May 28, 1995 |
Next Sunday is the annual Tony Awards telecast, traditionally a time for critics to dish the New York theater season that was. So, here we go. This was the year in which the Tony nominating committee simply handed out two awards to "Sunset Boulevard"--the only new musical of the season with a book (Don Black and Christopher Hampton) and an original score (Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber).
February 1, 2014 |
NEW YORK - A few years ago, playwright Christopher Durang began wondering "what if" a bunch of Anton Chekhov's characters lived in Bucks County, Penn., as he did. And what if two of the older ones lived in a nice stone farmhouse like his for not just in midlife, as he does, but for their entire lives? "Even when I studied Chekhov's plays in college, I felt empathy for his older characters, often regretful and unhappy," says Durang. "Now that I'm older, I wanted to do something triggered by Chekhov but put in the present day. My farm house, which is on a little hill, made me think of a lot of the sets I've seen in 'The Seagull.'" The result of such musing is "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
June 8, 1999 |
Like all probing artistic explorations of the human condition, Sunday's Tony Awards telecast dared to provoke the unanswerable questions. What's up with that number from "The Civil War," for instance? Thirty seconds into "Freedom's Child," a poorly filmed mess featuring the music of Frank Wildhorn and two guys running across the stage with flags, you could hear the scramble for remotes all across this mighty nation.