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    1. October 24, 2014

      Upcoming dance performances

      See the Music, Hear the Dance, Sadler’s Wells, London Under this catchpenny title, Sadler’s Wells proposes a brave and...

    2. July 11, 2014

      Interview: director Benedict Andrews

      Open a copy of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire and you will find the playwright’s lyrical description of the...

    1. September 26, 2013

      Film reviews: Blue Jasmine, Prisoners, Greedy Lying Bastards, Hannah Arendt and Runner Runner

      Woody Allen in A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982) had a scene of madcap dementia in which he “became” Blanche DuBois....

    2. August 2, 2013

      Write drunk, edit sober

      The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink, by Olivia Laing, Canongate, RRP£20, 284 pages “A man that drinks,” wrote...

    3. July 10, 2013

      The American Plan, St James Theatre, London – review

      The American Plan refers to the lavish full-board option at a hotel in the Catskills, described in belt-loosening detail by...

    4. June 14, 2013

      Sweet Bird of Youth, Old Vic, London

      Even by the standards of Tennessee Williams, Sweet Bird of Youth is a ripe affair. The plot, in which a 29-year-old would-be...

    5. January 17, 2013

      Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York

      Anyone seeking an insightful Broadway revival of a classic American play should run to Golden Boy or Who’s Afraid of...

    6. April 30, 2012

      His Greatness, Finborough Theatre, London

      “His Greatness is not a play about Tennessee Williams,” insists author Daniel MacIvor. The central character is never...

    7. April 29, 2012

      A Streetcar Named Desire, Sadler’s Wells, London

      For nearly two decades, until his death in 1987, Peter Darrell splendidly guided the destiny of Scottish Ballet, of which he...

    8. November 17, 2011

      Rambert Dance, Sadler’s Wells, London

      A difficult evening, as Rambert Dance opened its autumn season at Sadler’s Wells on Tuesday – affection for the company,...

    9. October 28, 2011

      Thrilling news about dressing up

      Early in October I was sitting in the Valentino show waiting for it to start, as one does, happily reading my Kindle to...

    10. February 14, 2011

      Un tramway nommé désir, Salle Richelieu, Comédie Française, Paris

      Hard to believe, but it’s taken 400 years for a non-European play to “enter the repertoire” of France’s theatrical bastion....

    11. December 10, 2010

      Berkeley, Britten, Quilter, Swayne and Vaughan Williams: Departures; Bowles, Barber, Glick and Vaughan Williams: Let Beauty Awake

      Berkeley, Britten, Quilter, Swayne and Vaughan Williams Departures Benjamin Hulett (Saphrane) Bowles, Barber, Glick and...

    12. November 18, 2010

      The Glass Menagerie, Young Vic, London

      Visibly shrinking: Sinéad Matthews, with, from left, Leo Bill, Kyle Soller and Deborah Findlay It is a measure of this...

    13. October 29, 2010

      The Two-Character Play, Jermyn Street Theatre, London

      Hats off to the little Jermyn Street Theatre for an intelligent revival of this rarely performed Tennessee Williams play....

    14. Westminster Blog

      September 20, 2010

      Further reading

      We own the bad news as well as the bad news says Nick Clegg - FT Ashcroft to quit top Tory role – FT 9,000 public servants...

    15. September 19, 2010

      Fidgety first act waits for drama to unfold

      Downbeat expectations: the excitement was palpable in the conference hall on Sunday For the first time in the memory of...

    16. July 7, 2010

      Film releases: July 9

      Thrill of the chaste: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star in ‘Eclipse’ Three films into the Twilight franchise and the...

    17. MBA blog

      May 10, 2010

      The GMAT: its structure and tips

      With only one more class to go before my virtual class sessions come to an end, I am finding it hard to believe how quickly...

    18. April 9, 2010

      Beyond the Horizon/Spring Storm, National Theatre, London

      Two love triangles; two tragedies; two early plays by great American playwrights. But though these youthful works by Eugene...

