comparison to the... More >>

  • Women on the Verge

    published October 28, 1999

    Sophie, Totie, & Belle. More >>

  • Travelin' Two-Act

    published October 21, 1999

    Are you going to Europe? South America? Do you need to know how to ask "Where is St. Sophia's?" in Italian? How about "Where is Sophia Loren?"... More >>

  • Dixie Chick

    published October 14, 1999

    "Pretty fire" is the shockingly inappropriate term the young Charlayne Woodard gave to the sight of a cross burning in her grandparents' front... More >>

  • Driver's Miseducation

    published October 7, 1999

    The road signs are blurry but the way is clear in the New Theatre's intimate production of How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel's 1998... More >>

  • That's Lily's Truth

    published October 7, 1999

    Lily Tomlin, actress, comedienne, and the mouth that launched a million monologues in the 1980s, is coming back for more. In her solo... More >>

  • Humor on Demand

    published September 30, 1999

    Any actor will admit that the audience can become a character in a live performance, in part because of the chemistry that wafts back and forth... More >>

  • Hollywood Square

    published September 23, 1999

    In his hilarious stage memoir, Charles Nelson Reilly talks about his days as a Broadway understudy, his death-obsessed uncle, and his memories of... More >>

  • Season Sleeper

    published September 16, 1999

    James McLure's one-act Pvt. Wars made a neat splash back in 1979 when it appeared at the celebrated New Playwrights Festival at the Actors... More >>

  • Send in the Songs

    published September 9, 1999

    Somewhere between writing dialogue for the Jets and the Sharks in West Side Story and creating Sunday in the Park with George, the... More >>

  • Falling to Pieces

    published September 2, 1999

    Like her contemporary, the movie star James Dean, Patsy Cline arrived in pop-culture heaven prematurely, the result of a tragedy. She died in a... More >>

  • Look Back in Rancor

    published September 2, 1999

    Of all the atrocities committed by the United States government, the internment of Japanese Americans in prison camps during World War II deserves... More >>

  • Swedish Passion Under a Cuban Sun

    published August 26, 1999

    Miss Julie and The Stronger. Written by August Strindberg. Directed by Rafael de Acha. With Iris Delgado, Marta Velasco,... More >>

  • Wild About Harry

    published August 19, 1999

    Actress Elizabeth Dimon was so delightfully adroit this past spring in the Caldwell Theatre Company's production of The King's Mare and the... More >>

  • Touched by an Impresario

    published August 12, 1999

    When he was 107 years old, the story goes, Broadway legend George Abbott was asked what he thought was the most important development in the... More >>

  • Truth Is More Lucrative Than Fiction

    published August 5, 1999

    Socrates and Plato, Emerson and Thoreau, Mr. Kotter and Vinnie Barbarino -- the history of Western civilization is cluttered with memorable... More >>

  • In the Nude for Love

    published July 29, 1999

    If nothing else, Naked Boys Singing! lives up to the hype of its title. The cast members are naked, they are male, and they sing. In fact... More >>

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