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Harold Bloom, 1930–2019
We were Bloom’s only company that morning in June, apart from his caregivers; his wife, Jeanne, was out shopping, and he seemed lonely at his table, a king without a court. Perhaps his stream of well-wishers had dried up, frightened by his extreme frailty.
October 15, 2019
A Black Actor’s Unrequited Love for Shakespeare
American Moor, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, is a witty, passionate, furious, and movingly intimate record of an African-American actor’s often unrequited love for Shakespeare, written by and starring Keith Hamilton Cobb, in an incandescent ninety minutes of holding the stage solo.
October 5, 2019
From Gilead to Gay Disco: Hytner’s ‘Dream’
Nearly a half-century later, Peter Brook’s Dream still hangs heavy over British theatre. Nicholas Hytner, who ran London’s state-subsidized National Theatre is now the impresario of the Bridge Theatre, his own commercial theater complex opposite the Tower of London, has chosen to tackle Brook’s legacy head on.
June 24, 2019
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