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Writing about The Iceman Cometh in 1985, Frank Rich of The New York Times raved, "the word 'masterwork' is not invoked lightly. Eugene O'Neill's tragic vision remains undiminished by time. The Iceman Cometh is a ferocious American classic that has lost none of its power to send one shaking into the ...
There's no surprise in finding a heavy influence from classic musical theatre at the heart of these films; New York Times theatre critic Frank Rich famously called Beauty and the Beast's score the “best Broadway musical score of 1991.” Jodi Benson. Benson, on the other hand, was well-versed in musical ...

I remember Frank Rich -- who's now executive producer of Veep, but at the time he was writing for The New York Times and New York, I believe -- wrote ... So when I read that column by Kathleen Parker, and in it she was discussing post-election how what, regardless of right or left, we have lost is class and ...
New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich leads a conversation with McNally, director Jeff Kaufman, actor/director Joe Mantello, and actors Nathan ... 9:30 PM: The Fourth Estate (World Premiere, Closing Night) Join the filmmakers and journalists from The New York Times following the closing night film ...
Opinions. They can be strong. And also fleeting. Anyone who has written a review — whether for Yelp or for a major newspaper — understands this. What critic hasn't wondered if what she thinks now will endure five, 10 or even 50 years later? Here are four reviews by four critics and writers for The New ...
Writing about The Iceman Cometh in 1985, Frank Rich of The New York Times raved, "the word 'masterwork' is not invoked lightly. Eugene O'Neill's tragic vision remains undiminished by time. The Iceman Cometh is a ferocious American classic that has lost none of its power to send one shaking into the ...

Writing about The Iceman Cometh in 1985, Frank Rich of The New York Times raved, "the word 'masterwork' is not invoked lightly. Eugene O'Neill's tragic vision remains undiminished by time. The Iceman Cometh is a ferocious American classic that has lost none of its power to send one shaking into the ...
The usually scathing former New York Times critic Frank Rich called Michael Frayn's “Noises Off,” “the funniest play written in my lifetime.” Yet to pull off this 1982 nine-character farce about a second-rate theater company attempting to mount a silly sex comedy — seen from behind the set as well as in front ...
Writing about the original animated film, New York Times theatre critic Frank Rich famously described Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's work as “the best Broadway musical score of 1991,” even though it wasn't on Broadway at that time. Lightbulbs illuminated at Disney, because three years later, a stage ...
The festival's closing-night film will be the world premiere of Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus' documentary The Fourth Estate, which follows The New York Times as it covers Donald Trump's first year as president. That screening will be followed by a conversation with Garbus and the Times' executive ...
The article is part of a special report about the ecological crisis facing Louisiana's coast, the product of a partnership between The Times and NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune of New ... Here's the Times review by Frank Rich, who years later would call it “the worst play I've ever seen on a Broadway stage.”.
[The New York Times] ... On Sunday, Russia's divided opposition groups united to mourn the third anniversary of the death of Boris Nemtsov, the outspoken Kremlin critic who was killed ... Here's the Times review by Frank Rich, who years later would call it “the worst play I've ever seen on a Broadway stage.
(In a 2011 New York magazine debate about the greatest musicals, the critic Frank Rich said “I love Carousel” — to which the writer Nora Ephron responded: “Yes, but you're a boy.”) “There weren't many concerns when it was first staged in 1945, and most productions in the '50s and '60s tended to move ...
It wasn't just London critics who were raving: The New York Times' Frank Rich praised the play's “poetic and churning” theatrical world, a place, once entered, “simply cannot be escaped.” And Ian McKellen, at that year's Tony Awards in New York, famously told the world, “You wait until it comes here—it's ...
"This is code red," he wrote. "The biggest threat to the integrity of our democracy today is in the Oval Office." Friedman's column lit up on social media when it was posted on NYTimes.com on Sunday night. Thirty six hours later, it is still No. 1 on the site's "most emailed articles" list. It is also No. 1 on the site's ...
After tweeting about Olympian Mirai Nagasu, New York Times op-ed editor Bari Weiss sparked a larger conversation about inclusion, identity politics, and the precision of language. ... But she didn't give an inch, retweeting a series of articles that identified Nagasu's parents—not Nagasu—as immigrants.
When “Angels in America” premiered on Broadway in 1993, The New York Times's Frank Rich called it “the most thrilling American play in years.” Tony Kushner's two-part epic about American life, set against the AIDS crisis and Ronald Reagan's presidency, quickly became, by consensus, one of the 20th ...

