David Mamet Doesn’t Feel Well

July 24th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal published an essay by the playwright and screenwriter David Mamet, entitled “Charles Dickens Makes Me Want To Throw Up.” As it turns out, the essay was just one chapter in the forthcoming book, “David Mamet’s Physiological Responses To Classic Literature.” While we must wait for publication to fully understand precisely why Mr. Mamet takes issue with so many well known writers, a small selection of leaked chapter headings provide some sense of his thinking.   Elizabeth Continue reading...

She Has A Name: Casually Diminishing Women In Theatre

November 1st, 2015 § 1 comment § permalink

A few weeks ago, the headline of a review rubbed me the wrong way. I didn’t have an issue with the review itself, by Charles McNulty for The Los Angeles Times. But the headline for the piece, which covered the new Broadway productions of Old Times and Fool For Love, read as follows, “Clive Owen and Sam Rockwell hit Broadway in 'Old Times' and 'Fool for Love' with different results.” Why was the headline only about men, I thought. Admittedly, I hadn’t seen either production at that Continue reading...