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  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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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,...

  7. 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...

  8. 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....

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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....

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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,...

  27. 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...

  28. 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 ,...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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,...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. March 23, 2008

    Arts around the world

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

  38. March 7, 2008

    Lies and lust in the Deep South

    The advance publicity for this production of Tennessee Williams's 1955 drama focused on two things: the all-black cast,...

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