Laura Ingraham, Rupert Murdoch's new all-in Trump host at Fox News, pointedly told the New York Times on the eve of her prime-time show's premiere .... It's been an article of American faith for more than half a century that the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 was the tragic bolt from the blue that ...
(In a 2011 New York magazine debate about the greatest musicals, the critic Frank Rich said “I love Carousel” — to which the writer Nora Ephron responded: “Yes, but you're a boy.”) “There weren't many concerns when it was first staged in 1945, and most productions in the '50s and '60s tended to move ...
Their articles unleashed a torrent of revelations of sexual misconduct in numerous professions and workplaces and inspired the global #MeToo campaign to ... The staffs of The New York Times and The Washington Postwill receive a Special Award for revealing ties between members of Donald Trump's ...
... Jason Isaacs and Stephen Dillane — helped launch “Angels in America” into the cultural zeitgeist, earning a rave from Frank Rich, then the powerful theater critic at The New York Times. In New York, upstart theater owner Jujamcyn fought hard to produce and present the original Broadway staging that ...
"This is code red," he wrote. "The biggest threat to the integrity of our democracy today is in the Oval Office." Friedman's column lit up on social media when it was posted on NYTimes.com on Sunday night. Thirty six hours later, it is still No. 1 on the site's "most emailed articles" list. It is also No. 1 on the site's ...
In his New York Times review, critic Frank Rich said that, “while this play overflows with infectious high spirits, it is also, unmistakably, the tale of a very troubled family. “Such is Miss Henley's prodigious talent that she can serve us pain as though it were a piece of cake,” he added. Now a longtime California ...
We pair it with an edition of The New York Times feature “Anatomy of a Scene,” which breaks down Hugh Jackman's soliloquy-in-song as Jean ... more of the three graphic organizers (PDFs) we have created for our Text to Text feature, which matches often-taught texts with Times articles and other content.
When “Angels in America” premiered on Broadway in 1993, The New York Times's Frank Rich called it “the most thrilling American play in years.” Tony Kushner's two-part epic about American life, set against the AIDS crisis and Ronald Reagan's presidency, quickly became, by consensus, one of the 20th ...
Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre continues its milestone 30th Anniversary Season with the Tony Award-winning hit comedy Noises Off by Michael Frayn, playing January 18 - February 4, 2018. Called the "funniest play written in my lifetime" by former New York Times critic Frank Rich, Noises Off is a ...
And while the article itself methodically dispels persistent myths surrounding the figures — like that Harding's looks affected her career, and that Kerrigan .... In a column in the New York Times from February 13, 1994, the day after the Olympics opening ceremony, Frank Rich commented that a frequently ...
When "Crazy for You" first premiered on Broadway in 1992, Frank Rich raved in The New York Times, "When future historians try to find the exact moment at which Broadway finally rose up to grab the musical back from the British, they just may conclude that the revolution began last night. "The shot was ...
When "Crazy for You" first premiered on Broadway in 1992, Frank Rich raved in The New York Times, "When future historians try to find the exact moment at which Broadway finally rose up to grab the musical back from the British, they just may conclude that the revolution began last night. "The shot was ...
Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. .... the Post's decision to join the New York Times in its historic legal and journalistic battle to publish the classified internal history of Vietnam War decision-making, ...
When "Crazy for You" first premiered on Broadway in 1992, Frank Rich raved in The New York Times, "When future historians try to find the exact moment at which Broadway finally rose up to grab the musical back from the British, they just may conclude that the revolution began last night. "The shot was ...
As Frank Rich put it in The New York Times, taking up Harding's cause against an overwhelming tide of media hate in the aftermath of the Kerrigan incident: “As Tonya Harding, condemned as white-trash lowlife, is tossed unceremoniously into the garbage, it is worth noting that before she surrounded ...
