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1999 Stories by Robin Dougherty

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  • Three on a Raft

    published December 30, 1999

    By sheer coincidence, A Bicycle Country, Nilo Cruz's bewitching play about the fate of three balseros, is premiering against... More >>

  • Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot

    published December 23, 1999

    By the stroke of midnight, the actors and audience may already be in the lobby sipping champagne. But in the final hours that lead up to the year... More >>

  • It's Too Easy

    published December 23, 1999

    The single poignant moment in Buddy -- The Buddy Holly Story depicts an imperiously fragile moment of rock 'n' roll history, the... More >>

  • Wrong Way to Remember

    published December 16, 1999

    Like most people at a recent performance of Arje Shaw's powerful work The Gathering, I had tears in my eyes by the end of the... More >>

  • Ich Bin Ein Camera

    published December 9, 1999

    The seedy Berlin of Kander and Ebb's Cabaret is so familiar to us that to encounter the sedate world of John Van Druten's I Am a... More >>

  • Guerrilla War Between the Sexes

    published December 2, 1999

    I dare anyone who thinks movies and television come near to providing the thrill of top-drawer live theater to go see Closer, and... More >>

  • Dusty Chalk

    published November 25, 1999

    Tim Bennett's set -- a sitting room in an English manor house, dappled with gorgeous pink light and a dozen vases of cut flowers, opening out... More >>

  • Strong Star, Tired Message

    published November 18, 1999

    Karen Stephens is such an appealing performer that I wish her one-person show were as compelling as she is. Called Out of the Box,... More >>

  • Two Colors of the Rainbow

    published November 11, 1999

    In these post-Sondheim, pro-revival days, it's sometimes difficult to find the why and wherefore of the Broadway musical. On the one hand, Times... More >>

  • Still Obscure After All These Years

    published November 4, 1999

    Glen Berger's new play, Great Men of Science, Nos. 21 & 22, is a disaster of such epic proportions that it practically begs... More >>

  • Live From Purgatory

    published October 28, 1999

    Sophie, Totie, and Belle are no longer household names, but you can still draw straight lines from the blues singer Sophie Tucker, the '60s... More >>

  • Travelin' Two-Act

    published October 21, 1999

    Are you going to Europe? South America? Do you need to know how to ask "Where is St. Sophia's?" in Italian? How about "Where is Sophia Loren?"... More >>

  • Dixie Chick

    published October 14, 1999

    "Pretty fire" is the shockingly inappropriate term the young Charlayne Woodard gave to the sight of a cross burning in her grandparents' front... More >>

  • Driver's Miseducation

    published October 7, 1999

    The road signs are blurry but the way is clear in the New Theatre's intimate production of How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel's... More >>

  • Song Remains the Same

    published September 30, 1999

    Brilliant and tragic, Coalhouse Walker, Jr. is one of the most compelling musical theater roles of the last decade, probably the most complex one... More >>

  • Humor on Demand

    published September 30, 1999

    Any actor will admit that the audience can become a character in a live performance, in part because of the chemistry that wafts back and forth... More >>

  • The Game of Life

    published September 23, 1999

    In his hilarious stage memoir, Charles Nelson Reilly talks about his days as a Broadway understudy, his death-obsessed uncle, and his memories of... More >>

  • All His World's a Stage

    published September 16, 1999

    Earlier this month actor and director John Fionte could have used a couple of clones. Through mid-September he starred in the musical revue... More >>

  • Season Sleeper

    published September 16, 1999

    James McLure's one-act Pvt. Wars made a neat splash back in 1979 when it appeared at the celebrated New Playwrights Festival at the... More >>

  • Harmony Tonight

    published September 9, 1999

    Somewhere between writing dialogue for the Jets and the Sharks in West Side Story and creating Sunday in the Park With George, the... More >>

  • Falling to Pieces

    published September 2, 1999

    Like her contemporary, the movie star James Dean, Patsy Cline arrived in pop-culture heaven prematurely, the result of a tragedy. She died in a... More >>

  • Live, From Hollywood...

    published August 26, 1999

    Like many late-night theatrical troupes around the country, Punch 59 presents sophisticated sketch comedy on a variety of odd topics. But... More >>

  • Swedish Passion Under a Cuban Sun

    published August 26, 1999

    The names have been changed and so has the setting, but no one will fail to recognize August Strindberg's neurotic heroine and her boy toy in New... More >>

  • Cissy and Harry and Katie and Johnny

    published August 19, 1999

    Actress Elizabeth Dimon was so delightfully adroit last spring in the Caldwell Theatre Company's production of The King's Mare and the... More >>

  • A Full Nelson

    published August 12, 1999

    Charles Nelson Reilly exists in several universes simultaneously -- almost all of them in show biz. He was recently nominated for an Emmy for... More >>

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