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Brains Turned by Reading

Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s career falls right in-between Shakespeare’s and Oscar Wilde’s, so if you know Twelfth Night and The Importance of Being Earnest, you’ll already have a decent sense of The Rivals: Captain Jack Absolute (Cary Donaldson), the wealthy son of Sir Anthony Absolute (Dan Daily), has fallen in love with Lydia Languish (Jessica Love).  But Lydia, an […]

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Thrown into Outer Darkness

Richard Dresser’s Below the Belt is set in an unnamed location and inside a factory that manufactures an unknown product; but unlike, say, the “little nameless object” assembled by the Newsome family in Henry James’ The Ambassadors, Mr. Dresser’s company has mostly insidious overtones.  Globalization and colonialism are in the air, even if they are never mentioned.  Perhaps the military-industrial complex […]

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Artificial Joys or Sorrows

When James Baldwin published Giovanni’s Room in 1956, nobody knew what to make of it.  After his debut novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Baldwin was hailed as The Next Voice of Black America.  How to read, then, its follow up, which details the lives of gay, white expatriates in Paris?  It wasn’t until the 1980s […]

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