Tag Archives: Terry Teachout

New York Times Gives Boston’s ‘Moulin Rouge’ Big Thumbs Up

Turns out it’s not just the Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout who’s smitten with Boston theater productions. New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley likes them too. Songs to Sin By in a Smashing ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Its pieces zoom through … Continue reading

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The Arts Seen in NYC (#StraightWhiteMen Preview Edition)

Well the Missus trundled me down to the Big Town for my birthday last weekend and, say, it was swell. (It also marked the start of a year’s worth of my saying, à la Raymond Chandler, that I’m pushing 70 … Continue reading

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WSJ and NYT Agree: John Lithgow Totally Gets Ring Lardner

For years now, the hardworking staff has expressed not fulsome (which means “effusive, excessive, or insincere praise”) but full-throated admiration for the work of Ring Lardner, who is either a minor major 20th century American writer or a major minor 20th … Continue reading

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Hell-no, Dolly! NYT, WSJ Critics Make Very Different Bettes

It’s always fun when the bull goose theater critics in The Big Town provide the Broadway version of Bizarro World over some megabucks production. Case in point: The New York Times and Wall Street Journal reviews of Bette Midler as the … Continue reading

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WSJ’s Terry Teachout Totally Loves Boston’s Lyric Stage

As the playgoing staff has previously noted, Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout has a thing for Boston’s Lyric Stage Company. Start with this rave for Light Up the Sky last year: “[F]luffy, funny and performed with limitless panache … Continue reading

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The Arts Seen in NYC (Long Day’s Journey Edition)

Well the Missus and I trundled down to The Big Town last weekend and, say, it was swell. Except for the drive to get there, of course. We hit four – count ’em, four – major traffic jams on the … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging ‘My Fair Lady’ at the Lyric Stage

Well the Missus and I trundled downtown last night to see the Lyric Stage production of My Fair Lady and say, it was . . . fabulous. (Bet you thought I was gonna say “loverly.” Well, it was that too.) … Continue reading

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Why Tom Stoppard Is Right to Be a Snob

Several months ago British playwright Tom Stoppard created a tempest in a theaterpot with an interview he gave to the Telegraph. Quiz: Are Tom Stoppard’s plays too clever for you? As the playwright says he has to dumb down his … Continue reading

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Mike Wallace’s 1958 Dali-ance

From Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout’s invaluable About Last Night blog at ArtsJournal: First, marvel at the Parliament cigarette plug Wallace delivers. Then, marvelous Salvador Dali. The interview is two ships passing in the TV night: Wallace is … Continue reading

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Glengarry Glen Roast

The latest revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, David Mamet’s landmark update of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, finally held its press opening this week, and the reviews are decidedly mixed. The major Mixmaster? New York Times theater critic Ben … Continue reading

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