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John Simon

May 23, 2004 | Theater Review
In Brief: Tennessee Williams's Spring Storm

Tennessee Williams’s early and immature Spring Storm is best as a game for Williams fans: How many names, characters, situations, and devices of his later plays can you identify here?

May 17, 2004 | Theater Review
Soap Operas

Problematic to begin with, the dour Caroline, or Change loses steam in the move to Broadway; animal repulsion rules Prymate’s monkey business.

May 10, 2004 | Theater Review
Stereo Types

A pair of Broadway revivals stirs up an old debate about British versus American drama—brain candy or matters of the heart.

May 3, 2004 | Theater Review
Show Guns

Two knockout revivals affirm what the originals revealed: that Sondheim doesn’t always hit his target, and that Larry Kramer once, assuredly, did.

April 26, 2004 | Theater Review
Mentionables

Lynn Nottage’s new play is as memorably intimate as the intricate unmentionables its heroine creates. In Glocca Morra, things seem a tad underfed.

April 19, 2004 | Theater Review
Sleeping Beauty

Broadway’s spring awakening comes in the form of a finely observed drama about a ballet master and the mysterious couple who visit.

April 12, 2004 | Theater Review
Scott-Free

Larry Gelbart’s freewheeling Sly Fox seems starless without George C. Scott, but Barbara Cook’s concert provides all the charisma one needs.

April 5, 2004 | Theater Review
Out of Steam

The Great Depression bequeathed us screwball comedy, a genre beyond the stars’ grasp in this train wreck of a revival.

March 22, 2004 | Theater Review
America the Blind

In Small Tragedy, an amateurish acting company rehearses Oedipus Rex, and it gradually emerges that America is as blind as the self-blinded Oedipus, and its people as purblind as the self-deluded Jocasta.

March 15, 2004 | Theater Review
Fool's Errand

Director Jonathan Miller and his star, Christopher Plummer, conspire to cut Shakespeare’s towering tragic hero down to size.

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