Laura Ingraham, Rupert Murdoch's new all-in Trump host at Fox News, pointedly told the New York Times on the eve of her prime-time show's premiere .... It's been an article of American faith for more than half a century that the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 was the tragic bolt from the blue that ...
Frank Rich, writing in The New York Times, said Mr. Hall's staging had brought “the action and language to the fever pitch of Gothic hallucination.” On leaving the National in 1988, Mr. Hall created the Peter Hall Company, a commercial enterprise that at one time had no fewer than five of his productions ...
Sam Shepard, who died last Thursday at age 73, was a polymathic writer who collected acclaim and accolades as a playwright, actor and author. The New York Times has covered Mr. Shepard's career since the mid-1960s. Below are highlights from our reviews.
Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, “A Pink Chair” is a kind of conversation between the Wooster Group and “I Shall Never Return,” which Frank Rich, as a critic for The New York Times, described as “something of a last will and testament” by Mr. Kantor. When the Cricot 2 Theatre Company from Krakow, ...
Are we grimmer or dumber or colder than we were in 1991, when Frank Rich, in The New York Times, called Scott McPherson's “Marvin's Room” “one of the funniest plays of this year as well as one of the wisest and most moving”? He did so even while noting that this “healing” comedy, then opening Off ...
“Six Degrees of Separation” — John Guare's play about a wealthy Manhattan couple whose lives are upended by a con artist claiming to be Sidney Poitier's son — was the toast of the town when it had its premiere in 1990. A mere six months later, Frank Rich wrote in The New York Times that “its title has ...
After tweeting about Olympian Mirai Nagasu, New York Times op-ed editor Bari Weiss sparked a larger conversation about inclusion, identity politics, and the precision of language. ... But she didn't give an inch, retweeting a series of articles that identified Nagasu's parents—not Nagasu—as immigrants.
Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. .... the Post's decision to join the New York Times in its historic legal and journalistic battle to publish the classified internal history of Vietnam War decision-making, ...
When "Crazy for You" first premiered on Broadway in 1992, Frank Rich raved in The New York Times, "When future historians try to find the exact moment at which Broadway finally rose up to grab the musical back from the British, they just may conclude that the revolution began last night. "The shot was ...
New York Times columnist (and former Salon reporter) Michelle Goldberg rightly observes that Trump makes it difficult to hold onto any sense of what is .... He has opened the door to the dark cave of moral depravity, political corruption and a dangerous right-wing nationalist populism that, as Frank Rich ...
As Frank Rich put it in the New York Times, taking up Harding's cause against an overwhelming tide of media hate in the aftermath of the Kerrigan incident: "as Tonya Harding, condemned as white-trash lowlife, is tossed unceremoniously into the garbage, it is worth noting that before she surrounded herself ...
Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. ... When NBC News fired Lauer, it knew that both Variety and the New York Times were preparing to publish investigative accounts about his serial abuse of women.
The magazine's art critic, Jerry Saltz, took attendees on a tour of the Broad ... than you get by just knowing that they shared an article on Twitter.
... Breach Cripples N.S.A.," says the stark headline atop today's N.Y. Times front page. ... The article by Scott Shane, Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger explores the .... In the new issue of New York magazine, Frank Rich cautions liberals about ... "Smith wrote a column that celebrated her famous friends, from Tom Hanks to ...
Laura Ingraham, Rupert Murdoch's new all-in Trump host at Fox News, pointedly told the New York Times on the eve of her prime-time show's ...
Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with ... says even now “pushes negative articles on certain Ailes accusers.
Of her Tony-nominated performance in the Pulitzer Prize winning “Crimes of the Heart,” Times critic Frank Rich raved she was “priceless.”.
New York Times theater critic Frank Rich hailed it as "one of the best American plays of the last decade." It was revived on Broadway in 1983 ...


 

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