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In Dialogue

bad, clown, bad Jeffrey M. Jones and his nasty circus

Playwrights Sheila Callaghan and Jason Grote recently saw the Undermain Theater’s production of Jeffrey M. Jones’s play A Man’s Best Friend, and they discussed the play in Sheila’s Brooklyn kitchen.

Ubu Goes Patamusical

“Merdre!” The audience at the premiere of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu roi wouldn’t let the performance get beyond its scatological opening word before a riot broke loose, making December 20, 1896 (the night the play premiered at the Théâtre de l’Oeuvre in Paris) the birth date of the theatrical avant-garde.

Candide Returns to NYC: The Best of All Possible Worlds?

Candide, Voltaire’s classic satire skewering optimism in a corrupt world, is one of those dark, wild, and politically savvy rides that—perhaps due to our, well, overly optimistic faith in progress—we don’t expect to find in the dusty tracts of history.


The Brooklyn Rail

MAR 2005

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