    19. April 6, 2010

      The Notebook of Trigorin

      Arkadina, Trigorin, Constantine, Nina - the names may be familiar, as may the cream linen suits and the air of longing and...

    20. April 5, 2010

      The Notebook of Trigorin, Finborough Theatre, London

      Arkadina, Trigorin, Constantine, Nina – the names may be familiar, as may the cream linen suits and the air of longing and...

    21. February 9, 2010

      A 'Streetcar' named Huppert

      Film stars just keep flocking to Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - in under a year, Cate Blanchett, Rachel...

    22. January 2, 2010

      Ten predictions for the next 12 months in US finance

      "Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." The last line of A Streetcar Named Desire by...

    23. December 28, 2009

      The Orphans' Home Cycle

      All the bouquets being bestowed on Horton Foote's trilogy The Orphans' Home Cycle , off-Broadway at the Signature, compel me...

    24. December 27, 2009

      The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Signature Theatre, New York

      Bryce Pinkham, Stephen Plunkett and Bill Heck All the bouquets being bestowed on Horton Foote’s trilogy The Orphans’ Home...

    25. December 7, 2009

      Life, lies and the agony of families

      Let's be clear from the outset: this is quite a patchy production of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof . The long...

    26. April 25, 2009

      A Confederacy of Dunces

      A Confederacy of Dunces By John Kennedy Toole The most evocative piece of fiction to come out of New Orleans isn’t the work...

    27. March 18, 2009

      La nuit de l'iguane

      Think Tennessee Williams and extremes spring to mind - of loneliness, addiction, desire, doubt. The Night of the Iguana...

    28. March 17, 2009

      La nuit de l’iguane, Théâtre MC93 Bobigny, Paris

      La nuit de l’iguaneThéâtre MC93 Bobigny, Paris Think Tennessee Williams and extremes spring to mind – of loneliness,...

    29. August 25, 2008

      How Beautiful It Is, and How Easily It Can Be Broken

      How Beautiful It Is, and How Easily It Can Be Broken: Essays By Daniel Mendelsohn HarperCollins $26.95 453 pages It is...

    30. August 23, 2008

      Theatre - Sarah Hemming & Ian Shuttleworth

      Waves Cottesloe, National Theatre, London SE1 Katie Mitchell's most recent devised work, based on Dosteovsky's The Idiot ,...

    31. August 23, 2008

      The direction of beauty

      It is probably true, as Daniel Mendelsohn suggests, that most people see the critic as someone who always knows better, a...

    32. August 6, 2008

      Matrimony, misery and mirth

      Whenever I hear the word "dysfunctional", I reach for my revolver. Drained of meaning from overuse, the term in fact did...

    33. May 2, 2008

      Phoenix Dance

      We celebrate this year the centenary of the birth of José Limón. A vital figure in American dance from the 1930s onwards,...

    34. May 1, 2008

      Phoenix Dance, Sadler’s Wells, London

      We celebrate this year the centenary of the birth of José Limón. A vital figure in American dance from the 1930s onwards, he...

    35. April 11, 2008

      Bad language and good deeds

      Playing Espinosa, an orderly at a charity hospital in the Bronx in Stephen Adly Guirgis's new drama, David Zayas calls a...

    36. April 10, 2008

      The Pink Bedroom, Courtyard Theatre, London

      The UK premiere of a play by Tennessee Williams ought to be an attention-grabber, but The Pink Bedroom is not in any...

    37. April 10, 2008

      Bad language and good deeds

      The Little Flower of East Orange Public Theater, New York Playing Espinosa, an orderly at a charity hospital in the Bronx in...

    38. March 24, 2008

      Guide Arts around the world

      Cape Town Jazz Festival Javon Jackson and his Superband, the Kenny Barron Trio and drum quartet Beat Bag Bohemia are just...

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